{"id":656531783726,"title":"Kii Audio Kii THREE HiFi - Single speaker","handle":"kii-audio-kii-system","description":"\u003cp\u003eKii Lifestyle\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThe future has begun...\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThe Kii system in your home\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eHidden behind the beauty of the Kii THREE is an amazing speaker that is small enough to fit easily into modern living spaces. It doesn’t take over your habitat like a huge old audiophile setup, there are no racks, no big towers, no cables to trip over. Instead, there’s intelligence!\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eNot only do we use current technology to build a modern active speaker system, but we advance technology from the ground up where necessary and we employ it in ways no one has done before. What may appear to be a cute pair of speakers at first sight, is really a powerful audiophile system that effortlessly outperforms all others, regardless of price.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThe clarity and detail, the impressive time coherence and most importantly the handling of the room acoustics let the listener dive right into the magical experience of a great record, more so than even the best conventional setups are able to. All the innovations inside this speaker serve one single purpose: to be more truthful to the music!\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eKii brings more music into your life. Let’s face it: buying a second system for daily use because the “big” system is too impractical for background listening was never a solution. Even the best Hi-Fi set should be easy and intuitive to use for anyone in the house. Whenever there’s music on your mind, there should be great music in your home.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThe Kii THREE HiFi Stands\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ePerfectly designed to go with the Kii THREE is the Kii THREE stand. The stands are made out of high quality steel and are powdercoated in black RAL 9005. The tubes are sand fillable to eliminate eventual resonances and vibrations. They are 27,5 Inches tall to fit the perfect home listening height and come with M8 spikes. To ensure a stable sit, the top plate is a perfect fit for the recessed bottom plate of the Kii THREE.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThe Kii THREE colors\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThe Kii THREE comes in two standard color schemes.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e- HIGH GLOSS WHITE\u003cspan class=\"Apple-converted-space\"\u003e \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e- GRAPHITE SATIN METALLIC\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eAny custom color can be ordered at a surcharge.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eTo perfectly fit the Kii THREE into your living room, you can choose any color that suits your taste.\u003cspan class=\"Apple-converted-space\"\u003e  \u003c\/span\u003eYou have a choice of finish between high gloss, matt or metallic.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThe brushed aluminum covers always stay the same color. They are anodized in black to match the stands.\u003cbr\u003e\u003cbr\u003eKii Technology\u003cbr\u003eEach Kii THREE contains six channels of DSP, D\/A conversion and power amplification. Few companies could pull off such a densely packed design with truly world class performance electronics. But then again, few active speakers are designed by people who have previously turned high end power amplification and digital conversion around.\u003cbr\u003e\u003cbr\u003eEach side panel of the THREE holds a 3x250W power amplifier board, designed by Bruno Putzeys using the latest iteration of the Ncore class D technology which he invented for Hypex. Unique to the implementation used in the Kii THREE is a combined voltage\/current control loop that goes beyond merely a better amp – it actively improves the distortion performance of the drive units which contributes significantly to the extreme resolution of the speaker.\u003cbr\u003e\u003cbr\u003eNaturally, this means that the performance of the AD\/DA conversion has to match that of the amps. This task fell to Bart van der Laan who has a long track record designing DSP and converter boards for high-end professional audio equipment. Kii Audio’s implementation is a runaway success: a complete pass through the AD\/DA circuitry of the THREE’s signal processing board is entirely inaudible, a feat not duplicated by the most expensive audiophile standalone units.\u003cbr\u003e\u003cbr\u003eAlongside the Active Wave Focusing filters the DSP is responsible for keeping the drive units within their safe operating range by gently adapting the filters instead of brutally limiting the signal, allowing the THREE to play significantly louder and cleaner than much bigger traditional designs.