KEF LS50 Meta (Royal Blue Special Edition)

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KEF LS50 Meta (Royal Blue Special Edition)

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”The LS50 Meta are now the class leader at this level.” ’What Hi-Fi?’ 2021 Product of the Year.

Improving an icon

Launched in 2011, the original KEF LS50 was a smash-hit from day one. The new KEF LS50 Meta takes all the award-winning ingredients of the original and introduces new technology for sensational sound quality.

Hear the sound, just as it should be, with MAT
Developed in conjunction with Acoustic Metamaterials Group, the LS50 Meta makes use of an exciting new technology called MAT (Metamaterial Absorption Technology). The revolutionary material absorbs 99% of unwanted sound from the rear of the tweeter, for lower distortion and a much purer, more natural sound.

Legendary Uni-Q drive units deliver studio quality sound
KEF’s history includes making some of the most precise-sounding monitor speakers. Used in recording studios around the world, KEF-branded speakers and other brands using KEF drive units are behind so many classic mixes. Now in its 12th generation, the Uni-Q driver array places the revised tweeter within the middle of the woofer, creating a more cohesive sound. The magnesium/ aluminium woofer is light and rigid – making it fast to respond and entirely faithful to the music playing.

Foot-tappingly musical
Although some monitor speakers can sound clinical to listen to, this is not the case with the KEF LS50 Meta. The super-rigid cabinet features a curved compound front baffle. Combined with the tweeter’s ‘tangerine’ wave-guide, this helps spread the sound far out into your room – making listening to these speakers an enveloping experience, wherever you’re sitting in the room.

Punchy, lifelike bass
For such small speakers, the LS50 Metas hit hard. Thanks to Z-Flex surrounds, the woofers move across an extended range, giving deep, powerful bass. More important than just being ‘deep’, the bass is extremely well controlled and lifelike. The computer-aided design of the rear port promotes flow and reduces turbulence – meaning the bass sounds fast and accurate.

A design classic
Just as enduring as the sound, the LS50 Meta’s design has similar long-lasting appeal. The smooth, clean design is striking yet still easy on the eye. Choose between Carbon Black, Mineral White, Titanium Grey or Royal Blue, for the style that best suits you.

Get straight to the heart of the music, with the KEF LS50 Meta.
Overview
Speaker Enclosure Type
Bass Reflex
Speaker Type Enclosure - Filter
Bass reflex - rear port
Audio
Frequency Response (Hz)
79 - 28,000
Impedance (ohms)
8
Power Rating (Watts)
100
Sensitivity (dB)
85
Dimensions
Dimensions WxHxD (mm)
200 x 302 x 281
Weight
Weight (KG)
7.8
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Set them up right and they're world class These Metas are the most extraordinary speakers i've owned in 35 years of obsessive hifi buying. You will need patience to get the best from them, but when you hit the sweet spot... wow... Initially, I have to say I was completely underwhelmed... I couldn't understand why, when the professional reviews are universally ecstatic. So I read a few user reviews, and found some tips that are invaluable. First off, they took a LONG time to run in - I reckon 150-200 hours - and the difference was extraordinary (i've never had a pair of speakers change that much, and I don't normally believe in running in anyway...). I also had to play around with positioning quite a lot, although note they come with various foam bungs for the rear ports which really do allow you to tune the sound - so you will find a place that doesn't compromise your living space. And you MUST use an amp with decent power (my old Nad 7240PE didn't cut it, whereas my Rega Aethos sounds incredible). But once they'd run in and i'd got the setup right... BAM... Suddenly the sound stage fell into place, treble opened up, and now they are captivating. Eg on CD, Michael Jackson "the way you make me feel" slams exultantly, exciting and tight, begging you to turn it up. Radiohead's "Subterranean Homesick Alien" on vinyl is sweeter than I have ever heard it, and that includes bass that's surprisingly extended for the size of cabinet, and tighter than you'll ever hear with a floor stander. I've barely scraped the surface yet on what they can do, but a few weeks in, it's all looking good. If you bear with them and spend a little time on setting up, you'd find it hard to do better with speakers of double the price.
Date published: 2021-12-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic speakers I bought these speakers a few weeks back after a short home demo , paired to my Naim Unity Atom ,and I love them , such clear .precise sound , wide soundstage , unfussy with placement , a brilliant buy , and great service from Richer Sounds
Date published: 2021-11-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Class Leader & Then Some Just a fantastic sound and they are so beautiful to look at. Despite a reputation for having a technical sound, these Metas are rich and colourful! Brilliant.
Date published: 2021-10-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from They look and sound amazing! I chose these speakers because of the excellent reviews about the quality of the sound and build, but also for their looks. They replace my cherished Mission 770s, so the new ones had to deliver. I have to say I am very pleased I made the switch; they sound amazing. They also look like they belong in the 21st century, which can't be said of the Missions.
Date published: 2021-07-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Still up to your usual great advice and service KEF LS50 Meta (Royal Blue Special Edition) - some thing of a spectacular upgrade form my 35 year old Sony speakers.
Date published: 2021-05-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great looks even better sound Fantastic step up from a pair of monitor audio compact floorstanders that were too big for the room. Fantastic sound stage and unbelievable clarity.
Date published: 2021-04-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Bold and beautiful. There is so little to add to all the positive reviews these speakers have received. Accomplished / authoritative, easy to pair and relaxed about where you place them. KEF have done a terrific job with these speakers. I bought them never having heard them and was delighted with my purchase. The Royal Blue is beautiful and was sourced for me through the Plymouth Store who were terrific as always.
Date published: 2021-03-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Surpassing expectations Even though the reviews were spectacular, I was on the fence about purchasing the product without a proper on-site listening test. I've decided to call my local Richersounds store in Artillery Lane in London and the support and advice I got from Nikhil was absolutely fantastic. We discussed a number of other concerns and I've ultimately agreed to purchase this product; no regrets, it's surpassing my expectations. Recommend product and recommended service from Richersounds. Thanks Nikhil and Keal
Date published: 2021-01-26
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