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LS50 Mini Monitor Speaker Pair

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.

The LS50 sounds spectacular and is available in two finishes: High Gloss Black with Rose Gold Driver, or High Gloss White with Electric Blue Driver.



Offer available direct from KEF and from your local KEF Dealer!

Availability: In stock

Regular Price: $1,499.99

Special Price: $999.99

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The KEF LS50 is an innovative concept inspired by the legendary LS3/5a, LS50 mini monitor speaker is designed to bring 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’s leadership in modern research has taken shape in the LS50 using such techniques as Finite Element Analysis and Computational Fluid Dynamics, to name a few. LS50’s unique technology offers by far the cleanest, most accurate studio-grade performance of any mini monitor.

UNI-Q DRIVER
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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  • Customer Reviews

    Excellent speakers at a remarkable price Review by PRDG
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    I took advantage of the $999.99 sale price and am very glad I did. This is my third pair of KEF loudspeakers (a vintage pair of 303.3's, a pair of Q100's and now the LS50's). Each was large step up in quality from the previous. The cabinet of the LS50 is surprisingly small, but very solidly constructed. It is the most acoustically-inert cabinet I've encountered. I can't comment on the difference(s) between the Uni-Q drivers between the Q100's and the LS50s. The curved front baffle is supposed to minimize diffraction and that does seem to make a big difference in the imaging.

    I happen to run mine with a (miniDSP-controlled) subwoofer. So I have no complaints about the bass extension. (Posted on 12/14/2017)
    Listening as I am writing the review, because I can't stand not to listen to them any free moment. Review by Jason
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    These speakers, whats there to say that has not been said by countless reviewers. They sound so good that I wish I had more hours in a day to listen to them. I knew what I was getting into since I had LS50W model since August of 2017. I wanted a regular LS50 pair. No regrets, I love every note that comes out of these. If you are on the fence, don't think any longer just take the plunge and enjoy. (Posted on 12/13/2017)
    Beautiful Sound and Extraordinary Value Review by Bryan
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    Best speakers I've ever owned. Worth every penny. (Posted on 12/13/2017)
    SUBLIME! Review by EVAUGHAN
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    So my summary statement I feel says it all "Sublime" which means "excellence, grandeur, or beauty as to inspire great admiration or awe". That is how I would describe these speakers. They are beautiful to look at, no doubt. Their excellence and grandeur is second to none in my opinion. I was definitely in awe when I first listened to them, I've only had them for two days I can't wait to hear what they sound like once they are broken in. I never heard speakers before that had this kind of clarity, detail and high's like I never heard before. They put smile on my face that will take plastic surgery to remove. I thought their Q300 were awesome and for the money they surely are, but these are in another class of their own, now I see why they list them in the flagship category. Now I want to upgrade my center (Q200C) which will be with a single LS50 for a perfect matched left, right and center. (Posted on 11/5/2017)
    Just Fantastic Speakers Review by David
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    Just got these a couple of weeks ago and they are amazing. I cannot believe how big the sound is coming from these speakers and soundstage is fantastic. Great speakers no matter if you have a big room or not. The build is rock solid. Highly damped cabinet, great finish and overall look to the speakers. Get some, expeically while they are being discounted! (Posted on 10/6/2017)
    How? Amazing!! Review by Paul
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    So good...I bought another pair! (Posted on 9/26/2017)
    Amazing speakers. Review by jos
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    Paired with Naim pre/power amp, everything just comes to life on these beauties. (Posted on 9/23/2017)
    iNCREDIBLE SPEAKER PERFORMANCE AND BUILD QUALITY FOR THE MONEY Review by Barry
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    Having been a long time KEF fan with a pair of 104.2 for over 20 years, it was easy to return to KEF as my first choice for a second pair of speakers.
    Going to audio shows, I always seek out the KEF Ls50's on display to see which electronics they are hooked up to.
    Some sound better than others but I have never been disappointed with hearing the Ls50's.
    Reading my audio magazines it seems that every reviewer has a pair in their personal collection of gear.
    Equally impressive is the amount of reference these little speakers get.
    Also right out of the box received my wife's approval.
    If and when I have to go down to one set of speakers these are the ones I could not live without.
    Deep wide sound stage crisp without crackle these are reference monitors. (Posted on 7/19/2017)
    Amazing sound and look! Review by Jeff
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    My foray back into vinyl and a better approach to analog began with the LS50. Clearly the best way to start the build of a system...they are fantastic! Thanks KEF! (Posted on 7/12/2017)
    Awesome, just awesome!!! Review by Ed
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    I am no audiophile, but damn do these things sound amazing and look pretty stellar too. (Posted on 5/28/2017)
    A Classic Review by Mr Rick
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    What can I say that hasn't already been said. These speakers are the benchmark. The speaker by which other speakers are measured. A current and future classic. Congratulations KEF for a job well done. (Posted on 4/19/2017)
    For the price these are simply outstanding. Review by Marc
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    One thing that surprised so much about these speakers is the amount of room they cover. It's unbelievable how small these speakers are yet they easily fill a large room with great sound. The build quality is top of the line. The heft and feel they have when you touch them feels incredible. They're also very well aesthetically pleasing. And sound is simply amazing. I have my doubts about spending so much on speakers, specially for their size, but I am glad I still pulled through. (Posted on 4/11/2017)
    These really are as good as people say - really. Review by Txjava
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    All I can say is wow. I've always had a soft spot in my heart for KEF since I first heard the great KEF 104.2 towers at a high-end store. I Finally bought some KEFs and I am glad I did. These sound like the music just floats in the air between the speakers. I've never heard anything with such an accurate soundstage. I was listening to a track recently with an acoustic guitar intro with light keyboard and drum backtrack. I could see in my mind where each instrument was in the studio. The most amazing thing was when the vocal started. It presented itself right above the guitar. You could imagine the artist (Lyle Lovett in this case) sitting right in front of me playing. You know a speaker is good when the experience is almost visual.

