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KEF LS50 Wireless Speakers (Pair) - Nocturne by Marcel Wanders

 

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Designed by Marcel Wanders, this is a Special Edition of the LS50 Wireless model which is based on KEF's iconic, award-winning LS50 loudspeakers.

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Features

Warranty length 5 Years
Brand KEF Speakers
Product Award What HiFi Award 5 Stars

Tech Specs

Drivers
Units: Uni-Q driver array
HF: 1" vented aluminium dome
LF/MF: 5.25" Mg/Al alloy

 

Performance
Frq Range: (85dB/1m) 43Hz – 47kHz
Freq Resp: (±3dB) 50Hz – 28kHz
Max Peak SL: 106dB
Output: Subwoofer output
Amplifier: LF 200W, HF 30W

 

Inputs
Network: 2.4/5GHz Dual-band Wifi
Bluetooth: 4.0 with aptX codec
USB: Type B; TOSLINK: Optical
RCA: Analog Line Level Input
RJ45 Ethernet: 10/100 Mbps

 

Bluetooth
Bluetooth Range: 10m
Bluetooth Memory: 8 devices
Resolution: Up to 24bit

 

Sampling Rate
USB Type B: Up to 192kHz
TOSLINK Optical: Up to 96kHz

 

WI-FI
Standard: IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n
Freq Band: Dual band 2.4/5GHz

 

General
Power In: 100 – 240VAC 50/60Hz
Dimensions (HWD): 300 x 200 x 308mm
Weight: Left 10kg, Right 10.2kg

Product Description

KEF LS50 Wireless Nocturne by Marcel Wanders Speakers is a stunning new design for the award-winning model which have already received an excellent reception at the exclusive launch event in Amsterdam as well as the exclusive showing at the Hi-Fi Show Live in Windsor.

The LS50 Pedigree

KEF LS50 Wireless has, since its inception, changed expectations of what can be achieved of wireless streaming and high-level audio performance from a compact and beautiful design. Now, in collaboration with the globally renowned Marcel Wanders, they have produced a special edition of the LS50 Wireless called ‘Nocturne'. Its sensuous aesthetics create a compelling audio system that is in a class of its own.

It retains all the acoustics features and benefits of the award-winning LS50 speakers; the FEA-designed cabinet, Uni-Q driver, constrained layer damping bracing, precision-made curved baffle and the elliptical flexible sound port. These prevent cabinet vibrations, radiating sound, resonances, and colouration.

Impressive Before the Music Begins

The rhythmic design inspired by the circular arrangement of time presents a structured, architectural-type pattern from a distance. Upon closer inspection, the two-dimensional, textured surface reveals several different types of musical elements layered throughout. Placed around the central point, musical notes and symbols references add to the profoundly meaningful and detailed design.

Much like a musical composition, the final result finds the surface shapes coming together to create one unified design. Playing off the name, it captivates late into the evening as selected glow-in-the-dark elements of the design are revealed when the lights are dimmed and the speakers subject to a blue UV light.

About Marcel Wanders

Marcel Wanders is a leading product and interior design studio located in Amsterdam, credited with 1,900+ iconic projects. Marcel Wanders works with premium brands such as Alessi, Baccarat, Christofle, Hyatt Hotels, Louis Vuitton, and Puma among scores of others. His 27 years of designs are celebrated in some of the most renowned museums in the world, including the Centre Pompidou (FR), MoMA (US) and Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam.

Complete & Fully Active

With end-to-end 192kHz/24-bit high-resolution digital signal path, a dedicated DAC per channel, a streaming pre-amplifier, and factory-optimised 230-watt x2 amplification in a bi-amp dual mono configuration makes the LS50 Wireless a total music system. LS50 Wireless includes a broad range of connectivity options, including 2.4GHz/5GHz Dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 with the aptX codec, Asynchronous USB Type B, TOSLINK Optical, and RCA Analog. A dedicated app for LS50 Wireless, available on iOS and Android, simplifies network setup, music streaming, playback and control.

LS50 Wireless

LS50 Wireless is a complete and fully active music system designed for the way high-resolution music is now enjoyed. Based on the award-winning LS50 speakers and sharing the same acoustic features, the LS50 Wireless enables users to easily enjoy exceptional sound quality previously only achieved by an array of sophisticated components.

Uni-Q Taken to the Next Level

High and low frequencies should hit your ears at exactly the right time. This perfect time alignment was only an ideal case in theory previously, and perfectly accurate sound could only be experienced within a small 'sweet spot'. With LS50 Wireless’ advanced time correcting DSP crossover and the unique sound dispersion abilities of Uni-Q, time corrected accurate sound can be achieved in different types of rooms. This is a feat that cannot be reproduced by any other active speaker

Other Features

- KEF’s dedicated time correcting DSP
- Customized EQ settings
- 192kHz/24bit high-res DAC decoding
- 2.4GHz/5GHz Dual-band Wi-Fi connectivity
- Bluetooth 4.0 with aptX codec
- Asynchronous USB connection
- Dedicated apps for iOS and Android
- Touch-sensitive control panel + backlit display

Accessories

- 2m Power cord x2
- 3m Cat-6 Inter-speaker cable
- 2m USB cable and 1m LAN cable
- Remote Control

Press Reviews

  • 'Best all-in-one system over £1000' (What Hi-Fi Awards 2017)

  • 'That beautifully built and finished enclosure is the same as the passive version… We don’t tend to talk much about ports, but the one here is unusual in that it’s flexible in a bid to reduce distortion.' (What Hi-Fi Magazine July 2017)

  • 'The LS50 Wirelesses sound clean and precise. They dig up so much detail and deliver it in an organised and stable manner. We’re struck by the KEF’s subtlety and their ability to generate strong dynamic shifts without stress.' (What Hi-Fi Magazine July 2017)

  • 'These are small speakers but they manage to fill our medium sized listening room with high volume levels… they render a lovely, expansive soundstage that’s neatly layered and nicely defined. Once set-up properly we think KEF’s engineers have struck a really nice tonal balance. It’s even-handed yet refined enough to make the most of less than optimal recordings or sources. ' (What Hi-Fi Magazine July 2017)

  • 'These aren’t big speakers so you won’t get really deep floor shaking bass, but they generate low frequencies that are taut, articulate and punchy… The good news continues higher up the range with a transparent and fluid midrange and insightful highs. Vocals are delivered with passion while percussion comes through with bite and composure.' (What Hi-Fi Magazine July 2017)

  • 'The LS50 Wirelesses are rhythmic too, delivering the song’s unmistakable momentum with determination. They never sound too pushy either, allowing the song’s natural flow to come through.' (What Hi-Fi Magazine July 2017)

  • 'Overall, these speakers have the insight to unravel a recording yet never go so far as to tear the music apart. They’re informative but always musical with it. KEF has done a terrific job here. It has taken the award-winning LS50s and made them an even better proposition… Is this what the hi-fi system of the future should look like? We certainly hope so.' (What Hi-Fi Magazine July 2017)

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