Kef LS50 - Reviews, Prices, Specs and Alternatives

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Kef LS50 - Recommended and relevant!

According to the meta ranking published on 4 January 2023, Kef LS50 is currently recommended as a high-quality Speakers. Out of 10 expert opinions queried, Kef LS50 received 4 endorsements, from T3 (21 Sep 2022), What Hi-Fi (16 Nov 2022) The Master Switch (19 Jan 2022) and 1 other. .

1 out of 4 experts ranked Kef LS50 as 'the best Speakers of the month'.

Compared to other most critically acclaimed Bookshelf Speakers, Kef LS50 ranks #3 out of 15 in January 2023, - as can be seen from the table below.

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Kef LS50 ranks #45 out of 118. It is in the top 10%.
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  • Product 1: Connect wirelessly via dual-band Wi-Fi connectivity or Bluetooth 4.0, as well as wired via an asynchronous USB Connection, digital (TOSLINK) input, or an RCA analog input.
  • Product 1: The LS50W uses a 5.25" Uni-Q driver capable of reaching down to 40Hz, combined with a built-in 192Khz/24bit DAC and 230W amplifier.
  • Product 1: Wirelessly control the LS50W with the accompanying iOS or Android app.
  • Product 1: Wi-Fi Network Frequency Band : Dual-band 2.4GHz/ 5 GHz || Power Input: 100 – 240VAC 50/60Hz || Frequency Response : (±3dB) Measured at 85dB/1m
  • Product 2: The KEF performance speaker stands feature dampening base plates and a hollow central column that can be loaded with our optional Inert filler for a truly uncolored sound.
  • Product 2: An integrated cable management system allows you to hide away cables within the stands to create a clean look.
  • Product 2: All three colors of the KEF Performance Speaker Stands are paint-matched to the finishes of the KEF LS50W.
  • Product 2: Stands are sold in pairs and do not come with mass loading sand.
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Critic Consensus Common points from expert reviews summarized.
As can be seen from the ranking below, Kef LS50 is endorsed by the critics this months, and ranks #3.
Rank Change Price Speakers
What Hi-Fi
Max Your Home Time
The Master Switch
Rolling Stone
Gear Patrol
- $449
Q Acoustics 3020i
- $280
Elac Debut 2.0 B6.2
- $1600
Kef LS50
- $3291
Bowers & Wilkins 606 S2
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January 2023 Awards and Mentions Every month we consolidate opinions of key experts for every product category
Awesome passive speakers for a high price
21 Sep 2022 (4 months ago)
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These bookshelf speakers set new standards at the price.
16 Nov 2022 (2 months ago)
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Expert Reviews There are people on the Internet whose job is to review products. Below are their opinions.

Expert reviews [8]

Total expert reviews: 8
  • with a score: 4
  • without a score: 4
Highest score by What Hi-Fi
Average score based on 8 reviews
Lowest score by Audio Placebo

Score distribution:

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The WAIT is OVER! KEF Speaker Review - KEF LS50 Speakers - Meta Review
Review by Andrew Robinson
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Z Review - KEF LS50 [Black Friday Sale Emergency Push because Capitalizm is All we know...]
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General Info
Number of Speakers How many bookshelf speakers are included?
Speaker Design The primary components of a bookshelf speaker are “drivers,” which are the cones that actually create the sound. These cones come in three types: tweeters, midranges (sometimes called mids), and woofe ... Show more
Physical Features
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16 lbs
Indoor or Outdoor Use Can the speaker be used outdoors?
Cabinet Material The cabinet refers to the portion that surrounds and holds all of the speaker elements together - the speaker box, if you will. The most common material is wood, but you’ll also find plastic, fiberboa ... Show more
Baffle shaping and port design
Enclosure Type The type of enclosure, or cabinet, plays a key role in determining the focus of your sound. Do you prefer accurate bass or loud bass? There are two main types: acoustic suspension and bass reflex. Aco ... Show more
Bass Reflex
Sound Quality and Power
Sensitivity Measured in decibels, or dB, sensitivity measures a speaker’s ability to convert power to volume. Lower sensitivity speakers require more power from the amplifier to achieve higher volumes. Higher sen ... Show more
106 dB
Frequency Response Range Given as a range in Hertz (Hz), the frequency response is a measurement of the range of sound a speaker can produce. For reference, the human ear can hear a frequency range of 20 Hz to 20,000 Hz (shor ... Show more
79Hz - 28kHz
Magnetically Shielded When sound is played through a speaker, an electromagnet is activated using the power from the amplifier to bring the driver forward, and another magnet pulls the driver back. This causes the driver t ... Show more
Peak Power Power handling, or peak power, is the highest wattage a speaker can accept from an amplifier before it burns out or becomes damaged. This number is given in watts. It’s recorded by measuring how loud ... Show more
100 Watts
Powered Speaker What you may not know about bookshelf speakers is that they don’t always work straight out of the box. To power the speakers, you often need a receiver and an amplifier. Amplifiers power the signal th ... Show more
Impedance Impedance is a key electrical measurement, provided in ohms. This number describes the electrical resistance provided by the speaker to the power signal sent by your amplifier. A common analogy used f ... Show more
8 Ohms
High Resolution Audio More and more, musicians and streaming services are offering high-resolution audio playback for music files. Like a TV, your speaker has to be high-res capable to play these high-res files. True audio ... Show more

Tweeters produce the highest frequencies in sound, typically anything above 2,000 Hz. Usually located at the top of the speaker, tweeters come in different shapes (detailed below) and sizes. Generally speaking, the size of the tweeter is not as important as the shape. But, for some guidance, consider that a larger tweeter (measured by diameter in inches or millimeters) will likely be louder and able to disperse sound over a larger area.

