Kef Ls50 Wireless II Reviews

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KEF LS50 Wireless II review

Truly phenomenal stereo speakers for wire-free listening

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OUR VERDICT

The KEF LS50 Wireless II are a triumphant improvement upon the company’s previous stereo speakers, offering superb sound quality, an easy setup, and a wealth of connectivity options. Sure, they're a little pricey, but they’re well worth the money if your budget can stretch.

One-minute review

KEF is one of the go-to audio brands when it comes to high-end stereo speakers. Its latest pair, the KEF LS50 Wireless II, draw upon on the company’s wealth of sonic smarts to deliver truly phenomenal sound, without the need for annoying cables snaking their way across your living room floor. 

Available in a range of chic colors, the LS50 Wireless II build upon the success of LS50 Wireless, which impressed with their detailed sound and connectivity options, to create what could be the best stereo speakers you can buy today at this price. 

With support for Hi-Res Audio, an expansive soundstage, and excellent detail and dexterity, audio quality is nothing short of fantastic. Add to this a vastly improved app, the ability to adjust the EQ settings, and blissfully easy setup, and you have yourself a pair of stereo speakers that can really do no wrong in our eyes. 

That balanced sound may not appeal to bass-heads, and the vast array of inputs may be lost on those who are simply looking for a Bluetooth speaker for background music. However, for analytical listening, boosting your TV’s weak built-in speakers, or blasting your favorite vinyls on your turntable, the LS50 Wireless II are a dream.

KEF LS50 Wireless II price and release date

  • Released September 2020
  • $2,499 / £2,250 / AU$4,295

The KEF LS50 Wireless II were announced in September 2020, and are available to buy now for $2,499 / £2,250 / AU$4,295.

That may sound expensive, but there hasn’t been a significant hike in price since the original KEF LS50 Wireless were launched back in 2016 – and for a pair of audiophile speakers with wireless connectivity, that price isn’t exceedingly high. 

Although Black Friday is coming up soon, we don’t expect to see these speakers reduced significantly, because they’re new. However, you may be able to find some great deals on their predecessors, which have now been usurped by the LS50 Wireless II. 

 

stereo speakers (Image credit: TechRadar)

Design

  • Four color options
  • Stands available at an extra cost
  • Touch-sensitive control panel

Available in four muted finishes (white, black, red, and gray), the KEF LS50 Wireless II look stylish and understated. 

The sleek cabinet – which KEF says has been “optimized for [the] best acoustic performance” – is offset by the well-known copper-colored Uni-Q driver, which fits a tweeter in the center of the bass and mid-range cone.

If you want to go all out on your hi-fi setup, the inserts on each corner of the LS50 Wireless II allow them to slot securely onto the KEF S2 stands ($449.99 / £400 / about AU$610) . Or, if you're on a strict budget, then simply use them as a pair of bookshelf or desk speakers. 

 

On the top of the primary speaker is a touch-sensitive control panel that lights up; from here you can turn the speakers on, cycle through different connectivity options, and adjust the volume or mute them altogether. A mode indicator at the top of the control panel lets you know the audio source to which you’re connected, whether that’s Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, TV, optical, coaxial or auxiliary.

The KEF LS50 Wireless II also come with an infrared remote control, with which you can skip tracks, fast forward, rewind and play/pause your music, adjust the volume, and toggle through audio sources.

For wired connections, there are a host of ports on the rear of the primary speaker – more on that next.

 

wireless stereo speakers (Image credit: TechRadar)

Setup, app and connectivity

  • Simple setup
  • Wired and wireless connectivity
  • Customizable EQ

 

Setting up the KEF LS50 Wireless II is blissfully easy: simply plug each speaker into the mains and connect them to your Wi-Fi network. Once that’s done, you’ll be able to stream directly from the Spotify app using Spotify Connect, or via Tidal, Qobuz, Amazon Music, or Deezer through the KEF Connect app. 

With Google Chromecast built in, you can easily create a multi-room audio setup with compatible speakers – and KEF says that Roon support is “coming soon”.

The app is super-easy to use, and provides access to the speakers’ equalizer settings. From there, you can optimize the sound based on where you’ve positioned your speakers (via Desk mode or Wall mode), as well as adjust the bass extension, treble trim, and set low and high-pass frequencies. Basically, you can pretty much tailor the sound profile exactly to your needs and environment.

