LS50 Wireless

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The Biggest Small Music System

The incredible LS50 Wireless delivers clear, transparent sound that redefines what is possible from an integrated system. Designed to become a part of your lifestyle, LS50 Wireless proves that hifi does not have to be a chore. The critics agree, with LS50 Wireless being proudly inducted into What HiFi's Hall of Fame.

at a glance:

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24bit/
192khz

APP CONTROL

Compatible with:


SOUND

Immerse yourself in sound

Say goodbye to the single sweet spot. With LS50 Wireless you feel the sound in every corner of the room; natural, big and immersive sound like no other. The patented Uni-Q drive array combines with highly advanced electronics to deliver full high-resolution music from a two-box system that even die-hard reviewers are calling ‘the future of Hi-Fi’.

LS50 Wireless benefits from KEF's near-six decades of experience in acoustic research and design. The crowning achievement is the signature Uni-Q driver array, providing beautifully natural sound to every seat in the room. Perfectly matched electronics provide the engine for the Uni-Q, ensuring that every detail and every ounce of power is recreated, elevating the experience from listening to being there.


"KEF has taken a pair of Award-winning speakers and transformed them into the hi-fi of the future" — 2017

HALL OF FAME – WHAT HI-FI? AWARD

"Our award-winning LS50 Wireless has once again won the heart of WHF tech expert judges which keeps our LS50 Wireless their Product of the Year for a second year running." - 2018

BEST ALL-IN-ONE SYSTEM – WHAT HI-FI? AWARD



"KEF has taken a pair of Award-winning speakers and transformed them into the hi-fi of the future" — 2017

HALL OF FAME – WHAT HI-FI? AWARD

"Our award-winning LS50 Wireless has once again won the heart of WHF tech expert judges which keeps our LS50 Wireless their Product of the Year for a second year running." - 2018

BEST ALL-IN-ONE SYSTEM – WHAT HI-FI? AWARD


CONNECTIVITY

Less time setting up, more time listening

Power up, connect the two speakers with a single ethernet cable and access a world of music using your choice of dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, USB, Optical or RCA Analog.

A few minutes and the KEF Control app is all it takes to bring life changing musical experiences home. With integrated electronics, including 230w of amplification in each speaker, the guesswork of equipment matcing is removed. A vast array of inputs ensures that you can connect almost anything you can think of - even a turntable, for the ultimate expression of the vinyl revival.

Ultimate Flexibility

Adjust how the LS50 Wireless sounds using a selectable EQ tuned to compensate for different mounting scenarios, creating more options for placement and positioning. Regardless of placement, Uni-Q technology disperses sound evenly for total listening enjoyment.

Comprehensive Connectivity

Connect a huge range of devices with LS50 Wireless' broad range of connectivity options, including 2.4GHz/5GHz Dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 with the aptX codec, Asynchronous USB Type B, TOSLINK Optical, and RCA Analog. Connect up to 12 devices in total, including a maximum of eight Bluetooth devices and switch between audio inputs conveniently.

Ultimate Flexibility

Adjust how the LS50 Wireless sounds using a selectable EQ tuned to compensate for different mounting scenarios, creating more options for placement and positioning. Regardless of placement, Uni-Q technology disperses sound evenly for total listening enjoyment.

Comprehensive Connectivity

Connect a huge range of devices with LS50 Wireless' broad range of connectivity options, including 2.4GHz/5GHz Dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 with the aptX codec, Asynchronous USB Type B, TOSLINK Optical, and RCA Analog. Connect up to 12 devices in total, including a maximum of eight Bluetooth devices and switch between audio inputs conveniently.

DESIGN STORY

For every room and situation

Stylishly simple good looks and impeccable build quality combine with a choice of three designer finishes to ensure that LS50 Wireless lasts a lifetime in any room.

LS50 Wireless ensures that anybody can bring great sound into their life. The instantly recognisable shape is not just a design choice, but an acoustic feature, solidifying KEF's holistic approach to acoustic and industrial design. Available in Titanium Grey, Gloss Black and Gloss White,you can make LS50 Wireless stand out as much or as little as you want.The choice is yours.

For Every Room or Situation

For Every Room or Situation: Classy and chic, coupled with rich high-quality wireless sound. These speakers are the best for every room or situation, with styles to match any room preference.

LS50 Wireless Nocturne Edition

When the elegant aesthetic of the original LS50W meets the explosive futuristic artistry of Dutch designer Marcel Wanders, the sky is the limit.
 

Ramp Up The Occasion

Where there’s going to be music, there has to be speakers that can do it all. Give your guests something to talk about with our quality woofers for bass, and award-winning tweeters for treble.

For Every Room or Situation

For Every Room or Situation: Classy and chic, coupled with rich high-quality wireless sound. These speakers are the best for every room or situation, with styles to match any room preference.

LS50 Wireless Nocturne Edition

When the elegant aesthetic of the original LS50W meets the explosive futuristic artistry of Dutch designer Marcel Wanders, the sky is the limit.
 

Ramp Up The Occasion

Where there’s going to be music, there has to be speakers that can do it all. Give your guests something to talk about with our quality woofers for bass, and award-winning tweeters for treble.

SMARTNESS

All in the palm of your hand

Every feature of LS50 Wireless can be controlled from two intuitive apps, available on both Android and iOS.

Every feature of LS50 Wireless can be controlled from two intuitive apps, available on both Android and iOS.

KEF Control makes setup easy with step-by-step instructions, lets you choose your source and adjust the EQ settings to match the room.

KEF Stream makes accessing your digital music library quick and easy. Up to 192kHz/24bit high resolution audio can be wirelessly accessed from your phone or NAS drive, whilst Stream also gives access to services such as Tidal and Spotify.

KEF Control APP

KEF Control makes setup easy with step-by-step instructions, lets you choose your source and adjust the EQ settings to match the room.

KEF Stream APP

KEF Stream makes accessing your digital music library quick and easy. Up to 192kHz/24bit high resolution audio can be wirelessly accessed from your phone or NAS drive, whilst Stream also gives access to services such as Tidal and Spotify.

KEF Control APP

KEF Control makes setup easy with step-by-step instructions, lets you choose your source and adjust the EQ settings to match the room.

KEF Stream APP

KEF Stream makes accessing your digital music library quick and easy. Up to 192kHz/24bit high resolution audio can be wirelessly accessed from your phone or NAS drive, whilst Stream also gives access to services such as Tidal and Spotify.

SPECIFICATIONS

The Details

Specifications

DIMENSIONS

H300 x W200 x D308mm
H11.8 x W7.9 x D12.1in

 

WEIGHT

Left Speaker 10.0kg (22.0lbs.)
Right Speaker 10.2kg (22.5lbs.)

