Alacrity Audio Caterthun Loudspeaker system – I
Hi, my name is Clyde Lindsay and I am in the States.
What are your reference speakers? What amplification seems best suited to the above speakers, i.e., only valves or can a valve-like transistor so the job? (I have a 200 watt Mcintosh integrated amp).
The other question I had was how good are these Caterthun speakers off-axis? Must you sit in one place or do they have a sweet spot wide enough for everyone in the room to appreciate them?
Thanks very much.
Clyde – E-mail: clyde.lindsay (at) gmail.com
I don’t think that if it is at all useful to tell you what my reference speakers are, as they are built by myself, and the main drivers are not available anywhere so they can’t be reproduced. But they are the open-baffle speakers referred to in the review.
Also, as I said in the review, the Caterthuns are very particular as regards the system that is driving them. Therefore, I can’t state what sources/amplifiers will work best with them. It really will be a case of trying a pair and seeing what you like best with them. I know this makes deciding on a pair difficult, but they really are a no-compromise design. Again, as stated in the review, the manufacturer recommends valve amps but I got very good results with valve pre amp and class D amps. I also found that not all the valve amplifiers I tried worked as well as the Miniwatt.
The sweet-spot is not particularly narrow but again, a lot depends on your room, and where everybody is sitting. I have yet to hear speakers that can offer a truly stereo effect right across the width of the room. But at least in this respect, the Caterthuns are better than my open-baffles.
I hope this answers your questions.