ken kreisel k500 main speakers

In 1989, Ken Kreisel designed and released the S-100B. Line-arrays were nothing new, but no one had compacted five drivers into a small box and incorporated phase-focus crossover technology to help produce a more coherent end result, producing a highly accurate, highly focused loudspeaker capable of huge dynamic range. This design has prompted many to follow closely, or even emulate to this day.

Over the decades, the micro-technology of the drive units has improved overall quality and furthered the design, keeping it as relevant today as it was back in 1989.

But home cinemas today require even more headroom, which in a conventional hi-fi loudspeaker based home theatre system means buying bigger speakers. Simply making a larger version with bigger drivers compromises the design and the characteristic strengths. The K500 is a compact monitor utilising a line-array of four HF units for massive headroom, able to fill medium/large cinema rooms and provide far more dynamic headroom than you'll ever experience in your local cinema.

With the dimensions of 406mm high, 206mm wide, and 200mm deep, the K500 main speakers are pretty compact, but their dynamic capabilities stretch beyond that of most conventional hi-fi loudspeakers.

 

Thanks to the phase-focus crossover design, the line-array of four HF units act as a single HF as far as the human ear is concerned. They also allow ample dynamic headroom to be able to deal with even the most demanding movie soundtracks. Distortion is also greatly reduced, due the HF units working well within their limits.

Likewise, the line-array of three 4" midrange drivers produce highly articulate midrange detail, and again, due to reduced cone movement, reduce distortion levels. Think of it this way - "shared" work is an easier load on the driver. The result is a natural, convincing midrange performance.

With three K500s at the helm of your home theatre system, that end-of-the-world apocalypse you're watching will sound like a reality. "Effortless" is highly understating the K500. Many home theatre speaker systems end up sounding "edgy" or "rough" because the loudspeakers used just can't handle the signal they've been given. High quality drivers reduce this issue, and placing a number of them in a line-array eliminates it. All you have to do is sit back and enjoy the movie, safe in the knowledge the K500 will handle anything you throw at it.

But they're not only masters of high output and dynamism. They're just as equally capable with more gentle material too, reproducing the most subtle of sounds with delicacy you'd expect from a high-end hifi loudspeaker.

Three of these can easily be wall mounted behind an acoustically transparent projector screen for the ultimate experience.

  • sealed cabinet

  • 4x 27mm HF units

  • 3x 4" midrange units

  • phase focused crossover

  • 65Hz-30kHz (+/-2dB)

  • 87dB sensitivity

  • 4ohm impedance

  • 25-300w amp recommendation

  • W 206mm x H 406mm x D 200mm

  • 3 year warranty

  • available in matte black

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