KEF has introduced the new LS50 Mini Monitor speaker – a reinterpretation of the research, design and engineering approach of the LS3/5a using the latest technologies developed at KEF – to commemorate its 50th anniversary celebration.
The LS50 monitor features patent-pending acoustic designs, together with technologies from KEF’s flagship Blade loudspeaker. At the LS50’s heart is the KEF Uni-Q driver array, capable of mastering a range of dynamic highs and lows over a large listening area.
According to KEF, the R&D team were given a free hand to build the best small enclosure, irrespective of the usual industrial design constraints.
"The new KEF LS50 mini monitor is a great example of how KEF lead the way in acoustical engineering and design for over 50 years," said Alec Chanin, president of KEF America. "In one regard, the LS50 pays tribute to a legendary loudspeaker that captured the attention of a country nearly 50 years ago — the LS3/5a. On the other hand, the LS50 demonstrates how KEF has continued to redefine loudspeaker innovations. The LS50 is the ultimate mini monitor and allows listeners to experience sounds they've never enjoyed while listening to a rich, multi-dimensional soundstage previously not attainable from such a compact design."
The LS50 uses KEF’s latest driver technology in the spirit of the original design and incorporates numerous patent pending technologies in cabinet construction, baffle shape and port design. The cabinet features constrained layer damping to significantly reduce resonances in comparison to regular damping pads, while the baffle shape has been optimized for smooth on- and off-axis dispersion as well as incorporating a ribbed rear surface to reduce cavity resonance at the rear of the driver.
The LS50 retails for $1,499.99 /pair and is available for pre-order exclusively online at kefdirect.com.