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The Kii Three applies advanced digital signal processing to ubiquitous speaker issues. Lower louder bass from a smaller box by going active? Check. That's actually the standard for recording studio monitors. It explains the Three's AES/EBU port (S/PDIF needs an adaptor) as well as tiny trim pots. Digital filters for higher precision in the time domain? Check; but a lot more than that1
. DSP for linearity control? Check. DSP for user adjustments to bass gain and EQ contour
? Check. 'Excess' drivers in multiple directions fronting potent mono amps to manipulate desired dispersion? Check. Here the Kii goes beyond most active predecessors even if with its 18 drivers, 8'200 watts of built-in active drive and smartphone control app, the B&O Beolab 90 does something conceptually related if scaled up. For many its cosmetics will be problematic, its €70'000 tag still more so. More relevant to this discussion, Bang & Olufsen are a corporate giant with concomitant engineering and fiscal resources. Kii Audio are five guys in a small workshop. Yet they've managed to tackle core issues, then arrived at a far smaller actual and aesthetic footprint and brought it in for 1/7th
the coin. Obviously their Three will run out of gas well before the Dane if set to max free-field bass boost then played too loud. Our 90m² review space will check whether that's more of a theoretical than real issue. Given DSP control, overdrive won't cause distortion, just kick in an excursion limiter. Instead of distort, it'll mean short-term dynamic compression. But then, the Thrii is a small speaker.
Only morons and headbangers expect a sustained 20Hz bass at 100dB. Plus, the nomenclature predicts bigger badder future models in an eventual Kii Two and One.