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KEF Ci5160REF $10k/ea In Wall Speaker Preview



  • Product Name: Ci5160REF-THX
  • Manufacturer: KEF
  • Review Date: February 20, 2017 07:00
  • MSRP: $10,000 each
  • First Impression: Pretty Cool
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Nominal Impedance
4 Ω
Sensitivity 90dB (2.83V/ 1m)
Frequency Response 40Hz - 28kHz (±6dB) open backed
Crossover Frequencies 300Hz, 2.4kHz
Drive Units LF: 4 x 160mm (6.5 in.)
MF: 160mm (6.5 in.)
HF: 25mm (1 in.) Uni-Q
Recommended Amplifier Power 40 - 250W
Product external dimensions H x W x D : 1070 x 230 x 105.7 mm (42.13 x 9.06 x 4.16 in.)
H x W x D with Grille : 1073 x 242 x 112.4 mm (42.24 x 9.53 x 4.43 in.)
Cut-out dimensions H x W : 1052 x 209mm (41.42 x 8.23 in.)
Mounting depth from surface 99mm (3.9 in.)
Net Weight 19 kg (41.89 lbs)

Executive Overview

For custom installed speaker specialists, the new KEF Ci5160Ci5160-refREF-THX might be the new go to in wall speaker for the highest of the high end home theaters. As part of the new Extreme Home Theater THX Ci Series, KEF is certainly proud of this series which is THX Ultra 2 certified and are priced at $10,000 each.

The Ci5160REF-THX features four powerful linear 165mm (6.5 inch) bass drivers and KEF's flagship 125mm (5 inch) MF/HF Uni-Q array with 25mm (1 inch) vented aluminum dome tweeter at the acoustic center. The 6.5 inch bass drivers should provide enough punch for a great home theater experience.  The Ci5160REF-THX is 42.13″ (high) x 9.06″ (wide) x 4.16″ (deep) and is rated at 4-ohms nominal with recommended power of 40 watts to 250 watts, and sensitivity of 90 dB. Frequency response is rated from 40Hz to 28kHz (though with no tolerances given), and the crossover frequencies are set at 300 Hz and 2400 Hz, respectively.

The Ci5160REF-THX is THX Ultra 2 Certified to give all of the detail, imaging, resolution and soundstage found in THX certified speakers.  THX Ultra2 Certified products are designed to bring the cinematic experience to larger home theaters, 3,000 cubic feet in size or larger, with a viewing distance of 12 feet or greater from the screen. The Ci5160REF-THX is tastefully finished with a brushed 11mm (7/16”) thick aluminum front baffle.

The Ci5160REF-THX will be available now but it comes with a whopping $10,000/ea price tag.  Is it worth it?  Depends on how big of a KEF fan you are and how deep your pockets.



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Recent Forum Posts:

Will Wolf posts on February 20, 2017 19:05
Well, You'd better be sure the wall you are placing it in has just the perfect resonance to go with the speaker!

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tyhjaarpa posts on February 20, 2017 14:54
They indeed look really promising for in wall speakers.. But the price tag how ever is something I would not even consider.. For that price tag I would much prefer to get great towers.
gene posts on February 20, 2017 14:49
Looking for a great in wall speaker for your better than cinema quality home theater? Check out the new Ci5160REF-THX in wall speakers from KEF. With four 6.5" bass drivers and KEF's awesome 5 inch MF/HF Uni-Q array this might be the speaker for your needs.

But with a price point of $10,000 each are they worth it? Read on to find out.

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