Active Speaker manufacturers and links
I think it has been a year of abundance of butterflies, will they do?
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Pharos Wrote:I think it has been a year of abundance of butterflies, will they do?

No they wont.....
Its the hairs on the Moths legs that add greatly to the their acoustic abilities. Big Grin
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Ashley James Wrote:I recommend research into acoustic moths.

http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007...011-1219-x

I'm going to catch some, sell them on PFM for millions of foo pounds and retire.
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Arthur Wrote:
Ashley James Wrote:I recommend research into acoustic moths.

http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007...011-1219-x

I'm going to catch some, sell them on PFM for millions of foo pounds and retire.
Be sure not to throw away any dead ones. They'll fight over them if you pass them off as 'passives'.
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Just come across these cute little active Bluetooth speakers

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Edifier E25 Luna Eclipse

Packing 3/4 Tweeters, 3" Woofer and Dual 3" passive radiators in each unit. 4x class d modules housed in the master (2x 15W for HF and 2X 22W LF) and DSP built in. Bluetooth or 3.5mm jack input

http://www.edifier.com/int/en/speakers/e25-luna-eclipse

£150 on Amazon

The also offer an HD model that adds optical input, and the E 2.1 version that adds a 8" 100w sub
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They do look cute. Wonder how they sound? Not a bad price either (assuming they're up to scratch).
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(2017-05-17, 19:18:43)Bialykot Wrote: They do look cute.  Wonder how they sound?  Not a bad price either (assuming they're up to scratch).

I've,mentioned this brand before on hdd. Their range is almost entirely properly active, very cheap and gvfm. I've heard some of the studio monitors and higher range and they aren't bad at all. They don't have the best looks but for background music are fine. Most have RCA, optical and bluetooth. They also bought over the Stax brand headphone if I'm not mistaken.
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These look fine. Would look good either side of my computer workstation.
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Airpulse Model One, designed by Phil Jones (USD 995):

  • Hi Res Audio 24/192K DAC / Pre-amp with Remote Control

  • Manual Volume, Bass, and Treble Controls (Rear Mounted)

  • 90 watts RMS x 2 Class D

  • DSP Error Correction

  • Bluetooth® AptX 4.0 Wireless Input

  • Digital Optical / Coaxial Inputs

  • Analog RCA or Balanced XLR Inputs

  • Proprietary 3″ Horn-Loaded Ribbon Tweeters

  • 5.5″ Phil Jones Signature Aluminum Cone Mid-Woofers
 

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(2017-06-15, 06:01:27)extenso Wrote: Airpulse Model One, designed by Phil Jones (USD 995):
  • Hi Res Audio 24/192K DAC / Pre-amp with Remote Control

  • Manual Volume, Bass, and Treble Controls (Rear Mounted)

  • 90 watts RMS x 2 Class D

  • DSP Error Correction

  • Bluetooth® AptX 4.0 Wireless Input

  • Digital Optical / Coaxial Inputs

  • Analog RCA or Balanced XLR Inputs

  • Proprietary 3″ Horn-Loaded Ribbon Tweeters

  • 5.5″ Phil Jones Signature Aluminum Cone Mid-Woofers
 

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That looks pretty darned amazing, especially at the price
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Hello HDDAudio members. This is my first forum posting (how exciting!).

I came across this review of the German company KiiAudio`s KiiTHREE Active loudspeakers on an Australian hi-fi forum website.

http://www.stereo.net.au/reviews/review-...udspeakers

The speakers are outrageously expensive and would probably appeal to the sort of person who feels the need to wear a $10,000 (or UK Pound equivalent) wrist watch. They also seem to be full of DSP digital trickery to make acoustic sense of all of those 6 driver units in each speaker cabinet.

I have not scrolled through this thread to see if they have already been mentioned previously. No matter if they have as you can still enjoy some priceless audiophile drivel from the reviewer of this article if you feel like a chuckle. Oh and there is also the $2,000 KiiControl defacto preamp controller accessory when even the reviewer admits is not strictly necessary but "This wee device is a piece of audio jewellery, so good are its styling and finish." Mind you that controller does look like a sexy little unit. I could imagine Arthur hankering after one! Tongue

There are some wonderful audiophile insights to be had into the merits or otherwise of digital streamers and servers as well as the ultimate superiority of the vinyl music source in this review!

