TITAN 808

Launched in 2015, the mighty Titan 808 is the flagship of the Kudos range. It takes the place of our original Titan 88, but while the two may share a name, the Titan 808 is a completely unique design. From the ground up, it has been engineered to be one of the fastest, clearest, most coherent and musically engaging loudspeakers ever created.  

 

EXCEPTIONAL HAND-MADE DRIVERS

In our original Titan 88, we took SEAS’ legendary 29mm Crescendo K2 fabric dome tweeter and worked closely with SEAS to further develop its capabilities exclusively for Kudos. For the new Titan 808 we’ve gone even further, again working extensively with SEAS to give the Crescendo a detailed redesign. An improved magnet system incorporating copper shorting rings, a completely new resonance chamber and a new face plate profile all combine to deliver an even cleaner, faster and more musically detailed performance.

 

LOW-ORDER CROSSOVERS AND MINIMAL DESIGN FOR PURER SOUND

The purer the signal, the truer the sound. The Titan design preserves a clean and clear audio signal by favouring a minimal design with our trademark, low-order crossover. Superb quality components (Mundorf, Clarity Caps) are tailored specifically for Kudos to stringent tolerances.

 

COMPLEX CABINETRY

Considerable investment has been made in controlling panel resonance with a minimum of damping. The cabinets are made from a combination of high-density fibreboard laminates of three different thicknesses: 25mm, 36mm and 50mm. Optimised internal bracing and damping is used, again to minimise resonance. A triple laminate front baffle, angled back to improve dispersion, provides a solid mounting platform for the drive units to further eliminate vibration.

 

ISOBARIC WITH FIXED BOUNDARY LOADING

In common with our three Titan floorstanders, the 808 sports an isobaric arrangement in which the second bass drivers are carefully positioned internally back-to-back with the first. The result is significantly improved midrange clarity and bass response, as well as a reduction of bass distortion.

 

ACTIVE CONFIGURATION (UPGRADEABLE)

The Titan range is configured to allow simple by-passing of the internal crossover for active operation with leading electronics including Linn Exakt, Devialet Expert and Exposure VXN. Active operation opens up a wider upgrade path and enables a variety of performance and personalisation enhancing capabilities.

UNDER THE SKIN OF TITAN

Our obsession with seamlessly matched drive units is driven by our firm belief that one of the keys to a truly musical performance from a loudspeaker is a minimalist, low order crossover.

No expense has been spared in reworking the Titan 808’s crossover, which features even higher-spec hand-matched Mundorf components. It also has the ability to be completely by-passed in order to facilitate active operation with selected systems including Linn Exakt and Devialet Expert (see below for further details).

The Titan’s minimal crossover is a two-and-a-half-way design, where the bass section in the lower cabinet is rolled off early in the frequency range; the mid/bass driver and tweeter are then operated as a two-way design. A slow roll-off from all the drivers ensures optimal coherence though the crossover regions.

Internal wiring has been carefully selected for its high quality musicality and resistance to the effects of vibration – as have the cables linking the two cabinets, which are also fitted with WBT Nextgen binding posts to ensure a superb connection.

Isobaric arrangement in which the second mid/bass driver is carefully positioned internally back-to-back with the first for superior bass reproduction and reduced distortion

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Cabinet is constructed from multi-thickness High Density Fibre Board to control panel resonance

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Resonance control pads to control the energy flow and release from the inner cabinet

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Low order crossover and minimal high-quality components for a purer sound

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Fixed boundary gap port arrangement for easier room placement

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Bespoke SEAS Kudos Crescendo K3 29mm fabric dome Tweeter

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Bespoke SEAS mid/bass drivers with 39mm voice coil and copper shortening ring enhanced performance

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Specifications

Type

  • 2.5 way
  • Floorstander
  • Isobaric bass reflex

Recommended amplifier power detail

  • 25W – 300W

Sensitivity

  • @1W
  • 1m
  • 91 dB

Nominal impedance

  • 8 ohms

Frequency range

  • 20Hz – 30kHz AIRR (average in-room response)

Tweeter

  • SEAS – Kudos Crescendo K3 29mm fabric dome

Mid/bass driver

  • SEAS-Kudos 220mm Nextel coated paper cone, 39mm voice coil with copper shortening ring and aluminium phase plug

Bass driver

  • 2 x SEAS – Kudos 220mm double coated hard paper cone with 39mm voice coil

Dimensions

  • 1,168mm (h) x 348mm (w) x 404mm (d)

Weight (per loudspeaker)

  • 75kg

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