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    Default Just purchased 5 kef ls50 monitors for home theater

    I get these on Monday and can't wait to to give them a whirl with a bluray through my Anthem D2. I think these are going to smoke the Martin Logans in a smaller listening environment and the tweeter dispersion is so wide in comparison to many other bookies. This should give a really wide even tone for every seating position.

    Many people have hyped these up so I will find out for myself if they really are that great.More info on these when they get here.

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    For sure, I am just wondering if the tweeter is the same with the really wide dispersion pattern as the other kef models

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    What r u runnin for an amp now adays?

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    Quote Originally Posted by polkfarmboy View Post
    For sure, I am just wondering if the tweeter is the same with the really wide dispersion pattern as the other kef models
    Yes indeed...& incredible sounding to boot!!! Enjoy!
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    Quote Originally Posted by bobsauto49 View Post
    What r u runnin for an amp now adays?
    Well for HT its the Anthem 200 watt 5 channel but for 2 channel I just got rid of the W4S sx 1000's and hope to get something else shortly

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    Quote Originally Posted by polkfarmboy View Post
    For sure, I am just wondering if the tweeter is the same with the really wide dispersion pattern as the other kef models
    yeah...those are supposed to be the real deal with the 1" tangerine waveguide tweets as in the Blades. They are supposed to be amazing speakers and a set that all KEF lovers should listen to.

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    The tweeter doesn't have wider dispersion than a tweeter mounted on a flat baffle, it's narrower. The tweeter's dispersion matches the woofer's dispersion since it uses the woofer as a waveguide, which creates a more balanced sound throughout the room. Since the tweeter is mounted in the middle of the woofer cone, it also makes the speaker a true point source, which is also desirable.

    Although it's a separate waveguide, this illustrates my first point.



    This should be an upgrade in coherence over your silly panels.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Face View Post
    This should be an upgrade in coherence over your silly panels.
    nothing beats silly panels

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    i was looking into these, i am eagerly awaiting your review.

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    I will give a full report once they arrive pdave, I think I am spoiled by those silly panels though and wont favor them

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    I just got home and noticed 2 boxes of speakers so time to crack out the equipment and see how they do for 2 ch.

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    Have them fired up and wont say a word about them, yes thats my free weights over there by the screen
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    I don't see any skinny jeans by those weights?

    If I remember correctly, doro has spoken "highly" of these speakers!

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    Well to be honest if I was to describe then I would have to say that the word is not but rhymes with ..... hit

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    Quote Originally Posted by polkfarmboy View Post
    Well to be honest if I was to describe then I would have to say that the word is not but rhymes with ..... hit
    I'm a little slow. What?

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    Sh$t!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by polkfarmboy View Post
    Sh$t!!!
    The KEF's sound like Sh$t!!! ? As my shop teacher used to say, "Something's rotten in Slobovia" ...

    Can you elaborate a little bit about what strengths and weaknesses that you perceive with these? Tell us more.

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    They are just tiny bookshelfs, there is not a whole lot to say

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    Wow not what I expected to hear, i've always wanted to get my ears on those. You think they need some time to break in or they're just not at all what you thought they'd be?
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    The pair being tested are used speakers and I still have bnib ones that may stay that way. They do have ok bass and are very clear with some warmth but they sound small

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    It's only a 5.25" woofer, unless used as desktop monitors, they need a sub. They should be much more coherent than what you were using though.
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    The big Martin Logan Vista kick too much ass and they are more detailed than the little kef. I am thinking about Emerald Physics as something worthy of doing battle. To be fair though, I bought these for use in a smaller environment for a second system so for that they will kick ass.

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    Quote Originally Posted by polkfarmboy View Post
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    I remember listening to some KEFs at Ultimate Electronics. I liked them a lot. Oh, and they were more than $10,000 for the five speaker set.

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    Before you spend another dime on anything audio related I would seek out a Ear, Nose & Throat specialist. Something just ain't right.
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    So you pick up a set of speakers and after 2 hours you know what they sound like? It takes several days just to find the proper placement, height, angle and toe-in that suits the room. After the setup work is done it takes more than a few sittings and an a large amount of material to even get a clue. I'm not ragging on you but you need to slow down and work your system around whatever new piece you are auditioning. Otherwise you will miss out on the equipment which could have been rolled into glorious sounding system. It takes time grasshopper.
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    Quote Originally Posted by madmax View Post
    So you pick up a set of speakers and after 2 hours you know what they sound like? It takes several days just to find the proper placement, height, angle and toe-in that suits the room. After the setup work is done it takes more than a few sittings and an a large amount of material to even get a clue. I'm not ragging on you but you need to slow down and work your system around whatever new piece you are auditioning. Otherwise you will miss out on the equipment which could have been rolled into glorious sounding system. It takes time grasshopper.
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    Default regarding your Kef LS50's

    I have a pair matched with Ayre K-5xeMP & Mcintosh MC452 and I have to say they sound pretty clean for a small speaker. I used to have an older Kef Reference 205s and obviously they can't compete with that in sense of depth, dynamics, and overall volume but it's not really fair to compare to a monitor bookshelf to a tower speaker. Anyways your ears and brain takes time to adjust to new sound. Your probably too used to listening to your Martin logans. Give it about a week and I'm sure you will change your mind....

    I have to say though the Kef LS50 is definitely lean on the bass side but what can you expect from a small speaker. But the bass is not bad for a small speaker. The mids and highs are amazing though...so clean and neutral imo. Nice wide soundstage that makes the speakers disappear. I would recommend a sub for these speakers though to get true full range sound. JL fathom's, Velodyne DD18+, B&W DB1, RELs, or Paradigm Sub 15 are all very musical subs or SVS or HSU for home theater.
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    For sure Don, I will say that they broke in good and sounded amazing for center ch duty.

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