KEF LS50 wireless series II

Im considering purchasing a pair for my vacation home. Do I have to purchase a separate Roon subscription for my computer there? Or, will my subscription cover two different “cores” . I use my laptop in our primary residence but want to use another laptop in the second residence.

You can’t run two locations simultaneously but you can swap between locations, running one at a time.

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PERFECT!!! Thank you.

The knowledge base searchable via Google etc is your friend
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Similar situation to the OP but with a few twists. I have Roon core and my music files on a dedicated Music server (Antipodes CX/EX) in my primary residence.

I have KEF LS50W at my vacation home which DOES NOT have internet service. I do have a router at the vacation home which I currently use to connect my Chord Poly/MOJO to in order to playback music files on the Poly SD card.

IF I load Roon Core unto an older laptop and log-in to my Tidal account will I be able to play back my Tidal files? My thinking is that I can connect the old laptop to my smartphone wifi hotspot so that Roon can access my Tidal files.

I suppose I could also copy my music files to an external HD and connect that to the old laptop so that Roon can “access” them.

Anyone care to weigh in on whether my proposed “setup” should work?

No. You have to be online. Tidal works only when you logged in. Of course you have offline files on Tidal app (mobile) but, first off all have to access to Internet. If you do hotspot for PC from cellular ofc you can do anything. Problem is poor signal in-door with cellular connection. When you have hotspot, PC (Core) works with Roon/Tidal and local sources of course.

And no, you cannot copy music files form Tidal to PC - it’s your point? (you can play them only via tidals app or integrated software like Roon). Offline = no Tidal. Roon could access only YOURS files (external drive), in settings/storage you must choose right path and works without WAN.

Not easily, but certainly doable. Anything that passes through my computer is subject to search and storing. It’s a little plaque on the door of my network card.

Not legally anyway.

I gave my proposed setup a try over the Columbus Day weekend. I connected my laptop to my cellphones hotspot and fired up Roon easily. I was able to access all my Tidal content as well as the FLAC files stored on a micro-SD card.

I am fortunate to have decent cellular signal at my vacation home thus enabling me to use Roon into the KEF LS50W.

Next summer I will add seasonal internet service & router to the vacation home as a “permanent” solution going forward.

Thanks for your help/guidance with this matter.

I’m glad it worked out! I have to wait till the end of november at the earliest for my pair. I like to make audio equipment vids so when I get mine setup Ill post one. Cant wait!

One of the outstanding features of the LS50W and by inference Series 2 is their ability to easily connect to many different sources. For example I had an old DVD player at the vacation home that I successfully hooked up to the LS50W via a toslink cable (remember those?) a well as a vintage Sony Discman connected to the KEF aux input. A very convenient feature (albeit somewhat less hifi) is the BT connection. For fun I paired my iPhone with the KEF and used to Tidal app on the iPhone to stream music to the KEF. Lots of fun and ideal for someone like myself who wants a simple solution for HQ music playback at a second home.

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