posted on Tuesday, 18th September 2012 by Steve May
KEF has introduced its most compact in-wall loudspeaker yet. The new, square Ci100QS is not appreciably larger than the 4-inch Uni-Q driver it contains (just 127 x 127 x 76 mm), which coupled to the brand's Ultra Thin Bezel (UTB) design, makes it a rather unique proposition for space constricted installs or uneven ceilings.
The company, currently celebrating its 50th anniversary, says this makes it one of the simplest, fastest to install in-wall products on the market. Placement is certainly versatile. Uni-Q technology features a tweeter at the centre of the mid/bass driver, which effectively removes the traditional 'sweet spot' effect. Coupled with the brand's tangerine waveguide and 'Forward Woofer Mounting,' designed to eliminate diffraction, it offers a particularly wide sound dispersion. The speaker has a nominal impedance of 4Ω and a sensitivity of 88dB.
KEF says the Ci100QS is also "phenomenally corrosion-resistant" and lends itself to use in areas of high humidity, for example a pool or bathroom. The powder-coated grille is treated with a proprietary process to reduce corrosion and features moisture-resistant fixings. Resistance to salt spray also makes it well-suited for marine applications, or near-Ocean locations. The Ci100QS has a retail price of £120.
Steve is a veteran of the UK consumer electronics
industry, having covered it for
various media outlets for more than 20 years.
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