Lifestyle electronics seems to the latest trend, which is making the wealthier customers dole out cash for products; something which can offer them both aesthetics and technology on a common platter. KEF has been one of the brands that has done well to carve a niche for itself in the sector, which we took notice of in the Blade speakers, LS50 mini-monitor speakers, and the X300A hi-fi desktop speakers from the brand. Their latest product seems to be a whole lot larger in functions, as they bring in the KEF E305 home theatre system. The 5.1 speaker system has been fitted with the company mastered Uni-Q driver technology, which has managed to divert a lot of attention in terms of awards and accolades for its practical outcome, not to mention the looks.
The E305 consists of 5 speakers other than the sub-woofer, and each of them weighs around 5-lbs each. One can choose from the white or the black finishing, depending upon the aesthetics of the surrounding space. The base platform comes as satin-chrome combo, which makes them easy to dock with media consoles, or even on bookshelves, thus making it easy to spread the sound across all angles in the room.
The Uni-Q driver puts together a 4.25-inch full-range mid-range or low frequency driver, along with a .75-inch vented aluminium dome tweeter, which manifests itself in a distinctly better sound quality. The mid-range cone has been put in to prevent distortion by inducing a high pressure build up behind the dome of the cone, which results in the sound reproduction being almost the same as the recording, especially with mid-range human vocal sounds. We also noticed that with a large, powerful motor system driving a long throw 8-inch cone, low frequency reproduction remains rock steady and pin-pointedly accurate, even at high volume.
Installing these speakers won’t need anyone to turn into a ‘mini-engineer’ certainly. Any AV receiving device, that can control the functionality of the sub woofer, can be attached easily before being ready to fire away. Due to the reasonable weight and looks, one can place them over shelves or stands in order to get the best placement and personal sound reproduction as per settings. But what we couldn't find out, how much each of these sets would end up costing.