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LS50 Mini Monitor Speaker Pair

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The LS50 mini-monitor loudspeaker is a reinterpretation of the research, design and engineering approach of the legendary LS3/5a Monitors using KEF's latest technologies.

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Product Features
LS50

An innovative concept inspired by the legendary LS3/5a, the LS50 mini monitor speaker is designed to bring a professional studio monitor concept into the home.

Rarely the case in such a compact design, the LS50 monitor delivers a rich, multi-dimensional 'soundstage experience’ that is out of all proportion to its size. Patent-pending acoustic designs, together with state-of-the-art technologies from KEF’s latest flagship Blade loudspeaker, provide the ultimate studio experience – even in the smallest of spaces.
KEF LS50 Mini Monitor Speaker Pair
Breakthroughs

Creating a small housing capable of delivering such a spacious sound is the result of considerable research and development. In cabinet construction, baffle shaping and port design, LS50 breaks new ground with patent-pending technology. All this is made possible by KEF's leadership in modern research (including techniques such as Finite Element Analysis and Computational Fluid Dynamics*). LS50's unique technology offers by far the cleanest, most accurate studio-grade performance of any mini monitor.
KEF LS50 Cabinet Technology
KEF LS50 Uni-Q Driver technology Uni-Q®

LS50 employs revolutionary technology developed for Blade, KEF's latest flagship loudspeaker. Using the very latest Uni-Q driver, specifically designed for this model, LS50 radiates an extremely large listening sweet spot and delivers a remarkably fast, clean sound. And, because LS50 neither adds nor subtracts a single sound, it's effortlessly natural and accurate too.
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  1. Recommended
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    Little loud speaker!

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  2. Worth every penny....and then some
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    Every bit as good as advertised....and the LE colors are just icing on the cake. If you like one of the standard finishes these can usually be found for ~1199 at various dealers, and at that price they're an absolute steal.

    Modern aesthetics
    Excellent build quality
    Unparalleled sound in this segment, both size and budget

    If you give these the proper treatment, you'll be happy for a long time. Personally using a Matte Black/Blue LE pair matched with a Schiit Gumby/Ragnarok combo, which is also in black. Simply amazing sound, and not too bad on the eyes either.

    **Also wanted to briefly comment on Kef Direct and their service. I was originally sent a pair in the classic piano black finish by mistake. Made a quick phone call and Dan took care of everything with no hassle whatsoever. Top shelf product, and top shelf service.

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  3. Awesome
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    Best bang for your buck out there!

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  4. Fantastic
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    I have these lovely special editions set up as near field monitors, and the soundstage is nothing short of amazing. they are being driven by a Rogue Cronus Mag II which has more than enough headroom to drive these speakers to uncomfortable levels. No fatigue either, and i'm in commonly in front of them for longer than 8 hours at a session....in fact, i look forward to it. An ingenious driver in an equally ingenious cabinet.....my only complain is i wish they were manufactured somewhere else, just out of principle.

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  5. Terrific
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    Beautifully built, beautiful to look at, and even better to hear, this is a fantastic set of speakers. My recorded music now plays with a clarity I have never heard before. Thank you KEF!

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  6. Best point source mini monitor speakers
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    I have been enjoying music and bought and sold a couple of good monitor speakers that were considered low in price but high value for performance for about 30 years. However, I can truly say that the KEF LS50 bears them all (don.t compare them with mega bucks monitor speakers that to me are over-priced in any way). I'm using a 2A3 integrated at reasonable volume and it produces a smooth and relaxing sound. This is a speaker that will last you many years of good music enjoyment. Cheers!

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  7. Sleek, Sexy and Sounds Superb
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    I was always on the fence about getting these but having read almost no ill reviews of the speakers throughout the web, and even without demoing them, I decided to take the plunge and get one of the last pairs of Racing Red. They are sleek, sexy and sound incredible! They are crystal clear and have a very crisp sound for their size. The red is absolutely glamours and compliments its tremendous sound. I trialed two different amps before I was satisfied as they really deserve the best power to drive their incredible sound and reach their full potential. They really hit all frequencies in the spectrum well, could hit harder a little lower in bass but that is were a subwoofer takes over (not required by any means though).

