Kii Audio's Three: The Next Step in Loudspeaker Evolution

January 16 2017, 05:00
By Jan Didden and Paul Wilke

audioXpress January 2017 featured the much-anticipated review of the brand new Kii Three speakers from the company everyone’s watching, Kii Audio. “The Next Step in Loudspeaker Evolution,” as Jan Didden and Paul Wilke titled their review, examines whether the Kii Threes are effectively “the most advanced loudspeaker on the market today,” as is claimed by Kii Audio.
 

The Kii Three is the latest design by Bruno Putzeys, CTO of Kii Audio GmbH, who teamed up with a group of experts that included DSP specialist Bart van der Laan. Putzeys is known as the designer of the nCore series of Class-D amplifiers, and the excellent Grimm LS1 speaker. The Kii Three, however, is so different that it may be the beginning of an entirely new class of loudspeakers: Those that actively control directivity at the low end.

Focusing on the technical aspects of the loudspeaker first and foremost, speaker expert Paul Wilke looks at all the details in the design, while audioXpress’ technical editor Jan Didden provides the listening impressions, after living with the Kii Three for a week. Together, they tested the Kii Three during a measurement session in the anechoic chamber of the Technical University in Delft in The Netherlands, to substantiate their impressions. Learn what they discovered in this definitive review of the Kii Three.
 
Bruno Putzeys, CTO of Kii Audio, with the Kii Three.
Two Dutch engineers and a German speaker get together on the anechoic chamber... Jan Didden and Paul Wilke doing the measurements.

Full article now available online here.

This article was originally published in audioXpress, January 2017.
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Kii Three Review
In this review we are going to find out if Kii Audio’s Kii Three is really the most advanced loudspeaker on the market today, as is claimed by the designer. So, our focus will be on the technical aspects of the loudspeaker first and foremost.
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