Castle Acoustics Avon Floorstanding Speakers

Castle Acoustics Avon Floorstanding Speakers 

DESCRIPTION

6.5" Woofer and 1" Tweeter (1984-1986)

USER REVIEWS

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[Jun 10, 2008]
Prune_Phace
Audio Enthusiast

Strength:

Loverly smooth open midrange
Strong smooth detailed treble
Fast rythmic bass

Weakness:

Not cheap.900ukp in Rosewood

Excellent speakers and beautiful sound quality.The first thing I noticed is that they are very well built and heavy,which is always a good sign.The midrange is very detailed yet smooth and the tweeter shows excellent strong dynamics without being harsh or in your face.More depth to the sound than the Severns(which are also quite good,although thinner sounding)The bass defined ,solid and tight,not boomy bloated mid bass like rear ported speakers and the like which give you a false impression of bass.The other good thing is you can tune the bass by adjusting the number of spacers between the bottom plinth.Using 3-4 spacers
will give you massive bass,far too much.2 is about right in an average room.
So what people have been saying here is that they are bass light is not true.
If you use them with a cheapy #100 nad amp ,then the results won't be great
spend at least 400uk pounds on a good used amp and cd player
Overall they are one of the best speakers I've heard and sound great with my Arcam CD92T and Roksan Caspian amp.

Similar Products Used:

Dynaudio 42,Castle Severn,Celestion A1,Castle Eden(also good but can be prone to boomy out of control bass due to the front port)

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Mar 24, 2000]
XXXX
Audio Enthusiast

Strength:

Very good mid-range

Weakness:

Lacks bass

I bought this speakers last summer, and it took me some time to get used to them. I was formerly the owner of a couple of Dali 850, wich is a real rock'n roll speaker. The Dalis has a lot of bass, but my music taste have changed over the years, and I now play a lot more classical and acoustic music, so the need for bass is reduced. As you may expect it's two very different speakers, but I must say I'm very satisfied with the Avons. They are a lot more sophisticated and they have a presentation of voices that is very good. They bring a warmth to the music, but they are still able to present a lot of details in the music. The only major let down is that they lacks bass. The bass is very thight and good, but it is not enough (not for my taste anyway.) I don't need the bass to blow out my windows, but I expect more bass from a floorstanding speaker than I get from the Avons. I enjoyed the Avons so much that I decided to try them with a sub. I tested them with a REL Strata III. The result is amazing. The bass is back in my system, and everything else I demand I get from the Avons. The Avons are really good speakers, and they looks like a million bucks!

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Mar 19, 1998]
Robert Turner
an Audio Enthusiast

I recently purchased a pair of Castle Avons and they are extremely enjoyable. The Avons are well built (utilizing 1" thick mdf board and in-house designed drive units)and sound very musical and pitch-accurate.
I have to believe that the major difference in the Castle Avon relative to others is the carbon fiber drive unit material they use. It makes for a highly accurate sound with good pitch and timing.

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RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
[Oct 16, 1998]
Randolph
an Audio Enthusiast

I am at the point of buying new speakers. The last couple of years I had a pair of Driade 9 speakers, which look superb, but the sound of it never really engaged me.
The CDM-7 SE's are high on my list, although I am also still considering other B&W's (P4/5; CDM-1 SE)
and speakers from other manufacturers as well, like the
Dali 450/850,
Celestion A1/2,
Mission 753,
KEF Q55/65,
Castle Avon/Harlech,
Acoustic Energy 109/120,
Monitor Audio MA 70# PMC,
Ruark Acoustic Scepter
So, it's obvious I still have quite a lot of listening to do.

My amp and CD are from Harman/Kardon (6500 and 730, resp.) wired with Van Den Hul cables and interlink. At this moment the CDM-7 SE's have my preference but I don't know how they hook up with my amp and CD. Your experience on any of these speakers or suggestions are highly welcome.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
[May 26, 2000]
Aaron
Audio Enthusiast

Strength:

Clarity and detail of sound. Beautiful furniture-quality finish of speakers.

I've had these for about 2 months now and couldn't be happier, especially at the price I bought them for. Saturday Audio Exchange in Chicago (www.saturdayaudio.com) is running a great sale on a number of different Castle models. I believe they bought out the inventor of the old US distributor, and so they have 5 models all for about 1/2 off. I got mine for $899.
Anyways, I am running them with a passive preamp and 200W amp. The quality and detail of the sound is wonderful. The treble is smooth and clean--not at all harsh or thin. The midrange is very clear and warm and the bass is pretty good for a speaker this size. Every instrument is clear and separate and sounds beautiful. Horns and drums are especially nice through these speakers. The soundstage is pretty good, but not amazing. I'm not sure, however, that this isn't a problem with my preamp, which seems to be having some issues with the balance.
In its class (small floor-standing, 2-way), I would give it 4.5 stars. At $899 for a new pair, definitely 5.

System:
Forte Class A/B 200W amp
B&K Pro-5 Preamp
Cal Audio Transport
Adcom HDCD DAC
MIT T-2 Speaker Cables

Similar Products Used:

Klipsch KG4, Boston Acoustics Bookshelf, KEF Bookshelf

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
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