Even though sound is a precise function of the amplitude and frequency of vibrating air at a given temperature: an objectively measurable, verifiable and reproducible phenomenon of nature, the perception of sound is highly subjective and unique to each of us. So when we consider the objective and subjective properties of sound, and consider we must, we soon realise that there is no music without an ear.
Human hearing is quite peculiar. We are most sensitive to sounds in the mid-frequencies; the ones that correspond to a human voice. As a consequence the music we make and listen to relies predominantly on the mid-frequencies to express itself. Since Entire is designed for the human ear, it makes music sound as it was made to be heard.
With crystal clear mids and highs, deep yet precise bass and accurate stereo imaging, Entire is just as suitable for casual listening as it for sound monitoring.
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 on the precision of transient and phase responses. These characteristics make Entire ideal for professional use, but will also be appreciated by the discerning, if casual, listener at home. All our speakers are made using carefully chosen components and services ethically sourced from the Nordics, after which they are meticulously hand-crafted and assembled in our cosy workshop in Helsinki. Available in four models each designed for a specific acoustic environment and need, 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 ±3 dB) either need a large enclosure or a transducer (woofer) with a large surface area. Entire’s patented design allows faithful reproduction of low 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 crossovers (filter circuits) 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 enthusiasts. 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 convert Entire into an active system without the need to invest in a new set of loudspeakers or sound monitors. 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.