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LS50 Meta

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Bookshelf Loudspeaker Pair

LS50 Meta is a highly precise, emotionally engaging loudspeaker built on revolutionary acoustic technology. Designed around the Uni-Q 12th Generation with Metamaterial Absorption Technology (MAT™) driver array, this solid, compact loudspeaker is capable of delivering detailed sound anywhere in the room.

Product Features
LS50 Meta
Every note. Every word. Every detail.
LS50 Meta
Every note. Every word. Every detail.
Great loudspeakers disappear, leaving just the music. LS50 Meta is such a loudspeaker. The incredibly immersive sound means you lose yourself in your favourite music. Savouring every nuance as layer upon layer of instrumentation is delivered with exceptional acoustic accuracy anywhere in the room.

EISA STANDMOUNT LOUDSPEAKERS 2021-2022

“...the result is a magnificent compact speaker capable of a huge soundstage, generous bass and terrific imaging.”

WHAT HI-FI? AWARDS 2020 - 'PRODUCT OF THE YEAR'

“KEF has taken an excellent speaker and made it even better with its innovative Metamaterial tech. The LS50 Metas are now the class leader at this level.” - September 2020, What Hi-Fi?

Performance
Most accurate, immersive sound
Metamaterial Absorption Technology (MAT ™)

A truly revolutionary tool in the KEF acoustic armoury, Metamaterial Absorption Technology (MAT ™) is a highly complex maze-like structure that absorbs 99% of the unwanted sound from the rear of the driver, eliminating the resulting distortion and providing purer, more natural sound.

EXPLORE MAT

Every spot is the sweet spot
12th generation Uni-Q with MAT
Using advanced simulation and analysis tools, our engineers have developed the 12th generation Uni-Q with MAT. This new driver array delivers reduced coloration, less distortion and a sound that is more transparent and life-like than previously possible, all dispersed evenly throughout the room.
Enhancement from legendary LS50 Lineage
Great loudspeakers disappear, leaving just the music. LS50 Meta is such a loudspeaker, and enhancements over the legendary LS50 include Driver Performance Optimisation and patented off-set flexible port for the best acoustic performance and an incredible immersive sound.
Curved for performance
LS50 Meta’s low-diffraction, curved baffle is precision modelled around the Uni-Q driver array. It’s smooth curved surfaces help radiate sound out across the baffle without any interference from hard edges, which cause diffraction. The result is cleaner, more precise sound.
Braced for action
LS50 Meta’s baffle is engineered from an injection-moulded Dough Moulding Compound (DMC), while inside the cabinet cross bracing and Constrained Layer Damping (CLD) combine to deaden internal vibrations. The result of such meticulous attention to detail is the lowest coloration of any speaker in its class.
Flexible port
Using Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), the port flare and profile of LS50 Meta’s patented off-set port is calculated to delay the onset of turbulence, and the flexible port walls prevent resonances from colouring the midrange. This leads to improved clarity, with exceptional depth and detail.
Design
Attention to every detail
Every aspect of LS50 Meta has been considered for acoustic benefits and from a design perspective. The low-diffraction curved front baffle is subtly mirrored by the gently radiused rear panel, where both the port exit and speaker terminals have been elegantly recessed and softened visually.
Designed for performance
LS50 Meta may look sensational, but as a high-performance loudspeaker every aspect of its design is a case of form following function. From the precision modelled curved baffle to the solid, reinforced cabinet, every inch of LS50 Meta has been designed to perform.
Finished to perfection
LS50 Meta is much more than just a utilitarian loudspeaker; it is a piece of sculpture that livens up your life. This is why we offer a choice of four finishes, Carbon Black, Titanium Grey, Mineral White, and Royal Blue Special Edition.
What's New
Owners of the award-winning LS50 may find themselves asking what’s new? After all, LS50 Meta certainly shares a likeness with the original. While LS50 is a great speaker, LS50 Meta and the technological advances it boasts offer a truly dramatic improvement in sound quality.
 
