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RE: Any KEF LS50 recommendations?

you have selected 2 brands with a total different design & background philosophy. KEF based their products only on scientific results & technical innovation. Totem use voodoo & feel (in this case:hear) good factor.

Ever heard of the totem peak? it uses the cabinetvibration to radiates the high frequencies. it may works, but shows only how bad the(ir) cabinets are made. Further on, i think their very first topmodel, a 5-way system with the sub housed separately in a square cabinet. the flat cone of the sub had the logo of totem in white printed on it and was screwed to the cabinet with 20!screws or so: a very weird and messy crossoverfrequencies. on top of that: they RECOMMEND to put the peak on it!
Their spks may sound good in my ears but i will never want them because theirs designbackground.

KEF. i have listened this ls50 in the Netherlands (iEAR). From what i was told, this couple is the demo on tour and may have been in munich. And frankly, i was not impress (i listen to fullrange + sub for more than 15 years. So, the strong points of point-source is well known to me.) But i dont think this is due to the spkr. the main cause is probably the used van den hul 352 spkrcable. i cannot imagine that the mcltochs mc7000 is contributing to the bad sound. sign or signal interlinks were used (no idea about them).
this speaker has a very tight and dry low, in that room 60-80 hz was the limit. i know that, so i had take that into acccount.

i preorderd it anyway, because the price is fairly low. compared with the R100 and the technology delivered. Also KEF started more than 20 years ago with uni-q and they consistenly improve it. My favorite of english brands, Tannoy, never shows this achievement since uni-q. Instead, they add a seperate SACD-high frequency tweeter on top of the cabinets .(td8 ,td10 or so).

also i had planned to build a similar speaker with the SEAS excel C16N001/F. but the KEF are easier and save time :)
i will uses the KEF with selfmade SEAS subwoofers.
Sofar i found 2 disadvantages: no-biamping (most people do not biamp but biwire).

you can also look for Genelec or dynaudio bm12a(dont like this brand too, but their coils are oversized which is perfect for you playing loud and for a long period). i am over their nearfield studiostuff. (totem use in the past for sure some dynaudio drivers)


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