We’re not sure anyone really has a spare $28,000, but if they happen to have a budget close to that for speakers, KEF’s revived “reference” speaker could just be the best thing you’ll hear. It was for us.

Something strange happened to this reviewer this week.

After braving the cold wet and rain of Sydney’s not-quite-tropical storm, emerging a little worse for wear with close to swimming pools in his shoes, this reviewer had none other than Miles Davis play for him in front of his very ears.

It was an unusual experience, almost cathartic, not least of all because Davis hasn’t been alive for a number of years, passing away in 1991 when this reviewer was but a wee child.

Nevertheless, Miles played the Hilton this week in Sydney, while this writer brought himself back from the cold and wet.

Or at least, that’s what it felt like to his ears, listening to a new speaker from English-sound pioneers KEF.

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If you know the name, you know how high-end the equipment is, and if you don’t know the name, you’re about to.