LED technology has meant that today’s flatpanel TVs are slimmer than Real Madrid’s chances of making the Champions’ League final, but when you put one next to a set of chunky home cinema speakers it can look a little odd visually. But KEF is out to change all that with its T Series speakers, the main selling point of which is their super-slim design. Primarily designed for wall mounting they measure just 35mm deep, bringing you the sort of killer home cinema sonics that KEF is famous for without looking out of place alongside your TV.
KEF offers three packages within the T Series. On test here is the T205 system, which features a pair of T301 fronts, a pair of shorter T101 speakers for the rear channels and the T301c centre speaker, as well as the T-2 subwoofer found in all the packages. If you fancy an upgrade, the T305 system uses the superior T301s for all channels with a T301c again on dialogue duties. Sitting below the T205 is the T105 system, which uses lower-spec T101s for the fronts/rears and the T101c centre. Got that? Good.
They may be slim, but the T301 and T301c boast heavyweight build quality. Their faultless construction offers a rigidity and robustness that should stand them in good stead for life in the living room. The front panel of these 600mm-high speakers is almost entirely covered in a cloth grille with glimpses of black aluminium down the sides and gloss-black at the bottom. It doesn’t jump out and grab you, but that’s the point – they’re designed to be a sleek, minimal accompaniment for your slinky flatpanel TV.
On the back the slightly rubberised texture adds to the stunning build quality, and to keep the back panel nice and flush for wall-mounting there are no binding posts or springclips – instead they provide downward-facing holes for the speaker wire with tiny Allen screws to hold them in place. The T101s are styled in exactly the same fashion, except they’re 270mm shorter and have a slightly different driver arrangement.
The subwoofer also does its best to blend in with your décor with its compact dimensions and stylish black finish – perfect for slinging in the corner of the room. It’s heavier than you’d expect for the size, which is reassuring, but putting the controls on the bottom was a slight design misstep as it means you have to lift it up whenever you want to make any adjustments.