Reference 5 Meta

The Reference combines phenomenal high-fidelity performance with complete multi-channel versatility. All models are hand-built by KEF’s master technicians in Maidstone, Kent.


2 Year warranty

Finance example

£3,500.00 initial 20% deposit then £466.67 per month for 30 months. Other finance terms available. Finance subject to status

Reference 5 Meta


The flagship of The Reference Series is the model that all other high-performance loudspeakers compare themselves against. Now with the extraordinarily capable 12th generation Uni-Q® driver array with MAT™, Reference 5 Meta exemplifies the passion for innovation that underpins KEF’s design philosophy.

The benchmark of benchmarks
Since 1973, The Reference has continually set the benchmark for loudspeakers and sound reproduction. Pioneering the use of digital technologies to achieve the highest audio accuracy, every pair can be matched within 0.5dB to the laboratory-maintained reference standard.

Always innovating
Since the first Reference speaker, KEF engineers have continued to innovate using what is possible with The Reference. Ground-breaking in its first incarnation, each subsequent iteration of The Reference has added to the world’s knowledge of the science of acoustics.

Designed, engineered and handcrafted in UK
Since 1961, KEF have been creating remarkable award-winning loudspeakers at our UK home in Maidstone, Kent. As their flagship HiFi speakers, The Reference is still being designed, engineered, and handcrafted in Maidstone today.

Tech spec


Uni-Q driver array:
HF: 25 mm (1 in.) aluminium dome with MAT
MF: 125 mm (5 in.) aluminium cone
Bass units:
LF: 4 x 165 mm (6.5 in.) aluminium cone

Frequency range free field (-6dB)

Short port: 35Hz - 45kHz
Long port: 32Hz - 45kHz

Frequency range typical in room bass response (-6dB)



43 Hz

Frequency response (±3dB)

40Hz – 35kHz

Crossover frequency

450 Hz, 2.1 kHz

Harmonic distortion 2nd & 3rd harmonics (90dB, 1m)

<0.5% 40Hz – 100kHz
<0.2% 200Hz – 2kHz
<0.1% 2kHz - 20kHz

Maximum output (peak sound pressure level at 1m with pink noise)


Amplifier requirements

50 - 400W


4 Ω (min. 3.2 Ω)

Sensitivity (2.83V/1m)

88 dB

Dimensions (H x W x D)(with grille and terminal)

1350 x 205 x 462 mm(53.1 x 8.1 x 18.2 in.)


60.2 kg (132.7 lbs.)

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