Kudos Audio, founded in 1991, are based in County Durham, UK and have developed a worldwide reputation for creating exceptional loudspeakers.
Launched in 2015, the mighty Titan 808 is the new flagship of the Kudos range. It takes the place of the original Titan 88 and while the two may share the Titan name, the 808 is a completely new and unique design. From the ground up, it has been engineered to be one of the fastest, clearest, most coherent and musically engaging loudspeakers ever created.
The Titan 808’s drive units are among the best in the world, crafted exclusively for Kudos by renowned Norwegian specialists, SEAS.
Each speaker consists of independent upper and lower cabinets, separated by precision-machined spacers and a port resonance guide. The upper cabinet houses the tweeter and mid/bass drive unit while the lower cabinet houses the two bass drivers. These are positioned in an isobaric arrangement, where the second driver is placed internally back-to-back with the first. This produces a significantly improved bass response and minimises bass distortion. By separating the cabinet into two parts, the higher and lower frequencies remain unaffected by each other, preserving a remarkable clarity to the sound even at very high volumes.
In the original Titan 88, Derek Gilligan took SEAS’ legendary 29mm Crescendo K2 fabric dome tweeter and worked closely with SEAS to further develop its capabilities exclusively for Kudos. For the new Titan 808 Kudos have gone even further, again working extensively with SEAS to give the Crescendo a detailed redesign to deliver an even cleaner, faster and more musically detailed performance.
The mid/bass driver, which is also exclusive to the Titan 808, has been similarly re-engineered to further enhance its match with the new tweeter and to produce seamless integration and response over the frequency range.
The twin bass drivers feature high quality hard paper cones, double-coated to ensure excellent stiffness while retaining the natural damping properties of paper. A long voice coil and injection-moulded alloy framework maximise the linear excursion of the drive cone.
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The Titan T88 cabinets are made of varying thicknesses of high density HDF ranging from 25-50mm. Internal bracing and specific damping are used to minimise cabinet resonance and a tri-laminate front baffle houses the three drive units. The upper cabinet, which contains the tweeter and midrange/bass unit, is port loaded into an optimal boundary gap created by the precision-machined spacers that separate the upper and lower cabinets.
The lower cabinet, containing the bass driver, is securely attached to the tri-laminate plinth via spacers to control cabinet to plinth energy transfer. The plinth itself provides the best possible grounding interface, with HDF being combined with a damping compound and a 5mm steel plate, into which precision-milled spikes are fitted, manufactured for Kudos by Track Audio.
The drive units employed are some of the best in the world and are produced for Kudos by SEAS in Norway – a company with almost 60 years of expertise in this field. The tweeter is developed exclusively for Kudos from the famous Crescendo unit. The main midrange/bass driver and the twin bass drivers are specific to the Titan T88 and combine with the tweeter to produce seamless integration and response over the frequency range.
The Titan T88 is a speaker we have had a great amount of success with here at Cymbiosis, with pairs being installed across the globe, from the US to the Far East.
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