KEF All NewLS50 Meta review

By Posted 22 September 2020

KEF LS50 Meta review

These standmounters set new standards at the price Tested at £1000 / $1499 / AU$2495

KEF LS50 Meta review


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


  • Exceptional sonic transparency
  • Subtle and precise presentation
  • Innovative technology


  • Nothing at this price

KEF launched the original LS50s as an anniversary celebration back in 2012. These standmounters proved a huge success, so much so that they have continued in production pretty much untouched since then.

Eight years is a long run by any standards, but it was made possible by a combination of sound quality, build and aesthetics that remains highly appealing today. That hasn’t stopped the company’s engineers from having a fresh look, however, and the result is the LS50 Metas we have on test here.


The LS50 Metas don’t look any different from the LS50s, and in many ways they aren’t. The company considered revising that beautifully made enclosure but concluded that little could be improved.

The cabinet shape and size still works well, and the curved front panel – made of Dough Moulding Compound: a polyester resin combined with glass fibre and calcium carbonate – continues to make for an impressively rigid and well-controlled foundation for the Uni-Q drive unit array.