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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. Overall, a great pair.
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    Overall, they are delightful to listen to. Add a sub and you might never need a big pair of speakers.

    I have them matched with the following:

    Vincent 236 Hybrid Integrated Amp
    Thorens TD-309 Turntable with Shure MX-97E Cartridge
    Pro-Ject Tube Box SE II Phono Pre-amp
    Oppo BD-95 Universal Player
    Olive Media Server


    Test Music

    Vinyl - the most crucial test

    Buckingham Nicks - "Crying in the Night" from German LP Pressing - Incredible album - musically and sonically - but has never been re-released and the US vinyl copies universally suck - the German pressing is quiet and Lindsey's guitars jumped out into the room with me

    Fleetwood Mac - "Dreams" - from recent 45 rpm double LP - This pressing beats the Japanese SACD and the US DVD-A. Its often a toss-up between these three formats (if a recording is lucky enough to get all 3) but the vinyl in this case is the winner - clean, quiet and ultra-transparent

    Olivia Newton-John - "Country Girl" - from Japanese Pressing of Long Live Love LP - Japanese vinyl is meticulously well crafted and regardless of what you think of this aritst,, her early country recordings (coming out of England) with Cliff Richard's old Shadows band on back-up and producing - are magnificent. Great guitars, superb sonic layers, and a clear, clean voice that some speakers can't get right - but not the KEFs!

    CD

    Eagles - "New Kid in Town" from the West German Target CD - very early "flat" transfer - sounded superb - this is the Eagles CD to own - later versions have tinkering with the sonics

    SACD

    Eric Clapton - "Give ME Strength" from 461 Ocean Boulevard - guitars were warm and sweet and jumped out at you

    Olive Server - I hate compression but Olive does pretty well

    Vanessa Williams - "Midnight Blue" from "Everlasting Love" - great cover of the Melissa Manchester classic - sounded much better than I expected.

    Overall, a great pair.

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  2. Design is not for everyone, but excellent sound for the money
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    Amazing clarity and detail on vocals and acoustics. I really wish they had grills though as the shiny brass drivers can be an eyesore (they are for me.)

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  3. Simply Amazing
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    I must say that I am amazed at these little loudspeakers! My current speakers are ProAc Response 2.5 which were purchased well over 10 years ago at a cost of $5,000 – the current model is called D28 which represents a slight improvement and retails for $6,250 . The KEF LS50 simply buries them! Dynamics, imaging, clarity – it’s all there. Alright, so the ProAc’s have a stronger bass, but frankly I prefer the KEF’s lighter touch, seems more in scale and certainly adequate.

    I am finding myself pulling out all these old records I haven’t listened to for years and enjoying it immensively, never would have thought that a mere change in technology could rekindle musical enjoyment, but there’s no arguing with success.

    Makes me wonder what The Blade can do – turn heavy metal into violin sonatas?

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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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