User Guides

Introducing Entire

Entire is a unique high fidelity loudspeaker and passive sound monitor. It uses a single full-range transducer allowing for an extended frequency response from a relatively smaller sized loudspeaker without compromising the precision of its transient and phase responses. These characteristics make Entire ideal for professional as well as casual use. It is made using carefully chosen components and services ethically sourced from the Nordics, and is hand-crafted and assembled at our workshop in Helsinki. It is available in four models each designed for specific acoustic environments and needs. Entire offers clear benefits over many conventional loudspeaker and sound monitoring systems.

Extended frequency response in a smaller volume
As per general convention, loudspeakers that provide an extended frequency response (reproduction of frequencies down to 60 Hz at ±2 dB) either need a large enclosure or a transducer (woofer) with a large surface area. Entire’s patented design allows faithful reproduction of bass frequencies without needing a large enclosure or a large transducer. Entire is thus an exception to the Hoffman’s Iron Law which states that a loudspeaker can only satisfy any two of the following criteria simultaneously: extended low frequency response, high efficiency and small enclosure size.

Precise transient response
All loudspeakers have operational limitations due to their construction and the physical constraints of their components. These affect one critical parameter known as the transient response: the ability of a transducer to reproduce an exact copy of the input signal. Entire’s design substantially improves the transient response, which in effect allows it to reproduce audio signals with very high fidelity. This translates into crystal clear sound reproduction which allows discernible ears to pick every detail in the input audio signal.

Accurate phase response
The phase response of a loudspeaker is categorised by the difference in phase of the various transducers it uses. Conventional loudspeakers rely on at least two transducers: woofers or mid-woofers for low frequencies and tweeters for mid and high frequencies. Such systems tend to have minute phase differences due to their orientation on the loudspeaker’s baffle and due to the physical limitations of the components. Entire uses a single full-range transducer and thus does not suffer from these shortcomings. Furthermore, multi-transducer (multi-way) systems have to use crossover (filter circuit) for splitting the input audio signal into the corresponding frequencies a particular transducer is optimised for. Besides electrically distorting the input audio signal by a factor defined by the quality of crossover components, it reduces the audio fidelity and adds to the cost. Crossover circuits as such have been the crux of the matter when it comes to high fidelity audio. Entire does not need or use a crossover, and thus reproduces an unfiltered and untouched input audio signal — a desired quality by most audio professionals and experts. Discernible ears thus experience sound that is has an accurate phase response, thus preserving the stereo image of the input audio signal.

Designed for the human ear
Other high quality loudspeakers are designed with a reference to calibrated microphone and measured in ideal laboratory rooms (anechoic chambers). This, regardless of having an appealing frequency response on paper, taints the reproduced sound in an unnatural way. Entire uses the human ear as a reference, and its performance is evaluated in a realistic studio environment. It also relies on only two single point sources for stereo sound mimicking nature’s way of perceiving sound using two ears. The result is a loudspeaker that allows the perceptive listener to enjoy music as its creator intended to. Entire is also very directive. This prevents any unwanted sound reflections in the studio or the room, especially in mid and high frequencies where the human ear is most sensitive.

Professional sound with designed aesthetics
Subjectively speaking, it is rather uncommon to find a good sounding loudspeaker that also looks good. Entire strikes a balance between professional expectations and design desires, without compromising on any. This allows Entire to cater to the audio needs of both professional and home users. Entire's shape and contours present a new visual identity, whiles its colours and finish allow it to blend in seamlessly in studio and household interiors: a sound that stands out and a design that blends in. Entire is available in four models each designed with specific acoustic requirements and room sizes in mind.

A modular system
Entire is a ‘passive’ sound monitor, that is, it requires an external audio amplifier to work. By keeping Entire passive, we offer the end user the choice of controlling the audio signal chain. This is the preferred approach in many high end professional studios as well as with many audio enthusiasts. For most active sound monitors, the integrated amplifiers are made of low quality components and tend to have shorter lifespan than the loudspeaker components. To provide the best of both worlds, we have designed Entire with modularity in mind and are currently working on an amplification system that can be affixed to Entire for turning it into an ‘active’ system. The different models of Entire can be paired in various configurations to create multi-channel systems common to home cinema systems, for example.

Ethical manufacturing and fair pricing
One key principle behind Entire, and our company Keyofd, has been the conscientious choice of putting value before profits. This drives us to offer Entire as a consumer product that is of premium quality, designed to last a lifetime, manufactured using locally sourced components and ethical labour, and yet made available at a fair price. The components that make up Entire are all sourced from the Nordics and Europe, and we have taken every measure to ensure their quality and longevity. Each loudspeaker enclosure is hand-crafted, leaving behind an imprint that makes every Entire as unique as its user. We equate this with sustainable development and the promotion of conscientious consumerism.

A tool for sustaining the art of music
Entire was designed as a sound monitoring tool to preserve the integrity of the sound it reproduces. For us this integrity is at the core of music as an art form. We see today that several factors driving the digital revolution have compromised the sincerity of music: compression being the fundamental one. Modern loudspeakers have participated in the trend of consuming compressed music by making compressed music likeable. Musicians seldom get to hear their art being experienced as it was made to. Entire provides a tool for both the musicians and their listeners to restore this lost relationship. For musicians and audio professionals it provides an accurate tool to record, mix and master music true to its artist's intent; and for the end listeners it provides a means for listening to music in a way true to its creation.


