My white wireless LS50's have finally arrived today after paying them four months ago. They perform really well and I'm blown away how big they actually sound. Close your eyes and your in a song. I don't know what kind of magic KEF is using, but these speakers completely destroy my previous Klipsch RB-81 II setup with Yamaha RX-A1020.
The software side of these, unfortunately, is not so magical. Yes, the remote looks nice, but it's nowhere near actual slider or a knob for quickly turning volume up or down. I have discovered just how crucial this option is for me and I find not being able to use the LS50 Wireless app while in PC, or any other mode for that matter, absolutely ridiculous. You'd have to be sitting next to the right speaker or maniacally pressing tiny remote buttons. The volume changes are in small increments, which, don't get me wrong, is absolutely awesome. I love this precision and truly appreciate it, but I now know I can't live without a physical volume knob or a volume slider, therefore it is a major flaw for me.
Connecting the speakers with my Mac mini was pretty straightforward, not so much with my iPhone and iPad, even though I connected the speakers to my AirPort Extreme router with an ethernet cable and thought this would mean instant connection once I fire up the app on my iOS device. After moving through the menus, switching the input modes, trying out the bluetooth connection, the app somehow managed to find the speakers and I was able to dive in and discover more flaws within the app. Most of the track information is not read correctly, so finding a song is anything but seamless. I do spend lots of hours organizing my songs, playlist, correcting album artwork, missing years, track number, etc. so you can imagine my disappointment. For unknown reasons, some tracks refused to play, mostly ALAC files (44.1/16) and the ones that did took a while to start or were skipping at the start. Next/previous song, changing volume, moving through menus feels slow and tends to stutter, which is especially noticeable when changing speaker sound settings.
These speakers do not support AirPlay, so it's not like I can use Apple Music and easily play music from my well organized library. Yes, I can use the Apple Remote app and play the files from iTunes, including the high-res stuff, put speakers on max volume and use the volume slider within the Remote app, of course risking damaging the speakers should an unexpected system or browser sound come up. All of this doesn't even nearly decrease the value of these incredible looking and sounding speakers, but one expects the software to excel and be on the same or higher level than the hardware since they've put so much work and effort into making them. I hope others here have had a smoother experience than me, but let's face it, it's all about the sound in the end and LS50 Wireless really need to try hard in order to disappoint someone, unless you throw brutally compressed MP3 or WMA music files at it or maybe if you suffer from hearing loss. I truly hope that KEF will continue to improve the software side because competition is already catching up with active wireless speakers.