KEF LS50W: best demo song for them?

What the song (across all genre) that you surely would play to show the quality of these speaker to a friend?

Last Track - “Leaving Earth”


Track 2 - Timelapse


Track 1 - Bliss on Mushrooms… watch out…! Serious Bass!!!

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I second @Dan_Brown on Leaving Earth by Seven Lions. I use it for demos A LOT.

Trains by Porcupine Tree

Hide & Seek - Antoine Dufour (which I can only find as mp3 on Tidal, but is still sounds great)

Hideaway - Jacob Collier

Lateralus - Tool

Nobody - Cecile McLorin Salvant

Avratz - Infected Mushroom

Push the Sky Away - Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

Remember Me - Yves Carbonne

I would play something your friend enjoys rather than any demo. If they don’t work with your friends music, what’s the point?


I agree with Chris! Having said that here are few tracks that I have used recently to ‘exercise’ my new B&Ws…

Walk On The Wild Side - Lou Reed
Bright Lights Bigger City - Cee Lo Green
Get Lucky - Daft Punk
Don’t Wanna Fight - Alabama Shakes
Burn The Witch - Radiohead
Go! - Public Service Broadcasting
Uh Uh - Thundercat
Turn Your Lights Down Low - Bob Marley & The Wailers

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Hope you can try ‘Landing Gear’ by Ani DiFranco.

A few track I like personally and use from time to time to “demo” the LS50Ws to friends and acquittances:

The Ballad of Bill Hubbard - Roger Waters
Ave Maria - Terry Perez
Aldrig - Benny Andersson
Isn’t She Lovely - Livingston Taylor
By the Roes, and by the Hinds of the Field - Johann Johannsson
Sway - Diana Krall
Hotel California - Eagles
Jumeiji’s Theme (Harmonica Version) - Chikara Tsuzuki
Vivaldi’s Four Seasons: Winter 1 - Max Richter
This Spring Release 10,000 Butterflies - Ottmar Liebert
Dance from Down Under - David Piltch / Aaron Davis
What a Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong
Nothing Else Matters - Metallica
Limit to Your Love - James Blake
Train Song - Holly Cole
Nardis - Patricia Barber
A Place - Nils Frahm

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Setup properly and played at hi volume in the first minute or so (as it’s very low level sounds) you should hear the off in the distance barking and chatter. Some of it even behind you…quite bizzare. Speaker placement is key or the spatial auditory scene will be lost.

I’m surprised you say volume is required. The barking and chatter is pretty obvious whenever I’ve listened to the album.

Love both of these - Great choice

Another one to try is

Try track 5 Screwed…serious sub bass! Watch the volume as it comes from nowhere


Thanks for the recommendation @Evo1668. I’ll have a listen when I get a minute! :slightly_smiling_face::slightly_smiling_face: