The less i know the better bass tab

The less i know the better bass tab

The brand new KEF LS60 Wireless is here! We take an in-depth look and share our thoughts having tested them out over the last week. One thing is for sure, these are conversation starters. Let us know in the comments what you think

Is a new era of hi-fi here well kef seem

to think so with the launch of their new

ls60 wireless but do you agree let’s

find out I’ve had the privilege of being able to

spend a good few days now with the new

KEF LS60 Wireless Review

kef ls60 wireless speakers launched in

celebration of kef’s 60th anniversary

and they’re a result of years of

research and development culminating in

what kef described as the most advanced

active loudspeaker system to leave their

assembly line while still working upon

the foundations set by their founder

Raymond cooked in 1961. now you are in for

a treat with this article as we’re going

to be going super in-depth on these

ls60s and I’m sure the main question on

your mind is how do they sound well I’ll

be telling you and showing you later in

the article as well as answering some of

your questions but first I want to kick

off with the backstory behind these

ls60s as never has a backstory been so

relevant in a kef product until now so

kef was founded in Maidstone in the UK

in 1961 by Raymond cook who’s an ex-BBC

electrical engineer who was keen to

experiment with new materials and

technologies to create products that

could reproduce recordings as natural as

the original performance

so by 1988 kef had designed and patented

the world’s first truly coincident

source speaker driver unique and that

enlarged the sweet spot so that means

that everyone could sit at different

spots in the room to experience the same

natural detailed sound

kef ls60s its 12th generation

unique became the building block of kef

signature sound and sits at the heart of

almost all of their speakers today

including the kef ls60s behind me that

unique is now in its 12th generation

having been redesigned especially for

the ls60s as the slimmest product that

kef have ever made interestingly

following on from our announcement article

of the kef ls60s, we had such a varied

response from you guys in the comments

some of you have found they’re going to

be perfect for you and apparently are

just going to be buying them straight

away and others have made it clear that

you’re going to be sticking with your

own hi-fi systems now the ls60s are

priced at 6 000 pounds and have been

announced for release in the summer of 2022

so if you want more details or you want

to purchase a pair I’ll flash a QR code

on the screen now and also leave a link

in the down below so key things to know

then so the kef ls60s are a brand new

product they’re not replacing anything

and they’ll be available alongside the

other models in kef’s wireless category

of speakers in a color choice of

titanium grey mineral whites which are

the ones we have here and royal blue i

think a big statement of intent from kef

is not offering the traditional black

these are also in fact kef’s first-ever

wireless stereo tower system which aims

to combine all of the technologies and.

