Kerr Acoustic’s Jes Kerr came from a background as a session musician and producer, so when he turned to loudspeaker design, his focus was initially on the professional studio market. However, Kerr has since turned his sights towards home audio and on bringing professional-quality hi-fi to the music-loving listener. Reviewer Chris Frankland likes what he’s hearing.
The K300 standmount loudspeaker was originally crafted as a near-field monitor to sit on top of a mixing desk, so it’s no surprise that it has some fairly unique features and an impressive level of attention to sonic detail.
It’s a two-way design that features a true ribbon tweeter at the top end and, more unusual still, the choice of transmission line bass loading as distinct from the more common reflex port. Kerr believes that this provides a more gradual roll-off at the low end and that it sounds faster and better controlled. “And by using a carefully damped rear waveguide, he believes the driver doesn’t end up fighting against reflections inside the cabinet, as it can in a reflex design.”
The proof, of course, is in the listening and Frankland finds nothing to disagree with. “The K300 displayed great finesse and delicacy” along with “weight, musicality, dynamics and drive,” and “definitely had the edge of fine detail.”
“The K300 Mk3 is a class act… detailed, clean, articulate, dynamic and easy to listen to, it has to be on your shortlist if you’re in the market for something at around £5k. Highly recommended.”
Read the full review in the Apr-Jun 2021 issue of Hi-Fi Critic.