Super 10A

Kudos Super 10A

 

Take one of the world’s finest tweeters and marry it with a newly-developed mid/bass driver and a fully re-engineered crossover.  “Compact monitors don’t come much better than this,” said Hi-Fi News.

 

Never one to let the dust gather, Kudos designer Derek Gilligan set himself the challenge of pushing the boundaries of the C10 standmount to see how far its design could be taken for maximum performance. The result is the Super 10A, perfect for the audiophile with a small to medium sized listening room who wants an exceptionally high quality music system but can’t house a pair of large floorstanding loudspeakers.

 

The Super 10A takes the C10’s superlative Kudos Crescendo K2 soft dome tweeter and combines it with a newly-developed mid/bass driver and a fully re-engineered crossover.

 

The 29mm Crescendo K2 fabric dome tweeter, driven from a six magnet array and with a moulded alloy back chamber, is based on the legendary (and justifiably costly) Crescendo unit from Norwegian specialists SEAS, but has been further developed by SEAS exclusively for Kudos. This is almost certainly one of the finest tweeters in the world, with an unrivalled ability to accurately reproduce high frequencies without smearing of fine detail or compression.

 

The newly-developed mid/bass driver incorporates a copper shorting ring in its voice coil designed to minimise eddy currents, as well as an aluminium phase plug to act as a heatsink.

 

Both drive units are unique to Kudos and are carefully matched to integrate seamlessly, requiring only a simple low-order crossover. In this case the crossover has been fully upgraded with new Mundorf inductors and non-inductive resistors, as well as Mundorf Supreme (gold/silver/oil) capacitors. These components are produced to very tight tolerances and are individually tested and hand selected.

 

The Super 10A’s reflex-ported cabinet is constructed from 18mm high density MDF specifically chosen for its acoustic properties. Internally, the cabinet is optimally damped to minimise resonance and externally, it is handsomely finished in a choice of real wood veneers or a satin white paint. Both drivers are neatly flush-mounted into the cabinet and the grille is held by magnets to maintain a clean appearance.

 

The easy 8 ohm impedance means that the Super 10A will perform seamlessly with a wide range of valve and solid state amplifiers.

Type 2-way, bass reflex, standmount
Recommended amplifier power 25W – 300W
Sensitivity 87 dB / @ 1 W / 1 m
Nominal  impedance 8 ohms
Frequency range 40Hz – 30 kHz AIRR (average in-room response)
Tweeter SEAS-Kudos Crescendo K2 29mm fabric dome
Mid/bass driver SEAS-Kudos 180mm cast chassis unit hand-treated paper cone, 39mm voice coil with copper shorting ring and aluminium phase plug
Dimensions 350mm (h) x 200mm (w) x 270mm (d)
Weight (per loudspeaker) 9 kg

Satin White

Satin White

Walnut

Walnut

Rosenut

Rosenut

Oak

Natural Oak

Cherry

Cherry

Black

Black Oak

Do you have, or are you considering, a Linn or Devialet system? Kudos are delighted to be working with both Linn and Devialet to bring their exciting technologies into selected Kudos loudspeakers, including the Super 10A.

 

Linn Exakt

 

Exakt is a ground-breaking technology that turns the loudspeaker into an intelligent, connected, software-upgradeable product and enables a wide range of performance- and personalisation-enhancing capabilities in design, in manufacture and in-home.

 

In a Linn Exakt system the loudspeaker’s internal crossover is bypassed. Instead, Linn’s Exaktbox performs the crossover digitally, routing the bass, mid-range and treble signals through separate amplifiers and applying Exakt technology for greater control of the music signal and to optimise the loudspeakers’ performance for the room.

 

Read more about Linn Exakt technology

 

Devialet Expert System

 

Devialet’s Expert audiophile system combines all of the key components of high-end playback (preamplifier, amplifier, DAC, streamer, phono stage) in a single slim box: just add source and speakers. The system incorporates a raft of Devialet’s patented technologies, including SAM® (Speaker Active Matching) which enables the precise adaptation of the music signal to the specifications of your speaker model.

 

This is made possible by the powerful digital signal processing (DSP) at the heart of each Devialet system. Kudos have collaborated with Devialet to take the technology’s potential that little bit further in Kudos top-of-range loudspeakers: by configuring the DSP to operate as an active crossover specifically programmed to run Kudos’ active-ready speakers.

 

Discover more about the Devialet Expert system

 

At the flick of a switch

 

Thanks to Kudos’ collaborations with Linn and Devialet, the incredible performance of Linn Exakt and Devialet’s Expert system in active amplification mode are available to owners of the Super 10A.

Super 10

hifinews

“Wonderful images of musicians performing in space”, “excellent portrayal of fine detail”, “a vivid and articulate listening experience”.

 

Hi-Fi News

hifiworld

“The Super 10s are illuminating, letting life stream into the  music.. If you want to hear a fine small loudspeaker it is this one; they are well worth hearing.”

 

Hi-Fi World

“When you’re cramped for space, a good little ‘un will outperform an imposing floorstander every time.”
“Compact monitors don’t come much better than this.”

 

John Bamford, Hi-Fi News