Audiophiles are a prickly group, especially when it comes to wireless speakers. In order to save time, space, or money, obedient companies often take the design of a larger, more expensive device and throw it down to make something more accessible, and perhaps better for most of us. Obviously, voice lovers put their noses out on such issues.
Until I try the KEF LS50 Wireless II, I agree with them. Even in the end, the cordless speakers were not the same as their counterparts. But a month later listening to these new KEFs is playing everything from Sheryl Crow to Stephen Colbert, I have heard real evidence that amps and cables eventually go the dodo route. KEF wireless speakers are a great window into the future for more compelling voices.
Two to Tango
The British company has been talking since the early 1960s, but most listeners are familiar with KEF because of its recent design. Drivers with Uni-Q company, which raises the most tweets inside the midrange speaker, with its latest card. Drivers like these flowers have encouraged the original version of the LS50 to be like a fairy tale since its launch in 2012 to celebrate 50 years of KEF.
Fear not, nerds: The new LS50 model looks the same as the old one. The rectangular corners have a curved front that indicates good steering. You can find them in many colors, but my repetitive units came in a dark black color with bronze words.
Unlike MS50 speakers, which require stereo amp to supply water, LS50 Wireless II speakers are self-contained. Attach them to the wall, and to each other, and no external amps are needed.
Even without dedicated external equipment, the back of the right speaker has some inputs. You’ll find an electronic connector, a coaxial jack, a 3.5-mm mini-jack, and an HDMI ARC TV port — a rare feature that makes them ideal for setting up a living room on either side of the window. For wireless use, you can share your PC or phone with Bluetooth, or add it to your Wi-Fi network, such as AirPlay, Chromecast, Spotify Connect, or Roon. The correction on the above points can be adjusted with a small black connector, or by using the rear adjustments on top of the appropriate speaker.
New KEF Sound
Underneath the building, industry experts have spent more time ensuring that the LS50 Wireless II performs better than the wireless KEF model that came out a few years ago.
These new speakers feature what the company calls Metamaterial Absorption Technology, which according to the KEF, allows speakers to absorb up to 60% of the power that causes distractions that often return to the speaker. Bonds like these within each speaker are not difficult to make; it took two years of research by a company called Acoustic Metamaterials Group (AMG) to produce the company.
The results are no harder to comprehend than the technicalities themselves. Turn on the KEF LS50 Wireless II and you are greeted with the most immersive, non-disruptive voice you may have heard from speakers of this size. They look very similar to the previous ones, but they sound better.
The depth and horizontality of the auditory part have increased significantly, due to the distortion of the descending descent. Each piece of music you listen to has about three parts in tone, allowing you to look between them or get a better feel for how they blend together.
Impressed by Lucy Dacus’ new song “Hot & Heavy,” which is built from synty pads to full rock dance in the first moment. On KEFs, the gradual addition of components and instruments draws me into the song, as if I could see every aspect of the music through a clear lens. I feel exactly where every word of Dacus becomes a sound, a good ending to which the engineers come from a signal that is slightly distorted when they sing too loudly.