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First of all the Kii THREE can easily be used as an active speaker, connected to your existing preamplifier via the analog input on both speakers.

On the digital side a lot of the great music streamers have an internal (dithered) volume control and can simply be connected to the Three via a single AES or SPDIF to AES cable. A great combination we have tried with the Kii THREE is for example the wonderful Weiss MAN301.

For all computer audiophiles out there life is also very simple. All you need is an USB to AES/SPDIF Interface, connected inbetween your Mac/PC and the Kii THREE. Today´s music player software like Audirvana, Foobar or PureMusic has a dithered volume control built in.

Here are some easily accessible solutions for USB to AES/SPDIF Interfaces:
Mutec MC-1.2
M2Tech hiFace Two (spdif) or the hiFace EVO (aes)
Weiss INT202 (firewire)

The Kii THREE can be placed roughly 8-10cm (4 Inches) close to the back wall.

The cardioid directivity is fully maintained even with this very close proximity to the back wall. This makes placement very easy and even allows the Kii THREE to be placed on a sideboard in a living room, if there´s no room for a free setup on speakerstands.



On the control panel of the Kii THREE you even find a small dial, where you can choose the appropriate setting for your preferred placement in your room. This setting adjusts the very low frequency range (<40Hz) and makes sure you always have a perfect frequency balance, no matter if your speakers are free standing, close to the back wall or even placed into a corner of the room.  

Please email us if you need help with the placement of your Kii THREE.

Yes you can - please find it on the "electronics" page.

The PRO version comes in a dark grey spatter paint finish that is very rugged, technically there is no difference.

The Kii THREE supports analog balanced input and digital formats up to 24bit/192kHz on its AES inputs.

 

ANALOG - The Kii THREE has a balanced analog input on XLR:

 

a) If your source or preamp has a symmetrical analog output (XLR plug), this is the preferred connection method with a high quality XLR-to-XLR cable.

 

b) If your source or preamp has a single ended output (RCA/Cinch plug), it can be connected with a simple adapter cable RCA-to-XLR. 

Please email us if you need help with this.

 

 

DIGITAL - The Kii THREE has a balanced digital input on XLR (AES format):

 

a) If your source or preamp has a digital AES output, this is the preferred connection method via a digital AES cable (XLR-to-XLR, 110Ohm)

 

b) If your source or preamp has a digital SPDIF output, it can be connected with a special digital adapter cable to the AES Input on the Kii THREE (RCA-to-XLR, 75Ohm to 110Ohm impedance matching) 

 

Please email us if you need help with this.

 

The preferred connection for all digital sources (like CD Drive, CD Player with digital out, Music Streamer, Digital Radio etc.) is the digital input.

If you have a truly analog source like a turntable + phono preamp or a tape machine, please use the analog input on the Kii THREE.

If you like to use the Kii THREE simply as an active speaker in combination with your analog hifi preamp as the source selector and volume control, you can also use the analog input on the Kii THREE.

In reality the performance of the built in A/D converter in the Kii THREE is so outstanding, that you don´t loose any fidelity, if you may want to use your existing preamp with it. If you hear a difference, it´s mainly due to the sound quality of your preamp.

Please email us if you need help deciding how the Kii THREE is best integrated into your chain.

When using the analog inputs simply connect the left output of your preamp to the XLR on the left Kii THREE and the right output of the preamp to the XLR on the right Kii THREE. 
You can use adapter cables when your preamp has single ended outputs on RCA only.

When using digital input simply connect your AES output (or S/PDIF with adapter cable) to the XLR on one of the Kii THREEs (and set the mini switch to L or R according which speaker it is), this is now your master speaker.

Then connect the KiiLink Thru of the master speaker with the KiiLink In on the slave speaker with the CAT5 cable (and set the mini switch to L or R according which speaker it is), done.

Some people might want to use their Kii THREE alongside a TV or Beamer to also enjoy their soundqualities when watching a movie or DVD.
In some cases the latency that occurs from the extensive DSP calculations within the speakers may actually be too high to be properly compensated by the available settings on your TV or beamer.

For this case we offer a special low latency mode for the Kii THREE, which changes some of the filters in the DSP and therefore provides an extremely short (nearly neglectable) latency.

The overall soundquality is not as perfect in low latency mode as it is in normal mode (most notably only in the low end), but still provides a very pleasurable listening experience for your TV. Also the ActiveWaveFocusing is still fully intact in low-latency mode, so the speakers keep their cardioid dispersion qualities.

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HOW:
Switching latency modes on the Kii THREE is done by a short press on the P/R button located on the backside connector panel.

The front LEDs will indicate this by ONE red LED lighting up to indicate low latency mode,
or TWO red LEDs lighting up for normal operation mode again after a second short press of the
P/R button.
For pure audio listening pleasure, please always make sure your Kii THREE is set to „normal mode“.

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Here are the latency specs for your reference:

LOW-LATENCY MODE:
Analog input (A/D - D/A): 1030us (or 1,03ms)

Digital input (D/A only): 
@ 192kHz = 945us (or 0,945ms)
@ 96kHz = 860us (or 0,860ms)
@ 48kHz = 1540us (or 1,540ms)

NORMAL MODE:
approximately 90ms