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    Hi guys.

    Just wondering if anyone is using these speakers at the moment. I would like to hear our thoughts and opinions on their sound.

    Cheers

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    Old memories, but big, smooth, rich toned, but in a positive way and well integrated through the frequency range. Good speaker range I remember and well worth a punt if the price is right
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    What Dave said. For a near mint pair I'd say around 150 was a reasonable price.
    Martin



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    Great speaker the A1 some folk look down on the A series but they were great.
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    I have has a pair of these for the last 12 years. Love them to bits. They sound so full yet with some lovely detail. I find they can be driven quite hard but do need a fairly powerful amp to get the best from them.
    I often wonder what If and when I come to replace them, what the will it be. It sort of scares me to think I might not ne just as happy with their replacement.
    Anyway all running well for the moment, long may it continue as finding spares is pretty difficult.
    Cheers for the feedback.

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    If they're working right and suit the room they're in, why change. I mean ijn all seriousness, ALL loudspeakers have severe compromises somewhere in their makeup and/or are still the most distorting part of the reproduction chain. The models you have should be easily able to reproduce tweaks and improvements upstream. Please don't ever change for the sake of it, unless you have an iron will that way as Jerry does. I tend to get rather too attached to stuff, so I'm probably the last one to talk
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    Hi Dave.

    Think we all fall foul of thinking there is better out there and sometimes jump to change only to find we were wrong.
    I bought a Brio R which initially sounded very good with plenty of detail. Only problem was it just didn't have enough power for the Celestions and gave me the impression at times of lacking scale, particularly in the bass department.
    Ended up back with my Audiolabs bi-amping again. Less detail but far more scale to the sound.
    Now I am wondering what the new 100w Elicit R will be like !!!. We will see.

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    They need current rather than power. I tried a lot of amps with my A2, which has the same drivers but is a floorstander with an additional driver for bass. A lot of them couldn't cut it. The drivers were all developed in house at Celestion back when they were still in the UK and the A series was designed around them. There can be potential issue with them as being prone to voice coil rub but I have had no issues in 10 years with mine.

    Hi Fi world tested the A2 with a 25w KT5881 valve amp and had no issues (good traffos in it probably). The only weak points I think with the A series is the tweeter, which is good but not great, and the need for a amps with 'grunt'.
    Martin



    Current Lash Up:

    Technics SL1200 with Sumiko h/s & Nagaoka MP50 * Firebottle valve MM phono stage * Parasound CDPi1000 * NVA P90SA passive pre / Krell KSA50S Power amp * JM Lab Electra 926 loudspeakers *



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    Yep, the WAD kits generally had good trannies.

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    Pair of Celestion Compact A's being delivered shortly - facebook ad over a month old...

    Quick PM and their mine - surprisingly
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