LS50

Quick Overview

Rarely the case in such a compact design, the LS50 monitor delivers a rich, multi-dimensional 'soundstage experience' that is out of all proportion to its size. Patent-pending acoustic designs, together with state-of-the-art technologies from KEF's latest flagship Blade loudspeaker, provide the ultimate studio experience - even in the smallest of spaces.
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Features

LS50

An innovative concept inspired by the legendary LS3/5a, the LS50 mini monitor speaker is designed to bring a professional studio monitor concept into the home.

Rarely the case in such a compact design, the LS50 monitor delivers a rich, multi-dimensional 'soundstage experience’ that is out of all proportion to its size. Patent-pending acoustic designs, together with state-of-the-art technologies from KEF’s latest flagship Blade loudspeaker, provide the ultimate studio experience – even in the smallest of spaces.

LS50

Breakthroughs

Creating a small housing capable of delivering such a spacious sound is the result of considerable research and development. In cabinet construction, baffle shaping and port design, LS50 breaks new ground with patent-pending technology. All this is made possible by KEF's leadership in modern research (including techniques such as Finite Element Analysis and Computational Fluid Dynamics*). LS50's unique technology offers by far the cleanest, most accurate studio-grade performance of any mini monitor.

Breakthroughs

Uni-Q®

LS50 employs revolutionary technology developed for Blade, KEF's latest flagship loudspeaker. Using the very latest Uni-Q driver, specifically designed for this model, LS50 radiates an extremely large listening sweet spot and delivers a remarkably fast, clean sound. And, because LS50 neither adds nor subtracts a single sound, it's effortlessly natural and accurate too.

Uni-Q<sup>®</sup>
Specifications

Additional Information

Design Two-way bass reflex
Drive Units Uni-Q driver array:
HF: 25mm (1in.) vented aluminium dome
LF/MF: 130mm (5.25in.) magnesium/aluminium alloy
Frequency Range 47Hz - 45kHz (-6dB)
Frequency Response 79Hz - 28kHz (±3dB)
Crossover Frequencies 2.2kHz
Maximum Output 106dB
Amplifier requirements 25 - 100 W
Sensitivity 85dB (2.83V/1m)
Harmonic distortion 2nd & 3rd harmonics (90dB, 1m)
<0.4% 175Hz-20kHz
Nominal Impedance 8 Ohms (min.3.2 Ohms)
Dimensions 302 x 200 x 278 mm / 11.9 x 7.9 x 10.9 in. (H x W x D with terminal)
Weight 7.2kg (15.8lbs)
Unit measurement Pair
Document Download LS50 Brochure
LS50 Information Sheet
LS50 Manual
Awards and Reviews



Value-Priced Loudspeaker of the Year

Year: 2016
Magazine / Issuing Body: Hi-Fi+
Country: United Kingdom
Product: LS50




AV Forums Highly Recommended Award
"The LS50 resolves beautifully and matches this with tonal accuracy and cohesion that is truly outstanding but just as importantly, it does all this with a sense of energy life and sheer entertainment that is quite its own." (Visit the AV Forums for full review)

Year: 2015
Magazine / Issuing Body: AV Forums
Country: United Kingdom
Product: LS50




Best Bookshelf Speaker - Gold


Year: 2015
Magazine / Issuing Body: SVI
Country: United Kingdom
Product: LS50





Hi-Fi Choice 'Recommended'
"…the KEF is a snappy thing to listen to. Music bounces along with heady abandon, and so do you!"

Year: 2014
Magazine / Issuing Body: Hi-Fi Choice
Country: United Kingdom
Product: LS50




What Hi-Fi? Sound & Vision - Product of the Year
"The terrific KEF LS50 standmounters show no sign of losing their sparkle after dazzling our readers for a second successive year."