LS50 Meta
LS50
Driver Unit
12th Generation
Uni-Q with MAT

+40%
frequency response smoothness
11th Generation
Uni-Q
Driver rearward Source Absorption
99%

driver rearward sound absorption
by MAT
60%

driver rearward sound absorption
by vented tweeter
Mid-band Total Harmonic Distortion (THD) at 90dB/1m
THD 0.07%
Extremely low distortion by driver motor redesign
THD 0.1%
Mid-band at 90dB/1m
Listen and believe
Really great loudspeakers simply melt away, leaving you with just the music. A pristine voice, perfectly rendered layers of instruments you can lose yourself in, sound so clear it’s as though the artist is there with you. This is what great loudspeakers with the best technology deliver.
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Customer Reviews

  1. Amazing example of KEF's know how!
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    I have been a fan of KEF speakers for about 40 years now. My original KEF's were the fantastic Reference 104aB's! Recently I have had floor standing speakers (R700's, Magnepan's) but I have wanted to get a smaller speaker that are easier to live with. I was afraid that I would not get the same enjoyable listening experience with a small speaker.

    After reading and watching several reviews and doing my own research I decided to give the LS50 Meta's a try. I have been missing KEF after getting a pair of Magnepan speakers to replace my KEF R700's. I also matched them with the S2 stands and they are simply a gorgeous design. They fit very nicely in my room and work incredible with my other gear. I power them with an MBL amplifier and they seem to like the quality power.

    They are just now breaking in and I am really loving them! Recently reading the white papers on the speaker; I am once again impressed with the technology KEF puts into their speakers. A friend who owns a pair of Blade 2's was telling me about a comparison that KEF ran at a show that he attended. I said that I wish KEF would release the Blades in a stand mount version. He responded that they have, it is called the LS50 Meta's. I now understand what he is talking about.

    I have never experienced a speaker that complete disappeared and just plays music like the KEF LS50 Meta's. Paired with a subwoofer(s) I believe it would be hard to find a more enjoyable speaker for my use.

    Thank you KEF!

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  2. Outstanding clarity
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    I really crave clarity in my music. Some others do no. These are perfect for me. For $1500 they are a steal.

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  3. Amazing Bookshelf Speaker!!!
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    The sound is just impressively clear and rich across all ranges of listening. The LS50 Meta's never struggle to give a exceptionally detailed and tonally warm sound which I absolutely love. I smile every time I listen to them, and haven't found a single thing I don't like about them.

    They look beautiful aside from their amazing sound, which is always nice. I can't say anything bad about these speakers and will happily hang on to them regardless of whatever other speakers I buy in the future (floor standing or tower that is).

    The LS50 Meta are simply great speakers!

    They truly are special.

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  4. Awesome speakers!
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    These speakers are awesome! I have them hooked up to a 45 year old Heathkit reciever and the sound very tight with great range. Can’t believe the sound the are able to produce. So glad for my purchase!

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  5. Speechless.
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    I was about to buy speakers from another brand (elac), but got blown away by the sound of the ls50meta. I got those, plus a Kube subwoofer and installed them on a new sonos amp. This is replacing old Mission speakers and I can’t believe the sound clarity I get. Really impressed by those speakers, I listen to electronic music ( Royksopp) , contemporary composers ( Philip Glass) and rock classic ( Bowie) and I’m discovering new depth to all of them.

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  6. A M A Z I N G !
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    I ordered these Wed and its Friday (TODAY) and they are here. I unboxed and plugged up. Out of the box, they sound really GOOD. KEF has once again set the bar high with this new technology. If you order, you will not be disappointed. As I mentioned the sound is truly open almost as if they are OB speakers. I look forward to the break-in period. I'm gonna wait a couple of days before hooking up a sub. They sound GREAT without. Thanks, KEF. May get a pair in BLUE or RED. The BLACK is very classy. Looks like gunmetal. Going back to listen some more. REALLY EXCITED ABOUT THIS.

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  7. EXCELLENT!
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    Just got my pair delivered by UPS an hour ago. Set them up directly next to my old LS50 speakers. Immediately noticed the difference. More open sounding, cabinet vanished. I am in love.
    I will follow up with a further review later on after I spent more time on them.

