Kudos Cardea C20 Floorstanding Speaker (Pair)
If you’re seriously tempted by the sound of our Kudos Cardea Super 20A but have a little less budget to play with, then the Kudos Cardea C20 Floorstanding Speaker 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.
The Kudos brand was launched with a Cardea, and our customers haven’t stopped asking for them since. Of course the Cardeas of today have evolved considerably since those early models. But the principle behind them remains very much the same: to create a high-performance loudspeaker for the ‘real world’ music lover. A Cardea is crafted to bring the thrill of a live musical performance into your home, without taking over your home. Its sleek design and modest footprint will blend in. The music, however, will stand out.
The two ‘Super A’ models in the Cardea series are configured to allow simple by-passing of the internal crossover for active operation with leading electronics including Linn Exakt, Devialet Expert, Exposure VXN and Naim SNAXO.
While a typical audio system features one power amplifier channel per loudspeaker, in an active system there is one power amplifier per drive unit. Upgrading to active operation enables a variety of performance and personalisation enhancing capabilities.
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 26mm 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.
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.
- Kudos 180mm Mid/bass unit with cast chassis, coated paper cone and 26mm voice coil
- SEAS-Kudos Crescendo K2 29mm fabric dome Tweeter
- Low-order crossover with audiophile grade parts
- 5 year warranty
- Made in the UK
- Type 2way Bass Reflex Floorstander
- Drivers Kudos 180mm Mid/bass unit with cast chassis, coated paper cone and 26mm voice coil, SEAS-Kudos Crescendo K2 29mm fabric dome Tweeter
- Frequency Response 30Hz – 30kHz AIRR (average in-room response)
- Sensitivity 88dB @ 1W @ 1metre
- Recommended Power Amplifier 25 to 200 Watts
- Nominal Impedance 8 Ohm
- Cabinet Dimensions (HxWxD) 925mm (h) x 200mm (w) x 270mm (d)
- Weight 18 Kg (per loudspeaker)