Kef R500 Tower Speaker (White) – Demo
The KEF R Series has been completely engineered from the ground up. Decades of experience and our unbridled passion for music come together in the new R Series. It combines innovations drawn from the Reference Series with new bespoke technologies to ensure the new R Series delivers more detail, deeper insight and greater excitement.
When I played through the R500s “Misguided Angel,” from the Cowboy Junkies’ The Trinity Session (16/44.1 FLAC, RCA), the bass surged like a wave about to engulf me. Ola Gjeilo’s robust-sounding acoustic piano in “North Country II,” from our high-resolution 2L-TWBAS 2012 Sampler (24/176.4 FLAC, 2L/SoundStageRecordings.com), was incredibly rich and remarkably well controlled. The piano is notoriously tough for a pair of speakers to re-create, but the R500s aced it. Øystein Baadsvik’s tuba in Erlend Skomsvoll’s Prince Igor: Fantasy on a Theme by A. Borodin, from Baadsvik’s Ferry Tales (16/48 FLAC, BIS), sounded forceful and full, as it should. The R500’s bass depth, fullness, and control were excellent for a smallish loudspeaker.