Cheap Trick CT 218 full range loudspeaker from Klang+Ton 5/05

CT 218 aus Zeitschrift K+T 5/2005
Technical data of the CT 218:
- size (HxWxD): 20 x 15 x 15 cm
- impedance: 8 Ohm
- sensitivity (2.83V/1m): 85 dB
- frequency range (-8dB): 80 - 18000 Hz
- crossover frequency: - kHz
- cabinet type: closed
The CT 218 is a closed cabinet speaker, equipped with a Tangband W4-655C full range (like our Simon).

The speaker is small and handy and may be used upright or horizontal, when used as a centre.

CT 217 and CT 218 Review by Klang +Ton
After a short explanation that ELCO's may be used as a chip trick, without driving all audiophiles away: "On the contrary, the audiophiles confirmed that the CT 217 has a pleasant basic sound, reproducing the correct size of all instruments. Those who were sitting in the centre had to inform the others of the cleanly decaying cymbals played by Antolini in "Nice Day". The precise and deep bass, to be expected from a loudspeaker this size, were noticed by the listeners sitting outside the centre anyway. Clarinet and trombone in the following "Save It Pretty Mama" showed this much loved sweetness, and the trumpet blared without any annoying harmonics. Three-dimensionality and placement of instruments didn't leave anything to be desired. Listening to Vivaldi's "Four Seasons", often a horror scenario for reviewers due to a coloured midrange, a visitor to the editorial office noticed for the first time that a harpsichord is playing in the background. When at Beethoven's "Moonshine Sonata" the pianist didn't pound his grand piano to pieces, all of us were convinced that cheap components didn't harm the sound quality. In conjunction with CT 218's the home cinema fans had an enjoyable evening. They didn't discover any flaws, though they used a subwoofer that was standing around for dramatic movie scenes like collapsing buildings. Then they noticed that the CT's could also played loud."...

Our kit consists of:

- Tangband W4-655C full range driver with gold colored phase plug
- 0.5 bag (=1 mat) polyester damping material, white
- 4 PAN screws
- a terminal with spring loaded connectors
- 1 metre cable 2x1.5 mm2
- building instruction;
K+T printing error: please note the correction
in the building instruction supplied!
- the crossover components, to be mounted on wood:
- 0.68 mH air core coil / 1 mH
- 0.1 mH air core coil / 0.7 mm
- 220 μF ELCO etched
- 15 μF ELCO un-etched
- 3.3 μF ELCO un-etched
- 4.7 μF ELCO un-etched
- 5.6 Ohm MOX10-Widerstand (green-blue-gold)

Price for CT 218 kit without cabinet, per unit: EUR 80,60 excl. VAT: € 67.73 / $ 73.15

Cheap Trick CT 218 High-End Version

The high-end version consists of:
- a large terminal with gold plated brass binding posts
- 3 MKP capacitors and
- an etched 220 μF ELCO, an etched 150 μF ELCO + an un-etched 47 μF ELCO in parallel + a 22 μF MKP in parallel

Price for CT 218 high-end kit without cabinet, per unit: EUR 111,00 excl. VAT: € 93.28 / $ 100.74

Matching speakers:
The CT 218 is a perfect match for CT 217 (no longer available) used front speakers; or you use CT 218 throughout and as subwoofer the Alcone Sub 10 ASW (2016).

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