Stereophile rank it as a Class A product in the new issue.
Class A usually means spending a LOT of money, but not on this one!
The review: http://www.stereophile.com/content/kef-ls50-anniversary-model-loudspeaker
I've read through quite a lot of this post this morning but still havent read it all and didnt really find what I was looking for...
Has anyone heard the KEF LS50's along side the KEF R100's; if so what were your thoughts?
I'm demo'ing both tomorrow along side some Rega RS3's with the Rega Brio R and Cyrus 8DAC amps and probably using an Apollo-R CD player as the source but I'll be taking in a USB stick with a lot of Apple Lossless albums as all my music is really on iTunes and I only have a few CD's left to my name
Living room: iTunes to ATV 2 (via AirPlay) to Cyrus 8 DAC with KEF LS50 speakers - Tellurium Q Blue cables
Spare room: Marantz CR603, AirPlay, Monitor Audio RX2's - Chord Odyssey 2 cables
I think I have mentioned somewhere in this thread the differences between the two...
David @Frank Harvey Hi-Fi, Coventry
No, mate, what Stereophile say is "This thoroughbred both shows a clean pair of heels to the venerable LS3/5a and, within its limits of dynamic range and bass extension, will provide Class A sound for those with small rooms."
within its limits of dynamic range and bass extension, will provide Class A sound for those with small rooms."
That is a valid statement and applicable for all bookshelf speakers and many floorstanding speakers especially if you take in consideration the definition of fullrange according to stereophile. Stereophile Class A sound (for not fullrange speakers) normally costs many times the price of the LS50.
In my room (24x15) i can play lood enough without sounding compressed and i have enough bass extension. More so than most compact speakers i owned and tested before.
Sorry to say, but i think it is really stupid of you to suggest an increase of price! Which is what you do. Especially because you already have the speakers! Put your enthousiams in listening please, and not in these sayings.
I have to say, all this chatter is really making me want to hear the LS50's. I love my Spendor SA1's but even so, I feel like I am missing out!
Back in reality tho, I prefered the Spendors to the kef R100's when I did back to back demo with my Cyrus 8XPD QX. This has now been upgraded to the Dac XP and X power tho, who knows, that may change things
I feel another demo coming on. I want to try the B&W PM1's too tho, I think that will be an interesting comparison given the price difference!
Did you get round to the LS 50's v B&W PM1's ?
Both fantastic speakers, just a shame on B&W's pricing
Pound for pound KEF seem to have priced the LS50's more real realistically.
Are the PM1's more than double the quality for the money ?
I haven't had the demo yet because we are in the middle of buying a new flat and I want to wait until I hear how my current system sounds in the new room before changing anything. The new room is going to be much bigger tho, so I'm pretty sure I will need different speakers.
I have heard the PM1's briefly and liked what I heard. As to the LS50's, they are certainly FOTM but I can't comment as haven't heard them myself.
Looking forward to the demos tho!
Bedroom: Sonos ZP90, Cyrus DAC XP+, Cyrus X Power, KEF LS50's
Living Room: Linn Majik DS, Marantz UD7006, Arcam AV9/P7, PMC FB1i fronts, TB2i centre, DB1i rears
CA DacMagic > CA 340a se > Wharfedale 10.2
......Just like to add that the fine detail the LS50'S produce after they open up is to be applauded.
The sound has become even more natural and the bass is taut , without any booming, even at just 200mm from the rear wall and no foam plugs.
A very pleasant and easy listening experience.
Ive had my ls50's for a few days.. Only had a few hours of high volume to try bed them in... But does anyone find the treble to be very flat? Or will that open up abit after a longer run in?
Keep using them, they will improve.
One thing you will find is that the treble of the LS50 is less distorted than many other speakers, so in some ways will wouldn smoother. They're not dull, and they're not bright
Which amplifier are you using?
Im still using my nad c355bee with c542 cd and chord cables.. Using the fs104 signature stands... I was using the q500's which i thought were a little too bright.. Now with the ls50's they feel a little flat... But it could be they're showing up my set up.. Or is it because they havnt fully run in? I will be changing my amp and cd player at some point... But not for a while so id like abit more treble untill then lol
They're definitely not flat, the HF unit just doesn't diaply any nasties like many others. Let them run in a little more - you'll get used to it
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