About our products

All our products are designed, manufactured and assembled in the Nordics with a sense of purpose, highest regard for quality and ethical labour. Every product is hand-crafted leaving behind an imprint that makes it unique. Every product is manufactured with lab grade components that preserve the integrity of its purpose. Every product is assembled to withstand the test of time which will be a part of your legacy.

Identifying your product

Each Entire loudspeaker unit is uniquely identifiable by its serial number. This number is printed on product label plate on the rear side of the loudspeaker, and it should match with the serial number printed on user guide enclosed with your product. You should use this number when communicating with us regarding matters of maintenance, repair, replacement or returns in the future.

Checking for defects and damage during shipping

Our products are shipped only after being thoroughly checked for quality. When you first receive your product, check each loudspeaker unit for visible and audible defects. If you notice any discrepancies, check the packaging for damage. Document the discrepancies and damage, and contact us immediately by writing to support@keyofd.se. Provide all the documentation as and when requested. This will help us resolve the issues promptly.


Setting up Entire

The quality of sound reproduced by any high fidelity loudspeaker is greatly affected by the space in which it is placed. Before you prepare your listening space for setting up Entire, make sure you have considered the following:

We recommend you match Entire to your listening space as per the following table. The ideal ratio between the side walls and ceiling is 1,618 : 1,000 : 0,618. A workable ratio is 5 : 3 : 2. Any other ratios may require you to use additional sound attenuating or damping materials for achieving optimal acoustics. It is best to avoid a space with a ratio of 1 : 1 : 1 or similar.

Model Minimum area (sq.m.) Maximum area (sq.m)
Entire S 5,0 20,0
Entire M 10,0 30,0
Entire L 10,0 40,0
Entire T 20,0 50,0
Entire TX 20,0 60,0

 

You will need a high fidelity audio amplifier capable of delivering enough power per channel into Entire. Use the following table as a guideline. The minimum power output per channel of the amplifier you choose should be marginally higher than the peak power handling capacity of your loudspeaker. This ensures your amplifier will not distort at the maximum output of the loudspeaker. This however means that you need to be careful while operating the amplifier levels! We can recommend a few amplifiers for you, or you may order one of our custom designed amplifiers.

Model Nominal impedance Sensitivity Min. Amp. Power Max. Amp. Power
Entire S 4 Ω 90,2 dB/W/m 10 W 30 W
Entire M 8 Ω 88,4 dB/W/m 80 W 100 W
Entire L 8 Ω 86,8 dB/W/m 100 W 120 W
Entire T 8 Ω 94,0 dB/W/m 120 W 150 W
Entire TX 4 Ω 96,0 dB/W/m 120 W 150 W

 

You will need good quality loudspeaker cables between 2 m to 4 m in length per channel, with a cross-sectional area of at least 2,0 sq.mm, and with ø 4 mm banana connectors attached. You can order loudspeaker cables from us.

You will need sturdy loudspeaker stands, a desk or a set of bookshelves on which you wish to place Entire. If you wish to mount Entire on a wall or from the ceiling, kindly order a mounting bracket by contacting us.

Placing Entire according to your listening position

Begin by placing one Entire loudspeaker unit in your preferred listening position. Ensure that it is stable and not in a precarious position. After connecting to an amplifier, play distinct bass tones (40 Hz – 100 Hz) through the loudspeaker at a preferred volume. If you do not have access to bass tones, you may play any track that has reasonable amount of bass. Now move around in the locations where you wish to place Entire. Identify and mark the spot where the bass tones are the loudest and most discernible. If your intended location of placing one of the Entire matches with this spot, you can proceed by marking the other spot between 1,6 m to 3 m apart. Else, you may try looking for other spots, or if you have the flexibility, move your listening position to best suit the existing location for the Entire loudspeakers. Using bass frequencies is not the most preferred way of setting up the loudspeakers since your room substantially affects the frequency response you hear. However this is a quick way to identify good and bad spots, and usually works satisfactorify in non-professional environments.

Once you have placed both the Entire in optimal positions, you can now start arranging them with respect to your ears. With regard to the vertical position, we recommend that the centre of the Entire loudspeaker aligns with your ears when you are in your preferred listening position. Once both loudspeakers are vertically aligned, you can then orientate them to adjust the stereo image created by Entire. As this is a matter of personal taste, we recommend you try a few of the following options to assess which one suits you the most.

The distance between the two Entire loudspeakers should be marginally less than the distance between each of your ears and Entire (left and right channel) respectively. Begin by orientating both Entire loudspeakers so that they point directly at you. Play a track with a predominant stereo image and judge the result. For an accurate stereo image, we recommend orientating Entire so that they fan out ever so slightly from your ears. This is because your ears are separated by a small distance and their sensitivity fans out radially. In compact spaces where sound reflections are an issue, you may orientate Entire to face the wall behind you. You may use the following table as a reference.

 Model Distance between stereo pair Distance between your preferred listening spot and each loudspeaker
Entire S 1,0 ... 1,6 m 1,6 ... 2,0 m (non-desktop use)
Entire M 1,6 ... 2,4 m 2,4 ... 3,0 m
Entire L 2,0 ... 3,0 m 3,0 ... 5,0 m
Entire T 2,4 ... 3,6 m 3,6 ... 6,0 m
Entire TX 2,4 ... 3,6 m 3,6 ... 6,0 m