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Who's heard the Kii Three speakers?

Discussion in 'audio' started by Bluedroog, Nov 23, 2016.

  1. murphythecat

    murphythecat pfm Member

    and yet, people chose geithain, atc or amphion after comparing the Kii.

    kii three is not the next logical step in loudspeaker design.
  2. HarryB

    HarryB pfm Member

    What a thoroughly wonderful thread. The thread that keeps on giving. I'm beginning to warm to Keith :)
  3. Purité Audio

    Purité Audio Trade: Purite Audio

    Yes they are ,if you extend Toole/Olive's research and finding they are the logical conclusion.
  4. Still

    Still he said his naim was ralph

    The retro' 1970s customer service is certainly remarkable.

  5. Bluedroog

    Bluedroog pfm Member

    Can't choose between central mock wood panel station-wagon or overstated options.
  6. AndyU

    AndyU pfm Member

    Come back itemaudio, all is forgiven.
  7. Joe P

    Joe P certified Buffologist / mod


    It seems to me the next logical step in speaker design is vibrating air molecules directly without a diaphragm of some sort.

    Maybe the diaphragm-less speaker is as elusive to audio as Mr. Fusion is to energy production.

  8. mattgbell

    mattgbell Help the elderly and unwell!

    Well, that's kind of what Quads, Martin Logans etc are. A speaker (almost) without a diaphragm.

    Joe, you have seen the future, and it's the past.
  9. Joe P

    Joe P certified Buffologist / mod


    They're close but still not quite what I'm imagining. I'm thinking of something like those ionic speakers that were briefly in vogue among the well-heeled in the 1970s and 1980s. Maybe they generate too much ozone to be used in a domestic environment.

    I do like Quads, and the newer Martin Logans with active bass drivers are really stunning.

  10. martin clark

    martin clark pinko bodger

    A kind of audio|de-tuned Mindmeld would do very nicely. But when streaming services & marketers get hold of that, there'll be no bloody escape from the adverts.

    HortaStream - makes all legacy audio equipment sound like so many nodules. Hmm, had an idea; I might be a while...
  11. Joe P

    Joe P certified Buffologist / mod


    Would Horta-fi be silicon-based or thermionic?

  12. mattgbell

    mattgbell Help the elderly and unwell!

    Martin Logans :)

    [​IMG][/url]IMG_5014 - Copy by Matthew Bell, on Flickr[/IMG]
  13. horta

    horta Siliceous member from Janus VI

  14. Emlin

    Emlin MQA Hater!

    Positronic. I'm sure I have Data on that.
  15. F1eng

    F1eng pfm Member

    I am fairly indifferent to the styling. I must say I prefer nice wood in general, though I am aware that rectangular boxes with spaced drivers are non-optimum acoustically.
    I would certainly like to hear them one day.
    Generally my only concern about this sort of technology is the availability of spares in the long term. Old tech drivers and amps can still sound lovely and can normally be repaired.
    My Proac EBS are 30+ years old but have ATC mid domes and bass cones which they happily service. Most of the amps I have here use parts which can be replaced fairly easily.
    Nytechy likes this.
  16. F1eng

    F1eng pfm Member

    There are still ionic tweeters in some speakers, Acapella for example.
    The limitation of planar speakers is what to do with the radiation from the "other" side of the diaphragm. Much as I loved the ones I had they added too much on my room acoustics to that on the recording.
    Front loaded horns may be more like your ideal since they are an acoustic transformer and fairly directional too.
    They are bulky and expensive though.
  17. Purité Audio

    Purité Audio Trade: Purite Audio

    There may be a pair at Scalford, if there is a Scalford!
  18. G T Audio

    G T Audio Trade: Manufacturer and Distributor

    Any news on those measurements and the list of studios Keith?
  19. HarryB

    HarryB pfm Member

    Meanwhile in other news . . .

    Ben Hur wins big race

    Mafeking relieved
  20. Purité Audio

    Purité Audio Trade: Purite Audio

    The pairs we have supplied ,
    Subvert mastering
    Break the Norm
    University of Falmouth (music department)
    Next pair are destined for Swift mastering.
    I could ask Kii for the world wide list if you like?

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