KEF R5 Surround Speaker System Review

Speakers
Performance
Build Quality
Value

Subwoofer
Performance
Features
Build Quality
Value

PRICE $10,200 (as tested)

AT A GLANCE

Plus

Sweet, clean highs
Superb dialogue clarity
Detailed but not aggressive sound

Minus

Slightly limited treble diffusion
R3s make for pricey surrounds

THE VERDICT

With a sweet balance on music and potent, but not aggressive, manner with movies, KEF’s R-series system delivers all-around outstanding performance.

KEF’S R Series speakers have long occupied the middle range of the British manufacturer’s offerings. While the previous R Series was starting to get a bit long in the tooth, I found the performance of those speakers to be superb, having reviewed the last generation R700 for Sound & Vision’s sister publication Stereophile in 2014.

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