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KEF LSX Review (Wireless Speaker)

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Which do you think sound better? I found the LSX to sound better in some instances, which was surprising ( albeit in a 12m sq room )
For nearfield on a desk I prefer the LSX though I know many who prefer the larger system due to deeper bass.

For a 12 sqm room the LSX does sound better and fuller than a system it's size should but I prefer the LS50w for the larger woofer and ability to serve double duty in a 5.1 surround system.
 

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I debated the powered KEF's or the Gennie 8030s, though the 8030s seemed to be more promising at the time (two years ago), so I went with them. I must also add that the grilles on the 8030's have saved their drivers from my, then, 5 year old many times since their purchase. :)

Still, KEF is doing good things with these, me likey. Thanks to you, and the member who sent them in Amir.
 

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I must also add that the grilles on the 8030's have saved their drivers from my, then, 5 year old many times since their purchase. :)

I have seen a few photos in “google image search” of KEF LS50 customers making and applying their own DIY grilles. . .
They look absolutely horrid. . .

I forgot the search term I used, so I found them artificially this time but. . .

Prepare yourself. . .

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I have seen a few photos in “google image search” of KEF LS50 customers making and applying their own DIY grilles. . .
They look absolutely horrid. . .

I forgot the search term I used, so I found them artificially this time but. . .

Prepare yourself. . .

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this looks like a mess with diffractions due to the thick frames.

better to buy some acoustically transparent cloth and wrap the front face. won't provide any physical protection but may prevent kids from poking the tweeter.
 

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this looks like a mess with diffractions due to the thick frames.

better to buy some acoustically transparent cloth and wrap the front face. won't provide any physical protection but may prevent kids from poking the tweeter.

I am sure whomever tried this thought of the possibilities. . .
Maybe “cloth” did not provide enough protection and had trouble staying fixed in place.
There was one more image I did not include which showed before with four globs of adhesive glue surrounding the UniQ driver. . . I think the image is a bit too graphic in nature. . .
 

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With a smoothed graph and in-room response the flawed FR doesn't look too bad compared to SC203

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Thank you Amir for this review. I am using the lsxs on a desktop set up for very near-field listening (about 0.7m), with a kc62 crossed over at 100 Hz.
I have had these speakers just for a few weeks now but I am struggling to measure them properly. I am getting quite variable and unpredictable (at least, by me) frequency response above 7-8k. Some sweeps look ok, some come up with a dip, some come up with a bump. There could be small differences in the position of the mic, and there is me holding the mic just behind it. Could this be due to random reflections/comb-filtering due to me being there and the big computer screen, 50cm in front of me, in between the speakers?

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In room? Looks reasonable to me!
 

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Thank you Amir for this review. I am using the lsxs on a desktop set up for very near-field listening (about 0.7m), with a kc62 crossed over at 100 Hz.
I have had these speakers just for a few weeks now but I am struggling to measure them properly. I am getting quite variable and unpredictable (at least, by me) frequency response above 7-8k. Some sweeps look ok, some come up with a dip, some come up with a bump. There could be small differences in the position of the mic, and there is me holding the mic just behind it. Could this be due to random reflections/comb-filtering due to me being there and the big computer screen, 50cm in front of me, in between the speakers?

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Did you take mono measurements using the MMM technique? That method should be reproducible with relatively tight reproducibility. Also, the LSX HF response drops off pretty fast, particularly off-axis, so make sure you're staying consistently on axis with your mic.
 

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Thank you Amir for this review. I am using the lsxs on a desktop set up for very near-field listening (about 0.7m), with a kc62 crossed over at 100 Hz.
I have had these speakers just for a few weeks now but I am struggling to measure them properly. I am getting quite variable and unpredictable (at least, by me) frequency response above 7-8k. Some sweeps look ok, some come up with a dip, some come up with a bump. There could be small differences in the position of the mic, and there is me holding the mic just behind it. Could this be due to random reflections/comb-filtering due to me being there and the big computer screen, 50cm in front of me, in between the speakers?

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It is puzzling, but I think the most likely explanation is indeed minor movements of the mic from one measurement to the next. Using the MMM RTA technique is going to help with that.

A minimum phase or group delay graph would be useful to figure what is going on around 450 and 900 Hz, these are narrow but very steep and deep, and could be audible.
 

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Some of that curve looks to me to be reflection artifact- a repeating pattern is usually a telltale sign of reflection artifact.