    With eyes closed- they sound might mightier and more powerful then the look- I couldn't be happier with them!

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  8. Everything you've heard is true...
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    Went through a lot of demo speakers before pulling the trigger on the LS50's. In short, nothing compares and all that you have heard and read about these speakers is true. Build quality and sound is simply amazing. Worth every penny.

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  9. Very satisfied
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    I came into this not really knowing anything. I am just a regular person new to Hi-Fi. That being said, after many days of research I ended up getting these wonderful speakers powered by a Peachtree 220se. I was close to buying a sub-woofer, but was pleasantly surprised they didn't really need them. I feel as though the bass on these speakers were more than adequate for my taste and adding a sub would not do them justice.

    I can't express how overjoyed with these speakers. I'm happily listening to all my music over again for the first time.

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  10. Best sound in the world in compact nearfeild monitor
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    Fantastic sound and immense sound stage are a hallmark trait of these speakers. One of the best values in compact speakers that I know of in the world that IMHO I know of. Best with reference quality equipment placed upstream. Still somewhat forgiving when used with midrange quality, but will only reveal a portion of what they are capable. I have owned these for several years now and still enjoy that at least as much as the 1st day I set them up. Even though I owned other world class efforts in the low to medium price ranges.....*under 3k a pair' I would always would come back to these. Best for small rooms in a near field environment( my room is only about 800 cubic feet) It is no wonder it is such a valuable tool for recording engineers. Having heard Spendor, Harbeth and the original LS 3/5 A, this speaker retains all of the legacy of those designs but improves on them in EVERY conceivable way. I feel it would take Headphones at or near the price to equal them as well as speakers costing 10 times their modest asking price. This IMHO is a landmark achievement that will take decades to improve on. All but the extreme low bass is reproduce with speed and finesse that equals the finest electrostatic designs to date. If you are considering ANY speaker at double the price and don't need room rattling bass below 40 hz or output levels above moderate listening levels, these are a set you can easily grow into. Highly recommended in any rig from 3k-30k+. Warning.....do NOT be surprised if the sound leads you to investigating the capability of the Blade, or Reference series....which is a no brainer for larger spaces. R series are great too for slightly less investment. Pound for pound these are the hands down best buy period for a smaller to mid size (under 1500 cubic ft) room. These ARE as good as it gets.

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Spec
Model LS50
Design Two-way bass reflex
Drive units Uni-Q driver array:
HF: 25mm (1in.) vented
aluminium dome
LF/MF: 130mm (5.25in.)
magnesium/aluminium alloy
Frequency range (-6dB) 47Hz - 45kHz
Frequency response (±3dB) 79Hz - 28kHz
Crossover frequency 2.2kHz
Amplifier requirements 25 - 100 W
Sensitivity (2.83V/1m) 85dB
Harmonic distortion
2nd & 3rd harmonics (90dB, 1m)
<0.4% 175Hz-20kHz
Maximum output 106dB
Nominal impedance 8Ω (min. 3.2Ω)
Weight 7.2kg (15.8lbs.)
Dimension (H x W x D)
(with terminal)
302 x 200 x 278 mm
(11.9 x 7.9 x 10.9 in.)

** KEF reserves the right, in line with continuing research and development, to amend or change specifications. E&OE. **

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Press and Awards
 KEF LS50 Mini Monitor Speaker Pair Stereophile Recommended
Stereophile Recommended Component - A(Restricted Extreme LF) - 2017
"The LS50 produced a surprisingly large, clean, transparent sound, with natural tone color and precise, stable stereo imaging, said JA, who also noted superb measured performance. "Recommended. Highly." ST found the LS50's tonality "spot-on, more neutral than sweet," adding that the diminutive KEFs could deliver "surprising bass: down to around 50Hz." ST's verdict: "I haven't had such great sound in my listening room since the departure of Quad's ESL-2805 electrostatics." As SM put it: "In 13 years of working at Stereophile, I have not seen another component that offers such a radical combination of value and performance." Read more at http://www.stereophile.com/content/recommended-components-2017-edition-loudspeakers#0Upk1KkyBYtjcaoT.99"
Year: 2017
Magazine / Issuing Body: Stereophile Magazine
Country of Publication: United States
Product: LS50
KEF Stereophile Recommended LS50 Mini Monitor Speaker Pair

