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KEF MODEL3SL Pair Two-Way Closed Box Satellite Speaker Pair

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KEF MODEL3 Home Audio Speakers combine KEF’s proven Uni-Q ‘point source’ driver array from the award-winning KHT separates system with a unique new application of NXT flat panel technology, delivering detailed 3D surround effect from just two speakers positioned at the front of the room, with no need for speakers and cables behind the listener.

Like all great ideas, the concept is simple. The vertical NXT flat panels behind the main arrays create virtual rear effects speakers, while the Uni-Q drivers create a perfect‘phantom’ centre speaker right in the middle of the screen – just like the movies. The effect is certainly impressive, with pin-sharp dialogue and vocals appearing to come from the performers’ mouths as if they were physically there. The same is true for rear effects – with your eyes closed, you’d swear the sound was coming from behind you. The acoustic illusion of all three virtual speakers is accentuated by the Uni-Q driver configuration, which spreads the sound image over a much larger area than a conventional speaker. 

  • newegg KEF Uni-Q Originally developed for KEF’s legendary audiophile loudspeakers, the Uni-Q driver uses aerospace materials to engineer a high performance tweeter that’s small enough to mount in the centre of the bass/midrange cone so that both act as a single point source. As this configuration disperses the sound over a much wider area, it has huge benefits for home theatre: speaker positioning is far more flexible, and everyone in the room enjoys the same clear, realistic 3D soundscape. It also creates a perfect ‘centre speaker’ image from the left and right channels in a way that conventional speakers simply can’t.
  • newegg NXT flat panel technology The rear effects signal is directed to NXT panels mounted vertically behind the main drivers. KEF’s innovation is to use freestanding (rather than wall-mounted) NXT panels, allowing the sound to reflect off the side walls to the back of the room. Like the dipole rear speakers of high-end home theatre systems, this generates the wide, diffuse sound-field you need for convincing ambient effects.
  • newegg Cast aluminum enclosures The beauty of die cast aluminum as a speaker enclosure is that it’s acoustically inert. So you don’t get cabinet vibrations interfering with the purity of the sound; and because there’s no conventional box behind the drive units, there are no distorting internal resonances either.

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Surround/Rear Channel Speakers
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Driver Units
100 mm (4 in.) Uni-Q array with 14 mm (0.6 in.) tweeter

NXT flat panel array

Magnetically shielded
Dimensions & Weight
9.33" x 4.7" x 10.23"
Die cast aluminum


Finish: Stardust silver

Quick Info


  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 5 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 5 years

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  • Bryan C.
  • 3/24/2012 8:23:41 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggsMy Home Theater system is now complete!!

Pros: - They were on sale
- Solid construction
- Good sound
- Two separate speaker inputs on each speaker allows for accurate distinction between surround and surround back channels all in one unit. This is an improvement over my previous bipole speakers that simply broadcast the surround channel in 2 different directions.

Cons: - Would have preferred the all black speakers, but the silver is matte finished at least, not too bad
- Hard to find information on anywhere, including manufacturer's website. This design is almost 10 years old and apparently hasn't been manufactured in a while. Wonder where these new units are coming from.....regardless, they work very well.

Other Thoughts: The extra input is a great feature. I'm using these for rear surrounds and now am able to wire my system as 7.1 by using the side (flat) speakers as my surround back channels. Because the round speakers are pointing toward each other (listening position in the middle), the side speakers face the front speakers and play mostly ambient-type sounds. The result (if your receiver is capable of Dolby EX or DTS 6) is a slightly more immersive sound field.

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  • James I.
  • 3/1/2012 1:11:49 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
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5 out of 5 eggsKEF Quality

Pros: Pretty. Aluminum housing is very substantial and nice. Each speaker has two sets of inputs. One for front surround and the other for rear surround. So it's like getting four speakers for the price of two. The surround drivers are on the side of each speaker and send sound around through bouncing off the walls while the front surround are the drivers visible in front. Instructions say to aim the front drivers in toward the middle to get a center channel effect. Works pretty durn good.

Cons: Not much except maybe if you thought these were typical single-channel speakers instead of two in one design.

Other Thoughts: Chile torniado gives me the runs.

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