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FS: [QLD] Apogee Centaur Minor Hybrid Ribbon Speakers

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Item: Apogee Centaur Minor
Location: Ipswich QLD
Price: $800 $700
Item Condition: Good
Reason for selling: Not for me
Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only
Extra Info:

 

These came up for sale locally so I decided to take the plunge and give these a go. I have never owned a ribbon speaker and I quite liked the unusual design of the cabinets.

 

Very impressed with the sound coming from these small (well I consider them small) speakers. They are sound stage kings and throw an impressively tall and fleshed out centre image. I was quite taken by the treble and wasn't expecting such clarity and extension. Unfortunately they can't play as loud as I would like in my medium/large room. I started to unload some serious power into them and I feared for the woofers safety. I will say the bass that these speakers do possess is very impressive. Feeding them some horsepower with the Krell delivered a seriously full bass with decent extension and punch, they just couldn't reach the insane SPL's I'm used to.

 

Apogee have a reputation for being very hard on amplifiers but the smaller ribbon models like the Centaur are quite efficient and tube friendly. If you have a medium/small room or don't play bass heavy music at 100db+ these speakers could be for you. I am half considering them as my PC speakers but that would mean upgrading my PC amp to do them justice.

 

The grills are in good condition fabric wise, the frame has a slight bend in it but once mounted to the cabinet it's pulled completely straight and is a non-issue. They have a few marks on the corners here and there but nothing major and can only be seen on a very close inspection. One of the woofer dust caps has a slight crease. The dust caps are quite soft so I think you could pull it out if it really bothered you. That being said I don't see why anyone would run them without the grills. Just realised I didn't take a photo with the grills on but will include a stock photo so you get the idea.

Given their modest price I believe anyone who heard these would be impressed. They weigh a considerable amount (25kg) and I have no idea why. The cabinets aren't large but they weigh a ton for their size.

 

Specifications

1991-1994

Original Retail $1200

Height 100 cm

Width 35 cm

Impedance 4-6 ohms

Bass driver
6½” Dynamic cone woofer

Midrange/Tweeter
26″ Aluminium/Kapton ribbon (etched 6 segment)

Max Sound Level
107 dB @ 4 meters with a 50 W amplifier

Frequency response
(-3dB @ 40Hz) to 20kHz

Crossover frequency (electronic)
800Hz

Suggested amp power
50W (into 8 ohms) 100W (into 4 ohms)

Weight
24kg/52lbs each

Finishes available
Silver grey

Photos:

 

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Edited by kelossus

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Nice speakers and great value for the money (I have their big brother, the Centaur Major)

 

The reason for their weight are the heavy magnets used to suspend the aluminium/kapton ribbons in place.

 

GLWS!

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I had a pair and they don’t do loud, but a good slice of Apogee magic for not much, perhaps their profile give a big sound expectation 🤷‍♂️ Bliss with a Classe DR8 or two👍 GLWS

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No local interest?

 

These are the real deal and worth a demo if you are sitting on the fence. I have too many speakers in my room at the moment and need these gone before I get my 4350's back.

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I'd love a listen and might be interested. Just can't do this weekend - will have to be next weekend if that suits.

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Any other locals interested? Have received a few PM's but no one has had listen.

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Tough crowd in Brisbane

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First and only price drop on these. Now $700. Someone local grab these!

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Have listened to these speakers yesterday- they sound awesome. They’re in extremely good condition and you’ll be dealing with a top fellow. Good luck with the sale

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I know of 2 QAC members who own a pair of these speakers.

There not for heavy rock, but are magnificent for jazz or vocals.

Not suited to a large room.

If I didn't have so much gear already crammed into my small house (as Chris can attest to) I'd give these serious consideration.

I can highly recommend Chris as a trustful audiophile (even though he has an addiction to JBL speakers) 😜

GLWTS.

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Final bump before relist.

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These are a very hiend hybrid speaker.Best suited with hiend valve amplification.Loved mine when I had them & they have plenty of bass for a small woofer.Best suited for smaller rooms they sing & sound better then alot of speakers 5 times their price.GLWTS 

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