    Get them, consider it a long-term investment. You will want to hold on to these for years. (Posted on 4/7/2017)
    Sonically and visually beautiful Review by RandyG
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    Amazing sound from such small speakers, and the frosted black/blue color combination is gorgeous.

    Instrumental detail and song lyrics are suddenly manifest, where they seemed muddy and smeared through my 10-year-old KEF Reference 203s.
    Smooth midrange and excellent bass response for something that size.

    These are an excellent value! (Posted on 4/7/2017)
    Doesn't get any better than this Review by Tower
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    Blown away.... Pull the trigger. (Posted on 4/7/2017)
    High quality all around Review by JKM
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    Very impressive speakers. I was on the fence about taking the plunge and spending CA $1500+ on these speakers. I had been using the Q100 bookshelf speakers prior to purchasing these - which were very good for the price point. It wasn't until I had demoed these at a local dealer when I really discovered the clarity and dynamic sound reproduction of the LS50's - Something you have to hear for yourself! Very impressive build quality, great design and quality finish. (Posted on 4/7/2017)
    Kef LS50 bookshelves, as good as a small speaker can get Review by Mart138
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    first off I use these speakers in an unconvenient spot in my family room against a wall and above ear levels.
    They sound great there but not as good as they can. I have a dedicated listening room where I have a much bigger
    system and a proper amount of sound proofing and some acoustical performance room paneling. I brought them
    into that room to burn them in and that's where I was blown away by these small speakers. Probably the best sound staging
    and balanced sound I've ever heard from a small package. The mids and highs were nice, not too bright and the bass was
    pretty rich from such a small driver. (i'm use to 4 10 inch woofers blasting at me). If you can position them about three feet from each wall
    and have them at ear level, toed in a bit, you will be blown away...if you have to compromise like I have you will still be happy. Very
    satisfied with my purchase!
    (Posted on 4/7/2017)
    Very high spousal acceptance factor Review by Baywatcher
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    We have been running a gloss black pair for three years as front L & R. We recently bought a gloss white pair to use as rear L & R. The spouse found these to be so cute that we then bought a second white pair to replace the black! (Posted on 3/23/2017)
    Absolutely love these speakers! Review by Isaac
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    My best purchase. I bought these speakers for my office and it's a pleasure listening to music from these speakers. I love the soundstage presented by these speakers. (Posted on 3/22/2017)
    I love these speakers and I find myself listening to music many more hours a day just to hear how great they sound. Review by Tom D
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    What I find most impressive about the LS50s is their combination of warmth and clarity across a broad sonic range. I have combined a Sprout amplifier and together they provide high quality at a reasonable price. I listen to a lot of jazz and the LS50s do a a great job of handling the sylistic nuances of the horns and keyboards but what knocks me is the way they capture the full range of the drum kit. They also do a great job on the upright bass, with a strong, full, yet tight sound, that avoids boominess. I recommend them without reservation. (Posted on 1/5/2017)
    UNBELIEVABLE !!! Review by Scoobie
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    Has these now about 6 weeks --- I am blown away with their sound.
    Soundstage incredible, they compete with speakers 10x the cost and 10x the size !!
    Listening mainly to classical with Vintage Cyrus equipment and believe me these needs to be heard to be believed.
    Kudos KEF on one amazing product. (Posted on 1/2/2017)
    Hands down best purchase of the year Review by tequilamike
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    I had my eye on these speakers a while ago but finally decided to take the plunge. It's re-invigorated my interest in listening to music in my living room (normally I'm with headphones and DAC from my home office with headphones). Made me hook up my turntable again and loving music in my main room again. They are a bit larger than you visualize when looking at pictures, but they fit nicely on my console. I also thought I would have to pull out my old sub from the basement, but no need. These speakers fill the room with a full range of sound. (Posted on 10/11/2016)
    A superb glorious speaker! Review by Luks
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    My previous speaker was a Kef Q300, my system is pure computer, a Parasound Zdac V.2, audioquest evergreen RCA cables, Audioquest Jitterbug drives all for a non-expensive Sansui AU-a607 Extra recapped 130 rms in 4 ohms per speakers. The sound is insane period... with a stands just shines over all speakers I ever heard. The q300 was a excellent speaker, but the resolution and refinement in the LS50 is just perfect. Awesome job KEF! (Posted on 8/27/2016)
    Small size/Big performance Review by Loic
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    I just replaced my amplifier recently and I thought it was time to replace my old speakers (Kef Q1). After reading numerous articles I decided on the Kef LS50 based on sound reviews and also the size component.
    I picked the Titanium, when they arrived, I felt they were bigger and heavier than I expected. I guess that is normal coming from the Q1s ;-)

