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#263383 - 2017-04-21 08:43 Active speaker Roon zone
Ratbert Offline
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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]
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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 Online   content
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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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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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Loc: North Carolina, USA
Caskeid or something I think.
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NC1: 861v4+ID40, 218, MS200 (to outdoors), DSP8000SE (upgraded). 5500VC, 5500s, Hsu Research ULS15x2, DirecTV, Oppo BD103, QNAP251, Roon
NC2-see FL 2 with Triad Silver Speakers

FL1: G61R, 218, DSP8000SEs, 5500HC, DSP6000s, MS600, DirecTv, Oppo BD103, QNAP469, Roon
FL2: Marantz 7005, M60s, M60C, M33s, Oppo BDP-93, MS200, Roon

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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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#263749 - 2017-05-02 12:05 Re: Active speaker Roon zone [Re: Ratbert]
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It's a pity that you can't specify which speaker is right and left. All the connections are on the right speaker. I need them on the left frown
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#263754 - 2017-05-02 12:36 Re: Active speaker Roon zone [Re: JobSeeker]
GMT Offline
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Is it what's stopping you from buying them?

Cheers
Tom
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#263771 - 2017-05-02 14:33 Re: Active speaker Roon zone [Re: JobSeeker]
Mtns Offline
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Can't you just reverse the wires at the output or with a splitter or whatever is required and reverse the speaker locations?
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NC1: 861v4+ID40, 218, MS200 (to outdoors), DSP8000SE (upgraded). 5500VC, 5500s, Hsu Research ULS15x2, DirecTV, Oppo BD103, QNAP251, Roon
NC2-see FL 2 with Triad Silver Speakers

FL1: G61R, 218, DSP8000SEs, 5500HC, DSP6000s, MS600, DirecTv, Oppo BD103, QNAP469, Roon
FL2: Marantz 7005, M60s, M60C, M33s, Oppo BDP-93, MS200, Roon

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#263835 - 2017-05-03 21:34 Re: Active speaker Roon zone [Re: GMT]
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Originally Posted By GMT
Is it what's stopping you from buying them?
It's certainly mitigating against it.
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#263836 - 2017-05-03 21:37 Re: Active speaker Roon zone [Re: Mtns]
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Originally Posted By Mtns
Can't you just reverse the wires at the output or with a splitter or whatever is required and reverse the speaker locations?

I don't really understand that on a technical level. There's loads of different hard wired connections for stuff on the right speaker. All the things I would want to connect would be next to the left speaker (with no easy route for wiring to the right speaker even if I was prepared to have loads of long wires)
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