\u003cbr\u003e\u003cbr\u003eOn the input side there is a choice of analogue, digital inputs. All digital inputs are up-sampled and reclocked using Kii’s own jitter rejection algorithm that guarantees actual “bits is bits” audio performance for any digital source.\u003cbr\u003e\u003cbr\u003eThe electronics package alone sets a milestone. What it does in concert with the unique acoustic design defies imagination. You have to hear it to realise the magnitude of the revolution the Kii THREE represents.\u003cbr\u003e\u003cbr\u003eKii THREE Technical Specification\u003cbr\u003e ✓ Compact DSP controlled monitor speaker\u003cbr\u003e ✓ 4x 6.5\" woofer, 1x5\" midrange, 1\" waveguided tweeter, all individually driven\u003cbr\u003e ✓ Amplification: 6x250W full-custom Ncore\u003cbr\u003e ✓ Active Wave Focusing crossover filter\u003cbr\u003e ✓ Frequency response: +\/- 0,5dB - 25 kHz, 20Hz -6dB\u003cbr\u003e ✓ Phase response: minimum (best possible time coherence).\u003cbr\u003e ✓ Long term SPL(*): 105dB\u003cbr\u003e ✓ Short term SPL(*): 110dB\u003cbr\u003e ✓ Peak SPL: 115dB\u003cbr\u003e ✓ Controlled Directivity: 4.8dB (80Hz - 1kHz, slowly rising thereafter)\u003cbr\u003e ✓ Size: 20x40x40cm, 8\"x16\"x16\" (WxHxD)\u003cbr\u003e ✓ Weight: 15kg (33lbs)\u003cbr\u003e ✓ Inputs: Analogue, AES\/EBU\u003cbr\u003e ✓ Selectable correction for free-standing, near wall or in corner\u003cbr\u003e ✓ (*)IEC60268-5 Paragraph 20.6\u003cbr\u003e\u003cbr\u003eConnector panel from left to right:\u003cbr\u003eXLR Input - this can provide either analog or digital Input depending how the select switch is set\u003cbr\u003eSelect switch (3 positions) - chooses between AES left channel \/ Analog \/ AES right channel Input\u003cbr\u003eKiiLink Digital Input on CAT5 - used to connect the two speakers \u0026amp; future Kii products\u003cbr\u003eKiiLink Digital Thru on CAT5 - used to connect the two speakers when using a single AES Input\u003cbr\u003eBoundary switch - can be set to 16 positions between free \/ wall \/ corner to optimize setup\u003cbr\u003eContour switch - provides flat setting + 14 different preset EQ curves to match the listeners taste\u003cbr\u003eMains Power Connector - plug in your power cable and go, the Kii Three has no power switch\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eacoustics\u003cbr\u003eThe Secret of Big Speakers\u003cbr\u003eKii’s mission for the THREE was to break the sonic mould of compact speakers. Powerful small speakers with deep bass have been around for a while now but none so far sounded like a big speaker. The THREE is built to fix that.\u003cbr\u003e\u003cbr\u003eBasic acoustics tells us that a classic box speaker only directs sound towards the listeners from the midrange up while bass frequencies are radiated all around. The frequency where this change happens depends on the size of the box front (the “baffle”). The smaller the baffle, the higher the frequency at which bass is still radiated all around instead of directed towards the listener.\u003cbr\u003e\u003cbr\u003eThat in short is why big speakers have so far delivered much more precise timing and detail in the bass and low mids than small speakers: the room gets less chance to interfere. And that is what Kii has now managed to make a compact speaker do.\u003cbr\u003e\u003cbr\u003eCategory Killer\u003cbr\u003eThe THREE is the first compact speaker that exceeds the clarity of a full size sound system in a large room while its small size means it’s equally at home in much more modest spaces. In fact, smaller rooms will benefit most from the THREE’s controlled bass. Better than big speakers at sounding big and better adapted for small rooms than other small speakers, THREE is a truly no-compromise product.\u003cbr\u003e\u003cbr\u003eWhat do Active Wave Focusing filters do?\u003cbr\u003eActive Wave Focusing filters mark a complete departure from the classical crossover filter. 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In a real room (bottom animation) the sound that escapes toward the back will strike the wall behind the speaker and reflect towards the listener, who actually hears the speaker twice: once from the front and a bit later from the rear. Moving the speaker out into the room doesn't help. The overall bass balance looks better but the impulse response gets worse as the reflection now comes even later.\u003cbr\u003e\u003cbr\u003eThe animations on the right show how the Active Wave Focusing method retains full time alignment all around the speaker and how the presence of the rear wall has no impact. Sonically, the effect is a very even, unusually detailed bass. 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It doesn’t take over your habitat like a huge old audiophile setup, there are no racks, no big towers, no cables to trip over. Instead, there’s intelligence!