Kudos Cardea Super 10A Standmount loudspeaker
What we Say:
The Kudos Super 10A is a compact 2 way bookshelf loudspeaker with stunning looks and sound.
Every aspect of the Cardea range screams quality. The drivers are modified top of the range SEAS units from the Crescendo range. The cabinets are lovingly made in Yorkshire in a range of sumptuous real wood veneers. The passive crossovers are all low order designs using the highest spec components to ensure as little gets in the signal path as possible. Final assembly and test and assembly is done in County Durham along with all R&D.
The New Cardea A models differ from most conventional loudspeakers as they can be converted from passive operation to active use by simply removing a set of link bars on the rear of the loudspeakers. Active operation does require additional investment in the supporting electronics but the improvements of active operation need to be heard to be truly appreciated.
For anyone out there looking for a top tier bookshelf speaker the Kudos Super 10A should make for a very compelling listen. It can do scale, dynamics and has oodles of subtle detail which gets right to the heart of the music. Put the Super 10A at the very top of your shortlist.
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What they say:
You want an exceptionally musical, high-performance loudspeaker but you don’t have the space to house a floors-tander. Not a problem. We made the Super 10A specifically for you. Yes, a compact stand-mount loudspeaker may not have quite the same degree of bass ‘welly’ (as we say here in the north-east of England) as an equivalent floor-stander. 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 floor-stander.
Like all of the models in our Cardea series, the Super 10A is an exceptional communicator that delivers “a vivid and articulate listening experience” with “wonderful images of musicians performing in space” and “excellent portrayal of fine detail,” says Hi-Fi News. “Compact monitors don’t come much better than this.” “If you want to hear a fine small loudspeaker, it is this one,” adds Hi-Fi World.
EXCEPTIONAL, CUSTOM-MADE DRIVERS
Kudos’ one-of-a-kind 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 mid/bass drivers are unique to each model.
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. Active operation opens up a wider upgrade path and enables a variety of performance and personalisation enhancing capabilities.
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