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Future-fi now: KEF's LS50 Wireless active loudspeaker | DAR__KO

 

Looks very interesting

 

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By the way: The KEF Blade family would benefit even more from activation!

 

HERE! HERE! Good idea. I like your thinking.


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That sounds like a really interesting device - especially as they anticipated people mating it with sub(s) and included digital crossovers and DSP. I bet a pair of those with some good sub(s ) would give some very high end speakers a run for their money for a fraction of the cost.


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That sounds like a really interesting device - especially as they anticipated people mating it with sub(s) and included digital crossovers and DSP. I bet a pair of those with some good sub(s ) would give some very high end speakers a run for their money for a fraction of the cost.

Would love to compare against the Devialet Phantom GOLD.

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That sounds like a really interesting device - especially as they anticipated people mating it with sub(s) and included digital crossovers and DSP. I bet a pair of those with some good sub(s ) would give some very high end speakers a run for their money for a fraction of the cost.
Agreed. I also noticed that the control app had options for mono, stereo and multichannel! Anyway, they sounded very nice under far from idea conditions when I heard them in Dallas.

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Amazing stuff. The Darko article says Cat6 ethernet connects the two speakers but another site they talk to each other wirelessly. I'm trying to dig the web for clarification.

 

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By the way: The KEF Blade family would benefit even more from activation!

You forgot to mention the Muon! Those active ... swoon!


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The entire R series would benefit of activation!


1. Sonore ultraRendu - Uptone ISO Regen - Calyx Femto - Wyred 4 Sound STP-SE stage 2 - Apollon NC800 SL PRO - Thiel CS3.7
2. JRiver - Burson Conductor V2+ - Audeze LCD-XC - Calyx Femti - Monitor Audio PL100
3. JRiver - SMSL iDEA - 1More Triple Driver IEM

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Amazing stuff. The Darko article says Cat6 ethernet connects the two speakers but another site they talk to each other wirelessly. I'm trying to dig the web for clarification.

 

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there's an ethernet cable between the two speakers.


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I owned a pair of passive LS50's. I badgered KEF for a powered set. I guess they got enough requests to consider it? Or maybe they would have done it anyway? The extras KEF added to these new wireless powered LS50's is icing on the cake, with one caveat, for me anyway. Half my music files are DSD. Would be doing backflips if KEF had incorporated a DSD capable DAC in these Wireless LS50's. Alas..


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Throw in one or 2 of these and it seems like a winner: Phatom killer?

 

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Dynaudio Xeos are already phantom killers IMO (and others haha)

 

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MAIN - Peach Audio Balanced Isolation Power Supply,   Sonore microRendu + Uptone LPS-1,  
 LH Labs Geek Pulse S Infinity + LPS1,     McIntosh MA2275,  
Paradigm 30th Anniversary Tributes,    SVS SB13-Ultra,    Van Den Hul + Isotek DIY cables,    Nordost Sort Kone AC
 
THE REST - Halcro MC50,    Marantz PM-15S1,   Cambridge Audio Azur 551R V2,     Denon AVR-4520,     Cambridge 752BD (Oppomod PSU),     Sonos ZP90 (Cullen Mod),     Cyenne Audio CY-3100,   Audioquest DragonFly v1.2,     Epos Epic 5,    Aaron ATS-5,    Aaron CC-250,    Bose 251,    Bose Soundlink Mini    M&K VF-80

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So, KEF is a highly regarded co.; in business for many years and you get a 30 day return privilege

 

wireless speakers with their own amp allow the speaker designer to design the amp to fit the speaker, and you automatically have a sep. amp for each speaker

 

I don't see how you can lose - unless there is something much better out there for < $2200


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So, KEF is a highly regarded co.; in business for many years and you get a 30 day return privilege

 

wireless speakers with their own amp allow the speaker designer to design the amp to fit the speaker, and you automatically have a sep. amp for each speaker

 

I don't see how you can lose - unless there is something much better out there for < $2200

 

I am curious as to the DAC they will use internally, chord is not to far from them and they use the Mojo at some of their demos. It is small and I'll bet the dac board would fit perfectly inside a speaker

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I am curious as to the DAC they will use internally, chord is not to far from them and they use the Mojo at some of their demos. It is small and I'll bet the dac board would fit perfectly inside a speaker

Some may argue that it's not a good idea to build a DAC inside a speaker because of vibrations.. :eek:


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Some may argue that it's not a good idea to build a DAC inside a speaker because of vibrations.. :eek:[/QUOTI

 

It seems more and more active speakers are going that route. I prefer active speakers with no dac. You can keep a good speaker for years but dacs get outdated more quickly.

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