 

WI-FI NETWORK STANDARD & frequency band

IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n
Dual-band 2.4GHz/ 5 GHz

 

Driver units

Uni-Q driver array:
HF: 25mm (1in.) vented aluminium dome
LF/MF: 130mm (5.25in.) with magnesium and aluminium alloy

AMplifier output power

LF: 200W     HF: 30W

 

Bluetooth range & memory

10m
8 devices

 

resolution

Up to 24bit
Depending on source resolution

 

sampling rate

Up to 192kHz (USB Type B)
Up to 96kHz (TOSLINK Optical)
Depending on source resolution

 

maximum output

(SPL) 106dB

 

WIreless connectivity

Tidal and Spotify

 

Frequency range

(-6dB) Measured at 85dB/1m
40Hz – 47kHz (More bass extension)
43Hz – 47kHz (Standard)
46Hz – 47kHz (Less bass extension)
Depending on speaker settings

 

frequency response

(±3dB) Measured at 85dB/1m
45Hz – 28kHz (More bass extension)
50Hz – 28kHz (Standard)
61Hz – 28kHz (Less bass extension)
Depending on speaker settings

 

inputs

2.4GHz/5GHz Dual-band Wi-Fi network
Bluetooth 4.0 with aptX® codec
USB Type B
TOSLINK Optical
RCA Analog Line Level Input
10/100 Mbps RJ45 Ethernet (For network and service)

 

Product support

Check latest information here

 

downloads

Brochure
Quick Start Guide
Product Information Sheet

 

KEF reserves the right, in line with continuing research and development, to amend or change specifications. E&OE.

Awards & Reviews

Editor's Choice - Hi-Fi Choice

"A stunningly stylish, low-clutter, do-it-all system that sounds simply wonderful with anything you play." — 2018
 

best compact music system - AV Tech media awards 2017/18

"This is a game changer that raises the bar for active wireless loudspeakers everywhere." — 2018

BEST ALL-IN-ONE SYSTEM – WHAT HI-FI? AWARD

"Our award-winning LS50 Wireless has once again won the heart of WHF tech expert judges which keeps our LS50 Wireless their Product of the Year for a second year running." - 2018
Full review

Trusted Reviews

"An outstanding active speaker system that brings hi-fi sound and plug-and-play convenience together for performance that can’t be topped.” - 2018  Full review

 

diapason d'or 2017 award - diapason

"Plus points: musicality and high technology. Minus points: nothing of note." — 2017

 

Hall of Fame – WHAT HI-FI? AWARD

"KEF has taken a pair of Award-winning speakers and transformed them into the hi-fi of the future" — 2017
Full review

Product of the Year - BEST ALL-IN-ONE SYSTEM OVER £1000 - WHAT HI-FI? AWARD

"Despite all this clever thinking and implementation, it's performance that makes the LS50 Wireless our Systems Product of the Year...KEF has done a terrfic job here. It has taken the Award-winning LS50s and made them an even better propositions...It's your hi-fi system of the future, here and now." — 2017  Full Review

 

BEST ALL-IN-ONE SYSTEM OVER £1000 -
WHAT HI-FI? AWARD

"These KEF Wirelesses are way more than just active versions of the award-winning LS50s. They’re a complete system wrapped in a neat and brilliant package." KEF LS50 Wireless, What Hi-Fi?  — July 2017   Full Review
 

Reviewers' choice award – soundstage! acess

"KEF’s LS50 Wireless is an outstanding loudspeaker. Its build quality, finish, and technical prowess are beyond reproach, and its sound quality remains faithful to both KEF’s design principles and to the original LS50." — 2017

 

Best Buy Award - HIFICRITIC

"This compact, fully active, remotely controlled point source design is a technical and acoustic tour de force. It’s an obvious Best Buy." — 2017

gramaphone magazine

"LS50 Wireless is indubitably a very tempting introduction to an ‘alternative universe’ of home audio, one which I am sure will find favour with many users, as much for its captivating sound quality as its remarkable flexibility and simplicity."  — 2017

 

hi-fi news

"It really could, and deserves to be, a game-changer." — 2017

WHAT HI-FI

"More than just active versions of the Award-winning LS50s, it's a complete system wrapped in a brilliant package."  — 2017  Full review

 

Best Product 2017-2018, Wireless Loudspeaker – EISA Award

— 2017  Full review 

wired magazine

"KEF has taken its iconic LS50 speakers and given them an updated wireless makeover." — 2017

 

digital trends

"The speakers soared with every piece of media we threw at them." — 2017  Full review 

Five-Star Review - What Hi-Fi?

"Is this what the hi-fi system of the future should look like? We certainly hope so."  — 2017  Full review 
 

Hi-Fi+

"This is one of the best and most important products we’ll see all year.”  — 2017  Full review 

Oracle Time

“The two compact speakers are beautifully curved and, best of all, already include high performance amplifiers, digital sound technologies and wireless tech, so there’s no need for extra boxes or wires cluttering up your living space.” — 2017  Full review 
 

mix magazine

“The enclosures are solidly built, and the fit, finish and color options are beautiful….It’s a beautiful high-end system for the home, where the bountiful I/O, remote control with app, and wireless options fits perfectly.”  — 2017  Full review 

les numeriques

Best of the 2 worlds, digital and traditional.” — 2017  Full review 

 

HOT 100 - THE ULTIMATE LIST OF TODAY'S TOP TECH, GADGETS AND PEOPLE - T3

“Your ears are in for a treat."  — 2017

The big black book - esquire

British hi-fi at its wireless best” — 2017

 

choc classica award - classica magazine

“FOR : rich, full, seamless dynamics ; AGAINST : nothing."  — 2017

stereonet

"Like the predecessor, LS50 Wireless managed to construct a sound stage far greater in size than what such a small speaker should be capable of… Setup could not be easier… The connectivity options are all apparent and plentiful. Sound quality is refined and reference grade..." — 2017  Full review

 

PRODUCT OF THE YEAR - Darko.Audio

Full review

6 stars award - av ceasar

 

HOW-TO VIDEOS

getting started: unboxing

Getting connected: wireless

Getting connected: wired

sound personalisation

FAQ

About the system

Can I use LS50 Wireless with my devices?

You can connect most devices found in the home through LS50 Wireless' broad range of connectivity options. These are some common uses for LS50 Wireless. Connection method depends on individual device requirements.

  • Wi-Fi : Smartphone, tablet, computer, NAS with DLNA controller/server
  • Bluetooth: Smartphone, tablet, computer
  • USB Type B: Computer (Windows/ Mac)
  • Optical: TV, Blu-ray player, CD player, set-top box, game console
  • RCA Analog: Smartphone, tablet, music player
  • Subwoofer out: Subwoofer

Can I use my router with LS50 Wireless?

LS50 Wireless supports most common routers. Detailed technical requirements are as follows:

  • Your wireless router must support IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n.
  • Security protocol WPA2, mixed mode WPA2/WPA, WEP and open networks. Open networks are not recommended for security reasons.
  • WEP is an old encryption and may lead to setup and streaming problems. The WPA2 security protocol is recommended. Please refer to the user guide of your router to select the encryption method.
  • Channel 1-11 (2.4GHz) and Channel 36, 40, 44, 48 (5.2GHz) or Channel 149, 153, 157, 161, 165 (5.8GHz in Taiwan ONLY) are supported. You are recommended to set the router on a channel with fewer overlapping networks as this will have less interference. Please refer to the user guide of your router to select the router channel.
  • Remarks: Streaming Hi-Res music files through a 5GHz Wi-Fi network with a router transmission speed of at least 1300Mbps will offer better performance.

What is the connectivity compatibility of LS50W?

Wi-Fi:
Dual-band 2.4GHz/ 5 GHz
DLNA Digital Media Renderer

Bluetooth: 
Android 2.3 or above and iOS 6.0 and above

USB:
Windows 7 or above and Mac OSX 10.6 or above

Optical: 
PCM digital audio

App: 
Android 4.1 or above and iOS 7.0 and above

When will I need to reset the speakers?

