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RE: KEF LS50 disappointment :(

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Neuphonix wrote:

You make a reasonable point, albeit a touch harsh IMO.

I guess I was just trying to say that if the OP's previous reference was a floorstanding speaker & then he moves to a stand mount he might feel like he has lost something. Not all bad & he might enjoy the trade off, but if he is anything like me I never got there.

I agree with you about the reading of reviews as opposed to a good demo & listening to the advice of an experienced dealer. But I still find the internet an invaluable tool for researching & learning, not a substitute just an addition.

So, answer me this.

You go into a dealer interested in upgrading your amp to the latest highly aclaimed model.

The dealer seta up an appropriate system,plays you said amplifier, then plays you a similarly priced but clearly superior amplifier from a different manufacturer. 

What is your reaction?

 

This is the state of the game just now; bricks and mortar shops are getting fewer, but the smart buyer can do without the dealer if they need to.  Barring speakers, most of my last few purchases have been bought blind and each has been bang on what I'd expected. 

A Google search will usually link to product reviews online, then there's owner recommendations/reviews, some of which you need to take with a pinch of salt, but others can be very good.  Cover enough and you'll have a pretty good idea of the product(s) you're interested in.  

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RE: KEF LS50 disappointment :(

davedotco wrote:

Neuphonix wrote:

davedotco wrote:

steve_1979 wrote:

Neuphonix wrote:

Sounds to me like the issue is more one of stand mounts Vs floorstanders...

I was just about to say the same thing. It sounds to me like the OP may want some bigger speakers with more bass

This is primarily about expectation.

The hi-fi business is about hyping up product, much of which is mediocre but highly acclaimed. It is now very difficult for a knowledgable enthusiast/dealer to suggest that some highly regarded product or systems are actually not very good. In any case buyers are more likely to behave reviewers than they are dealers or perhaps even the evidence of their own ears.

No skin off my nose, I'm not in the business anymore so it is not my problem, but the hi fi industry is now so dumbed down that I am surprised anybody bothers anymore.

You make a reasonable point, albeit a touch harsh IMO.

I guess I was just trying to say that if the OP's previous reference was a floorstanding speaker & then he moves to a stand mount he might feel like he has lost something. Not all bad & he might enjoy the trade off, but if he is anything like me I never got there.

I agree with you about the reading of reviews as opposed to a good demo & listening to the advice of an experienced dealer. But I still find the internet an invaluable tool for researching & learning, not a substitute just an addition.

So, answer me this.

You go into a dealer interested in upgrading your amp to the latest highly aclaimed model.

The dealer seta up an appropriate system,plays you said amplifier, then plays you a similarly priced but clearly superior amplifier from a different manufacturer. 

What is your reaction?

I'm not sure waht your point is, but I guess different people are going to react differently. Some may be open to a new product they hadn't heard of before, others not so. Certainly would agree that if someone had read a stack of online reviews (esp positive ones) that they might be bias towards said product, even if their ears had told them the other one sounded superior.

But bear in mind Dave, with-out the interweb thingy with all it's poor reviews, we the public wouldn't have stumbled across a wise and clearly enlightened being such as yourself to teach us the error of our ways!!!!  Wink

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I don't trust dealers either you don't know what drives their recommendations (commissions?) and they come out with funny comments like my local dealer does not stock KEF speakers says they are boomy but stocks B&Ws which are much better, so all KEFs are boomy and B&Ws are not, I found that very odd.

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Pete, a friend of mine used to manage the Parkstone/Poole Branch of movement audio.

A real character and a musician himself, he refused to give his opinion on any of the brands he carried. He would look at you with a slightly bored look in his eyes and just say you needed to listen to it.

He was your honest dealer and to an extend, his successor, although slightly less characterful, is the same.

Not all dealers are the same.

