Raymond Cooke (BBC inžinjer elektronike, tehnicki direktor Wharfedale-a) i poslovni saradnici, osnovali su kompaniju KEF Electronics Ltd., sa namerom da prave ino- vativne zvucnike koristeci najnovije mate-rijale i tehnologije. Osnovana je u Kentu 1961. godine, na imanju nekadašnje kompa-nije “Kent Inžinjerstva i Livnice (Kent Engineering and Foundary)” odakle je “KEF” i dobio ime.
Zahvaljujuci stalnom eksperimentisanju sa novim materijalima i tehnologijama KEF zvucnici su uvek imali fantasticna akusticna merenja i mogli su da reprodukuju snimke najbliže moguce originalnom zvuku u studiju ili nastupu uživo. Od pocetka, kao i danas, KEFova inovativnost i kvalitet su neosporni, tako da više od pola veka unazad audiofili širom sveta uživaju u ovim zvucnicima visokih perfomansi.
There can be few projects in this World where the central aim is to create an ‘ultimate’. But this was precisely the goal when KEF combined their state-of the-art acoustic technology with the sensual, organic forms of visionary designer Ross Lovegrove. The result was Muon – perhaps the most extraordinary audio speaker ever conceived. The Muon loudspeaker is fabricated from super-formed aluminium, which uses a similar moulding process to vacuum forming. The concept uses malleable sheets of heated aluminium to achieve otherwise impossible shapes. The eventual form of the loudspeaker was the result of a careful convergence between Ross Lovegrove’s design aesthetics and the physics of sound. The process by which they were conceived meant that, in effect, Ross Lovegrove was sculpting the sound by ‘skinning’ the technology with purposeful form – the final shape was created through an evolutionary process that ensured it could only be the form that it is. As a truly contemporary art form appropriate for 21st century living, and limited to an edition of just 100 pairs, Muon is unequivocally at the apex of speaker design and technology. Quite simply, it is the best you can get.
Muon Technology Overview
Muon’s four-way speaker system with its powerful bass drivers is one of the elements that makes it so superior. But it is also the upper mid-range and treble where some of the Muon’s key technology lies in the form of the Uni-Q® drive unit array, remarkable in its construction and delivering a seamless sonic picture throughout the listening environment. KEF has also used its Acoustic Compliance Enhancement (ACE) technology, which enables them to effectively double the available volume through adsorption of air molecules by activated carbon. The two additional bass drivers mounted in the back of Muon help to produce a remarkably clean and open sound by dealing with room effects. Finally the 6mm thick, heavily damped aluminium shell provides a totally rigid structure that minimises any sound-distorting vibrations.
KEF’s patented ’sit anywhere’ Uni-Q driver places the tweeter in the acoustic centre of the midrange cone. This allows both midrange cone and tweeter to act as a single, focused source of sound that is dispersed widely and evenly throughout the room. The practical benefit is that great sound can be experienced from anywhere in the listening environment removing the "sweet spot" effect. Find out more about Uni-Q.
KEF's way of dramatically increasing the effective volume (and therefore output) of bass driver enclosures by adding granules of activated carbon, whose adsorption characteristics reduce resistance to each backward movement of the cone. ACE-enabled loudspeakers perform like units up to two times their size, subjectively as well as objectively. Find out more about ACE.