Making the unknown calculable - How the Neumann KH 80 DSP raises the standard of monitor sound
With the KH 80 DSP, Neumann.Berlin launches its first studio monitor with digital signal processing. “Our DSP engine is an in-house development that primarily takes a formerly unknown variable and makes it calculable: the room. Expect clear, high-precision sound wherever you are monitoring,” explains Wolfgang Fraissinet, President of Neumann.
Thanks to the upcoming “Neumann.Control” software, in the future the new KH 80 DSP two-way near-field studio monitor will be able to fully calibrate itself to the room. This can be performed either automatically - Precision Alignment - with some simple questions - Guided Alignment, or adjusted with complete flexibility using the built in 8-band fully parametric equalizer - Manual Alignment.
“In the KH series we have always been obsessed with the details when it comes to the calculation and modeling of the drivers, waveguide and cabinet,” emphasizes Fraissinet. The result is a frequency response with such neutrality that it defines a whole new reference class – and at a price that was previously unthinkable for a Neumann Studio Monitor. Using mathematical models, the two drivers were calculated to a degree of depth, “which is unusual even for our industry,” explains Fraissinet. Nonlinear distortion is thus minimized from the very beginning. The MMD™ Waveguide, or Mathematically Modelled Dispersion™, optimizes the frequency response on- and off-axis, and enables more movement within the listening area and more consistency even in the most varied acoustic environments.
The KH 80 DSP is designed as an ideal monitor solution for recording, mixing and mastering in project, music, broadcasting and post-production studios.
Every mechanical and electronic element – from the driver to the amplification – is handpicked and harmonized in accordance with Neumann standards. The DSP engine also ensures a linear frequency response with a FIR filter. This makes sure that in every environment all frequencies are precisely timed.
Key specifications include:
Drivers: 4” and 1”
Amplifiers: 120 + 70 W
Frequency response: 57 Hz … 21 kHz, +/-3 dB
Maximum SPL: 108.8 dB
Dimensions: 233 x 154 x 194 mm
Volume: 7 liters
Weight: 3.4 kg - 7 lbs 8 oz
The KH 80 DSP will be available from February 2017.
Neumann.Control will be available from Q2 2017.
Visit Sennheiser and Neumann in Hall A, Booth 6577.
We kindly invite you to our press conference on Thursday, January 19th at 1 p.m. at the booth.