Kii Audio Three
STEREOPHILE PRODUCT OF THE YEAR 2017 NOW AVAILABLE AT FRANK PROWSE HI-FI !
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 Kii Audio use current technology to build a modern active speaker system, but they advance technology from the ground up where necessary and 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 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. Better than big speakers at sounding big and better adapted for small rooms than other small speakers, the Kii THREE is a truly no-compromise product.
The Active Wave Focusing Solution
A loop hole in acoustics says that small directive speakers are possible – if you have enough drivers and you feed them the exact right signal. The THREE has a total of 6 (six) ways, front, side and rear, working together to throw the sound in one direction only without relying on a baffle. The THREE’s ability to direct bass is comparable to, but much better controlled than that of a traditional speaker several meters wide.
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 Kii THREE holds 6 x 250W power amplifier boards, 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 re-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.
The Kii CONTROL turns the Kii THREE into a complete playback system of highest sonic quality and usability. It offers a user interface for your speakers and works like a digital preamplifier. Only connect your analog uesource, CD player/drive, server, streamer, TV set or set top box to enjoy a breathtakingly audiophile full range system in a stunningly small footprint.
The Kii CONTROL offers three additional digital inputs for the Kii THREE: Coax SPDIF, Optical TOSLINK and USB (up to PCM 24/384kHz and DSD64/DSD128 on USB).
All inputs are located on the backside connector panel and can be activated with the touch buttons located around the volume knob. A dedicated input button (labelled XLR) will switch to the existing hardware input on the speaker itself, which you can continue to use as analogue or digital input. The Kii Control connects with a single included CAT6 cable and is also powered through this connection. No additional power supply is necessary. Most importantly the Kii CONTROL enables lossless volume control inside the DSP of the Kii THREEs, keeping the signal path of the system as transparent as possible.
The big volume knob also offers mute or dim functions and manual power on/off (standby). A dedicated touch button provides direct access to up to six user definable presets.
The menu navigation and OLED display vastly expand the options of the Boundary and Contour settings, while also providing access to more advanced system settings, including amongst others for example manual power on/standby, LED brightness, DIM function and limiter indication.
The main functions like volume, source and mute can be remote controlled via your IR Remote (RC5 type or Apple Remote).
4 x 6.5” woofer,
1 x 5” midrange,
1 x 1” waveguided tweeter, all individually driven
Amplification: 6x250W full-custom Ncore
Active Wave Focusing crossover filter
Frequency response: ± 0,5dB – 25 kHz, 20Hz -6dB (*)
Integrated tone control
Phase response: selectable, linear phase or minimum latency
Peak SPL: 115dB
Controlled Directivity: 4.8dB (54Hz – 1kHz, slowly rising thereafter)
Size: 20 x 40 x 40cm, 8”x16”x16” (W x H x D)
Weight: 19kg (40lbs)
Inputs: Analogue, AES/EBU, KiiLink
Selectable correction for free-standing, near wall or in corner (14 positions)
Automatic Standby Mode
Kii CONTROL Technical specifications
Ultra compact controller/preamp/USB Interface for Kii THREE Loudspeaker.
Additional Audio Inputs:
1 x SPDIF
1 x TOSLINK
1 x USB (up to PCM 24/384kHz and DSD64/DSD128)
KiiLink Output: Power and Data Connection to Kii THREE Master speaker
Capacitive Touch Buttons: Direct Source Access (SPDIF, TOSLINK, USB, XLR)
Preset: (up to 6, user definable)
Exit/Enter (Menu Navigation)
OLED Display (full colour)
Size: 11cm x 5cm x16cm (W x H x L)
The Kii THREE comes in two standard colour schemes.
– High Gloss White
– Graphite Satin Metallic
Any custom colour can be ordered at a surcharge.
To perfectly fit the Kii THREE into your room, you can choose any colour that suits your taste. You have a choice of high gloss, matt or metallic finish.
The brushed aluminium covers always stay the same colour. They are anodized in black to match the optional stands.