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KEF LSX wireless loudspeaker system

By | April 19th, 2019|Categories: Stereophile|

I keep getting older. By the time you read this, I will be genuinely old. When I was genuinely young, I bellyached, “Wires are the worst part of hi-fi—there’s gotta be a way to get rid of them.” I first made that statement when audio electronics and loudspeakers both still nestled inconspicuously in proper bookcases. Back then, people sitting on the sofa weren’t forced to stare at diverse audio boxes and ungainly wires.

I marveled when audiophile speakers departed the bookcase and ventured into the walkabout space of the room.… Read the full article

KEF LSX Wireless Music System Review

By | April 13th, 2019|Categories: Audiostream|

Both the LSX and LS50 Wireless share the same cohesive, dynamic, timbrally and tonally-rich sound signature courtesy of KEF’s patented Uni-Q driver. Aesthetically and technically speaking, the two models share a lot of the same DNA – the LSX looks like a miniaturizing ray gun was used on the LS50 – but the LSX benefits from more than a year of further research & development on KEF’s part into proprietary wireless-speaker connectivity, amplification and software/hardware interfacing.

KEF R5 Surround Speaker System Review

By | March 13th, 2019|Categories: Sound + Vision|

Speakers
Performance
Build Quality
Value

Subwoofer
Performance
Features
Build Quality
Value

PRICE $10,200 (as tested)


AT A GLANCE

Plus

Sweet, clean highs
Superb dialogue clarity
Detailed but not aggressive sound

Minus

Slightly limited treble diffusion
R3s make for pricey surrounds


THE VERDICT

With a sweet balance on music and potent, but not aggressive, manner with movies, KEF’s R-series system delivers all-around outstanding performance.


KEF’S R Series speakers have long occupied the middle range of the British manufacturer’s offerings. While the previous R Series was starting to get a bit long in the tooth, I found the performance of those speakers to be superb, having reviewed the last generation R700 for Sound & Vision’s sister publication Stereophile in 2014.

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Intel Lakefield release date, news and rumors

By | March 11th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

Intel must be feeling the heat from Qualcomm Snapdragon-powered laptops, because the company is now developing its first hybrid processor or system-on-a-chip (SOC).

Cue Lakefield, an Intel processor unlike anything that you’ve ever seen. It comes packed with more than one type of CPU core to create a more stable and better-rounded chip. Plus, these hybrid SOCs can even come with their own integrated memory, I/O interface, wireless connectivity, and, of course, integrated GPUs.

Because it has so many different components built into the chip, Lakefield operates more like the ARM processors found in the best smartphones, than the traditional CPUs that have been powering laptops and desktop computers practically since they were invented.Lakefield could just change the computer game for the first time in years.… Read the full article

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Pikefruit, Sprig | The Vinyl Anachronist

By | March 8th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , |

Album cover - Pikefruit Sprig

Welcome! You’ve made the transition from The Vinyl Anachronist blog, which I’ve been writing since 2010, to the new Vinyl Anachronist section of the Part-Time Audiophile website. I’ve been contemplating my first music review in this format, and I’ve decided on this, Pikefruit’s Sprig, because I listened to this EP yesterday for the first time on a newly-assembled review system featuring the EgglestonWorks Emma EVO loudspeakers and a Luxman LX-380 integrated amplifier. As I was fine-tuning everything, I grabbed this CD with its relatively low-key cover and slipped it into my CD transport and pressed play.… Read the full article

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Intel Lakefield video guides us inside its first hybrid processor

By | February 27th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

Intel has released a new video to give us a detailed look and breakdown of its upcoming Lakefield hybrid processor.

Lakefield should sound familiar if you caught wind of it during CES 2019, when it was first unveiled as a hybrid processor designed to compete with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon computing APUs. In fact, this new video is actually more of an extended cut of the demo video that Lakefield debuted with at Intel’s keynote.

From the video, we can see the Lakefield processor makes use of the Foveros 3D design packaging to stack a massive array of memory on top of the chips’s main cores, which in themselves contain a mix of 'big' and 'small' CPUs.… Read the full article

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KEF LSX Wireless Speaker Aims for LS50 Performance at 1/2 the Price

By | January 30th, 2019|Categories: Audioholics|Tags: |

KEF’s LS50 Wireless all-in-one speaker system has been hugely successful for the British loudspeaker manufacturer, and it recently took home the EISA (European Imaging and Sound Association) award for Best Wireless Loudspeaker of 2017-2018. For $2,200 per pair, the LS50 Wireless offers world-class sound from a compact package that includes a built-in network streamer, Bluetooth receiver, digital-to-analog converter, and amplifier. Now KEF is hoping to bring its wireless speaker concept to a wider audience with a miniaturized speaker system called the LSX.

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KEF LSX Arrive for Review

By | December 18th, 2018|Categories: Audiostream|

Imaging. That’s the first thing I noticed after I spent all of five minutes getting the new KEF LSX Wireless Music System up and running, that and prodigious, clean bass that seemed improbable from an $1,100 USD pint-sized loudspeaker not even mounted on stands.

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KEF, Parasound, Straight Wire, The Vinyl Revivers, The Audio Hunters – CAF 2018

By | December 10th, 2018|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , , , |

I’m a fan of the KEF Uni-Q driver. I own pair of KEF Q100’s that I keep on hand for road warrior duties. I take them to vinyl parties (the records, not the sex), the occasional record store day event, and sometimes I have even brought them along on a third date. Trust me, the KEF Uni-Q sound is seductive, and thoroughly cooperative with my varied social agendas.

Arriving to the KEF room on Sunday, much later than I expected, I ran into Johan Coorg (KEF’s global brand manager).… Read the full article

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KEF Blows Out LS50 Speaker for the Holidays

By | December 4th, 2018|Categories: Sound + Vision|

KEF has knocked 33% off the price of its LS50 bookshelf speaker through the end December.
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