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Product/s of the Year 2018: Kii Three & Sony WH-1000XM3

By | December 20th, 2018|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , , |

DSP. Digital Signal Processing. Three words that cause tummy trouble for the analogue purist whose idealistic rigidity and theoretical objections quickly see any early product consideration turn to cramps. Plink-plunk goes the Alka-Seltzer.

In the real world, the following two pieces of hardware turn any theoretical objections inside out to present such a compelling case for DSP’s deployment – where we gain far more than we (might) lose – that they enjoy equal billing as Darko.Audio Product of the Year 2018.… Read the full article

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A short film about the Kii Three loudspeaker system

By | August 23rd, 2018|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , , |

To describe the Kii Three as a pair of loudspeakers is to do then a gross disservice. Even calling them active loudspeakers, where DACs and bespoke-fit amplifiers sit inside each two-piece cabinet, sells them short.

The Kii Three stands alone with a unique proposition: loudspeakers that are as close to room agnostic as you’ll find anywhere and at any price. Guaranteeing consistent performance in almost ANY room – even small rooms – an internal DSP engine exploits noise cancellation to deliver a cardioid dispersion pattern for a large portion of the frequency spectrum with the end user customising low-bass output according to boundary proximity.… Read the full article

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Children of the revolution: Kii, Genelec & KEF

By | May 1st, 2018|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , |

What if? A two-word question that signals an itch for loudspeaker loving audiophiles. The scratch comes in the form of a new amplifier that might, through a combination of luck and judgement, bring forth better sound quality. The optimal amplifier, should it exist, will be different for every loudspeaker. Locating it calls for a series of trial-and-error experiments that can take us beyond the horizon. This amplifier, then that amplifier, then another amplifier. The gear churn is where the money is.… Read the full article

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KIH #45 – Removing Repetitive Rooms

By | April 17th, 2017|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , |

Repeat one. For this installment, it’s not about repeating a music track. It revisits an issue covered in an earlier KIH. Why revisit it? Because it can be a game changer. It minimizes problems with the front wall. Here I’m referring to the wall in front of you, i.e. the one behind the speaker. Some people call that the back wall. And from the speakers’ perspective, it is. Either way, now we’re clear on which wall we’re on about.

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