"I’m convinced the Antipodes Edge is a very special server and my traditional MacBook source should be retired. But not enough to make me abandon my vinyl or CD signal sources.

And bolstering my genuine enthusiasm for the Kii Audio components, I allowed myself the pleasure of playing Springsteen’s towering version of ‘Shenandoah’.
As the digital rendition revealed the imperiously paced bass drum in the centre of the soundstage reinforced by the fiddle on the right, and melodious accordion on the left, I made another coffee.
But dear lord, the vinyl version of the same track had me reaching for another tipple of my twenty-year-old port and after several glasses, for the repeat button. But sadly, the SME 20 isn’t equipped with one"   Blush

On a more sober note, the same hi-fi website had a report about Arcam having just been acquired by Harman International who themselves were acquired by Samsung this year apparently. The Hi-fi industry rationalisation and/or consolidation continues apace it would seem as Ashley has alluded to in other recent forum contributions.

http://www.stereo.net.au/news/breaking-h...ires-arcam

Apologies for the off topic nature of this second link. I don`t have new thread posting rights as a new poster but thought it would be of interest. Perhaps the moderator can redirect it to a more suitable thread?

Cheers,
Andrew
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To be fair to Kii and before any sneering starts at some BS review;

SOS were rather impressed with the Kii Three
http://www.soundonsound.com/reviews/kii-audio-three

And they've certainly been mentioned here before...
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That is a good point. A vacuous review does not mean it is a vacuous product. It just tells you something about the reviewer.
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Hello Grommet and welcome to the forum. Smile

Those Kii speakers certainly do look impressive with an interesting use of the technology. I'd love to hear a pair.
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Welcome Grommet to the forum, look forward to future posts.

Mnick
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I heard of someone who demoed the Kii Three and ordered them there and then.

In actual fact, I think most hifi consumers will reject them due to DSP. I've already seen a lot of controversy around even basic actives. It's breaking convention and a lot of people don't like that, no matter the performance offered.

In addition, I've read of recording studios with a plethora of high end speakers say the Kii are exceptional.
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Thanks for the welcome. Shy

And thank you Davey for posting the link to the Sound on Sound review link for the Kii Audio Three speakers. It is a well written and very informative review of what are on further evaluation both a technically novel and highly sophisticated active speaker design with some serious pro audio engineering credentials among the design team. They certainly warrant the serious attention paid in this review even if as the reviewer admits their cost will limit who can afford to buy them. My initial post comments were way too flippant and focused on/influenced by the florid hyperbole of the Stereo Net reviewer. An object lesson in researching a subject thoroughly with due regard for the calibre and technical knowledge of the reviewer.

I was particularly impressed by these comments written by Phil Ward, the SOS reviewer concerning the sound quality of the Kii Audio Three speakers:

"The manner in which the Kii Three so explicitly presents audio detail has something of the character of headphone listening about it. Imagine the sound of a really great pair of headphones, then delete the discomfort of wearing them and replace the ‘inside the head’ effect with audio spread out in sharp focus before you. That’s the trick the Kii Three pulls off, and in the context of using it for mix or mastering work, I’ve never heard anything anywhere near as adept at separating the elements of a mix and revealing exactly what is going on. I found myself endlessly fascinated, in particular, by the way the Kii Three presents vocals within a mix and ruthlessly reveals how good the performance was and how the voice was subsequently treated (or mistreated). Performance idiosyncrasies, microphone character, room sound, compression effects, reverb and delay techniques and pitch-correction artifacts that I’d never noticed before became blindingly obvious — it was addictive."

I have read something of a similar ilk about the AVI DM10 speakers from reviewers on this forum with first hand experience of reference quality classical music recordings. And that was before the satori tweeter upgrade was mentioned in dispatches!
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