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  1. Hi Samuel. In most rooms the 8c's will sound well-balanced using just the boundary compensation settings. However, it usually pays great dividends to deal with room-modes. Who's your dealer? Please send me an email at martijn.mensink at domain. Martijn Mensink Dutch & Dutch
  2. John, I felt very proud when I read your measurement report of the 8c's. When I read the "Wow!" bit at the end, my heart skipped a beat. I've been a big fan of how you combine the subjective and the objective for years, and this coming from you really means a lot to me. Thank you.
  3. I fully agree with you Mitch, Kalman Rubinson did an outstanding job of capturing the essence of what the 8c is about. I couldn't be more pleased with the review! I personally don't think the treble is really under-stated, although it most certainly isn't over-stated. The on-axis response is smooth and flat and the off-axis curves strongly resemble the on-axis. However, the highs may indeed sound a bit under-stated in certain situations, depending on the program material, listening distance, acoustics of the room and the room curve at lower frequencies. Kalma
  4. Hi @hifi_swlon, That's quite a number of questions! We feel the frequency at which the DSP runs is irrelevant engineering information. I'm reluctant to the share that information, because it is often misinterpreted. Some people believe a high DSP frequency to reflect higher sound quality, which is not true. The DAC is a Texas Instruments PCM4104. The amplifiers are by Pascal-Audio. There's a networked Linux computer inside the 8c, no separate streaming module. We do all software development ourselves. The DSP print and interface prin
  5. We are working on a physical volume control device that accepts multiple sources. We're also working on custom stands. The 8c's can be bolted to those stands.
  6. The pile of work in front of me is getting bigger every day, but I should have taken the time to reply to these questions much sooner. Mitch wrote a wonderful review on this platform, and he, Computer Audiophile and the readers had every right to my time and attention. I'm sorry about that. It's a unfortunate you interpreted my post on Gearslutz as a diss, because it wasn't. I've always been very clear about the fact that I have a lot of respect for the people at Kii - both personally and professionally - and that I think the Kii Three is a remarkable product. I stand by that and don't fee
  7. Hi Joerg, They don't actually. We might at some point add an auto-off functionality with a firmware update, but you'd have to turn on the 8c's manually again.
  8. Hi @dc655321! The 8c conceptually is quite unlike conventional loudspeakers. In the midrange (100 - 1250 hz) the radiation pattern is more or less cardioid. The waveguided tweeter has directivity that matches with the cardioid quite well. Below 100 hz I initially considered going cardioid as well, but you sacrifice a lot of headroom in order to do it and the benefits of a cardioid in the modal range (the frequency range where standing waves dominate what you hear, not the loudspeaker itself) a questionable. Then I remembered the work of the late Roy Allison. He came up with the ide
  9. A 2 year warranty, which will be extended to 5 years if you register your pair with us.
  10. The fan is there only as a safety precaution. It goes on only when the amp reaches a temperature of 60 degrees Celsius. In practice it very rarely does, perhaps only in some studio's in summer, with lots of tube gear on all day. I've never heard the fan turn on myself, besides during any practical listening session.
  11. The AES input accepts anything up to 24/96. In streaming mode the 8c accepts anything up to 24/192.
  12. The 8c's offer their best performance when coupled to the boundary behind them. That means up to 40 cm between the back of the speaker and the wall for optimum results and still almost perfect results with a distance of 50 cm. When the distance is significantly smaller than the wavelengths being produced, the 8c and the wall become a single system. The reflection effectively coincides with the direct sound produced by the woofers, for a perfectly phase-coherent result. A boundary that is not solid, will take away some of the bass energy and will slightly phase-shift to the reflect
  13. Hi @Em2016, I fully agree, it's a great review! I like how Mitch has a very different approach from most other reviewers, very in-depth and technical. Love it! There are several very interesting streaming functionalities in the development pipeline. Implementing the Roon RAAT SDK was actually not that much work. Getting the 8c's Roon Ready took very long because we've had to develop quite a bit of technology to achieve perfect sync between speakers over the network. We have that part covered now and we're in the latest stages of Roon certification. The heavy lifting has
  14. You're right Emlin, the web-app is fully functional, but has its practical limitations. For instance, it looks rather basic and it takes some time for the web page to load and connect with the 8c's. Once you're in, the 8c's do respond instantly to commands, but the web-app isn't really suitable for use as a remote, because for that you'd want more or less instant control. We are working on native apps for Android, iOS en Windows with a better user experience. The 8c's indeed don't have a USB input. We believe USB doesn't have a future in high end audio. We believe in audio over int
  15. Hi everybody, I've been meaning to properly reply to the many remarks and questions, but I've had the flu and I've been buried in work lately. But it's taken too long now. I'll try to reply to one post at a time! Mitch, I've already thanked you for your wonderful review of the 8c's in private, but here too I'd like to express my gratitude for such an incredibly in-depth expert review! Still reading up on all the references . I'll be back! Cheers, Martijn
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