This is a quick blog about my newest setup do to a medical condition I'm currently going through. I'm not going to go deep into a review just an oversight of what I've been up to since last year.
Last summer I turned over my somewhat older audio system of a Bel Canto 2.7 DAC, Emotiva XPA-2 Gen2 amp and Goldenear Triton 5 speakers and a REL 328 Subwoofer to a new system. Over the course of a few months I went from a PS Audio DSD JR DAC to a SR DAC, a pair of PS Audio Stellar M700 mono amps to the BHK 250 Stereo amp and settled on a smaller but heavy pair of Legacy Audio Calibre bookshelf speakers. During this time I had a medical condition knock me on my ass. Some sort of inner ear infection is the cause but there's been no exact diagnosis of what I have. I lost all balance control and had/have problems with my head. Conditions vary from dizziness to sound level sensitivity. So a very poor way to evaluate my system as I was going through this process.
Over the course of 5 months I upgraded the DAC, then the amps, then the cables all to no avail. I felt I was missing some high end treble or fullness to the sound. Was it my choice of components or maybe my poor health condition wasn't allowing me to hear things properly. I was getting very frustrated with my hearing and life in general. The doctors told me it usually takes from 3-8 weeks for things to improve. In my case It's been 6 months and I feel it'll be a year or more to fully recover. Under the doctors recommendation I do some head movement exercises which helps and I started working out after the New Year using a treadmill and weights to stimulate the brain-ear connection. This seems to be accelerating things a bit. I tell people that I get 1% better every week. So It's been a long haul but I am better than day 1 when it occurred.
So as some medical bills piled up that are not covered under my insurance, I thought maybe I should just sell off all my equipment and start over again or just get out of the game. Well, out of the game ain't an option, so I thought, how about I simplify things with an all in one solution of some sort. So I researched and listened to several systems from all in one components and separate speakers to all in one powered speakers. All options have their pluses and minuses but I decided on the cheaper side of things and go all in on the KEF LS50W speaker. I would have loved to buy the Dutch and Dutch 8C or the Kii Three's but these are a little out of my price range. To my surprise these speakers after properly being set up brought out almost everything I was complaining about in my previous system. The highs are crystal clear, the mids are well rounded and defined, and the lows are fat and taught. With my REl sub rounding out the sub-bass portion of the speakers, I've been enjoying every waking moment listening to these speakers sing. Sure they don't have the gut punch of a floor standing speaker but for the size of these powered speakers they deliver exceptional sound. I highly recommend this speaker line to anyone looking into an all in one speaker solution.
I chose the Nocturne model for that bit of pizzazz that the graphic design adds. The speaker designs glow in the dark but my basement listening room is very dark even with all the lights on. So maybe all be investing in a floodlight to show off the glowing graphics.
Just thought I'd make this short and sweet, while updating my profile and explain briefly why I changed my system for those who have looked at my system profile in the past. Please excuse all grammar errors, general run-on sentences and this poor essay writing style 😁