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Epos K1 Bookshelf Speakers (pair)
The K-Series marks the beginning of a new era for Epos. Designed by Luke
Creek, the 2 way K1 stand-mount loudspeaker is the entry-level model within this
range of loudspeakers.
The initial concept started out with a thought about how to take conventional
cabinet loudspeakers into a new area of the market. This spawned the idea of how
to make a loudspeaker the hub, or central place, for your Hi-Fi system. This
concept had to be achieved whilst preserving Epos’ high-end roots.
The K-Series has a number of unique design features that enables it to
achieve its design goal. These features include: stylish looks, High Velocity
Slot Ports (HVSP), rear mounted drivers, detachable rear baffles and
upgradability to fully powered active mode. The K-Series is much more than just
another box loudspeaker, it is ‘probably’ the future!
Within the K-Series are a number of new technologies developed to allow
superior performance over previous models.
Creek found that, if properly implemented, High Velocity Slot Ports
(HVSP) can produce dramatic improvements over conventional cylinder ports. HVSP
achieves lower audible distortion, by virtue of its lower intrinsic drag and
reduced turbulent airflow within the port. HVSP can also lower air loading to
the mid and bass drivers, which helps to keep them operating in a more linear
region throughout their excursion range.
In a departure from earlier designs, the port is now located on the front
baffle of the cabinet. Using a front firing port, the K-Series offers more
flexibility with room placement. They can indeed by positioned closer to a wall,
without restricting their operation.
The clever clamping mechanism used to secure the drivers has resulted in an
even distribution of tension applied to the surface of the basket. This
uniformed clamping pressure helps to reduce unwanted vibrations that would
normally result in higher levels of distortion. The end result is a beautifully
clear and transparent mid-range quality.
Cabinet colouration is a critical area of a loudspeakers design, that is
sometimes overlooked; but not with the K-Series. Not only are the K series
cabinets carefully braced internally, they have also been developed with
removable rear baffles. This is an idea dating back to the ES11 days of Epos,
with its sandwich construction method. The theory is to reduce the energy
absorbed by the cabinet. One way to achieve this is by making the rear baffle a
separate element in the construction. The aim is a reduction in cabinet
colouration, or unwanted resonance. There is another reason for using removable
rear baffles, which is to facilitate ‘Active-K’.
Active-K is a novel feature, to allow the consumer to simply upgrade their
loudspeaker from passive to active operation. More details on Active-K will be
added to our website soon.
Further performance increases have been achieved with the implementation of
high quality crossover components, including the selection of very high-grade
polypropylene capacitors and metal oxide resistors. As standard, the K-Series
comes pre-wired with Oxygen Free multi-stranded copper wire. Specially designed
cable management holes inside the cabinet and high current connectors allow for
aftermarket replacement cable sets to be installed, if required.
100 Watts unclipped speech and music
51 Hz – 30 kHz ±3dB
4 Ohm nominal
88dB / 2.83V@1m
Epos 25mm soft dome with high-temperature voice coil, ferrofluid
cooling and neodymium magnet system.
x1 150mm Epos mid bass drivers, with 25mm
high-temperature voice coil and polypropylene cone.
18 AWG stranded oxygen free copper cable.
Painted White or Black (Real Wood finish coming soon)
The K1 has an optional Snap on-grille.
295 x 185 x 226mm
5.5 kg per single speaker
12 kg per packed pair
speakers per carton.