It was a cold winter day, during the times when I was not really into vintage HiFi. I was new in town and decided to visit local CD shop to see what was there. I discovered that apart from CDs they also had massive basement full of vinyl records. What a view! I went for a browse and fallen in love with the music that was playing in the background — one of the soulful tracks by Eric Bibb was playing from the rotating black disc… Sound was coming from a set of old looking speakers, powered by really strange it was to me at the time looking amplifier.
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It was a cold winter day, during the times when I was not really into vintage HiFi. I was new in town and decided to visit local CD shop to see what was there.
I discovered that apart from CDs they also had massive basement full of vinyl records. What a view! I went for a browse and fallen in love with the music that was playing in the background — one of the soulful tracks by Eric Bibb was playing from the rotating black disc… Sound was coming from a set of old looking speakers, powered by really strange it was to me at the time looking amplifier.
Despite the fact that an old power cable was used as a speaker cable and secured with a piece of chewing gum, the sound quality was mind blowing — so much warmth and emotion. Without hesitating, I have ask the shop keeper about the music and the equipment. Ok, I had to spend 4 hours in the car to get them, and the enclosures were in rather bad condition, but they were mine! I was informed that these Celestion Ditton 66 belonged to a HiFi shop in Cumbria area in UK and were used for many years as their reference speakers this explained tatty enclosures and handle marks on the sides.
This basically means that my subjective views below refer to the sound that could be achieved with these speakers with a bit of work. Its smooth, exceptionally broad frequency response extends well beyond the audible range, its dispersion is wide, and distortion extremely low — less than 0. Its high efficiency only 4. The speaker can accept programme inputs of 80 watts, for dB S. Its tall, slender silhouette permits maximum enclosure volume in minimum floor space only 1.
Within the cabinet are a superbly matched set of drivers and the Auxiliary Bass Radiator, all aligned on a single vertical axis to minimize diffraction effects. The mid-range driver is the pressure-dome MD And for the bass, a combination of the FC12 bass unit and 12 inch ABR Auxiliary Bass Radiator together with the carefully damped enclosure form an acoustic circuit that operates smoothly to frequencies well below 40 Hz.
The crossover has resulted from considerable research and crossover points are at Hz and Hz, 80 watts maximum. This monitor loudspeaker system has an exceptionally wide and flat, frequency response. By modern standards these speakers are quite large. Unevenly spread glue, partially covering driver surrounds; not the best paint finish and all the other little imperfections common in many British speakers from s.
All drivers use standard ferrite magnets but the size of the magnets on the midrange drivers is incredible — never seen such a small dome powered by a such a large magnet! Baskets of the bass drivers are made from a nice die cast alloy. Surrounds of the passive radiators and bass drivers are made from rubber, which survived past 38 years and does not look like it is going to give up any time soon.
The tweeter domes are covered with protective metal mesh that often comes off. Luckily, both of mine were in place. The original crossovers are hardwired and they are made from components that were available in the 70s, which means — out of specs electrolytic capacitors with an exception of the tweeter section.
But it is not all bad. We have four air core inductors which indicates that manufacturers did not look for savings there. Cabinets these Celestion Ditton 66 are made from veneered chipboard, with three internal reinforcements — fairly rigid but we can do much better nowadays. The grilles are made from thin metal not something that you see very often!
Not the best solution, but I never listen with the grills on anyway. In my opinion, despite some flaws, very good looking speakers, especially versions with veneered fronts. Photos below show the speakers after the upgrade. First thing that came to my mind was how balanced these speakers were.
Deep soundstage and ability of instruments sounding from behind the speakers is only one of them. Another thing is transparency of the sound — it is very good indeed, but not overwhelming. Not an easy thing to achieve. There are many speakers with greater transparency than 66s, but not many that are equally transparent and still not fatiguing to listen. The amount of bass generated by Celestion Ditton 66 is an interesting subject. It turned out that between 40 and 80Hz Dittons sounded louder than MG15s, but they dropped rapidly below 40Hz, whereas MG15s continued to generate the sound.
As a result of this, MG15s were still generating fairly loud noise at 30Hz where as 66s were nearly silent. The conclusion is that very few recordings feature deep bass as we understand it i. Midrange and treble are very natural with a bit of warmth to it. On the other hand, the same thing that makes Celestions engaging in quiet tracks, makes them less engaging on busier tracks.
That is not to say that they will sound flat on busy tracks. Far from that! What these speakers do best is natural presentation of vocals, clapping and pianos, not to mention the balanced sound across the whole frequency range. Where they could potentially improve is separation and depth of the sound stage. Celestion Ditton 66 are extremely good speakers, really good value for money. Clear and full bodied sound with plenty of dynamics and well controlled deep bass.
Good all-rounders. Reviewed : October Published : April Recommended Amplifier:. High Frequency Driver:. Medium Frequency Driver:. Low Frequency Driver:. Crossover Frequencies:. Enclosure Dimensions HxWxD :. Price When Launched:. Equivalent Present Day Price:. Total Score:.
Celestion Ditton 66 Review
There are now two system of high fidelity, monophonic monaural and stereophonic. Monophonic is a system that starts from one microphone and is fed through a single high fidelity set. Stereophonic is a double system. Two separate microphones are placed at different sides of the orchestra and two different systems are used to keep the two signals or channels separated.
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