A Factory Reset has two main purposes:
  1. Set up speakers on a new network
  2. Resolve unknown issues

A Factory Reset will cause the below:
  1. Wi-Fi network settings will be cleared
  2. Connected Bluetooth devices memory will be cleared
  3. EQ settings will be cleared. By default, the speaker will be in “Freespace” and “Stand” mode
  4. System volume will return to default
  5. Speaker will enter Wi-Fi mode and will be ready for setup

How to do a factory reset?

1. Press a paperclip or a small Allen key on the “Reset” button in the back panel
2. Release the pin when the blinking green light goes solid

Is the inter-speaker cable changeable?

The LS50 Wireless comes with a high quality gold-plated shielded Cat-6 cable. If there is a need to change, we recommend replacing it with a good quality Cat5e or higher network cable for optimum performance.

I see the top panel lights blinking, what should I do?

If you see the source selection, Bluetooth and volume down buttons blinking together, the Left speaker is not connected.
  1. Check if the Left speaker is powered up
  2. Check if the interspeaker cable is connected
  3. Check if the interspeaker cable is incorrectly plugged into the LAN port
  4. After checking the above, power cycle the system

If you see the power button blinking, it means there is a system error.
  • Contact your local dealer or service center for support

If you see the AUX, Optical and Bluetooth LEDs blinking together, it means there is a system error on the Left speaker.
  • Contact your local dealer or service center for support

How do I do a firmware update?

One of the best things about LS50 Wireless is that it just keeps getting better. Running firmware updates can solve bugs and/or unlock new features. Please ensure your speaker is up to date.

Download the firmware upgrade tool from the KEF product support page (http://international.kef.com/product-suppor). Follow the step-by-step instructions provided to update your speaker.

How do I know if my speaker firmware is up to date?

We recommend that all customers update the LS50 Wireless to the latest version of firmware to benefit from the improvements and bug fixes.

Download the firmware upgrade tool from the KEF product support page (http://international.kef.com/product-support). Follow the step-by-step instructions provided, it will show you if there are any new updates available.
 

How can I extend or disable auto standby?

Download the firmware upgrade tool from the KEF product support page (http://international.kef.com/product-support). Follow the step-by-step instructions provided to update your speaker.

Standby setting is done at the back of the Right speaker, below is the procedure for each setting:
 


Older firmware versions do not have this functionality, please check and update your speakers using the firmware upgrade tool provided on the KEF product support page (http://international.kef.com/product-support).

Can I set the master speaker as the left channel?

By factory default, Master speaker is the Right Channel. However, it is possible to set the Master speaker as the Left Channel

Older firmware versions do not have this functionality, please check and update your speakers using the firmware upgrade tool provided on the KEF product support page (http://international.kef.com/product-support).

Does LS50 Wireless work with programmable IR remote controls?

Yes, provided that remote control manufacturers have implemented LS50 Wireless IR command codes in their remote controls.

The following tables list the command codes required for LS50 Wireless.

Table 1: LS50 Wireless speakers with serial numbers that come before LS50W06255 use the following 8 codes to control 8 functions.
 


Table 2: LS50 Wireless speakers with serial numbers that come after LS50W06256 use the following 19 codes to control 19 functions.*
 


*Older firmware versions do not support these function codes. Please check and update your speakers using the firmware upgrade tool provided on the KEF product support page (http://international.kef.com/product-support) if required.

About wi-fi streaming

How do I start Wi-Fi streaming?

Download the KEF LS50 Wireless app from the Specifications tab and follow the step-by-step instructions.

What router should I use?

For better streaming stability, you are recommended to have a dual-band router. Streaming Hi-Res music files through a 5GHz Wi-Fi network with a router transmission speed of at least 1300Mbps will offer better performance. Below are detailed technical requirements.

  • Your wireless router must support IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n.
  • Security protocol WPA2, mixed mode WPA2/WPA, WEP and open networks. Open networks are not recommended for security reasons.
  • WEP is an old encryption and may lead to setup and streaming problems. The WPA2 security protocol is recommended. Please refer to the user guide of your router to select the encryption method.
  • Channel 1-11 (2.4GHz) and Channel 36, 40, 44, 48 (5.2GHz) or Channel 149, 153, 157, 161, 165 (5.8GHz, in Tai Wan ONLY) are supported. You are recommended to set the router on a channel with fewer overlapping networks as this will have less interference. Please refer to the user guide of your router to select the router channel.

How do I rename my speaker?

You can do it in the KEF LS50 Wireless app.

Tap “Settings” > “My speakers”

Select your speaker and tap “Speaker name” to change the name.

How do I connect the speaker to a new network?

Do a “Factory reset” to connect the speaker to a new router network.

1.     Press a paperclip or a small Allen key on the “Reset” button in the back panel

2.     Release the pin when the blinking green light goes solid

3.     Shortly after, you will see the Wi-Fi signal light alternate between blinking red and white. You can now do the network setup again.

4.     Go to “LS50 Wireless App”, select “Setup new speaker”

How do I improve streaming stability?

1.     We recommend streaming Hi-Res music files over a 5GHz Wi-Fi network with a router transmission speed of at least 1300Mbps.

2.     Signal interference from nearby Wi-Fi devices can weaken music streaming stability. Try using a Wi-Fi analyser app to analyse signal strength and look for a better signal channel. For details, please refer to the user manual of your router.

3.     Wi-Fi signals in different home environments vary. Speakers and mobile devices are recommended to be placed in an area with a good Wi-Fi signal.

4.     Minor interruptions during streaming are normal when there is a weak Wi-Fi signal or heavy network traffic.

5.     A heavy streaming workload due to other Wi-Fi devices in the home is one of the common reasons for this issue. To maintain quality streaming, avoid downloading or uploading files during music streaming.

6.     Disabling “Gapless Control” on media players (e.g. BubbleUPnP) may solve some playback stability issues.

Why is my wireless streaming sometimes interrupted?

Minor interruptions during streaming are normal, especially when there is a weak Wi-Fi signal or heavy network traffic. A heavy streaming workload due to other Wi-Fi devices in the home is one of the common reasons for this issue. To maintain playback quality, we recommend avoiding downloading and uploading files during music streaming.

Signal interference from other nearby Wi-Fi devices can also weaken music streaming stability. If this happens frequently, try using a Wi-Fi analyser app to detect the signal strength and look for a better signal channel. For details, please refer to the user manual of your router.

My initial setup failed, and a red Wi-Fi icon has appeared. What should I do?

If the setup failed and you see the red Wi-Fi icon, please reset the speaker and try again.

Please follow these instructions and troubleshoot using the “LS50 Wireless App”:

1. Press a paperclip or a small Allen key on the “Reset” button in the back panel

2. Release the pin when the blinking green light goes solid

3. Shortly after, you will see the Wi-Fi signal light alternate between blinking red and white. You can now do the network setup again

4. Go to “LS50 Wireless App”, select “Setup new speaker”

My initial setup continuously fails. What should I do?

1. Please ensure you have entered the correct router password.

2. Avoid locating your router network on Channel 1 of a 2.4Ghz network. To change router channels, please refer to the user manual of your router.

