So everyone is different. I am extremely happy with the Roon implementation on my LS50W. The only downside (and it’s not for me) is that you can’t group the LS50W with other RAAT zones in the home. I never do this so I don’t give a rip about that. This, for some people, is a show stopper. Since I never do this I often wonder why it’s such a big deal but then again I really don’t care so it’s not a big deal for me. They work great. Sound great and I have had mine for quite a while with no real issues.
I just got the LS50 Wireless. Love the sound but the fact they are not technically Roon Ready is a real pain for me. They were intended to be part of a multi-room system. I guess I should have clued in when I read “Roon compatible” on the Roon website. Nevertheless now I can’t group them with the rest of my Roon ready components. Only can play them via Roon by themselves, not paired with my PS AUdio setup . Had to buy a $600 Bluesound Node 2i streamer that is Roon ready to make it happen via Toslink. Not too happy about the extra cost but it works. Hopefully Kef can make it happen down the road via Firmware update.
My understanding is RAAT for the new version. Grouping with other RAAT devices should work. I tried the LS50W at home. Didn’t play well in my system so I took it off my ‘list’. I’ll definitely try the new version as soon as it’s available.
They have removed the gen1 from their site as far as I can see and only gen2 up there now which they are touting as Roon Ready. If they are then it will need to launch with them being authorised as part of the new crackdown. As its not launched I guess they can get away with it for now if it’s not been fully certified yet.
Couldn’t you assemble an Rpi + digi hat + Ropieee and connect it to your speaker? I do this with my Dynaudio wireless speakers and it works great. The Rpi solution is realitively inexpensive–about $140 or so I think, including the case.
Yes, I could have swapped out my pre/pro to one with streaming (like a Mytek Brooklyn Bridge) or added a Roon endpoint, but for a bedroom system, I want to reduce the number of “boxes”. The LS50W2 is very attractive from either aspect (cheaper than the Mytek and less boxes than the other solution)