October 2017

STEREOPHILE PRODUCT OF THE YEAR AWARD

As Kal Rubinson wrote when he reviewed our 2017 Product of the Year in the September 2017 Stereophile,

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NOVEMBER 2017

STEREONET AUSTRALIA

Stereonet awards the Kii THREEs with

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October 2017

Rocky Mountain Press Awards

Rocky Mountain Press Awards in the Category

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September 2017

Stereophile USA - Kalman Rubinson

September 2017

Stereo Times USA - Clement Perry

Highly recommended and easily awarded my 2017 Most Wanted Component Publisher's Choice!

When Bill Parish of GTT Audio and Video asked me to review his Kii Audio Three active loudspeakers, my first response was, "What took you so long to ask?" You see, I'd been keeping an eye on this German loudspeaker since their debut at the Munich High End show some years ago. The only person more excited than I was at that time was Parish himself...

Read more at : v2.stereotimes.com/post/kii-audio-three-monitors

September 2017

Audio Fi - Malaysia

Aesthetically pleasing compact, little monster of a loudspeaker.

I FIRST laid eyes on an actual pair of Kii THREEs at the recent KL International AV Show 2017. Looking rather less avant-garde, and thus perhaps will be less challenged in gaining acceptance from one’s better half than, say, the somewhat similar-minded Devialet Phantom (recently reviewed here), the Kii THREEs were one of several pairs of active loudspeakers which impressed at the show...

Read more at : audiofi.net/2017/09/to-the-power-of-the-kii-three

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May 2017

Positive Feedback - Audio Oasis Award for Axpona

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April 2017

6moons - Srajan Ebaen

“What a big step forward in intelligent 21st-century speaker design..”

Sauce hollandaise. Eindhoven is called Holland's hi-tech mile; Europe's Silicon Valley. It's here where the vast corporate empire of Philips once ruled. When applied to loudspeakers, this general vicinity has already given us Æquo Audio, Crystal Cable, Dutch & Dutch, Grimm Audio and Kharma. For electronics we've had Hypex/nCore and Mola Mola. Looking closer, Æquo Audio's partially active Ensis speaker runs on nCore modules. So does Grimm Audio's LS1be. Behind nCore of course is Bruno Putzeys. His early days segue back to Philips. And with the now German Kii Audio Three speaker from Bergisch Gladbach, he's involved once again; and not just with six 250-watt nCore channels per box. Keeping tabs, between Dutch & Dutch, Grimm and Kii, our tally is up to three advanced active loudspeakers, all of them from Holland, with two carrying Putzeys' influence well beyond amplifier design into acoustic wave shaping tech. No rest for the wicked. That old proverb definitely speaks Dutch...

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Mai 2016

AXPONA Chicago

The beautiful and brilliant Kii Three all-in-one speaker…kapow!

I have to say it: The GTT Audio/Kii Audio continued to ring the Audio Oasis! Award bell at AXPONA 2016! It had done so back at RMAF 2015, and did it once again. Some new firmware updates from Bruno Putzeys, the design genius behind this glorious form, and the improved sound was better than ever!
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Read more at : https://positive-feedback.com/audio-discourse/impressions-axpona-2016-audio-oasis-awards-part-2/

February 2016

Norddeutsche HiFi Tage

Highly recommended and easily awarded my 2017 Most Wanted Component Publisher's Choice!

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Früher war High End Audio klar erkennbar an monströsen Verstärkern, gigantischen Lautsprechern, exorbitant hohen Preisen und einer auf liebenswerte Art äußerst verschrobenen Fangemeinde. Doch die Zeiten haben sich geändert. Klar, es gibt sie noch immer, die kuriosen bis faszinierenden HiFi-Monströsitäten, aber inzwischen kann man Produkte mit State-of-the-Art-Anspruch nicht mehr so einfach an Größe oder Preisschild erkennen, den richtig guten Klang bekommt man heute auch schon für vergleichsweise erschwingliche Beträge.
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Read more at : mactechnews.de/news/article/Messebericht-Norddeutsche-HiFi-Tage-HOeRTEST-2016-163391.html?page=2

January 2016

CES Las Vegas

In the category of bigger isn’t always better, I dropped in on Kii Audio where they were sampling their Kii Three loudspeaker. These small euro-style monitors pack some serious amplifier technology and DSP horsepower to deliver some incredibly huge sound to a room. Four 6.5 inch woofers (one on each side and two in the rear), one 5 inch midrange and a one inch tweeter with wave-guide are powered by six 250 watt NCore amplifiers on board along with full A/D and D/A conversion facilities. The active DSP and crossover filtering are designed for controlled dispersion and have selectable filtering to accommodate different room placements.
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May 2015

digitalaudioreview.net

Kii THREE Feature

When the press release named Kii Audio as the sender, my ears pricked up. When their novel Three loudspeaker promised 20Hz – 20kHz bandwidth from a 20x40x40cm box with six drivers; six 250-watt custom nCore amps; full DSP control and controlled dispersion… my ears got hot and bothered. When I learnt that former folks from Grimm Audio were involved including Bruno Putzeys of Hypex, UcD, nCore and Mola-Mola fame, I got my thermometer out just in case. It pegged. Time for another keep-it-honest installment.
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Read more at : digitalaudioreview.net/2015/05/kih-22-time-delay/

As it turned out, my time-delay notion had some truth to it but didn’t really capture the essence of Bruno’s dispersion control. Which isn’t surprising. I’m a techno peasant. Bruno is one of the sharpest pencils in the drawer. Talking to the man after his first demo, he explained how it exploits strategic phase shift which is a form of time delay after all. Rather than a delay line however to hold back the frontal drivers as I envisioned, his purpose is to create a cardioid dispersion pattern. He thus exploits phase cancellation to seriously attenuate rear-firing acoustic energy below 250Hz. What it means is that front-wall reflections in the lower registers are way down in level; and the usual build-up of high-amplitude compression zones in the front corners which trap HF and imbalance sound distribution is eliminated.
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Read more at : digitalaudioreview.net/2015/05/kih-22-more-time-delay-with-kii-audio/

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