Number of Tweeters
Tweeter Type Tweeters produce the highest frequencies in sound, typically anything above 2,000 Hz. Usually located at the top of the speaker, tweeters come in different shapes (detailed below) and sizes. Generally ... Show more
Tweeter Size Diameter of the Tweeter
1 inches
Tweeter Material In addition to the shape of the tweeter, the material has a big impact on the type of sound emitted. The two most popular materials are metals (aluminum, titanium, etc.) and soft textiles (silk, cloth ... Show more
Vented aluminum dome

Speakers with midrange drivers (i.e., at least three-way speakers) have a distinct advantage over two-way speakers. Adding a midrange driver to the mix allows tweeters and woofers to focus on the sound waves they’re best equipped to produce—high tones and low tones respectively. More specific and focused drivers means more accurate, robust sound. Compared to the other drivers, midranges cover sounds, not surprisingly, in the middle of high/treble and low/bass tones. The human voice and most instruments fall into this range. For more sophisticated listeners, or for those who truly want the best sound reproduction, a midrange driver is crucial.

Number of Midranges
0 mids

The woofer is the driver that is responsible for low frequency sounds and bass - crucial for well-rounded, booming sound. It is the biggest driver in size, and is usually shaped like a cone. When reviewing different bookshelf speakers, you will often see a measurement in the product name, starting as low as 4” and ranging to 6 ½” or more. This measurement refers to the diameter of the woofer. A general rule of thumb is a bigger woofer means louder, more powerful bass. But, as with any speaker metric, this number alone doesn’t describe the loudness of the speaker and should be taken into consideration with other measurements such as sensitivity, which describes the loudness of a speaker per watt.

Number of Woofers
Woofer Size Diameter of the woofer
5.1 inches
Woofer Material Woofers are built with a variety of materials, such as paper, plastic, polypropylene, Kevlar, or metal. Some are even made with more unique materials like wood. They key to quality in a woofer materia ... Show more
Magnesium/aluminium alloy
Remote Control Does the box include a remote?
Button Controls Control the speaker with buttons on the device.
Power button
App/Smartphone Control If the bookshelf speaker is Wi-Fi or Bluetooth-enabled (or both), you’ll likely be able to control the output through your smartphone or other device. Sometimes, this capability comes with the caveat ... Show more
Wi-Fi Enabled Speakers with Wi-Fi connectivity connect directly to your home Wi-Fi network to stream audio from your devices—smartphone, tablet, laptop, etc. This may require an app from the brand, such as Yamaha’s ... Show more
Bluetooth Enabled Speakers with built-in Bluetooth allow you to stream audio content directly from device (e.g., smartphone, tablet, laptop) on the speakers. This feature behaves just like any other Bluetooth-enabled d ... Show more
Wired Connections or Wireless Not to be confused with Wi-Fi-enabled speakers, wireless speaker set ups do not require a speaker wire or direct lines to other speakers and the AV receiver. Typically, these speakers require a wirele ... Show more
Speaker Wire Included Speaker wire is the connection used between speakers, amplifiers and receivers. This is a special type of wire that makes an electrical connection and transmits sound signals. You will only use this t ... Show more
Other Connections Bookshelf speakers commonly come with speaker wire inputs/outputs to connect your speaker to an AV receiver, which transmits the sound from your TV. In some cases, speakers may come with additional in ... Show more
  • 2 m Powe Cord
  • 3 m Cat-6 Inter-Speaker Cable
  • 2 m USB Cable
  • 1 m LAN Cable
Additional Info
ENERGY STAR Certified For the environmentally conscious, choosing an “ENERGY STAR Certified” speaker may be important to you. Technology devices with this label are required to meet certain industry standards as it relates ... Show more
Additional Features Any other features available.
  • Plug and Play
  • Remote Control included
From Manufacturer Manufacturer-provided product description, urls and documents.
EAN Numbers: 0637203213649, 0637203213748, 0637203215186, 0637203217906
UPC Numbers: 637203213649, 637203213748, 637203215186, 637203217906
Model Numbers: LS50ABL, LS50AGREY, LS50AWH, LS50METAW
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Kef LS50 are a popular and one of the most expensive options. They're in the top 3 bestselling speakers and have dozens of popular alternatives in the same price range, such as KEF R3 or Wharfedale Linton .

Kef LS50 were released in 2012. There are a lot of newer speakers on the market. Show newer Speakers

Kef LS50 are $1302 more expensive than average speakers ($297.99).

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