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Ultra-compact, DSP-controlled bi-amplified near-field monitor with exceptional power reserves

  • New DSP engine optimizes output to achieve reference class sound
  • Neumann.Control App for iPads® to setup, align and operate the monitor
  • Mathematically optimized dispersion to deliver excellent detail in any surroundings

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With its digital core, the KH 80 DSP enables filtering functions and room adjustment options, which brings reference level reproduction to any environment. Even with its compact design, it has extraordinary reserve capacity - as well as the classic strengths of the Neumann monitor philosophy: clearly defined dispersion angle, distortion-free design and sophisticated material selection.

Via standard IP networking, Neumann.Control gives full access to all the functions of the KH 80 DSP Studio Monitor not already available via the back panel. Systems of loudspeakers can be defined, from mono to 3D, aligned for a good in-room sound, and then operated centrally: Setup, Align, Operate. Neumann.Control for iPad®

The Neumann developers know every nuance, every angle and every wave reflection of the KH 80 DSP. It sounds so pure because they are directing every sound wave so precisely. The KH 80 DSP’s design is based on computer simulations that calculate with a level of accuracy that no one other than Neumann does. The Mathematical Modeled Dispersion Waveguide (MMD™) provides the studio series with a solid base for precise sound direction that remains unique. Maths has never sounded so good.

It might be a project studio, an outside broadcast van, a corner at work or just a brick building: The room defines the sound. Surfaces and corners in the room cause interference, diffraction, reflection, and refraction: all are forms of distortion. For a really true sound, without acoustic-physical “accidents”, you normally need expensive equipment plus plenty of time and expertise to align it correctly – or smart algorithms. Neumann’s DSP engine optimizes the sound output of the KH 80 DSP, delivering quality way above the price-tag. And the best part: You don’t need to be an expert to perfectly adjust the system to your environment.

Highest quality components, high-end protection systems and power reserves are what you would expect from this studio class product even under the most demanding circumstances. Its design makes the KH 80 DSP a versatile near-field monitor, which delivers professional-quality sound wherever you need it – in project and music studios, editing and broadcasting rooms or in outside broadcast vans. Some of our customers like it so much, they use the KH 80 DSP in their living rooms. Why not? After all, the KH 80 DSP delivers digital precision for a masterpiece of analog technology: your ears.


The Neumann.Control app for iPads® offers several features allowing you to setup, align and operate the KH 80 DSP even in large setups up to 9 loudspeakers.

The key features are:
  • 1, 2, 4, 5, 7 and 9 loudspeakers
  • Identify loudspeakers on the network that are in the room
  • Assign the identified loudspeakers to positions in the room
  • Guided Alignment – a set of simple questions resulting a well-balanced sound. The Guided Alignment is a process where you are asked very simple questions about the room and the loudspeaker position, and then the app adjusts the response of each loudspeaker accordingly
  • Manual Alignment – an 8-band fully parametric equaliser for expert users. In Manual Alignment expert users have complete freedom to adjust an 8-band parametric equalizer, levels and delays in each loudspeaker as they wish. Manual Alignment can also be used to edit Guided Alignments in a more detailed way.
  • System and alignment selection
  • Volume control, preset levels, dim, mute all
  • Groups, solos, mutes
  • Other system settings such as delay, standby level and logo brightness
The KH 80 DSP has also been developed true to the Neumann philosophy for monitor loudspeakers. Every component, every shape, every signal and every wave motion is a consequence of this philosophy. No form or component is there without reason. There are hundreds of tangible reasons built into the KH 80 DSP, which all stand for exceptionally pure and neutral sound. These include, for example, curvatures of the housing that reduce edge diffraction. Also included is the pistonic output of the bass driver which does not give rise to harmonic distortions, even with the highest sound peaks. Some of these reasons are obvious in the KH 80. Others Neumann prefers to keep to itself. But together, each can be heard – sound professionals in both large and small studios all around the world can testify to this. You can read more about the Neumann philosophy for studio monitors here.


