Kudos Cardea Super 20A Floorstanding Speaker (Pair)
We’ll always have a soft spot for the Kudos Cardea Super 20A here at Kudos. The Kudos brand was launched with the Cardea series, and the Super 20A is the topmost development of the series. Think of the last time you met somebody who was so fascinating, so entertaining and so utterly engaging, and who had a voice so captivating, that you could happily listen to them forever. That’s the feeling you get on meeting a Cardea Super 20A. In short, it’s a brilliant communicator and it knows how to hold a room. It’s also incredibly insightful, probing into the depths of each recorded musical performance in order to faithfully expose everything that’s in there.
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.
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 Super 20A’s fixed boundary bass reflex loading is key to a more agile, nuanced, textured and detailed bass reproduction.
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.
- SEAS-Kudos 180mm cast chassis Mid/bass unit hand-treated papercone, 26mm voice coil with copper shorting ring and aluminium phase plug
- 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 Floorstander
- 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 30Hz – 30kHz AIRR (average in-room response)
- Sensitivity: 88dB @ 1W @ 1metre
- Recommended Power Amplifier: 25 to 300 Watts
- Nominal Impedance: 8 Ohm
- Cabinet Dimensions (HxWxD) 925mm (h) x 200mm (w) x 270mm (d)
Weight (per loudspeaker) 22 kg