HiFi Critic Audio Excellence Award

The new edition of HiFiCritic Magazine has just arrived in the post containing an excellent review of KIM by Martin Colloms. It is really worth reading all of the review but a taster is in the Conclusion” … “KIM’s infectious well-timed musicality takes sound reproduction beyond mere process, to achieve a higher level of listener involvement and satisfaction.
It wins the HIFICRITIC Audio Excellence Award, and does so triumphantly.

HIFICRTIC – Front Cover and editorial
HIFICRITIC – Kim Review

HiFi PiG Review

“Definitely, one of the best pairs of speakers to grace our listening room and certainly worthy of our first ever Editor’s Award!”

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Size isn’t everything

Thanks to Fidelity magazine in Germany for this great Borg review. Read the whole review below. Here is a quote “Uncomplicated, sonorous, musical: The Kim proves with outstanding sophistication how mature and completely compact loudspeakers can make music.”

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FinkTeam KIM

We are very pleased to announce that KIM has been awarded Outstanding Product by the prestigious UK magazine Hi-Fi News in their February issue. Thank you very much

Here’s a couple of quotes “These are remarkable open and integrated speakers” “Yet their weighty and refined sound has a precision that’s hard to overlook, creating an almost magically focused and extended sonic images that draw you in.” Please read the review here.

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TEST: FinkTeam Kim – Kompakte Weltklasse

With the Kim, the FinkTeam proves that world-class playback is also possible in a compact format. This two-way loudspeaker delivers a wonderful openness, transparency and fine resolution, it shines with outstanding plasticity and spatiality in the image, impresses with rich fine and coarse dynamics – and almost amazes with its extremely voluminous, but always sovereign bass. The Kim is content with a moderate amount of space in the living room, proves to be acoustically uncritical in terms of placement and, thanks to the sleek design, fits easily into the ambience. The FinkTeam Kim answers the question of whether excellent HiFi can be integrated into the room with just this ease with “Yes.”
Test & Text: Volker Frech
Photos: Philipp Thielen

Read the review here

KARL-HEINZ FINK LIVE INTERVIEW

We are very happy and excited to announce that Terry Ellis of @PursuitPerfectSystem will be hosting his next Special Guest Live Stream Video on Wednesday 25th November 18.00 UK / 19.00 CET.

For this episode Terry will be joined by our very own Karl-Heinz Fink to discuss all things related to designing and building Perfect #HiFi speakers.
Please come and join in live and you can ask your questions too. See you there 😎
www.youtube.com/c/PursuitPerfectSystem

INTERVIEW – Karl-Heinz Fink of Fink Team

Karl-Heinz Fink is the man behind Fink Team and the fantastic Borg loudspeaker we reviewed here. In this interview, he talks to Stuart Smith about his background, his designs and more.

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Our New Poland Distributor

We are very pleased to announce the appointment of our new distributor for FinkTeam in Poland.

Koris/Dwa Kanały

Umultowska 39

61-614 Poznań

Poland

Email: sklep@koris.pl

Contact person: Kamil Lempe

Phone: 0048 507 509 100

Website: www.koris.pl

Ultimate Audio Elite

We are very pleased to announce the appointment of our distributor for FinkTeam in Spain and Portugal.

Ultimate Audio Elite

Rua da Casquilha nº2

1500-149 Lisbon

Portugal

Tel: +351 21 760 2028

e-mail: ultimateaudioelite@gmail.com

http://ultimate-audio.eu/

Borg has a Smaller Brother…

FinkTeam KIM – the Story

Defining a new model for a relatively new company in the market place is always challenging. With Borg we made our second model a success by having innovation.

For our third model, KIM, we asked our dealers and distributors and they asked for either a more expensive model or a cheaper model, but there was no clear trend. So, we did what we are good at – we made it our own way again! Just a speaker that we would use ourselves, something which we could have fun on, designing a speaker for us.

Borg is and always was a statement speaker. Bold and visible, never trying to hide and with as little compromise as possible. So how could a new model be different? Importantly what Borg innovations could be used? How could we reach a retail price which makes the speaker available for more people without losing quality?

A few basic design principles stayed the same. A reflex system with a paper coned woofer with oversized magnet, 2 way construction with AMT tweeter, again based on Mundorf constructions. A cabinet with everything needed to avoid unwanted radiation from the box and a crossover with high quality parts.

So what is different? Obviously the size. The idea was to find a cabinet shape and size that would integrate easily in living spaces. We decided that the height of the speaker should integrate with other things in a living room not higher than the window sill, chairs, tables, sideboards etc..

The cabinet should be a proper size for an 8” woofer and a shape that would be less bold than the Borg cabinet. The result is a rectangular main cabinet and front baffle which offer a shape to minimise diffraction problems from the drive unit. A shape which can offer the same two colour solutions as Borg.

Due to the low height of the design the speaker is tilted on its dedicated stand, this ensures that in a normal listening position the soundstage has the correct height and size. There is still the ability to adjust the angle in case the listener is closer or further away from the speakers. As the stand is so important for the final sound it comes together with the speaker. The stand is made from stainless steel and only has very small surfaces that could radiate resonances and is light enough not to store energy.

The terminal panel utilises one set of pure copper binding posts. It follows the philosophy that one good cable sounds better than two, so better quality cable can be afforded. For adjustment to different amplifiers the woofer damping can be modified and a second switch sets the HF level.

The crossover follows the tradition of Linkwitz–Riley filter 4th order at a low 2200Hz, the AMT is also connected via a passive delay to adjust the phase in relation with the woofer – something that worked very well in Borg. Air-core have been used on all important inductors and capacitors; they are a mixture of Mundorf components plus some custom made for FinkTeam in order to get the tonal balance correct. The resistors are all low inductance bifilar types, all custom made with copper lead wire and low tolerance.

The woofer uses a paper cone, this time with a rubber surround. On an 8” driver It is not possible to use corrugated cloth as a surround material without too many compromises. To get the resonance frequency down to the level required for the cabinet it would reduce the midrange quality and add colouration.

On the cabinet we used all the tricks and whistles we learned over the years. The walls are made from two panels with the latest damping glue between them, the bracing is all carefully optimized and resonators added to avoid standing wave modes without killing the fun out of the box with excessive damping material. The port is made using the same principles developed with Borg, but this time it’s integrated into the rear panel.

What about the name? Originally the name we had was “Canale Grande”. This was because the internal construction with several Helmholtz resonators looked like a map of Venice! Later we decided to give it another name out of the Star Trek universe and this time we have chosen Kim; a nice friendly character that would fit in well with our idea to make the speakers easier to integrate in the home and less bold.

Kim will be available from August via our specialist network of retailers.

Full Specification is below:

Frequency Response

Average Impedance

Minimum Impedance

Sensitivity

Distortion

Crossover Frequency

Bass Unit

HF Unit

Dimensions

Weight

Finish

Cabinet

Option Switches

Terminal

35Hz-25kHz -10dB, 45Hz-23kHz -10dB

8 Ohm

5,9 Ohm @ 160Hz

86dB @ 2.83V / 1m

0.2% THD @1W

2200Hz

High-Power 8“, 38mm voice coil diameter

110mm AMT

854 x 300 x 310mm (HWD) Depth 412mm with stand

25,1 kg

Choice of several standard finishes

Reflex with multiple Strunk Absorbers and damped double layer Sandwich panels with one dimensional bracing and CleanPort resonator. Integrated Stand

3 Positions Tweeter level, 3 positions Woofer damping

High Current Single Wiring pure Copper