 KEF LS50 Mini Monitor Speaker Pair Hi-Fi + Value-Priced Loudspeaker of the Year
Hi-Fi + Value-Priced Loudspeaker of the Year
"…we think you'll struggle to find a better balanced system unless you spend thousands more."
Year: 2016
Magazine / Issuing Body: Hi-Fi +
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Product: LS50
Hi-Fi + Value-Priced Loudspeaker of the Year KEF LS50 Mini Monitor Speaker Pair

 LS50 Mini Monitor Speaker Pair Hi-Fi Choice Recommended
Hi-Fi Choice ‘Recommended’
"…the KEF is a snappy thing to listen to. Music bounces along with heady abandon, and so do you!"
Year: 2014
Magazine / Issuing Body: Hi-Fi Choice
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Product: LS50
Hi-Fi Choice Recommended LS50 Mini Monitor Speaker Pair

 LS50 Mini Monitor Speaker Pair What Hi-Fi? Product of the Year
What Hi-Fi? Sound & Vision - Product of the Year
"The terrific KEF LS50 standmounters show no sign of losing their sparkle after dazzling our readers for a second successive year."
Year: 2014
Magazine / Issuing Body: What Hi-Fi? Sound & Vision
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Product: LS50
What Hi-Fi? Product of the Year LS50 Mini Monitor Speaker Pair

 LS50 Mini Monitor Speaker Pair Stereophile Product of the Year Awards 2013
Stereophile Product of the Year Awards 2013
"It is rare to find a loudspeaker that offers this combination of clarity and neutrality"
Year: 2013
Magazine / Issuing Body: Stereophile
Country of Publication: United States
Product: LS50
Stereophile Product of the Year Awards 2013 LS50 Mini Monitor Speaker Pair

 KEF LS50 Mini Monitor Pair What Hi-Fi? Sound & Vision – Readers' Award
What Hi-Fi? Sound & Vision – Readers' Award
"Our readers love the LS50s, and so do we. It's a cracking speaker"
Year: 2013
Magazine / Issuing Body: What Hi-Fi? Sound & Vision
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Product: LS50
What Hi-Fi? Sound & Vision – Readers' Award KEF LS50 Mini Monitor Pair

 LS50 Mini Monitor Speaker Pair What Hi-Fi? Sound & Vision – Best standmounter £400-£800
What Hi-Fi? Sound & Vision – Best standmounter £400-£800
"A brilliant achievement - the LS50s look and sound gorgeous"
Year: 2013
Magazine / Issuing Body: What Hi-Fi? Sound & Vision
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Product: LS50
What Hi-Fi? Sound & Vision – Best standmounter £400-£800 LS50 Mini Monitor Speaker Pair

 LS50 Mini Monitor Speaker Pair Review LS50 The Absolute Sound
Review : LS50 - The Absolute Sound 07/2013
"The KEF LS50 is one of the most all-around-satisfying little speakers I’ve reviewed in some time. Construction and execution are exemplary. It delivers the kind of performance that deserves to be on a Wheaties box. And there’s an incalculable coolness factor that makes it a breath of fresh air. The LS50 also answers the classic question, 'Who says you can’t teach an old box new tricks?'"
Year: 2013
Magazine / Issuing Body: The Absolute Sound
Country of Publication: United States
Product: LS50

 LS50 Mini Monitor Speaker Pair SoundStage Hifi! Reviewers Choice award
Reviewers Choice award
“The LS50 is nothing short of a masterpiece of a minimonitor, priced so that anyone serious about audio can buy a pair -- and probably should, if only to know how great a small speaker can be. Time hasn’t been as much on my side as it’s been on KEF’s -- the LS50 is one of their best speakers yet, and one of their best values; it’s proof that, as it ages, this company seems to get better and better.”
Year: 2013
Magazine / Issuing Body: SoundStage Hifi!
Country of Publication: United States
Product: LS50
SoundStage Hifi! Reviewers Choice award LS50 Mini Monitor Speaker Pair

