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Although you can’t see them thanks to the non-removable grille, each two-way, closed box satellite features two 50mm midrange drivers and a 19mm aluminium tweeter.
KEF claims a frequency response of 120Hz – 22kHz, which is more than wide enough to cover Blu-ray’s frequency spectrum, plus power handling is quoted at 10 – 100W, which is fine for most budget to midrange AV receivers.
One thing to note is that there’s no dedicated centre speaker, so we’re hoping the satellites’ twin midrange drivers have chops to convey dialogue loud and clear. The speakers can be mounted vertically or horizontally, with a rubber cradle in the box in case you want to place the centre sat lengthways on your TV stand. Alternatively, the satellites can be wall-mounted using the supplied brackets and rear screw holes, or attached to KEF’s optional HTS1001 floorstands, which come in black and will set you back £80 a pair.
On the back you’ll find springclip terminals, but not the plastic ones found on cheap all-in-one systems – these are a classier breed of metal speaker terminal, holding your cables in place with a deathlike grip. They’re housed in an open recess at the bottom, so unlike some of its compact speaker peers there are no access problems.
Inside the subwoofer lurks a 200W Class D amplifier, powering a 200mm front-firing bass driver with a frequency range of 29Hz – 140Hz. On the rear panel are two dials controlling bass level and crossover frequency, plus phase reversal and Bass Boost switches, the latter providing a boost of 6 or 12dB at the critical 40Hz mark to counter any problems with your room conditions. A single RCA input is provided for connection to your amplifier’s pre-out.
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