KEF LS50 - Page 2 - diyAudio
Go Back   Home > Forums > Loudspeakers > Multi-Way

Multi-Way Conventional loudspeakers with crossovers

Please consider donating to help us continue to serve you.

Ads on/off / Custom Title / More PMs / More album space / Advanced printing & mass image saving
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 22nd August 2012, 12:45 PM   #11
sreten is offline sreten  United Kingdom
diyAudio Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: Brighton UK
Quote:
Originally Posted by jerryo View Post
You're not impressed!?
You have not heard them, so......maybe reserve judgment until you have.
I am certainly looking forward to hearing them; the driver technology is impressive and the build quality is way to advanced for even highly skilled DIY ers. I have a smallish room and neighbours so high spl levels are not needed so they would suit my circumstances.
Hi,

I'd hold your horses if I was you. There is nothing about them that
indicates a high quality miniature and a lot about them that indicates
a tarted up, basically budget speaker, and I'd say a more mundane
version of them is going to be inevitable.

The port details are nice, but its a budget plastic part that will appear
in other speakers. The curved front baffle is just a plastic moulding
that again will likely appear in other models. The CLD aspects of
the bracing seems again a detail of a budget basic cabinet.

No details on the x/o. No-biwiring. Driver is standard, tarted
up. The manual is pure AV territory, a real dead giveaway.

I've got my full on cynics hat on. Nothing to do with the LS3/5A,
not much to do with Studios. Its a "tarted" up "boutique" AV
speaker clearly targeted at that market by a load of associative
marketing hype that doesn't stand up to any critical scrutiny,
and it won't get much from that sort of intended market.

Its very hard to regard the response shown in :
http://www.kef.com/uploads/files/en/...0_HFN_0712.pdf
As anything approaching a genuine small studio reference monitor.

rgds, sreten.
__________________
There is nothing so practical as a really good theory - Ludwig Boltzmann
When your only tool is a hammer, every problem looks like a nail - Abraham Maslow

Last edited by sreten; 22nd August 2012 at 12:54 PM.
  Reply With Quote
Old 22nd August 2012, 03:55 PM   #12
Pallas is offline Pallas  Pakistan
diyAudio Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: ATL
Quote:
Originally Posted by Davey View Post
They are DIY available, but intermittently it seems.

Speaker Exchange | KEF Q100 Midrange/HF 6″ Dual Concentric Driver
I don't know how different the Q-series, R100, and LS50 drivers are (they all have slightly different cones, but otherwise not so sure; the other R-Series Uni-Q's are quite different, as dedicated midranges with much smaller surrounds), but several weeks ago I tried to get three of the R100 drivers from Speaker Exchange and never got a price or availability.

Note that the Q100 driver has been going up in price, too: from $88 when I first looked to $112 when Krutke tested them to $120 as of this writing.

Quote:
Originally Posted by sreten View Post
I'd hold your horses if I was you. There is nothing about them that indicates a high quality miniature and a lot about them that indicates a tarted up, basically budget speaker, and I'd say a more mundane
version of them is going to be inevitable.
There already is, albeit with flat baffle and a markedly less gaudy cone: KEF R100.

Quote:
Originally Posted by sreten View Post
No-biwiring.
Why is the lack of buy-wire terminals a bad/"budget" thing?

My main beef with the LS50 is simply that it's ugly. It would look much better with standard back or silver diaphragms, and a grill.
__________________
Serious Audio Blog
  Reply With Quote
Old 22nd August 2012, 05:26 PM   #13
jerryo is offline jerryo  Isle of Man
diyAudio Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Hi sreten,
you maybe right in what you say, but I still think that the driver could prove to be worth while investigating. With the combination of an unusually large magnet for the size of diaphragm and again unusually wide diameter voice coil, makes me think that it might offer something that a lot of other drivers do not. I could be wrong, but I am not aware of any other drivers like this! Kef do have considerable resources at hand for this sort of thing and a good reputation so they cannot be dismissed yet.
They received very good feedback from the Munich show in May and have obtained an EISA award so that does say something.
I doubt I will get a chance to hear then until I am in London next which maybe around Christmas time. I will search them out.
  Reply With Quote
Old 22nd August 2012, 11:20 PM   #14
sreten is offline sreten  United Kingdom
diyAudio Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: Brighton UK
Hi,

The driver is simply a gold version of the silver Q100 driver.

I'm sorry but I smell a rat, and a rotting decaying one.

They are allegedly "Made in England" by some bizarre
subsidiary of KEF that uses the the old KEF Maidstone
address from years ago, seems a huge con to me.

"Made in England" still has big kudos in some markets.

IMO they are very near simply the next Q100 version.
Which will sell for about half the price, moreorless.

What is totally appalling is they are targeting the AV
market touting them as british audio studio monitors
related to the LS3/5As, when in fact there is utterly
no marketing whatsover related towards studio use.

