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Kii Three Review

Discussion in 'audio' started by al2002, Aug 12, 2017.

  1. al2002

    al2002 pfm Member

    The latest (Sept. 2017) issue of Stereophile has a review of the Kii Three speaker.

    The measurements were very good indeed. Directivity control apparently works as advertised, FR was flat and plenty of SPL is available. Atkinson does say that the cabinet is very lively. However, no adverse effects were reported in the subjective review.

    I predict a price increase ;).
     
  2. Tony L

    Tony L Administrator

    It always amuses me when measurement "issues" don't correspond to what one hears (or the reverse). I find both interesting, but I trust my ears far more. Other evangalists may feel differently! ;-)
     
  3. al2002

    al2002 pfm Member

    Tony L, I have NEVER heard a speaker or cartridge to sound good when its standard measurements were really poor. While good measurements might not be a sufficient condition, they are certainly a necessary one, IME.

    In any case, the reviewer did say the sound of the Kii was "outstanding".
     
  4. Purité Audio

    Purité Audio Trade: Purite Audio

    It's a superb loudspeaker, the most difficulty listeners have is accepting that so much can be delivered from such a small and relatively inexpensive package.
    Keith
     
  5. al2002

    al2002 pfm Member

  6. Strictly Stereo

    Strictly Stereo Trade: Strictly Stereo

  7. Emlin

    Emlin pfm Member

    It is interesting that the Kii THREES were so impressive to the reviewer in what appears to be an already well treated room. It suggests to me that there is more to them than just the cardioid dispersion.
     
  8. Strictly Stereo

    Strictly Stereo Trade: Strictly Stereo

    Indeed there is, Emlin.
     
  9. Purité Audio

    Purité Audio Trade: Purite Audio

    There are the stands and remote!
    Keith
     
  10. hairyderriere

    hairyderriere pfm Member

    I wonder how they compare with something like the Avantgarde Zero 1 XD? Similar package, much different execution. Better sound?
     
  11. Strictly Stereo

    Strictly Stereo Trade: Strictly Stereo

    I had the chance to compare them here a little while back. I think I posted some listening notes somewhere on PFM.
     
  12. hairyderriere

    hairyderriere pfm Member

    I'll have a search. If you have a link, that would be greatly appreciated.

    Addendum: I can't be the only one to be both excited and worried by technology like this. It's hard not to worry that one would be throwing good money away with the likely plummeting value as technology advances.

    The saving grace of analogue systems is that they are likely to be functional in perpetuity. Not so digital. Even less so high end digital?
     
  13. Strictly Stereo

    Strictly Stereo Trade: Strictly Stereo

  14. hairyderriere

    hairyderriere pfm Member

  15. Still

    Still gyldengourd

    Does the Kii Three work correctly without the manufacturer stands?
     
  16. Strictly Stereo

    Strictly Stereo Trade: Strictly Stereo

    Yes.
     
  17. Still

    Still gyldengourd

    Ta SS. Are they suitable for floor/bookshelf placement, or would they require some sort of stand?
     
  18. Strictly Stereo

    Strictly Stereo Trade: Strictly Stereo

    It never occurred to me to try them on the floor and they are a bit too deep to fit on most bookshelves. They will work quite happily with third party stands and you can use them on desktops or low tables using something like this...

    http://www.isoacoustics.com/product...isolation-stands/iso-l8r200-isolation-stands/
     
  19. al2002

    al2002 pfm Member

    Tweeter dispersion is not particularly great, so it might be best to have tweeters around seated ear level.

    If you place them on a bookshelf be sure to observe the minimum wall-speaker distance. Also, some clearance will be required on either side of the speaker cabinet.


     
  20. Rodney gold

    Rodney gold Im just me...

    Great review .. congratulations
     

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