After the success of the Super 10 standmount loudspeaker, how could Kudos not follow up with a ‘Super’ version of the 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 took and improved version of the the C20’s superlative Kudos Crescendo soft dome tweeter and combined 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 the 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.
“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.”
These are Linn Exakt ready and can be set up for fully active operation within moments.
|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|