The new X3 from Kudos uses the same tweeter as its ‘baby brother’ the X2, but marries it with a Kudos X3 closeup.jpegnew 18cm main driver. The main driver’s cone is made from a mixture of paper and reed fibres, which Kudos say “combines inherent stiffness and natural damping with light weight and improves transient and dynamic response, as well as overall clarity”. The driver has a copper-clad aluminium voice coil and copper shorting ring which they say will “further enhance transients and dynamics and reduce distortion, increasing transparency”.

Both drive units are manufactured exclusively for Kudos by Norwegian specialists SEAS and specifically designed for the Kudos loudspeaker range.

Integration between the two drive units allows the use of a low order crossover and all internal wiring features The Chord Company’s Sarsen loudspeaker cable.

The X3’s cabinet is constructed from 18mm high density MDF with the reflex port situated on the bottom of the cabinet so that the plinth then provides a fixed boundary gap for the port to work optimally, as well as providing additional stability.

“The X3 was purposely created in response to customer demand for a slightly larger, more dynamic and even more exciting version of the X2 miniature floorstander”, says Kudos’ designer Derek Gilligan. “Using ideas first implemented in our flagship ‘Titan’ and ‘Super’ models, we developed the X3 to be easy to drive and to position within a room, and to bring out the best in a wide variety of music – delivering the energy, exuberance and life within a piece of music whatever its genre”.

Technical specifications

Main driver: Kudos 18cm unit with cast chassis, paper/reed cone, 39mm voice coil and copper shorting ring

Tweeter: 25mm Kudos soft dome

Sensitivity: 88dB

Impedance: 8 ohms

Frequency response: 30Hz – 25kHz “AIRR” (average in-room response)

Dimensions: 845mm (h) x 190mm (w) x 250mm (d)

Pricing and availability

• The Kudos X3 is available now.
• Finishes available: cherry, walnut, rosenut, oak, black and satin white.
• Priced at £2,145 (including VAT).

 

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