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KEF LS50 Wireless II vs KEF LS50 Meta

mizzor

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I wanted to buy the KEF LS50 Wireless2 but I see the LS50 Meta are much cheaper. I have a Marrantz PM6005 and a chromecast audio (this is all I need to stream). Is it worth the money to spend an extra £1250?
 

RoA

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Absolutely yes imo. The Wireless Meta's amplification is superb and you get DSP/room correction, digital xovers etc etc.

A world class small system by most standards.

There is no way your Marantz (and many other amplifiers, regardless of cost), will come close.

That goes for both Wireless 1 and 2's.

No brainer imho.
 
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AndyCC72

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When I first bought my LS50’s I had the PM6005, it didn’t work, not enough power to drive them. I wouldn’t recommend it with LS50’s at all.
 
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EricLeRouge

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I agree with other comments above that the built-in amplification on the LS-50 Wireless (1 or 2) is far superior to most entry-level amplification, and it is perfectly integrated to the speaker(s) in a way that is difficult to match without spending at least twice that amount.

However, regarding the LS-50 W2 - I think the LS-50 W1 can be found much cheaper nowadays, and they have a USB input (which the LS-50 W2 doesn’t) which is superior to all other inputs on that speaker/system. If your source can output lossless to USB, I would still buy the LS-50 W1 today.

I have heard the W2 in a shop for a good 30 minutes, but not compared directly both systems side by side, so you may want to check with people who have tried both — as long as they have tried the USB input on the W1, which is the critical point IMO.

In short, I think the W1 on USB will sound better than a W2 on other inputs, for a lot cheaper. I would, however, recommend a decent USB cable to take full advantage of this setup.

I hope this helps. Have fun!
 
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RoA

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I think a lot of comments about pairing metas with cheap amplification comes from Darko's review.

In it he kind of suggests the match with a 316BBE is almost the end game ... .

I like him and am a subscriber but on that one I feel he missed the bulls eye for a mile.

Whilst I have not heard that particular pairing I can not imagine ANY low cost/power amplifier can bring the results the active version can. - It may be entirely acceptable but is likely to short sell one of the best mini monitors in recent times.

Simply the implementation of carefully matched/developed active operation will yield superior results. That is without taking into consideration power and all the features.
 

RoA

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I hope not but I do think you should try them next to passive version with your amplifier (or an amplifier that will be the equivalent value of the Wireless incl. the speakers).

When you do just bear in mind there are a variety of adjustments in the Active's app to match your room/preferences etc.

Please report how you get on.
 

mizzor

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I didn't take the passives one because I wanted something simple to use. Unfortunately the active's app room preferences is not doing much
 

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