Save 50% on a Bookshelf Loudspeaker Awarded The Absolute Sound's Product of the Year: Epos K1 Plays with Engaging Dynamics, Tonal Neutrality, Size-Defying Openness, and Beautiful Detail
It's not often you can get 50% off on an overachieving bookshelf loudspeaker bestowed a Product of the Year Award by The Absolute Sound for multiple years running. Such is the case with the Epos K1, which delivers dynamically engaging, tonally neutral, and generously open sound that manages to both capture subtle details all the while rendering music's low-end pulse with an authority uncommon to speakers in its size class. As proficient on vocal works as instrumental passages, K1 prides itself on beautifully rendered treble response, poise, and smoothness. Midrange performance, too, excels, with an expansiveness and punch that allow ambience, airiness, and warmth to flourish.
K1's astute abilities owe to a world-class, five-inch, fabric-dome tweeter featuring a Ferro-fluid-cooled voice coil and neodymium magnet. Engineered with CAD simulation tools, it can play at high-output levels for extended periods without any signs of stress. The bass/mid driver combination – defined by a six-inch polypropylene cone with one-inch voice coil and shielded magnet system – stands as a stiff albeit pliable structure complete with a bucking-magnet system that ensures all magnetic force remains around the voice coil, an approach that results in low distortion and high efficiency. A first-order crossover for the tweeter, second-order filter crossover in the mid/bass, and 18-gauge oxygen-free copper wiring throughout complete the internal components.
On the exterior, the clean, satin-finished K1 looks like the belle of the ball. A front-firing slotted port saves baffle space and permits high volumes of air to pass without producing audible chuffing. In addition, each slot enhances low-frequency responsiveness. Rigid, elegantly painted MDF cabinets conceal specially devised internal bracing that minimize coloration. Factor in the inclusion of twin sets of speaker terminals (for bi-wiring enthusiasts) and our 100% Satisfaction Guarantee, and K1 covers all the bases with aplomb. Besides, think of all the extra records you can buy with the money you save!
"The Epos K1 is one seriously classy little speaker with genuine sonic integrity. It sports many of the virtues that endear us to the finer, pricier two-way compacts, while minimizing the common shortcomings in its "blue plate special" price category."
– Neil Gader, The Absolute Sound
"There's lots we like about the Epos K1s. They sound solid and lively. Detail definition is decent, with enough energy and dynamics to get you snapping your fingers and tapping your feet in time with the music. It's a smooth, weighty sound that's a pleasant listen."
– What Hi-Fi?, four-star review
Using virtual performance CAD design simulation tools, Epos achieved very high technical performance and a clean, open, yet smooth sound quality from the tweeter. It has a low resonant frequency, high sensitivity, and extended high frequency response. With a 25mm fabric-dome, short horn, high-temperature Ferro-fluid cooled voice-coil and neodymium magnet, it can play at high-output levels for extended periods without degradation.
Six-Inch Mid-Bass Driver
The mid-bass driver produces an even frequency response and smooth roll-off.
It has a high-quality polypropylene cone and a bullet-shaped dust cap. These components form a stiff, yet pliable, well-damped structure which retains its shape even under high power loading. The mid-bass driver also benefits from a bucking-magnet system, ensuring all the magnetic force is concentrated around the voice-coil, allowing for low distortion and high efficiency.
Simple Yet Effective Crossover
A first-order crossover is used to allow the Epos tweeter to have a wide dynamic range with super-low distortion. The mid-bass crossover uses a second-order filter, ensuring K1 is an easy load for any amplifier.