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by Marc Rushton

18th October, 2017


The KEF LS50 is the loudspeaker that just keeps giving. First came the LS50 which received accolades around the globe from reviewers and enthusiasts.

Then came the assorted range of colours for punters to choose from as a 'limited edition'.

The biggest news though was the highly anticipated Wireless release, an active powered version of the LS50. A range of software and firmware releases have since brought with them added functionality and connectivity.

Just when you think KEF have run out of ideas, along comes the latest announcement.

LEF Nocturne Event - Amsterdam

Announced via a special event this week held for select journalists around the world (StereoNET was invited but declined a 35 hour round trip flight for less than a day in Amsterdam), the LS50 Wireless 'Nocturne' edition is a collaboration between KEF and design studio, Marcel Wanders.

The marketing blurb reads:

It's sensuous aesthetic quality sets it apart from every other music system, creating a magically compelling audio system that is in a class of its own.

Marcel Wanders is a leading product and interior design studio located in Amsterdam, credited with 1,900+ iconic projects.

Like the limited edition LS50 models, Nocturne is a cosmetic makeover of the LS50 Wireless. The specs remain the same.

Wanders has taken inspiration from the circular UniQ driver design.

The rhythmic design that is inspired by the circular arrangement of time presents a structured, architectural-type pattern from a distance. Upon closer inspection, the two-dimensional, textured surface reveals several different types of musical elements layered throughout. Placed around the centre focal point, musical notes and symbols references add to the seemingly unending depth of the thoughtfully detailed design. Much like a musical composition, the final result finds the surface shapes coming together to create one unified design. Playing off the product name, when the lights are turned off the product continues to captivate late into the evening as selected elements glow in the dark.

LS50 Wireless Nocturne

Wanders adds:

There is an orchestrated tempo to this medley. By allowing for individual discovery of the musical elements, the design possesses a distinctive rhythm all of its own.

KEF LS50 Wireless Nocturne Edition

In Australia the KEF LS50 Wireless Nocturne Edition will be available at the end of November, and will sell for $4,799 RRP. The distributor has told us that stock will be extremely limited.

For more information visit KEF.


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Marc Rushton

StereoNET's Founder & Publisher and still buried deep in the review room auditioning everything from docks to soundbars, amplifiers and headphones. Marc is also the founder of the annual International HiFi Show.

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Tags: kef  advance audio