3. LS50 Wireless only supports 5.2 GHz Channel 36, 40, 44, 48 (in Taiwan 5.8GHz Channel 149, 153, 157, 161, 165). To change router channels, please refer to the user manual of your router.

4. If problems persist, please contact your local dealer or service centre.

I see a solid white Wi-Fi icon on LS50 Wireless, but my App cannot discover the speaker.

Please follow the below instructions to resolve this:

1. Restart the app

2. If you have another DLNA controller app, see if LS50 Wireless appears in that app

3. Restart the speaker

4. Reset the speaker and repeat the initial setup

5. If problems persist, please contact your local dealer or service centre

LS50 Wireless is connected, but streaming does not start.

Streaming requires more time to buffer when compared to local music playback, and Hi-Res music files are significantly larger. Please be patient when streaming Hi-Res music.

1. Ensure the speaker is connected to a network, as indicated by a solid white Wi-Fi icon

2. Ensure the app is connected to the speaker

3. Wait a moment after selecting a song to play, especially if selecting a Hi-Res music file

4. Avoid sending too many commands at once

5. If problems persist, restart the app

6. Restart the speaker

7. Reset the speaker and repeat the initial setup

8. If problems persist, please contact your local dealer or service centre

Can I take turns to control streaming from two devices?

We recommend streaming from one device at a time. If you want to play music stored on two devices, the easiest way is to put the music on a media server that is controlled by one device.

Which LS50 Wireless app functions are available in different playback modes?

When the speaker is not in Wi-Fi mode, access to some LS50 Wireless app functions will be limited. Please see below for details:

Does LS50 Wireless support DLNA?

Yes. LS50 Wireless is a DLNA Digital Media Renderer and can play music from other DLNA servers.

Can I play music from DLNA servers?

Yes. Go to the LS50 Wireless app, swipe the menu on the left-hand side, tap “Media Servers” and you will see the media servers discovered on your home network.

Does the LS50 Wireless App stream my Hi-Res files in full resolution?

Yes. No transcoding or downsampling will be done by the LS50 Wireless app.

Does LS50 Wireless support Gapless playback?

LS50 Wireless does not support gapless playback.

What music file formats are supported in Wi-Fi mode?

Which online music streaming services are available with LS50 Wireless?

TIDAL, Spotify Connect and QQ Music are integrated into LS50 Wireless.

Older speaker firmware and app versions do not have this functionality. Please check and update both your speakers and app. Go to the KEF product support page (http://international.kef.com/product-support) for more details.

For other streaming services such as Pandora, KKBox, Apple Music etc, please use a Bluetooth connection to stream music to your speaker.

Can I stream Apple music contents using the LS50 Wireless app?

Apple Music streaming subscription is not supported. Purchased or imported music must be downloaded into the local iTunes library for offline listening before it can be streamed to the LS50 Wireless.
 

Does LS50 Wireless support AirPlay?

LS50 Wireless does not support AirPlay.

How do I use Spotify Connect?

Please note that a Spotify Premium subscription is required to access the Spotify Connect function. Spotify Connect allows you to stream music to LS50 Wireless directly from Spotify app.

1.     Connect your LS50 Wireless to your Wi-Fi network.

2.     Open up the Spotify app on your phone, tablet or laptop whilst connected to the same Wi-Fi network.

3.     Play a song and select Devices Available.

4.     Select your LS50 Wireless and start listening.

For more information on how to use Spotify connect and country compatibility, please look at the following webpage (http://www.spotify.com/connect)

Older firmware versions do not have this functionality, please check and update your speakers using the firmware upgrade tool provided on the KEF product support page: (http://international.kef.com/product-support).

How do I use QQ Music?

QQ Music is one of China’s most popular online music streaming services. QPlay allows you to stream music to LS50 Wireless directly from the QQ Music app.

How to use QPlay

1.     Connect your iOS/Android device and speaker to the same network

2.     Open the QQ Music app and enable QPlay in Settings

3.     Play a song

4.     Press the QPlay icon on the playing page then choose your speaker from the device list

For more information on QQ Music, please see https://y.qq.com

Older firmware versions do not have this functionality. Please check and update your speakers using the firmware upgrade tool provided on the KEF product support page (http://international.kef.com/product-support) if required.

about the remote control

Why does the remote control not respond?

There are several possible reasons:

  1. Make sure you have removed the battery protection from a new remote control. Turn the remote control over and look at the back. You will see a thin transparent film under the battery. Pull it out before use.
  2. Your remote control may have run out of battery. Take off the battery door and replace the used battery with a new CR2032 3V battery.
  3. Make sure there are no obstacles between the signal sensor on the “Right” speaker and the remote control.
  4. Make sure the remote control is within the normal working range, which is around 5m from the speaker.

My remote control is not as sensitive as before. What can I do?

It is very likely you need a new battery. Please take off the battery door and replace the used battery with a new CR2032 3V battery.

What battery is used on my remote control?

A CR2032 3V battery.

Can I use all functions in all playback modes?

Play/Pause, Next and Previous are not available in AUX and Optical mode.

bluetooth streaming

How do I turn on the Bluetooth function on my iOS device?

Go to “Settings”, tap “Bluetooth” and switch on.

How do I turn on the Bluetooth function on my Android device?

Go to “Settings”, tap “Bluetooth” and switch on.

I can’t see LS50 Wireless on my Bluetooth device list.

Sometimes your device will take slightly longer to discover LS50 Wireless. Try refreshing the Bluetooth device list.

If you cannot see “KEF LS50 Wireless” on the list after refreshing, try turning the Bluetooth function on your device off and on again.

If problems persist, try restarting your device and LS50 Wireless then try again.

I can see LS50 Wireless on the Bluetooth device list, but the connection fails.

Try turning the Bluetooth function off and on again. If this does not help, restart your device and LS50 Wireless.

If problems persist and you were connected to LS50 Wireless before, try unpairing from “KEF LS50 Wireless” in your device list.

If your device runs iOS, tap the info button next to “KEF LS50 Wireless” on the device list, select “Forget This Device” and confirm.

If your device runs Android, tap the “Setting” icon next to “KEF LS50 Wireless” or tap and hold “KEF LS50 Wireless” (depending on device) then select unpair.

How do I connect LS50 Wireless to two Bluetooth devices?

You can connect two Bluetooth devices to LS50 Wireless at the same time. However, LS50 Wireless only plays music from one device at a time.

  1. Make sure your first device is connected to LS50 Wireless.
  2. Disconnect the first device, LS50 Wireless will go to pairing mode automatically.
  3. Now connect the second device to LS50 Wireless.
  4. On the first device, select “LS50 Wireless” on the Bluetooth device list again.

How many devices can LS50 Wireless remember?

Up to 8 devices can be remembered.

How do I unpair LS50 Wireless from a connected device?

If your device runs iOS, tap the info button next to “KEF LS50 Wireless” on the device list, select “Forget This Device” and confirm.

If your device runs Android, tap the “Setting” icon next to “KEF LS50 Wireless” or tap and hold “KEF LS50 Wireless” (depending on the individual device) then select unpair.

Does my smartphone/ tablet support aptX®?

You can check a list of compatible devices here:

http://www.aptx.com/products/browse/brands

USB audio

Do I need to install a USB Audio driver?

If you are running Windows 7/ 8/ 8.1/ 10, you will need to download an external USB audio driver.

