Little King   Shelf speaker as in K+T 5/2021

Technical data
  • impedance: 4 Ohm
  • sensivity (2,83V/1m): 86 dB
  • size (HxWxD): 600 x 250 x 390 mm
  • frequency range (-8dB): 48 - 30000 Hz
  • crossover frequency(s): 150, 1800 Hz
  • speaker type: closed box

Little King is a three way compact speaker.

Little King is a closed-cabinet loudspeaker with drivers of Audaphon, SEAS and Wavecor.

The kit is delivered with the following drivers:
- a Audaphon AMT 1i air motion transformer (ribbon-tweeter)
- a SEAS Excel W18EX001 mids driver
- two Wavecor SW280WA01 woofers

Little King exists in two variants: Little King active with Hypex active electronics or as a passive variant with conventional crossover Little King.

The loudspeaker has been developed by Daniel Gattig and Dennis Frank.

The crossover consists of:
- a 2nd order high-pass filter (12 dB per octave slope) for the tweeter.
- a band pass consisting of a 2nd order high pass filter (12 dB per octave slope) and a 2nd order low-pass filter (12 dB per octave slope) for the mids-woofer.
- a 2nd order low-pass filter (12 dB per octave slope) for the woofer.

The frequency response of this speaker is perfectly linear.

The decay spectrum nearly perfect.

At low volume, i.e. 85 dB at 1 m, the nonlinear distortions are below 0,4% above 300 Hz and doesn't exceed 0,6% at 95 dB at 1 m between 300 and 15000 Hz.

An excerpt from the Klang+Ton review (Translation of the author into English)

"And the Little King sounds as good as we have measured - in all three variants, of which you can program a lot more yourself, but the Hypex module is limited to three presets that you can use in the quick access via button. When it comes to hi-fi tuning, the compact box ensures ultra-deep and pitch-black bass that we normally know from much larger constructions. The two Wavecors are a force of their own in their small housing and make any subwoofer absolutely superfluous, unless you want to tear down the building. The Seas Excel and the AMT do a fantastic job in the mid-high range and play as precisely and neutrally as one could wish. If this almost analytical behavior is too much for you, you can quickly switch to the "British tuning" and bathe in a warm melodious sound that is actually reminiscent of some of the loudspeaker classics by Kef et al. And with the "party tuning", there is really cracking and popping out of the speakers - a fantastic choice for loud, and I mean: LOUD rock music."

Conclusion of the magazine Klang+Ton:

"The best of many worlds: The Little King, especially in its active version, is a loudspeaker that knows no musical limits and reproduces every kind of music in the best possible way.<6quot;

Our kit consists of

  • Seas Excel W18EX001 (E0017-08S)
  • Audaphon AMT-1i round Faceplate
  • 2x Wavecor subwoofer SW280WA01, flat cone, 4 Ohm
  • 0,5x Damping fleece MT Bondum 800 (30 x 50 x 2 cm)
  • 0,5x PE sealing tape, 5x2 mm, 7.5 m
  • 3x Damping Sonofil 100 x 35 cm for 20 litres
  • Binding Post PK28 I, gold plated (one pair, red and black)
  • 3m Speaker cable 2x1.5 mm2 black/red
  • 3x Pan screws 4x20 black, torx, 8 pieces

the crossover components (right),
to be mounted on a small wooden board.

  • Audaphon MKP CAP Superior 1.0 μF / 400 Vdc
  • Audaphon MKP CAP Superior 6.8 μF / 400 Vdc
  • Audaphon MKT CAP 1.8 μF / 160 Vdc
  • Audaphon MKT CAP 6.8 μF / 160 Vdc
  • Audaphon MKT CAP 100 μF / 160 Vdc
  • Mundorf, electrolytic capacitor, etched, 180 μF/63 Vdc
  • 1.3 mm air core coil, 1.8 mH/0.45 Ohm
  • 0.7 mm air core coil, 0.47 mH/0.50 Ohm
  • 0.7 mm air core coil, 0.68 mH/0.70 Ohm
  • Mundorf bs140 core coil 8.2mH/0.33Ohm
  • Mundorf H core coil H100, 3.9 mH/0.3 0hm
  • ceramic resistor 2.2 Ohm/20 Watt
  • Metal-oxide resistor, 10W 1.0 Ohm (brown-black-gold)
  • Metal-oxide resistor, 10W 6.8 Ohm (blue-grey-gold)
  • Metal-oxide resistor, 10W 8.2 Ohm (grey-red-gold)

Kit without cabinet, price per speaker   EUR 1839,00 excl. VAT: € 1545.38 / $ 1823.55

Kit with high-end crossover

The high-end kit is delivered with baked varnish air core coils on important parts of the crossover for minimizing microphonic effects. - The current flow through the coil creates a magnetic field which sets the reel of wire in motion. This motion induces a voltage in the coil which adds itself to the signal. The stiffer the reel of wire is, the less the signal will be altered. The capacitors for the Audaphon AMT 1i are of type polypropylen (MKP) Clarity-Cap CSA 630 V.

  • ClarityCap PWA capacitor 100 μF / 400 Vdc
  • ClarityCap CSA capacitor 1.0 μF / 630 Vdc
  • ClarityCap CSA capacitor 6.8 μF / 630 Vdc
  • Audaphon MKP CAP Superior 1.8 μF / 400 Vdc
  • Audaphon MKP CAP Superior 6.8 μF / 400 Vdc
  • Mundorf, electrolytic capacitor, etched, 180 μF/63 Vdc
  • Mundorf baked varnish air core coil BL71, 0.47 mH/0.57 Ohm
  • Mundorf baked varnish air core coil BL71, 0.68 mH/0.71 Ohm
  • Mundorf baked varnish air core coil BL140, 1.8 mH/0.43 Ohm
  • Mundorf bs180 core coil 8.2mH/0.21 Ohm
  • Mundorf H core baked varnish coil BH100, 3.9 mH/0.3 0hm
  • MResist Supreme 2.2 Ohm / 20 Watt
  • Metal-oxide resistor, 10W 1.0 Ohm (brown-black-gold)
  • Metal-oxide resistor, 10W 6.8 Ohm (blue-grey-gold)
  • Metal-oxide resistor, 10W 8.2 Ohm (grey-red-gold)

Kit with high-end-crossover without cabinet, price per speaker   EUR 1960,00 excl. VAT: € 1647.06 / $ 1943.53

Impedance correction

If you want to use a valve amplifier with this speaker an impedance correction should be employed. In this case the component quality is less important; therefore, we offer only one kit (upon request higher quality components are available).

  • Audaphon MKT CAP 33 μF / 160 Vdc
  • ceramic resistor 8.2 Ohm/20 Watt

Price per impedance correction for one speaker, to be mounted on a small wooden board.  

universal PCB

If you prefer to mount the crossover components on a universal PCB instead on wood
PCB 220x155 mm, order no. I-8805002, price per unit:   EUR 11,80 excl. VAT: € 9.92 / $ 11.70
We recommend one board per kit (2 boards per speaker pair)


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