High-end British audio company KEF tells us that it has significantly improved the LSX Wireless Music System which we named Editors’ Choice in June 2019. The second-generation KEF LSX II is expected to ship on June 23, 2022 with a retail price of $1,400.
The system uses the company’s W2 wireless platform, first introduced in the larger and more expensive LS50 Wireless II speakers and LS60 Wireless floorstanding speakers. The LS50 Wireless II too won our Editors’ Choice award, November 2021.
KEF touts the versatility of the LSX II, thanks to the company’s KEF Connect app which lets you stream Qobuz, Tidal, Deezer, Amazon Music, internet radio stations and podcasts. You can use Apple AirPlay 2 and Google Chromecast seamlessly to stream audio from compatible devices, and there’s Bluetooth too if you need it.
If you prefer to use native apps, the LSX II allows direct streaming from Spotify Connect, Tidal and Qobuz. The system is also Roon Ready. Airplay 2, Chromecast or Roon will let you stream to multiple speakers. The connectivity doesn’t stop there. You also have the option of playing music from a NAS drive or music server. If you love Hi-Res Audio, KEF offers file support up to 24-bit/384kHz (PCM), DSD and full MQA rendering.
The LSX II takes the two-stereo approach designed to create a three-dimensional soundstage and features a combined amplification power of 200 watts. KEF touts its 11th generation Uni-Q speaker array specially designed for this speaker. The company placed the tweeter in the precise acoustic center of the woofer, which KEF says will eliminate the traditional “sweet spot” listening position to deliver precise sound to every listener in a room.
There’s also a full range of wired connections, including HDMI ARC for TV connections and a USB-C port if you want to use the speakers as a desktop system with your computer. There are also optical and AUX connections if you want to connect a turntable, CD player or games console. If you find the bass from the system lacking, you have the option of connecting a KEF subwoofer via a dedicated output.
The speakers were designed in collaboration with Hong Kong-based industrial designer Michael Young and are available in a choice of five finishes: the Mineral White and Lava Red models are finished with a satin and gloss spray, while the Carbon Black and Cobalt Blue are upholstered in a specially designed fabric by contemporary Danish textile designer Kvadrat. Terence Conran’s Soundwave Edition, pictured above, features a “soundwave” pattern woven into the same unique fabric in one of the legendary British designer’s last projects before his death in 2020.
Each speaker measures 9.5 × 6.1 × 7.1 inches (HxWxD). and the pair weighs 7.8 pounds. The LSX II speakers can be laid flat on a table or used with KEF’s LSX P1 desk pads ($179.99), S1 floor stands ($349.99) or B1 wall stands ($229.99). $99).
The original LSX speaker system received positive reviews in the industry and the LSX II speakers promise to offer better connectivity and attractive new design options.
We’ll post an in-depth review of the new speaker system as soon as we can get our hands on it.