KEF LS50 Wireless Speakers – Hands On Review

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For KEF’s new active LS50, wireless streaming is just the start. With customizable EQ, premium digital conversion, and tailor-made amplification, the LS50 Wireless are the perfect conversion of minimalist design and audiophile sound.

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20 thoughts on “KEF LS50 Wireless Speakers – Hands On Review

  • June 18, 2017 at 19:56
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    Nice but did they really have to make the speakers look like cheap department store speakers….

  • June 18, 2017 at 22:14
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    They could have come up with a better design for the speakers.

  • June 18, 2017 at 22:22
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    One huge gripe is there is no passive mode, with speakers from high end brand names I really do expect to be able to use them on a receiver also. I know that is not what they are intended to be used with and some have pre-outs but that is not an excuse., especially when they are asking $700 extra for just the ability to go "wireless".

  • June 18, 2017 at 23:37
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    $2200 and don't even include TWEETERS….Get the fuck outta here!

  • June 19, 2017 at 13:19
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    Folks complaining about a: the design and b: the price.

    a: In the flesh these boxes actually look very classy and they weigh a ton (online colours seem to over saturate the drivers – those things are metal not plastic btw).

    The design is integral to the engineering. The drivers are a concentric design meaning the tweeter is located at the centre of the woofer to improve acoustic realism.

    Imagine if someone facing you is speaking but rather than the 'Ss" coming from the centre of their mouth they seem to come at you from above their eyebrows. It would be disconcerting. This is how conventional speaker designs work where the tweeter is located above the woofer.

    Furthermore the offset in conventional speakers creates distortions as the tweeter and driver's sound waves interfere with each other. The KEF design means that the "sweet spot" for stereo imaging is much wider than most conventional speakers. The symmetrical and curved face of the speaker is shaped to reduce acoustic reflections.

    b: This isn't just a speaker, this is an entire system in a box. Each driver has it's own monoblock amplifier and DACs factory tuned to get the optimum performance out of the driver design. To achieve the same standard using separates you're talking at least double the price – 4x monoblocks with at least 2 rated at 230 watts plus preamp and you still won't get the unique digital processing configured to synchronise the whole set up.

    All you need to to do is supply the source and you're ready to go. Firmware and software updates mean they can always be improved upon over time.

    2 grand for a box of tricks like this is a steal.

    The downside is the app is currently an absolute dog but with time this should improve.

  • July 12, 2017 at 21:37
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    Not wireless, not network addressable. Bluetooth only. So what you have here is a really good powered speaker that has to be plugged in for every scenario. You cannot stream music to these speakers from your computer.

  • September 12, 2017 at 20:58
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    I bought a pair of these 6 months ago. They are superb speakers, I've owned Quad electrostatics, the Kefs are in the same league but much easier to accommodate. They connected to a NAS drive without problem, the ability to fine tune with 'advanced' settings on the app makes tweaking the sound to ones taste is easy, the latest version of the app is much less 'buggy' and very stable.

  • October 19, 2017 at 16:28
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    dynaudio has recently come out with active wls speakers, too…hopefully you'll also get a chance to review and compare.

  • October 22, 2017 at 22:38
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    Excellent frequency timing, I am glad about that, lol. I call BS on frequency timing.

  • October 22, 2017 at 22:41
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    Never really understood transparent sound, doesn't make any sense does it really.

  • December 30, 2017 at 07:42
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    Can you connect a real good dac (say one from PS Audio or Mytek) to these? And if so, how.

  • July 6, 2018 at 17:33
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    'i heard the passive and they didnt sound very good, not much better than 500 speakers. I would be interested to hear the actives as they are probably far better matched.

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