Kickstarting a home audio startup
A Florida based startup manufacturing high performance home audio, K.I.S.S. AV has launched their crowdfunding campaign today on Kickstarter for their immersive audio system. Using technology that existed only in expensive, architectural speakers, K.I.S.S. AV is redefining what is possible from thin on-wall speakers with this 2.1-channel system. The speakers utilise Sonic Vortex Technology, a patented speaker design technology that can fill any room with 3D-style sound, from any audio source, with no special electronics or multi-channel audio content required.
As flat screen TVs continue to get thinner, there is less room for built-in speakers and thus current speakers generally sound as flat as the screens they’re built into. Many customers have moved away from traditional speaker systems because of the expense, complexity and abundance of wires. For this reason, sound bars and wireless speakers have dominated home entertainment spaces over the last several years. However, the immersive and visceral impact offered by dedicated left and right speakers plus a subwoofer, remains unmatched. The K.I.S.S. AV X4 speaker system breathes new life into the audio performance of your flat panel TV, instantly improving the audio of your favourite movies, television shows, music, or video-games.
At only two pounds each and less than three inches thick, the X4 speakers were designed with ease-of-install in mind. The K.I.S.S. AV X4 speaker system can be placed on a bookshelf or stands, any wall surface with nails or mounted to the same wall as your TV with command strips (heavy-duty, removable, double-sided adhesive strips – included). The surface mount option combined with X4 wire management feature results in a clean installation with no holes being cut in the walls and no visible wires.
K.I.S.S. AV X4 speakers connect directly to your TV using the Toslink digital optical audio output. Once connected to the TV, simply connect the two X4 speakers together using standard speaker wire and plug them in using the included power adaptor. Other inputs include digital coaxial, stereo line-level audio and Bluetooth 4.0 AptX receiver.
Sonic Vortex is the key behind the K.I.S.S. AV X4 speaker system and is literally a twist on the traditional ported enclosure design, with roots based in transmission line technology. With Sonic Vortex, the single main port of the speaker’s enclosure is separated into multiple smaller ports and spread throughout multiple stacked sections called “fins” that are tuned to spec. The fins compress and move air at a high rate of speed without port noise and add to cabinet rigidity. The end result is a speaker that produces rich bass and exceptional clarity that you would never expect from such a small enclosure.
Each X4 speaker includes a ¾” aluminium tweeter and 4” mica IMPP drivers, (6.5” in the 06 subwoofer), for high stiffness-to-mass ratio and extreme durability while providing incredible clarity. X4 speakers also utilise a 24-bit/96khz audiophile quality DAC (digital-to-analog converter) coupled with a Class D 60 watt amplifier and proprietary speaker components. The K.I.S.S. AV 06 wireless subwoofer employs a 100 watt amplifier and 5.8Ghz link to the X4 speakers to ensure optimal performance that can play over 104dB. All of which is housed in patented Sonic Vortex enclosures that takes these audiophile components and transforms them into a 3D audio experience that sounds like live music. And, with a rated bandwidth of 26 Hz – 22 kHz (+/- 3dB), the performance of the X4 speakers approaches that of larger and significantly more expensive high-end bookshelf speakers.
From now through to September, backers can pledge donations from $5 and up. Backers can receive rewards from a Sonic Vortex t-shirt to six K.I.S.S. AV X4 06 2.1-channel speaker systems to outfit every room of the house depending on the donation size.
All backers will receive a personal thank you from the team and updates about K.I.S.S. AV’s progress and manufacturing process throughout the campaign.