    Thanks kef!

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Spec
Model LS50 Meta
Design Two-way bass reflex
Drive units Uni-Q Driver Array:
HF: 25 mm (1 in.) vented aluminium dome with Metamaterial Absorption Technology
MF/LF: 130 mm (5.25 in.) aluminium cone
Crossover frequency 2.1 kHz
Frequency range (-6dB) 47 Hz - 45 kHz
Typical in-room bass response (-6dB) 26 Hz
Frequency response (±3dB) 79 Hz - 28 kHz
Harmonic distortion (90dB, 1m) <0,4% 175 Hz - 20 kHz
<0,1% 300 Hz - 10 kHz
Maximum output 106 dB
Amplifier power (recommended) 40-100 W
Nominal impedance 8 Ω (min. 3,5 Ω)
Sensitivity (2.83V/1m) 85 dB
Weight* 7.8 kg (17.2 lbs.)
Dimensions (HWD per speaker) 302 x 200 x 280.5 mm (11.9 x 7.9 x 11.0 in.)

* Measurement per unit

** KEF reserves the right, in line with continuing research and development, to amend or change specifications. E&OE. **

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Press and Awards
KEF LS50 META EISA STANDMOUNT 2021-2022
Award - Best Product
"...the result is a magnificent compact speaker capable of a huge soundstage, generous bass and terrific imaging."
Year: 2021
Magazine / Issuing Body: EISA
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Product: LS50 Meta
EISA BEST PRODUCT AWARD
KEF LS50 META STEREOPHILE REVIEW
Review
"The LS50 Meta equals its predecessor in that respect but improves on its presentation of low-level detail and has a little more treble energy. As a result, it presents a more transparent window into the recorded soundstage without compromising the ability to communicate the music’s message. Highly recommended."
Year: 2020
Magazine / Issuing Body: Stereophile
Country of Publication: United States
Product: LS50 Meta
 

 

KEF LS50 META Reviwers' Choice Soundstage hifi
Award: Recommended Reference Component
"The success of the original LS50 had plenty to do with how favorably it compared to much more expensive speakers, and the improved LS50 Meta will probably achieve a similar level of success -- and richly deserves to be added to our listing of Recommended Reference Components."
Year: 2020
Magazine / Issuing Body: SoundStage! Hi-Fi
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Product: LS50 Meta
Soundstage HiFi reviewers' choice

 

KEF LS50 META Reviwers' Choice Soundstage hifi
Award: 2020 Product of the year - Stereo Speakers
"...the LS50 Meta can hold its own against stand-mounted speakers of any price. That’s what made the original model such a hit from the moment of its release, and it will probably guarantee this latest version similar success. I think KEF has come up with another hit."
Year: 2020
Magazine / Issuing Body: SoundStage! Hi-Fi
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Product: LS50 Meta
Soundstage HiFi reviewers' choice

 

KEF LS50 META Stereo Speakers Product of the year what hifi
Award: 2020 Product of the year - Stereo Speakers
"These standmounters set new standards at the price."
Year: 2020
Magazine / Issuing Body: What Hi*Fi
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Product: LS50 Meta
LS50 META WHAT HIFI FIVE STAR REVIEW

 

KEF LS50 META FIVE STAR REVIEW WHAT HIFI
Review: Five Stars
"KEF has taken an excellent speaker and made it even better with its innovative Metamaterial tech. The LS50 Metas are now the class leader at this level."
Year: 2020
Magazine / Issuing Body: What Hi*Fi
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Product: LS50 Meta
LS50 META WHAT HIFI FIVE STAR REVIEW

 

KEF LS50 WIRELESS II DIGITALTRENDS.COM REVIEW
Review
"It is so clean, so transparent...we're hearer clearer sound, we're hearing more of what the driver is producing, and less of the sound bouncing around inside the cabinet...it's just a more beautiful speaker."
Year: 2020
Magazine / Issuing Body: Steve Guttenberg Audiophiliac
Country of Publication: United States
Product: LS50 Meta

 

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