Sad state of affairs when KEF are scraping the barrel
of cynical exploitation of customers, and this is what
is happening here, as no doubt time will confirm.

rgds, sreten.

FWIW no bi-wiring indicates specific target markets
where the idea has no commercial advantage at all.

http://www.zaphaudio.com/blog.html
the Q100 driver is tested here, see June 4, 2012.
__________________
There is nothing so practical as a really good theory - Ludwig Boltzmann
When your only tool is a hammer, every problem looks like a nail - Abraham Maslow

Last edited by sreten; 22nd August 2012 at 11:28 PM.
  Reply With Quote
Old 23rd August 2012, 02:53 AM   #15
Pallas is offline Pallas  Pakistan
diyAudio Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: ATL
Quote:
Originally Posted by sreten View Post
The driver is simply a gold version of the silver Q100 driver.
I'm sorry, but no reasonable person with functioning eyesight could draw your conclusion.

KEF LS50:
Click the image to open in full size.

KEF Q100:
Click the image to open in full size.

Clearly, one speaker's woofer cone has radial ribs, whereas the other does not. There may be differences in the tweeter, too. I don't know.

In the eyes of any reasonable person, different diaphragm = different driver. (Think about it; is Seas Excel with a Nextel cone the same driver as one with a magnesium cone? Is the ScanSpeak 8545 the same driver as the 8543 or 8546?)

Now, it may well be that the LS50 is just a gaudily painted version of the KEF R100's Uni-Q:
Click the image to open in full size.

And as for suspension or motor differences (if any) between the three, that's not clear. All three drivers are clearly different from the R-Series midrange. Given that KEF's Q-Series has 3 distinct Uni-Q drivers (a 5.5"/1", a 6.5"/1", and an 8"/1.5") it wouldn't surprise me if the LS driver is different from the R100 driver.

Quote:
Originally Posted by sreten View Post
IMO they are very near simply the next Q100 version.
Which will sell for about half the price, moreorless.
Doubtful. They're more like a tarted up version of the R100, sold at a $300 premium in the US market compared to the R100. Me, if I'd rather have KEF's R300 for another $300 or so over the LS50. The extra money gets you a less gaudy driver, a Uni-Q that's a dedicated midrange (smaller surround, more efficient) a 3-way design, and a grill. In the real world, given that the LS50 is only sold through KEF Direct, one likely get the R300 for the same price as the LS50, or less.

Quote:
Originally Posted by sreten View Post
FWIW no bi-wiring indicates specific target markets
where the idea has no commercial advantage at all.
To what market segments does buy-wiring offer a "commercial advantage," leaving aside deaf buffoons and gullible idiots? (Though I suppose if you want to retort that those two categories of people make up an awful lot of the "high end" audio market, one would be loathe to disagree...)
__________________
Serious Audio Blog

Last edited by Pallas; 23rd August 2012 at 03:15 AM.
  Reply With Quote
Old 23rd August 2012, 07:13 AM   #16
jerryo is offline jerryo  Isle of Man
diyAudio Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
I looked at the Zaph Audio measurements and summary of the drive unit and well, what more can one say? He gives some positive comments on the measurements, and a full set of T/S parameters.
They do seem to be worth experimenting with. I am looking for a supplier in the UK as shipping from the States is going to be too expensive. The drivers themselves are not that much. $112.00 from the Speaker Exchange.
  Reply With Quote
Old 23rd August 2012, 09:27 PM   #17
Pallas is offline Pallas  Pakistan
diyAudio Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: ATL
Quote:
Originally Posted by jerryo View Post
I looked at the Zaph Audio measurements and summary of the drive unit***
To be clear, Krutke measured the Q100 drive unit and not the LS50 drive unit, which is a different unit as anyone with functioning eyesight can tell from pictures. If both drivers were in front of a person, that person would have to be blind AND suffer from severe neuropathy to fail to recognize them as different drivers.

The radial ribs on the cone of one but not the other mark them as conclusively different drive-units. So Any claim that they are the same is made negligently at best.

Now, whether the two obviously different drivers perform substantially the same is, of course, entirely unknown to everyone outside of KEF or any associated third-party build-houses. Only one of the two clearly-to-the-naked-eye different drive-units has been tested by a third party.

