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October 12 2021

Audio brand KEF celebrates 60th anniversary by launching its charitable foundation

As part of its celebrations this year, KEF will launch its charitable Foundation and several new boundary-pushing products in its continued mission to democratize sound and ensure the enjoyment of high-fidelity for generations to come.

For six decades, KEF has been a proud pioneer of extraordinary sound quality, creating remarkable, award-winning speakers. Over its time its continuous innovation and pursuit of excellence has earned the brand a justifiably devoted following of audiophiles, artists, and creatives.

International KEF month 2021
An annual celebration of KEF’s birthday month, October has become International KEF Month (IKM). For this special year, KEF has curated six playlists, selecting iconic British tracks that best represent each decade, which will be available to download and stream on Spotify, Tidal, and Apple Music.

This October, there will also be the opportunity for three music fans to hear sound as their favorite artists intended, entering to win one of three prizes: a pair of LS50 Wireless II plus a KC62 subwoofer; a pair of LS50 Wireless II; or a pair of Mu3 Noise Cancelling True Wireless Earphones. Entrants simply need to tell KEF which of the six decades is their favorite musical period, what piece of music they feel best reflects it and why.

Playlists and competition entry can be found via kef.com.

Entering this next era, KEF wants to ensure that the future of high-fidelity is personal, giving more people access to an exceptional listening experience. In this anniversary year, KEF will launch the most advanced products it has ever created – to be announced in the coming months – which will again push the boundaries of the listening experience, both at home and on the move.

Securing the future of unrivalled sound design, KEF will launch its Foundation which is created to support the unsung heroes of the audio world through grants and scholarships; to put coming generations through leading courses and to offer grants for activations and initiatives that push the boundaries in the audio space. The program is aimed at the professionals and pioneers who work behind the scenes to bring the magic of high-fidelity alive through innovative products and ideas, including acoustic engineers, audio engineers, sound mixers, and designers across music, film, and gaming.

With a team of talented engineers and in-house designers who work together to maintain the brand’s audio integrity, KEF has also partnered with the likes of Ross Lovegrove, Michael Young, Sir Terence Conran, Eric Chan and Marcel Wanders to bring their unique perspectives to KEF’s product design. 

Listen and believe
KEF’s ongoing mission is to deliver sound with as little intervention as possible; from treble to bass, and everything in between. They believe that listeners should be able to close their eyes and immerse themselves in the sound so deeply that they are transported to the source in their minds. The KEF team combines their obsession with acoustic authenticity and innovative engineering to bring an unrivalled sound experience to generations.

KEF’s story
KEF is named after its original site – Kent Engineering and Foundry in Maidstone – where it continues to develop its bar-setting products today. Established in 1961 by Raymond Cooke OBE, the BBC engineer was propelled by a love of music and refusal to compromise. Since its inception, KEF has existed to fill rooms with music as it was made to be heard and to move souls with truly authentic soundscapes. Over the years it has never lost sight of its British roots, uncompromising quality, or boundary-pushing innovations.

Always at the cutting edge of audio tech, KEF pioneered the early use of synthetic materials and was the first company to use computer simulation to measure and develop speaker performance, followed by the creation of its disruptive Uni-Q, Uni-Core, and revolutionary Metamaterial Absorption technologies. The original collection of high-fidelity speakers, architectural speakers and subwoofers has evolved to include breakthrough wireless speakers, portable Bluetooth speakers, and headphones.

With a team of talented engineers and in-house designers who work together to maintain the brand’s audio integrity, KEF has also partnered with the likes of Ross Lovegrove, Michael Young, Sir Terence Conran, Eric Chan, and Marcel Wanders to bring their unique perspectives to KEF’s product design.

About KEF
KEF was founded in 1961 by Raymond Cooke OBE (1925–1995). Headquartered, in those early years, in a Nissen Hut on the premises of Kent Engineering & Foundry in the UK, after more than half a century at the cutting edge of audio the company remains committed to excellence in sound. From ground-breaking Uni-Q technology to the bar-setting LS50 Wireless, KEF’s flair for the unusual – and sometimes controversial – balances an obsession with design in harmony with the most innovative engineering. KEF’s reputation for quality is founded on a refusal to compromise on aural authenticity or experience.

 

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