    I hooked them up, I did read the manual and they have instructions where to best place the speakers. Unfortunately, I couldn't place them where they mentioned and had to use the foam for the port hole.

    The sound was great. I then started to listen older music just hear the difference, and I hear nuances that I couldn't hear with my older speakers. It even got better over time. I know it can be even better placed more away from the wall. I just have to find floor stand that matches the design (and color)... Haven't so far (probably a market to take there)
    My only regret is not to be younger so that my hear can the full range that the speaker can deliver ;-)

    By the way the Gray Titanium looks really great with the copper speaker, the design looks really modern! (Posted on 5/19/2016)
    Wow! Review by Ethos123
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    I recently purchased some LS50s for a 2nd system to place in the master bedroom. I am completely blown away. Without available grills, the look would never be described as understated, but they look beautiful to me and the limited edition colors help improve the ability to at least match your decor. Combined with a Creek Evo 100a, they sound spectacular and have far more bass than I expected from a speaker this size. In fact, I'm glad I hadn't yet purchased a subwoofer because for me it simply won't be needed in this setup. I've heard much larger and more expensive rigs that don't come close to the level of music reproduction I have available on one shelf. Fantastic! (Posted on 4/30/2016)
    Defy physics and logic! Review by Pal
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    Once you have a pair, you will be amazed and wonder how it is possible - and if you are like me, you will wish you had had them a long, long time ago... (Posted on 4/24/2016)
    It's all true~! Review by William
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    Even with very little break-in, I can tell you that John Atkinson in Stereophile was absolutely correct: Class A for smaller rooms. Also, read the What HiFi review.

