Originally Posted by ricemanhk
Hi everyone, new to this forum here.
I'm still going through the whole thread (up to page 25!), but here's some news that isn't available yet in the english media it seems...white version of the LS50 with blue drivers coming in mid nov!! Itching to go to the KEF store in Hong Kong to see them in person...they're launching pre-orders starting now.
(tried to post a link but forums won't let me yet. just google "kef ls50 白色" and the first link is the one)
Anyway my real question:
Looking to build my first real HT with a 5.1 setup. I've auditioned the LS50s and love them for music. The KEF salesman suggested adding the T301 as center and T101 surrounds, plus the T-2 subwoofer. Basically I'm taking the T205 5.1 set and "upgrading" the FL/R with 2 LS50s. He won't sell me 1 LS50 individually, so I can't do the 3 LS50 as so many have mentioned here. Not sure if I want to go through the hassle of selling the 1 LS50 online to others either.
As for the AVR, looking to get either Marantz 5008 or 7008, any suggestions? Is XT32 really so much better? 7008 is 3x the price of the 5008 (close out inventory sale right now with the new launch of the 5009). And FWIW, the KEF store in HK almost exclusively uses Marantz amps for all their "entry level" KEF speakers (I haven't been into the Blade room yet), so I guess they think it's a good fit.
This will be for my living room, about 13-14' wall to wall with my sofa right up against the back wall. Space is a premium in HK, so the flat T series speakers are very attractive in that sense...even if quality isn't so great. But I guess for movies it's slightly less important than for music, and with apartments I won't be listening at loud volumes anyway.
Appreciate your advice!
From one Hong Konger to another, welcome to AVS!
Thank you for the update to the LS50 as the optional white color with blue driver looks very appealing and goes well with most apartment decors / will have good WAF. I assume the costs for these are the same as the black units. I'm surprised you cannot get them in single units for the 3x front sound stage. This is available for the UK/US markets. I'd check around with the HiFi stores in Mong Kok to see if they can do a better than the Hong Kong KEF store. Having the front left, center and front right as LS50 would be important to me and hope you would not settle of less than this.
For your information, I've got the E301 speaker package and went with a Rythmik F12G sub - didn't take delivery of the E2 sub. In the following thread, the audio journey of discovery (and woes) are discussed here: KEF E305/E301 satellite + sub speaker package thread
I would suggest you to investigate different sub manufacturers as I find there are better options available from the Internet Direct (ID) companies.
The E301+F12G combination produces satisfying soundstage for music and surround bubble for movies. I'm seriously thinking of up-grading the front soundstage to all LS50 units.
To this day, I've got some regret in not getting a recevier with Audyssey XT32 with sub EQ HT. My next receiver update is going to one that has XT32 + Atmos. I personnally would not settle for anything less than this.
For surrounds, the T101 should be okay - I haven't had the pleasure to listen to them, but will do one day. You might want to consider the E301 satellites as another option as these are a bit more compact and wall mountable too. One of these days, going to have to book a session in the KEF listening room.
Your room listening will determine a number things in terms of sound quality, so start on that first. What are the front to back, side to side and floor to ceiling distances? Do you intend to sit 13' to 14' away from the front sound stage of the LS50 and up against the back wall? Note that the LS50 are not very sensitive of just 85dB/W/m and they have a limitation on maximum continous power. There is also an issue of 1st reflections and might want to look at mid to high frequency absorbers behind and above you. Not sure if you're renting or the apartment is owned as it makes a difference in what can/cannot be done.