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Celestion A series...have you?

Discussion in 'Home Cinema Speakers' started by NeilS, Dec 31, 2002.

  1. NeilS

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    Just curious as I've never seen them mentioned here, does anyone else use these?

    I have A3s for fronts A4c Centre and A1s for rear which I bought second hand as a stop gap. They work really well for me so much so that I think it'll be very hard to justify spending huge sums of money on the Kef 205s which I was looking at long term.

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  2. buns

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    I am an A series addict..... I have 6 A1's and am very happy with them..... they are virtually the last thing i would consider changing in my system! General skanky and mark ward are also quite keen on the A's!

    I dont know the kef's..... but i suspect they will have a very tough job bettering the A3's and im almost certain there will be a degradation in the overal sound as a result of the lack of tonal match between you front 3.

    Although the A's are now defunct, no one I know who has tried them with suitable amps has looked back..... or forward for that matter! :D

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  3. NeilS

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    I'm pretty sure the Kefs would not be able to produce the same amount of bass extension as the A3s but the matching kef centre is supposed to be excellent. It's the thought of blowing close to £6k replacing the front 3 and not getting much in return that's putting me off. Perhapse I should just enjoy them...

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    I cant imagine that it will be the best spent £6k....... if you do get improvements, they are likely to be relatively subtle. And you also have the problem that the A's are not worth much. The A1's sell for £300 and A1's well under £1k..... and those are new prices if you find them.

    If it were my money, you nkow what id be doing! :D

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    Do any of you know of anywhere stocking the A4c centre as I am looking for one (with minimal success...)

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    I got one from Hyperfi in Barking but they did say it was their last one. May be worth a try though.

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    Thanks Neil, will give them a call.

    If you decide to get rid of your A3s and the centre let me know.

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    No problem Rob, will do.

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    Mates got the Celestion A5r's dipoles. £400 when new. Good rears. Nice treble, very clear.
     
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    I've got a Kef/A-Celestion mix.

    I bought mine as a stop gap too but they sound so good I'm also having difficulty parting with them.

    I bought them by accident really, I wanted the rest of the kit someone was selling and thought I'd move the speakers on. I was surprised at the build/finish quality too.

    I tried the A4C and was really surprised how much it improved my system so I decided to keep it.

    One thing any potential A series owner should be aware of... They need some good quality powerful amplification to really shine. I'm sure others will agree with this point.

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    Yeah, esp. with the big floorstanders, I think my Audiolab 100W arn't good enough, should be ok with the standmounts and rears though.
     
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    Nathan,

    I dont know which audiolab you have, it probably would be ok for the smaller A's..... but the a1's i know for sure will just keep getting better with more power! I wouldnt like to try the A3's without a very big set of amps, probably id feel obliged to biamp (or is it tri?) otherwise you just are losing out.

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