you have a point perhaps i should have chosen my words more carefully.
Maybe the question i had i my warped/alcohol affect brain was more like ' what speakers would be considered a generally accepted upgrade to the LS50 id someone had a little bit more to spend'
I'm even regretting that question before i post it
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Listened to both and i would give my point to the PM1 based on sound quality alone and not VFM. both were powered by a naim superuniti. The ls50 doesnt lack dynamics and punch, but the bass extension was not deep enough. The pm1 provided very good bass for the size. I was surprised
Have you seen this: http://www.bigpicturebigsound.com/KEF-LS50-Loudspeaker.shtml
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I don't think it matters what is technically better out of the two.Its a case of what will match your system better or what you like the sound of better .unless you go and demo both you are not going to know.there is nothing worse than buying blind or going on technical specs.i demoed ls50 against Pmc db1i .The ls50 were technically better but i loved the tonal qualities of the pmcs .majority of people on here prefered the ls50 .better is only something you can decide by demoing.Its personal tastes.
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Very true, I much preferred the LS50s to the PMC DB1s, you must try before you buy.
I heard the PM1s on their own stands driven by a Rega pre/power combo last year when I auditioned a pair of Totem Hawks. Although the PM1s sounded better in many respects (agile, good for vocals) - they are bass-light compared to my Arros or the Hawks. Have heard the KEFs a few times & was rather struck by them. They didn't strike me as being undynamic at all. They are pretty good value but will need decent stands & probably very good amplification to work well. The PM1s should be bought with their own stands. I personally don't mind the looks of the KEFs.
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How do the LS50s cope with music like reggae and hip hop?
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I suppose that depends if they produce enough bass for the individual taste of the person considering them.....the room and the ancillary equipment in which they find themselves, will have a pronounced effect.
I currently own a pair of Acoustic Energy AE120's which have served me well since new over the last 15 years. They are a bit bass heavy which have suited me and the music I listen too but I have heard some monitors over the last year and have been impressed.I suppose the question is, will I be happy with bookshelf speakers since owning floorstanders. The LS50s and the R300s are on the audition list.
I currently own a pair of Acoustic Energy AE120's which have served me well since new over the last 15 years. They are a bit bass heavy which have suited me and the music I listen too but I have heard some monitors over the last year and have been impressed.
I suppose the question is, will I be happy with bookshelf speakers since owning floorstanders. The LS50s and the R300s are on the audition list.
I personally would miss the scale and impact of a floorstander, unless in a fairly small room. Here are a few of my observations: http://www.whathifi.com/forum/hi-fi/linn-kef-regaand-a-friend
is this bass extension not deep enough?
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Indeed: I've been preaching this rubbish for years.
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I think they are fine for reggae with a powerful amp and a bit of volume, I tried Bob Marley and after the PMC DB1s it seemed to come alive. Don't play hip-hop whatever that is. Yes some people will want more bass but I think for their size the bass output is average.
Thanks BigH, like I said, the LS50's are on the audition list. If they are as good as the hype suggests then £800 is a bargain and my room is quite small.
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