You can actually achieve hi-fi quality

techniques they’ve learned over the last

60 years and the ls60s are a statement

set of speakers that are trying to

convince us that you can actually

achieve hi-fi quality without a separate

amplifier without speaker cable

and a fraction of the size and actually

I’m going to say cost as well and I say

cost because these retail for six

thousand pounds a pair but they actually

used a lot of similar technology found

in their kef blades of which the one

metals are worth thirty thousand pounds

so I am really pleased that kef have

been generous enough to trickle that

technology down into the ls60s the

unique driver houses the 19 millimeter

aluminum dome tweeter at the center and

You can actually achieve hi-fi quality

the 100-millimeter aluminum mid-range

cone each speaker comes with four or five

and quarter-inch unicore woofers taken

from their kc-62 subwoofer which are

found on the size of each speaker and

they’ve been arranged so that they’re

forced canceling to eliminate as much

vibration as possible now kef were

actually the pioneers of this technology

back in the 1970s, they moved away

from a bit but then came back to it with

their blades now this is topped off with

something called metamaterial absorption

technology m80 which kef claim

Purer more natural sound

Eliminates 99 unwanted noise from

the rear of the tweeter and the result that

you get is a purer more natural sound so

there is a lot of technology at work

here and a lot of heritage in these

speakers the driver layout also utilizes

what kef calls a single apparent source

where low mid and high frequencies all

radiate from one central point now all

of these drivers are powered by

a mixture of bespoke class a b and class d

amplification delivering a combined 1400

watts of power which are located at the

bottom of the speakers which have a

clever design to ventilate airflow now i

would love to get right into the sound

quality but first I want to take a quick

moment to appreciate the beauty of these

I have to say they look so much better

in the flesh, compared to online I think

these might even have a chance of

blending into your interior and keeping

everyone in the home is happy they’re

simplistic and understated and they’re

not too busy on the front now these

ls60s have also been completely slimmed

down in terms of width measuring less

then the width of your iphone so really

you shouldn’t be having any problems

trying to find a space even in a

relatively small room if you’re unsure

about whether these are going to fit in,

Speaker weighs 31 kilograms

your home or how they’re going to look i

think kef have ar on their page so you

can place them in your room and see what

they would look like so I’ll flash up a

QR code on the screen now if you want to

take a look at that now each speaker

weighs 31 kilograms and a lot of that

weight comes from a really quite heavy

base plate so they’re not going to be

going anywhere in the box you’re also

supplied with carpet spikes or rubber

feet depending on which type of floor

you have as well as a basic remote

control which looks like it was inspired

by the apple tv remote connections wise

there’s also quite a good choice here so

the HDMI e arc is great to see so that

you can have these on either side of your

tv and use them for your tv speaker

the system so more on that later you’ve also

got an optical in you’ve got digital

coax you’ve got analog RCA so yes feel

free to hook up a turntable cd player

whatever you want you’ve got two

Ethernet ports one for a hardwired

connection to your network and the other

for the optional wired speaker link and

there are also two subwoofer outputs one

on each speaker, just in case you want to

add up to two subwoofers.

Future technologies of kef

so I think this is also a good place to cover

a few comments that we had on the

preview article regarding upgradeability

now of course if anything fails on these

speakers they can be easily repaired and

regards accommodating future

technologies kef have always done a good

job of pushing free over-the-air

software updates to keep your speakers

up to date now if a time does come when

these speakers can’t handle a specific

the technology you’ll always have your HDMI

optical and RCA connections are available

which aren’t of course going anywhere

soon now these are wireless speakers so

setup is completed simply by plugging

both speakers into mains power you don’t

need to create any speaker cable.

interlinks and then you just complete

the setup using the kef connect app and

by the way the kef connect app is one of

the most robust and detailed speaker

customization apps I’ve ever come across

for a wireless speaker, there is just one

kef app now rather than two and I must

say they have made some significant

improvements in this area it is just

much cleaner overall and it gives me

apple vibes honestly not sure why now

the eq settings are where it’s all

happening because there’s a wealth of

customization here I like that you can

save modes for all of your eq settings.

Customize the base extension

you’ve got wall mode to reduce

boominess if the speakers are close to a

the wall you can increase the treble you’ve

got phase correction and you can even

customize the base extension you’ve also

got things like balance control you can

tell kef how many subs you’re using and

even which sub you’re actually using

whether it’s a custom one or one of kef’s own

towards the bottom as well you have more

sub settings like sub gain polarity i

mean you can really customize to your

heart’s content and I’d highly recommend it.

just playing around with this because

your room is obviously going to have

quite a significant impact on what you

hear so it’s peace of mind that kef have

provided this many options now we’ve got

a whole host of streaming options

including Spotify connect airplay 2

Bluetooth 4.2 Chromecast tidal connect

plus its also room ready and you’ve got

more streaming options available through

kef’s own streaming app it will also do

high-res files so you can actually get

up to 24-bit 384 kilohertz with

connection over a cable but without

Get up to 24-bit 96 kilohertz Cable

The cable you can get up to 24-bit 96

kilohertz now I saw a few of you in the

announcement article picks up on the fact

that the ls60s only have Bluetooth 4.2

and people have gone as far as saying

it’s a deal-breaker for them now off the

back of your comments, we did reach out

to kef on this point and they’ve said

that while Bluetooth 5.0 and above can

handle more data and it’s faster but

currently, due to codec support, there is

no audio difference and to be honest i

think most of the kef’s audience will most

likely stream over wifi anyway because

of the benefits that it offers compared

to Bluetooth now on to the sound quality

then so where to start now I could just

describe the sound quality.

i’d rather show you guys now big big

disclaimer here first of all this will

not do the ls60s justice seeing as there

are six thousand pounds set of speakers

and also because they’re being recorded

by the binaural microphone and then

transmitted to the speakers on your

device but it will give you a flavor for

the sound profile we are also limited to

non-copyright tracks we can find so it’s

not ideal but we’ve got a range of

genres and listen out for the clarity of

the vocals the tightness of the bass and

the sweetness of the mid-range.

kef has absolutely nailed

now we tested the ls60s first with

Spotify connects then with airplay 2

Bluetooth and then tidal connect using

their mqa files and firstly I’ve got to

say kef has absolutely nailed it with

the stereo reproduction

the presence that you get feels like

you’re watching someone perform live on

stage and it cannot be understated how

well those unique drivers do a great job

of giving you that all-encompassing

sense of the sound they capture every

element of the track and I can

personally guarantee you will hear

things in your favorite tracks.

you’ve never heard before and that

happened to us when listening to a track

by bonobo which was cirrus and I never

even realized there are actually two

bells at the start, not one now I know

that kef have sometimes been criticized

in the past for the mid-range but the

12th generation unique in these ls60s

for us delivers in this department

London grammar’s big picture which we

streamed via tidal as a mqa file was

a prime example of that combined with the

clarity of her vocals it actually

invoked emotions and I guess that’s.

