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RE: KEF ls50 - Highly Recommended

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I really do love the distinctive looks of the LS50's

Those drivers certainly look very distinctive.  The enclosures remind me of the Mackie HR Series with the gloss-black finish and matt-black curved front baffle.

 

Yes, Kef have certainly made an impression with these speakers looks and a good one too Smile

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What are owners experiences of running these little beauties in?

How long did it take?

Does the sound change much?

How did they sound during the new, unbroken in period compared to when they stablised and started singing?

I've found new speakers to sound horrible in the past (very bright and sharp with one note bass) before they reach the stable optimum and these charactistics completely pass.

Such an amazingly reviewed speakers sound very appealing but I'm not sure I have the patience to run them in! I'm sure they're worth the wait...

They sound very good out of the box, and you can instantly hear their strengths in relation to other speakers. Of course they do improve, and just become more free of the box. I ahven't listened to music in a week or so as I've been watching films, but I plan to transfer the music I have from my laptop to HDD so I can stream it through my Sonos box. Maybe get a good listen on my day off and see how they've improved since I last heard some music on them.

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Hi, am new to this forum so bear with me as I like to side step and ask the LS50 as a centre speaker.

I chance upon the 50 last week bought a pair as front speakers after a couple of demo. Now I plan to get a centre speaker as part of HT set up and is considering the KEF LS50 or the R200C. As I do not have a chance to hear the R200C, can anyone help comment on how it sound compare to the LS50 and if I should get the R200C or the LS50 as the centre speaker.

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RE: KEF ls50 - Highly Recommended

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Hi, am new to this forum so bear with me as I like to side step and ask the LS50 as a centre speaker.

I chance upon the 50 last week bought a pair as front speakers after a couple of demo. Now I plan to get a centre speaker as part of HT set up and is considering the KEF LS50 or the R200C. As I do not have a chance to hear the R200C, can anyone help comment on how it sound compare to the LS50 and if I should get the R200C or the LS50 as the centre speaker.

Thanks

I cannot comment on the 2 different models of Kef, but to keep the front soundstage as cohesive and tonally correct as possible it is a must to keep the front 3 speakers the same, the rears are not so important as they are only there for effects and ambient sounds.

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According to a thread on another forum Kef have said that its fine to put one ls50 on its side if that makes placement of a centre speaker easier. It's one advantage to the uniq speaker design. 

 

Some enterprising dealers are selling them in threes or fives as appropriate too!

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When I first heard these speakers I said to my dealer that get 5 of them and a good sub and you would have one stunning speaker system, and now like you say dealers are selling them in sets of 3 and 5's so as to make a good AV system.

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When I first heard these speakers I said to my dealer that get 5 of them and a good sub and you would have one stunning speaker system, and now like you say dealers are selling them in sets of 3 and 5's so as to make a good AV system.

Which dealers? I've only spoken to 2 on that subject and neither of them were in a position to sell odd numbers of KEF speakers (one of them was David, although we were talking about the Q300 at the time I think). The only thing my local dealer said was that if I bought three pairs for a 6.1 system they'd be able to do me a deal. I should think so at £3200...

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While the R200c will do a good job - and it'll be the closest any centre speaker will get to the LS50's - it will sound more laid back than the LS50's. It is vital to have a properly matching front set of speakers as these are producing the majority of what you're going to hear. Most "matching" centres have a different driver layout, different cabinet volume, and most of the time even a different driver count.

If movies were just an ocassional thing for you, I'd understand going for this as it is a cheaper option, but it isn't that much cheaper, and you could always try and sell your unused one on to someone else in the same situation.

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When I first heard these speakers I said to my dealer that get 5 of them and a good sub and you would have one stunning speaker system, and now like you say dealers are selling them in sets of 3 and 5's so as to make a good AV system.

Which dealers? I've only spoken to 2 on that subject and neither of them were in a position to sell odd numbers of KEF speakers (one of them was David, although we were talking about the Q300 at the time I think). The only thing my local dealer said was that if I bought three pairs for a 6.1 system they'd be able to do me a deal. I should think so at £3200...

Well officially they are sold in pairs but it is up to certain dealers whether they will do a package deal, might not be right for me to mention what delears publicly unless they are willing to mention it themselves, but I do know of some.

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Well I dont feel its my place to offer services on behalf of dealers, but I would have another word with David if I were you  Wink

Alternatively go to the thread on AV forums and look there.

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Well I dont feel its my place to offer services on behalf of dealers, but I would have another word with David if I were you  Wink

Alternatively go to the thread on AV forums and look there.

 

Why go there when the answer is stairing at you Wink

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inbox4 wrote:

What are owners experiences of running these little beauties in?

 

How long did it take?

Does the sound change much?

How did they sound during the new, unbroken in period compared to when they stablised and started singing?

 

I've found new speakers to sound horrible in the past (very bright and sharp with one note bass) before they reach the stable optimum and these charactistics completely pass.

 

Such an amazingly reviewed speakers sound very appealing but I'm not sure I have the patience to run them in! I'm sure they're worth the wait...

 

 

      Oh!! Yes they are good out of the box and are  just getting better.............8)
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RE: KEF ls50 - Highly Recommended

alchemist 1 wrote:

inbox4 wrote:

What are owners experiences of running these little beauties in?

 

How long did it take?

Does the sound change much?

How did they sound during the new, unbroken in period compared to when they stablised and started singing?

 

I've found new speakers to sound horrible in the past (very bright and sharp with one note bass) before they reach the stable optimum and these charactistics completely pass.

 

Such an amazingly reviewed speakers sound very appealing but I'm not sure I have the patience to run them in! I'm sure they're worth the wait...

 

 

      Oh!! Yes they are good out of the box and are  just getting better.............8)

 

Hi Alchemist,

How would you describe the change? What have they changed from and to and how significant is the improvement?

Cheers.

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RE: KEF ls50 - Highly Recommended

Are these better than EB Acoustics EB1?

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thanks all for your comments. 

David, can i assume that you recommend the ls50 over the r200c due to better matching regardless of price?

 

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