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Old 08-01-2010, 11:35 PM
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Pioneer CS-33

Picked up a pair from the GW today. Can't say they are anything special, but look nice so I figured why not. Anyone know much about them? Cabinets seen pretty nice.
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Old 08-02-2010, 08:22 AM
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Some of those old pioneer speakers are surprisingly nice sounding . Especially if you don't feed them too much power . Power rating on those is 25watts I bet they'll sound great with a valve amp .
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Old 08-02-2010, 09:51 PM
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Yeah, I've read about several with shredded surrounds on the woofers, and they can't be repaired because it's a paper surround, so go easy on them.

But, I demoed a set of CS-33As, and they were a pretty good little speaker. They a had a lot of character, a fairly flat freq curve, with a very controlled treble response. The tweeter had a very slight distortion that made it sound very cool.

I posted about it here. You can find it if you search.
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Old 08-02-2010, 10:15 PM
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Interesting speakers, lettuce know what you think! Did you get 'em for a small amount of cabbage?

<ducking> hehehehe!

Those *are* quite cool...AlNiCo no less. From Pioneer's tube era, I bet.

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So should I leave the original cap in place or change it out? They really don't sound bad for what they are. I have a couple of small tube amps I could drive them with....
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Old 08-03-2010, 12:25 AM
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Replace the caps. They may be fine, but it certainly won't hurt the sound.
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Old 08-03-2010, 09:47 AM
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If you've ever priced a brand new fullranger that uses alnico magnets it will make you want to hold on to those . There seems to be a slight resurgence in the use of these type drivers . Some of those old alnico pioneers are selling on Ebay more than they were as brand new . I see yours have the removable back panel aka BBC/Harbeth loose box method technique . How much did you get them for ?

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Old 08-03-2010, 11:56 AM
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Cs-33's

I found a set also at GW about a month ago for just over six bucks. All original parts, I did check the woofers and gave them a shot of hair spray to stiffen them up. To me they sound pretty good in a small room, I do have to be careful with the SX950, as it could easily damage them. I am looking for some larger Pioneer speakers, but for now these work fine.

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