\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eNot only do we use current technology to build a modern active speaker system, but we advance technology from the ground up where necessary and we employ it in ways no one has done before. What may appear to be a cute pair of speakers at first sight, is really a powerful audiophile system that effortlessly outperforms all others, regardless of price.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThe clarity and detail, the impressive time coherence and most importantly the handling of the room acoustics let the listener dive right into the magical experience of a great record, more so than even the best conventional setups are able to. All the innovations inside this speaker serve one single purpose: to be more truthful to the music!\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eKii brings more music into your life. Let’s face it: buying a second system for daily use because the “big” system is too impractical for background listening was never a solution. Even the best Hi-Fi set should be easy and intuitive to use for anyone in the house. Whenever there’s music on your mind, there should be great music in your home.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThe Kii THREE HiFi Stands\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ePerfectly designed to go with the Kii THREE is the Kii THREE stand. The stands are made out of high quality steel and are powdercoated in black RAL 9005. The tubes are sand fillable to eliminate eventual resonances and vibrations. They are 27,5 Inches tall to fit the perfect home listening height and come with M8 spikes. To ensure a stable sit, the top plate is a perfect fit for the recessed bottom plate of the Kii THREE.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThe Kii THREE colors\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThe Kii THREE comes in two standard color schemes.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e- HIGH GLOSS WHITE\u003cspan class=\"Apple-converted-space\"\u003e \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e- GRAPHITE SATIN METALLIC\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eAny custom color can be ordered at a surcharge.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eTo perfectly fit the Kii THREE into your living room, you can choose any color that suits your taste.\u003cspan class=\"Apple-converted-space\"\u003e  \u003c\/span\u003eYou have a choice of finish between high gloss, matt or metallic.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThe brushed aluminum covers always stay the same color. They are anodized in black to match the stands.\u003cbr\u003e\u003cbr\u003eKii Technology\u003cbr\u003eEach Kii THREE contains six channels of DSP, D\/A conversion and power amplification. Few companies could pull off such a densely packed design with truly world class performance electronics. But then again, few active speakers are designed by people who have previously turned high end power amplification and digital conversion around.\u003cbr\u003e\u003cbr\u003eEach side panel of the THREE holds a 3x250W power amplifier board, designed by Bruno Putzeys using the latest iteration of the Ncore class D technology which he invented for Hypex. Unique to the implementation used in the Kii THREE is a combined voltage\/current control loop that goes beyond merely a better amp – it actively improves the distortion performance of the drive units which contributes significantly to the extreme resolution of the speaker.\u003cbr\u003e\u003cbr\u003eNaturally, this means that the performance of the AD\/DA conversion has to match that of the amps. This task fell to Bart van der Laan who has a long track record designing DSP and converter boards for high-end professional audio equipment. Kii Audio’s implementation is a runaway success: a complete pass through the AD\/DA circuitry of the THREE’s signal processing board is entirely inaudible, a feat not duplicated by the most expensive audiophile standalone units.\u003cbr\u003e\u003cbr\u003eAlongside the Active Wave Focusing filters the DSP is responsible for keeping the drive units within their safe operating range by gently adapting the filters instead of brutally limiting the signal, allowing the THREE to play significantly louder and cleaner than much bigger traditional designs.\u003cbr\u003e\u003cbr\u003eOn the input side there is a choice of analogue, digital inputs. All digital inputs are up-sampled and reclocked using Kii’s own jitter rejection algorithm that guarantees actual “bits is bits” audio performance for any digital source.\u003cbr\u003e\u003cbr\u003eThe electronics package alone sets a milestone. What it does in concert with the unique acoustic design defies imagination. You have to hear it to realise the magnitude of the revolution the Kii THREE represents.