£3,750 – £4,000
Never one to let the dust gather, Kudos designer Derek Gilligan set himself the challenge of pushing the boundaries of the C10 standmount to see how far its design could be taken for maximum performance. The result is the Super 10, perfect for the audiophile with a small to medium sized listening room who wants an exceptionally high quality music system but can’t house a pair of large floorstanding loudspeakers.
The Super 10 takes the C10’s superlative Kudos Crescendo K2 soft dome tweeter and combines 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 10’s reflex-ported cabinet is constructed from 18mm high density MDF specifically chosen for its acoustic properties. Internally, the cabinet is optimally damped 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 easy 8 ohm impedance means that the Super 10 will perform seamlessly with a wide range of valve and solid state amplifiers.