CAF 2018: KEF LSX, Color Me Impressed

Excitement is a terrible thing to waste. I just saw and heard the KEF LSX speakers ($1,099.99/pair) and ran across the street to my hotel to tell you about them. OK, I didn’t really run but I walked really fast.

Where to start. . .They come in colors! Designed by Michael Young, the LSX come wrapped in Kvadrat fabric in your choice of five colors. The LSX can be completely wireless including the proprietary 2.4kHz link between the master and slave and there’s everything you need to play music without wires thanks to built-in dual-band Wi-Fi from Tidal, Spotify Connect (coming soon), or any Bluetooth or AirPlay device.

The LSX will be Roon-Ready in roughly 3 weeks with a firmware update (yay!) and they have plenty of power and oomph courtesy of a pair of Class D amps (70 watts for the woofers and 30 watts for the tweeters) for the 4-1/2″ magnesium/aluminum alloy woofer and 3/4″ vented aluminum dome tweeter. KEF’s Uni-Q Driver Array technology is also employed (think a wider-than-typical sweet spot) as is DSP for the crossover with user-controlled EQ adjustments from your Apple or Android device.

There’s also a Toslink input for your TV, a 3.5mm aux input, and a 10/100 Mbps RJ-45 Ethernet input in case Wi-Fi isn’t your thing. The LSX measure a desktop-friendly 6-1/8″W x 9-1/2″H x 7-1/8″D and weigh 7.7 lbs. (left speaker) and 7.9 lbs. (right speaker).

I spent a few minutes listening to the KEF LSX and they certainly sound like more—like more time in the barn is in order and I hope to get in a pair for review as soon as possible. My best guess is the most difficult decision for potential buyers will be what color to pick.

Stay tuned.