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Latest Ci Series Combines Legendary KEF Audio Performance with Practical Benefits for Business Environments; Meets Highest Specification Requirements for Commercial Interior Use

MARLBORO, NJ — September 25, 2007 — KEF, renowned British manufacturer of audiophile-quality speakers, announced the upcoming release of a complete new range of high-performance speakers designed specifically for foreground music and music/paging applications in retail, commercial and hospitality environments.

“The new Ci line has been specifically designed for the practical realities of architectural installation in commercial applications,” stated Alec Chanin, president of KEF America. “Coupled with a simple mounting system to ease the installation process, KEF‘s Ci Commercial Series speakers set new standards of audio integrity in public spaces.”

With back-cans, 70V/100V multi-tap transformers for distributed line systems, UL2043 safety approval for use in air handling spaces and UL1480-5 for fire protection signaling systems, all new KEF Ci Commercial Speakers meet the highest specification requirements for commercial interior use.

The new Ci Commercial Series is comprised of the following models:

Ci110FCT In-Ceiling Speaker
A full-bandwidth speaker with an ultra-low distortion motor driving a rigid 4”cone, the Ci110FCT generates a spacious, lucid and intricately detailed soundfield. Timbre-matched to the rest of the range, it‘s suitable for all internal in-ceiling applications. The unusually low profile back can makes the Ci110FCT ideal for fitting into restricted ceiling cavities. KEF‘s ingeniously simple mounting system makes it exceptionally easy to install. The Ci110FCT is supplied with a C-ring mounting bracket and tile hanger for use in suspended ceilings. Ci110FCT In-Ceiling Speakers have an MSRP of $199.99 ea.

Ci115QCT In-Ceiling Speaker
Incorporating the latest incarnation of KEF‘s signature technology, the patented Uni-Q® ‘point-source‘ driver configuration, the Ci115QCT disperses the soundfield more evenly and over a far wider area than is possible with conventional speakers. This provides far greater freedom of positioning, solving otherwise difficult speaker placement problems. The compact 4.5” Uni-Q array produces an expansive, accurate and sumptuously detailed sound image out of all proportion to its modest size. The bezels and grilles can be finished to blend unobtrusively with the décor. Incorporates KEF‘s ingeniously simple mounting system and supplied with accessories for suspended ceiling applications. Ci115QCT In-Ceiling Speakers have an MSRP of $299.99 ea.

Ci160QCT In-Ceiling Speaker
The top of the line Ci160QCT is built around the latest incarnation of KEF‘s patented 6.5” Uni-Q driver array. The Ci160QCT is ideal for applications where the finest sound quality is desired and as with the Ci115QCT, it disperses the soundfield more evenly and over a far wider area than is possible with conventional speakers. The bezels and grilles can be finished to blend unobtrusively with the décor. Incorporates KEF‘s ingeniously simple mounting system and supplied with accessories for suspended ceiling applications. Ci160QCT In-Ceiling Speakers have an MSRP of $399.99 ea.

Ci160ST In-Ceiling Subwoofer
Reproducing lower frequencies with confident accuracy is critical for achieving a satisfyingly full-bodied sound in public spaces, and with the dedicated long-throw 6.5” bass driver from KEF‘s renowned iQ range, the Ci160ST in-ceiling subwoofer delivers gloriously extended, articulate and distortion-free bass. The tonal match is perfect with the rest of the new Ci Commercial Series. As with all other speakers in the Ci Commercial series, the bezels and grilles can be finished to blend unobtrusively with the décor. Incorporates KEF‘s ingeniously simple mounting system and supplied with accessories for suspended ceiling applications. Ci160ST In-Ceiling Subwoofers have an MSRP of $399.99 ea.

Ci600QAW Outdoor Speaker
Created for exterior applications, the new Ci600QAW is the only full range all-weather loudspeaker with the performance advantages of KEF‘s patented Uni-Q technology. The latest generation Uni-Q driver array disperses the soundfield more evenly, and over a far wider area than conventional speakers, giving the system designer far greater latitude in speaker positioning. Incorporating weather-resistant drivers and terminals and with an integral swiveling mounting bracket, the Ci600QAW can be relied on to deliver superb sound quality in virtually any outdoor environment – even in the most demanding applications, such as ocean-going vessels. Ci600QAW Outdoor Speakers have an MSRP of $299.99 ea.

Talking Points:
• KEF releases new Ci Commercial Series specifically created for commercial applications.
• Ci Commercial Series speakers meet highest specification requirements for commercial interior use.
• First commercial specific speakers with legendary KEF sound quality.
• Only commercial specific speakers featuring Uni-Q technology, easing placement requirements.
• All feature KEF‘s simple mounting system and include accessories for suspended ceiling applications.
• Series is comprised of 5 models: 3 in-ceiling full-range, 1 in-ceiling subwoofer, 1 all-weather.
• All models in the Ci Commercial Series will be available September 2007 at retail prices ranging from $199.99 to $399.99.

About KEF Audio

KEF Audio, a division of GP Acoustics, is a UK-based company that has earned a reputation as the premier manufacturer of stunning, audiophile-quality speakers for modern home theater, hi-fi and custom installation applications. KEF products, distributed around the world, have won awards on both sides of the Atlantic. KEF is a brand name long associated with style, quality and technical innovation.

Founded in 1961 by a British electrical engineer named Raymond Cooke on the banks of the River Medway, KEF is driven by a passionate belief in the power of innovation and quality. Still occupying the same riverbank site, KEF remains passionate about its patented, proven technologies such as Uni-Q® and ACE®. These characteristics, traditions and, above all, quality, secure KEF’s reputation as a world class manufacturer of the best speakers in the world.
About KEF America, Inc.

KEF America, a division of KEF Audio, offers loyal North American audiophiles a line of innovative speakers and components unmatched in the industry for quality and innovation. Headquartered in Marlboro, New Jersey, KEF America shares the same guiding principles as its British counterpart: ground-breaking design, exceptional sound and an unshakeable commitment to excellence.

For additional information about KEF and its award-winning products, please visit www.kef.com.

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