Dutch start-up comes with a modular audio system




The Dutch start-up Kien there within days managed to raise enough money to bring his Kien modular audio system. The base speaker or subwoofer can be expanded with satellite speakers.

The Kien subwoofer , which measures 40x20x20cm contains a 150W amplifier and two 6.5 “drivers. To find the rear is an S / PDIF input, as well as an Ethernet port, an analog RCA inputs and one HDMI input and output. Also, WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0 and NFC integrated into the subwoofer. The integrated lion battery provides endurance to 12 hours. The so-called Kien sats include two 2 “-midrange drivers and a 1” tweeter. The satellite speakers that connect wirelessly to the subwoofer, measuring 7x20x20cm. In addition, the Kien sats, which according to the manufacturer also fine as portable audio system can be used, directly recharged by a physical link to the side of the subwoofer.

According to Kien can play lossless audio speaker system and linked to Kien subwoofers and satellites form a complete 5.1 audio system. In addition, the claims in Delft-based company that if there are several Kien-speakers are placed in a room, this may provide the location of the listener, and that can be determined on the basis of this information, the sweet spot for the playback of audio. The company calls this mechanism “dynamic sweet spot. The system can also be used to activate a speaker-Kien in another room, if the user is running towards it. The user can disable these options.

The authors report that no proprietary app is available for the speakers, because the system has an open character. So it is compatible with Windows, OS X, Linux, iOS, Android and Windows Phone. There will also be an API available for developers.

Meanwhile, Kien has over $ 56,000 collected, converted more than 50,000 euros. This means that the Indiegogo goal of $ 50,000 already achieved within days. The speakers must be from the first quarter 2016 available with prices starting at $ 299 for only the subwoofer to 899 for a full 5.1 setup with five satellites and a subwoofer. For some beta testers are already prototypes of a 5.1 configuration available.


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