 

bookshelf speakers (Image credit: TechRadar)

Aside from Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, you can also choose from a number of wired configurations. These include an HDMI eARC socket for your TV, an Ethernet port, coaxial and optical inputs, a subwoofer output, and 3.5mm AUX inputs.

 

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KEF LS50 Wireless II review

Truly phenomenal stereo speakers for wire-free listening

By 

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Editor's Choice

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OUR VERDICT

The KEF LS50 Wireless II are a triumphant improvement upon the company’s previous stereo speakers, offering superb sound quality, an easy setup, and a wealth of connectivity options. Sure, they're a little pricey, but they’re well worth the money if your budget can stretch.

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  • Easy setup
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One-minute review

KEF is one of the go-to audio brands when it comes to high-end stereo speakers. Its latest pair, the KEF LS50 Wireless II, draw upon on the company’s wealth of sonic smarts to deliver truly phenomenal sound, without the need for annoying cables snaking their way across your living room floor. 

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Price and availability

Design

Setup, app, and connectivity

Audio performance

Should I buy them?

Available in a range of chic colors, the LS50 Wireless II build upon the success of LS50 Wireless, which impressed with their detailed sound and connectivity options, to create what could be the best stereo speakers you can buy today at this price. 

With support for Hi-Res Audio, an expansive soundstage, and excellent detail and dexterity, audio quality is nothing short of fantastic. Add to this a vastly improved app, the ability to adjust the EQ settings, and blissfully easy setup, and you have yourself a pair of stereo speakers that can really do no wrong in our eyes. 

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That balanced sound may not appeal to bass-heads, and the vast array of inputs may be lost on those who are simply looking for a Bluetooth speaker for background music. However, for analytical listening, boosting your TV’s weak built-in speakers, or blasting your favorite vinyls on your turntable, the LS50 Wireless II are a dream.

 

kef ls50 wireless ii We set the speakers up on either side of our Philips AmbilightTV. (Image credit: TechRadar)

KEF LS50 Wireless II price and release date

  • Released September 2020
  • $2,499 / £2,250 / AU$4,295

The KEF LS50 Wireless II were announced in September 2020, and are available to buy now for $2,499 / £2,250 / AU$4,295.

That may sound expensive, but there hasn’t been a significant hike in price since the original KEF LS50 Wireless were launched back in 2016 – and for a pair of audiophile speakers with wireless connectivity, that price isn’t exceedingly high. 

Although Black Friday is coming up soon, we don’t expect to see these speakers reduced significantly, because they’re new. However, you may be able to find some great deals on their predecessors, which have now been usurped by the LS50 Wireless II. 

 

stereo speakers (Image credit: TechRadar)

Design

  • Four color options
  • Stands available at an extra cost
  • Touch-sensitive control panel

Available in four muted finishes (white, black, red, and gray), the KEF LS50 Wireless II look stylish and understated. 

The sleek cabinet – which KEF says has been “optimized for [the] best acoustic performance” – is offset by the well-known copper-colored Uni-Q driver, which fits a tweeter in the center of the bass and mid-range cone.

If you want to go all out on your hi-fi setup, the inserts on each corner of the LS50 Wireless II allow them to slot securely onto the KEF S2 stands ($449.99 / £400 / about AU$610) . Or, if you're on a strict budget, then simply use them as a pair of bookshelf or desk speakers. 

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wireless stereo speakers (Image credit: TechRadar)

On the top of the primary speaker is a touch-sensitive control panel that lights up; from here you can turn the speakers on, cycle through different connectivity options, and adjust the volume or mute them altogether. A mode indicator at the top of the control panel lets you know the audio source to which you’re connected, whether that’s Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, TV, optical, coaxial or auxiliary.

The KEF LS50 Wireless II also come with an infrared remote control, with which you can skip tracks, fast forward, rewind and play/pause your music, adjust the volume, and toggle through audio sources.

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For wired connections, there are a host of ports on the rear of the primary speaker – more on that next.

