KEF R500 Floorstanding Speaker Review : It’s unquestionably elegant but does the R500 deliver?

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What is the KEF R500?

The KEF R500 is a three-way floorstanding speaker and the smallest floorstanding member of the R Series. In keeping with being a KEF product, it incorporates many key features of KEF speaker design including the Uni-Q driver and trickle down technology from some of the more sophisticated members of the KEF range, including the mighty Blade – a no holds barred take on the principles of a speaker that dispenses with many pieces of received wisdom. As you might expect, at a fifteenth the price of a Blade, the R500 is a more conventional looking device but the DNA is there.

The KEF also occupies an interesting price point. At £1,500, it sits between the tiny but staggeringly capable Neat IOTA Alpha and the physics defying PMC twenty5.21. Does the KEF do enough to stand out between these two outstanding speakers and be a worthwhile choice for someone looking for some serious stereo?

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