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grabbed a pair of KEF LS50s Friday and have been listening to them over the weekend. Just finished listening to one of my go to cd's for reference: Cassandra Wilson's "Belly of the Sun". A favorite when played through my Maggies over the years.
But what I heard through the LS50s was just as special. Along with crystal clear clarity, I heard her background singers standing side by side along with individual height of each singer and just left of stage on the song "Waters of March"; Cassandra stands near center stage, tallest of them all.
Ah yes nice-but what 'floored' me was half way through the song 'Wichita Lineman' (a slow, mellow remake of the classic) there's suddenly a brief pause, the room goes quiet for a second or two- and you can distinctly hear Cassandra turn her head and clear her throat!
I replayed that about 5 times because I simply couldn't believe my ears. Never heard that through my Maggies before..
I'll most likely do a review of the LS50s in the following days.
My WOW moment came over the weekend when I dropped my 25 y/o $600 Hafler 9180 in my main rig in place of a $4500 Counterpoint Amp of same era.
It's all about the Pre Amp or this old Hafler amp that hasn't seen power for close to 20 years is a great amp.
Right at about the 3 minute mark, correct?
Gonna try your test songs on my apogee centaurs then my modded esl 57 when I get them ( and wait till you see the pics in 3 months time or so)
Nice review. I'm considering them myself. How large is the listening room? Worried about ample dynamics for a medium to large room......Even with sub because of balance issues.
Glad you like them. If you want to take it one step further and have the clarity and detail along with a bipolar configuration, check out the Audience ClairAudient 1+1 V2+. You will want/need a subwoofer but the rewards are worth it. These have replaced my LS 50's.
Plus Audience is close by if you live in SD.
I enjoyed reading that and felt your enthusiasm and gratitude. Now we need to tweak the Maggie set up !
"If at first you don't succeed, keep on sucking till you do suck seed" - Curly Howard 1936
That's good to hear. When I read "wow" moment I'm thinking on the order of something like a 125.00 magical fuse that is transformative, maybe so BUT...... the logic of spending that much for a fuse? We DO have too much disposable income and time on our hands I believe.
1.5K for a really nice monitor, now that makes more sense, they are indeed superb, enjoy!
As many good qualities that Maggies have, and they do have quite a few, resolution isn't their strong suit. I'm not surprised that you are hearing information that was missed. Too bad the KEFs can't do the rest of it.....
Don't worry about avoiding temptation. As you grow older, it will avoid you.
- Winston Churchill
And while they offered pinpoint imaging and extended the bandwidth, I was not impressed with their inability to deliver what I consider to be the realistic sounding scale of a big dipole.
I look forward to your review. Whenever I have heard LS50s they have been on the end of a system chosen more with regard to being in a similar price bracket rather than to exploit their true capabilities ( e.g using a small Arcam integrated amp etc.). Not that there is anything wrong with a small reasonably priced integrated but it will be nice to read of their performance driven by a true high end system.
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