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No but I've heard tweaterless speakers before.
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I'm struggling to decide whether I should go for the Stealth 8's or the LS50's since they are around the same price.


 Well I can't say anything about the LS50 because I have only heard it in passing at the axpona show. It did sound pretty amazing considering its size. It sounded way bigger than it looks. But being a stealth 8 owner and the one who started this thread. The stealth 8 is a amazing speaker in its own right. But I can't help thinking you are comparing apples and oranges here. The LS50 is apassive design with no onboard amplification. Also the stealth 8 is a active design (with two 200 watt rms amps for the tweeter and woofer) primarily designed for use in a professional environment. After owning this speaker for awhile I am still finding things out about this monitor. It has a almost chameleon like ability to change its sound depending on what is north of it in the chain. I believe that is what a professional monitor is supposed to do it should be neutral in character and not add anything on its own to the sound. Is not that the goal of a professional monitor. I wish I was more affluent because while I am using a vintage audio research ls2 mkII preamp which is not too shabby. It would be nice to hear what the stealth 8s could do with a more modern really top notch preamp.

  I do not know what the low frequency ability of the kef speaker is but the stealth 8 is blessed by a low frequency limit of 30 hz plus or minus 1.75 db. Now that is not only pretty low for a speaker of this size it is also very accurate as well. I have heard some criticism from someone who criticized emotiva on the bass reflex design over a sealed box design like the adam. But the bass on offer is pretty tight with maybe a little of the bass reflex sound but the bass is not sloppy and or loose like what you get with a fair amount of the bass reflex designs. I fell the trade off with the design is well worth it when you hear how powerful and dynamic a sound you get from the stealth 8 and with the amount of bass extension. Plus there is ample adjustment with the adjustment controls on the back of the speaker. I have never heard bass as powerful as the stealths in any sealed box design in a speaker the size of the stealth 8.

  Dollar for dollar the stealth 8 is a tough act to follow for its very modest price. Where else are you going to a active speaker with 400 watts rms per channel for 1500 usd. I haven't seen it plus emotiva gives you a five year warranty. Now that is great deal. But my comment does not suggest that the stealth 8 is any way a cheaply made speaker. The stealth 8 is in fact a ruggedly constructed speaker designed to take the punishment that in a professional environment can sometimes happens.

   I can say this after having active speakers I am never going to go back to passive speakers again. The active designs are just a lot more convenient not having to worry about what amplifier is suitable for the speaker and what speaker wire is suitable to get the best sound. I am sure there is a lot of capability that my stealth 8 has yet to reveal to me.

   I hope the info is helpful to you in making your decision. 


Edited by buson160man - 6/16/14 at 6:32am
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Figured I may as we'll chime in seeing as I've owned the stealth 8 speakers for almost a year now. As stated above the bass is something to take into consideration when buying these speakers. I was torn between the 6 and 8 for a while before purchase as I had a totem storm sub which uses a 8" woofer and 2 passive woofers. This made me believe that the 8 was overkill. What changed my mind though was the difference in power. I just didn't want to give up the headroom that the 8 was going to offer. In the end I sold the totem storm and haven't regretted it since. I do listen to a lot of bass dependent music which includes a tonne of psy-trance and dub-step. And these speakers just rock out as soon as I turn anything on, and they just keep going and going no matter how brave you get with the volume control.

I'm using them with an arcam pre at the moment and the only thing right now that would change things for me would be a better dac to interface between the arcam and my PC.

This should give those of you an idea of the ability of these speakers. I was thinking for a while of swapping them for a headphone amp combo but seeing as there aren't to many buyers in canada I may as we'll just keep enjoying them heh.
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Figured I may as we'll chime in seeing as I've owned the stealth 8 speakers for almost a year now. As stated above the bass is something to take into consideration when buying these speakers. I was torn between the 6 and 8 for a while before purchase as I had a totem storm sub which uses a 8" woofer and 2 passive woofers. This made me believe that the 8 was overkill. What changed my mind though was the difference in power. I just didn't want to give up the headroom that the 8 was going to offer. In the end I sold the totem storm and haven't regretted it since. I do listen to a lot of bass dependent music which includes a tonne of psy-trance and dub-step. And these speakers just rock out as soon as I turn anything on, and they just keep going and going no matter how brave you get with the volume control.

I'm using them with an arcam pre at the moment and the only thing right now that would change things for me would be a better dac to interface between the arcam and my PC.

This should give those of you an idea of the ability of these speakers. I was thinking for a while of swapping them for a headphone amp combo but seeing as there aren't to many buyers in canada I may as we'll just keep enjoying them heh.


 Touche rock on baby.

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