And yes, the Q100's concentric is an excellent device for its size and designed dispersion pattern. I think a DIYer would be hard-pressed to build a better-sounding all around speaker than the KEF Q100 for just ~$500 or so. At least, a better speaker under the same size constraints. Most can't do it for $50,000!
__________________
Serious Audio Blog

Last edited by Pallas; 23rd August 2012 at 09:34 PM.
  Reply With Quote
Old 24th August 2012, 06:49 AM   #18
jerryo is offline jerryo  Isle of Man
diyAudio Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Hi Pallas,
I know that the Zaph Audio tests were done only on the Q100 driver and not the different looking driver from the LS50 and "R" series, but the point is that this new driver has some significant offerings with regard to dispersion and integration between the bass and tweeter.
one can only assume that the "R" series and LS50 drivers are in some way superior to the Q100 driver. Although, it could be that they are essentially the same with just a slightly modified cone design....who know's!?
It would be really nice if KEF could make these drivers widely available to the DIY community as I am sure that some very interesting alternative box designs would emerge as a result.
  Reply With Quote
Old 24th August 2012, 07:55 PM   #19
diyAudio Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Hamburg
Default Sound advantage of Bi amping

Quote:
Originally Posted by Pallas View Post
To what market segments does buy-wiring offer a "commercial advantage," leaving aside deaf buffoons and gullible idiots? (Though I suppose if you want to retort that those two categories of people make up an awful lot of the "high end" audio market, one would be loathe to disagree...)
On Valve amplifiers and (particularly early 1970's) low feedback solid state amplifiers I would agree that that buy-wiring (good if unconventional name for "bi wiring") is a waste of time.

In my experiences Bi amping does provide a similar and greater benefit to that of "buy-wiring", supporting these cheaper and more expensive upgrades may well make "commercial advantage" due to fashion in your local "commercial environment". Though many might consider the extra wires a drawback, and the cost of an extra amplifier prohibitive.

Factor in (A) the low output resistances of many solid state amplifiers (high feedback designs).
Factor in (B) the resistance of the connections, plus speaker cable.

It may surprise you to realize that the the (A) is much less than (B) to (A) is less than (B) is more often true than its not true. Especially for mostly casual consumers of a set of Speakers and an Amplifier in the UK and Germany.

Simple Ohms law and the power law, calculations suggest their will be an effect with bi wiring for all values of A <= B.

I am not a good HiFi shopper as I tend to buy second hand and restore HiFi, even so I am not convinced that cones driven magnetic speakers age well, having tried many second hand speakers. That said a pair of higher on the range castle speakers I had second hand sounded remarkably good until the foam rotted, it had bi wiring.

I tested bi wiring on some old castles speakers (on the insistence of a friend) before I had done the maths, and was surprised that it sounded marginally better, but bi amping (match gains and phase or get two identical amps) provided a significant improvement, going active and building your own line level analogue crossovers proved tricky with ears to measure, and above my resources at the time I last tried it (though this current attempt with a measurement microphone is going better). Unless the speaker manufacturer provides an active cross over or you use a digital crossover. I have also tried this with a more robust second hand speaker by Linn with similar results.
  Reply With Quote
Old 24th August 2012, 08:13 PM   #20
diyAudio Member
 
Joe Roberts's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: VA
Unlike many others in this discussion, I actually heard the LS50 speaker. I thought it was one of the best things I heard at the Munich show.

I am not a mini-monitor guy. In fact, I was demoing the biggest speakers there.

I was walking down the hall and heard a reggae version of "Young, Gifted, and Black"--not a typical audio show selection. Stuck my head into the KEF room and it was the LS50 playing. Sounded very good from 50 feet away, in a very large room. I went in and had a listen. I was impressed.

I would have to spend some time with the LS50 to pass judgement on suitability to be included in the "British studio monitor tradition."

I owned a number of Rogers and Spendors and used JR150s for a few years in the 80s. I don't remember any of them having the wow factor that the LS50 had for me but they were good long-term friends. How the LS50 would hold up to long close-listening experience remains to be seen.

I listened to the KEF Blade last year and i was less impressed than with the LS50.

All I can say is that it was a really compelling and coherent sound coming out of a small box, one of the most interesting commercial speakers I have heard lately. And I am the type of critic who thinks that 90% of what shows up at audio shows is tragic overpriced boring junk. LS 50 stuck me as a lot more successful than many speakers costing 10X, 20, 30X as much.

So, this is all to say that I'd recommend an audition if I were shopping for a speaker with that form factor and general specifications. Rejecting the LS50s on the basis of the kind of abstract internet research I'm seeing in this thread would be a mistake, because this design seems to have a lot going for it.
  Reply With Quote

Reply


Hide this!Advertise here!
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
KEF 104 to KEF 104aB mkII with SPICE nimo_jon Multi-Way 15 11th October 2013 08:54 AM
LS50/GU50 Both Grid Drive kenpeter Tubes / Valves 55 30th May 2009 04:07 AM
KEF 105/3 - Kef Q5 mschafft Multi-Way 1 28th October 2008 06:36 PM
Kef 103 or Kef 104? Johnn Wilson Multi-Way 8 1st February 2008 07:56 AM


New To Site? Need Help?

All times are GMT. The time now is 10:14 PM.


vBulletin Optimisation provided by vB Optimise (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2014 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
Copyright 1999-2014 diyAudio

Content Relevant URLs by vBSEO 3.3.2