I think it is your amp. NAD is reknowned for being bass heavy. Even with Audiolab I found the LS50s to be quite forward in the lower midrange area, the treble was not flat but a bit recessed maybe. I would say that LS50s need good amplification and some power.
I would doubt the KEF's are themselves the source of "flatness"; rather, they are probably revealing what the previous speakers were hiding.
Rega Brio-R integrated amp, Rega Apollo-R cd player, Tellurium Q Green speaker cables, Tellurium Q Black interconnects, Rega Isis/Osiris mains power cables, KEF LS50 speakers.
Nice sounding speaker. Not sure about the looks though - not my cup of tea.
Yes not sure about the looks either.
Taking a poorly sub in for poss repair tomorrow and to keep me occupied whist they take a look at the humming issue, I'm going to check out the LS50s to hear for myself what all the fuss is about. Could be an expensive repair I suspect!
Are they really a lot better than my R100s?
Synology 212j, Sonos Connect, Leema Elements Dac, Pro-Ject Debut, Arcam A38, Kef R100, Chord cables
That depends on what sort of sound you like. The LS50's are cleaner and tighter, producing a more vivd and transparent image than the R100's. The LS50's are able to produce those sudden silences you hear with good headphones. Those that prefer something a little warmer and laid back may well prefer the R100's.
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What set up would you recomend for around the £1500 mark.. I want the cleanest dynamic sound for the money.. At the moment i have to much bass with the nad's and there too warm.. Would like a cleaner, crisper, leaner sound if that makes sence...
I listen to all sorts from Bat for Lashes to Deftones and I like a wide and detailed soundstage. True the bass idoes appear powerful albeit not hugely deep but I must admit, it sounds overblown sometimes even though they are a good 20 inches or so from the back wall.
i do like a bit of bass depth(taken care of by a the velodyne which is set very low) but I feel that I am missing a touch of punch.
Given the Arcam gear that I have, the LS50s may well be a great match. I'll see if I can get a home demo and report back.
AVI ADM9RS With the upgraded Scanspeak tweeter would set you back £1400 and includes an amp, pre amp and a dac all contained in a pair of active speakers. A decent pair of stands for the ADM's need not cost more than £100 so thats your budget covered!
Without doubt would give you the clean and crisp sound you are seeking.
The Pioneer A50 with the LS50's, and that'll leave you with £200 change.
The LS50's will certainly perk things up a little, but before you do, have you played about with the port bungs? If you haven't already, try the outer part of the bung only. This will calm the bass down a little, and bring out the mid and treble a little bit.
Didn't realise I had any bungs. I'll have to check in the box ask the company I bought them from.
Certainly be a lot cheaper than new speakers!
You don't want to out the full bung in as they'll just sound dull, but you can take out the centre part of the bung to just use the outer part - I find it works really well on the R series.
I bought the Pioneer A50 to drive the LS50s based on Davids recomendation and its superb, Id certainly try and audition and the bass was a revelation considering the size but really clean and dynamic. They live up to the reviews in my opinion
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