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KEF LSX II

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Do you guys also think that the release has been a bit too precipitated? Kef argues that adding metamaterial would make it too expensive. The speakers seem to have no hardware changes except the DSP and connections (particularly on the streaming side). That makes me think it´s a bit of a missed oportunity on a device that was quite good already but missed the improvements we saw in the Wireless II.

Don´t get me wrong, the LSX sound very well, but I think they could have pushed them further on the II version.
 

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Do you guys also think that the release has been a bit too precipitated? Kef argues that adding metamaterial would make it too expensive. The speakers seem to have no hardware changes except the DSP and connections (particularly on the streaming side). That makes me think it´s a bit of a missed oportunity on a device that was quite good already but missed the improvements we saw in the Wireless II.

Don´t get me wrong, the LSX sound very well, but I think they could have pushed them further on the II version.
Very disappointing that they didn’t include their meta-material technology!
 

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Quite disappointed with the announcement. They’ve tried to pitch it as a smaller w2 (with inclusion of hdmi arc etc.) rather than desktop speakers.
 

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People, I imagine a HUGE percentage of LS50W2 owners use one or more subwoofers (I myself have 2 KC62s hooked up). Putting the 12th gen meta driver in the LSX2 would steal a TON of sales from the LS50W2. That's why they didn't do that.
 

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People, I imagine a HUGE percentage of LS50W2 owners use one or more subwoofers (I myself have 2 KC62s hooked up). Putting the 12th gen meta driver in the LSX2 would steal a TON of sales from the LS50W2. That's why they didn't do that.
Yes probably!
 

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Sorry, I meant larger than their 5.25" drivers.
KEF did a 6.5-inch Uni-Q for their entry level series Q350.

But I can think of two reasons KEF would not want to do this on their higher up speakers.
A larger woofer gives the tweeter a tougher time due to needing to crossover at a lower point and a larger woofer with more low-frequency extension would mean more outer cone movement which would increase the chances of intermodulation distortion and that is not what you want in a coincident driver.

I think KEF expects their customers to use these "Baby" LSX ii active speakers in a desktop setup, meaning a majority of low SPL listening. So maybe at such low SPL they discovered there was very little benefit in adding the Meta-material behind the tweeter. Just my thoughts.

Also there is the argument that KEF probably knows their entry level customers are purchasing the LSX as a lifestyle product, and therefore they didn't really feel the need to add significant improvements. They have probably been selling these well to the mainstream market (Bestbuy etc) and know they can keep/increase the price without many changes and continues to reap the profits.
 
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People, I imagine a HUGE percentage of LS50W2 owners use one or more subwoofers (I myself have 2 KC62s hooked up). Putting the 12th gen meta driver in the LSX2 would steal a TON of sales from the LS50W2. That's why they didn't do that.
I don´t dissagree with your statement but I´m not fully convinced either. The LSX are, at least to my eyes, the kind of speakers you´d use in a home office, a room or in a very small space. The difference with the Wireless II should be in the spl and the capacity to fit in very tight spaces.

The LS50 WII belong in a larger room and can substitute any soundbar with ease. Overlaping cases? Perhaps; but both have enough difference to be applied to different user cases. Arguably, we could say that the LS50 WII can detract sales from the LS60 too...
 

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At 800 eur/pair currently in a few online shops (germany) and with more offers likely to come due to the release of v2, i find the original lsx a great value for, for instance, a home office. No need for dac, amp, nothing, in many use cases. Plug and enjoy. And the looks are good to.
I wish i had a use fo them. They only miss a built in headphone amp :)
 

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At 800 eur/pair currently in a few online shops (germany) and with more offers likely to come due to the release of v2, i find the original lsx a great value for, for instance, a home office. No need for dac, amp, nothing, in many use cases. Plug and enjoy. And the looks are good to.
I wish i had a use fo them. They only miss a built in headphone amp :)
Agreed. To me, the LSX are the evolution of the old Aiwa or Sanyo micro systems and perfect to plug to a PC.
 
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