I have been auditioning the KEF LS50 for a week now. Very nice speaker overall and clearly understand why it is so well reviewed. The speaker sounded very poor out of the box and loosened up after about 2 hours and finally started to sing. I have 25+ hours on them now (of course KEF says 100-200 needed????).
Bottom line for me is they do not have enough bottom end, and the vocals can seem too loud and a bit harsh at times, it almost seems like there is buzz going on at all times, just below the surface on high octives. My gut feeling is that they will change much more from now? This is a reference type speaker in my opinion. I guess there is always a thin line between perfect detail and rich soulful sound. I am looking for both (like most people) with a slant towards the rich and soulful side for my taste. This is a dedicated listening system. I had already prepared myself for the need of a sub with the LS50 speakers before ordering, hoping to be satisfied (based on other comments).
I am considering two options going forward. ($3,000 budget max and prefer closer to $2,000)
- Try a sub (and soon) before my return window expires. SVS SB it most probable to due generous demo policy. The KEF R400 would be nice to try but cost more than the speakers?? I would consider it if gave me the results I want.
- Return LS50 and find a suitable floor standing that will not need a sub, like Salk Song Tower ($160 shipping each way), or possibly KEF R line, or others? Fritz speakers just hit the radar as well?
I guess I am hoping for some input from those with similar experiences and the choices you ended up making.
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