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REVIEW: Triangle Celius Speakers

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Model: Celius
Category: Speakers
Suggested Retail Price: $1995
Description: 3 way, high-efficiency floorstanding loudspeaker.
Manufacturer URL: Not Available
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Review by FishMatisse214@aol.com ( A ) on March 09, 2002 at 19:49:38
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Triangle Electroacoustique
Model Celius 202, Espace
Floor standing loudspeaker, 3 way bass-reflex
Interated electronic protection device
Bass driver Triangle T16 DR110C (x2)
Mid driver Triangle T16 PP122o
Tweeter Triangle TZ202

Sensitivity (db/W/m) 92

Frequency range (+ - 3db Hz-kHz) 45-20

Continuous power (W) 120

Peak power (W) 240

Number of ways 3

Nominal Impedance (ohms) 8

Minimal Impedance (ohms) 5

Low frequency roll-off (Hz) 400

High frequency roll-off (kHz) 4

Dimensions (inches H x W x D) 44.5 X 8.7 x 11.7

Weight (lbs) 48.4

Let me start off by saying that the Celius is very appealing in the Ebony finish. The wood finish color is somewhere between dark walnut and rosewood. The fit is flawless. All drivers are perfectly seated and flush,(except for compensation of curve) into the curved baffle. It's slimness is a crafty work art and design.

The drivers are all made in house by Triangle. The new 1"titanium dome tweeter incorporates a "close to the surface of the dome", mini-phase plug. I don't really know wheather the little bullet is just a cosmetic or actually assist in the dispersion of the high frequencies? The highs are rolled off smoothly and there's no brightness associated with metal tweeters. Of course this depends on your amp and source. What is nice about the highs is it's accurate instrumental timbres. Certain recordings do sound immediate at times. Again, management of treble brightness and fatigue can be compromised by your components. I prefer the laid-back overall presentation.

I particually like the mid-range of the Celius. Tonal and timbre quality are on the money. Voicals are extremely emotional. The space and air around vocals are divine. The word is Blooooom! Like the treble, the mid-range is not in your face. But, the attack is dead on when called for. The dope paper cones are very responsive and super fast. Indeed, I'm quickly inveloped into the music for which I'm not really used to receiving from a floorstander.

The double bass driver units simply complement the upper and mid frequencies. For 6.25 drivers they go pretty deep and the mid-petite box volume does not subtract any bottom energy. Percussion are very articulate with a force of authority. Electric bass and bass fiddle are tight and fast. Decay of sound prevents overlap and boom. You don't get the very deepest freqs., but in a mid size room and 30 or 40 wpc, you've got enough.

The balance and intergration of the Celius is excellent. The cross-over, what ever the order, blends the whole range like a rich souffle. Everything is even throughout the board.

All this may sound a little analytical, the Celius is not. They get out of the way and let the enjoyment of music come alive! Give the alot of time to evolve, you'll hear the difference.

Product Weakness: Availibility
Product Strengths: Quailty build, tonal and timbre balance, superb mid-range, high sensitivity, good price.

Associated Equipment for this Review:
Amplifier: Lavardin IS Reference
Preamplifier (or None if Integrated): none
Sources (CDP/Turntable): Arcam DIVA 92
Speakers: Celius 202
Cables/Interconnects: Acoustic Zen Matrix
Music Used (Genre/Selections): Jazz Brubeck Quartet-Take Five, Stan Getz- Bossa Nova,Getz/Gilberto, Ronnie Earl- Healing Time, Stevie Ray Vaughan- Riviera Paradise, Dinah Washington- For Those In Love, Miles Davis- Kind Of Blue, Jimmy Smith- Standards,Dot Com Blues, Diana Krall- Love Scenes,All For You,Stepping Out, Sade- Love Deluxe, Lovers Rock.
Room Size (LxWxH): 20 x 10 x 8
Room Comments/Treatments: dead, carpet
Time Period/Length of Audition: 4 months
Type of Audition/Review: Product Owner
Your System (if other than home audition): home

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Topic - REVIEW: Triangle Celius Speakers - FishMatisse214@aol.com 19:49:38 03/9/02 ( 10)