Neumann KH 80 DSP Active Studio Monitor Pair  From Neumann

The Neumann KH 80 DSP represents Neumann's first foray into DSP controlled studio monitors, bringing a level of clarity, accuracy, and control to a previously unseen price point!

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Neumann has a reputation for doing things the right way. That's why when they announced a DSP controlled powered studio monitor set we got very excited. This compact desktop monitor solution is the answer for professionals and budding professionals who are mixing in less than ideal environments but require extreme accuracy. 

Manufacturer's Description from Neumann

The KH 80 DSP two-way active bi-amplified monitor features a DSP engine with network control, a Mathematically Modeled Dispersion™ Waveguide (MMD™), an analogue input and an extensive range of mounting hardware. This allows the loudspeaker to be used in diverse acoustical conditions, with any source equipment and in a wide variety of physical locations. The KH 80 represents the latest in acoustic and electronic simulation and measurement technologies to ensure the most accurate sound reproduction possible.

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.

Key Features

  •  4” + 1” drivers powered by high efficiency 120 and 70 W amplifiers
  • Computer modeled and optimized drivers and MMD™ waveguide
  • 57 Hz (-3 dB) bass extension and 108.8 dB SPL at 1 m
  • DSP engine with standard IP networking and Neumann.Control software



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Specializing in some of the finest microphones in the world, Neumann has develpoed a top name in the industry for consistency, reliability, and sonic excellence. With microphones suited for the entire range of studio recording (and more recently live application), Neumann microphones are often a first choice for uncompromised acoustic reproduction.



  • -6 dB free field frequency response53 Hz … 22 kHz, ± 6 dB
  • -3 dB free field frequency response57 Hz … 21 kHz, ± 3 dB
  • Pass band free field frequency response59 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 m90 dB SPL (>200 Hz)
  • Max. SPL in full space / calc. in half space
  • at 3% THD at 1m102.8 / 108.8 dB SPL
  • (averaged between 100 Hz and 6 kHz)
  • Bass capability: Max. SPL in half space 
  • at 3% THD at 1m92.1 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 conditions104 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 designDigital, active
  • Crossover Frequency1.8 kHz
  • Crossover Slope48 dB/oct, 8th order with phase correction
  • Equalization - Low Mid0, -1.5, -3, -4.5 dB
  • Equalization – via Neumann.Control 
  • software8 x full parametric IIR + low / high shelf global balance
  • FIR phase correctionLinear phase (170 Hz ... 16kHz, +/- 45°), Analog emulation
  • Latency A-D-A – linear phase, analog emulation mode2 ms, 0.65 ms
  • Protection circuitryIndependent soft clip, peak and thermo limiters for woofer and tweeter. Woofer excursion limiter.
  • Infrasonic filter - frequency; slope61 Hz; 12 dB/oct.
  • Input
  • XLR / 6.3 mm (¼”) Jack, analog electronically balanced
  • Impedance14k Ohms
  • Input gain control (sensitivity)0 dB to -15 dB
  • Output level control94, 100, 108, 114 dB SPL
  • CMRR>56 dB @ 15kHz
  • Max. input level+24 dBu for 94 dB SPL setting
  • Digital converter: resolution, design24-bit DAC, ??
  • Digital internal sampling rate48 kHz
  • Dynamic range D-A; woofer, tweeter114 dB, 117 dB
  • User adjustable delay range0 … 70 ms
  • Audio-video/lip sync max. frames1.75 (40 ms frames) or 2.1 (33 ms frames)
  • Time-of-flight max. distance24 m (79 ft)
  • Resolution – time/distance0.1 ms / 3.44 cm (1 3/8”)
  • Displays and indicators:
  • Normal operation 
  • Identification
  • Limit / clip / errors
  • Neumann logo “White”
  • Neumann logo “Rosé”
  • Neumann logo “Red”
  • Mains Power Supply, voltage; frequency100-240V; 50/60 Hz
  • Power consumption (230 V / 100 V):
  • Standby
  • Idle
  • Full output
  • <330 / <50 mW
  • 9 / 8 W
  • 180 W
  • StandbyDisabled, 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
  • Woofer100 mm (4") with integrated black metal grille
  • Tweeter25 mm (1") with integrated black metal grille
  • Mounting points2 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 / external3.7 liters / 7.0 liters
  • Product weight3.4 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 cube4.1 kg (9 lbs 1 oz), 0.023 m3
  • Delivery includes
  • 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