    These are solid as a rock, gorgeous finish, and provide the most amazing clarity I've ever heard. Wow! What a soundstage! Don't hesitate. If you love classics, Jazz, and vocal music, you will be in heaven. (Posted on 2/23/2016)
    These speakers are little gems! Review by Bob
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    I have owned a number of loudspeakers over the years starting with Polk, Martin Logan, Magnepan and Gallo. While they all had their strengths, none have impressed me as much as the LS50's. From the excellent build quality to the balanced sound and deceptive small physical size, these speakers are impressive. The LS 50's disappear and present the music with accuracy-,clear highs, articulate, realistic vocals and punchy bass-the LS50's are so enjoyable to listen to. For the size and price, they are hard to beat. (Posted on 2/23/2016)
    Overall, a great pair. Review by Mike
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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. (Posted on 2/23/2016)
    Design is not for everyone, but excellent sound for the money Review by Brother52
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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.) (Posted on 2/23/2016)
    Simply Amazing Review by Torgny
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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? (Posted on 2/23/2016)
    Recommended Review by Luie
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    Little loud speaker! (Posted on 2/23/2016)
    Worth every penny....and then some Review by DrDoofy
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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. (Posted on 2/23/2016)
    Awesome Review by G00dband
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    Best bang for your buck out there! (Posted on 2/23/2016)
    Fantastic Review by cherbib
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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. (Posted on 2/23/2016)
    Terrific Review by Stan
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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! (Posted on 2/23/2016)
    Best point source mini monitor speakers Review by Low
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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! (Posted on 2/23/2016)
    Sleek, Sexy and Sounds Superb Review by Bogie
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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! (Posted on 2/23/2016)
    Everything you've heard is true... Review by Frank Beans
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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. (Posted on 2/22/2016)
    Very satisfied Review by Cang
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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. (Posted on 1/6/2016)
    Best sound in the world in compact nearfeild monitor Review by Danzspkrman
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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. (Posted on 1/4/2016)
    HiFi that's easy to live with... Review by KEFaholic
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    The little LS50 that can! My local HiFi rep wouldn't even let me audition these once I told him I listen mostly to Metal. Since then, I have read many reviews and all point to this being an amazing speaker set. I purchased these from KEF Direct for my family room as a second 2 channel system. Paired with a nice sub-woofer, these compact monitors deliver the goods (detail, dynamics, imaging and presence). I'm finding more enjoyment in the presentation of recordings I am very familiar. With some older recordings, I am amazed at how well they were processed back in the day. My older speakers were hiding much of the studio sound and engineering enhancements. As many have said in the past... you will rediscover your music library with these gems.
    Easy to live with... the WAF is off the chart! (Posted on 12/28/2015)
    Kef LS 50 Review by Mshah
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    I had recently purchased Kef X300AW for my computer speakers I liked them so much that I decided to purchase the LS 50 for my Dad ! To replace his 15 year old energy C8 . The thought being if we did not like the sound in the living room these speakers would be relegated to the bedroom! We put them on old Sanus 28" stands about 18" from the back wall . The thought of relegating the LS 50 lasted about 15 seconds in a room that is atleast 15' by 24' the loudness surprised us running with a high end marantz receiver . Thus they replaced the old Energy C8 for good . The LS 50 look good on stands and sound just perfect for older ears as per my Dad
    The sound is clear crisp and spacious , have a sub woofer connected to it but we really don't need it with unit it seems to have just the right amount of Bass ! (Posted on 12/17/2015)
    Near Field Set Up is Perfect Review by MCAL
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    These little KEF's are being used in a near field set up in my office, run off an iMac and NAD D3020. They are still being burnt in (around 50 hours use so far) but image and presentation is all I had hoped for. I have them placed on a pair of IsoAccoustics stands on my desktop either side of my iMac. The desk is in the open so the speakers are not anywhere near a wall either to the side or rear.
    Some consider the NAD to be too small to run the KEF's, but they do sound very good to my ears. I believe the speakers will respond well to both the modest NAD as well much higher powered amps. I had listened to the KEF's at a dealer in the past, but was not immediately impressed; but I knew they had more to offer than the poor set up in Europe while I was vacationing.
    Probably one of the most satisfying buys I have made in the audio field in my 40 years of experimentation. I am very glad I finally took the plunge. (Posted on 12/15/2015)
    Its all true Review by JAG22
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    Everything you have read, all the review are accurate and completely true. Everything you would ever want in a mini speaker. Nothing but the best. (Posted on 12/15/2015)
    Amazing speaker - could not be happier to have them in my home Review by MWTaylor
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    Almost as beautiful to look at as they are to listen to... Amazing speakers - could not be happier with them. (Posted on 12/1/2015)
    Something Special Review by Billith
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    Absolutely amazing sound right out of the box with my Marantz SR7008. . Play loud and quiet equally well. The amount of bass was a pleasant surprise for my ear. I absolutely the love the Racing Red colour. Well done KEF. (Posted on 11/29/2015)
    A steal at this price! Review by Mr. Burns
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    Beautiful well designed speakers. Hooked up to PS Audio Sprout and sound clarity is amazing. Even Bluetooth sounds fantastic. (Posted on 11/21/2015)
    ***** Five star speakers! Review by Mr. Burns
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    Beautiful well designed speakers. Hooked pair up to PS Audio Sprout and amazed by sound clarity! Even Bluetooth sounds fantastic. (Posted on 11/21/2015)
    The Nike of loudspeakers Review by Me
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    Wider area great fantastic love these little diamonds well done kef now stop production I want to be the only one to own these (Posted on 7/23/2015)
    Fantastic Product!!! Review by MusicEnthusiast
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    Wow... KEF really did an amazing job building the LS50's! From sound, build, design and even the insignificant features such as good looks... it does it all! I'd like to thank the amazing service KEF offers and once again thank them for making such a beautiful sounding product!

