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Kiso Acoustic loudspeakers are built by Japanese artisan craftsmen to the highest standards.

Contrary to ordinary speaker cabinets, the Kiso Acoustic cabinets are designed to reverberate and augment the musical tones into the listening environment just like wood-bodied string-instruments. The total musical output from a Kiso Acoustic loudspeakers is the sum of the sound from the speaker drivers and the emitted aural contribution from the cabinets themselves. Despite that the cabinet act like the body of a string instrument, the Kiso Acoustic is extremely capable of reproducing acoustically recorded percussion, human voice, and brass instruments. Moreover, it is equally capable of reproducing amplified music with electrical-based instruments with extreme speed and transients. The ultra-light weight of the Kiso Acoustic cabinet do not unneccessarily store energy, but release all the energy instantly for a thrilling and immediate performance.

High-end loudspeakers normally have large and extremely hard cabinets designed to eliminate resonances. Some of them use synthetic stone-like materials and even metal. Such cabinets will store energy and release this energy with a considerable delay. The Kiso Acoustic loudspeakers are designed and constructed from a totally opposing view and thinking with ultra-thin, ultra-small, ultra-light cabinets made from musical instrument-grade tonewood. The purpose of the cabinet is to immediately release the musical energy without restraining it. The cabinets have been voiced to play in harmony with the speaker drivers, so what the listener is hearing is an unrestrained, stress-free musical rendering.

The Kiso Acoustic HB-1 and HB-X1 loudspeakers have been designed, developed, built and voiced to be among the most capable, and highest performing compact, full-scale speakers in the world. It is interesting to note that these are loudspeakers that are becoming recognized and adopted by musical artists, music recording professionals, and veteran audiophiles. Often a set of Kiso Acoustic loudspeakers will find their place widely spaced, sharply toed in, at the outskirts of other very large high-end loudspeakers of various pedigree brands. And normally they find themselves being played more often than their larger brothers due to their inherent ability to recreate uncanny, astonishingly real musical images in a most satisfying way.

Just like the finest of string-bodied instruments, a Kiso Acoustic loudspeaker is rare and costly. At first sight many prospective adopters gets apprehensive concerning the size/cost relationship. However, for the true connoisseur with his/her honed ability to listen without prejudice, it will become apparant that there is no other loudspeaker available anywhere that combines the particular qualities that the Kiso Acoustic HB-1 and HB-X1 do.

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Kiso Acoustic Co., Ltd.
2496-2 Sakashita, Nakatsugawa-shi, Gifu-ken 509-9232, Japan
E-mail: s.bjorge at kisoacoustic.com (for enquiries in English)