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    Speaker Journey

    I posted this in the KEF thread, but thought it might be good for here as well;

    Back in the day I was a huge KEF fan. My 104aB's were so good! Getting back into this hobby a few years ago (or more) I was happy to find KEF was going strong. I got a pair of LS50's which I enjoyed immensely.

    But jumping back into this crazy hobby I had to try other things. I tried a pair of Music Culture speakers from one of the founders of MBL. Wonderful stand mounted speaker!

    I was missing KEF so I went with a pair of R700's, similar to the Reference 3's, but built in China instead of the UK...I know, big differences. A buddy had a pair of Reference 3's, but just could not swing it. I also felt they were too big in my room. I definitely am not a fan of "big box" speakers.

    I decided to try Magnapan. Always heard about them but never heard them. The .7's are great! Honestly I am just not a fan of big overwhelming speakers, although the Maggie's had me rethinking this.

    I have been reading reviews of gear from many different reviewers and a lot of them talk about bringing out their LS50's for their latest reviews. I think the kicker was a review of the ARC Ref 6 se and he mentioned his LS50's as his favorite speakers for testing other gear, so he used them for reviewing the ARC pre-amp.

    Reading many reviews on the new update, the LS50 Meta's, I decided to try a pair; again wanting a small, accurate, smooth with huge sound stage speaker. The Meta's arrived today......... Wow.....

    I understand with break in they improve, but right out of the box they are so very good. Maybe my favorite speaker for my use so far. Oh, BTW, I did get them with KEF's matching S2 stands!

    Matched with the Rythmik subwoofers I think I might be satisfied for the long haul. I do still have my Maggie's to swap in whenever I want! We will see with some time .

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    Amplifiers: Hattor AMRG Trans, Tube Active Stage | MBL 8006 B | McIntosh MP100
    Vinyl: Rega RP8, Ania Pro, NEO PSU | Hexmat Eclipse, Yellow Bird | Technics SL-1500C | AT VM740ML
    Digital: T+A DAC 8 DSD | Falcon NW PC | Microsoft Surface Pro 6 | Roon & HQPlayer
    Headphones: Woo Audio WA22 (2nd Gen) | A&K SE-200 | Abyss Diana Phi | Focal Clear MG | Audeze Euclid
    Speakers: KEF LS50 Meta w/S2 | Rythmik L12 (x2)
    Other: Oppo BDP-105 | Magnum Dynalab FT-101A, ST-2

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    Re: Speaker Journey

    Randy, I totally understand...
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    Re: Speaker Journey

    I have a small pair of B&W's with my main computer. They are designed as a computer speakers however .
    Amplifiers: Hattor AMRG Trans, Tube Active Stage | MBL 8006 B | McIntosh MP100
    Vinyl: Rega RP8, Ania Pro, NEO PSU | Hexmat Eclipse, Yellow Bird | Technics SL-1500C | AT VM740ML
    Digital: T+A DAC 8 DSD | Falcon NW PC | Microsoft Surface Pro 6 | Roon & HQPlayer
    Headphones: Woo Audio WA22 (2nd Gen) | A&K SE-200 | Abyss Diana Phi | Focal Clear MG | Audeze Euclid
    Speakers: KEF LS50 Meta w/S2 | Rythmik L12 (x2)
    Other: Oppo BDP-105 | Magnum Dynalab FT-101A, ST-2

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    Re: Speaker Journey

    I'm a Kef fan as well Randy. Always liked their gear and their sound.
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    Re: Speaker Journey

    Welcome home Randy!
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    Re: Speaker Journey

    The Blades must be awesome! I have gotten to the point in life where I prefer smaller speakers.... maybe a stand mounted Blades .
    Amplifiers: Hattor AMRG Trans, Tube Active Stage | MBL 8006 B | McIntosh MP100
    Vinyl: Rega RP8, Ania Pro, NEO PSU | Hexmat Eclipse, Yellow Bird | Technics SL-1500C | AT VM740ML
    Digital: T+A DAC 8 DSD | Falcon NW PC | Microsoft Surface Pro 6 | Roon & HQPlayer
    Headphones: Woo Audio WA22 (2nd Gen) | A&K SE-200 | Abyss Diana Phi | Focal Clear MG | Audeze Euclid
    Speakers: KEF LS50 Meta w/S2 | Rythmik L12 (x2)
    Other: Oppo BDP-105 | Magnum Dynalab FT-101A, ST-2

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    Re: Speaker Journey

    Quote Originally Posted by Randy Myers View Post
    The Blades must be awesome! I have gotten to the point in life where I prefer smaller speakers.... maybe a stand mounted Blades .