(1) In-house simulated tweeter with alloy fabric dome
  • Latest modeling techniques used to minimize non-linear (harmonic and intermodulation) distortion
  • Low-distortion high frequency reproduction
(2) Elliptical Mathematically Modelled Dispersion™ (MMD™) waveguide
  • Smoother off -axis response
  • More forgiving of diverse acoustical environments
Wide horizontal dispersion
  • Freedom of movement across the mixing console
Narrow vertical dispersion
  • Reduces reflections off the mixing console
(3)Two-color + dimmable Neumann logo
  • Displays operation status and activation of the extensive protection system
  • Dimmable for low lighting level conditions or behind the screen applications
(4) In-house modelled long-throw composite sandwich cone bass driver with Extremely Linear Force Factor™ (ELFF™) and flow optimized die cast basket
  • Damping of break up modes brings low distortion at high sound levels
  • Linear pistonic motor gives a very low harmonic distortion even at high excursions
  • Reduced air noise and improved rocking modes
(5) Robust metal grilles
  • Protects against mechanical damage
(6) Large high-capacity flow-optimized bass reflex ports with pipe resonance damping
  • Fast bass transient response
  • Reduced bass compression at high output levels
  • No coloration from organ pipe resonance
  • Easier to mount in tight spaces
(7) Compact polycarbonate composite cabinet
  • Robust package for a long life
  • No standing wave resonances
One-piece front panel with no discontinuities
  • Reduced diffraction and smoother frequency response
(8) Standby function
  • Reduces power consumption when product is not in use
Control function
  • Use the back panel controls or the control set defined by the Neumann.Control software
(9) 4-position low-mid acoustical control
  • Compensates for nearby desktops
  • Fast acoustical set up in mobile applications
  • Repeatable acoustical settings after moving loudspeakers
(10) Wide range input gain and output level controls
  • Easier interfacing with signal sources
(11)Fully documented extensive mounting hardware range
  • More flexibility in mounting cabinets in more diverse locations and backwards compatible to previous products
  • Easy advanced planning for installations
(12) Universal double-insulated switched-mode power supply (100 … 240 V)
  • One version works in any country and robust to poor quality mains supply
  • Ground loops are impossible
(13) Network connector using standard IP protocol and your existing network infrastructure
  • No additional special equipment needed
  • Loudspeaker system can be controlled via the Neumann.Control software
(14) Analogue input socket can accept XLR or 6.3 mm (1/4”) Jack plugs, electronically balanced with completely symmetrical internal signal chain
  • Completely symmetrical internal signal routing minimizes noises caused by external electromagnetic interference

More Features

Production consistency due to automated computer optimized alignment in final testing
  • Any KH 80 DSP is “pair matched” to any other KH 80 DSP
Separate fast acting thermo limiters for woofer and tweeter to protect the voice coils and power amplifiers
  • Woofer soft clip and excursion limiters
  • Fast acting and highly reliable
  • Allows extraction of the maximum performance
Low heat dissipation amplifiers with large headroom and overheat limiting
  • Improved transient response
  • Assured reliability and safety
8 x Precision Alignment acoustical controls accessible via control network
  • Accurate and flexible alignment of the loudspeaker in the room and within systems
Delay (0 … 70 ms)
  • Lip-sync: To align audio and video signals up to 1.75 frames at 50 Hz or 2.1 frames at 60 Hz
  • Time-of-flight: To compensate for listening distance differences up to 24 m (79 ft.)
Linear phase crossover
  • Flat phase response for timing transparency

Technical Data

Free field frequency response ±6 dB

53 Hz … 21 kHz

Free field frequency response ±3 dB

57 Hz … 21 kHz

Free field frequency linearity deviation between 100 Hz and 10 kHz

± 0.7 dB

Reproduction accuracy between 100 Hz and 10 kHz: 100%, 80%, 50% of loudspeakers produced

±0.26; ±0.23; ±0.17 dB

Self-generated noise at 10 cm (with input gain set to 100 dB SPL for 0 dBu)

<20 dB(A) SPL

Sine wave output with a THD < 0.5 % at 1 m in half space

90 dB SPL (>200 Hz)

Max. SPL calc. in half space at 3% THD at 1m (averaged between 100 Hz and 6 kHz)

108.8 dB SPL

Max. SPL in full space at 3% THD at 1m (averaged between 100 Hz and 6 kHz)

102.8 dB SPL

Bass capability: Max. SPL in half space at 3% THD at 1m (averaged between 50 Hz and 100 Hz)

92.1 dB SPL

Max. short term SPL with IEC-weighted noise (IEC 60268-5) at 1 m, in typical listening conditions

104 dB(C) SPL

Max. short term SPL with music material at 2.3 m in typical listening conditions (pair / full range)

93 dB(C) SPL

Max. short term SPL with music material at 2.3 m, in typical listening conditions (pair with subwoofer)