There's a reason that measurements of speakers attempt to emulate an anechoic response - if the speaker has a good anechoic response, it's a good starting point for using it to reproduce sound. Yes, it will interact with the environment, but that's inevitable. If the speaker starts out with an even amplitude response to begin with, the chances are good that it will sound good in use. Our brain-based hearing mechanism can hear "room sound" and can compensate for this while listening, to some degree. This seems to be true unless there are really strong room effects. The room situation is always going to place it's imprint upon the sound, the only way around that is to use headphones. Room treatments can deal with some problems to some degree, and electronic room correction can as well- to a degree- especially in terms of amplitude response. But time domain problems - ringing, delays from bad reflections, etc- these are hard or impossible to correct.
 
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Some of that curve looks to me to be reflection artifact- a repeating pattern is usually a telltale sign of reflection artifact.

There's a reason that measurements of speakers attempt to emulate an anechoic response - if the speaker has a good anechoic response, it's a good starting point for using it to reproduce sound. Yes, it will interact with the environment, but that's inevitable. If the speaker starts out with an even amplitude response to begin with, the chances are good that it will sound good in use. Our brain-based hearing mechanism can hear "room sound" and can compensate for this while listening, to some degree. This seems to be true unless there are really strong room effects. The room situation is always going to place it's imprint upon the sound, the only way around that is to use headphones. Room treatments can deal with some problems to some degree, and electronic room correction can as well- to a degree- especially in terms of amplitude response. But time domain problems - ringing, delays from bad reflections, etc- these are hard or impossible to correct.
its probably me being there, I should have stepped away from the mic. Side walls are very far away
 

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I did some testing. The variability of measurements around 10k Hz was simply due to being too much off-axis and was fixed by pointing the speakers straight to my ears. Fair enough, we are talking 8 to 10k Hz.
Most of the oscillations throughout the mid-band became much smaller after I threw a towel on my desk, so these are likely desk reflections.
After changing the orientation of the speakers, measurements were consistent and it was easy enough to eq via REW. Very happy with the result, see below the measured response (blue = before EQ, green = target, red = after EQ). Distortion is also quite good, the KC62 does very well for its size.

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I did some testing. The variability of measurements around 10k Hz was simply due to being too much off-axis and was fixed by pointing the speakers straight to my ears. Fair enough, we are talking 8 to 10k Hz.
Most of the oscillations throughout the mid-band became much smaller after I threw a towel on my desk, so these are likely desk reflections.
After changing the orientation of the speakers, measurements were consistent and it was easy enough to eq via REW. Very happy with the result, see below the measured response (blue = before EQ, green = target, red = after EQ). Distortion is also quite good, the KC62 does very well for its size.

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Interesting how even simple towels have a notable effect- might play around with them sometime
 

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For years I was looking forward to have a kef loudspeaker. And there I was with a new Samsung TV, recognizing that I didn’t have even a phone output. This I where the LSX came with its optical input and I should be going.

Before I tell of my troubles I may go straight to my conclusion.

Don’t buy them if you have poor color vision or are color blind.

Don’t buy them if you are relying on a hotspot on your phone.

Don’t buy them unless you are prepared to spend frustrating time with setup.

Don’t buy them if you expect conventional usability from related apps.

I am no beginner to electronics, was there when the OS was CPM. I solved almost every kind of malfunction during years of computer support job (Windows NT – Vista).

But there I was. I realized very quickly that I needed two phones, one with hotspot and another for the control app. My phone hotspot works flawlessly for streaming. Cable cutting has saved money. And with 100 GB free monthly on phone it’s enough.

I followed the basic setup (and reset) over and over again for 2 hours. Nothing happened. I did force my hotspot to 5 ghz range. That did nothing. Turned back to 2.4 range. Nothing. I went frustrated to bed. Next morning when I turned it on, everything was working! Happy? No. It’s a scenario I can’t live with. Stereo should be hassle free, no worry. Memories of a HP printer that was only wireless for half an hour, if I turned on the router, printer and computer within a short limit of time came back.

Yes I could live with the two phone setup. But with me gone my visitors or gf would be left with limited functionality of loudspeakers. I would be forced to pay for an extra data sim card. So this is at product that is made to work with a router present.

The software has basic and expert settings. I was confused that they interacted with each other, but consulting the manual explained it to be the way KEF wanted it. This must be, at least for a start, confusing for a lot of users. Normally expert setting are in depth adjustments of the basic settings. Not here. It’s like setting your TV screen to film mode, and after tweaking you have been returned to game settings. The tone controls had little range.

I don’t complain over sound quality. I returned them. Upon reading the manual I found that the front light indicator has a lot of combinations that I doubt I can see with my poor red green color vision – as 5 -10 % of the male population.
 

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Any updates on this product lsx 2 version ? Is the app completely useless so that you can not use the product in practice ? Did they improve the app ?

Use case secondary system in the kitchen , may use optical in from a LMS server
 
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