Daniel reviews the new KEF LS50 Wireless II Active Speakers – testing them for not just music, but also movies and gaming. With the USB input being replaced with HDMI Arc, the new KEF LS50W II opens up a lot of new opportunities in the Soundbar alternative space, tested with everything from CDs and Blurays to games on the Xbox Series X and even the Playstation 2, these speakers prove to be an absolute force to be reckoned with.
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The multi-award-winning LS50 Wireless speaker system set the bar high for high-performance wireless speakers, and in the same spirit of invention and innovation that created the original, the LS50 Wireless II (also called Wireless 2) is much more than just a new generation.
The result of three years intensive research and development, the new KEF LS50 Wireless II is a fully active wireless stereo speaker system that delivers pristine, KEF signature sound coupled with great usability and high-performance wireless capability. LS50 Wireless II has been built on a whole new acoustic platform, the LS50 Meta passive loudspeakers, while the brand-new wireless platform has been engineered from the ground up.
Active electronics, Digital Signal Processing (DSP), wireless streaming platform and the new KEF Connect app all combine to set a new benchmark of class-leading acoustic and user experience.
With the first generation KEF LS50 Wireless being one of the best active speaker’s we’d come across here at Living Entertainment, the LS50 Wireless II had some serious shoes to fill.
Upon first listen, it was evident that KEF had taken everything that was great about the Gen I and improved on it in almost every way. The refinements in materials, connectivity and overall design have taken them to another level of performance and user experience.
The dynamics, detail and bass response produce an immersive and stunning audio experience that truly bridges the gap between digital products and dedicated Hi-Fi. In everything from streaming and movies to traditional components – the KEF LS50 Wireless II make it easy in every way and are outstanding at every turn.
Darcy (our Website Manager) didn’t hesitate in securing a pair for himself as soon as they came available and will be happy to sing their praises to you if you’d like to chat about them!
Dive in below to find out about all of the key details and improvements for the KEF LS50 Wireless II.
All the music, all the time
The new wireless platform that sits at the digital heart of the LS50 Wireless II ensures that no matter how you like to listen to your music, you will be able to do so with the minimum of fuss and in fantastic sound quality.
LS50 Wireless II gives you direct access to your favourite music services, including Spotify (via Spotify Connect), Tidal, Amazon Music, Qobuz and Deezer. You can even tune in to Internet Radio Stations and catch up on the latest podcasts through the KEF Connect app. AirPlay 2 and Google Chromecast seamlessly connects your compatible Apple or Android device, whilst Bluetooth expands the options even further. There are also wired connections for your TV, turntable, CD player and games console, via the HDMI, analogue, optical and coaxial inputs.
LS50 Wireless II has audiophiles covered with support for streaming music files up to 24bit/384kHz, as well as MQA Decoding, DSD256, and Roon Ready. These features mean that even the experienced hi-fi enthusiast will marvel at this exceptional loudspeaker’s ability; LS50 Wireless II really does offer something to everybody.
Let you be you
Even beyond the flawless musical performance, the LS50 Wireless II speaker system is a breeze to set up, intuitive to use and offers over-the-air firmware updates for bringing you new and improved features with the minimum of fuss. You can choose to connect the speakers with the supplied cable (24bit/192kHz resolution) or wirelessly (with 24bit/96kHz resolution) for a completely clutter-free set up. You can even select your favourite source to wake up LS50 Wireless II whenever it comes on, giving you immediate access to your favourite source. Plus, when using AirPlay 2, Chromecast or ROON you can stream to multiple speakers, so you can play music all over your house. The brand-new dedicated KEF Connect app walks you through the set-up and controls the system on a day-to-day basis, including intuitive sound settings, so you can tune LS50 Wireless II to your own personal tastes.
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