The LS50 will have it's own dedicated stands coming out shortly. They will retail at £300. I heard the LS50s this morning on a Heed amplifier and Bryston CD player. Amazing sound and the speakers are stunning to look at.
Whats your recommended measurements for the base and top plate?
I see that Apollo A3 is 23 x 23 cm / 15 x 13 cm (base / top) and AZ is 23 x 26 / 15 x 13.
Atacama SL1000 is 31 x 31 / 23 x 23.
The LS50's are 20 x 28, so where do you draw the line for the top plate being too narrow or wide?
Alchemist - there are no dedicated stands on the way.
David @Frank Harvey Hi-Fi, Coventry
Dear LS50 fans,
There seems to be a lot of speculation and excitement about us making a dedicated stand for the LS50s. At this moment in time there are no plans to produce a dedicated stand. If this is to change in the future, I'm sure What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision will be among the first to highlight the news.
There are some really good stand suggestions in this post. At KEF we use a variety of stands and don't favour one particular brand. After all, there is such a variety available that even we have to select, test and audition stands that we feel bring out the best in the speakers. All we’d like to suggest is that you continue to discuss the options with your local KEF retailer (or on here) and lean on their expert knowledge and hours of listening experience to help guide you in your quest to seek out a stand that suits your own preferences.
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The B&W stands aren't overly heavy (unless filled) but they're are very solid and stable. I'm expecting these and the Custom Design stands to outperform the Apollo AZ's and even the Atacama HMS stands. It'll be interesting to see how the heavier stands compare to the lighter ones.
Any thing to report or update David ?..........
Nothing as yet I'm afraid as I've been sorting stuff for our open day and making sure I'm up to date today as I'm off tomorrow...
The FS104 comes in 2 top plate sizes: 165x180mm or 190x240mm.
The LS50s are listed as 200x278mm.
Could somebody explain which would be better? Does it have an audio quality impact or is it purely visual?
Has anybody paired the KEFs with these stands yet? If so which size?
I'd have thought the 190 x 240 would be the better option........
Any reason why it would be better in your opinion?
We have SL600's on demo, but the top plate is a little large for the LS50's. I have Atacama HMS2's at home, and they are just the right size, although I am liking the smaller profile of the FS103/FS104's.
How about the HMS1's then?
The HMS1's (now 1.1's) should work fine. I would fill the bottom half of the stand with something to make it more stable and lower it's centre of gravity.
Sorry for asking a naive question, as I've never owned a modern speaker stand: Is there really much difference between any price compatible dedicated stands?
The one I heard with DB1i was the Kudos 50s, around £200 retail, and they sounded mightliy good to me.
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