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June 8 2022

KEF announces their definitive compact Wireless HiFi System – the LSX II

When Raymond Cooke founded KEF in 1961 from a small Nissan Hut in Maidstone, delivering acoustic excellence was at the heart of his ambition. Combining this continual drive with constant innovation and the development of wireless technology has led to the creation of the LSX II Wireless HiFi System, available from June 23rd. Offering high-fidelity sound, numerous connectivity options, easy use and contemporary design, immersive home entertainment has never been so accessible.

Much more than a simple upgrade from the award-winning original, LSX II combines class-leading sound with the all-encompassing W2 wireless platform from the pioneering LS50 Wireless II. Connectivity options are further enhanced by the addition of both HDMI and USB-C, making this an ideal companion for both TV, laptop and desktop computer set-ups.

The technological enhancements of the LSX II are encased in  a minimal and contemporary design created by renowned industrial designer Michael Young. Available in five stylish finishes, the LSX II effortlessly combines form and function to deliver pristine, natural and accurate soundscapes.

High-fidelity sound & performance
The LSX II takes the two-speaker box approach, giving music the space to breathe and develop, creating a three-dimensional soundstage. The speakers appear to disappear, leaving you to enjoy the immersive performance that unfolds and draws you in.

Each LSX II speaker uses a version of KEF’s 11th generation Uni-Q driver array specially designed for this loudspeaker. This signature technology acts as a point source, where the tweeter is placed at the precise acoustic centre of the woofer, recreating how sound is produced naturally. This design eliminates the traditional, tiny ‘sweet spot,’ instead delivering accurate, pristine sound to all listeners.

LSX II has a combined 200 Watts of system power. The tweeter and woofer are powered by their own dedicated amplifier to deliver room-filling sound in purposely compact cabinets.

Performance is further enhanced from the award-winning original by the Music Integrity Engine. Optimised for the Uni-Q driver, the enhanced Music Integrity Engine enables LSX II to deliver a perfectly timed performance for better clarity and a tighter, more accurate sound.

Play all the music in the world
Using the latest KEF Connect app, you 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. You can use native apps to stream directly from Spotify Connect, Tidal and QPlay, and it is Roon Ready. When using Airplay 2, Chromecast or Roon, you can stream to multiple wireless speakers to synchronise music around your home.

Rediscover your favourite tracks with the LSX II. Play your own private music collection from a compatible NAS drive or music server. Audiophiles will be amazed by the quality of sound following the introduction of extensive file support of up to 24bit/384kHz (PCM), DSD, and full MQA rendering.

Next-generation plug & play
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 your turntable, CD player, games console, and many other devices. And, if you demand your movies and music come with some extra bass, there’s a dedicated output so you can connect a KEF subwoofer for the sensation you crave.

Enhanced user experience
The KEF Connect app walks you through the set-up and controls the system and playback navigation, with intuitive sound settings so you can adjust LSX II to best suit your room.

With its powerful Room EQ DSP, LSX II can be easily fine-tuned to your room and personal taste. ‘Normal’ mode is designed to talk you through the process with easy questions. For easy integration of a KEF subwoofer with LSX II, Room EQ includes subwoofer pre-sets for the best possible system performance.

LSX II also comes with a host of other user-friendly features, including volume settings, sensitivity adjustments, and the ability to select a source to wake it up when it comes on.

Sound by KEF. Design by Micheal Young.
The aesthetic design of LSX II comes courtesy of Michael Young, one of the leading lights in industrial design. Famed for his sophisticated take on minimalism, Young’s signature is a smart, pared-down aesthetic that perfectly suits LSX II’s requirement to deliver pristine, accurate sound while also looking incredible.

LSX II is available in five statement finishes: 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. The Soundwave by Terence Conran Edition was one of the iconic British designer’s final collaborations. The 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.

Every aspect of LSX II has been carefully considered, with an elegant rear control panel and subtle design accents such as colour-matched finishes on the Uni-Q driver and ports. The LSX II will make a statement in any space, whether taking centre stage on the striking S1 floor stand or flexible positioning using the P1 desk pad or B1 wall bracket.

Summary of features
  • 11th Generation Uni-Q driver array for accurate, pristine sound
  • Music Integrity Engine for rich, full-bodied sound
  • Wireless streaming including Airplay 2, Chromecast, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi
  • Plays all major music services and supports all major audio formats
  • DSD, MQA and PCM up to 24bit/384kHz
  • Comprehensive connectivity for your TV, laptop and any other equipment: USB-C, HDMI ARC, Analogue input, subwoofer output
  • System power: LF 70W class D, HF 30W class D, Max. SPL:102dB
  • Intuitive on-boarding with user-centred features
  • Personalised listening experience via KEF Connect App
  • Design by Michael Young
  • Optimised cabinet design for best acoustic performance
  • Mounting inserts to secure on accessories including P1 desk pad, S1 floor stand and B1 wall bracket
  • Available in 5 finishes: Carbon Black, Mineral White, Cobalt Blue, Lava Red and Soundwave by Terence Conran Edition
Price: €1,499
Availability: 23rd June 2022