alechodgson

Castle Durham speakers - love them

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Hi all,

A while ago on here I randomly picked up an old set of castle Durham speakers... I love them, and so do friends with some much more serious kit- I thought it might just be me!

They are in good Nick and came to under £100 with stands. I'm really impressed with these old school wooden boxes. Anyone know anything about them, or have you had a similar low priced purchase you are chuffed with?

Oh and I just managed to find another set for the second system!

Alec

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castle's are very good speakers just don't try and get led zep to sound good through them , but most other genres of music the castle's will work very well and sound very good considering their size , oh and they were not in the cheap end of things in their day circa £400 in the early noughties.

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Similar experience over here Alec with a pair of Castle Richmonds. Beautiful cabinetry, lovely sound, not the best speakers I've owned but in terms of the entry fee at £60 they were a true bargain. Made me want to look for a system at a budget of £60 a box though I never did. This hobby is in no way all about high end/high cost. I think an under £200 well chosen second hand system could be a real eye opener.

A friend of mine has some huge standmount Castles, can't recall the name, feeds them with Naim, sound just beautiful.

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I'm running the Howards, they can sound really good, I also have a pair of Richmond3s for my PC setup

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Castles are what set me off on my audiophile journey, remember adding a set of Clifton IIs to to a Sony mini system and that was me hooked (these are still going stong as my PC study system and sounding great). Went as far as I could with Richmond IIs and a Primare setup. Wonderful speakers, sold my Rich IIs to a friend with a Sony ES system and it still gives me goosebumps when I hear it. Standmount wise they bottomed out between £400-1000 when I was looking to upgrade. Shame the cabinetry and skill is second to none.

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Our local (quaintly named) 'Gramophone Society' still uses a pair of Castle Edens, big-ish standmounts that still sound excellent via Quad pre-power and an old Arcam Alpha CD player.

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I used to own some Castle Durham II's. Lovely speakers, drove them with a WAD KEL84 and EAR834P, vinyl front end, sounded fabulous, I remember Fleetwood Mac sounding especially good;-).

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I have a pair of Richmond (the original Richmonds) which I bought 30 years. The foam has gone and I am aiming to get them re-foamed and use them in a second system. Like others Castle started me on my hi-fi journey. A real shame they went belly-up.

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I have a pair of Castle Avon floorstanders which I bought new in about 1996. No longer using them though as I bought Harbeth SHL5's earlier this year.

Geoff.

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Still loving my Castle Harlechs. They look fab, and sound great. Big shame Castle went bust.

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My first speakers were Tynes- still have them 28 yrs later! Had them reconed by Castle about 7 years ago. Surprisingly efficient and nice sound apart from the hellish Castle tweeters with the squarish face plates (anyone know a drop in replacement for these?) Also had the monster 3 way ones 20 yrs ago.

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The best ever Castle I've heard was good old Chester

Also the new Richmond standmount was serious business for silly small $$$ - should not have sold these

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