I’m trying KEF LS5 Wireless speakers. I bough them to run with Roon based on a recommendation. My room stinks though. Plaster and hardwood. The KEFs still sound reasonably good. I think they would be better with room correction though.
I asked KEF support about room correction. There is only basic stuff, nothing with a MIC to test the room. They said try a 3rd part app, but no details.
There is no free lunch. Turnkey is Dirac live buy requires special hardware to run it you still have to make readings. You can buy a minidsp umik-1 mic you would need one for Dirac in any case take readings using REW which is free and either create your own filters to use in Roons DSP engine or use a 3rd party service to create them for you from Home Audio Fidelity. I and a lot of Roon users take our own readings and use HAF to make great filters to use in Roon. Its up to you which path to choose
I like the idea of a box with a DSP, but these speakers are all in one - DAC/AMP/Speaker. The idea was a bi-amped speaker with tuned crossovers. Then it is a Roon endpoint.
Alas, the non-speaker stuff on the KEFs is weak. There is no room correction, so I’m stuck doing it at the roon level, which is no free lunch.
I read a review that “most people” would prefer a system with room correction at normal rez to a high rez system going flat. So I tried it - 2 SONOS gen2 ONEs with a sub. That has room correction. It sound a notch or two better than the KEFs - at half the price. The stuff like snare drums and acoustic piano is remarkable better. I didn’t think it was possible, but I’m sold. So the KEFs are going back.