  1. Go to www.kef.com/ls50wireless/usb_audio
  2. Download the USB audio driver
  3. Make sure you have connected USB cable with speaker and computer
  4. Make sure your speaker is in PC mode
  5. Run and install the USB audio driver

I cannot install the USB Audio driver. What should I do?

The installation procedure may take more than a minute. Please make sure the speaker is turned on and stay in PC mode during the installation.

Failure may be the result of:

  1. Anti-virus software prohibiting driver installation. You are recommended to disable your anti-virus program temporarily.
     
  2. Cloud service or NAS storage may prohibit driver installation. You are recommended to initiate the driver installation in your local files.
     
  3. Windows update may take a while depending on device speed and the quantity of installed drivers. You can disable Windows Updates in the Control Panel.

I cannot play the music on my computer over USB.

If you are using a Mac or you have another sound control software installed on your PC, you may need to manually select LS50 Wireless as your output speaker:

Mac OS X:

  1. Choose “System Preferences” from the Apple menu
  2. Click “Sound”
  3. Click the “Output” tab
  4. Select “KEF LS50 Wireless” from the device list

 

Windows 7 or later:

  1. Choose “Control Panel” from the Start menu
  2. Click “Sound”
  3. Click the “Playback” tab
  4. Check if "KEF LS50 Wireless" was selected as default speaker. If not, right click “KEF LS50 Wireless” and select “Set as Default Device”

I don’t want system sounds to affect my music listening, what can I do?

System sounds can be disabled by:

Mac OS X:

  1. Choose “System Preferences” from the Apple menu
  2. Click “Sound”
  3. Click the “Output” tab
  4. Uncheck “Play user interface sound effects”

 

Windows 7 or later:

  1. Choose “Control Panel” from the Start menu
  2. Click “Sound”
  3. Click the “Playback” tab
  4. Select “No Sounds” under “Sound Scheme” and click “OK”

How do I play my music with a specific resolution?

LS50 Wireless supports up to 192kHz/ 24-bit audio in USB mode. Playback from higher sampling rates will be re-sampled to 192kHz.

The default sampling rate of your computer can limit playback resolution. See below for how to manually select your computer’s output resolution:


Mac OS X:

Choose "Utilities"
Click "Audio MIDI Setup"
Select "KEF LS50 Wireless"
Select the desired sample rate under "Format"


Windows 7 or later:

Choose “Control Panel” from the Start menu
Click “Sound”
Click the “Playback” tab
Double click "KEF LS50 Wireless" to go to properties page
Select "Advanced"; select the desired sample rate under "Default Format"
 

optical

How do I connect LS50 Wireless to a TV?

On your TV, please select “PCM” as the digital audio output format.

For more information on the digital audio options, please refer to the user manual of your TV.

There is weird noise from the TV, what should I do?

Please check if the digital audio output of your TV is set to “PCM.” If there are other digital processing selections in your TV (e.g. Dolby or DTS), please disable these to ensure the best digital output from the Optical connection.

Does digital audio from the Optical input support Hi-Res playback?

Yes. LS50 Wireless supports up to 96kHz/24bit audio playback via the Optical input.

subwoofer output

How do I enable subwoofer output?

The subwoofer output is always ready and enabled once you connect a subwoofer to LS50 Wireless.

Specifications

DIMENSIONS

H300 x W200 x D308mm
H11.8 x W7.9 x D12.1in

 

WEIGHT

Left Speaker 10.0kg (22.0lbs.)
Right Speaker 10.2kg (22.5lbs.)

 

WI-FI NETWORK STANDARD & frequency band

IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n
Dual-band 2.4GHz/ 5 GHz

 

Driver units

Uni-Q driver array:
HF: 25mm (1in.) vented aluminium dome
LF/MF: 130mm (5.25in.) with magnesium and aluminium alloy

AMplifier output power

LF: 200W     HF: 30W

 

Bluetooth range & memory

10m
8 devices

 

resolution

Up to 24bit
Depending on source resolution

 

sampling rate

Up to 192kHz (USB Type B)
Up to 96kHz (TOSLINK Optical)
Depending on source resolution

 

maximum output

(SPL) 106dB

 

WIreless connectivity

Tidal and Spotify

 

Frequency range

(-6dB) Measured at 85dB/1m
40Hz – 47kHz (More bass extension)
43Hz – 47kHz (Standard)
46Hz – 47kHz (Less bass extension)
Depending on speaker settings

 

frequency response

(±3dB) Measured at 85dB/1m
45Hz – 28kHz (More bass extension)
50Hz – 28kHz (Standard)
61Hz – 28kHz (Less bass extension)
Depending on speaker settings

 

inputs

2.4GHz/5GHz Dual-band Wi-Fi network
Bluetooth 4.0 with aptX® codec
USB Type B
TOSLINK Optical
RCA Analog Line Level Input
10/100 Mbps RJ45 Ethernet (For network and service)

 

Product support

Check latest information here

 

downloads

Brochure
Quick Start Guide
Product Information Sheet

 

KEF reserves the right, in line with continuing research and development, to amend or change specifications. E&OE.

Awards & Reviews

Editor's Choice - Hi-Fi Choice

"A stunningly stylish, low-clutter, do-it-all system that sounds simply wonderful with anything you play." — 2018
 

best compact music system - AV Tech media awards 2017/18

"This is a game changer that raises the bar for active wireless loudspeakers everywhere." — 2018

BEST ALL-IN-ONE SYSTEM – WHAT HI-FI? AWARD

"Our award-winning LS50 Wireless has once again won the heart of WHF tech expert judges which keeps our LS50 Wireless their Product of the Year for a second year running." - 2018
Full review

Trusted Reviews

"An outstanding active speaker system that brings hi-fi sound and plug-and-play convenience together for performance that can’t be topped.” - 2018  Full review

 

diapason d'or 2017 award - diapason

"Plus points: musicality and high technology. Minus points: nothing of note." — 2017

 

Hall of Fame – WHAT HI-FI? AWARD

"KEF has taken a pair of Award-winning speakers and transformed them into the hi-fi of the future" — 2017
Full review

Product of the Year - BEST ALL-IN-ONE SYSTEM OVER £1000 - WHAT HI-FI? AWARD

"Despite all this clever thinking and implementation, it's performance that makes the LS50 Wireless our Systems Product of the Year...KEF has done a terrfic job here. It has taken the Award-winning LS50s and made them an even better propositions...It's your hi-fi system of the future, here and now." — 2017  Full Review

 

BEST ALL-IN-ONE SYSTEM OVER £1000 -
WHAT HI-FI? AWARD

"These KEF Wirelesses are way more than just active versions of the award-winning LS50s. They’re a complete system wrapped in a neat and brilliant package." KEF LS50 Wireless, What Hi-Fi?  — July 2017   Full Review
 

Reviewers' choice award – soundstage! acess

"KEF’s LS50 Wireless is an outstanding loudspeaker. Its build quality, finish, and technical prowess are beyond reproach, and its sound quality remains faithful to both KEF’s design principles and to the original LS50." — 2017

 

Best Buy Award - HIFICRITIC

"This compact, fully active, remotely controlled point source design is a technical and acoustic tour de force. It’s an obvious Best Buy." — 2017

gramaphone magazine

"LS50 Wireless is indubitably a very tempting introduction to an ‘alternative universe’ of home audio, one which I am sure will find favour with many users, as much for its captivating sound quality as its remarkable flexibility and simplicity."  — 2017

 

hi-fi news

"It really could, and deserves to be, a game-changer." — 2017

WHAT HI-FI

"More than just active versions of the Award-winning LS50s, it's a complete system wrapped in a brilliant package."  — 2017  Full review

 

Best Product 2017-2018, Wireless Loudspeaker – EISA Award

— 2017  Full review 

wired magazine

"KEF has taken its iconic LS50 speakers and given them an updated wireless makeover." — 2017

 

digital trends

"The speakers soared with every piece of media we threw at them." — 2017  Full review 

Five-Star Review - What Hi-Fi?

