Kii Audio THREE (Pair)
Today’s studio business is constantly evolving. Audio software has enabled a democratization of music production, along with some great possibilities and also a lot of challenging changes to overcome for professional engineers. Yet for recording, producing, mixing and mastering a single piece of gear still is as important as it has ever been: the monitoring system! Having a transparent and revealing monitor system that translates your work perfectly to the outside world has become more important than ever. It is the centerpiece of the modern studio. As an audio professional you’re always looking for ways to raise the bar of sonic performance. You want a clear, reliable and consistent advantage over your competition. The Kii THREE system is that advantage.
Whether you work in a major facility, independent recording studio, or from your home studio, a good monitoring situation enables you to work faster, easier and achieve better results everyday. It takes the guesswork out of any decision during a production, so you can be safe and bold with your decisions and move through a project quickly, focusing on what´s really important in the studio: the musical ideas, the artistic expression and the interaction with your clients!
Mini Main Monitor
We offer a linear frequency response, a perfect impulse response and phase coherence, but we also pack 1500 watts per speaker divided across six drivers into a compact and lightweight enclosure. The Kii THREE is able to move some serious air, but we didn´t just stop there. Instead Bruno Putzeys invented the Active Wave Focusing technology, that controls the sound dispersion and directs the sound pressure, where we need it to be: Into the sweetspot! Intelligent DSP processing provides the kii three with a cardioid sound dispersion pattern down to the low-mid and bass frequencies, which otherwise can only be achived by very wide baffles, big cabinets or soffit mounting speakers (infinite baffle design). The controlled sound dispersion is the only reason, why a big main monitor system in a good room offers the special feel and impact it does. Even though acousticians and speaker designers know about this task, no other speaker manufacturer has approached a solution to this common problem. We designed the kii three with the acoustical challenges of todays studio setups in mind. It fits everywhere and can be the one and only monitor solution you need for every task. It really is the first „Mini Main monitor system“ available. We also think it looks rather beautiful.
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, 1×5″ midrange, 1″ waveguided tweeter, all individually driven
Amplification: 6x250W full-custom Ncore
Active Wave Focusing crossover filter
Frequency response: 20Hz…25kHz /- 0.5dB
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
* Please note that the Kii THREE professional version comes in a rugged high density dark grey spatter finish.