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Celestion Ditton 25 Opinions

Discussion in 'audio' started by Jackytwoshoes, Dec 29, 2010.

  1. Jackytwoshoes

    Jackytwoshoes pfm Member

    I've been offered some ditton 25's for 110 quid.
    How do these compare with the KEF 104ab's I currently have?
    Would they work out with a NAP 160?
    I thought they might be worth a try at that price.
     
  2. Tony L

    Tony L Administrator

    Assuming they are in good condition I can't see you losing anything on them, though they do seem the least popular of that 70s Ditton range. I've never heard a pair myself, though I'd be interested to. They are a rather strange design, kind of a scaled-up 15 with a 12" bass, an ABR, what looks like 2 x HF1300 tweeters (a lovely sounding thing) and a dome tweeter I assume to extend the range upwards as the 1300 is out of the game at about 14Khz. I'd expect them to sound warm and a bit sucked-out in the mid as they have to be running that bass unit up pretty high - the HF1300 would be more usually matched to an 8" bass unit e.g. BC1, Ditton 15 etc. The 25 certainly doesn't seem to have the reputation of the 66 which also uses a 12" bass and ABR (maybe even the same drivers) but with a dome mid and tweeter. If you go for them give them a write-up!

    Tony.
     
  3. Gaius

    Gaius Trade: Stiletto by Tangerine

    I have a pair of 25s and 66s.

    The 25 is a strange design but share a lot in common with the 66.

    The first answer is yes the 160 will drive them with ease, second you won't lose at £110, in fact that's very cheap these days if they are a nice pair.

    They share the same bass driver and ABR as the 66 and use the same amount of cabinet, as such the bass is pretty much the same, thunderous to say the least, they quite literally shake the buiding and your organs, very low down to 18 htz. The bass is unparalled.

    They have the same tweeter as the 66, the once highly regarded HF200 which was used all over at the time, I think modern tweeters are better though...

    Then there is the mess which is the mid; two HF1300 tweeters which I don't like at all.

    The 25 is all top and bottom but a lot of fun and a huge sound.

    I'm going to mod mine with a decent mid and top, another story...

    Worth a punt at the money but I doubt you'll get the slam you want other than being knocked over by the bass!
     
  4. Nik

    Nik pfm Member

    Yes, very odd. A 12" bass crossing over to 2 HF1300s. That must leave gap! I think the supertweeter was the HF2000, as also used in the Spendor BC3 (and maybe some IMFs?). IIRC the Ditton 44 was a similar price and size but had a more conventional driver lineup.
     
  5. Gaius

    Gaius Trade: Stiletto by Tangerine

    Like I said it is all top and bottom.

    The 44 does not use an ABR but shares the 12" driver of the 66 and 25.

    The tweeter in the 25 & 66 is the HF2000, again as stated above. :rolleyes:
     
  6. Tony L

    Tony L Administrator

    How would you rate the 44 vs. 66 vs. 25? I rather fancied the idea of a pair of 44s for a while for system #2 TV duty, but ended up with Heresys (which I suspect are a fair bit better).

    Tony.

    PS Hearing a pair of 66 at a friends house as a kid is was what got me into hi-fi in the first place.
     
  7. Nik

    Nik pfm Member

    Agreed. Instead of the gap the 25 had in going from 12" bass to 2 HF1300s, the 44 had a gap higher up, in going from a cone mid to an HF2000.

    The 66 was the one where they got it pretty much right. Not bad, but a bit coloured compared with, say, the Spendors.
     
  8. Gaius

    Gaius Trade: Stiletto by Tangerine

    66s win hands down ;)
     
  9. ter

    ter pfm Member

    The use of HF1300 .....using IMF 80's (MK2) as another example....the configuration went a 13 x 9 Rogers type shaped bass cone (without any Rogers type cover membrane) crossed to something like a 5" cone .......then to a HF 1300 and ....finally a Audax super tweeter from 13kz to 24 Kz.
     

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