Summary: A future audio legend is born! I was very uneasy ordering speakers this small but decided to give them a try. It must of taken about 15 seconds for me to hear how great these speakers sound. It was very apparent there was new technology here taking things to a new level. Kudos to Kef for bringing us these speakers at a reasonable point!
Summary: Replaced Paradigm Titan speakers. Own 1.7 Magnepans and Audioengine A5+, and Allison Ones. Happy with the purchase. I do not claim golden ears. If you have decent speakers there are diminishing returns as you spend more. Cannot promise these will change your life. What I hear, especially as compared to the Paradigms, is a cleaner top end. An "s" should sound not like "stz" and cymbals should not be harsh. The Titans were good, these are better.
Tested against other top performers in the same price range.
20 June 2014
Summary: Had some friends and dealers who were helpful and I was able to audition in my listening environment the following: 1. Martin Logan ESL 2. Goldenear Triton Seven 3. RSL 2.1 (Rogersound Labs) 4. Totem Arros 5. KEF LS50 The LS50 was the least impressive initially. It did not jump out at us. The other systems all had some characteristics that jumped out at us right away.
Summary: I love these things. I come from a recording studio background, so I'm used to listening to music critically. These speakers do a great job of reproducing the full range of music without unnecessary coloration. They are beautifully finished, and to me are worth every cent I paid for them.
Summary: The Kefls50's are absolutely stunning for their size and easily best speakers I own that cost 3-4 times as much . Vocals are where they shine,with clarity Ive never heard in a 1500 pair of speakers. Run don't walk to buy a pair of these .There is not a better speaker for the money anywhere. Stereophile has them in the A+ category along with 50-80 k speakers !
Summary: They're not tiny satellites, but they're not the biggest bookshelves you'll see either. It doesn't matter because the sound they produce is absolutely jaw dropping. They disappear in a massive wall of sound that will leave you wondering how it's even possible coming from such a relatively small source. I auditioned them against Paradigms, Sonus Faber, Dynaudios and some others.
Summary: These speakers have taught me a lot. I have had decent sound systems since the late sixties. All these years I've thought high quality full spectrum sound could only be produced by large speaker systems moving a lot of air. These speakers perform at a level that is far beyond their size and their cost. When I saw Stereophile give them a A rating putting them in the company of five figure speakers I found it hard to believe. Then they named 'em Product of the Year.
Summary: When I listen to these speakers its like "music to my ears" they so good. No subwoofer needed when using them for music, very good bass for the size. Excellent build quality and beautiful to look at.
Summary: It's a bit hard to say that almost anything that costs $1,500 is a great bargain, but that's exactly what we have here. The sound that's produced by these little gems is so good it's hard to describe. The clarity, the punch, the range, the imaging and the overall sound quality are simply extraordinary. The only thing I'm sorry about is that the review won't let me give it more than five stars.
Summary: My first introduction to KEF was a home theater system I setup for a relative. My biggest impression was the high audio quality and sound quantity coming from a few compact sized speakers. Granted, the speakers were being driven from an average consumer grade AV receiver, but it blew me away. The whole Uni-Q arrangement really worked wonders and made me a believer.