Neumann KH 80 Active DSP Studio Monitor

Active 2-way Mid/Near-field Monitor

The KH 80 DSP is designed for use as a near-field monitor, as a front loudspeaker in small multi-channel systems, or as a rear loudspeaker in a compact multi-channel systems. It can be used in project and music studios, broadcast centers, OB vans, and post production studios for tracking, mixing, and mastering. It is also well suited for use in domestic environments.

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The Neumann KH 80 is a dense Active Studio Monitor intended and constructed for use as a near or rear field loudspeaker as part of a multi-channel setup. The speaker enjoys expansive headroom analogue input, versatile acoustical analogue control and a wide-ranging mounting range. The Neumann KH 80 is one of the most commanding and flexible Active Studio Monitors available to industry professionals.

The KH 80’s Elliptical Mathematically Modelled Dispersion (MMD) waveguide technology provides a much slicker and circular off-axis response, permitting its use in a far more varied array of acoustic settings.  Combined with the KH 80’s modern hardware mounting options, adaptability and variety are clearly situated front and centre in Neumann’s designs.

The class AB amplifiers in the KH 80, its huge analogue headroom and long throw bass driver all total up to a hardy, reliable active studio monitor well suited in all applications for broadcast, music, post-production and project studio applications.  Its tough manufacturing and build-quality which includes a titanium fabric dome, metal grille and compact aluminium cabinet lend mean that it is equally at home in a studio environment or outside in a broadcast truck.

The Neumann KH 80 offers all the power and acoustic quality professionals have come to expect from a high-quality near-field monitor, as well as the additional versatility they might not.

New in-house simulated drivers with metal grilles

  • Latest modeling techniques used to minimize non-linear (harmonic and intermodulation) distortion  Driver cones protected from accidental physical damage by robust metal grilles

Powerful alloy fabric tweeter dome

  • Low-distortion high-frequency reproduction

Elliptical Mathematically Modeled Dispersion™ (MMD™) waveguide, with wide horizontal and narrow vertical dispersion

  • Smoother off-axis response, More forgiving of diverse acoustical environments Freedom of movement across the mixing console Reduces reflections off the mixing console

Long throw composite sandwich cone bass driver with Extremely Linear Force Factor™ (ELFF™)

  • Damping of break-up modes and low distortion at high sound levels Linear pistonic motor gives a very low harmonic distortion even at high excursions

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

Compact polycarbonate composite cabinet

  • No standing wave resonances,
  • Fastest bass transient response,
  • Reduced intermodulation distortion in midrange

Large front panel ports

  • Reduced bass compression and easier to mount in tight spaces such as OB vans and small studios

One-piece front panel with no discontinuities

  • Reduced diffraction and smoother frequency response

Powerful highly efficient amplifiers with large headroom

  • Improved transient response
  • Low heat dissipation

Independent thermo limiters for woofer and tweeter to protect the voice coils and power amplifiers. Woofer soft clip and excursion limiters

  • Fast acting, high reliability and allows extraction of the maximum performance from the system
  • Production consistency due to individual alignment in final test
  • Any one KH 80 DSP unit is “pair-matched” to any other KH 80 DSP unit

4-position low-mid acoustical control

  • Fast acoustical set up in mobile applications

8 x Precision Alignment acoustical controls accessible via control network

  • Accurate and flexible alignment of the loudspeaker in the room and within systems

Lipsync delay (0 … 70 ms)

  • To align audio and video signals up to 1.75 frames at 50 Hz or 2.1 frames at 60 Hz

Time-of-flight delay (0 … 70 ms)

  • To compensate for listening distance differences up to 24 m (79 ft)

Linear phase crossover, with bypass

  • Flat phase response and can by bypassed to give a similar phase response to an analog loudspeaker

Wide range input gain and output level controls

  • Easier interfacing with signal sources

Control network used standard Ethernet components

  • No additional special equipment needed.Brings setup, alignment and operation functions via the Neuman.Control software

Completely symmetrical internal signal chain

  • Minimizes noises caused by external electromagnetic interference

Double insulated electrical design

  • Ground loops are impossible

Universal switched-mode power supply (100 … 240 V)

