The newest member of Neumann’s celebrated KH family of monitors might be the smallest, but it’s also the most technologically advanced.
Neumann’s development over the last decade or so of a range of high-quality studio monitor speakers — the KH range — has produced a comprehensive line-up of three monitors and three subwoofers. I reviewed the compact two-way KH120A monitor along with the KH810 subwoofer in April 2012; the sealed-cabinet three-way KH310 in October 2013; and the largest model in the range, another three-way, the KH420 in September 2015. In my humble opinion these are all superb monitor speakers that are not only genuinely worthy of that title, but which also punch well above their retail prices in terms of sound quality and engineering finesse.
Last year a fourth model was added to the range, the new KH80, which is easily the smallest KH monitor to date. Its seven-litre composite-polycarbonate ported cabinet measures just 233mm tall, 154mm wide and 194mm deep and weighs 3.4kg, so this new model is clearly intended for desktop applications as well as installations in outside-broadcast trucks and similar environments where space is at a high premium but sound quality is still paramount. Flexible mounting arrangements are catered for with a pair of M6 threaded inserts on the back panel, coupled with a wide range of optional mounting accessories.
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