Had a listen to the LS50s today...
I mentioned on another LS50 related thread that I was going to have a listen to these after some of you chaps suggested speakers could be a better upgrade route than a power amp.
So, the premise behind my trip to my very helpful local Sevenoaks was to take a look at my humming sub. That is now sorted using the RCA connections instead of the speaker inputs. Apparently the hum was due to a different ground loop set up on my Arcam A28 which also appeared exactly the same as a Naim Unite and Arcam A19 which we tested the sub in the store. Anyway, all good now!
So when the Sevenoaks chaps were looking at the sub, I had a listen to Pablo Honey by Radiohead (one of my favourite test discs) on the LS50s with said Arcam A19 and a Rocksan Kandy CDP. Here are MY thoughts -
-Definitely more consistant bass - no boom in the frequency range (a slight irritation I have with my R100s) but stil rich and punchy sounding so +1 to the LS50s
-Sharper treble, not in a bad way, possibly ever so slightly crisper but also a little brittle - I prefer the R100s but I'm calling this a draw as it is just a different presentation
-Soundstage didn't sound as wide as my R100s and things like the ride cymbal on the choruses in Creep didn't seem quite as "in the room" as I am used to. +1 to the R100s
I also had a Listen to a couple of Bad Plus tracks and I didn't like the piano in a couple of places as it just sounded noisy rather than producing a pure tone. +1 R100s
The reason I don't have the LS50s on home demo is down to composure. When listening to a challenging track, especially the end of Stop Listening (lots of layers of distorted guitars, screaming vocals etc etc) they actually sounded a bit muddled ad lacking detail, dare I say, a bit of a mess! +1 R100s.
They do look the part and feel as solid as a rock - they may sound totally different with my amp, in my room but for now, I am happy (ish) to stick with the R100s especially with a score of 3 -1!