We are very pleased to announce the appointment of our distributor for FinkTeam in Spain and Portugal.
Ultimate Audio Elite
Rua da Casquilha nº2
Tel: +351 21 760 2028
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:
35Hz-25kHz -10dB, 45Hz-23kHz -10dB
5,9 Ohm @ 160Hz
86dB @ 2.83V / 1m
0.2% THD @1W
High-Power 8“, 38mm voice coil diameter
854 x 300 x 310mm (HWD) Depth 412mm with stand
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
Our new deep gloss piano black finish Borg, available from your FinkTeam specialist.
At FinkTeam we know a higher luxury product needs a premier finish. Look at our new FinkTeam Borg finish, Piano Black. This isn’t just a normal gloss black found on many speakers on the market.
FinkTeam Borg Piano Black is a very special multi layered, each sanded down, and polished to a real gloss Piano Black as found on the highest end concert pianos. The finish of our Piano Black Borg has beautiful reflective qualities and is extremely durable.
Our new Borg looks absolutely wonderful! Of course, Piano Black Borg sounds fantastic as well, technically it is the same as the wonderfully reviewed standard Borg finishes, with just a little more style.
The European SRP Inc. VAT is €29,900.
Available to order now from your local FinkTeam specialist.
Big thanks to Hi-Fi Pig for this super review of Borg!
“CONCLUSION I like the Borgs a LOT. They get pretty much everything right for me and it’s the fact that they are just so well put together, both in a physical sense construction-wise and also in the way they present music so naturally and so coherently. During the course of a couple of weeks or so living with a loudspeaker you usually are able to find something you don’t like or a niggle here and there, but I’m flummoxed to do this here and would simply be looking for something that isn’t there.
Throw what you like at these speakers and they act with nothing but the utmost coolness and unflappability, even when they are pushed very hard with and difficult material. Everything is there from the tight, textured and controlled bass, through the gorgeous mid-band and up into the wonderfully airy and detailed higher registers.
Add in the fact that the Borgs have a degree for the final user to tweak the sound to a greater or lesser extent and you have a winner.
This could well be the best speaker we have had here for review at Hifi Pig Towers below £30K and if you have the money to spend, they are not cheap, you should seriously consider them, even if the aesthetic of the cabinet isn’t to your taste.”
We are very pleased to announce the appointment of our distributor for FinkTeam in Czech Republic
TOP HIFI EUROPE sro
Horni Myslova 17
588 56 Telč
An excellent review of Borg appeared this week in the German magazine Fidelity. Stefan Gawlick concludes his review with;
“No problem remains hidden, every sound engineer would be delighted with these loudspeakers. And at the same time they throw the music in the best two-way manner so unaffectedly into the room that it is difficult to escape its effect. A bit of praise all at once? No, not enough. And I’m starting to save today.”
Stefan, thank you very much.
Read the full review here.
Following on from the recent Borg acclaim in UK magazine Hi-Fi Critic came a great Borg review in Denmark and now:
Best Speaker of the Year 2019
“Best speaker of the year: Fink Team Borg. Fantastically open and unobstructed dissemination with high resolution and a very solid sound picture and sound. Great build quality combined with sublime sound.”
For an English Translation of the article, please click here.
Thanks to Danish web magazine www.nerds.dk for a great review of our FinkTeam Borg.
Here’s a few quotes;
“There is no shortage of dynamics in Apocalyptica’s “Worlds Collide”, here a very solid big drum rendition also helps a great deal. It’s nice to hear the dynamics, and also the differentiation in the recordings between each cello, especially considering the massive wall of sound the song offers.”
“The sound is overall tight, homogeneous and not least extremely open. The interaction between the treble module and the bass/midrange unit is close to flawless, the transition completely fluid, and the treble module contributes a great deal of detail and resolution that so much lives up to whatever one throws at.”
“Jan Johansson’s “Visa From Utanmyra” is nothing short of amazing. The small subtle differences in the contours of the double bass are reproduced deeply, correctly and in detail, again with an openness, resolution and detail that is only surpassed by how well-integrated bass and treble module is. If you have played the piano yourself, you will be impressed with exactly every key is played and tonally reproduced, and how easy it is to hear the individual overtones, even if it goes strong once in a while.”
Read all the review here.
You can also download an English Translation of the review here.