"Is this what the hi-fi system of the future should look like? We certainly hope so."  — 2017  Full review 
 

Hi-Fi+

"This is one of the best and most important products we’ll see all year.”  — 2017  Full review 

Oracle Time

“The two compact speakers are beautifully curved and, best of all, already include high performance amplifiers, digital sound technologies and wireless tech, so there’s no need for extra boxes or wires cluttering up your living space.” — 2017  Full review 
 

mix magazine

“The enclosures are solidly built, and the fit, finish and color options are beautiful….It’s a beautiful high-end system for the home, where the bountiful I/O, remote control with app, and wireless options fits perfectly.”  — 2017  Full review 

les numeriques

Best of the 2 worlds, digital and traditional.” — 2017  Full review 

 

HOT 100 - THE ULTIMATE LIST OF TODAY'S TOP TECH, GADGETS AND PEOPLE - T3

“Your ears are in for a treat."  — 2017

The big black book - esquire

British hi-fi at its wireless best” — 2017

 

choc classica award - classica magazine

“FOR : rich, full, seamless dynamics ; AGAINST : nothing."  — 2017

stereonet

"Like the predecessor, LS50 Wireless managed to construct a sound stage far greater in size than what such a small speaker should be capable of… Setup could not be easier… The connectivity options are all apparent and plentiful. Sound quality is refined and reference grade..." — 2017  Full review

 

PRODUCT OF THE YEAR - Darko.Audio

Full review

6 stars award - av ceasar

 

HOW-TO VIDEOS

getting started: unboxing

Getting connected: wireless

Getting connected: wired

sound personalisation

FAQ

About the system

Can I use LS50 Wireless with my devices?

You can connect most devices found in the home through LS50 Wireless' broad range of connectivity options. These are some common uses for LS50 Wireless. Connection method depends on individual device requirements.

  • Wi-Fi : Smartphone, tablet, computer, NAS with DLNA controller/server
  • Bluetooth: Smartphone, tablet, computer
  • USB Type B: Computer (Windows/ Mac)
  • Optical: TV, Blu-ray player, CD player, set-top box, game console
  • RCA Analog: Smartphone, tablet, music player
  • Subwoofer out: Subwoofer

Can I use my router with LS50 Wireless?

LS50 Wireless supports most common routers. Detailed technical requirements are as follows:

  • Your wireless router must support IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n.
  • Security protocol WPA2, mixed mode WPA2/WPA, WEP and open networks. Open networks are not recommended for security reasons.
  • WEP is an old encryption and may lead to setup and streaming problems. The WPA2 security protocol is recommended. Please refer to the user guide of your router to select the encryption method.
  • Channel 1-11 (2.4GHz) and Channel 36, 40, 44, 48 (5.2GHz) or Channel 149, 153, 157, 161, 165 (5.8GHz in Taiwan ONLY) are supported. You are recommended to set the router on a channel with fewer overlapping networks as this will have less interference. Please refer to the user guide of your router to select the router channel.
  • Remarks: Streaming Hi-Res music files through a 5GHz Wi-Fi network with a router transmission speed of at least 1300Mbps will offer better performance.

What is the connectivity compatibility of LS50W?

Wi-Fi:
Dual-band 2.4GHz/ 5 GHz
DLNA Digital Media Renderer

Bluetooth: 
Android 2.3 or above and iOS 6.0 and above

USB:
Windows 7 or above and Mac OSX 10.6 or above

Optical: 
PCM digital audio

App: 
Android 4.1 or above and iOS 7.0 and above

When will I need to reset the speakers?

A Factory Reset has two main purposes:
  1. Set up speakers on a new network
  2. Resolve unknown issues

A Factory Reset will cause the below:
  1. Wi-Fi network settings will be cleared
  2. Connected Bluetooth devices memory will be cleared
  3. EQ settings will be cleared. By default, the speaker will be in “Freespace” and “Stand” mode
  4. System volume will return to default
  5. Speaker will enter Wi-Fi mode and will be ready for setup

How to do a factory reset?

1. Press a paperclip or a small Allen key on the “Reset” button in the back panel
2. Release the pin when the blinking green light goes solid

Is the inter-speaker cable changeable?

The LS50 Wireless comes with a high quality gold-plated shielded Cat-6 cable. If there is a need to change, we recommend replacing it with a good quality Cat5e or higher network cable for optimum performance.

I see the top panel lights blinking, what should I do?

If you see the source selection, Bluetooth and volume down buttons blinking together, the Left speaker is not connected.
  1. Check if the Left speaker is powered up
  2. Check if the interspeaker cable is connected
  3. Check if the interspeaker cable is incorrectly plugged into the LAN port
  4. After checking the above, power cycle the system

If you see the power button blinking, it means there is a system error.
  • Contact your local dealer or service center for support

If you see the AUX, Optical and Bluetooth LEDs blinking together, it means there is a system error on the Left speaker.
  • Contact your local dealer or service center for support

How do I do a firmware update?

One of the best things about LS50 Wireless is that it just keeps getting better. Running firmware updates can solve bugs and/or unlock new features. Please ensure your speaker is up to date.

Download the firmware upgrade tool from the KEF product support page (http://international.kef.com/product-suppor). Follow the step-by-step instructions provided to update your speaker.

How do I know if my speaker firmware is up to date?

We recommend that all customers update the LS50 Wireless to the latest version of firmware to benefit from the improvements and bug fixes.

Download the firmware upgrade tool from the KEF product support page (http://international.kef.com/product-support). Follow the step-by-step instructions provided, it will show you if there are any new updates available.
 

How can I extend or disable auto standby?

Download the firmware upgrade tool from the KEF product support page (http://international.kef.com/product-support). Follow the step-by-step instructions provided to update your speaker.

Standby setting is done at the back of the Right speaker, below is the procedure for each setting:
 


Older firmware versions do not have this functionality, please check and update your speakers using the firmware upgrade tool provided on the KEF product support page (http://international.kef.com/product-support).

Can I set the master speaker as the left channel?

By factory default, Master speaker is the Right Channel. However, it is possible to set the Master speaker as the Left Channel

Older firmware versions do not have this functionality, please check and update your speakers using the firmware upgrade tool provided on the KEF product support page (http://international.kef.com/product-support).

Does LS50 Wireless work with programmable IR remote controls?

Yes, provided that remote control manufacturers have implemented LS50 Wireless IR command codes in their remote controls.

The following tables list the command codes required for LS50 Wireless.

Table 1: LS50 Wireless speakers with serial numbers that come before LS50W06255 use the following 8 codes to control 8 functions.
 


