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LS50 Meta

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The World's First Speakers with Metamaterial

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 driver array, this solid, compact loudspeaker is capable of delivering detailed sound anywhere in the room.
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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?

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LS50 Meta - HiFi News, Outstanding Product

The LS50 Meta - especially when you consider its ~£1,000 price - ticks every box for a small speaker: huge soundstage, generous bass, terrific imaging. Satisfying? Try 'supernatural'.' - May 2021

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Performance

Most accurate, immersive sound

Metamaterial Absorption Technology eliminates 99% of high-frequency distortion for pure, natural sound

12th generation Uni-Q with MAT driver array for exceptional acoustic accuracy

Driver Performance Optimisation for enhanced sonic performance, less distortion and reduced coloration

Patented off-set flexible port for reduced midrange coloration with exceptional levels of depth and detail


Design

Attention to every detail

Optimised cabinet design for best acoustic performance

Available in 4 finishes

With mounting inserts to secure on KEF S2 Floor Stand (available as separate item)

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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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SPECIFICATIONS

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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)
85dB
Weight*
7.8 kg (17.2 lbs.)
Dimension (H X W X D) With Terminal*
302 x 200 x 280.5 mm (11.9 x 7.9 x 11.0 in.)
* Measurement per unit
Metamaterial Absorption Technology is a joint development with Acoustic Metamaterials Group.

AWARDS & REVIEWS

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LS50 Meta - HiFi News, Outstanding Product

The LS50 Meta - especially when you consider its ~£1,000 price - ticks every box for a small speaker: huge soundstage, generous bass, terrific imaging. Satisfying? Try 'supernatural'.' - May 2021

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

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5 STAR REVIEW – WHAT HI-FI? SOUND AND VISION

“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

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AVFORUMS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED AWARD 2020

"The KEF is able to perform feats of soundstaging, time alignment and sheer impact that are an absolute delight."

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REVIEW–HIFI WORLD

For my money the new LS50 Meta is the best small speaker currently available at the £1,000 price point.' - HiFi World, February 2021

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THE AUDIOPHILIAC DAILY SHOW

“My impression of this speaker right away was, it doesn’t sound like an LS50. I mean it does, but it sounds so much better. So much more transparent, clear, open, dynamic. It’s just a mega improvement.” – Sept 2020

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Customer Reviews

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stephen shervill (Northolt, GB)
Stunning update to LS50

KEF have managed to improve what was already a good loudspeaker.
The new LS50 Meta is a very good speaker for a small/medium room.
Well worth the money and throughly recommended.

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stephen shervill (Northolt, GB)
Well Engineered Little Gem of a Loudspeaker

Well engineered little gem of a loudspeaker, The Improvements made on the original model are impressive (which was already a good speaker).
Only weakness is the obvious one from a fairly small stand mount speaker of low bass (but for its size it has a very good bass output). But from the mid range up the performance is excellent. In fact stunning ! Very good speaker for a small to medium size room. Totally happy with product and highly recommended.
Excellent service from KEF in supplying and despatching speakers.

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Caine (Swindon, GB)
Little stunners. Building a system to get the absolute best out of the meta's.

I originally heard the LS50 when they were demo'd at Munich Hi-End 2013 or 2014; can't remember which year. For me one of the best sounds at the show and considering they were sub 800 quid speakers that was impressive. Always wanted to own a pair; eventually got my home office in the new home sorted out late last year and had space for a 2nd system. Got the LS50 Meta with a Rega Elex R and a bluesound node 2i and out of the box not bad at all. A few weeks later got Kef stands and loaded them sat on some auralex with isopucks which sharpened up the sound (already had a soundstyle rack from an early AV system). Awaiting the arrival of ultra linear PSU for node 2i; then will hit the amplifier which though not bad at the money is holding the speakers back imho. Other than them being bookshelf speakers and lacking low end grunt they offer everything else that I want in the toe tapping department. Think they will run well with some NORD ET400A powers and pre thinking maybe Music First Baby will yield rewardingly. Regardless of the accompanying gear; I do get lost listening to these speakers for hours sometimes too music that I normally run from. Awesome speakers!

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