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    Re: Anyone own KEF Blades - either version? Thoughts?

    I heard Meta Blades sometime in the future (maybe 2022) along with a price increase when that happens.

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    Re: Anyone own KEF Blades - either version? Thoughts?

    Quote Originally Posted by HifiHandyman View Post
    I heard Meta Blades sometime in the future (maybe 2022) along with a price increase when that happens.
    I think this is inevitable. KEF will "Trickle Up" the Meta technology from the LS50 to the Blades and then to the Reference line.

    That said, the current models are an incredible value and anticipate the Blade/Blade 2 Meta to take it further just as the LS50 Meta was massively improved over the LS50.

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    Re: Anyone own KEF Blades - either version? Thoughts?

    The original ls50's didn't address the backwave from the driver until meta was introduced. The drivers in the blades already address the backwave by venting the magnet into the cabinet. Unless I totally misunderstood what I've read about the speakers, meta would be redundant. KEF Blade - Uni-Q® driver array - YouTube

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    Re: Anyone own KEF Blades - either version? Thoughts?

    Quote Originally Posted by steve59 View Post
    The original ls50's didn't address the backwave from the driver until meta was introduced. The drivers in the blades already address the backwave by venting the magnet into the cabinet. Unless I totally misunderstood what I've read about the speakers, meta would be redundant. KEF Blade - Uni-Q® driver array - YouTube

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    Well, yes and no. Yes the Blades do deal with the backwave, but more in an all frequencies are the same method (sorry if that sounds confusing ), while the Meta is a large improvement of that concept. The Meta has many channels, for lack of a better term, and I forget what KEF calls it. However, the concept is that these channels are tuned to various frequencies and do a much better job of eliminating the backwave over a much larger bandwidth. The Meta can eliminate virtually all of the backwave which was not previously possible. It is a newly developed technology, or least let's call it an improvement of what they were doing in the Blades.
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    Re: Anyone own KEF Blades - either version? Thoughts?

    KEF Metamaterial Absorption Technology (Full Version) - YouTube
    An explanation of MAT technology.

    Venting a tweeter to the same enclosure as a mid or woofer would be really bad.

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    Re: Anyone own KEF Blades - either version? Thoughts?

    Quote Originally Posted by Face View Post
    KEF Metamaterial Absorption Technology (Full Version) - YouTube
    An explanation of MAT technology.

    Venting a tweeter to the same enclosure as a mid or woofer would be really bad.

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    Yeah, they haven't been doing that.
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    Re: Anyone own KEF Blades - either version? Thoughts?

    This is one of the things that I have always loved about KEF. They seem to always be pushing the pinnacle of new technology. While other companies tend to develop new technologies to put in their ultra-expensive new fangle model, KEF develops new technology to improve on speakers that people can afford and still be able to pay their bills.

    KEF has done this since day one back in 1961. Developing new and improved technologies and using these in speakers that normal people can afford!

    META is certainly a great example. This tech could have been introduced in new Blades or Reference lines but instead they decided to show the capability in a flagship model that is also affordable.

    Uni-core is another technology recently introduced! This has allowed them to build an incredibly small subwoofer with two powered drivers shared single magnet system and using their force cancelling technology. Add 1000 watts of power, aluminum casing and more and they have developed the perfect matching subwoofer system for the Metas...

    These new tech developments have allowed for true top notch floor standing performance in small easy to live with speakers! Perfect for what I want in a speaker and once again confirms why I have been a huge fan of KEF for so long!
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    Re: Anyone own KEF Blades - either version? Thoughts?

    Quote Originally Posted by HifiHandyman View Post
    Well, no one I know cares even in the slightest, so I thought I would tell you wonderful people. I have a new pair of Blades in frosted black on the way! I can’t believe it. I’m boxing up the Magnepans and putting them in storage. I’ve never seen or heard a pair of Blades in person, but you know what? I can’t wait to get them set up. I tried to buy a pair of used Wilson Yvette, but that deal did not work out, so hello Blades. I’ll keep you posted!
    Congrats!!! Have your new babies arrived yet?
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    Re: Anyone own KEF Blades - either version? Thoughts?

    try this
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    Re: Anyone own KEF Blades - either version? Thoughts?

    From early july 2021, the ceiling has been replaced since, but I really struggle with pics on this site, so.
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    Re: Anyone own KEF Blades - either version? Thoughts?