    Pretty much agree but for a different reason. Living so close to the Atlantic and the threat of storm surge, its far easier to secure small speakers that some hefty towers if a threat of storm sure hits your area. Like this picture from Matthew behind the house. Thankful plastic and sandbagging prevented any surge from getting into the house.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CPP View Post
    Pretty much agree but for a different reason. Living so close to the Atlantic and the threat of storm surge, its far easier to secure small speakers that some hefty towers if a threat of storm sure hits your area. Like this picture from Matthew behind the house. Thankful plastic and sandbagging prevented any surge from getting into the house.
    Thank God for it not getting in your house.
    Amplifiers: Hattor AMRG Trans, Tube Active Stage | MBL 8006 B | McIntosh MP100
    Vinyl: Rega RP8, Ania Pro, NEO PSU | Hexmat Eclipse, Yellow Bird | Technics SL-1500C | AT VM740ML
    Digital: T+A DAC 8 DSD | Falcon NW PC | Microsoft Surface Pro 6 | Roon & HQPlayer
    Headphones: Woo Audio WA22 (2nd Gen) | A&K SE-200 | Abyss Diana Phi | Focal Clear MG | Audeze Euclid
    Speakers: KEF LS50 Meta w/S2 | Rythmik L12 (x2)
    Other: Oppo BDP-105 | Magnum Dynalab FT-101A, ST-2

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    Re: Speaker Journey

    Duplicate????
    Amplifiers: Hattor AMRG Trans, Tube Active Stage | MBL 8006 B | McIntosh MP100
    Vinyl: Rega RP8, Ania Pro, NEO PSU | Hexmat Eclipse, Yellow Bird | Technics SL-1500C | AT VM740ML
    Digital: T+A DAC 8 DSD | Falcon NW PC | Microsoft Surface Pro 6 | Roon & HQPlayer
    Headphones: Woo Audio WA22 (2nd Gen) | A&K SE-200 | Abyss Diana Phi | Focal Clear MG | Audeze Euclid
    Speakers: KEF LS50 Meta w/S2 | Rythmik L12 (x2)
    Other: Oppo BDP-105 | Magnum Dynalab FT-101A, ST-2

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    Re: Speaker Journey

    I have been reading some reviews, and watching videos. Some reviewers are really going crazy over the Meta's including even calling them a game changer. Also, there seems to be uniformed praise for KEF introducing this new technology in affordable models with the plans of then trickling it up!

    REVIEW: Radically improved KEF LS50 Meta Speaker - YouTube

    KEF LS50 Meta vs. KEF LS50 vs. KEF LS50 Wireless II - YouTube

    The WAIT is OVER! KEF Speaker Review - KEF LS50 Speakers - Meta Review - YouTube

    Review! The KEF LS50 Meta | What you didn't know (2021) - YouTube

    KEF LS50 Meta: First Impressions - Roksan K3 / Marantz PM8006 / PrimaLuna Evo 100 - YouTube
    Amplifiers: Hattor AMRG Trans, Tube Active Stage | MBL 8006 B | McIntosh MP100
    Vinyl: Rega RP8, Ania Pro, NEO PSU | Hexmat Eclipse, Yellow Bird | Technics SL-1500C | AT VM740ML
    Digital: T+A DAC 8 DSD | Falcon NW PC | Microsoft Surface Pro 6 | Roon & HQPlayer
    Headphones: Woo Audio WA22 (2nd Gen) | A&K SE-200 | Abyss Diana Phi | Focal Clear MG | Audeze Euclid
    Speakers: KEF LS50 Meta w/S2 | Rythmik L12 (x2)
    Other: Oppo BDP-105 | Magnum Dynalab FT-101A, ST-2

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    Congrats Randy and welcome to the audio circle! What goes around comes around. Kefs always manage to come back in our lives.

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    Re: Speaker Journey

    I have really enjoyed Blade and Blade 2 demos I have heard at shows but have never warmed to any other KEF speakers (again, heard only at shows). I am definitely a fan of larger speakers, though; I have tried stand-mounts with subs a few times in the past (and still have a bedroom system like that) and have never been able to achieve the level of musical involvement I desire. I heard Maggie 30.7 with Mac tube amplification a few weeks ago at a local dealer and was very impressed, best panel sound I have heard.
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    I also enjoy the KEF sound and the Maggie sound. I owned them both at the same time and they were driven by an Aragon 4004 Mark 2 amp, Melos SHA-1 preamp and a Carver 490t player. They each had a completely different sound and I liked them both. The KEF's were 103/4 and the Maggies were 1.6 QR's.

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    Re: Speaker Journey

    The one thing about the KEF Meta's (for me anyway) is they are the first speaker I have had that appear to completely disappear in my room, including my Maggie's!
    Amplifiers: Hattor AMRG Trans, Tube Active Stage | MBL 8006 B | McIntosh MP100
    Vinyl: Rega RP8, Ania Pro, NEO PSU | Hexmat Eclipse, Yellow Bird | Technics SL-1500C | AT VM740ML
    Digital: T+A DAC 8 DSD | Falcon NW PC | Microsoft Surface Pro 6 | Roon & HQPlayer
    Headphones: Woo Audio WA22 (2nd Gen) | A&K SE-200 | Abyss Diana Phi | Focal Clear MG | Audeze Euclid
    Speakers: KEF LS50 Meta w/S2 | Rythmik L12 (x2)
    Other: Oppo BDP-105 | Magnum Dynalab FT-101A, ST-2

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