KEF has announced the upcoming launch of the LSX II Wireless HiFi System that combines the all-encompassing W2 wireless platform from the earlier launched LS50 Wireless II and LS60 Wireless systems.
The LSX II offers high-fidelity sound, numerous connectivity options, easy use and a contemporary design. Connectivity options are further enhanced from the original LSX by the addition of both HDMI and USB-C, making this TV, laptop and desktop computer compatible. The technological enhancements of the LSX II are encased in a minimal and contemporary design created by renowned industrial designer Michael Young and available in five finishes. Young has considered all design elements including an elegant rear control panel and subtle design accents such as colour-matched finishes on the Uni-Q driver and ports.
Mineral White and Lava Red models come with matte satin and high-gloss finish respectively, while Carbon Black and Cobalt Blue are clad in a specially designed fabric from Danish contemporary textile designer, Kvadrat. A special edition called “The Soundwave by the late Terence Conran” was one of the iconic British designer’s final collaborations. This version sees the ‘soundwave’ pattern woven into the unique Kvadrat fabric complemented with Conran’s signature blue on the speaker port and driver for a true statement.
Each LSX II speaker uses a version of KEF’s 11th generation Uni-Q driver array specifically designed for this loudspeaker. This signature technology acts as a point source, where the tweeter is placed at the acoustic centre of the woofer, recreating how sound is produced naturally. This design eliminates the traditional, tiny ‘sweet spot,’ instead delivering accurate, sound to all listeners. LSX II has a combined 200 Watts RMS of system power. The tweeter and woofer are powered by their own dedicated amplifiers to deliver room-filling sound from the cabinets.
Using the latest KEF Connect app, the speakers can stream Amazon Music, Qobuz, Tidal, Deezer, Internet Radio stations and podcasts. Apple AirPlay 2 and Google Chromecast seamlessly stream audio from compatible devices, whilst Bluetooth expands the options even further. Native apps can be used to stream directly from Spotify Connect, Tidal and QPlay.
When using Airplay 2, Chromecast, etc., the speakers can stream to multiple wireless speakers to synchronise music around a home. Audiophiles will experience the quality of sound following the introduction of file support of up to 24bit/384kHz (PCM), DSD, and full MQA rendering.
Alongside Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, LSX II also boasts a comprehensive collection of wired connections. These include HDMI ARC for seamless control using a TV remote and a high-quality USB-C input, making LSX II the perfect desktop audio system for your computer. There are also connections for a turntable, CD player, games console, and many other devices in addition to a dedicated sub-out.
The KEF Connect app allows users to be guided with the set-up and controls the system and playback navigation, with intuitive sound settings that adjust LSX II to best room conditions using the KEF Room EQ DSP via “Normal” mode for easy setup or “Expert” mode that provides extra customizability. For easy integration of a subwoofer with the LSX II, Room EQ includes subwoofer pre-sets that are designed to create a compatible integration with the main speakers. LSX II also comes with other features, including volume settings, sensitivity adjustments, and the ability to designate a wired source to wake up the speakers when audio is played.
The LSX will be officially available on June 23, 2022 for $1400 USD.