    It looks like that ceiling would be a challenge. The Blades are looking mighty nice though .
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    Re: Anyone own KEF Blades - either version? Thoughts?

    ceiling tiles over sheetrock lasted 15 years and no longer necessary. I moved my mom in with us and am overwhelmed with stuff, but hope to have my room back by summer.
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    Re: Anyone own KEF Blades - either version? Thoughts?

    Dang, going without your room has to be difficult. Those Blades would be sitting there haunting me. I would at least setup a headphone listen station somewhere .
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    Re: Anyone own KEF Blades - either version? Thoughts?

    I still listen solo, it's just that more of the room has been allocated to storage than I would have. When things get back to normal i'll post a better looking pic.
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    Re: Anyone own KEF Blades - either version? Thoughts?

    My new Blades have arrived! What a beautiful speaker and the Wife says they fit the space better than the Magnepans. Tomorrow I will play with placement and install the spikes. My next day off will be Dirac calibration day. So far, so good!

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    Re: Anyone own KEF Blades - either version? Thoughts?

    That is fantastic! Congratulations!
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    Re: Anyone own KEF Blades - either version? Thoughts?

    > My new Blades have arrived! What a beautiful speaker and the Wife says they fit the space better than the Magnepans. Tomorrow I will play with placement and install the spikes. My next day off will be Dirac calibration day. So far, so good!

    Great looking speakers. Try setting them up such that they don't need Dirac. I've used 3 room correction systems including Dirac that are built into full-range amps and have always found a slight loss of excitement factor when the Dirac, RP or MARS filter is engaged. Lots of time needed to experiment with placement, toe-in, maybe tilt, etc until you get to the position that Dirac hinders rather than helps with ultimate sound quality. That's the rewarding part of buying exceptional speakers.
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    Love the pics.

    Also noticed the Ducati Lego model?

    Do you ride?

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    Re: Anyone own KEF Blades - either version? Thoughts?

    Thanks Hear Here. That’s great advice. I will see what I can do with and without Dirac. Part of me thinks it may be time for a tube preamp. I’m considering BAT and Modwright as options.

    mdp632, I’ve been riding all my life. My current bike is a Triumph Tiger 800XCx dual-sport that I really love. I have a trip planned in September to Ecuador for a guided tour where you rent the bike from them. My bike before this was a Speed Triple, and that was just intoxicating every time I rode it. There’s a long list of previous bikes before that.

    I had no time to listen yesterday, so I’m excited to get home today and dive right in.

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    Re: Anyone own KEF Blades - either version? Thoughts?

    Great speakers. It was neck and neck for me between the Blade 2's or the Vivid Giya 3's. I loved the look of the Blades and they were my top choice(loved the narrow point source),but was concerned about my 11.5*13.5*8 room, especially after Atkinsons review. Found a great price on the Vivids, and have been thrilled. So much emotion, chills, and need to look up moments. They both blend well in smaller room with their narrow, tapered profile. Both extract the best bass performance by putting the drivers 180 degrees with back wave attenuation. The Giya's even have suspension in their stock spikes. For this reason I put off trying the Gaia feet by Isotech, what a mistake. The bass is so much delineated(Tommy Stinson has never been more vivid), deeper, and it's like a cloud of thickness over the sound was removed. Amazing. Highly recommend to try them on your blades, I feel like they may have made them work in a smaller room, they are stellar. At least your Blades won't look like penguins. Worth it for the performance.

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    Re: Anyone own KEF Blades - either version? Thoughts?

    odds are the blade 2's would be big for your 11x13' room and imagine how conventional a pair of reference 3's would look (and sound?) in that spot. The first time I saw the G3 I thought of the alien opera singer on 'The Fifth Element'.
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    Re: Anyone own KEF Blades - either version? Thoughts?

    Quote Originally Posted by HifiHandyman View Post
    My new Blades have arrived! What a beautiful speaker and the Wife says they fit the space better than the Magnepans. Tomorrow I will play with placement and install the spikes. My next day off will be Dirac calibration day. So far, so good!
    Hiya, one very small thought. I had Rythmik subwoofers with my Magnepan's, maybe even the same models that are in your photos. They were wonderful subs and worked fantastic with the Maggies. However, when I got my Meta's I decided to try the small matching KEF subs, the KC62's. They are tiny so it is hard to believe how good they are. My thoughts, if you are going to continue using the subs with your Blade's it might be worth considering KEF subs, even the tiny KC62's or something larger like the KC-92's or even the Reference sub.... don't let the size fool you, the KC62's work amazing, and dare I say a ton better than the Rythmik's when syncing with KEF speakers.
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