Originally Posted by KenM10759
Not worthwhile...for YOUR application.
IMO the LS50 was never really engineered for home theater and certainly not Atmos. These and the passive ones appear to be aimed squarely at 2-channel music appreciation.
Perfect for me!
Just because a speaker is designed for 1 application, doesn't mean it cannot be used in others. And if a speaker fits more than one application, thats a big plus to the design(ers) and KEF.
Some users have the budget, and want the beautiful and stylish finish that these speakers offer. Anyone thinking about these for surrounds probably isn't extremely throw off by their active or passive price.
That's like those with tower or bookshelf center channels instead of the titled "center channel" offered by any given company.
KEF isn't going to say "designed for 2-channel enthusiasts" because they are then limiting their marketing/sales to only those people.
Are these going to be the most dynamic for a surround application? No. But for someone who loves multi-channel music, and/or doesn't watch movies at demanding levels, (and lets be honest, as you said, surround channels don't require demanding levels), and wants an all around KEF system, these are the answer. And back to being dynamic, if the user isn't listening at demanding levels, the speaker isn't going to struggle and be plenty dynamic,
We should encourage the idea for these as surrounds, and just simply state the pros and cons as you did, just leaving out the part about how these aren't designed for that purpose, so it shouldn't be done.
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