Pioneer CS-33

Discussion in 'Speakers' started by arcaidy, Aug 1, 2010.

  1. arcaidy

    arcaidy Active Member

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    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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  2. vintage4

    vintage4 Active Member

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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 .
     
  3. Dr. Mordo

    Dr. Mordo Doctor of Rockology

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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.
     
  4. B3Nut

    B3Nut tubes and spinny things!

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    Interesting speakers, lettuce know what you think! Did you get 'em for a small amount of cabbage? :D

    <ducking> hehehehe!

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

    TP
     
  5. arcaidy

    arcaidy Active Member

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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....
     
  6. Dr. Mordo

    Dr. Mordo Doctor of Rockology

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    Replace the caps. They may be fine, but it certainly won't hurt the sound.
     
  7. vintage4

    vintage4 Active Member

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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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  8. wmcla45

    wmcla45 New Member

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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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