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New LFR1100 Omni-Directional Speaker Designed, Engineered and Manufactured in Canada
"The sound stage is absolutely stunning. Several hours into my subjective listening tests and I was still thinking 'WOW! I have never been this taken aback by a pair of speakers. Every song I play is like hearing it for the first time!' I could not get enough music to listen to and it stirred up something inside that has been dormant for a long time now."
– Dale Rasco, HomeTheater Shack
Intimate Jazz Recording – Holly Cole – Girl Talk – Alert Music
Canada’s own Holly Cole was recording sultry jazz renditions before Diana Krall came along and she is an equally original artist. This 1990 recording, her rst album, will sound good on almost any setup, but it really rewards the listener when played on a system with huge dynamics and an extended and fast bass response.
Spectacular Large Scale Orchestral Recording – Mahler’s Second – Ivan Fischer – Channel Classics
This fabulous SACD offers outstanding sonics to match the superlative performance of one of the 20th century’s greatest masterpieces. One listen to this and you’ll be converted into a Mahler addict. It’s all encompassing, deeply moving and offers moments of extreme tenderness as well as ear splitting climaxes.
The Best Sounding Beatles Album – Love – Apple Records
Even though I’ve been living with the wonderful EMI sets of the complete Beatles remasters, both mono and stereo sets, nothing touches this remixed and remastered album for sheer sound quality. If you get a chance to see the Love show by Cirque Du Soleil in Las Vegas, grab it. This is the soundtrack.
Béla Fleck and the Marcus Roberts Trio– Across the Imaginary Divide –
stops very quickly and never sugar coats. This is a superb performance form the Super 20 on a recording that will trip up most competitors.
Overall there are many strong points gleaned from extensive listening. First is that the Super 20 has an excellent sweet top end. This is extremely rare in speakers, and it is the quality that makes it easy to listen to these speakers for long periods of time, and from almost any position in the room. It’s why you’re paying the big bucks. The bottom end is also very well controlled and quite fast. But no reflex ported designs can compete with a well
I love to include recordings where I’ve also been present at the live event. Béla Fleck is the King of the banjo – he can do absolutely anything with it. Here he plays with the great stride pianist Marcus Roberts. On drums the phenomenal Jason Marsalis and on bass we have Rodney Jordan. It’s a superb combination and I prefer it to Fleck’s many outings with the Flecktones. The dynamics are huge and you really need a system with great clarity in the treble to do justice to Jason’s percussion work and great speed to keep up with Marcus Roberts’ amboyant and aggressive ngerwork.
The Acid Test – Haydn Quartets – Quatuor Mosaïques - Naïve
This is the very best recording of Haydn Quartets I’ve ever heard, but on most systems it sounds hard and aggressive. It demands everything from your equipment – a balanced frequency response, massive dynamics, low level detail, accurate instrumental colour, pinpoint imaging, lightning re exes, the lot. Fall down on any one of these qualities and the performance will sound thin and uncomfortable, not at all musical. But if you play all your cards right, this is simply magical, revealing the humour, the imagination, the bravura playing and the cohesion of these four wonderful musicians playing on their gut stringed original instruments. sorted sealed box system for tunefulness, speed and pitch accuracy in the bass. Porting is designed to extend the lower frequency reach of a speaker beyond what could be achieved without a port in a similar sized cabinet. In a very broad sense you could say a port trades quality for quantity. There is no doubt the Carmel has the better bass, particularly in how clean and well sustained it is, although it does not necessarily dig deeper or play louder. The Carmel is among the most revealing speakers ever made. Its resolution is astounding, although it doesn’t play as loud as some other similarly sized speak- ers, the Super 20 among them. Against the Carmel, the Super 20 does not match the level of midrange resolution, although it will compare well amongst other in its price range. You notice this more on some recordings than others. The more complex the music, or the more delicate the instrument, the more noticeable the difference. The Super 20, with its two wide dispersion drivers mounted closely together on a narrow baffle, aided by its highly specified low order crossover, is a very good imager. Most importantly, the Super 20 does a great job of playing louder when required without evidence of dynamic compression. On the downside, it’s a relatively expensive speaker for the size of the box and is a bit over-damped to my taste, leading to the observed fall off in plucked notes and slight loss of transient attack and low level detail.
I’ve been very impressed with a number of speakers that compete with the Kudos, including some made right here in Canada. The Kudos Super 20 is another winner. It’s a thoroughly musical offering from Kudos Audio that just sounds right across a broad range of music and listening levels. It should certainly be on your shortlist if you are in the market for some serious kit. It’s room friendly, accurate, well balanced, images strongly and it has a remarkably good treble. On top of that it offers a lot of sound for the size of the package and you should find it very easy to drive and relatively efficient so you don’t need a monster amp. It’s beautifully finished and sharp looking. Give it a listen and if possible, try it in your own home. That’s the true test of any component. I think you’ll be as impressed as I am.