Previewed at last year’s Show, the Kudos Audio Titan 505 is a standmount loudspeaker that is now full production.

Initially launching with the top-of-range Titan 808, Kudos Audio’s Titan series has since grown to include four models in a choice of sizes and finishes. Each model features drive units created exclusively for Kudos by renowned Norwegian specialists SEAS.

Like the Titan 707 and 606 floorstanders, the 505 is a two-way design. It shares the same K3 tweeter as the 707 and 606 – a unique SEAS-Kudos design precisely tailored for the Titans. Enhanced features include an improved magnet system with copper shorting rings, a completely new resonance chamber and a new face-plate profile, all engineered to deliver an even sharper, more dynamic and musically detailed performance.

The 505’s twin mid-bass drivers are also unique to Kudos, featuring coated hard paper cones to ensure superior stiffness while at the same time preserving the natural damping properties of paper. Like all models in the Titan series, the 505 sports an isobaric arrangement in which the second mid-bass driver is carefully positioned internally back-to-back with the first.

All four models in the Kudos’ Titan series can be run either passively or actively. The crossovers are engineered such that they can be by-passed in order to enable active operation with selected systems including Linn Exakt, Devialet Expert and now also the brand new Exposure VXN.

Kudos say they  are delighted to be working with British brand Exposure Electronics on a further development of active amplification. Exposure’s brand new VXN crossover enables active analogue amplification. What’s more, it can be applied not only to Exposure’s own  electronics, but potentially to any pre/power amplifier combination.

In an active system, rather than the usual scenario of one power amplifier channel per loudspeaker, there is one power amplifier per drive unit. So in a 2-way loudspeaker design, there are effectively 4 amplifiers driving the speakers, and in 3-way design, 6 amplifiers. This is achieved by by-passing the loudspeakers’ internal crossovers. Instead, the external VXN crossover unit – which has its own separate, fully linear, power supply – is connected between the preamplifier and the power amplifier(s).

See Kudos Audio in room 206 on the second floor, partnering the 505s with the new Linn Selekt.and room 212 on the second floor where Exposure will be previewing their new VXN active analogue crossover with the Kudos Titan 606 floorstander.

The show is on the 22nd – 24th February 2019, 10:00am – 5:00pm, at the Bristol Marriott City Centre Hotel.

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