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Apogee Acoustics Centaur Minor
23 Reviews
rating  4.35 of 5
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Description: Hybrid ribbon+cone


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by azrvo a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: January 15, 2012

Bottom Line:   
I have obtained these speakers unused from stock in the Netherlands in 2002. It took a while to position them right as the sweet spot is very narrow. With an Audiolab 8000P power amplifier, Linn Intek used as preamplifier and Marantz 67SE CD player (clock from Guido Tent) operated in a 20m2 room, the combination operated very tight and clear. Very delicate smooth high, mids. and a very tight and not very low but fast clean bass response. A BK XLSS 400 Sub added some substance beneath the 40hz with a very dry fast and musical response. Orchestras do get more space without compressing the smooth delicate, fast response of the low mid range of the minors. This addition makes the Minors to an all round speaker that is able to produce a large diversity of styles, from classic to rock in a very honest and musical way. Alice in Chains-Unplugged, Rickie Lee Jones-Pop pop, Mahlers 3rd with Berlin/Haitink or even Opeth-Blackwater Park were very enjoyable to listen. Going vinyl with the Audiomeca Romance with kiseki blue spot is a poem. One needs some patience until the cartridge is warm enough to experience the difference of analog and digital reproduction. Those who are in search will need infinite patience :-)

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   Pre 1995



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:3
Submitted by pete denham a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: April 29, 2010

Bottom Line:   
not impressed sonically till i replaced the cone speaker with a kevlar monocor unit. i used silicon sealer to bond it in place. now they sound awesome, and even have bass. i won't be selling them.

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   Pre 1995



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by ramagochi a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: March 26, 2005

Bottom Line:   
I had several years ago a pair of Apogee Stage (I needed to sell by personal reasons), I loved this speakers (I chose this speakers over a Duetta Signature).

Now, I found two month ago a pair of Centaur Minor in new condition, I bought this speakers, yes the Minors is a hybrid, but share the same tweeter as the Stages. I started to try with several amplifiers, the Minor is a hard to move speaker, low impedance, low sensitivity, finally I found an amplifier to move it (I tried with MF A1000, VTL 75/75, Ars Sonum Filarmonia), the amplifier is the Counterpoint NP100 (A modified SA100), the distortion was gone, and the dynamics got new life, and his limited bass got more energy. I believe that this speaker, need a very good amplifier with at least 100W at 8 ohms (The 50W pure class A Musical Fidelity A1000 can't manage this speakers), this is very important.

With the NP100 this speaker have the best mid-highs I heard (IMHO the Minor bettered the Merlin VSM), the bass is very short and limited, but clear and fast ( A Vifa P17 in acoustic suspension), not enough for orchestal or rock, but I tried with a Rel Strata III and solve all the problems of the bass frequency.

The combination with the Rel and the NP100 have dynamics (I measured 107dB SPLA in my room) without distortion (Is easy forget the sound level), cristal clear mid-highs, tonal accuracy, ultra big soundstage, very wide coverture (not vertical, good thing), overall sound as good as the Stages.

Is very easy to place, need a bit of toe in, and almost 1m from the rear wall, this wall best without damping material.

If you find a pair, buy it (Remember, you need an very good and powerfull amplifier and a real sub, and stands), you will get one of the best sound reproducction systems at any price, with a close to reallity sound, but not for all (All the Apogees need people that usually listen live music, not can music audiophiles).

I give 4 stars because you need additional devices, 5 stars if you have a Counterpoint NP100 and a Rel Strata.

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   Pre 1995

Price Paid:    $580.00

Purchased At:   Old stock from Italy



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by CX Siagian a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: May 18, 2003

Bottom Line:   
These Apogees are very excellent with vocal. Treble & mid are very smooth. Just notice that they require a good quality record. They could cast their spell when drive by a powerfull and warm amplifier. Different from other reviewers, I found that the placement of these Apogees was quite easy

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   Pre 1995

Price Paid:    $450.00

Purchased At:   A friend



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by p davis a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: March 25, 2003

Bottom Line:   
purchased these in 92' and coupled them with a musical fidelity b200 and later with classe 70. sounded better with the b200. the prior reviewer is right treble through mid is very smooth and fast. at the time i though it made music come alive. in 9 years of listening couldn't figure out were the xover was..which is as it should be. i understand they did a lot of work to get the small 6.5 inch woffer up to speed. anyway, if your intrested in great sound at a good buy..but do take a look at the weaknesses..there are a few. lastly choose a warm amp in the bass/lower mid.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   Pre 1995

Price Paid:    $400.00

Purchased At:   employee discount




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