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#263383 - 2017-04-21 08:43 Active speaker Roon zone
Ratbert Offline
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Registered: 2010-12-09
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Loc: SW France
Hi All

Here is an interesting option for those HH's using Roon, Kef LS50w speakers are soon to be enabled as a Roon endpoint (presumably by a sw update rather than a hardware change), this was confirmed recently by Ron Locke of Kef to an owner on a factory tour.

A nice relatively minimalist setup although cables are still required despite the 'wireless' description.

Russ
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#263386 - 2017-04-21 09:16 Re: Active speaker Roon zone [Re: Ratbert]
GMT Offline
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Registered: 2004-10-20
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It's a nice solution and they shouldn't be the first to market with the concept! The cost to go active and network isn't huge either when compared to the passive version (£1200 difference). I looked at the specs and there doesn't seem to be an ADC involved which suggests that an rPi3/Explorer 2 /MQA solution should work and could even be powered by the speaker.

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Tom
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#263389 - 2017-04-21 09:54 Re: Active speaker Roon zone [Re: GMT]
Ratbert Offline
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Hi Tom

I agree with you they should not have been first assuming they are, either way HH have been discussing the endpoint being in the DSP speaker for a long time without any sign of it happening.

Your comments on MQA I believe are correct as you can connect to the LS50w's via the analogue phono which bypasses the DSP and operates as an analogue active speaker.

All in all a very flexible and pleasing product.

Cheers

Russ
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#263392 - 2017-04-21 10:29 Re: Active speaker Roon zone [Re: Ratbert]
Gianni Offline
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Registered: 2001-05-23
Posts: 2540
Loc: North London, United Kingdom
Did Meridian not buy into/form a partnership with a specialist wireless audio company some months back?

Did that opportunity go away with Roon?
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#263394 - 2017-04-21 10:36 Re: Active speaker Roon zone [Re: Gianni]
Ratbert Offline
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Registered: 2010-12-09
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Loc: SW France
Hi Gianni

I seem to recall something yes, not sure if it went with the Roon split?

Cheers

Russ
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#263401 - 2017-04-21 13:04 Re: Active speaker Roon zone [Re: Ratbert]
Mtns Offline
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Registered: 2010-02-03
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Caskeid or something I think.
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#263403 - 2017-04-21 13:43 Re: Active speaker Roon zone [Re: Mtns]
Ratbert Offline
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James

Thanks for reminding me how bad my memory is getting frown

Russ
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