Kudos X3 is, or more accurately, was, one of our favourite loudspeakers. Sound quality is top notch at the price and the size is perfect for a lot of listeners too. Escalating costs led Kudos to cease manufacture at the end of 2019.
This pair is in very light natural oak real wood veneer. They have had one owner from new, non-smoking and have serial numbers 230 A+B
RRP was £2250
The grilles and spikes are included, naturally. I only photographed one of the grilles to mess with your OCD.
The X3 uses the same high-quality tweeter as its ‘baby brother’ the X2, but marries it with a new 18cm mid-bass driver. The driver’s cone is made from a mixture of paper and reed fibres, combining inherent stiffness and natural damping with lightweight to improve transient and dynamic response as well as overall clarity. A copper-clad aluminium voice coil further enhances transients and dynamics, while a copper shorting ring reduces distortion. A cast chassis gives the main driver optimal stability.
Both drive units are of exceptional quality, manufactured exclusively for Kudos by Norwegian specialists SEAS and specifically designed for the Kudos loudspeaker range.
Excellent integration between the two drive units allows the use of a low order, high-quality crossover for minimal electrical interaction with the signal. All internal wiring features The Chord Company’s Sarsen loudspeaker cable, selected through extensive testing of a range of alternatives.
The X3’s cabinet is constructed from 18mm high-density MDF specifically chosen for its acoustic properties and is carefully tuned to minimise cabinet colouration and time smear. The reflex port is situated on the bottom of the cabinet so that the plinth then provides a fixed boundary gap for the port to work optimally, as well as providing additional stability.
Available in a range of beautifully finished real wood veneers, the X3 holds true to Kudos’ philosophy of clean lines and simple, understated styling. It uses its extra size to improve the bass extension and add presentation scale over the X2, but maintains the open and accurate midrange and a subtly detailed treble.
Designed to be easy to drive and to position within a room, the X3 brings out the energy, exuberance, and life in a wide variety of music, whatever the genre.
|Type||2-way, bass reflex, floorstander|
|Recommended amplifier power||25W – 150W|
|Sensitivity||88dB / @ 1 W / 1 m|
|Nominal impedance||8 ohms|
|Frequency range||30Hz – 25kHz AIRR (average in-room response)|
|Tweeter||Kudos 25mm fabric dome|
|Mid/bass driver||Kudos 180mm unit with cast chassis, paper/reed cone with 39mm voice coil & copper shorting ring|
|Dimensions||845mm (h) x 190mm (w) x 250mm (d)|
|Weight (each loudspeaker)||16 kg|