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In Reply to: RE: KEF LS50s compared to Maggies? posted by Green Lantern on March 29, 2017 at 05:53:36
I own the KEF LS-50 which is a fine speaker and I reviewed it. I am not a Magnepan person but I would probably take the 1.7 over the KEF certainly for the stated reason above about scale. The KEF is best in a small room and with very good tube gear that can actually drive them. Kinda the way I feel about Magnepan as the best sound quality I have heard them with was with tubes.
I am not really about apples and oranges since sound reproduction is sound reproduction. I think the speakers I had for 13 years and just sold in December sound vastly better than any Magnepan or any KEF I have heard including my LS-50. I would try your best just to listen and ignore the design because we all have biases either because we read too much or built up over past experiences so we bring our past into the present.
Some people like the bigger KEF standmounts a lot better - R300 or something I forget the name of it. So it is perhaps worth giving that a whirl - it has more bass and scale. I find most panels to lack meat on the bones (they sound washed out) compared to the best dynamic speakers - and dynamics is the lifeblood of music to me. So on certain music even the tiny KEF LS-50 will do things a smaller Maggie won't deliver. It will depend on what you listen to, how loud and the room size.
thanks for the advice ; )
Q: what were the speakers you sold in December if I may ask?
Audio Note J/Spe. Managed to get 17% more for them than I bought them for in 2003. I bought the Audio Note AN E/Spx Alnico Hemp in December.
But to be fair there are something like 10 versions of the AN J topping out at over $30,000US and the least expensive current model is $2900. So I should expect it to be better than $1500 speakers!
Of course over the long run the AN J is actually cheaper than the KEF because in 10 years I would sell the J for what I paid and then some and the KEF after 10 years will be lucky to get me 1/3 of what I paid.
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