 

wireless stereo speakers (Image credit: TechRadar)

Setup, app and connectivity

  • Simple setup
  • Wired and wireless connectivity
  • Customizable EQ

 

Setting up the KEF LS50 Wireless II is blissfully easy: simply plug each speaker into the mains and connect them to your Wi-Fi network. Once that’s done, you’ll be able to stream directly from the Spotify app using Spotify Connect, or via Tidal, Qobuz, Amazon Music, or Deezer through the KEF Connect app. 

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With Google Chromecast built in, you can easily create a multi-room audio setup with compatible speakers – and KEF says that Roon support is “coming soon”.

The app is super-easy to use, and provides access to the speakers’ equalizer settings. From there, you can optimize the sound based on where you’ve positioned your speakers (via Desk mode or Wall mode), as well as adjust the bass extension, treble trim, and set low and high-pass frequencies. Basically, you can pretty much tailor the sound profile exactly to your needs and environment.

 

bookshelf speakers (Image credit: TechRadar)

Aside from Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, you can also choose from a number of wired configurations. These include an HDMI eARC socket for your TV, an Ethernet port, coaxial and optical inputs, a subwoofer output, and 3.5mm AUX inputs.

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Whatever audio source you’re using, you can opt to connect the speakers via the supplied cable, which gives you 24-bit/192kHz resolution audio, as opposed to the 24-bit/96kHz afforded by the wireless setup.

 

wireless speakers (Image credit: TechRadar)

Audio performance

  • Wide soundstage
  • Great clarity and detail
  • Well-controlled bass

We’re happy to report that the LS50 Wireless II stereo speakers continue to provide the phenomenal audio quality offered by their predecessors – and then some. 

Audiophiles will be pleased with support for streaming files up to 24-bit/384kHz, as well as MQA and DSD256; but even if you eschew the wonders of Hi-Res Audio in favor of some simple Spotify streaming, you won’t be disappointed by the sound. 

The LS50 Wireless II sound incredibly well balanced, displaying great stereo separation and a wide enough soundstage to truly fill any room with detailed, clarified audio.

Part of that sonic prowess is down to the use of Uni-Q speakers, which KEF says allows for “three-dimensional, wonderful revealing sound” – and we agree. Each tweeter is powered by a 100W class A/B amplifier, designed to deliver a “smooth, incredibly detailed treble performance”, while the mid and bass drivers are driven by dedicated 280W class D amplifiers for a powerful sound. 

 

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Freedom

All the music, all the time

No matter how you stream your music, LS50 Wireless II has you covered. You can stream directly from the Spotify native app with Spotify Connect. With the KEF Connect app you can also stream Tidal, Amazon Music, Qobuz, and Deezer or tune in to internet radio and podcasts.


All your device

Out-of-the-box wireless compatibility with AirPlay 2, Google Chromecast and more, backed up with wired connections for your TV, turntable, CD player and games console. Whatever source you’ve got, LS50 Wireless II is ready for it.


HiFi enthusiast

LS50 Wireless II has audiophiles covered with support for streaming music files up to 24bit/384kHz, as well as MQA, DSD256, and Roon Ready (coming soon). These features mean that even the experienced hifi enthusiast will marvel at this exceptional loudspeaker’s ability.

User-Centred

Let you be you

Even beyond the flawless musical performance, LS50 Wireless II is a breeze to set up thanks to the KEF Connect app. It is intuitive to use with any source in your home, and it allows simple over-the-air firmware updates that bring you new and improved features with the minimum of fuss.

Wired or wireless connectivity

You can choose to operate LS50 Wireless II completely wirelessly at 24bit/96kHz resolution for a completely clutter-free set up, or you can connect the two speakers with the supplied cable for 24bit/192kHz resolution sound.

Personalised listening experience

The brand-new dedicated KEF Connect app controls LS50 Wireless II on a day-to-day basis, including intuitive sound settings so you can tune the sound to your own personal tastes. You can even select your favourite source to wake up LS50 Wireless II whenever it comes on, allowing you immediate access to the best sound.

Simple multiroom system

When using LS50 Wireless II with Airplay 2, Chromecast or Roon you can stream to multiple speakers around your home at the same time. By using multiple LS50 Wireless II speakers, you can have a simple, high-performance multiroom

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