Table 2: LS50 Wireless speakers with serial numbers that come after LS50W06256 use the following 19 codes to control 19 functions.*
 


*Older firmware versions do not support these function codes. Please check and update your speakers using the firmware upgrade tool provided on the KEF product support page (http://international.kef.com/product-support) if required.

About wi-fi streaming

How do I start Wi-Fi streaming?

Download the KEF LS50 Wireless app from the Specifications tab and follow the step-by-step instructions.

What router should I use?

For better streaming stability, you are recommended to have a dual-band router. Streaming Hi-Res music files through a 5GHz Wi-Fi network with a router transmission speed of at least 1300Mbps will offer better performance. Below are detailed technical requirements.

  • Your wireless router must support IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n.
  • Security protocol WPA2, mixed mode WPA2/WPA, WEP and open networks. Open networks are not recommended for security reasons.
  • WEP is an old encryption and may lead to setup and streaming problems. The WPA2 security protocol is recommended. Please refer to the user guide of your router to select the encryption method.
  • Channel 1-11 (2.4GHz) and Channel 36, 40, 44, 48 (5.2GHz) or Channel 149, 153, 157, 161, 165 (5.8GHz, in Tai Wan ONLY) are supported. You are recommended to set the router on a channel with fewer overlapping networks as this will have less interference. Please refer to the user guide of your router to select the router channel.

How do I rename my speaker?

You can do it in the KEF LS50 Wireless app.

Tap “Settings” > “My speakers”

Select your speaker and tap “Speaker name” to change the name.

How do I connect the speaker to a new network?

Do a “Factory reset” to connect the speaker to a new router network.

1.     Press a paperclip or a small Allen key on the “Reset” button in the back panel

2.     Release the pin when the blinking green light goes solid

3.     Shortly after, you will see the Wi-Fi signal light alternate between blinking red and white. You can now do the network setup again.

4.     Go to “LS50 Wireless App”, select “Setup new speaker”

How do I improve streaming stability?

1.     We recommend streaming Hi-Res music files over a 5GHz Wi-Fi network with a router transmission speed of at least 1300Mbps.

2.     Signal interference from nearby Wi-Fi devices can weaken music streaming stability. Try using a Wi-Fi analyser app to analyse signal strength and look for a better signal channel. For details, please refer to the user manual of your router.

3.     Wi-Fi signals in different home environments vary. Speakers and mobile devices are recommended to be placed in an area with a good Wi-Fi signal.

4.     Minor interruptions during streaming are normal when there is a weak Wi-Fi signal or heavy network traffic.

5.     A heavy streaming workload due to other Wi-Fi devices in the home is one of the common reasons for this issue. To maintain quality streaming, avoid downloading or uploading files during music streaming.

6.     Disabling “Gapless Control” on media players (e.g. BubbleUPnP) may solve some playback stability issues.

Why is my wireless streaming sometimes interrupted?

Minor interruptions during streaming are normal, especially when there is a weak Wi-Fi signal or heavy network traffic. A heavy streaming workload due to other Wi-Fi devices in the home is one of the common reasons for this issue. To maintain playback quality, we recommend avoiding downloading and uploading files during music streaming.

Signal interference from other nearby Wi-Fi devices can also weaken music streaming stability. If this happens frequently, try using a Wi-Fi analyser app to detect the signal strength and look for a better signal channel. For details, please refer to the user manual of your router.

My initial setup failed, and a red Wi-Fi icon has appeared. What should I do?

If the setup failed and you see the red Wi-Fi icon, please reset the speaker and try again.

Please follow these instructions and troubleshoot using the “LS50 Wireless App”:

1. Press a paperclip or a small Allen key on the “Reset” button in the back panel

2. Release the pin when the blinking green light goes solid

3. Shortly after, you will see the Wi-Fi signal light alternate between blinking red and white. You can now do the network setup again

4. Go to “LS50 Wireless App”, select “Setup new speaker”

My initial setup continuously fails. What should I do?

1. Please ensure you have entered the correct router password.

2. Avoid locating your router network on Channel 1 of a 2.4Ghz network. To change router channels, please refer to the user manual of your router.

3. LS50 Wireless only supports 5.2 GHz Channel 36, 40, 44, 48 (in Taiwan 5.8GHz Channel 149, 153, 157, 161, 165). To change router channels, please refer to the user manual of your router.

4. If problems persist, please contact your local dealer or service centre.

I see a solid white Wi-Fi icon on LS50 Wireless, but my App cannot discover the speaker.

Please follow the below instructions to resolve this:

1. Restart the app

2. If you have another DLNA controller app, see if LS50 Wireless appears in that app

3. Restart the speaker

4. Reset the speaker and repeat the initial setup

5. If problems persist, please contact your local dealer or service centre

LS50 Wireless is connected, but streaming does not start.

Streaming requires more time to buffer when compared to local music playback, and Hi-Res music files are significantly larger. Please be patient when streaming Hi-Res music.

1. Ensure the speaker is connected to a network, as indicated by a solid white Wi-Fi icon

2. Ensure the app is connected to the speaker

3. Wait a moment after selecting a song to play, especially if selecting a Hi-Res music file

4. Avoid sending too many commands at once

5. If problems persist, restart the app

6. Restart the speaker

7. Reset the speaker and repeat the initial setup

8. If problems persist, please contact your local dealer or service centre

Can I take turns to control streaming from two devices?

We recommend streaming from one device at a time. If you want to play music stored on two devices, the easiest way is to put the music on a media server that is controlled by one device.

Which LS50 Wireless app functions are available in different playback modes?

When the speaker is not in Wi-Fi mode, access to some LS50 Wireless app functions will be limited. Please see below for details:

Does LS50 Wireless support DLNA?

Yes. LS50 Wireless is a DLNA Digital Media Renderer and can play music from other DLNA servers.

Can I play music from DLNA servers?

Yes. Go to the LS50 Wireless app, swipe the menu on the left-hand side, tap “Media Servers” and you will see the media servers discovered on your home network.

Does the LS50 Wireless App stream my Hi-Res files in full resolution?

Yes. No transcoding or downsampling will be done by the LS50 Wireless app.

Does LS50 Wireless support Gapless playback?

LS50 Wireless does not support gapless playback.

What music file formats are supported in Wi-Fi mode?

Which online music streaming services are available with LS50 Wireless?

TIDAL, Spotify Connect and QQ Music are integrated into LS50 Wireless.

Older speaker firmware and app versions do not have this functionality. Please check and update both your speakers and app. Go to the KEF product support page (http://international.kef.com/product-support) for more details.

For other streaming services such as Pandora, KKBox, Apple Music etc, please use a Bluetooth connection to stream music to your speaker.

Can I stream Apple music contents using the LS50 Wireless app?

Apple Music streaming subscription is not supported. Purchased or imported music must be downloaded into the local iTunes library for offline listening before it can be streamed to the LS50 Wireless.
 

Does LS50 Wireless support AirPlay?

LS50 Wireless does not support AirPlay.

How do I use Spotify Connect?

Please note that a Spotify Premium subscription is required to access the Spotify Connect function. Spotify Connect allows you to stream music to LS50 Wireless directly from Spotify app.

