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Discussion in 'Home Cinema Speakers' started by volrath-nje, Jul 2, 2004.

  1. volrath-nje

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    Hello,
    I have been looking to get into AV for some time nowbut never really known where to start. So I looked around and have brought a job lot of equip which includes a pair of 'celestion ditton 44' speakers and a pair of 'celestion ditton 15 speakers' their condition is not garaunteed....so what should I be looking for when I get them ie defects etc....also are they any good??? will I be happy with the purchase or upset? I paid £20.00 for each pair.
    Thanks in advance for any replies.
     
  2. Ian J

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    have a read of the Celestion Ditton story here

    These speakers are possibly 40 years old and when new cost £28-11-6p so haven't depreciated much over the years. :D

    To see whether there are any important defects all you have to do is listen to them and any problems should be apparent. They may be old but what were good speakers 40 years ago are probably still good. I doubt whether they have that much bass but for £20 they are probably a bargain.
     
  3. alexs2

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    In terms of defects on old speakers,you want to look at the cone surrounds on the larger(bass/mid range drivers),especially if they're made of foam rubber or similar,as some were.
    With age,the surrounds can deteriorate to the point where they give way completely,leaving the edges of the drivers free,and no longer sealing properly with the cabinets.
    Also look at the cabinets themselves,and the terminal posts for the speaker connections to ensure they're in decent condition.
    Hf units(tweeters) can also be damaged,and look for dents and rips.

    If they are damaged companies such as Wilmslow Audio(www.wilmslowaudio.co.uk ) and others,specialise in repairs or replacement units for many older speakers,and may be useful,as may Celestion themselves.
     
  4. rozzar

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    to see if woofers are on their way out, gently push it in (don't push the dustcap though) and if you hear a scraping sound, they're on their way out i'm afraid!!

    the ditton 44s are huge beasts, second only to the monster ditton 66s. The ditton 15s are also very bassy, having a 8inch moving coil woofer, 8 inch passive radiator and a more than reasonable dome tweeter. As long as they're both working fine, £20 is very reasonable. They'd get at least £50/pair on ebay if you're dissatisfied. As for matching a centre speaker...hmm i'll get back to you on that one- they weren't into HT 25 years ago :D
     

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