100 dB(C) SPL

Max. long term SPL with pink noise at 2.3 m, in typical listening conditions (single / pair full range)

88 / 93 dB(C) SPL

Max. long term SPL with pink noise at 2.3 m, in typical listening conditions (single / pair with subwoofer)

91 / 96 dB(C) SPL

Analog input(s)

XLR / 6.3 mm (¼”) Jack: analog electronically balanced

Analog input impedance

14k Ohms

Max. input level

+24 dBu for 94 dB SPL setting; +18 dBu for 100 dB SPL setting; +10 dBu for 108 dB SPL setting; +4 dBu for 114 dB SPL setting

Common mode rejection ratio (CMRR)

>56 dB @ 15 kHz

Volume control

via Neumann.Control software

Volume control range; resolution

0 … -∞ dB; 0.1 dB

Input gain control (sensitivity)

0 dB ... -15 dB

Output level control (output level in 1 m based on 0 dBu input level)

94; 100; 108; 114 dB SPL

Digital converter: resolution; design

24-bit DAC; Δ∑

Digital converter: sampling rate

48 kHz

Digital internal sampling rate

48 kHz

Dynamic range A-D

114 dB(A)

Dynamic range A-D-A

111 dB(A) woofer; 112 dB(A) tweeter

Dynamic range D-A

114 dB(A) woofer; 117 dB(A) tweeter


2 ms (A-D-A linear phase)

Delay: User adjustable delay range

0 … 70 ms

Delay: Resolution: time; distance

0.1 ms; 3.44 cm (1 3/8”)

Delay: Max. frames Audio-video synchronisation (lip sync)

1.75 (40 ms frames); 2.1 (33 ms frames)

Delay: Time-of-flight maximum distance

24 m (79 ft)

Controller design

Digital; active

Crossover frequency

1.8 kHz

Crossover slope

48 dB/oct; 8th order with phase correction

Equalization: Low-Mid

0; -1.5; -3; -4.5 dB

Equalization: via Neumann.Control software

8 x full parametric IIR + low / high shelf global balance

FIR phase correction

Linear phase (170 Hz ... 16 kHz; +/- 45°)

Protection circuitry

Independent soft clip, peak and thermo limiters for woofer and tweeter; Woofer excursion limiter; thermo limiter for the electronics and amplifiers

Infrasonic filter: frequency; slope

61 Hz; 12 dB/Okt.

Remote control

Neumann.Control software via an RJ45 connector carrying standard IP data

Display: On; Normal Operation

Neumann logo “White”

Display: Identification

Neumann logo “Rosé”

Display: Limit / Clip / Errors / Protection /Boot Mute / Shut Down Mute

Neumann logo “Red”

Display Brightness

via Neumann.Control

Output power woofer amplifier (THD+N with limiter deactivated: 10%)

120 W

Output power tweeter amplifier (THD+N with limiter deactivated: 10%)

70 W

Output power woofer amplifier (THD+N with limiter deactivated: 0.1%)

90 W

Output power tweeter amplifier (THD+N with limiter deactivated: 0.1%)

50 W

Mains Power Supply: input voltage; frequency

100-240 V; 50/60 Hz

Power consumption (230 V / 100 V): Standby

<330 / <50 mW

Power consumption (230 V / 100 V): Idle

9 / 8 W

Power consumption (230 V / 100 V): Full output

180 W

In-rush current (Peak)

20 A


Disabled; 90 mins (default); user defined in software

Cabinet material

Composite polycarbonate

Cabinet surface finish; color (front / back)

Painted; metallic anthracite (RAL 7021) / Black (RAL 9005)

Operating conditions

+10° C to +40° C (+50° F to +104° F); <75% RH; non-condensing

Transport/storage conditions

-25° C to +60° C (-13° F to 158° F); <90% RH; non-condensing


100 mm (4") with protecting black metal grille


25 mm (1") with protecting black metal grille

Mounting points

2 x M6 threaded inserts with 70 mm spacing on back panel; thread depth 15 mm (5/8”)

Product dimensions (height x width x depth)

233 x 154 x 194 mm (9 1/8" x 6" x 7 5/8")

External net volume

6.7 liters

Product weight

3.5 kg (7 lbs 8 oz)

Packed dimensions (height x width x depth), mm (inches)

345 x 277 x 243 mm (13 5/8" x 10 7/8" x 9 5/8")

Packed weight

4.1 kg (9 lbs 1 oz)

Packed cube

0.023 m³

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