Year: 2014
Magazine / Issuing Body: What Hi-Fi? Sound & Vision
Country: United Kingdom
Product: LS50






Product of the Year Awards 2013
"It is rare to find a loudspeaker that offers this combination of clarity and neutrality"

Year: 2013
Magazine / Issuing Body: Stereophile
Country: USA
Product: LS50






What Hi-Fi? Sound & Vision – Readers' Award
"Our readers love the LS50s, and so do we. It's a cracking speaker"


Year: 2013
Magazine / Issuing Body: What Hi-Fi? Sound & Vision
Country: United Kingdom
Product: LS50






What Hi-Fi? Sound & Vision – Best standmounter £400-£800
"A brilliant achievement - the LS50s look and sound gorgeous"


Year: 2013
Magazine / Issuing Body: What Hi-Fi? Sound & Vision
Country: United Kingdom
Product: LS50





Review : LS50 - The Absolute Sound 07/2013
"The KEF LS50 is one of the most all-around-satisfying little speakers I've reviewed in some time. Construction and execution are exemplary. It delivers the kind of performance that deserves to be on a Wheaties box. And there’s an incalculable coolness factor that makes it a breath of fresh air. The LS50 also answers the classic question, 'Who says you can’t teach an old box new tricks?'"


Year: 2013
Magazine / Issuing Body: What Hi-Fi? Sound & Vision
Country: USA
Product: LS50




Reviewers Choice award
"The LS50 is nothing short of a masterpiece of a minimonitor, priced so that anyone serious about audio can buy a pair -- and probably should, if only to know how great a small speaker can be. Time hasn’t been as much on my side as it’s been on KEF's -- the LS50 is one of their best speakers yet, and one of their best values; it’s proof that, as it ages, this company seems to get better and better."


Year: 2013
Magazine / Issuing Body: SoundStage Hifi!
Country: USA
Product: LS50




Product of the Year 2013


Year: 2013
Magazine / Issuing Body: TOP HIGH END
Country: Russia
Product: LS50






What Hi-Fi? Sound & Vision – Test Winner
"The KEF LS50s have set a ridiculously high benchmark and it is going to take a superhuman effort to top them."
Year: 2013
Magazine / Issuing Body: What Hi-Fi? Sound & Vision
Country: United Kingdom
Product: LS50




Best Budget of the Year
"Overall, LS50 can be said quite comprehensive in the performance of music, especially the performance of overwhelming classical music..."

Year: 2013
Issuing Organization: AudioArt Magazine
Country: Taiwan
Product: LS50





Speaker of the Year 2012


Year: 2012
Magazine / Issuing Body: CNET
Country: USA
Product: LS50





Stereo speakers of the year $2,500 - $5,000
Year: 2012
Magazine / Issuing Body: Sound+Image Awards 2013
Country: Australia
Product: LS50





Product of the Year 2012
"We're impressed by the speaker's seamless integration, as we are by the way it sets up a huge stereo image populated by securely focused sounds…most importantly these speakers are fun to listen to."


Year: 2012
Magazine / Issuing Body: What Hi-Fi? Sound & Vision
Country: United Kingdom
Product: LS50






Top 2012


Year: 2012
Magazine / Issuing Body: hifinews
Country: Russia
Product: LS50





Good Design Award 2012


Year: 2012
Magazine / Issuing Body: Japan Institute of Design Promotion
Country: Japan
Product: LS50




What Hi-Fi? Sound & Vision – 5 star review
"KEF's quality still golden after 50 years"

Year: 2012
Magazine / Issuing Body: What Hi-Fi? Sound & Vision
Country: United Kingdom
Product: LS50




"Real Formula 1 The KEF LS50 features all assets of high-end speakers"
"KEF's quality still golden after 50 years"


Year: 2012
Magazine / Issuing Body: DIAPASON
Country: France
Product: LS50




Innovation, High Quality and Design
"KEF's quality still golden after 50 years"

Year: 2012
Magazine / Issuing Body: Plus X Award
Country: Germany
Product: LS50




Stereo Prestige & Image review
"as emblematic as the LS3/5a...no doubt that they are a matchless model for less than 1000€, as they appear to be a new standard of appreciation of a real stereo image."

Year: 2012
Magazine / Issuing Body: Plus X Award
Country: France
Product: LS50




Hi-Fi News & Record Review 'Outstanding Product'
'… a cracking little speaker of which KEF’s design engineers must be most proud. Sweetly voiced yet highly revealing of source quality, it surprises and delights in equal measure. And boy does it sound big, defying its compact dimensions.'


Year: 2012
Magazine / Issuing Body: Hi-Fi News & Record Review/td>
Country: United Kingdom
Product: LS50


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