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  1. I guess the only downside here is that it wouldn't correct for my computer or TV playback (connected through XLR and Toslink, respectively); only my music player (connected through USB). But it does seem like an easier solution for that use case... and only the last is really used for "critical listening"--the Kii's sound just fine already with, say, a Netflix movie streamed over my TV. Thanks everyone for the info. Gotta get started, one way or another.
  2. Hey @Rubysea, @H665, and everyone else who's contributed to this topic, thanks for the info. I (think) I would like to do the same thing all of you are doing, more or less. But I have no experience in this sort of EQ, so I just want to be sure I have this straight: 1. Obviously, the need for the UMIK-1 is self-explanatory, but... 2. ... I'm less clear about what REW does. As I read their documentation, REW reads the output from the UMIK-1 and then compares it to a flat (or house-curve) response and then calculates notch-filters to match the actual output to the desired output. You can read said output and see where problems are in your system. 3. Then, according to MiniDSP, you're supposed to save these filters into a .txt file and load them into MiniDSP software, but you guys're saying: write these filters down and then program them into the Kii CONTROL by hand? 3.5. Just to be clear, what's the benefit of doing this into the Kii and not into MiniDSP software and/or, say, Roon? How/why am I benefited by doing the EQ in the CONTROL and not some other place in the playback chain? 4. Could you guys please go into a little more detail about the process of EQ'ing with the notch filters and combining those with the "Boundry" EQ? Would the idea be to get as close to flat and/or to "house/target curve"as possible with the "Boundry" EQ --and only then work in the notch filters to knock down remaining peaks? Or is there some other, better way of thinking about using all of these new advanced EQ capabilities? 5. As always, a big THANKS in advance to the AS-Kii community.
  3. Updated without any problems. But the Bluetooth isn't working 100% for me. When I tested it with my iPhone, it connected, played, metadata-ed everything just fine. But when I try and connect with the BT from my Windows 10 PC, it seems to work okay, the Control is discoverable, connected and then selected as the output device, but no sound comes through. I've tried a number of apps and none of them actually make any sound. Which is weird as hell, because the level-meter in the "Sound" utility is bouncing up and down, but no sound. Another oddity, the Kii COntrol shows up as a BT headset and mic., not speakers--and not as a Kii "device," as I believe that they are supposed to. But I have verified that the headphones found in the "Sound" utility are, indeed, the Kii's--when I turn the Kii BT off, the Headphones show that they are disconnected. Given that my phone works flawlessly, I assume that the problem's with my computer... but I cannot think what that problem might be. Any ideas? I've attached an image of my desktop and the BT utilities, FYI. Thanks in advance for any help.
  4. Great review Chris. And I've always had a very soft spot for EMM Labs DACs--my first truly reference DAC was from EMM Labs... but herein lies a problem. In the review, you said that the DV2 is "the first digital to analog converter from EMM to include built-in volume control." This is not true however. My EMM LABs, DAC, the DCC2, also had a volume control. (Here's a link to the DCC2 brochure from EMM Labs.) Unlike the DV2, the DCC2's volume control was analog--based, I believe on their Switchman preamp technology). In fact, using an analog volume control/pre circuitry allowed the DCC2 to have pure analog inputs too. Anyway, thanks for the review Chris, and thanks too for making me think back to my DCC2, which I still remember very fondly. Meitner did--and does--make some very special gear. And while $30k is an insane amount of cash of any audio equipment, when you compare it to, say, the MSB Select /Reference DACs or the dcs Vivaldi stack today (or as I did against the dcs Elgar stack back then), I always thought that EMM Labs actually delivered very good (SoTA) value for the money.
  5. Very interesting. I am a big believer in quality isolation and very good power cords. The Kiis actually surprised me with how (relatively) insensitive to power cords they were--it's not that they didn't improve things, they did--just not as much as I expected. But isolation is just so important--and it seems to be at least as much the case here as in my other systems.
  6. I wonder about performance a little.... I put my CONTROL *and* my ultraRendu on a grip of Black Ravioli (BR) isolation and the improvement in sound was substantial. (I don't want to oversell it, the differences weren't night and day, it was just what it was before, only noticeably better in virtually all sonically relevant dimensions--though, especially, soundstage depth.) So I worry about it when people put their CONTROLS on little, fidgety stands and wonder how that might affect performance. Reasons to doubt the generalizability of my results: 1. I de-coupled the CONTROL and the ultraRendu (and LPS1 PSU) all at the same time. So it's not really possible to tell which these unit's isolation had the largest impact on the perceived sound quality--maybe it wasn't the CONTROL at all, but the rendu or the PSU. I'm so happy with the improvement, I have very little interest in experimenting with them one at a time at the moment (maybe at some time in the future... when I'm very bored). 2. Unlike the Amazon stand which sits on what appears to be a very substantial rack, my CONTROL sat on the top of my glass-topped desk, which rings like a bell. If I had to bet, whatever the benefits of the BR, I suspect that the biggest improvement was just getting the gear off the desk; it's likely that there would be less perceived improvement in your situation. 3. Since the CONTROL is (still) on my desk, sitting on the BR less than two feet from my right hand, I can see the display very easily at all times. It's possible that the desire to see the display from across the room might, in your case, outweigh any benefits you might get by better isolating the CONTROL. But, all that said, as the CONTROL is the conduit for all of your digital inputs, I would imagine that isolating it (with BR, Stillpoints, Iso-Acoustics, or whatever your prefered solution might be) would potentially be a worthwhile improvement to SQ. Just a thought. Oh, and I freakin' love the red.