    Cheers! (Posted on 7/17/2015)
    Fanfreakentastic! Review by audiofreak
    Long ago, when I was young, my Dad and I auditioned new speakers to go along with his Macintosh gear we settled on up picking the 104.2's which were simply amazing at the time and award winning to boot. Now I needed to upgrade my speakers but I was quite nervous about it as I already had a nice combination of gear and speakers. I was walking by KEF at a trade show looked over to what I was hearing and literally doubled back and did a double take. I couldn't believe the sound I heard from the LS50’s. It was so memorable I remembered the sound in my head and purchased the speakers a year later. After breaking them in I can't be happier, the imaging is amazing and the midrange, which is so hard to get right it fantastic. I was also really surprised by the low frequency extension, simply amazing for a speaker with a 5.25" low/mid driver and no DSP. I have had over thirty people in "The Chair" and all end up with their jaws on the floor in disbelief while I'm grinning from ear to ear, anticipating when the parties over so I can sit and listen. KEF HIT IT OUT OF THE PARK with these speakers. An unbelievable value! Take the time to break them in (100 hours or better) and you will be blown away. Oh and I have been in the audio business for twenty-five years and am a musician so listening to music and creating music is pretty much all I do. One last thing, I am also into Hi-Res audio among other forms or audio and I was super happy that the LS50’s extend to 40KHz which so happens to meet the JAS Hi-Res standard. (Posted on 12/10/2014)
    Landmark Purchase! Review by et_uptown
    The LS50s are simply some of the finest bookshelf/stand-mount speakers I have ever heard. I've heard comparative offerings from most of the major players (and some of the smaller ones) and while many models have their redeeming qualities, these babies just flat out sing like nothing else.

    It's remarkable - when dialed in right, and fed/driven by qualified gear, they actually disappear from the room and the only thing left is just you and the music. It seems like such a simple thing, but until you actually experience it, descriptions pale in comparison.

    In a nutshell, when these things are at their best they perform on such a high level it's ridiculous.

    Two things to note, for potential buyers:

    1) 8 ohms seems a bit optimistic. Measured performance, averaged out, is probably more like 6 ohms (and as low as 4 - per Stereophile). Just be sure your amplifier is up to the task. My Parasound A21 has no trouble at all but does run a bit warmer than with some B & W's.

    2) They are indeed a little less sensitive than some others, but don't let that dissuade you. Just be mindful of it.

    3) The bass these produce is incredible. It's more than enough for my oddly shaped 9x20x10 room (and my neighbors). If you have a large room and/or just like a lot of presence with the lowest octave then you'll want a sub.


    The better the gear you can throw at these the better they will perform. I am currently in awe of how awesome they are and how luck I am to own them.


    If you're reading these reviews, just do yourself a solid and pick up a pair. Try to buy from your local dealer if at all possible. Often they'll work with you, and supporting your community is more important now than ever!

    The LS50s will add joy to your life. And in the end, joy is what this is all about.


    -et_uptown
    Chicago, IL (Posted on 8/19/2014)
    Works fine with low-powered tubes! Review by beatcomber
    A local dealer made me an offer I couldn't refuse, so I bought these speakers without having an opportunity to audition them. I was a bit uncertain because the specs indicate that the LS50s require some power, and my (restored) Fisher 400 tube receiver is rated at about 28 wpc.

    I had nothing to worry about; the Fisher has plenty of juice to get the LS50s singing in my little 9 x 12 listening room. Compared to my previous speakers (rated at 90dB efficiency vs. the KEF's 86dB efficiency), I only have to notch up the volume knob slightly higher to achieve the same level.

