Kudos Cardea Super 10A Bookshelf Speaker (Pair)
You want an exceptionally musical, high-performance loudspeaker but you don’t have the space to house a floorstander. Not a problem. We made the Kudos Cardea Super 10A Bookshelf Speaker specifically for you.
Yes, a compact standmount loudspeaker may not have quite the same degree of bass ‘welly’ (as we say here in the north-east of England) as an equivalent floorstander. But don’t imagine for a second that you should compromise on that all-important lower-end presence, or on an impressively three-dimensional soundstage. And don't think that you won’t be holding your breath in that spilt second of silence between notes. Not least because our Super 10A is directly comparable in design to our series-topping Super 20A floorstander.
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 Cardea Super series’ superior quality components are tailored specifically for Kudos to stringent tolerances. They include Mundorf’s MResist Supreme resistors and air-core inductors, and ClarityCap’s unique CopperConnect technology capacitors.
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.
ACTIVE CONFIGURATION (UPGRADEABLE)
Like the Titan series, our ‘Super’ Cardea models are configured to allow simple by-passing of the internal crossover for active operation with leading electronics including Linn Exakt, Devialet Expert and Naim SNAXO. Upgrading to active operation enables a variety of performance and personalisation enhancing capabilities.
- Kudos 180mm Mid/bass unit with cast chassis, coated paper cone and 39mm voice coil
- SEAS-Kudos Crescendo K2 29mm fabric dome Tweeter
- Low-order crossover with audiophile grade parts
- Active Ready
- 5 year warranty
- Made in the UK
- Type 2way Bass Reflex Standmount
- Drivers Kudos 180mm Mid/bass unit with cast chassis, coated paper cone and 39mm voice coil, SEAS-Kudos Crescendo K2 29mm fabric dome Tweeter
- Frequency Response 40Hz – 30kHz AIRR (average in-room response)
- Sensitivity: 87dB @ 1W @ 1metre
- Recommended Power Amplifier: 25 to 200 Watts
- Nominal Impedance: 8 Ohm
- Cabinet Dimensions (HxWxD) 350mm (h) x 200mm (w) x 270mm (d)
- Stands are optional, not included