\u003cbr\u003e\u003cbr\u003eKii THREE Technical Specification\u003cbr\u003e ✓ Compact DSP controlled monitor speaker\u003cbr\u003e ✓ 4x 6.5\" woofer, 1x5\" midrange, 1\" waveguided tweeter, all individually driven\u003cbr\u003e ✓ Amplification: 6x250W full-custom Ncore\u003cbr\u003e ✓ Active Wave Focusing crossover filter\u003cbr\u003e ✓ Frequency response: +\/- 0,5dB - 25 kHz, 20Hz -6dB\u003cbr\u003e ✓ Phase response: minimum (best possible time coherence).\u003cbr\u003e ✓ Long term SPL(*): 105dB\u003cbr\u003e ✓ Short term SPL(*): 110dB\u003cbr\u003e ✓ Peak SPL: 115dB\u003cbr\u003e ✓ Controlled Directivity: 4.8dB (80Hz - 1kHz, slowly rising thereafter)\u003cbr\u003e ✓ Size: 20x40x40cm, 8\"x16\"x16\" (WxHxD)\u003cbr\u003e ✓ Weight: 15kg (33lbs)\u003cbr\u003e ✓ Inputs: Analogue, AES\/EBU\u003cbr\u003e ✓ Selectable correction for free-standing, near wall or in corner\u003cbr\u003e ✓ (*)IEC60268-5 Paragraph 20.6\u003cbr\u003e\u003cbr\u003eConnector panel from left to right:\u003cbr\u003eXLR Input - this can provide either analog or digital Input depending how the select switch is set\u003cbr\u003eSelect switch (3 positions) - chooses between AES left channel \/ Analog \/ AES right channel Input\u003cbr\u003eKiiLink Digital Input on CAT5 - used to connect the two speakers \u0026amp; future Kii products\u003cbr\u003eKiiLink Digital Thru on CAT5 - used to connect the two speakers when using a single AES Input\u003cbr\u003eBoundary switch - can be set to 16 positions between free \/ wall \/ corner to optimize setup\u003cbr\u003eContour switch - provides flat setting + 14 different preset EQ curves to match the listeners taste\u003cbr\u003eMains Power Connector - plug in your power cable and go, the Kii Three has no power switch\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eacoustics\u003cbr\u003eThe Secret of Big Speakers\u003cbr\u003eKii’s mission for the THREE was to break the sonic mould of compact speakers. Powerful small speakers with deep bass have been around for a while now but none so far sounded like a big speaker. The THREE is built to fix that.\u003cbr\u003e\u003cbr\u003eBasic acoustics tells us that a classic box speaker only directs sound towards the listeners from the midrange up while bass frequencies are radiated all around. The frequency where this change happens depends on the size of the box front (the “baffle”). The smaller the baffle, the higher the frequency at which bass is still radiated all around instead of directed towards the listener.\u003cbr\u003e\u003cbr\u003eThat in short is why big speakers have so far delivered much more precise timing and detail in the bass and low mids than small speakers: the room gets less chance to interfere. And that is what Kii has now managed to make a compact speaker do.\u003cbr\u003e\u003cbr\u003eCategory Killer\u003cbr\u003eThe THREE is the first compact speaker that exceeds the clarity of a full size sound system in a large room while its small size means it’s equally at home in much more modest spaces. In fact, smaller rooms will benefit most from the THREE’s controlled bass. Better than big speakers at sounding big and better adapted for small rooms than other small speakers, THREE is a truly no-compromise product.\u003cbr\u003e\u003cbr\u003eWhat do Active Wave Focusing filters do?\u003cbr\u003eActive Wave Focusing filters mark a complete departure from the classical crossover filter. Instead of just splitting the spectrum into bands, it forces the specially positioned drive units to create a completely coherent wave front that is only emitted forward and behaves as though all of it came from the midrange driver.\u003cbr\u003e\u003cbr\u003eWith classical crossover filters, loudspeakers can only have a time aligned impulse response on the main axis. The animations on the left show the wave front as it’s built up by a typical modern three-way speaker with side-firing woofers. This example is crossed over at 250Hz, time aligned and phase equalised. Indeed the wave travelling towards the listener is coherent. Towards the sides and the rear the picture breaks down and the impulse is completely smeared. Also, low frequencies get emitted in all directions. In a real room (bottom animation) the sound that escapes toward the back will strike the wall behind the speaker and reflect towards the listener, who actually hears the speaker twice: once from the front and a bit later from the rear. Moving the speaker out into the room doesn't help. The overall bass balance looks better but the impulse response gets worse as the reflection now comes even later.\u003cbr\u003e\u003cbr\u003eThe animations on the right show how the Active Wave Focusing method retains full time alignment all around the speaker and how the presence of the rear wall has no impact. Sonically, the effect is a very even, unusually detailed bass. Even in problematic rooms, a drum kick has that visceral thud that previously only very big or in-wall speakers could achieve.\u003c\/p\u003e"}

