Kudos KS1 loudspeaker cable was something of a surprise.
It’s not simply a badging up of an existing product either, but one with the geometry, twist, materials and gauge specified by Kudos.
KS-1’s conductors are 19 strands of silver-plated Oxygen-Free Copper (OFC) insulated with Fluorinated Ethylene Propylene (FEP) run with a slow twist and all surround by a hard PVC outer for protection. physical damping and simplicity of use.
FEP shares PTFE’s ideal low dielectric constant but is a little softer for improved mechanical damping. The choice of 19 strands is not random: there were multiple listening tests carried out to identify sonic differences from the number of strands changing while keeping the overall conductor diameter the same. Nineteen proved to be the ideal.
It’s quite a bit thiner than the picture makes it look. This will be very easy to accommodate where discretion is important.
And you could easily pick it on pure sound quality grounds anyway. As for value, it’s cheaper than most of the relevant competition.
The guys at Kudos left us an unterminated length of it when we held the active show late last summer and I’m embarrassed too say that we put it to one side. Hearing their active demonstration at the Bristol HiFi show, where it was in use, surprised us a little and we decided to have a proper listen.
It’s very good and seems to be unusually even handed too, suiting several brands of electronics, including Naim’s famously picky ones.