HOT FROM JA­PAN KEN­WOOD HIGH-RES XS

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Aus­tralian car au­dio fans will now be able to en­joy the pin­na­cle of Ken­wood’s au­to­mo­tive speaker range, the XS Series, which aims at “Stu­dio Mas­ter” qual­ity re­pro­duc­tion, in­clud­ing reach­ing to the fre­quen­cies re­quired to de­liver high-res au­dio.

“Th­ese are con­ven­tion­ally only sold in the Ja­panese do­mes­tic mar­ket,” Ja­son John­son from JVCKen­wood Aus­tralia tells Aus­tralian Incar. “But with the high-res sup­port on the DMX7, DDX9, DNX5 and DNX9 units, we’ve de­cided that th­ese would prove to be a per­fect com­pan­ion for our Ken­wood An­droid Auto and CarPlay flag­ship units.”

Yet the in­com­ing KFC-XS1703 pack­age is no bank breaker, go­ing to retail here in Aus­tralia at $549. This in­cludes two tweeter pods us­ing 25mm soft-dome tweet­ers, and the two bass driv­ers with 17cm high-rigid­ity glass-fi­bre cones mounted in high rigid­ity alu­minum frames.

The tweeter is an en­tirely new de­sign, from its mag­netic cir­cuit to the di­aphragm ma­te­rial, its sig­nal fed via a high-pass fil­ter us­ing an au­dio­phile-level film ca­pac­i­tor which has al­most zero elec­tri­cal loss, con­nected di­rectly to the tweeter. Its pod de­sign cor­re­sponds to many ex­ist­ing ve­hi­cles, says Ken­wood, al­low­ing in­stal­la­tion of the tweeter to the orig­i­nal po­si­tion in many cases.

Its up­per fre­quency re­sponse ex­tends to 48kHz at -10dB, so that in com­bi­na­tion with a head unit ca­pa­ble of high-res au­dio out­put, it can de­liver pretty much all that a 96kHz high-res source file can de­liver.

In ad­di­tion to their light-weight high-strength glass-fi­bre cones and high-rigid­ity alu­minium bas­kets which min­imise vi­bra­tion even when used at high vol­ume, the woofers in the KFCXS1703 pack­age in­clude a dual-ra­diused pro­file com­bin­ing two curves with dif­fer­ent di­am­e­ters at the edge, to achieve im­proved am­pli­tude lin­ear­ity, while a patented AFC+Tor­nado damper dis­pers­ing the stress ap­plied to the damper, again aid­ing lin­ear­ity of re­sponse. The rear mag­net cover and assem­bly has been op­ti­mised for smooth flux flow to re­duce un­nec­es­sary dis­tor­tions, while the mag­net cover al­lows op­ti­mum con­trol of air flow and back pres­sure from the di­aphragm, and its 66.5mm depth main­tains easy in­stal­la­bil­ity. On top of all that, it’s a looker too!

Ken­wood KFC-XS1703 2-way 2-speaker sys­tem Price: $549 Con­tact: JVCKen­wood Link: www.ken­wood.com.au

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