C20

If you’re seriously tempted by the sound of our Cardea Super 20A but have a little less budget to play with, then the Cardea C20 is the one to audition.Built along very similar lines to the Super 20A, it offers a “gratifyingly spacious but precisely defined soundstage” (Hi-Fi News) and “jaw-dropping transient abilities” (Hi-Fi World).In common with all of our Cardea series models, the C20 is a terrific communicator. It brings the full, vivid detail of your music to life - from soaring and swooping highs, to an agile and precise bass, and never leaving out those ever-vital minutiae such as the skin-tingling background sounds of a great live session.Its easy 8-ohm impedance means that the C20 will partner effortlessly with a wide range of valve and solid state amplifiers.

 

EXCEPTIONAL, CUSTOM-MADE DRIVERS

Kudos’ bespoke drivers are custom designed in collaboration with leading European experts, SEAS. All four Cardea series models feature our Crescendo K2 fabric dome tweeter, a development of SEAS’ superb (and justifiably costly) Crescendo unit re-engineered exclusively for Kudos. Kudos’ bespoke drivers are custom designed in collaboration with leading European experts, SEAS. All four Cardea series models feature our Crescendo K2 fabric dome tweeter, a development of SEAS’ superb (and justifiably costly) Crescendo unit re-engineered exclusively for Kudos. The C20’s use a custom 180mm mid-bass unit with a die-cast chassis with large open areas, a coated paper cone and a 39mm voice coil designed for low-distortion, high linearity and low crossover modulation.
The drivers are precisely matched and seamlessly aligned to work together, as one, delivering an effortless ‘just right’ sound. You’ll know it when you hear it.

 

LOW-ORDER CROSSOVER AND MINIMAL
DESIGN FOR A PURER SOUND

The purer the signal, the truer the sound. A Kudos loudspeaker preserves a clean and clear audio signal by favouring a minimal design with our trademark, low-order crossover. The C20’s superb quality components, including Mundorf inductors and resistors, and ClarityCap capacitors, are tailored specifically for Kudos to stringent tolerances.

 

FIXED BOUNDARY BASS REFLEX LOADING

Since bass plays such a powerful role in how we hear music, our floorstanding Cardeas pay particular attention to delivering superior sound at the all-important lower end. The C20’s fixed boundary bass reflex loading is key to a more agile, nuanced, textured and detailed bass reproduction while minimising room interactions.

 

INTERIOR DESIGN

The Cardea series’ modernist aesthetic looks elegantly simple on the outside, yet the inside is reassuringly hard-working. In a true marriage of form and function, design and materials combine to effectively manage unwanted vibrations while leaving the natural dynamics of your music blissfully undisturbed.

What others say

"The C20 will repay you with an insightful sound characterised by agile bass, a lack of lower midrange thickening, and spacious but precisely metered imaging."

Hi-Fi News

"Crisply detailed performers with jaw-dropping transient abilities. A beautiful package at the price."

Hi-Fi World

"Pair them with an appropriate source and amplifier and you will have a system that should give you many years of musical joy. I am not sure that one could ask for more."

The Ear

"Kudos aim high with their designs and have succeeded admirably with the C20 which many enthusiasts would be very happy. They are consistent throughout the frequency range and as such they are well worth hunting out for an audition."

"This is undoubtedly one of the more interesting speakers I've heard recently."

StereoNet

"Perfected over many years, this latest version of the British company's first floor standing loudspeaker delivers excitement and refinement in equal measure"

Gramophone

"The simple verdict? For all their compact size, understated engineering and refined styling, these are quite possibly the most sensationally rewarding way to spend under £5000 on a pair of speakers right now."

Hi-Fi News

Specifications

Type

  • 2-way
  • Bass reflex
  • Floorstander

Nominal impedance

  • 8 ohms

Mid/bass driver

  • Kudos 180mm unit with cast chassis, coated paper cone and 26mm voice coil

Recommended amplifier power detail

  • 25W - 200W

Frequency range

  • 30Hz – 30kHz AIRR (average in-room response)

Sensitivity

  • @1W
  • 1m
  • 88 dB

Tweeter

  • SEAS-Kudos Crescendo K2 29mm fabric dome

Finishes

  • Black Oak
  • Natural Oak
  • Satin White
  • Walnut

Speaker Dimensions

  • 925mm (h) x 200mm (w) x 270mm (d)

Plinth Dimensions

  • 270mm (width) x 340mm (depth)

Weight (per loudspeaker)

  • 18 kg

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