KEF Announces Release of LS50 Wireless: A Complete and Fully Active System
Marlboro, NJ – 14 October 2016 – In celebration of its 55th anniversary, KEF proudly presents LS50 Wireless, a complete and fully active music system. Sharing the same winning acoustic features of KEF’s renowned LS50, LS50 Wireless enables the user to easily enjoy excellent music reproduction, previously only achieved with a system comprised of separate high quality components.
Five years ago, with the belief that everyone deserves to experience quality sound, the LS50 passive speaker was introduced at KEF’s 50th anniversary. Now, at its 55th anniversary, KEF has developed a complete, fully active system that retains all the acoustic features and benefits of the passive LS50 within an active system that has been designed to allow a multitude of connectivity options.
The FEA-designed cabinet, Uni-Q driver, constrained layer damping bracing, precision-made curved baffle and elliptical flexible sound port, all part of the LS50 pedigree, are retained. These features prevent cabinet vibrations, enhance radiating sound, and reduce resonances and colouration. New additions include an end-to-end 192kHz/24-bit high-resolution digital signal path, two dedicated DACs per channel (4 DACs in total), a streaming pre-amplifier and factory-optimised amplification in a bi-amp dual-mono configuration (200 + 30 watts per speaker). Combined with a time-correcting DSP crossover, the incredible award-winning sound of Uni-Q is taken to the next level.
To make the LS50 Wireless a total high-performance music system, a comprehensive range of
connection options are available, including 2.4GHz/5Ghz Dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 with aptX codec, Asynchronous USB Type B input, TOSLINK Optical and RCA line-level analogue inputs. A dedicated app for LS50 Wireless, available on both iOS and Android, enhances the user experience during network setup, music streaming, playback, and control. The app also includes 3 user levels of customisable EQ settings for personal music preference.
Purchased separately, replicating the performance of the LS50 Wireless system using a traditional Hi-Fi setup would cost far more, and with all of that time, effort and money, you would still not be guaranteed to own a system that is matched so perfectly. The LS50 Wireless allows the customer to enter the awe-inspiring world of high-fidelity audio without the need for separate components.
Audiophile grade amplification and sound processing are combined to bring a true high-fidelity listening experience to active streaming audio. KEF’s unique advanced time correcting DSP crossover ensures perfect time alignment between low and high frequencies so that every note and frequency arrives to the listener at the same time. Pairing this with our Uni-Q driver technology, the result is sound dispersion unlike any you have ever experienced.
Because of the finely engineered sound dispersion properties of KEF’s Uni-Q driver, this theoretical ideal is now a reality in almost every room and listening environment.
KEF’s LS50 Wireless is truly bringing state-of-the art technology and the audiophile listening experience to every music lover.
KEF LS50 Wireless
- LS50 Acoustic design 5.25″ Uni-Q driver; FEA designed cabinet; Constrained Layer Damping Bracing; Elliptical flexible port
- KEF’s dedicated time correcting Digital Signal Processing (DSP) design
- Customized EQ settings
- 192kHz/24bit High Resolution DAC decoding on each speaker
- Dual-band Wi-Fi connectivity
- Bluetooth 4.0 with aptX codec
- Asynchronous USB connection
- Digital (TOSLink) input
- L&R RCA line-level analogue inputs
- Subwoofer output – controllable from the IOS or Android app
- Dedicated app for both iOS and Android
- Touch-sensitive panel control with clear backlit display of inputs
- 3 exciting colour options: Titanium Grey/Red; Gloss Black/Blue; Gloss White/Copper
Price and availability:
$2,199.99 / system, ETA USA December 2016
The company was founded in 1961 by Raymond Cooke OBE (1925–1995) and was initially headquartered in a Nissen Hut on the premises of Kent Engineering & Foundry (from where the name KEF is derived) – a metal-working company on the banks of the River Medway, near Maidstone in Kent. KEF’s ethos has always been based on the continuing quest to find new and better ways of reproducing sound. Since the company’s establishment, KEF has maintained a flair for unusual and controversial speaker engineering, design and material use. KEF has always driven innovation in sound with examples including its iconic ‘egg’, Muon and Blade speakers. KEF is a member of Gold Peak Group and its products are available in more than 60 countries. In 2011, KEF celebrated its 50th anniversary and now the company continues its commitment to building on its strong heritage.
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