So far in my show reports from High End 2019 I’ve used the word ubiquitous at least twice. No brand in high-end audio currently fits that adjective more than KEF, something that might have started with the introduction of the LS50 bookshelf speaker. I was proud to be a part of that now iconic monitor’s debut in the US when we shared a room with KEF at the California Audio Show back in 2012, and we supplied the Unison Research Unico integrated amplifiers to run those tiny transducers and watched the audiophile community go just a little bit nuts.… Read the full article
I’m heading out today to High End Munich 2019, the biggest hi-fi show on earth. I’m an old veteran of what used to be the biggest hi-fi show on earth, the Consumer Electronics Show in Vegas, but that kind of fizzled out slowly over the last few years when it comes to “specialty audio” and most of us slowly came to our senses and stopped spending the big money to go sit in a lonely room for four days.… Read the full article
CHICAGO (PTA) — KEF teamed up with Hegel and Straightwire to present an almost Broadway musical like showcase of KEF’s most advanced products. From the new LSX and R-Series products, on up to the statement Muon loudspeakers, each dominate a layer in the strata from entry-level to the most esoteric.
To go ahead and address the elephant in the room — or elephant sized speakers that is — the KEF Muon for those who haven’t heard them, are amazingly powerful and delicate.… Read the full article
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
Sometimes we want steak, other times only sushi will do.
And so it goes with loudspeakers: we might lust for (full-range) floorstanders but either our room’s acoustics and/or our aesthetic sensibilities say otherwise: only standmounts can be accommodated.
Like food, it’s better to have too little than too much.
In our latest episode of the Darko.Audio podcast, Jeff Dorgay of TONEAudio and I discuss small loudspeakers with our informal chat romping through the following products (and more):
47 Labs Lens
Atacama Nexus 6i
DENSOTen Eclipse 510Z MKII
ELAC Debut 2.0
ELAC Uni-Fi UB5
Genelec 8341 ‘The Ones’
Michael Green Room Tunes
Martin Logan Motion 4i
Paradigm Monitor SE Atom
ProAc Tablette 10/Signature:
Raidho Acoustics D1.1
Sonus Faber Sonetto I
Wharfedale Diamond 9.1 / 10
A must listen for any apartment dweller or standmount loudspeaker enthusiast:
“We’re going to start off Saturday morning with some RAWK!”
Mornings at high-end audio shows, at least the first hour or so, are usually dedicated to quieter music. The hallways haven’t quite filled up yet, and many of the exhibitors are still nursing hangovers from partying the night before. Okay, maybe I’m generalizing here, or at least bringing a few too many of my personal experiences into it. But heavy metal at 10am?
The Popular Mini Monitor Reimagined
by Venoth Nair
KEF has enjoyed amazing success with its LS 50 mini monitors garnering rave review and numerous awards for its superior sound and slick good looks. The speaker has shown its ability to blend into any environment and integrates seamlessly with any kind of system delivering fantastic performance consistently. In light of its success KEF has since launched different variants of the mini monitor with either new aesthetics or upgraded internals to be applied in different applications.… Read the full article
KEF sold a lot of LS50s. KEF also sold a lot of LS50 wireless systems. Now the British brand is looking to jump even closer into mainstream sales figures with a smaller and significantly cheaper wireless system the clearly mimics the original inspiration of the clever coaxial-studio-montior-turned-hifi-beauty-queen.
Right off the batt its easy to tell that a unmistakable stroke of industrial design has been retrofitted to the overall look. The website touts a direct relationship is a product designer named Michael Young for credit on the color scheme accents and fabric wrapped changes from the previous 50s.… Read the full article
By Lam Seng Fatt
Next Saturday, be prepared for a unique visual experience.
This visual treat will come in the form of the 100-inch 4K Smart Laser TV from Hisense. This huge high-resolution TV will be launched at the KEF showroom on the 1st floor of Encorp Strand Mall, Kota Damansara, Petaling Jaya, on Oct 27 at 2pm.
The launch is presented by Hoe Huat Electric and the demo will last for two hours.… Read the full article
Berlin’s IFA isn’t the only September product-launch platform available to the hi-fi world. British loudspeaker manufacturer KEF is using this weekend’s CEDIA event in San Diego to pull the covers off a new R-Series.
The new range isn’t a point release but a ‘nuts-n-bolts’ re-design. Think Windows 2000 to Windows XP, OK Computer to Kid A. The 2018 rework comprises one standmount and three floorstanders (plus a centre channel and a surround sound module that sit beyond the scope of this publication’s two-channel-only remit).… Read the full article