Super 20A

After the success of our Super 10 standmount loudspeaker, how could we not follow up with a ‘Super’ version of our much-loved C20 floorstander: enter the Super 20.

 

The Super 20’s key features and benefits are directly comparable to those of the  Super 10 standmount, but as a floorstander, the Super 20 uses its larger size to add improved bass extension and greater scale.

The Super 20 takes the C20’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. Internal wiring from The Chord Company is specifically chosen for its musicality and resistance to the effects of vibration.

 

The Super 20’s reflex-ported cabinet is constructed from 18mm high density MDF specifically chosen for its acoustic properties. Internally, the cabinet is optimally damped and braced 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 reflex port, which incorporates a damped port design similar to that in our flagship Titan 808, is situated on the bottom of the cabinet to enable more flexibility in placement within the listening room. The plinth – a tri-laminate design of high density MDF, a damping compound and a steel base – provides a fixed boundary gap for the port to work optimally as well as giving additional stability. High quality stainless steel spikes are also included for optimum grounding of the loudspeaker to the floor.

 

Finally, the easy 8 ohm impedance means that the Super 20 will perform impeccably with a wide range of valve and solid state amplifiers.

Type 2-way, bass reflex, floorstander
Recommended amplifier power 25W – 300W
Sensitivity 88 dB / @ 1 W / 1 m
Nominal  impedance 8 ohms
Frequency range 30Hz – 30kHz 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, 26mm voice coil with copper shorting ring and aluminium phase plug
Dimensions 925mm (h) x 200mm (w) x 270mm (d)
Weight (per loudspeaker) 22 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 system? Kudos are delighted to be working with industry leaders Linn to bring Linn Exakt technology into Kudos’ top-of-range of loudspeakers, including the Super 20.

 

Exakt is a ground-breaking technology which 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 system using a Linn Akurate Exaktbox, the original analogue crossover in the loudspeaker is bypassed and instead, the Exaktbox performs the crossover digitally, while applying Linn’s Exakt technology to eliminate distortion, correct for drive unit variation and optimise the loudspeakers’ performance for the room.

 

The incredible performance of Linn Exakt is available to owners of the Kudos Super 20.

 

Read more about Linn Exakt technology. 

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“The Super 20 really grabs your attention”, “an ultra-clean window through which to observe a recorded event”, “Uncompromising in revealing the strengths and weaknesses of recordings”, “Moreover, its vivid clarity tends to shine a spotlight on musical performance too.”

 

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