The multi-award winning Blade Two on demonstration at Criterion Audio.
Like the original BLADE, BLADE TWO is based on the advanced materials and innovative technologies KEF developed to replicate the shattering performance of the prototype, and the same method of forming the sensuous parabolic cabinets. The drivers on both models share the sophisticated enhancements responsible for the concept’s magical acoustics.
It’s a spectacularly warm and expansive sound, wherever you sit. Seamless. Totally natural, even when played loud. Effortlessly accurate in every tiny detail, and as emotionally true as a live performance.
If you’re into your music, you’ll soon see that the years it took to make the dream a reality were well worth it.
With all of BLADE’s acoustic prowess and iconic design on a slightly smaller scale, BLADE TWO is easier to position where space is at a premium, and where BLADE’s extreme bass extension would be superfluous. BLADE TWO, same DNA. Same striking aesthetic. Same advanced driver technology and unique single apparent source configuration. And above all, the same lush, phenomenally realistic sound.
BLADE and BLADE TWO share a new architecture that achieves the ideal point source, with the four sophisticated bass drivers (225mm/9-in. for BLADE, 165mm/6.5-in. for BLADE TWO) configured so that their combined acoustic centre occupies exactly the same point in space as that of the Uni-Q HF/MF array so the sound appears to emanate from a single, flawlessly coherent source.
Sculptural and acoustically inert, the slender parabolic enclosures are engineered never to interfere with the purity of the output. Inside, you find ingenious new venting, bracing and wave management technologies. Every component operates so comfortably within its performance envelope that you experience noticeably more precise imaging than is possible with conventional speakers.
Just as KEF’s philosophy has always been to innovate in pursuit of the most accurate and realistic sound, BLADE speakers are about perfecting a groundbreaking concept to delight people who really love music. Whatever your taste, BLADE and BLADE TWO are what all great design aspires to: being the best they can possibly be.
Finishes available are: Snow White, Piano Black, Racing Red, Light Metallic Silver, Warm Metallic Grey, Frosted Blue and Frosted Copper Black.
|DESIGN||Three-way bass reflex, single apparent source driver configuration|
|DRIVE UNITS||Uni-Q driver array:
MF: 125mm (5in.) Li-Mg-Al/ LCP hybrid cone
HF: 25mm (1in.) vented aluminium dome
LF: 4 x 165 (6.5in.) with force cancelling
|FREQUENCY RANGE||34Hz – 45kHz (-6dB) free field
25Hz (-6dB) typical in room bass response
|FREQUENCY RESPONSE||40Hz – 35kHz (±3dB)|
|CROSSOVER FREQUENCIES||320Hz, 2.4kHz|
|MAXIMUM OUTPUT||116dB (peak sound pressure level at 1m with pink noise)|
|AMPLIFIER REQUIREMENTS||50 – 400W|
|HARMONIC DISTORTION||2nd & 3rd harmonics (90dB, 1m)
<0.5% 40Hz – 100kHz
<0.2% 200Hz – 10kHz
|IMPEDANCE||4 Ohms (3.2 Ohms min.)|
|DIMENSIONS||1461 x 338 x 475mm / 57.5 x 13.3 x 18.7 in. (with plinth H x W x D)|