Model: KCIIs Category: Speakers Suggested Retail Price: $2499 Description: Open Baffle 3 way with Concentric Tweeter Manufacturer URL: Emerald Physics
Review by hionfi on March 29, 2017 at 09:35:57
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for the KCIIsI replaced Magnepan 3.5Rs. I owned them for 5+ years. Alas,they were hard to drive in my 19 x 31 x 12 peak room. Being an open baffle fan, and having purchased from Underwood several times, The KC11s maxed out my speaker budget, but I also upgraded the wiring to WireWorld internal wires. They had never done that. Mark said it made a huge difference over the OEM wire.
The base and face come separately requiring help to assemble. The face should have anchors to prevent stripping from over-tightening. Also bracing to keep the face from rocking would be a nice touch, but fairly easy to DIY, which I would do, but finances improved and I will be upgrading to the EP 3.0 soon. Anybody interested in my KCIIs? Email for picture in my system. Quibbles aside...
Even though I have 2 SVS Ultra powered subs (needed in my large volume room) I have heard a different pair in a typical room size and they sounded amazing there, although a sub would still be welcome to get deep bass;just keep in mind you give up some pristine detail, unless you have a top notch XO, which can cost as much or more than the speakers.
They throw an incredible sound stage providing a lower mid that my 3.5Rs could not, AND they are much more WAF friendly. Just the other day a friend brought over a Equi-Core 300 which I plugged my P5 and Oppo into. This plc transformed the sound many fold over the speakers reasonable price point
Product Weakness: see above Product Strengths: Everything but deep bass. 95 dBAssociated Equipment for this Review:
Amplifier: 2 EP 102.SE Preamplifier (or None if Integrated): Parasound P5 Sources (CDP/Turntable): Oppo 105 Speakers: KC IIs + SVS Utra subs Cables/Interconnects: WireWorld Equinox balanced Music Used (Genre/Selections): Miles Davis Sketches of Spain, Patricia Barber, etcr Room Size (LxWxH): 31 x 19 x 12 Room Comments/Treatments: 4 Argent RoomLenses Time Period/Length of Audition: Owned for ~ 6 months Other (Power Conditioner etc.): WireWorld Equinox and Tekline Type of Audition/Review: Product Owner Your System (if other than home audition): my system
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Topic - REVIEW: Emerald Physics KCIIs Speakers - HiOnFi 09:35:57 03/29/17 (1)
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