Prior to tackling the superb LS50, I spent some time with their powered younger brothers, the X300A. I enjoyed them enormously. The X300A have since become my number one recommendation for anyone looking for an entry-level system that requires minimal thought and setup. Ideal for the beginner audiophile! Not that the X300A bring anything but audiophile-grade specs:
- Toroidal-powered twin class A/B amplifiers in EACH speaker
- Analogue input via 3.5mm jack
- 24/96 capable USB DAC input that parses the signal digitally to the second speaker
- Proximity EQ switching (for desktop or loungeroom use)
The sound is most definitely audiophile grade too. The layered separation and imaging of the coaxial UNI-Q driver array is superb. You’d be hard-pushed to find a superior-sounding separate amplifier and speaker combination for less than the X300A’s asking price: US$799.
Now comes the X300A Wireless which stir Airplay and DLNA streaming into the mix. No longer do the speakers need to be USB-tethered to a computer. This new premium model will also ship in an all-new white finish (as well as the X300A’s Gun Metal). My money’s on the former outselling the latter.
Not only have KEF upped the ante, they’ve upped the price too. The non-wireless X300A will continue to sell for $799 whilst the premium X300A Wireless will retail for US$999. Australian pricing TBA.