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Back to the thread, I also found the LS50's to be a turn-off. I had a demo at a dealer, hooked up to an arcam A19, and found them to be uninvolving, couldn't understand what the fuss was all about. So it might be the OP has them set up OK, but they are not for him. (Next up was the ATC SCM11's: fantastic)

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RE: KEF LS50 disappointment :(

i think the main problem is: they must sound better, since they're 800, they're awashed with awards, etc...it looks like everybody have to find excuse or two for ls50, but no one want to admit maybe they're nothing special...

 

i also think how synergy is just like that: a way to find excuse(s) why a certain product is not worth its money or efforts to make it sounds "better"... 

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RE: KEF LS50 disappointment :(

drummerman wrote:

Pete, a friend of mine used to manage the Parkstone/Poole Branch of movement audio.

A real character and a musician himself, he refused to give his opinion on any of the brands he carried. He would look at you with a slightly bored look in his eyes and just say you needed to listen to it.

He was your honest dealer and to an extend, his successor, although slightly less characterful, is the same.

Not all dealers are the same.

regards

 

sounds like my old A-level Politics teacher, it has to be the best way. Any beginner in a field will often look to the 'teachers' opinion as correct or fact, when of course it is just another opinion.

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David,

I am taking on board your opinions, I just wonder if it's necessary for you to sound quite so aggressive - this is obviously a bug bear of yours

 

Sorry Mark, I did try to keep my replies to you, as a new enthusiast, sensible and polite but sometimes the message is a tough one to take and nobody likes to hear that they have blown a substantial amount of cash on something that is really not what they expect or want. I try and save my ire for the more experienced enthusiasts who post on here and really should know better.

I know you 'just want it to work' and I sympathise with that, but there are really only two ways of putting together a system that is going work well and give you exactly what you want.

Either you take your time and learn a little about how this equipment works, what makes it good (or not so good) and aquire some 'system building' skills that will allow you to select an appropriate system or at least put you on the road to achieving such a system or,

You find a competent dealer and let him take you through the basics and then show you the kind of options that are available to you for your current budget and outline how that system can be improved on, if that is your inclination.

If you are really interested in this hobby, (music and hi-fi) then asking your mates or people on fora like this is only going to be of limited use as the advice given regarding specific components is going to be contradictory and reflect their requirements, not yours.

I have refrained from making any specific recommendations as I am pretty sure that my choices of components would not give you what you want so I will repeat what I said above, find a good dealer and get him to demonstrate the kind of options that available to you.

Apologies for the lecture, I'm an ex dealer and tend to go on a bit, sorry...... :oops:

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RE: KEF LS50 disappointment :(

BigH wrote:

I don't trust dealers either you don't know what drives their recommendations (commissions?) and they come out with funny comments like my local dealer does not stock KEF speakers says they are boomy but stocks B&Ws which are much better, so all KEFs are boomy and B&Ws are not, I found that very odd.

I didn't mean to sound anti dealer, not at all. I've recently had a couple of great experiences with dealers rather than & would confidently recommend friends to them.

Personally I put a figure of aound 15-20% on a dealer's service, if he's friendly and not too pushy I'm happy to pay a fee for his expertise. But 25% or more & I'll certainly consider looking elsewhere, including online. Completely understand that everyone has to make money to exist, but some companies are having a hard time adjusting to the new paradigm, it's a two way street one can't exist without the other. You have to look out for your own interests & not just accept the first thing you hear, check out a few different shops & don't rush into any purchase. Get a good idea of prices before entering into any negotiations.

Dave's comments are generally on the mark & I appreciate his experience, must have had a bug in his bonnet about this one. Up past his bedtime?!   Blum 3

MarkJones83 wrote:
Lots of unfair remarks being made here, maybe i havent made myself clear. My friends Q1's sound better than my LS50's in terms of bass but they still have the clarity and thats what im after. No doubt people will now say that i should sell the LS50's and get some Q1's . I want my £800 speakers to sound the best they can be and clearly they can sound better than Q1's so why dont they?? I didnt mention before but the reason i started looking into hifi was after hearing a friends Klipsch RF-5's. They sounded brilliant and exactly what i was after but sadly i couldnt find any. I heard they were put into reproduction again for a short while but now discontinued again.

