T301c UltraThin Center Speaker
|The best of home theater |
With a flat screen TV, you want speakers to match. Really flat. More importantly, you also want to fill the room with high definition 3D sound that’s every bit as involving as what’s on screen.
|Slim speakers, serious sound|
KEF's revolutionary T Series is in a different league from any low profile speaker you've ever heard. As one of the world's thinnest high performance home theatre systems, the T Series combines several landmark innovations: a radical ultra-low profile bass and midrange driver, and a large, fully vented tweeter. By incorporating both in cabinets only 35mm (just over 1.25in.) deep, the T Series brings you all the pleasures of true audiophile quality sound in a speaker that perfectly complements the aesthetics of the latest flat screen TVs.
|Ultra-slim bass driver|
Clean, forceful response that brings the action vividly to life.
Instead of a cone, the radical new twin-layer bass and midrange unit has a flat diaphragm whose rigidity throughout the frequency range is maintained by very fine stiffening ribs, with the driver as a whole acting as a stressed member to help eliminate any unwanted resonance from the slim cabinet. The resulting response is as clean, accurate and distortion-free as a quality conventional speaker, with none of the bulk.
In addition to minimising the height of the magnets, we placed the entire suspension outside the magnet system so that it adds nothing to its height. Whether you opt for the standard satellite and centre speakers or the larger models with additional bass/midrange drivers, the result is an exceptionally shallow unit that allows the enclosure to have the same installed depth as current flat screen TVs without compromising acoustic integrity in the slightest. Lush yet well controlled, it's the kind of performance that brings soundtrack effects to life with a real sense of drama.
|Large vented tweeter|
A warm, natural sound that's so real you feel you're there.
The generous size of the sophisticated new 25mm (1in.) vented tweeter specially developed for the T Series allows exceptionally accurate reproduction, especially of the human voice. And silken, effortlessly pure high notes. The clarity is outstanding, even played loud.
KEF's unique 'Tangerine' waveguide helps to disperse the sound image evenly throughout the room. The combined effect is remarkable: you find yourself immersed in a dense three-dimensional sound picture that completely engages you with what's happening on screen.
The perfect balance: engineering integrity with design flair.
Everything about the T Series has been designed from first principles to achieve a sleek, unobtrusive look that matches the styling of modern TVs while still maintaining the high standard of audio fidelity KEF is famous for.
The precision etched logo and chamfered black anodised aluminium side trims hint at the meticulous attention to detail and superb build quality of what's inside. Ease of use is built in from the start, with KEF's ingenious Selecta-mount™ system concealed in the optional stand automatically adjusting each speaker's sound balance according to whether it's mounted on your wall, desktop or floor.
Great sound!Performance for the size and price cannot be beat. Love the speaker!
For anyone looking to buy and install this (very easy install), keep in mind that the mount plate is NOT centered with speaker. If you use the included template, you'll be ok. However, if you use the mount plate to level and mark your holes, you will need to account for the offset (otherwise your speakers will be off-center to the right). This is not to say the instructions aren't clear, it was definitely clearly marked on the template. This was obviously user error in assuming the mount plate would be centered with the speaker...and you know what happens when you ASS U ME.
Beautiful sound and looksI bought this to pair up with the T301 R/L speakers and I purchased the set in white. They look awesome and my only complaint visually on the center channel is that the dead space on the white part of the speaker is not symmetric.... which makes it look like just a R/L speaker tilted 90 degress (which indeed is what it is). That is a minor gripe, otherwise I'm fully satisfied.
The speakers are very low profile which at first would make you suspicious of the sound quality, but once set up I was amazed at the sound. I'm certainly not an audiophile but the center channel paired up with the T301 R/L speakers replaced a very large BIC America sound bar (which was also nice but was too large for my new layout). This is set up in a great room that is over 3000 ft^3 so If wasn't expecting them to fill the room but I was presently surprised, these leave me wanting for nothing, I highly recommend them.
Excelent BUTIt is a great looking / sound speaker but 3 minor issues:
1- I wish the side white front panel were on both sides to give it a more balance look. The right side could be removable for those who like the single side look.
2- During installation I had only one option to rout the wire behind the speaker which I needed to rout from the other side.
3- The white box looking side panel in front of the speaker (I think) has the main electrical component and for some reason it collect dust. I think it creates magnetic filed that's how it attracts dust but it can easily been whipped away. I'm talking about maybe once a month depending on where you live.
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|T301c Center Speaker
In the larger models, the same high performance 25mm (1in.) vented tweeter is paired with two 115mm (4.5in.) ultra-low profile bass and midrange drivers for an even bigger sound.
|Design||Two and a half-way closed box|
|Drive units||2 x 115mm (4.5in.) dual layer MF
25mm (1in.) aluminium HF
|Frequency response||80Hz - 30kHz|
|Amplifier requirements||10 - 150 W|
|Sensitivity (2.83V/1m)||91dB (wall mount)
88dB (floor stand mount)
|Maximum output (SPL)||110dB|
|Internal volume||1.4 Litres|
(H x W x D)
|140 x 600 x 35 mm
(5.5 x 23.6 x 1.4 in.)
** KEF reserves the right, in line with continuing research and development, to amend or change specifications. E&OE. **
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