Just saw them.
I hope this is the beginning of the new era of active system from regular HiFi Speaker makers
All the best
Rick @ Musicraft
Musicraft (Derby), Specialist Hi-Fi/AV & Multimedia Dealer
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Somewhat limited connection options, USB and one analogue input and optional Bluetooth dongle.
$799, don't know what they'll be in pounds but the LS50s are $1499. Hopefully they'll put the idea into something other than speakers just for your PC.
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AVI, Dynaudio and now KEF. Hopefully this is the start of a new trend.
I wonder who'll be next? Bowers & Wilkins maybe?
PC > AVI Neutron Five 2.1
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How about making an active version of the Blade next please KEF. That would be an awesome speaker.
Have you missed this b&w active with usb?
System here http://www.whathifi.com/forum/your-system/my-dream-system-oh-maybe-one-day
Yep, and make it under 10 or 8 grand.
Which nobody will buy, so what's the point of asking?
Probably right. As I understand it almost no-one buys the passive blades, and even fewer buy a pair that works perfectly.
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Well, I don't know anything about that but given the passive ones cost 20k, an active pair are going to be 25k at least, I'm not going pay that sort of money, I daresay steve_1979 isn't either, so personally I'd rather see something like an active R series or something more affordable, which is what I thought these things were until I read the blurb and saw the limited number of connections available and the emphasis on PC usage.
That was the first thing I asked KEF at the Blade launch at Munich last year!
David @Frank Harvey Hi-Fi, Coventry
Or my dream speakers the original Nautilus .
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TBH I'd prefer to see them make some more active speakers in the £500 - £2000 price range.
I have these B&W MM1's - and no they don't have a sub (that's why I bought them - for more footspace under the desk). And the KEFs have one great advantage over these - the X300A supports high-res 24/96 whereas the MM1s are only vanilla res. Game over.
Arcam Solo Mini/Monitor Audio RX1/Cambridge Audio 751BD/Samsung 37” LCD
Rather than potentially inhibit the performance of the system by employing a conventional passive crossover network, Nautilus™ employs sophisticated active filters and separate power amplifiers for each driver.
I'd forgotten that their flagship Nautilus speaker is active. It'd be nice if they made some cheaper ones though.
The KEF's will also have greater scale and energy seeing as they have a much larger cabinet volume
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