1.     Connect your LS50 Wireless to your Wi-Fi network.

2.     Open up the Spotify app on your phone, tablet or laptop whilst connected to the same Wi-Fi network.

3.     Play a song and select Devices Available.

4.     Select your LS50 Wireless and start listening.

For more information on how to use Spotify connect and country compatibility, please look at the following webpage (http://www.spotify.com/connect)

Older firmware versions do not have this functionality, please check and update your speakers using the firmware upgrade tool provided on the KEF product support page: (http://international.kef.com/product-support).

How do I use QQ Music?

QQ Music is one of China’s most popular online music streaming services. QPlay allows you to stream music to LS50 Wireless directly from the QQ Music app.

How to use QPlay

1.     Connect your iOS/Android device and speaker to the same network

2.     Open the QQ Music app and enable QPlay in Settings

3.     Play a song

4.     Press the QPlay icon on the playing page then choose your speaker from the device list

For more information on QQ Music, please see https://y.qq.com

Older firmware versions do not have this functionality. Please check and update your speakers using the firmware upgrade tool provided on the KEF product support page (http://international.kef.com/product-support) if required.

about the remote control

Why does the remote control not respond?

There are several possible reasons:

  1. Make sure you have removed the battery protection from a new remote control. Turn the remote control over and look at the back. You will see a thin transparent film under the battery. Pull it out before use.
  2. Your remote control may have run out of battery. Take off the battery door and replace the used battery with a new CR2032 3V battery.
  3. Make sure there are no obstacles between the signal sensor on the “Right” speaker and the remote control.
  4. Make sure the remote control is within the normal working range, which is around 5m from the speaker.

My remote control is not as sensitive as before. What can I do?

It is very likely you need a new battery. Please take off the battery door and replace the used battery with a new CR2032 3V battery.

What battery is used on my remote control?

A CR2032 3V battery.

Can I use all functions in all playback modes?

Play/Pause, Next and Previous are not available in AUX and Optical mode.

bluetooth streaming

How do I turn on the Bluetooth function on my iOS device?

Go to “Settings”, tap “Bluetooth” and switch on.

How do I turn on the Bluetooth function on my Android device?

Go to “Settings”, tap “Bluetooth” and switch on.

I can’t see LS50 Wireless on my Bluetooth device list.

Sometimes your device will take slightly longer to discover LS50 Wireless. Try refreshing the Bluetooth device list.

If you cannot see “KEF LS50 Wireless” on the list after refreshing, try turning the Bluetooth function on your device off and on again.

If problems persist, try restarting your device and LS50 Wireless then try again.

I can see LS50 Wireless on the Bluetooth device list, but the connection fails.

Try turning the Bluetooth function off and on again. If this does not help, restart your device and LS50 Wireless.

If problems persist and you were connected to LS50 Wireless before, try unpairing from “KEF LS50 Wireless” in your device list.

If your device runs iOS, tap the info button next to “KEF LS50 Wireless” on the device list, select “Forget This Device” and confirm.

If your device runs Android, tap the “Setting” icon next to “KEF LS50 Wireless” or tap and hold “KEF LS50 Wireless” (depending on device) then select unpair.

How do I connect LS50 Wireless to two Bluetooth devices?

You can connect two Bluetooth devices to LS50 Wireless at the same time. However, LS50 Wireless only plays music from one device at a time.

  1. Make sure your first device is connected to LS50 Wireless.
  2. Disconnect the first device, LS50 Wireless will go to pairing mode automatically.
  3. Now connect the second device to LS50 Wireless.
  4. On the first device, select “LS50 Wireless” on the Bluetooth device list again.

How many devices can LS50 Wireless remember?

Up to 8 devices can be remembered.

How do I unpair LS50 Wireless from a connected device?

If your device runs iOS, tap the info button next to “KEF LS50 Wireless” on the device list, select “Forget This Device” and confirm.

If your device runs Android, tap the “Setting” icon next to “KEF LS50 Wireless” or tap and hold “KEF LS50 Wireless” (depending on the individual device) then select unpair.

Does my smartphone/ tablet support aptX®?

You can check a list of compatible devices here:

http://www.aptx.com/products/browse/brands

USB audio

Do I need to install a USB Audio driver?

If you are running Windows 7/ 8/ 8.1/ 10, you will need to download an external USB audio driver.

  1. Go to www.kef.com/ls50wireless/usb_audio
  2. Download the USB audio driver
  3. Make sure you have connected USB cable with speaker and computer
  4. Make sure your speaker is in PC mode
  5. Run and install the USB audio driver

I cannot install the USB Audio driver. What should I do?

The installation procedure may take more than a minute. Please make sure the speaker is turned on and stay in PC mode during the installation.

Failure may be the result of:

  1. Anti-virus software prohibiting driver installation. You are recommended to disable your anti-virus program temporarily.
     
  2. Cloud service or NAS storage may prohibit driver installation. You are recommended to initiate the driver installation in your local files.
     
  3. Windows update may take a while depending on device speed and the quantity of installed drivers. You can disable Windows Updates in the Control Panel.

I cannot play the music on my computer over USB.

If you are using a Mac or you have another sound control software installed on your PC, you may need to manually select LS50 Wireless as your output speaker:

Mac OS X:

  1. Choose “System Preferences” from the Apple menu
  2. Click “Sound”
  3. Click the “Output” tab
  4. Select “KEF LS50 Wireless” from the device list

 

Windows 7 or later:

  1. Choose “Control Panel” from the Start menu
  2. Click “Sound”
  3. Click the “Playback” tab
  4. Check if "KEF LS50 Wireless" was selected as default speaker. If not, right click “KEF LS50 Wireless” and select “Set as Default Device”

I don’t want system sounds to affect my music listening, what can I do?

System sounds can be disabled by:

Mac OS X:

  1. Choose “System Preferences” from the Apple menu
  2. Click “Sound”
  3. Click the “Output” tab
  4. Uncheck “Play user interface sound effects”

 

Windows 7 or later:

  1. Choose “Control Panel” from the Start menu
  2. Click “Sound”
  3. Click the “Playback” tab
  4. Select “No Sounds” under “Sound Scheme” and click “OK”

How do I play my music with a specific resolution?

LS50 Wireless supports up to 192kHz/ 24-bit audio in USB mode. Playback from higher sampling rates will be re-sampled to 192kHz.

The default sampling rate of your computer can limit playback resolution. See below for how to manually select your computer’s output resolution:


Mac OS X:

Choose "Utilities"
Click "Audio MIDI Setup"
Select "KEF LS50 Wireless"
Select the desired sample rate under "Format"


Windows 7 or later:

Choose “Control Panel” from the Start menu
Click “Sound”
Click the “Playback” tab
Double click "KEF LS50 Wireless" to go to properties page
Select "Advanced"; select the desired sample rate under "Default Format"
 

optical

How do I connect LS50 Wireless to a TV?

On your TV, please select “PCM” as the digital audio output format.

For more information on the digital audio options, please refer to the user manual of your TV.

There is weird noise from the TV, what should I do?

Please check if the digital audio output of your TV is set to “PCM.” If there are other digital processing selections in your TV (e.g. Dolby or DTS), please disable these to ensure the best digital output from the Optical connection.

Does digital audio from the Optical input support Hi-Res playback?

Yes. LS50 Wireless supports up to 96kHz/24bit audio playback via the Optical input.

subwoofer output

How do I enable subwoofer output?

The subwoofer output is always ready and enabled once you connect a subwoofer to LS50 Wireless.

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