KEF exists for 60 years, and to celebrate this beautiful milestone, the new LS60 wireless kiosks were launched today.
We let KEF speak for itself about the presentation of their newborns: ‘Over the last 60 years, KEF has worked tirelessly to refine their craft and revolutionize the speaker landscape. To celebrate this significant milestone, KEF has combined all its technologies to deliver superior acoustic performance in a distinctive, stylish and modern floor-standing speaker: the LS60 Wireless. The LS60 Wireless is as powerful as it is attractive, and its sleek design makes it fit into any room.
60 years of acoustic innovation
LS60 Wireless is the world’s first Single Appparent Source Wireless system. The unique technology comes from KEF’s Blade speaker, which strives to achieve the acoustic ideal of a point source, with low, medium and high frequencies coming from a single point. This unique technology is only possible with KEF’s iconic Uni-Q driver array. KEF: ‘The result is extremely accurate sound in a larger listening area. At the heart of LS60 Wireless’s Single Appparent Source configuration is the 12th generation Uni-Q with Metamaterial Absorption Technology (MAT ™) driver array. Specifically designed to work optimally in the LS60 Wireless, this sophisticated Uni-Q offers a wealth of sophistication, including a treble-gap muffler and a new Z-Flex surround that provides almost perfect sound transfer from the speaker to the room.
MAT acts as an acoustic instrument that absorbs 99% of the unwanted sound coming from the back of the tweeter, according to the manufacturer. This eliminates unwanted distortions and leads to a cleaner, more natural acoustic result. Together, these innovations and sophistications deliver a wide sweet spot, an unsurpassed natural sound with unbelievably low distortion. “
Slim and low
The sleek profile of the speakers and the tight placement of the drivers in the Single Appparent Source configuration require a new approach to bass driver design. As a result, the LS60 Wireless has two pairs of Uni-Core driver arrays, which were first used on the KC62 subwoofer, maximizing base performance and minimizing space. KEF’s P-Flex and Smart Distortion Control technology ensure that low-frequency performance is as balanced and detailed as the sound coming from the Uni-Q driver array. In addition, the bass drivers are mounted back to back in a force-canceling arrangement, which eliminates cabinet vibrations.
Smart and powerful
According to KEF, the LS60 Wireless delivers loud sound with power. This is because the Music Integrity Engine brings together KEF’s Single Appparent Source configuration and other acoustic technologies so that they can work closely together. Music Integrity Engine, the brain behind most of KEF’s wireless speakers, offers a range of custom digital signal processing algorithms (DSPs) that enable you to deliver perfectly timed sound performance with better picture and tighter sound. Music Integrity Engine has phase correction at low frequencies. Not only does this new feature ensure perfectly timed performance, but it delivers precise timing that makes it seem as if the original sound is being listened to. “
LS60 Wireless has solid amplifiers on board. With an optimized mix of custom amplification that together delivers 1400 watts of sound quality power, with amplifiers dedicated to the high, medium and low frequencies of each speaker. This smartly managed power means the LS60 Wireless is capable of delivering beautifully balanced performance at any sound level. The LS60 Wireless further offers the choice of a wired or wireless interspeaker connection, with the choice of wired connection (24bit / 192kHz) or KEF’s low-latency intelligent wireless interspeaker connection, which provides reliable cordless listening up to 24bit / 96kHz.
According to the manufacturers, LS60 Wireless delivers robust, high-quality streaming in every conceivable format. The platform provides the choice, connectivity and control that is the foundation of an unsurpassed user experience. Out-of-the-box wireless compatibility lets you stream music with Wi-Fi, Apple AirPlay 2, Google Chromecast and Bluetooth. With the KEF Connect app, you can easily stream Amazon Music, Qobuz and Deezer or listen to online radio and podcasts. The native apps Spotify Connect, Tidal and QPlay can also be used directly for streaming.
Vinyl and more
The connectivity options do not stop there, as the speakers support all wired sources, from listening to vinyl records on the turntable to the best possible sound from the CD player or game console. There is also an HDMI (eARC) connection for a high-quality connection to the television and a dedicated output on each of the two speakers for adding one or two KEF subwoofers. LS60 Wireless supports streaming of PCM files up to 24bit / 384kHz, as well as DSD and MQA decoding. MQA allows music lovers to enjoy the original master recording without any problems. In collaboration with MQA, Tidal – one of KEF’s compatible streaming platforms – delivers verified master recordings directly from the source.
The KEF Connect app guides audio enthusiasts through the speaker setup and offers user-friendly sound settings, so the LS60 Wireless is optimally tuned to the room. There are normal and expert modes that deliver the best performance regardless of acoustic knowledge. With the app, the LS60 Wireless can be easily connected to the home network, after which all aspects of its performance can be controlled.
Impossibly smart. Made possible.
“The sleek design of the LS60 Wireless is made possible by the advanced technologies contained in the cabinet. The LS60 Wireless is a product of a joint design by the famous designer Michael Young and the product design team at KEF. The elegant speaker fits easily into a wide range of homes, both because of its appearance and for its connectivity.
Choose from three finishes
The speaker is available in three elegant matte finishes: Titanium Gray, Mineral White and Royal Blue (pictured at the top of this article). This color scheme is designed using two types of interior design approaches. Titanium Gray and Mineral White are designed to be integrated and blended in different spaces. Royal Blue is a more eye-catching finish that is perfect for enthusiasts who want to make a statement. All finishes have matching driver units and details to create a truly unique speaker.
Key Features LS60 wireless
- The speaker plays all major music services and supports all major audio formats
- Wireless, both from the source and between the speakers
- Extensive connectivity options including WiFi, Bluetooth, HDMI eARC, optical, coaxial and RCA
- Personal listening experience via KEF Connect app
- Single Appparent Source technology for cohesive and immersive sound
- 12th generation of Uni-Q with Metamaterial Absorption technology (MAT ™) for outstanding acoustic accuracy
- 4 x 5.25 “Uni-Core force-canceling drivers for maximum base performance
- Music Integrity Engine for a rich, full sound
- PCM up to 24bit / 384kHz, DSD and MQA
- System power of 1400 W with dedicated amplifiers for HF, MF and LF
- Designed by renowned designer Michael Young and KEF’s product design team
- Available in 3 finishes: Titanium Gray, Mineral White and Royal Blue
Price: € 6,599† Available from June 2022