  • One version works in any country and robust to poor quality mains supply

Extensive mounting hardware options

  • More flexibility in mounting cabinets in more diverse locations and backwards compatibility with previous models
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  • -6 dB free field frequency response: 53 Hz … 22 kHz, ± 6 dB
  • -3 dB free field frequency response: 57 Hz … 21 kHz, ± 3 dB
  • Pass band free field frequency response: 59 Hz … 20 kHz, ± 2 dB
  • Self-generated noise (with input gain set to 100 dB for 0 dBu): < 20 dB(A) at 10 cm
  • Sine wave output with a THD < 0.5 % at 1 m: 90 dB SPL (>200 Hz)
  • Max. SPL in full space / calc. in half space at 3% THD at 1m: 102.8 / 108.8 dB SPL (averaged between 100 Hz and 6 kHz)
  • Bass capability: Max. SPL in half space at 3% THD at 1m: 92.1 dB SPL (averaged between 50 Hz and 100 Hz)
  • 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):
  • 93 dB(C) SPL (full range)
  • 100 dB(C) SPL (with subwoofer)
  • Max. long term SPL with pink noise at 2.3 m, in typical listening conditions (single/pair):
  • 88 / 93 dB(C) SPL (full range)
  • 91 / 96 dB(C) SPL (with subwoofer)



  • Bass amplifier output power (THD+N, 0.1%, 10%): 90 W, 120 W
  • Treble amplifier output power (THD+N, 0.1%, 10%): 50 W, 70 W
  • 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 ... 16kHz, +/- 45°), Analog emulation
  • Latency A-D-A – linear phase, analog emulation mode: 2 ms, 0.65 ms
  • Protection circuitry: Independent soft clip, peak and thermo limiters for woofer and tweeter. Woofer excursion limiter.
  • Infrasonic filter - frequency; slope: 61 Hz; 12 dB/oct.
  • Input: XLR / 6.3 mm (¼”) Jack, analog electronically balanced
  • Impedance: 14k Ohms
  • Input gain control (sensitivity): 0 dB to -15 dB
  • Output level control: 94, 100, 108, 114 dB SPL
  • CMRR: >56 dB @ 15kHz
  • Max. input level: +24 dBu for 94 dB SPL setting
  • Digital converter: resolution, design: 24-bit DAC, Δ∑
  • Digital internal sampling rate: 48 kHz
  • Dynamic range D-A; woofer, tweeter: 114 dB, 117 dB
  • User adjustable delay range: 0 … 70 ms
  • Audio-video/lip sync max. frames: 1.75 (40 ms frames) or 2.1 (33 ms frames)
  • Time-of-flight max. distance: 24 m (79 ft)
  • Resolution – time/distance: 0.1 ms / 3.44 cm (1 3/8”)
  • Displays and indicators:
  • Normal operation: Neumann logo “White”
  • Identification:Neumann logo “Rosé”
  • Limit / clip / errors: Neumann logo “Red”Mains
  • Power Supply, voltage; frequency: 100-240V; 50/60 Hz
  • Power consumption (230 V / 100 V):
  • Standby: <330 / <50 mW
  • Idle: 9 / 8 W
  • Full output: 180 W
  • Standby:  Disabled, 90 mins (default), or user defined in software



  • Cabinet surface finish, color (front / back): Painted composite polycarbonate material, 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 +70° C (−13° F to 158° F), <90% RH, non-condensing
  • Woofer: 100 mm (4") with integrated black metal grille
  • Tweeter: 25 mm (1") with integrated black metal grille
  • Mounting points: 2 x M6 threaded inserts with 70 mm spacing on back panel, depth from outside of cabinet 16 mm (5/8”).
  • Product dimensions (height x width x depth), mm (inches):  233 x 154 x 194 mm (9 1/8" x 6" x 7 5/8")
  • Net volume, internal / external: 3.7 liters / 7.0 liters
  • Product weight: 3.4 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 and cube: 4.1 kg (9 lbs 1 oz), 0.023 m3
  • 1x KH 80 DSP A
  • 1x Mains cable (European, UK, US, or CCC and KC)
  • 4x Self-adhesive feet
  • 1x Getting Started Quickly guide
  • 1x Safety booklet