  7. Hey Blade, you know as much as I do at the moment. BUT, what I can say is that my speakers definitely do not have that six-hole pattern as in the image above. They just have four (quote small, like the middle) bolts/screws in the four corners. I cannot say whether or how the four larger bolts from the old, six-hole pattern line-up with the four-hole pattern with which I am working. I have to say that I am still a little concerned about the rigid connection to the wall... I just put my Kii CONTROL and ultraRendu and LPS1 on a Black Ravioli base and footers and have been really impressed with the improvements (not night and day, mind you--just what was there before, only better). It would sort of be a step backwards to put the speakers onto a worse situation than they are right now on my Arden desktop stands (esp. since, essentially, the whole audio system sits in the speaker cabinet). But I do love the form factor... gotta talk to my dealer and find out how much and then make a decision.
  8. FYI. I contacted Kii and got this response about the wall mounts, for anyone who is interested. (Interestingly, as far as I know, I own the very first consumer pair of Kii THREEs imported into the U.S., but I checked and I have only the 4-screw pattern... I guess the very, very early one's were only destined for Europe (or maybe U.S. dealer display.))
  9. I love the red. I've said it before: the only thing I regret about buying my Kii THREEs was getting the boring, base grey. I'd really like a do-over on that decision. Still curious about vibration issues and how you're supposed to anchor to a drywall wall. I'll post back if/when I learn any more.
  10. Haha. When I get the chance, I'll drop a note to the US importer, Grace Design, and ask them what's the deal. Thanks for the heads up.
  11. VERY interesting. #1, thanks for the info. #2 are these from Kii or from a third party for Kii. #3, and lastly, it looks like the pre-drilled holes would be far too wide to get both sides into a stud. Is one expected to use, day, drywall anchors? I am hanging a moderately heavy TV on my wall with only two drywall anchors (Wingits Super Duty Anchors), so I have no concern that these would hold the weight. But I wonder how good the vibration isolation would be if you were mounting to a non-structural part of the room....? Thanks for the info., any more is much appreciated!
  12. I've got a lot of respect for @mitchco and what he says aligns very closely with what others have said--and what Kii recommends. That's why I wanted to be very careful to state that my experience was for my situation (and preferences) only. That said, my experiences have been quite different than his. I have very flexible desk stands (from Arden Audio) and it was very easy for me to do the recommended set-up: 0 rake, ears mid-way between the tweet and woofer. I did not like the sound of that at all. So, like I said, I've ended up with a (moderately) steep rake and the HF driver converging over my head (at the listening position). But YMMV, I have no idea why that sounds the best to me in my situation (it might even be because I'm delaying the "floor-bounce" off my desk and it has nothing at all to do with the drivers' alignment with my ears--I really cannot say). But, like I said @Bernstein, you can try to adjust your rake for free and see what you think... but I'm only willing to refund you what you paid me for my advice if you don't like the results! Hi @baconbrain, an adjustable wall mount sounds very interesting: I like the idea since it would free up (a lot of) desk space and maybe give me another near-field/desk-top option (even though I have no real complaints about the Arden stands I'm using now). But I have never heard of such an accessory from Kii--or from anyone else. Do you have a link and/or more info. on this thing? Thanks in advance.
  13. My setup is different than most: I'm using my THREEs as desktop monitor speakers. That said, I had issues similar to Bernstein, with image height not only too low, but also "squeezed down" in the vertical plane. I raked the speakers back considerably on the stands and now the mid-point between the tweeter and woofer converges considerably above my head... I thought they sounded great this way! But, since everyone (including Kii) says that your ears ought to be even with the mid-point between the tweeter and woofer, I adjusted them down (and back up and back down) and experimented a lot with rake angle. In the end, I ended up almost exactly where I started: with my ears about even with the bottoms of the physical woofers and the mid-point between the tweeter and woofer, accounting for rake, converging perhaps 12-16 inches over my head. I am not saying that this is the right set-up for everyone, esp. for those who are not listening at a desk in the extreme near-field. But I can 100% say: 1. Like Bernstein, I had image height issues; 2. The THREEs are extremely sensitive to ear-level/rake; 3. The best solution in my situation and to my ears have the speakers elevated (again, by angle, not by absolute height) considerably higher than Kii recommends. My advice to you Bernstein: give this solution a try. If it sucks, lower the rake angle again... the experiment is literally free!
  14. Looking forward to your impressions when you are ready to give them. Honestly, the price of the BXT relative to the THREEs, is a little bit of a tough pill to swallow--given that it just extends the dynamic range of an already full range design. But I suppose if you look at the numbers of drivers, amps, size of the cabinet, etc., it makes some sense... it is what it is, I guess.
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