For those of you who don’t know FinkTeam, it is ‘what it says in the name’. A team of talented experts in their respective fields who decided, with Karl-Heinz Fink as their head, to create a brand and to design products that they wished to. Their day jobs, in general, are as specialists working for Fink Audio Consulting, Europe’s leading acoustical consultancy. FinkTeam products are designed combining the skills of the team to allow designs that deliver more than the sum of their parts. Their first commercial product was the WM-4 — a behemoth of a speaker — designed initially as a reference. The WM-4 allowed them to hear small differences in set up/optimisation, of other products they were designing, that would have been missed on less revealing loudspeakers.
FinkTeam’s Borg is a two-way floor standing design featuring a 10.25 inch high-power mid/bass driver and an Air Motion Transformer (AMT) tweeter. Borg is a significant design exercise as knitting a 10.25 inch mid/bass, albeit an extremely fine one, with a HF unit is never easy. To combine the two drivers to achieve a flat frequency response and, more importantly, a slow even mid/HF roll off in the power response is a significant feat of engineering. There is no off-axis hole in the middle effect. Borg is designed as a more domestic friendly loudspeaker than the WM-4. Borg’s low frequency tuning is designed to deliver weight and drama to music but without making it a total diva when it comes to room positioning. Of course, it isn’t as good overall as the WM-4 but then neither does it demand a huge room and the finest amplifier and sources. Believe us when we say that Borg will rise to the challenge of the finest electronics, but they are not essential to enjoy Borg’s talents.
For their third model, KIM, FinkTeam asked their dealers and distributors, and they asked for either a more expensive model or a lower-priced model, but there was no clear trend. So, FinkTeam did what they are good at, a mixture of innovation and more of the same. KIM had to be a speaker that they would use themselves, something fun. FinkTeam designed another 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, could it include Borg innovations? How could it 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 a massive magnet, Two-way construction with AMT HF unit, again based on a Mundorf core. A cabinet with everything needed to avoid unwanted radiation from the box and a highly optimised crossover with high-quality parts. FinkTeam wanted an enclosure large enough to deliver realistic low frequencies and scale but was small enough to be relatively discreet. It had to be low enough to sit below windows and work well close to walls. The result, KIM.