All prices in euros () unless otherwise noted.
At time of report, 1 is approximately 1.37 US dollars.
KEFs Concept Blade, which we featured as a ShowStopper, is a simply stunning-sounding
loudspeaker. A pair of them cast a huge soundstage and had spooky-precise imaging
pouring forth from their next-generation Uni-Q drivers. But perhaps most surprising was
their assertive bass. Although the speaker appears fairly narrow from the front, and
really not all that big in any other dimension, the low-frequency output from its
four 10" woofers was outrageous. Theses woofers are mounted back-to-back, two on each
side of the carbon-fiber-and-balsa-wood cabinet.
Unlike KEFs Muon, which was a concept brought to
reality -- the Muon is for sale right now -- the Concept Blade wont ever be for sale
according to the company. Thats a real shame for audiophiles around the world. But,
of course, at the price KEF would likely have to charge, the Concept Blade would be
irrelevant for all but a few wealthy listeners anyway. Regardless, the Concept Blade was a
real treat to listen to for those who attended High End 2009.
Of course, the Concept Blade wasn't alone in this room.
Powering these impressive new speakers was a pair of Mark Levinson No.33H mono amplifiers
driven by a Music First Audio Stevens & Billington passive preamplifier. The source
component was an Arcam CD37 CD player, and cables were provided by The Chord Company.