KEF Goes Wireless with Fashion

KEF has just upped the ante on the LS50W, the wireless version of its lauded LS50 bookshelf speaker, with the release of the LS50W Nocturne Special Edition ($2499.99/pair). Engineered by KEF Head of Acoustics Jack Oclee-Brown and sporting an eye-catching design by Dutch Designer Marcel Wanders—I regret that my photo fails to capture all the graphic detail on KEF's Uni-Q driver and cabinet—the LS50W Nocturne Edition will be available on January 15.

The LS50W Nocturne Special Edition features 2.4GHz/5GHz Dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 aptX, and optical (Toslink) connectivity; includes a 192/24 DAC for each driver (four total); and offers Spotify, Tidal, and Roon integration. A dedicated LS50W App, subwoofer output, eight-device Bluetooth memory, and 10m Bluetooth range add to the speaker's versatility. Auditioned via a Mac source running Roon, with the speakers placed on LS50 stands ($399.99/pair) and powered by Straight Wire Pro Thunder power cables ($1100/2m), the sound was notably lovely and warm.

Also in the room was KEF's white Q950 speaker ($1800/pair). Equipped with a new Uni-Q driver, new low frequency crossovers, and newly constructed ports and auxiliary bass radiators, the speaker is part of KEF's new eighth-iteration Q Series. Although I didn't audition the Q950 during my visit, the speaker was connected via Straight Wire Expressivo II bi-wireable speaker cable ($840/8ft pair).

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remove the Ethernet and line-in from the non-designer LS50W? If so, I'm not in agreement that the ante was upped.