    My conclusion is the quality of the power source is more important to the LS50s than the amp's nominal rating; the transformers on the Fisher 400 are pretty beefy. (Posted on 3/30/2014)
    Excellent workmanship and service Review by Andy
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    I've had KEF (3005s) as my original HT system for several years in my den and am very happy with them; but I always wanted a set of stereo speakers for my living room for those cozy fireplace moments. I tested number of speakers including dynaudio, B&W, MAs and several others. The LS50 blew them all away in terms of sound stage and clarity. Currently powering them with an emotiva xpa-200 amp and their new dc-1 DAC. I listen to mostly digital music and these sound awesome in this combination! Thanks for making my holiday season even greater. (Posted on 12/27/2013)
    LS50= Unparalled excellence Review by Prat
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    Speakers: LS50 (2.1 with Velodyne 8" SW)
    AV receiver: Marantz SR6008

    Let me run down how this search began by saying few words: I was looking for an under 3000 dollar system for my room of 12'X10' room. I initially was thinking of 5.1 HT system but found out soon that it was a great compromise on quality ( systems tested: BW CM1/CM5 + 683; Def tech (bipolars). I heard kef for the first time when my brother happened to get R100s (in UK) and he was very very happy with them (stereo set up). That prompted me to research on this and initially thought of Q900 and Q700 (not Q500- bad review or no good reviews). I soon realized that large speakers might be too large for my room size. And then began looking for R100 series; with excellent reviews I almost wanted to buy them but luckily were not available in texas or in KefDirect store. That prompted be to look for LS50; and the more I knew about them, I got more excited about these. When I called one of the kef dealers in Dallas, he said " LS50 are the reason for us to start selling KEF and we are very pleased with performance" . I took a gamble and got them finally after few hiccups with ordering process (minor).

    I am not an audiophile by any standard but I can certainly appreciate fine music and this is a very brief summary of what i think
    Built: Clean; classy; and Beautiful (All the people who walked in the room- first word- they look nice), heavy
    Performance: This must be one of the purchases that I made ( a costly one relatively) where I feel that this is indeeed WORTH every penny. The sound is amazing in all standard. The treble is a world apart ( i personally feel BMW 600 or CM series cannot match the quality of the it and I am myself surprised to see the quality of sound that comes out from these speakers. The depth of sound produced is mind boggling in literal sense. More i listen these are getting more better. they do have Great Mids and a fantastic woofer ( although I must say, for my room a woofer makes music Complete). I placed these beauties 2.5 mtrs apart secondary to room restrictions at 10 inches about my ear level)
    Connection time/ process: EASY

    I am very happy customer currently and I do not regret my purchase and Infact I would highly recommend this product to anyone who really wants to enjoy a clean and in depth and most importantly non fatiguing music and even more importantly very beautiful looking speakers.

    Great Job Kef and Now you have a new fan (Posted on 7/16/2013)
    Highly Recommended Review by Jack
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    I listened to some KEF floorstanding reference speakers about 10 years at a speaker boutique and got hooked on high end audio. Unfortunately, I've always been buying speakers on the affordable end of the audiophile spectrum and constantly bitten by the upgrade bug as a result. These speakers are about twice as expensive as any that I have previously owned but they deliver far above their price range.Perhaps my favorite feature is their ability to play perfectly (to my ears) when off axis. I don't have a dedicated listening room, so it has been common for the best listening position to be some spot standing in the middle of the room. Now, I can fully enjoy my music from anywhere in the room. Upgrade bug officially squashed.

    FYI - I mostly listen to classic and indie rock. Power with an Exposure amp and a Centrance DAC with all-digital sources. (Posted on 6/28/2013)
    Giant Killers - Can't Be Beaten for Less than 5-10x The Price Review by Gradofan
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    I was stunned that all the reviews were right about these fantastic speakers - they truly are Giant Killers, especially for their price.

    They're beautiful and their sound qualities are just as amazing - when set up correctly. They do require special care in set up to sound up to their potential. Any critical comments you may have seen, likely result from improper set up.

    To sound their best, they must be placed out in the room, away from the walls, and with their ports fully open. In that configuration they really do disappear in a wall of lifelike sound, with a great soundstage and imaging.

    Of course their other sound qualities are superior as well - great bass, mids, highs, tone, tenure, texture, timbre - very real, lifelike sound, without any boxy constraints.