Such richness and presence

how do you know the speaker is doing a good job

the bass was also extremely controlled

you can feel it get extremely low but it

was also just as impactful

there’s just zero distortion and you’d

expect this level of bass from a set of

twenty thousand pounds pair of speakers

I’d say and I’d also comment that the

vocals are outstanding if not the best

thing about the ls60s they add such a

richness and presence that it makes you

feel connected to the music

the utilization of kef’s single apparent

the source also adds to these speakers as

you have every frequency projected from

a smaller area which adds to the detail

and the imaging now.

I really would recommend investing in a high-res music

server subscription to get the most out

of these such as tidal hi-fi Deezer

elite amazon music ultra HD etc so you

can really squeeze every bit of detail

out of your tracks now as you’d be

spending 6 000 pounds on a set of

wireless speakers, I would predict a lot

of you out there might be thinking to

double these up as your tv speakers

especially as they come with that HDMI

er, connection.

Enjoying these speakers sometimes

now these are a stereo set of speakers

and they are primarily designed for

music listening because at the end of

the day the most you’re going to be able

to achieve is 2.2 and that’s if you

added two subwoofers to the system

there’s no dedicated center website and

while it won’t replace dedicated

multi-website systems having the option

is great and this 12th gen unique

drivers are probably the best driver to

have in a stereo pair setup if you are

going to use a tv setup without a center

speaker following on from our sound test

you can probably tell I am really

enjoying these speakers sometimes we can

get hung up on the specifications of this

and that but ultimately these connected

me to my music and they made me want to

listen to my collection over and over

again whichever way you look at it 6 000

pounds is an emotional purchase it’s not

a rational purchase but the emotion is

exactly where the ls60s deliver right

then so firstly for me

Best possible performance

i would just buy these speakers they’re

a fit for me but i understand that

they’re not going to be a fit for

everyone and that is okay

this is what innovation and new products

are good for just inviting a conversation

the interesting thing about the ls60s is

that the positives i give are going to be

some people’s negatives and vice versa

so here are some of the takeaway points

about the ls60s and you can decide if

they’re going to be a pro or a con for you.

so a big pro for some is that these

speakers have uniquely matched

components meaning every driver is

paired with a custom amplifier designed

to give the best possible performance

which takes away the worry that am i

choosing the right combination of

equipment to make the most of my system

and all of that comes in a neat

the aesthetic package is now on the flip side

this will be a negative for some as

taking the decision away of choosing a

specific amplifier with a certain set of

speakers and maybe a DAC you love is a

no-go and an integral part of

You would struggle to pair

The hi-fi journey and learning for you again

following on from that point as the

drivers and the amplifiers are perfectly

matched we truly believe that if these

were passive speakers at a lesser cost

you would struggle to pair these with a

suitable amp for under six thousand

pounds a great example of this is the

ls50 metals and the ls50 wireless two

again on the flip side part of the fun

and enjoyment of some people’s hifi

the journey is to try different components

on your system over time whatever your

thoughts the one thing i can guarantee

is if you sit down and listen to a pair

of these speakers

you’ll forget about everything and just

be immersed in the audio which is

probably the biggest compliment you can

pay any speaker so that’s really our

thoughts guys and we have to remember

this is kind of a new and emerging

market, where hi-fi meets wi-fi kef, are

inviting a new conversation that other

manufacturers maybe don’t want to start

which is actually yes you can get a

similar-sounding hi-fi setup that’s on

wi-fi and it doesn’t conform to that

traditional hi-fi aesthetic so we want

to invite a conversation with

what are your thoughts

you guys in the comments what are your thoughts

whatever you think about the kef ls6s i

hope you enjoyed the review anyway a bit

of a long one but I have thoroughly

enjoyed having these here and I’m gonna

be very sad to see them go actually

I’ll leave the comments section open to

Share your thoughts but do keep it

friendly that’s all from me so catch you

in the next article.


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