KEF LS50 Wireless review

When someone says the words ‘hi-fi system’, what do you think of? If you’re anything like us, you’ve just pictured a separates combination made up of source – maybe a streamer, CD player or record player – an amplifier and a pair of speakers.

If we could go back 40 years and ask the same question, we suspect any enthusiast would have given a very similar answer minus the digital sources, of course.

While hi-fi has certainly improved and been developed over the decades, on a fundamental level it’s arguably barely evolved at all.

Active speakers

Active speakers, while nothing new, could be a building block for an alternative solution.

On a purely technical level they have clear performance benefits and certainly reduce the box count, but many enthusiasts don’t like the lack of easy upgradability or the low perceived value; they’re always far pricier than their passive relatives due to cost the power amplification inside. You would still need to add a preamp and a range of sources too.

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