KEF marks 50th anniversary with LS50 mini monitor


KEF is marking its 50th anniversary year with the release of a special edition LS50 mini monitor speaker derived from the legendary LS3/5a used by the BBC in the 1960s.

Designed to bring the "professional studio monitor concept into the home", the KEF LS50 Anniversary will sell for £800 a pair.

They incorporate technology from KEF's flagship Blade speaker and use a KEF Uni-Q drive array.

The cabinet features constrained layer damping to reduce resonances, while the baffe shape has been optimised for smooth on- and off-axis dispersion. And the Uni-Q driver uses a damped Mg/Al alloy metal low/mid frequency cone and a rear-vented high frequency unit.

KEF says its R&D team was given a free hand to build the best small enclosure it could, regardless of the usual industrial design constraints. The KEF LS50 Anniversary model is finished in gloss black with a rose gold Uni-Q driver. It's available now.

• As part of its 50th anniversary celebrations, KEF is also offering a free £50 voucher to anyone signing up for the company's weekly KEFTalk newsletter.

The free voucher can be used against the purchase of any product over £300 on the firm's online KEFStore.

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Andy Clough

Andy is Global Brand Director of What Hi-Fi? and has been a technology journalist for 30 years. During that time he has covered everything from VHS and Betamax, MiniDisc and DCC to CDi, Laserdisc and 3D TV, and any number of other formats that have come and gone. He loves nothing better than a good old format war. Andy edited several hi-fi and home cinema magazines before relaunching in 2008 and helping turn it into the global success it is today. When not listening to music or watching TV, he spends far too much of his time reading about cars he can't afford to buy.