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Award-win­ning Aus­tralian loud­speaker man­u­fac­turer Leg­end Acous­tics has re­leased Ver­sion 8 of its mon­i­tor book­shelf/stand­mount loud­speaker, the Kurre. Dr Rod Craw­ford, Leg­end’s designer chief, told Aus­tralian Hi-Fi that the changes in­cluded new driv­ers and cross­over plus a change to a sealed cabi­net de­sign. The new bass/midrange driver has an alu­minium al­loy cone that’s been strength­ened by rib­bing that also pushes the cone break-up fre­quency well be­yond the cross­over point. Ac­cord­ing to Craw­ford, this means the up­per midrange, of­ten a weak­ness of two-way loud­speak­ers, is to­tally free of breakup dis­tor­tion. ‘ This makes the sound qual­ity crys­tal­clear yet also nat­u­rally warm and open,’ he said. ‘ The new low-dis­tor­tion driv­ers are com­bined seam­lessly us­ing very high-qual­ity crossovers to pro­duce an es­pe­cially flat fre­quen- cy re­sponse—within 2dB over most of its fre­quency range—and within 1dB over the crit­i­cal mid­band—giv­ing the tonal ac­cu­racy of a stu­dio mon­i­tor.’ The cross­over net­work in the Kurre Ver­sion 8 uses air-cored in­duc­tors, high-qual­ity polypropy­lene ca­pac­i­tors and high-pow­ered non-in­duc­tive re­sis­tors, all of which are hand-sol­dered point-to-point as are the high-qual­ity ca­bles con­nect­ing the cross­over net­work to the driv­ers and to the bi-wire in­put ter­mi­nals. ‘ The over­all re­sult is an even-clearer, even-faster and more nat­u­rally open sound than pre­vi­ous ver­sions of the Kur­res,’ said Craw­ford. In­di­vid­u­ally built and tested in Australia, the Leg­end Acous­tics Kurre 8 re­tail for $2,290 per pair. For more in­for­ma­tion, call Leg­end Acous­tics on (03) 6295 0062 or visit www.leg­end­speak­ers.com.

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