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Old 08-05-2017, 09:08 PM   #1
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Question on KEF Active speakers

I auditioned the LS50 Wireless and I was totally impressed with it. Only one niggling thought at the back of my mind, and that is, with active speakers and a lot of integrated electronics, what is the reliability/lifespan like?

I know that KEF is a well renownd brand in the loudspeaker world, and this being a relatively newly launched model, but what have the experience been with their other active speaker lineups? Appreciate some feedback before I commit
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Old 09-05-2017, 08:12 AM   #2
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Adam Audio has 5 year warranty for reasons...

Don't get me wrong, KEF makes good drivers and normal speakers, but they probably determined that their target market for their home speakers don't have the time to on speakers much
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Adam Audio has 5 year warranty for reasons...

Don't get me wrong, KEF makes good drivers and normal speakers, but they probably determined that their target market for their home speakers don't have the time to on speakers much
Thanks. I'm really impressed with them and ready to plonk down the 3k for them.. just hope their actives are as reliable as the Genelacs *fingers crossed*
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Thanks. I'm really impressed with them and ready to plonk down the 3k for them.. just hope their actives are as reliable as the Genelacs *fingers crossed*
Genelecs are the most tanky shyt for studio monitors... cast aluminum enclosure, round edges, grills (a very rare thing for studio monitors), and also a 5 year warranty

How to compare with KEF active circuitry with only 1 year
(Their passives / passive parts of the active monitor are 5 year)

Me would rather buy the passives, but everything has their own market.

Add: Thought I should share some alternatives... The LS50 is a "boutique" speaker, the "normal" speaker using a similar (or same?) Uni-Q driver is R100, which like most speaker lines have a bigger brother R300 with a 3-way arrangement using a slightly smaller Uni-Q and a standard 6-inch for the bass. R100 is around 20% cheaper than LS50 i.e. not by much, and the extra design considerations of LS50 is worth the top-up. But it comes with grilles. So this is what I would rather get over LS50 passive.
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Genelecs are the most tanky shyt for studio monitors... cast aluminum enclosure, round edges, grills (a very rare thing for studio monitors), and also a 5 year warranty

How to compare with KEF active circuitry with only 1 year
(Their passives / passive parts of the active monitor are 5 year)

Me would rather buy the passives, but everything has their own market.

Add: Thought I should share some alternatives... The LS50 is a "boutique" speaker, the "normal" speaker using a similar (or same?) Uni-Q driver is R100, which like most speaker lines have a bigger brother R300 with a 3-way arrangement using a slightly smaller Uni-Q and a standard 6-inch for the bass. R100 is around 20% cheaper than LS50 i.e. not by much, and the extra design considerations of LS50 is worth the top-up. But it comes with grilles. So this is what I would rather get over LS50 passive.
Thanks, appreciate the input. I'm opting for the LS50 wireless (actives) as I don't want to deal with having to find space for a power amp, and for matching a proper power amp to the speakers (on the LS50, this is sometimes hit and miss, unlike the ActiveSG which are matched already by KEF). Furthermore, it has all the connectivity options I need (USB, wireless, Bluetooth etc.) and I can easily just hook up a phono stage for the turntable when I want. I like that I have just 2 speakers and nothing else to be able to get great sound.

Sound wise, it truly sounds better than speakers that cost more.
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Old 11-05-2017, 10:10 AM   #7
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KEF makes fine speakers.
I am using the X300A.
If your budget extends to the LS 50, you won't be too displeased.
But if bass if your thing, then a cheap speaker and a sub will do better.
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Don't think anyone is doubting their SQ

But 1 year warranty on electronics on a $3.5k product? That thing better be using server-grade capacitors at least.
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Don't think anyone is doubting their SQ

But 1 year warranty on electronics on a $3.5k product? That thing better be using server-grade capacitors at least.
Most electronics have a 1 year warranty in SG. Even your 10k amp.
It's just poor customer protection rather than anything to do with their reliability..
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Thanks guys. I agree, the 1 year warranty doesn't inspire a lot of confidence, and the difference from integrated electronics vs a separate power amp is that when there's a problem, it's likely a lot less expensive to repair the power amp, than it is to fix a broken active speaker. But, I'll gamble on KEF this time and see

Speaking of which, any nice speaker stands to recommend for these babies? KEF makes stands just for the LS50s, but at USD399 a pair (Amazon, before shipping) I'm wondering if there are better, cheaper alternatives to recommend? Thanks
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Go to Electrades and see their Atacama stands. Cheers
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Hi Pete. Yet to swing by to see the Atacama, what price range are they? Picking up my LS50s next week
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Add: Thought I should share some alternatives... The LS50 is a "boutique" speaker, the "normal" speaker using a similar (or same?) Uni-Q driver is R100, which like most speaker lines have a bigger brother R300 with a 3-way arrangement using a slightly smaller Uni-Q and a standard 6-inch for the bass. R100 is around 20% cheaper than LS50 i.e. not by much, and the extra design considerations of LS50 is worth the top-up. But it comes with grilles. So this is what I would rather get over LS50 passive.
Don't quite understand this part.

You're saying that the R100 is the same or almost similar to the LS50?

Grilles can be removed.
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Don't quite understand this part.

You're saying that the R100 is the same or almost similar to the LS50?

Grilles can be removed.
The drivers are brothers of each other.

The cabinet is certainly different.

And that's why the price is different.

And I like grilles.

And LS50 comes in active version, R100 does not. OTOH R100 comes in a full HT setup version, LS50 does not.
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wow im looking at this speaker too! still considering whether should i get it or look for other alternatives..

was wondering if it is suitable for living room
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