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Kef ls50W

Discussion in 'audio' started by ducatiman, Jun 6, 2017.

  1. ducatiman

    ducatiman pfm Member

    Any owners here ?
    Just bought a pair and am finding the phone app is pretty much useless
     
  2. Purité Audio

    Purité Audio Trade: Purite Audio

  3. ducatiman

    ducatiman pfm Member

    Wireless app
    Lets me install my initial speaker preferences ok
    But won't allow further access,displays error code..... same thing with both iPhone iPad and Mac mini.
    Gave up buggering about and just listened to them instead :)
    I previously owned passive ls50's paired with modwight and Mcintosh amplification
    So the comparison will be interesting.
     
  4. Purité Audio

    Purité Audio Trade: Purite Audio

    I haven't had that issue, using various Macs and iPads, someone mentioned that their sub settings changed indiscriminately though.
    Just comparing the passive to the active LS50's as we speak.
    Keith
     
  5. ducatiman

    ducatiman pfm Member

    What amplification Keith ?
     
  6. Purité Audio

    Purité Audio Trade: Purite Audio

    PHISON's A120 class a/b stereo.
    Keith
     
  7. kc5819w

    kc5819w pfm Member

    How do they compare?
     
  8. ducatiman

    ducatiman pfm Member

    Any measurements and thoughts yet Keith ?

    Apart the crap mobile app I'm pleasantly surprised with how they are performing taking their price point into consideration.
     
  9. Purité Audio

    Purité Audio Trade: Purite Audio

    I really like them, for 'most' listeners, in U.K. sized domestic rooms they are probably all you would ever need , especially as adding a subwoofer is so straightforward.
    For £2k they are imho an absolute bargain.
    Keith
     
  10. ducatiman

    ducatiman pfm Member

    I agree,Haven't bothered with the sub so far, maybe a plan over the weekend
    Cricket first though:)

    TBH I'm little perplexed by the lack of comment by the trade in general regarding the new actives compared to the almost universal acclaim the Passive's have received over the last couple of years.
    I guess the traditional "audiophile's" will always poo poo the actives.
     
  11. Purité Audio

    Purité Audio Trade: Purite Audio

    I intend to experiment with Subs when the Dutch & Dutch 8C's arrive, their designer recommends using subs not to add bass, the 8Cs are already flat at 20Hz but to cancel room modes.
    Actives don't allow amp or cable 'upgrades' they have never been popular with retailers, or Hi-Fi mags , the 'pro audio' magazines Sound on Sound for example is far more positive .
    Keith
     
  12. ducatiman

    ducatiman pfm Member

    Have they reviewed the LS50W ?
     
  13. Purité Audio

    Purité Audio Trade: Purite Audio

    I know Phil Ward who reviewed the Kii's and Manger C-1's for SOS was really keen to have a pair, he actually uses the passive LS50's .
    I will email him, I will also measure both the passive and actives and post the plots, subjectively the actives appear to me to extend deeper and are able to have more aplomb when the bass extends further than they can manage.
    I would recommend them to anyone and you know of course how convenient they are to use, my wife uses Bluetooth for podcasts and radio, I use the USB for Tidal/ROON, and the wifi to connect to the NAS, so simple ,an elegant.
    Keith
     
  14. ducatiman

    ducatiman pfm Member

    Having lived with a passive pair for a year I'd best sum up the actives as just cleaner tighter faster.
     
  15. Purité Audio

    Purité Audio Trade: Purite Audio

    I would agree, have you ever tried a sub with them?
    Keith
     

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