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Kii SEVEN Wireless Music System: The Challenger to KEF's Dominance?

Kii SEVEN Wireless Music System: The Challenger to KEF's Dominance?

By CE Critic - Buy Better Tech

Kii Audio, a name synonymous with innovation, quality, and exceptional user experiences in the world of audio, is once again making waves with the introduction of the Kii SEVEN Wireless Music System. Unveiled at the UK Hi-Fi Show Live, this system is already generating significant interest as it sets its sights on challenging the likes of KEF's active wireless loudspeakers, including the popular LS60 and LS50 Wireless II. But can it outperform these fan favorites with their CE Critic scores of 95 and 94, respectively?

A Legacy of Excellence

Since 2015, Kii Audio has been committed to pushing the boundaries of audio technology, and the Kii SEVEN is no exception. This system seamlessly combines high-fidelity audio with smart functionality, promising a listening experience that goes beyond the ordinary.

Versatility and Acoustic Precision

The Kii SEVEN offers versatility like no other. It can function as a standalone speaker (Solo), a stereo pair (Stereo Pair), part of a multi-speaker surround system (including Dolby Atmos), or even as part of a multiroom audio system akin to Sonos. What sets it apart is its deliberate design as a Cardioid Speaker, aimed at reducing the impact of room acoustics—a feat many smart speakers struggle with.

The Active Wave Focusing technology employed by Kii Audio aims to deliver detailed separation and unparalleled musicality. It eschews traditional crossover filters and, instead, ensures perfect time alignment across the entire frequency spectrum. This results in a Cardioid Sound Dispersion pattern that extends to the low-mid and bass frequencies, providing precise bass response while limiting room interaction.

Smart Control and Customization

Integrating seamlessly with mobile devices, the Kii SEVEN is designed for user convenience and advanced technology. Whether you have one or a dozen Kii SEVEN speakers, the versatile Kii HOME App (available for iOS and Android) allows you to effortlessly customize acoustic settings for up to twelve separate zones in your home. Streaming playlists, controlling playback across rooms, and optimizing your audio experience is at your fingertips.

Impressive Specifications

The technical specifications of the Kii SEVEN are equally impressive:

  • Woofer: 2 x 6.5-inch Active Wave-Focused Woofers
  • Midrange: 1 x 5-inch Midrange
  • Tweeter: 1 x 1-inch Custom Wave-guided Tweeter
  • Amplification: 600 Watts
  • Crossover Type: Active Wave Focusing Crossover filter – Cardioid Dispersion
  • Frequency Response: 40Hz (-3dB), 100Hz-10kHz: (+/- 0.5dB), 10kHz – 20kHz (+/- 1dB)
  • Integrated Tone Control: Adjust bass and treble levels to match your listening taste.
  • Phase Response: Minimum Phase or Minimum Latency
  • Driver Protection Limiters: Protects driver elements from damage if required.
  • Wired Inputs: XLR and TRS, AES/EBU, DANTE, KiiLink/KiiCONTROL
  • Wireless Inputs: WiFi, Bluetooth,
  • Streaming Support: Airplay 2, Spotify Connection, Tidal Connect, Qobuz Connect
  • Roon Ready: Yes
  • Hi-Res Audio Support: ≤ 24-bit / 192kHz
  • Finish/Colors: Fine Touch White / Fine Touch Dark Grey
  • Dimensions (WxHxD): 20 x 31 x 31 cm (8 x 12.2 x 12.2-inches)
  • Weight: 14kg (30lbs)

Availability and Pricing

While the Kii SEVEN is creating quite a buzz, audiophiles will have to wait until early 2024 for its release. The pricing is set as follows:

  • Single speaker: $3,895 / €3,795 / £3,495
  • Stereo pair: $7,790 / €7,590 / £6,990

As the Kii SEVEN prepares to take on established giants in the audio world, such as KEF and JBL, audiophiles eagerly await the CE Critic scores and reviews that will undoubtedly shape the landscape of Future-Fi. With its groundbreaking technology and design, can the Kii SEVEN claim the throne? Stay tuned for the verdict.