Describing the original Kurres Greg Borrowman (Editor of Australian HiFi) stated ” an inspired design……..resulting in a sound quality that is second to none.”
Greg also reviewed the Kurre 4s saying “… (the Kurre 4s) set a new benchmark for small monitor loudspeakers …. they sound magic! …. I was transfixed by the speed of the Kurres and their lovely atmospherics.” (For full review please click here). They were runners-up against very expensive overseeas loudspeakers n the Audiophile Loudspeaker of the Year category of the Sound & Image awards.
The latest Kurres continue this tradition of excellence. Because the original cabinets were so good we have retained their cabinet with their extensive internal bracing and damping that reduce cabinet vibration; their complex internal shape to reduce internal standing waves; and their narrow front baffle with its asymmetric driver location for better external dispersion of sound waves to create superb acoustic images both in breadth and depth.
However, we have introduced new very low distortion drivers, both bass/midrange and treble. And the loading of the bass driver is now a sealed box that gives greater definition and speed to the bass – which can extend as low as 35 Hz in room.
The new bass driver has an aluminium alloy cone additionally strengthened by ribbing to push cone breakup well beyond the Xover point so that the upper midrange, often the weakness of 2-way loudspeakers, now remains free of distortion and crystal clear yet naturally warm & open. With the Kurre 9 we have employed the same very high quality tweeter used in the Kantus and Big Reds to also continue this very low distortion into the treble. As shown by the measurements the distortion is less than 0.1% over much of it range, better than some amplifiers!
Also shown by the measurements these new drivers are combined seamlessly using very high quality crossovers to produce an incredibly flat frequency response, within 2 dB over most of its frequency range – and within 1 dB over the critical midband – giving “monitor” tonal accuracy. Again to reduce distortion, and so the fidelity of the reproduced sound to the original recording, the Xovers have only air-cored inductors, high quality polypropylene capacitors and high-powered non-inductive resistors, all hand soldered point-to-point as are the high quality wires connecting the Xovers to the bi-wire input terminals and to the drivers.
Because the Kurres are so accurate with such flat frequency response and low distortion they are very faithful (high ‘fidelity’) and truthful to the music and equipment preceding them in the reproduction chain. If you prefer your music ‘warm or sweet’ then you should partner them with a suitably ‘warm or sweet’ amplifier – perhaps a high powered valve amplifier. But if you enjoy your music fast & dynamic then choose a suitable fast & dynamic solid-state amplifier.
When combined with suitable front-end equipment they are capable of playing a very wide range of music. And with accurate (low distortion) preceding equipment you will hear all the nuances of the artists’ playing, not just some homogenised version – like being there!