|Warranty length||5 Years|
|Product Award||HiFi News Outstanding Product , HiFi Choice 5 Star, HiFi Choice Editors Choice|
Design: Three-way bass reflex
Config: Single apparent source
Uni-Q MF: 5" Li-Mg-Al/LCP hybrid cone
Uni-Q HF: 25mm (1") vented Al dome
Bass LF: 4 x 6.5" (force cancelling)
Free Field: (-6dB) 34Hz - 45kHz
Typical room: bass resp (-6dB) 25Hz
(±3dB): 40Hz - 35kHz (-6dB @28Hz)
Crossover Frequency: 320Hz, 2.4kHz
Requirements: 50 - 400 W
Sensitivity: (2.83V/1m) 90dB
THD: (90dB, 1m) <0.5% 40Hz – 100kHz
THD: (90dB, 1m) <0.2% 200Hz – 10kHz
Max output: 116dB
Max SPL: 1m w pink noise
Impedance: 4Ω (min 3.2Ω)
Dimensions (HWD): 1461 x 338 x 475mm
Weight: 35.3 kg
Blade Two is easier to position in less spacious areas where Blade’s extreme bass extension would be superfluous. Blade Two features the same DNA, striking aesthetics, advanced driver technology and phenomenally realistic sound as the multiaward winning original model.
With a modern architecture that achieves the ideal point source, the KEF Blade 2 has four complex 6.5" bass drivers configured to occupy exactly the same point in space as the Uni-Q HF/MF array so the sound appears to emanate from a single seamlessly coherent source. Every component operates comfortably within its performance envelope for more precise imaging than possible with conventional speakers.
Single apparent source
Like listening to one voice rather than many, sound from a single source is inherently clearer. Not only are the acoustic centres of the HF and MF drivers in the Blade Two Uni-Q array coincident, but the four LF drivers are mounted symmetrically equidistant from it so that their acoustic centres occupy exactly the same point in space.This single apparent source configuration is what makes the Blade 2 so gratifyingly coherent across the frequency range, with noticeably more precise imaging than is possible from any conventional speaker. What you hear sounds as if it’s being performed live right in front of you.
To avoid dissipating the energy of such potent bass drivers in exciting the cabinet (and thereby generating resonance, especially at high volume), the large kinetic forces involved are cancelled out by mounting the LF drivers rigidly together, back-to-back. By minimising cabinet colouration, this highly effective configuration partly accounts for Blade Two’s natural-sounding and engagingly musical performance.
Discrete bass chambers
The twinned pairs of bass drivers are mounted in discrete chambers separated by an internal partition. By increasing the frequency of any internal standing waves to way beyond the crossover point, this reduces the need for damping material. Nothing has been overlooked in the quest for the ultimate clarity, right across the frequency range.
Low order crossovers
The simple low order crossovers specified for Blade Two employ the best components available, carefully selected by a rigorous auditioning process so that every part of the signal path is fine-tuned for maximum clarity.
The patented screw-in linking plugs are to full audiophile specification. All the crossover components are individually wired by hand rather than mounted on a conventional printed circuit board. As well as being more environment-friendly, this optimises both reliability and sound quality by assuring the cleanest possible signal transmission.
Kent Engineering and Foundry Editions
Asserting the sophisticated engineering, the stunning Blade Two cabinet is available in a range of impressive finishes: Piano Black, Snow White, Warm Metallic Grey, Light Metallic Silver, Racing Red, along with two specially commissioned ‘Kent Engineering and Foundry’ finishes, which celebrate 50 years of KEF’s unrivalled and continuous innovation. Like everything else about Blade, it's about getting every last detail absolutely right that's why KEF promises to match any colour you want.
“The huge soundstage populated by multiple guitars was as impressive as I’ve ever heard it." (Hi-Fi News & Record 2015)
"KEF’s Blade Two offers superb measured performance that is close to the state of the art" (Stereophile Magazine 2015)
'The original Blade wowed us with its unique design, but Ed Selley finds its sibling an altogether more room-friendly option... One look at the Blade Two ought to be sufficient evidence that beyond a spot of shrinkage, other compromises are not on the menu.' (Hi-Fi Choice Magazine February 2017)
'The KEF shrinks its scale back to the intimacy of a single vocalist and a piano but never loses that cohesion and sense of an almost perfect soundstage... Once you become used to the sheer scale on offer, you can appreciate that within this enormous presentation, the soundstage is effortlessly detailed and the character of all of the instruments at work are distinct but harmoniously presented as a whole.' (Hi-Fi Choice Magazine February 2017)
'This is an uncompromising piece of engineering brilliance that does things with soundstage, scale, impact and three-dimensionality that are truly exceptional. Anyone lucky enough to own a pair will have a sculpture that’s also one of the most awe-inspiring loudspeakers on sale today.' (Hi-Fi Choice Magazine February 2017)
31 May 2016Stopped by Audio Affair's showroom to collect an order I'd made online and while it was coming over from their warehouse they invited me to sit down and have a listen to these on their reference Naim system. Wasnt expecting much as theyre pretty to look at but dont look like they could play very loud, but goodness me, these sound stunning. The fact that little Uni-Q driver can create such a big expansive soundstage is a marvel in itself and the scale and depth of these speakers is far beyond what I was expecting. I'm already considering what I could part ex to get my hands on these, but I'm not sure I could get them past the Mrs!