 LS50 Mini Monitor Speaker Pair TOP HIGH END Product of the Year 2013
Product of the Year 2013
Year: 2013
Magazine / Issuing Body: TOP HIGH END
Country of Publication: Russia
Product: LS50

 LS50 Mini Monitor Speaker Pair What Hi-Fi? Sound & Vision Test Winner
What Hi-Fi? Sound & Vision – Test Winner
Year: 2013
Magazine / Issuing Body: What Hi-Fi? Sound & Vision
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Product: LS50
 What Hi-Fi? Sound & Vision Test Winner LS50 Mini Monitor Speaker Pair

 LS50 Mini Monitor Speaker Pair AudioArt Magazine Best Budget of the Year
Best Budget of the Year
“Overall, LS50 can be said quite comprehensive in the performance of music, especially the performance of overwhelming classical music..."
Year: 2013
Magazine / Issuing Body: AudioArt Magazine
Country of Publication: Taiwan
Product: LS50

 LS50 Mini Monitor Speaker Pair CNET Speaker of the Year 2012
Speaker of the Year 2012
Year: 2012
Magazine / Issuing Body: CNET
Country of Publication: United States
Product: LS50

 LS50 Mini Monitor Speaker Pair Sound+Image Awards 2013
Stereo speakers of the year $2,500 - $5,000
Year: 2012
Magazine / Issuing Body: Sound+Image Awards 2013
Country of Publication: Australia
Product: LS50

 LS50 Mini Monitor Speaker Pair What Hi-Fi? Sound & Vision Product of the Year 2012
Product of the Year 2012
“We’re impressed by the speaker’s seamless integration, as we are by the way it sets up a huge stereo image populated by securely focused sounds…most importantly these speakers are fun to listen to.” 
Year: 2012
Magazine / Issuing Body: What Hi-Fi? Sound & Vision
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Product: LS50

 LS50 Mini Monitor Speaker Pair hifinews Top 2012
Top 2012
Year: 2012
Magazine / Issuing Body: hifinews
Country of Publication: Russia
Product: LS50

 LS50 Mini Monitor Speaker Pair Japan Institute of Design Promotion Good Design Award 2012
Good Design Award 2012
Year: 2012
Magazine / Issuing Body: Japan Institute of Design Promotion
Country of Publication: Japan
Product: LS50

 LS50 Mini Monitor Speaker Pair What Hi-Fi? Sound & Vision 5 star review
What Hi-Fi? Sound & Vision – 5 star review
"KEF's quality still golden after 50 years"
Year: 2012
Magazine / Issuing Body: What Hi-Fi? Sound & Vision
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Product: LS50
What Hi-Fi? Sound & Vision 5 star review LS50 Mini Monitor Speaker Pair

 LS50 Mini Monitor Speaker Pair DIAPASON D’OR Hi-Fi 2012
DIAPASON D’OR Hi-Fi 2012
“Real Formula 1 The KEF LS50 features all assets of high-end speakers”
Year: 2012
Magazine / Issuing Body: DIAPASON
Country of Publication: France
Product: LS50

 LS50 Mini Monitor Speaker Pair Plus X Award Innovation, High Quality and Design
Innovation, High Quality and Design
Year: 2012
Magazine / Issuing Body: Plus X Award
Country of Publication: Germany
Product: LS50

 LS50 Mini Monitor Speaker Pair Stereo Prestige & Image review
Stereo Prestige & Image review
“as emblematic as the LS3/5a...no doubt that they are a matchless model for less than 1000€, as they appear to be a new standard of appreciation of a real stereo image.”
Year: 2012
Magazine / Issuing Body: Stereo Prestige & Image
Country of Publication: France
Product: LS50

 LS50 Mini Monitor Speaker Pair Hi-Fi News & Record Review Outstanding Product
Hi-Fi News & Record Review ‘Outstanding Product’
‘… a cracking little speaker of which KEF’s design engineers must be most proud. Sweetly voiced yet highly revealing of source quality, it surprises and delights in equal measure. And boy does it sound big, defying its compact dimensions.’
Year: 2012
Magazine / Issuing Body: Hi-Fi News & Record Review
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Product: LS50
Hi-Fi News & Record Review Outstanding Product LS50 Mini Monitor Speaker Pair

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