    They really do have bass, despite their specs - though, if you're a HT, or car audio buff, who loves inaccurate, boomy sound, you may be disappointed. I'm using the R400b with them, but they really don't need it, except for the very lowest notes.

    They also require a powerful amp with high current output - 200+ w per channel into 8ohms. They're fairly inefficient.

    And... I'm using them with the DSP Anti-mode 2.0 to eliminate the "room boom" - especially with a sub. Makes integrating a sub a "piece of cake." And... provides a very good pre-amp, as well. Add a tube buffer, as I have, and the sound doesn't get much better.

    A great source, such as a great SACD player with XLR cables makes everything even better!

    Do yourself a favor... and get a pair of these... unless "you have money to burn," and can spend $50K on your system, which is what it will take to better them. (Posted on 3/19/2013)
    It's all true~! Review by William
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    Even with very little break-in, I can tell you that John Atkinson in Stereophile was absolutely correct: Class A for smaller rooms. Also, read the What HiFi review.

    These are solid as a rock, gorgeous finish, and provide the most amazing clarity I've ever heard. Wow! What a soundstage! Don't hesitate. If you love classics, Jazz, and vocal music, you will be in heaven. (Posted on 12/6/2012)
    These speakers are little gems! Review by Bob
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    I have owned a number of loudspeakers over the years starting with Polk, Martin Logan, Magnepan and Gallo. While they all had their strengths, none have impressed me as much as the LS50's. From the excellent build quality to the balanced sound and deceptive small physical size, these speakers are impressive. The LS 50's disappear and present the music with accuracy-,clear highs, articulate, realistic vocals and punchy bass-the LS50's are so enjoyable to listen to. For the size and price, they are hard to beat. (Posted on 11/23/2012)
    Overall, a great pair. Review by Mike
    Sound Quality
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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. (Posted on 11/12/2012)
    Design is not for everyone, but excellent sound for the money Review by Brother52
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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.) (Posted on 11/6/2012)
    Simply Amazing Review by Torgny
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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?
    (Posted on 10/12/2012)

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    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. **






    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: United States
    Product: LS50
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    Stereophile Recommended Component
    Hi-Fi +
    "…we think you'll struggle to find a better balanced system unless you spend thousands more."
    Year: 2016
    Magazine / Issuing Body: Hi-Fi +
    Country: United Kingdom
    Product: LS50
     
     
    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: United Kingdom
    Product: LS50
     
    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: United Kingdom
    Product: LS50
    • Visit the What Hi-Fi? site for full review
    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: USA
    Product: LS50
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    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: United Kingdom
    Product: LS50
    • Visit the What Hi-Fi? site for full review
    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: United Kingdom
    Product: LS50
    • Visit the What Hi-Fi? site for full review
    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: USA
    Product: LS50
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    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: USA
    Product: LS50
    • Visit the Soundstage! site for full review
    Product of the Year 2013
     
    Year: 2013
    Magazine / Issuing Body: TOP HIGH END
    Country: Russia
    Product: LS50
     
    What Hi-Fi? Sound & Vision – Test Winner
    "The KEF LS50s have set a ridiculously high benchmark and it is going to take a superhuman effort to top them."
    Year: 2013
    Magazine / Issuing Body: What Hi-Fi? Sound & Vision
    Country: United Kingdom
    Product: LS50
     
    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
    Issuing Organization: AudioArt Magazine
    Country: Taiwan
    Product: LS50
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    Speaker of the Year 2012
     
    Year: 2012
    Magazine / Issuing Body: CNET
    Country: USA
    Product: LS50
    • Visit the CNET site for full review
    Stereo speakers of the year $2,500 - $5,000
     
    Year: 2012
    Magazine / Issuing Body: Sound+Image Awards 2013
    Country: Australia
    Product: LS50
     
    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: United Kingdom
    Product: LS50
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    Top 2012
     
    Year: 2012
    Issuing Body: hifinews
    Country: Russia
    Product: LS50
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    Good Design Award 2012
     
    Year: 2012
    Magazine / Issuing Body: Japan Institute of Design Promotion
    Country: Japan
    Product: LS50
     
    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: United Kingdom
    Product: LS50
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    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: France
    Product: LS50
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    Innovation, High Quality and Design
     
    Year: 2012
    Magazine / Issuing Body: Plus X Award
    Country: Germany
    Product: LS50
     
    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: France
    Product: LS50
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    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: United Kingdom
    Product: LS50
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