New high-end desktop mini monitor (KEF LS-X)

Discussion in 'Computer Audio' started by pippenainteasy, Oct 16, 2018.

  1. pippenainteasy

    pippenainteasy Limp Gawd

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    When I think of tiny monitors you could fit in the desktop, I think of some venerable models like the Dynaudio Contour SR and the Paradigm Signature S1, or the current Ascend Acoustics Luna. However, it looks like there's going to be a new competitor in this space soon, the LS-X. It's going to be MUCH smaller than the LS50. Anyone else excited? (Pics from Kef's facebook page):

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    Apparently there will be a gloss white finish, plus 4 cloth finishes--green (shown), black, red, and blue. Price should be around $1099 USD. ETA in November.
     
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  2. makiskav

    makiskav n00bie

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    I was quite excited till I saw their price lol.
     
  3. criccio

    criccio Fully Equipped

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    I'm sure Z will have a review. Gonna wait for that but he's always so late..
     
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    pippenainteasy Limp Gawd

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    True, from a driver pedigree standpoint it's not that exciting. The ls50/lsx get their drivers from the Kef Q series.

    The dynaudio contour sr was $2200 and got its drivers from the Contour/esotec+ series.

    Paradigm Signature S1 was $1500 a pair and used beryllium/cobalt-AL drivers from the rest of the signature line.

    Ascend Luna has a RAAL 70-10 tweeter and Seas Prestige CURV woofer.

    From a qualitative standpoint the LS50W/LSX uses the lowest quality drivers out of the mix, on the other hand you are paying for a powered speaker, DSP, and bluetooth/wireless, plus has it's own DAC (optical/USB input). So the value proposition is based on versatility rather than the highest quality transducers.
     
  5. Commander Shepard

    Commander Shepard Proud Brony

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    Looks interesting, but I've had a pair of LS50 on my desktop for almost a year. Best speakers I've ever owned. You'd have to pry them out of my cold, dead hands.
     
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  6. rezerekted

    rezerekted 2[H]4U

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  7. margrave

    margrave [H]Lite

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    It puzzles me why they leave out the speaker grilles on these.
    I can only guess that they save a few pennies of manufacturing cost.
    But you pay the risk of damage.
     
  8. pippenainteasy

    pippenainteasy Limp Gawd

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    Grills hardly protect speakers from damage, lol. It's just a cloth cover for cosmetic purposes.
     
  9. HammerSandwich

    HammerSandwich [H]ard|Gawd

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    OTOH, they do pretty well at hiding the shiny bits from kids.
     
  10. margrave

    margrave [H]Lite

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    ... and from a host of other ills.
     
  11. pippenainteasy

    pippenainteasy Limp Gawd

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    looks like these are in stock at my local Best Buy Magnolia. I'll head over and listen to them over the weekend.