STATE OF THE ART MONITOR
The Kiso Acoustic HB-1 is more than just another high-end loudspeaker. Its natural timbres, full-bodied dynamics and quick responsiveness makes it suitable for a more demanding task – that of the live stage monitor. Stage monitors need to accomplish more than just accurately reproducing all of the sounds that the artist plays. Since stage monitors serve as a sonic “mirror” for the artist, they must also be able to fully convey his (or her) musical ideas, intent, and emotions.
The HB-1’s ability to convey the artist’s musical intent and emotions is defined equally by what it is, and what it isn’t. The HB-1 isn’t about thick, heavy cabinets made from industrial-grade materials and over-the-top damping that can store energy and re-radiate it later (out of synchronization with the music). Nor is it about arbitrarily chosen drivers, or unnecessarily complex crossovers made of nondescript components that can rob life and speed from the sound.
Instead, relying on decades of experience, veteran musical instrument builders craft the HB-1’s cabinet from thin, light, top-quality tone-woods that are cannily braced, shaped and floated, to create the most pleasing reverberant qualities possible. Careful internal shaping and profiling of the cabinet has allowed conventional acoustic damping to be completely eliminated.
Specially adopted and customized drive-units go through exhaustive testing and selection processes, both by ear and computerized measurement equipment. The crossover network was developed through a combination of veteran loudspeaker-design know-how and expert operation of the latest hardware and software tools, and its components were chosen from the finest film-capacitors, air-core coils and wire-wound resistors based on extensive listening tests. The perfectly synchronized, time-aligned sound is achieved through its reverberant musical instrument-inspired cabinet and the superbly matched driver and crossover complement.
The HB-1 is capable of reproducing remarkably big and full-bodied musical performances belying its diminutive size. Audition the Kiso Acoustic HB-1 and experience why it is the choice of both musical performers and demanding music-lovers.