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KEF LS50 Wireless - DAR's Product of the Year 2016

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While I might quibble that a few of the KEF LS50's design choices don't fit my personal preferences (for long analog runs, I would prefer balanced XLR; I'd like another non-USB digital input; gapless playback), I completely agree with DAR that is the future direction of innovative audio engineering (as opposed to nostalgia driven audio or placebophilia).

DAR is correct to name the LS50 Wireless as Product of the Year 2016, especially given the price point.



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It should measure mostly the same as the LS50, right?
Should be better if its dsp' etc..

This is from the review (in op) you posted ...,

The KEF LS50 Wireless gives us the equivalent of a dual mono configuration but with a separate amplifier applied to each driver in KEF’s 5.25” concentric (Uni-Q) array: 200wpc of Class D for the mid/bass and 30wpc Class A/B for the tweeter.
 

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(Uni-Q) array: 200wpc of Class D for the mid/bass and 30wpc Class A/B for the tweeter.
They must think A/B sounds better on the tweeter, and the downsides of A/B at that low power output are small.

Otherwise, it would seem to just complicate the design more. And several other designers go with Class D on the tweeter (Dynaudio, Eve).
 

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Heard them at the London 'Indulgence' show thought they sounded good and the bass extension was impressive for such a small box, trying to get them here.
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DAR is correct to name the LS50 Wireless as Product of the Year 2016, especially given the price point.

Considering it has 4 wires sticking out of it in this picture and room for more, is "wireless" the best they can do for a name?

As I read it, allowing them to ignore the Power cable, the slave isn't wireless, so, duh.

Rename it the KEF LS50 Almost Wireless*

*requires wires
 
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