KEF Reference 3 Meta is a 3-way Passive Bass Reflex Floor-standing speaker by KEF. It features a 1" aluminium dome with MAT Tweeter, 1 x 5" Midrange and 2 x 6.5" aluminium cone Woofer. The speaker has a frequency range of 43-35k Hz and a sensitivity of 86 dB. KEF Reference 3 Meta has an MSRP of 15000$ per pair.
What size of room is the KEF Reference 3 Meta speaker good for?
The size of the room in which you are planning to use the KEF Reference 3 Meta is an important decision factor. Here we have evaluated its suitability to various sizes of environments considering its size and max power parameters:
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(* Approximate Room sizes: Small < 100sq. ft / 9 m2, Mid-size: 100-220 sq. ft / 9-20 m2, Large 220-400 sq. ft / 20-36 m2, Very Large: > 400 sq. ft / 36 m2.
Average Floor Height: 9" / 2.7m. Typical room sizes differ from country to country, and the actual listening experience changes depending on floor height, room shape, surface materials, listening position, speaker locations, etc.)
What are the speakers in KEF's Reference META Series?
Reference 3 Meta is a member of KEF's Reference META series of Passive speakers. Below you can see the main specs of these speakers.
KEF Reference META Series Speakers
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What is the Frequency Response of the KEF Reference 3 Meta speaker?
KEF Reference 3 Meta has a Frequency response range of 43-35k Hz at ±3dB (28Hz (-6dB)) and Power Range of 50-300 watts. At a minimum frequency of 43 Hz, Reference 3 Meta will provide a deep bass that will probably satisfy majority of listeners, especially for music. Movie lovers and music listeners who like to experience a full range response will still benefit from the use of a subwooofer though.
Visit our Powered Subwoofers section to find out more about the available subwoofer options.
Here we have a comparison of how Reference 3 Meta's Low and High frequency values compare with the average, max and min Low and High frequency values in its class.
Among the speakers in our database with a max MSRP price of 20000$ (Pair), these are the 5 Passive Floor-standing speakers that have the deeper bass levels than the KEF Reference 3 Meta's 43Hz:
What is the Crossover frequency of KEF Reference 3 Meta?
Reference 3 Meta is a 3-way speaker and its crossover frequency between the woofer and the midrange set to 450Hz and the Crossover frequency between the midrange and the tweeter is set to 2100Hz.
What are the Impedance and Sensitivity of the KEF Reference 3 Meta? Is it an easy-to-drive speaker?
KEF Reference 3 Meta's nominal impedance level is 4 ohms
but can go down to as low as 3.2 ohms
, and has a sensitivity of 86 dB
Nominal Impedance of 4 Ohms means that the KEF Reference 3 Meta is a difficult to drive speaker from nominal Impedance perspective, make sure that you choose an amplifier than can provide 4 Ohms for this speaker.
Many AVRs (audio/video receiver) in the market may have difficulty when the speakers dip below the 4 Ohms levels (this may cause clipping or even physical damage), so we recommend to not pair the KEF Reference 3 Meta with an AVR but use an Integrated Amplifier instead.
With a sensitivity level of only 86 dB, KEF Reference 3 Meta is a difficult to drive speaker from Sensitivity perspective, make sure to choose an amplifier with a high output if you like listening to your music at high volume levels. You may especially have a hard time using Tube amplifiers which are traditionally very low power compared to Class A/B or Class D speakers.
Minimum Impedance of KEF Reference 3 Meta
Even though the nominal impedance of the Reference 3 Meta is 4 ohms, the minimum impedance level of this speaker according to KEF is 3.2 ohms KEF Reference 3 Meta so while choosing an amplifier, you should ideally check if the unit you are considering can provide this impedance level.
Check the amplifiers that are in a similar price range to the KEF Reference 3 Meta:
Reference 3 Meta has Custom 5-way bi-wire tool-less binding posts type connectors and lets bi-amping/bi-wiring. Bi-wiring can provide improvements in the overall transparency of your loudspeakers by running separate speaker wires to the low & high frequency drivers from a single amplifier. Bi-amping allows the use of separate amplifiers for the high & low frequency drivers of your loudspeaker which may result in greater dynamic range & lower distortion.
KEF Reference 3 Meta External Dimensions and Weight
KEF Reference 3 Meta has external dimensions of (Height x Width x Depth) 47.5 x 12.7 x 18.4 in. (1207 x 323 x 467 mm ).
Base Surface Area
Base surface area of a loudspeaker may become a determining factor when the space in your room or desk is limited.
The base area of KEF Reference 3 Meta is approximately 1508.4cm2 / 233.8inch2.
To get a better perspective on the real life size of KEF Reference 3 Meta, let's compare it with a standard size Compact Disc which has a diameter of 4.7inch (120mm).
Here we place the KEF Reference 3 Meta virtually next to a standard width amplifier and turntable on a media center to get a better idea about the size.
The KEF Reference 3 Meta weighs 51.30kg / 112.9lbs per piece. Here is a comparison of how Reference 3 Meta's weight compares with the average, max and min weights in its class.
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How does the KEF Reference 3 Meta compare to the KEF Reference 5 Meta?
One of the natural alternative to the KEF Reference 3 Meta is the Reference 5 Meta which is located one step higher in KEF's Passive Floor-standing selection.
Here is a scaled size comparison of these two speakers to give you an idea how their external dimensions compare:
Check the Detailed Comparison of KEF Reference 3 Meta vs Reference 5 Meta for more details.
Cabinet type and Materials
KEF Reference 3 Meta has a Bass Reflex
type cabinet. Bass Reflex type loudspeakers (aka Ported, Vented or Reflex Port) have enclosures that uses a port, hole or vent cut into the cabinet. Ported designs are generally more efficient than the Sealed designs.
KEF Reference 3 Meta is a rear-firing port speaker so you have to make sure you leave enough space between the back of the speaker and wall or bookshelf so that it has room to breathe.
KEF Reference 3 Meta is available in High-Gloss White/Blue, High-Gloss White/Champagne, High-Gloss Black/Grey, High-Gloss Black/Copper and Satin Walnut/Silver.
For more information about how to setup, use and maintain the KEF Reference 3 Meta, use the direct link below to download the official manual document:
Download User Manual for KEF Reference 3 Meta
Here is a link to download the official brochure for the KEF Reference 3 Meta speaker:
Official Brochure for KEF Reference 3 Meta
Official Product Page
Official manufacturer's product page for the KEF Reference 3 Meta speaker can be found below:
Official Product Page for KEF Reference 3 Meta
5 years of parts warranty and 5 years of labor warranty is generally provided by the manufacturer.