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Neumann MONITOR ALIGNMENT KIT 2 - KH 80 DSP Monitors with MA 1 Calibration Mic and Software

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Includes 2 x KH 80 DSP monitors and MA 1 calibration kit. Neumann’s Automatic Monitor Alignment MA 1 ensures the best possible sound quality in any room – from home studios to professional control rooms. Using the individually calibrated measurement microphone your acoustic environment is analyz... Read More

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Includes 2 x KH 80 DSP monitors and MA 1 calibration kit.

Neumann’s Automatic Monitor Alignment MA 1 ensures the best possible sound quality in any room – from home studios to professional control rooms. Using the individually calibrated measurement microphone your acoustic environment is analyzed in a guided process. Advanced calibration algorithms, jointly developed with the world's leading institute in audio processing, Fraunhofer IIS, guarantee an optimally adapted amplitude and phase correction for exact and reliable monitoring.


  • Calibration algorithms jointly developed with Fraunhofer IIS
  • For stereo setups with KH 80 DSP and all pairs of analog (non DSP-based) Neumann monitors using the KH 750 DSP subwoofer
  • Individually calibrated measurement microphone
  • Room adaptive target curve
  • Phase and amplitude optimization for analog Neumann monitors
  • For Mac and PC

Neumann’s Automatic Alignment is a dedicated tool for stereo sets of KH 80 DSP monitors with or without the KH 750 DSP as well as two non DSP-based KH-Line monitors connected to the analog outputs of a KH 750 DSP subwoofer. Unlike conventional correction software it is an integrated solution with novel algorithms, jointly developed with the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits (IIS) specifically for Neumann studio monitors. No plug-in or special audio driver is required: Alignment data is stored and processed within the DSP-powered monitors themselves. As a unique benefit, the software not only optimizes the amplitude response but also optimizes the phase. This provides highest accuracy in terms of tonality and impulse reproduction.

In a first step, acoustic data of the listening environment is gathered in a guided process. No special acoustic knowledge is required. Simply connect your Neumann monitors to the outputs of your audio interface or monitor controller. Additionally, your DSP-based KH-line monitors must also be connected to your computer’s ethernet port. For multiple connections, a standard ethernet switch will do.

Now plug the measurement microphone into your microphone input. This microphone was specifically developed for this software and is individually calibrated by it. The software will guide you through the measurement process.

From the measured data, the software ascertains the room’s acoustic properties. The individual correction parameters are generated according to a room-specific target curve calculated by the software. Neumann's decades of experience in calibrating monitoring systems in studio control rooms has been incorporated into this process. Of course, you can modify the target curve to your needs.

Additionally, the alignment process ensures an optimal summation in the low frequencies when a subwoofer is used.

All resulting correction parameters are stored and processed in the DSP-powered monitors. So there is nothing to worry about anymore, no plug-ins, no driver issues. And no additional cables, either: Once the alignment process is completed, the ethernet connections are not required anymore.

Using the KH 750 DSP subwoofer, stereo sets of analog KH-Line monitors, too, can be used with the Automatic Monitor Alignment Software. The KH 750 DSP has enough processing power to align the entire system including the two analog loudspeakers connected to its outputs. Additionally, KH 120, KH 310, and KH 420 loudspeakers profit from phase linearization of their built-in crossover filters! The result is increased clarity, a dry bass, and a time-correct, more accurate depiction of reverbs and acoustic spaces.

Hardware Requirements:

  • 1 pair of KH DSP loudspeakers or 1 KH 750 DSP subwoofer in combination with a pair of analog (non-DSP based) KH loudspeakers
  • Neumann MA 1 measurement microphone
  • Computer (Windows 10 64 Bit and macOS 10.13, 10.14 or 10.15)
  • Audio interface with balanced analog input with 48 V phantom power and 2 balanced analog outputs or digital AES3 output (only with KH 750 DSP)
  • Network switch
  • Screen resolution of 1280×720 px or higher

Software Requirements:

  • Operating system: Windows 10 64 Bit and macOS 10.13, 10.14 or 10.15
  • Neumann Automatic Monitor Alignment software
  • ASIO driver (for Windows)

The following loudspeakers and subwoofers are network-enabled and can be controlled directly by the software:

  • KH 80 DSP
  • KH 750 DSP

The following loudspeakers are not network-enabled and need to be connected via a network-
enabled subwoofer in order to be included in the system setup.

  • KH 120 A
  • KH 120 D
  • KH 310 A
  • KH 310 D
  • KH 420/KH 420 + DIM 1

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.


  • 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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Product Specs

-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 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)
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
8 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, 0.5 ms
Protection circuitryIndependent soft clip, peak and thermo limiters for woofer and tweeter. Woofer excursion limiter.
Infrasonic filter - frequency; slope61 Hz; 12 dB/oct.

XLR / 6.3 mm (1/4”) 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
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):
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

Acoustical operating principle Pressure transducer
Directional Pattern Omnidirectional
Frequency Range 20 Hz - 20 kHz
Sensitivity at 1 kHz into 1 kohm 30 mV/Pa -30 dBV +/- 3 dB uncalibrated | 30 mV/Pa -30 dBV +/- 0,5 dB Calibrated (via software)
Rated Impedance 50 Ohms
Rated load impedance 1000 Ohms
Equivalent noise level, CCIR 1 39 dB
Equivalent noise level, A-weighted 2 27 dB-A
Maximum SPL for THD 0.5% 3 132 dB
Signal-to-noise ratio, CCIR (re. 94 dB SPL) 4 55 dB
Signal-to-noise ratio, A-weighted (re. 94 dB SPL) 5 67 dB
Maximum output voltage 10 dBu
Supply voltage (P48, IEC 61938) 48 V ± 4 V
Current consumption (P48, IEC 61938) 3 mA
Matching connector XLR3F
Weight 37 g
Diameter 23 mm
Length 117 mm
Operating conditions 0 °C - +70 °C (32 °F - 158 °F); max. 90 % at +20 °C
Transport/storage conditions −20 °C - +70 °C (−4 °F - 158 °F); max. 90 % at +20 °C

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