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    Default Celef Monitor speakers.

    Do any AOS members have any experience of Celef Monitor speakers ? I have been offered a pair at a very good price and Iím tempted to try them.
    I believe these are MK 1s, using a Kef B200 and an Audax soft dome tweeter of the type used in the Spendor Prelude.
    The reflex port is filled with straws, as utilised on some early Meridian speakers.
    I understand the MK 2 used a different tweeter and and open port.

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    We used to sell them back in the day. At the right price, they will be OK.

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    Celef made some decent speakers. The company became Proac if I recall.
    "when common sense, logic and plausibility are excluded. All that remain are foolishness and lies"

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    The two ran side by side for a while but Celef wasn't selling so they dropped the brand. A few years later they came back with a range of cheap, vinyl wrapped speakers which bombed.

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    I had Celef PE1 - it had a piezo electric tweeter as its usp.
    It was "OK", and was a fairly obvious precursor to the ProAc Response 2 I owned years ago when they first came out (a fantastic speaker!).
    Cabinet size, front port stuffed with straws - very similar in many ways.
    Except for the sound! The underlying design had come a long way in the intervening years!
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    Back in the day they were 'groundbreaking' and very popular with our customers but sound very dated now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hifi_dave View Post
    Back in the day they were 'groundbreaking' and very popular with our customers but sound very dated now.
    Can you expand on this a bit Dave, I'm genuinely curious?
    A mainly digital setup with a musical amplifier and endearing 1970's speakers. A CD player that hardly ever gets used and a turntable that is good enough to remind my how enjoyable my old vinyl is. Some cables and things.

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    Not sure how to "expand" other than to say they sound coloured and boxy by today's standards.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hifi_dave View Post
    Not sure how to "expand" other than to say they sound coloured and boxy by today's standards.
    That'll do it! :-)
    A mainly digital setup with a musical amplifier and endearing 1970's speakers. A CD player that hardly ever gets used and a turntable that is good enough to remind my how enjoyable my old vinyl is. Some cables and things.

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