I come back again to the floorstander Vs stand mount thing. Why if you had heard the RF-5 would you have gone out and bought the LS-50? Quite apart from any discussion about better/worse it's hardly apples for apples?  :?

 

 

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phydeau wrote:
ATC SCM11's: fantastic

Hi phydeau

Good to hear  Smile  Out of interest were the SCM11's the originals or the new curved SCM11 monitors please?

All the best

Rick @ Musicraft

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RE: KEF LS50 disappointment :(

drummerman wrote:

Pete, a friend of mine used to manage the Parkstone/Poole Branch of movement audio.

A real character and a musician himself, he refused to give his opinion on any of the brands he carried. He would look at you with a slightly bored look in his eyes and just say you needed to listen to it.

He was your honest dealer and to an extend, his successor, although slightly less characterful, is the same.

Not all dealers are the same.

regards

This is very much the point DM.

Most dealers will have their own views and most will express them when pushed, but the best will back up their opinions with constructive demonstrations and this is what matters.

As a dealer I tried hard not to comment on product that I did not stock but customers would often push hard often quoting 'chapter and verse' from recent reviews, sometimes it was difficult to say nothing. On my better days I would simple suggest that they go elswhere and listen to the latest product and them return so that I could play our alternative, sometimes worked, sometimes didn't.

Good dealers used to be plentiful but the big chains, the mass market box shifters have pretty much erradicated them from the budget end of the market so I understand the frustrations of anyone trying to get decent help at that end of the market. Some good dealers do still exist but don't expect them to stock the same products as the cut price chains, that would be commercial suicide.

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RE: KEF LS50 disappointment :(

I kind of agree with you Tacty. I am wanting to challenge the assumptions that a) LS50's must sound good to everyone, and b) the OP must have something wrong with his set-up if he does not like them. Many like them. I don't. Perhaps the OP just doesn't like them.

 

Rick - I have the original style. Trying very hard to avoid listening to the new ones in case I get upgradeitis.

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MarkJones83 wrote:
Thanks for your response, Dave.

Yes speakers set to 'large' and bass output to 'speakers', havent got a sub. I'm a bit of a technophobe so i had a friend who's much more clued up than me to get out the manual and go into the settings. Will ask local dealer as advised. To be honest i really didnt imagine it would be this complicated. I have a reasonably good amp which ran the RF-5's very nicely, i bought the stands and cables etc and then asked friends who are into hifi to do the setup for me. Dont know how a previous poster could say i didnt follow or ask for advice.

I haven't read the responses yet since your reply here, so forgive me if things have moved forward. 

One thing to bear in mind is that the Klipsch model you talk of has a sensitivity of 99dB - that's extremely high. The LS50's are 85dB, which is classed as low. Higher sensitivity speakers tend to sound far more exciting than lower sensitivity speakers. If you'd have owned the LS50's for the last God knows how long and then moved to the RF5's, you'd more than likely be having a similar conversation now regarding other aspects of the sound from them. 

I know there's no source direct button, so just make sure that on the Yamaha's display that the word 'processor' or 'DSP' is showing. If so, there's something in the circuit that will be spoiling the sound. 

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RE: KEF LS50 disappointment :(

Just some considerations:

Distance to the back wall and or side walls?

Speaker cable? Im happy with atlas hyper 3.0 (no bass problems) or van damme 4.0 or 6.0

Main cables to amplifier? it can change a lot the bass percepcion on the speaker.

This is my experience with kef ls50, but for me the r100 works better.

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TrevC wrote:
An AV amp will work fine if it is powerful enough. The KEFs are bass light, as are all small stand mounters, if you look at the Stereophile response curve it is very obvious. I think a sub is essential with these if anything resembling deep bass is required.

Specs are one thing, listening to them quite another. As I said before, they won't reach as deep as larger speakers, but their overall balance is not bass light. The drivers and the cabinet don't help to exaggerate bass in the way that most speakers do. If anyone wants proof that these speakers aren't 'bass light', just try No Doubt's Hella Good. With this track, anyone listening blind would probably think they're listening to floorstanders.

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