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#270030 - 2017-11-19 08:49 Re: KEF LS50W [Re: Richard W]
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I have the grey with red drivers (more towards orange) and find they blend in just fine, worth seeing in the flesh before making a judgement YMMV.

Russ


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Edited by Ratbert; 2017-11-19 09:11.
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#270104 - 2017-11-21 19:19 Re: KEF LS50W [Re: Ratbert]
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Today, I auditioned the LS50W’s at The Little Audio Company in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter.

I was seriously impressed. The online reviews are to taken at face value.

They’re definately on my shopping list when I’ve cleared out all my Meridian kit.


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#270105 - 2017-11-21 20:00 Re: KEF LS50W [Re: spinaltap]
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Originally Posted By spinaltap
They’re definately on my shopping list when I’ve cleared out all my Meridian kit.
How very very sad. Completely understandable and justifiable, but sad nonetheless.


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#273712 - 2018-02-24 20:30 Re: KEF LS50W [Re: Richard W]
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Originally Posted By Richard W
The KEF site has a designer inspired pair dark with a rather modernistic pattern that looked quite attractive vs the white with copper drivers until I scrolled down and the pattern is glow in the dark.
I have a pair on 60day trial from Crutchfield at the moment. This is the Nocturne designer option which I happen to like. The glow in the dark part is only if you hit them with a black light. I was expecting some glow in the dark after cutting the lights. Actually kind of happy they don’t as they disappear in low light o/w. The digital pattern is subtle from a distance in daylight. Less noticeable than a starkly contrasting colored driver. And is a representation of digital music. Unique.

But the real treat is the sound. Only a few hours on them but I can already say that these blow away the Devialet Gold Phantoms that I just sent back on trial. Phantoms were far too bass heavy and recessed. These are balanced and transparent. I’m using my small Velodyne sub to augment below 50, but there is good impact. The coherency and sound stage is eery. And dare I say better than my 5k’s that are functioning as pedestals with Isoacoustics Aperta isolation stands on top of them.

Downsides : the software/app is glitchy and they don’t support gapless. Both apparently solved with Roon as the LS50W functions as a Roon endpoint and will then play gapless. But of course require Ethernet connection to do so. They were never truly wireless so what’s one more cat 6 cable to the one master speaker - which can be now switched left or right. In fact they are now essentially a Meridian speakerlink DSP. I think a huge part is the KEF coaxial driver. What KEF and Meridian could accomplish together...


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Edited by Nstzya; 2018-02-25 18:36.
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#273713 - 2018-02-24 21:05 Re: KEF LS50W [Re: Nstzya]
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I have a pair I use with Roon, they will work wireless or wired, I chose wired.


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#273714 - 2018-02-24 21:15 Re: KEF LS50W [Re: Ratbert]
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You certain? I thought I read that it must have Ethernet connection. Not yet Roon facile, so forgive ignorance - but will the fact that I,m using iOS iPad only make difference? Will I still be able to Roon with wireless WiFi?


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#273718 - 2018-02-25 05:37 Re: KEF LS50W [Re: Nstzya]
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Look up the powered model on Amazon and you will find 2 digital(plus an analog) wired options.


James
NC1: 861v4+ID40, 218, MS200 (to outdoors), DSP8000SE (upgraded). 5500VC, 5500s, Hsu Research ULS15x2, DirecTV, Oppo BD103, QNAP251, Roon
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#273719 - 2018-02-25 07:40 Re: KEF LS50W [Re: Mtns]
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They are three times the price of 5ks though. New tweeters & recap might sweeten them up.

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#273722 - 2018-02-25 08:53 Re: KEF LS50W [Re: Ogri]
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Not really a valid comparison, how much were 5k’s new?


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#273723 - 2018-02-25 09:45 Re: KEF LS50W [Re: Ratbert]
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I would have thought new price 5ks vs KEF price would have been not valid, you can’t buy them new anymore, also shouldn’t we be looking at “if I had a choice would I spend £600 on 5ks or £2000 on KEFs”?

5ks cost £600, here.

Current cost vs current SQ?

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#273724 - 2018-02-25 09:56 Re: KEF LS50W [Re: Ogri]
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As the LS50w’s are a Roon endpoint just connect an Ethernet cable the decision was an easy one, personally I do not want a speaker I need to get recapped or the tweeters replaced, didn’t CMB recently post the drivers were no longer available? I prefer to sit back and enjoy the music, YMMV.


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#273725 - 2018-02-25 10:12 Re: KEF LS50W [Re: Ratbert]
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Sorry the point wasn’t about your decision, there was a comparison about SQ “better than my 5ks” and about comparing historic rather than current prices.

Some of us like to fiddle. Yes, you’d have to add a raspberry pi & board, I think that’s a bit of fun.

Drivers come up periodically, I have a few spares. Not made anymore but available. Same with the tweeters.

I’m happy to solder a little, then sit back and enjoy the music ( all on a budget).

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