KUDOS AUDIO TITAN 505
The Titan 505 is the smallest, most affordable model in Kudos Audio’s flagship Titan Series, which is headed-up by the Titan 808, and followed by the 707 and the 606. “The Titan 505 is a stand-mount model designed to deliver stunning, top-of-the-range performance to a wider reach of spaces and budgets,” said Aleksandar Maksimovic whose company, Audio Magic, was responsible for introducing this British-designed and British-manufactured brand to Australia.
All four models in the Titan Series use drivers that their designer, Derek Gilligan, says “were crafted exclusively for Kudos Audio by renowned Norwegian speaker specialist SEAS.”
The tweeter in all models is exactly the same — the ‘K3’ — a design that Gilligan says is based on SEAS’s legendary 29mm ‘Crescendo’ K2 fabric dome tweeter.
“An exclusive Kudos–SEAS collaboration, the K3 has undergone significant further development to precisely tailor its capabilities for the Kudos Titans,” said Gilligan. “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 Kudos Audio 505 is a two-way design, using twin mid-bass drivers that have high quality double-coated hard paper cones and, in common with the larger Titan floor-standing models, the 505 is an isobaric design, where one of the two mid-bass drivers is positioned internally back-to-back with the first. “The result is significantly improved midrange clarity and bass response, as well as a reduction of bass distortion,” says Gilligan, who added “although Kudos’ trademark minimalist, low order crossover is also, of course, a key design feature.”
The crossover in the Titan 505 is designed in such a way that it can be bypassed by users wishing to use amplification such as Linn Exakt or Devialet Expert. “Running the design actively in this way turns the loudspeaker into an intelligent, connected component and enables a range of performance-enhancing and personalisation capabilities,” says Gilligan.
Although they come without stands, Gilligan designed a dedicated, seven pillar stand specifically for use with the Titan 505s. Six of the stand’s seven pillars can filled with the listener’s choice of material to dampen resonances and improve stability.