While most wireless speakers are just that, powered speakers, the small KEF LS50 wireless speakers are a complete stereo system. You can stream music wirelessly with Bluetooth, or over Wifi for better sound, but also connect to other audio sources. Like the TV, which means that you do not need a soundbar.
And you would not want one either, because the sound quality from the KEF LS50 Wireless II goes beyond anything found on soundbars
The KEF LS50 Wireless II is a triumphant improvement upon the company’s previous stereo speakers, offering superb sound quality, an easy setup, and a wealth of connectivity options. Sure, they’re a little pricey, but they’re well worth the money if your budget can stretch.
KEF lS50 Wireless One-minute Review
KEF is one of the go-to audio brands when it comes to high-end stereo speakers.
Its latest pair, the KEF LS50 Wireless II, draws upon the company’s wealth of sonic smarts to deliver truly phenomenal sound, without the need for annoying cables snaking their way across your living room floor.
With support for Hi-Res Audio, an expansive soundstage, and excellent detail and dexterity, audio quality is nothing short of fantastic.
Add to this a vastly improved app, the ability to adjust the EQ settings, and blissfully easy setup, and you have yourself a pair of stereo speakers that can really do no wrong in our eyes.
That balanced sound may not appeal to bass-heads, and the vast array of inputs may be lost on those who are simply looking for a Bluetooth speaker for background music.
However, for analytical listening, boosting your TV’s weak built-in speakers, or blasting your favorite vinyl on your turntable, the LS50 Wireless II is a dream.
KEF lS50 Wireless Design
Availablein four muted finishes (white, black, red, and gray), the KEF LS50 Wireless II look stylish and understated.
The sleek cabinet – which KEF says has been “optimized for [the] best acoustic performance” – is offset by the well-known copper-colored Uni-Q driver, which fits a tweeter in the center of the bass and mid-range cone.
If you want to go all out on your hi-fi setup, the inserts on each corner of the LS50 Wireless II allow them to slot securely onto the KEF S2 stands ($449.99 / £400 / about AU$610) .
Or, if you’re on a strict budget, then simply use them as a pair of bookshelf or desk speakers. On the top of the primary speaker is a touch-sensitive control panel that lights up; from here you can turn the speakers on, cycle through different connectivity options, and adjust the volume or mute them altogether.
KEF lS50 Wireless Setup, App and Connectivity
Setting up the KEF LS50 Wireless II is blissfully easy: simply plug each speaker into the mains and connect them to your Wi-Fi network.
Once that’s done, you’ll be able to stream directly from the Spotify app using Spotify Connect, or via Tidal, Qobuz, Amazon Music, or Deezer through the KEF Connect app.
With Google Chromecast built in, you can easily create a multi-room audio setup with compatible speakers – and KEF says that Roon support is “coming soon”.
The app is super-easy to use, and provides access to the speakers’ equalizer settings. From there, you can optimize the sound based on where you’ve positioned as well as adjust the bass extension.
Aside from Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, you can also choose from a number of wired configurations.
These include an HDMI eARC socket for your TV, an Ethernet port, coaxial and optical inputs, a subwoofer output, and 3.5mm AUX inputs.
We’re happy to report that the LS50 Wireless II stereo speakers continue to provide the phenomenal audio quality offered by their predecessors – and then some.
The LS50 Wireless II sound incredibly well balanced, displaying great stereo separation and a wide enough soundstage to truly fill any room with detailed, clarified audio.
Part of that sonic prowess is down to the use of Uni-Q speakers, which KEF says allows for “three-dimensional, wonderful revealing sound” – and we agree.
KEFBuild and Setup
Build quality is solid and everything feels impressively well thought out. The system is nicely packaged and the quick start guide is simple its self – once I had each speaker powered up to a mains power socket, connected the system via Ethernet cable to my router, and downloaded the Connect app to my iOS device, I was up and running in next to no time.
As a fully integrated streaming music system, there’s no need for any supporting components or sources to be added to the LS50 Wireless II, although there is provision to add a subwoofer via either one of the RCA connectors located at the back of each of the speaker cabinets