Mine turn up today - can't wait to get home and get them set up
David @Frank Harvey Hi-Fi, Coventry
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KEF X300A Powered Speaker
also seems to be of interest.
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Yes, the X300A's do look interesting
All the best
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Yes, and as mentioned elsewhere, looking froward to your initial thoughts and then when they are fully run in.
Should be very interesting..................
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Thankyou for your suggestion.
I did look into the SCM11's and wondered if they would be a good match, seems that they do thrive on power, of which my power amp has in heaps. I notice that they come up for sale regularly second hand as they are like the 685's, an older but multi award winning speaker.
I would still like the try the LS50's though, it's sometimes difficult to know unless you hear speakers for yourself, KEF have certainly marketed them very well, as they did with the Q300's which I didn't rate compared to the 685's.
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Well, this goes out to all those who think that store demo rooms sound way better than their own homes. Obviously, this may be the case sometimes, but in this case, yet again, a product stuns me with just how good it is. They've only had about an hour playing time, and its late-ish, so I've not been driving them very loud, just trying a couple of soft bits and bobs out - I can't wait to get these cranked up a bit and shifting some air. For the record (and for those who followed the convo over on the other channel, I've set them up using just the outer bungs (as I did with my old R300's).
The ability of the HF unit to be delicate is pretty amazing. There's the smallest details going on, so delicate that you wouldn't think that the diaphragm could move enough to produce it. Very smooth with it too, no harshness, and no hint of veiling. And these are yet to run in.
Bass is a little harder to comment on as I've not been able to turn them up much, but Portishead's Dummy was surprising. With this type of music there's so much texture in the samples that many speakers tend to smother it. I've heard distortion on Roads that I don't think I've heard before - either that or it brings so much more detail to the fore. Basslines are extremely easy to follow, and once again, string detail stands out on some tracks that you never knew existed.
With Angus & Julia Stone's album Down The Way, the LS50's have the ability to hang their voices right in front of you in a way that defies their price point - I thought the R300's were good at it, but the LS50's do it in a more open way, which makes it all the more convincing.
I'm now listening to Track & Field's album In Search Of, and like Portishead's Dummy, they are surprising me with their layers of instruments and samples, and all the while the speakers aren't attracting any attention to themselves whatsoever. Their ability to throw the sound free of the cabinet and send it towards you is nothing short of stunning. The R300's could do this, but again, because the cabinet of the LS50 isn't adding anything, they're essentially invisible.
You'd expect an album like Ocean Colour Scene's Moseley Shoals to make the speaker draw more attention to itself as it isn't clean electronica, but no, business as usual. Bass guitar can be followed throughout a whole track as it is never obscured, and drum skins are more apparent than usual too. One thing I have found that high quality speakers do way better than others is to reproduce electric guitar distortion more accurately. That might sound stupid, but I find it is one tell tale sign of a loudspeaker if it just sounds like a distorted mess with electric guitars. That makes no sense, but I know what I mean! Maybe those that play guitar will know what I mean.
I'm really looking forward to these settling down and trying some real demanding music on them and seeing how they perform in a real world situation (i.e. not a store). Even out of the box these sound pretty damn good, and the scary thing is, most of the above comparisons have been against the R300's - themselves one of the best sub £1,000 speakers! I'm dying to try a few movies out on them too...
Since the R series emerged, we've felt that they've been KEF's finest range of loudspeakers since the introduction of the current Series 2 Reference range. They could even be described as a gamechanger - not only for KEF, but also for the speaker industry too.
This really is Reference performance at a budget price.
I totally agree with you.
Whilst in my local dealer on Saturday I happened to hear a pair of R700's driven by an Arcam A28.
Blimey! It sure sounded good, almost pinned me to the back wall. Pity I didn't have a spare 2 grand on me
Couldn't hear the ls50's but they looked very classy close up.
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Fully agreed, I heard them a couple of weeks ago and was stunned!
The sheer accuracy and articulation was just amazing, fantastic on orchestral and jazz to boot, bargain!
I hope that they bring you a great many years of service, amazing transducers indeed and then some!!!
Have anyone had the opportunity to compare Neat Iota with the Kef ls 50
One thing I have found that high quality speakers do way better than others is to reproduce electric guitar distortion more accurately. That might sound stupid, but I find it is one tell tale sign of a loudspeaker if it just sounds like a distorted mess with electric guitars. That makes no sense, but I know what I mean! Maybe those that play guitar will know what I mean.
Yup this is something I notice as well, and is one of my reference points for a good loudspeaker.
Try Jeff Beck live at Ronnie Scott's and then give me some opinions......if you get time.
Unfortunately I don't have that, but a customer did bring it in for demo a few weeks ago. I don't think I've heard any Jeff Beck since the Guitar Shop album and his stint with Roger Waters for the excellent Amused To Death album.
They're quite different speakers really. The Iota is excellent for such a small speaker, but will be limited on bass output. It really is designed to be used close to a wall. The LS50's have size on their side, as well as other aspects which make it a beter speaker overall. Excellent treble on the Iotas though, nice and open too.
It just sounds excellent..... very atmospheric... i have a CD copy but it is available on Spotify if you fancied a low fat listen.
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