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Kef LS60 wireless review by ErinsAudioCorner

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Erin has reviewed the Kef LS60 Wireless. :)

Video review:

Spinorama:
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The rest of the graphs:
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Erin's calculation:
Preference Score is 7.6
Preference Score wSub is 8.1
F3 is 22 hz

Important Deal:
- Currently US $5000/pair (down from US $7000/pair) (or 28% off) until Jan 17, 2024
- Currently EUR 5000/pair (down from EUR 7000/pair) (or 28% off) until Jan 17, 2024


Written review:

UPDATE:
2023-12-30. Here's Erin's update regarding understanding of compression test.
2024-01-01: looks like Kef has extended the promo until:
January 17, for the US market.
January 18, for Canadian market.
January 3, for EU market.

Discuss!
 
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wow finally! Was disappointed when i demoed it, mayb it was the EQ or something. Lets see
 
Great to see the LS60 perform so well. I have a pair since 3 weeks in my living room setup, love them. Love their neutral honest sound, great stereo imaging, build quality. Lots of bass (waaaaay more than Kef R5).

I think they go loud enough, I really never feel this is a problem. Certainly go loud enough to damage your ears.

Temporary “chistmas tree is in the room” setup.
 

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Amazing.
 
In really disappointed with the compression measurements. Based on KEFs data in the white paper I expected it to roll off the bass but at least attempt 102 dB @ 1m above there. Even the ls50 wireless does better in output.
 
In really disappointed with the compression measurements. Based on KEFs data in the white paper I expected it to roll off the bass but at least attempt 102 dB @ 1m above there. Even the ls50 wireless does better in output.
But it doesn’t go down to 23Hz and it has more distortion at low frequencies. There is no free lunch. Pick your poison. The LS60 is still a small speaker meant for smaller rooms and for that it does excellently.
 
But it doesn’t go down to 23Hz and it has more distortion at low frequencies. There is no free lunch. Pick your poison. The LS60 is still a small speaker meant for smaller rooms and for that it does excellently.
I understand it has more bass but I'm underwhelmed with its output above 100Hz considering this data from KEF and that it's a 3 way speaker.
 

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This speaker really has plenty of loud bass, room gain helps big time. I have “wall mode” on -5.0 db. But you can also use 1 or 2 subwoofers to increase bass headroom.

Where my kef R5 were lacking so much bass that without a subwoofer it would be useless to me, the LS60 hasn’t once triggered me to add a subwoofer.

And I have plenty of subwoofers at home to add. SVS PC2000 pro, monoprice monolith 15, xtz 10.16, JBL 4281F.
 
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Are people expecting Blade level of performance for the LS60 wireless?
It just seems that a lot of people don't like these lifestyle speakers.

And I kind of get it. For music, in small to medium sized room, this is the ticket for most people. Just plug it in and you are done. No extra boxes or tweaking required.

Add a couple of subs and your movie needs are also met.
 
AI summary of the vid didn't reveal him comparing it to others. Love to know how he feels about it vs the ref 1 meta and the D&D8C.
 
Blade 2 Meta is US$28k/pair. Or about 5x the price of this.

LS50 Wireless 2 is US$2k/pair. Or half the price of this.

LS60 Wireless seems like a hybrid between Blade 2 Meta and LS50 Wireless 2.

I can see the target audience, as Erin and members mentioned. This speaker does a lot of things right, at the cost of loudness.

Kef have created a wonderful piece of engineering. Kudos.

Thanks to Erin for this review.
 
I understand it has more bass but I'm underwhelmed with its output above 100Hz considering this data from KEF and that it's a 3 way speaker.
I guess you're into hearing damage then? Even 90db over a period of time causes hearing damage. I find 80-85db to be the about the most I care to listen at. There's nothing to not like about these speakers when used as Kef intended them to be used for.
 
AI summary of the vid didn't reveal him comparing it to others. Love to know how he feels about it vs the ref 1 meta and the D&D8C.
Have a look at the respective measurements, learn how to interpret them and you might learn how you feel about them which will be entirely different from what Erin might have to add subjectively
 
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