Kii Audio Kii THREE HiFi - Single speaker

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Kii Lifestyle

The future has begun...

The Kii system in your home

Hidden behind the beauty of the Kii THREE is an amazing speaker that is small enough to fit easily into modern living spaces. It doesn’t take over your habitat like a huge old audiophile setup, there are no racks, no big towers, no cables to trip over. Instead, there’s intelligence!

Not only do we use current technology to build a modern active speaker system, but we advance technology from the ground up where necessary and we employ it in ways no one has done before. What may appear to be a cute pair of speakers at first sight, is really a powerful audiophile system that effortlessly outperforms all others, regardless of price.

The clarity and detail, the impressive time coherence and most importantly the handling of the room acoustics let the listener dive right into the magical experience of a great record, more so than even the best conventional setups are able to. All the innovations inside this speaker serve one single purpose: to be more truthful to the music!

Kii brings more music into your life. Let’s face it: buying a second system for daily use because the “big” system is too impractical for background listening was never a solution. Even the best Hi-Fi set should be easy and intuitive to use for anyone in the house. Whenever there’s music on your mind, there should be great music in your home.

The Kii THREE HiFi Stands

Perfectly designed to go with the Kii THREE is the Kii THREE stand. The stands are made out of high quality steel and are powdercoated in black RAL 9005. The tubes are sand fillable to eliminate eventual resonances and vibrations. They are 27,5 Inches tall to fit the perfect home listening height and come with M8 spikes. To ensure a stable sit, the top plate is a perfect fit for the recessed bottom plate of the Kii THREE.

The Kii THREE colors

The Kii THREE comes in two standard color schemes.

- HIGH GLOSS WHITE 

- GRAPHITE SATIN METALLIC

Any custom color can be ordered at a surcharge.

To perfectly fit the Kii THREE into your living room, you can choose any color that suits your taste.  You have a choice of finish between high gloss, matt or metallic.

The brushed aluminum covers always stay the same color. They are anodized in black to match the stands.

Kii Technology
Each Kii THREE contains six channels of DSP, D/A conversion and power amplification. Few companies could pull off such a densely packed design with truly world class performance electronics. But then again, few active speakers are designed by people who have previously turned high end power amplification and digital conversion around.

Each side panel of the THREE holds a 3x250W power amplifier board, designed by Bruno Putzeys using the latest iteration of the Ncore class D technology which he invented for Hypex. Unique to the implementation used in the Kii THREE is a combined voltage/current control loop that goes beyond merely a better amp – it actively improves the distortion performance of the drive units which contributes significantly to the extreme resolution of the speaker.

Naturally, this means that the performance of the AD/DA conversion has to match that of the amps. This task fell to Bart van der Laan who has a long track record designing DSP and converter boards for high-end professional audio equipment. Kii Audio’s implementation is a runaway success: a complete pass through the AD/DA circuitry of the THREE’s signal processing board is entirely inaudible, a feat not duplicated by the most expensive audiophile standalone units.

Alongside the Active Wave Focusing filters the DSP is responsible for keeping the drive units within their safe operating range by gently adapting the filters instead of brutally limiting the signal, allowing the THREE to play significantly louder and cleaner than much bigger traditional designs.

On the input side there is a choice of analogue, digital inputs. All digital inputs are up-sampled and reclocked using Kii’s own jitter rejection algorithm that guarantees actual “bits is bits” audio performance for any digital source.

