Three-channel passive home theater sound bar with KEF Uni-Q® driver arrays
Our take on the KEF HTF8003 by Crutchfield's Emily S.
Incredible KEF audio for your front soundstage
I've been awed by the room-filling sound of KEF's LS50 speakers every time I've heard them. So I was excited to see KEF include some of those signature technologies — especially their Uni-Q drivers — into one streamlined sound bar.
The HTF8003 combines individual left, center, and right channels into a single acoustically inert aluminum cabinet. Its glossy, black finish and slim oval profile will look cool whether it's wall-mounted or sitting on your TV stand. But remember — it's passive, so you'll need a home theater receiver to power it.
All the spots are sweet with Uni-Q
Each of this sound bar's three channels includes KEF's patented Uni-Q driver, which places the tweeter in the acoustic center of a bass/midrange driver. This single, focused audio source means the sound is more evenly distributed throughout your room. In short, the “sweet spot” is wherever you happen to be sitting.
- includes separate left, right, and center channels in a single sound bar speaker design
- non-powered — connects to your home theater receiver's front three channels
- designed for TVs 42" and larger
- includes wall mount bracket or speaker base for tabletop placement
- frequency response 70-22,000 Hz (±3dB)
- sensitivity: 87 dB
- impedance: 8 ohms
- each channel contains a three-way speaker system:
- KEF Uni-Q® driver with 3" bass/midrange driver and 5/8" tweeter
- 3" woofer
- 3" passive bass radiator
- 3 sets of gold-plated spring post speaker terminals (one set per channel)
- banana plugs not supported
- rigid aluminum enclosure
- gloss black finish
- 37-13/16"W x 4-3/4"H x 3-3/8"D
- weight: 13.2 lbs.
- warranty: 5 years
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
What's in the Box:
- Passive soundbar loudspeaker
- Wall-mount bracket
- 2 Metal kick-stands
- 2 Rubber feet
- 2 Threaded posts
- Installation Manual
- Registration Card
- Wall-Mount Template
Features and Specs
|Pieces in System||1|
|Surround Sound Decoding||No|
|4K Video Compatible||No|
|HDR Video Compatible||No|
|Audio Return Channel||No|
|Remote IR Passthrough||No|
|Works with TV Remote (IR)||No|
|Control by App||N|
|Mounting Bracket Included||Yes|
|Surface Mount Stand Included||Yes|
|Speaker Parts Warranty||5 Years|
|Speaker Labor Warranty||5 Years|
|Amplifier Parts Warranty||N/A|
|Amplifier Labor Warranty||N/A|
|System Frequency Response||70Hz - 22k Hz|
|Sound Bar RMS Power||0|
|Subwoofer RMS Power||N/A|
|Inputs and Outputs|
|Mini Stereo Audio Inputs||None|
|RCA Stereo Audio Inputs||None|
|Optical Digital Audio Inputs||None|
|Coaxial Digital Audio Inputs||None|
|Sound Bar (inches)||4-3/4H x 37-13/16W x 3-3/8D|
|Sound Bar Weight||13.2 lbs|
|Subwoofer (inches)||No Subwoofer|
Passive Soundbar Loudspeaker: Delivering on the promise of KEF's legendary sound quality and rock solid sonic imaging, the HTF8003 passive soundbar loudspeaker produces the home theater's front soundstage from a single acoustically inert aluminum enclosure that recreates the performance of three discrete loudspeakers (Left Front, Center, and Right Front).
Note: The KEF HTF8003 is a passive soundbar loudspeaker (not an active soundbar speaker) and will require a separate AV receiver or integrated amplifier.
3-Channel Design: Each of the HTF8003 passive soundbar's three channels (Left Front, Center, & Right Front) is comprised of a three-way speaker system containing a KEF Uni-Q driver with a 0.6" tweeter and 3" midrange, a 3" mid-bass woofer, and a 3" Auxiliary Bass Radiator (ABR).
Uni-Q Driver Array: The HTF8003 utilizes KEF's patented Uni-Q driver configuration that places the tweeter in the acoustic center of the midrange cone. This creates a single focused audio source that disperses the sound image evenly throughout the room so that everyone enjoys the full richness of music or movie soundtracks. KEF's patented "sit anywhere" Uni-Q driver in the HTF8003 places a 0.6" tweeter in the acoustic center of a 3" midrange cone driver. This allows both the midrange and tweeter to act as a single, focused source of sound that is dispersed widely and evenly throughout the room. The practical benefit is that great sound can be experienced from anywhere in the listening environment removing the "sweet spot" effect.
3" Mid-Bass Woofer & Auxiliary Bass Radiator (ABR): The KEF HTF8003 pairs three 3" mid-bass woofers with three 3" Auxiliary Bass Radiators (one woofer and one radiator per channel) for extended bass output from a passive soundbar loudspeaker.
Aluminum Enclosure: The KEF HT8003 passive soundbar loudspeaker incorporates an acoustically inert aluminum enclosure for uncolored and natural sound.
Spring-Post Terminals: Each channel (Left Front, Center, and Right Front) of the HTF8003 features a set of spring-post terminals that will accept up to 12AWG bare wire. The spring-post terminals are too small to support banana plugs.
Mounting Options: The KEF HTF8003 soundbar loudspeaker is sized to perfectly complement 42" and larger flat-panel TVs. The HTF8003 soundbar comes supplied with both a wall-mount bracket and table-top feet which make it an elegant compliment to almost any flat-panel television. Wall-mount screws not included.
- Wall-Mount Dimensions: 37.8125" (w) x 4.75" (h) x 3.625" (d)
- Table-Top Dimensions: 37.8125" (w) x 4.75" (h) x 4.5" (d)
Optional Powered Subwoofer: A KEF Kube series powered subwoofer (sold separately) is the perfect addition to the HTF8003 soundbar loudspeaker.
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