The electronics package alone sets a milestone. What it does in concert with the unique acoustic design defies imagination. You have to hear it to realise the magnitude of the revolution the Kii THREE represents.

Kii THREE Technical Specification
✓ Compact DSP controlled monitor speaker
✓ 4x 6.5" woofer, 1x5" midrange, 1" waveguided tweeter, all individually driven
✓ Amplification: 6x250W full-custom Ncore
✓ Active Wave Focusing crossover filter
✓ Frequency response: +/- 0,5dB - 25 kHz, 20Hz -6dB
✓ Phase response: minimum (best possible time coherence).
✓ Long term SPL(*): 105dB
✓ Short term SPL(*): 110dB
✓ Peak SPL: 115dB
✓ Controlled Directivity: 4.8dB (80Hz - 1kHz, slowly rising thereafter)
✓ Size: 20x40x40cm, 8"x16"x16" (WxHxD)
✓ Weight: 15kg (33lbs)
✓ Inputs: Analogue, AES/EBU
✓ Selectable correction for free-standing, near wall or in corner
✓ (*)IEC60268-5 Paragraph 20.6

Connector panel from left to right:
XLR Input - this can provide either analog or digital Input depending how the select switch is set
Select switch (3 positions) - chooses between AES left channel / Analog / AES right channel Input
KiiLink Digital Input on CAT5 - used to connect the two speakers & future Kii products
KiiLink Digital Thru on CAT5 - used to connect the two speakers when using a single AES Input
Boundary switch - can be set to 16 positions between free / wall / corner to optimize setup
Contour switch - provides flat setting + 14 different preset EQ curves to match the listeners taste
Mains Power Connector - plug in your power cable and go, the Kii Three has no power switch

acoustics
The Secret of Big Speakers
Kii’s mission for the THREE was to break the sonic mould of compact speakers. Powerful small speakers with deep bass have been around for a while now but none so far sounded like a big speaker. The THREE is built to fix that.

Basic acoustics tells us that a classic box speaker only directs sound towards the listeners from the midrange up while bass frequencies are radiated all around. The frequency where this change happens depends on the size of the box front (the “baffle”). The smaller the baffle, the higher the frequency at which bass is still radiated all around instead of directed towards the listener.

That in short is why big speakers have so far delivered much more precise timing and detail in the bass and low mids than small speakers: the room gets less chance to interfere. And that is what Kii has now managed to make a compact speaker do.

Category Killer
The THREE is the first compact speaker that exceeds the clarity of a full size sound system in a large room while its small size means it’s equally at home in much more modest spaces. In fact, smaller rooms will benefit most from the THREE’s controlled bass. Better than big speakers at sounding big and better adapted for small rooms than other small speakers, THREE is a truly no-compromise product.

What do Active Wave Focusing filters do?
Active Wave Focusing filters mark a complete departure from the classical crossover filter. Instead of just splitting the spectrum into bands, it forces the specially positioned drive units to create a completely coherent wave front that is only emitted forward and behaves as though all of it came from the midrange driver.

With classical crossover filters, loudspeakers can only have a time aligned impulse response on the main axis. The animations on the left show the wave front as it’s built up by a typical modern three-way speaker with side-firing woofers. This example is crossed over at 250Hz, time aligned and phase equalised. Indeed the wave travelling towards the listener is coherent. Towards the sides and the rear the picture breaks down and the impulse is completely smeared. Also, low frequencies get emitted in all directions. In a real room (bottom animation) the sound that escapes toward the back will strike the wall behind the speaker and reflect towards the listener, who actually hears the speaker twice: once from the front and a bit later from the rear. Moving the speaker out into the room doesn't help. The overall bass balance looks better but the impulse response gets worse as the reflection now comes even later.

The animations on the right show how the Active Wave Focusing method retains full time alignment all around the speaker and how the presence of the rear wall has no impact. Sonically, the effect is a very even, unusually detailed bass. Even in problematic rooms, a drum kick has that visceral thud that previously only very big or in-wall speakers could achieve.

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Vendor: Kii Audio

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