These are extra nice condition - 8 to 8.5 out of 10, as compared to a few other sets.
1976 - 81. Top of the 3 set lineup, Corelli - Calinda - Cantata. Came out after the Concerto line - which i also have a set of and for sale. See one photo here showing them alongside a cantata.
Pretty sure these are factory built, not a kit - which were also available.
Famous B139 "racetrack" woofer - digs deep, rich tones. One of the best bass sounds in vintage speakers. As used in IMF TLS 80 and others. This is later version with higher power handling. 150 watts up from 50. Also, this is an active driver - there are some out there that look the same but are passive.
Real wood veneer cabinets in very nice shape - just touched up and very nicely done. Walnut i think.
Quite sure all drivers are original - known history back to original owner, and no indication of any repairs or replacment.
Note - I've had people (well one person) say that because there are no metal mesh grills on the mids and tweeters - the drivers must have been replaced. That's one opinion - Ive since had 2 other Cantata owners tell me that it was very common for people to remove the mesh grills, as it was common wisdom of the time that the sound was better with them removed. If you want and are a serious buyer, I will pull the drivers and report with photos what numbers are there. I am personally 99% convinced that the drivers are all correct, and 95% convinced have never been changed.
Grills are missing - i had them, but now cant find them. Have a bad feeling they went off with a guy who bought 8 or 9 sets of vintage speakers from me. Am trying to track him down, but no luck so far. So best to assume no grills.
Rare factory boxes with big foam inserts.
On factory castors now, which can be removed.
Good sounding speakers and quite rare to find - especially in this condition. Sound is personal, but I say these are contenders in the $600-1000 range of vintage speakers as to sound quality. Stop all over my Technics sb7000 and Ditton 551 and hard choice between these and Energy 22 Rerference Conoisseurs.
Probably have a bit more to give to if one redid the crossovers. Seems the Brit speakers respond noticeably to new caps, perhaps more so that some other types? But definately sound good now and very useable as is.
Built 1976-81 Using new versions of the B110 bass/mid, and new T52 tweeter One of first speakers using computer design, which Kef was one of first if not the first to use.
8 Ohms Max power rated - 150 watts nominal' Amp required - 15 - 150 watts Frequency Response - 35 - 20,000 +/- 3 dB System resonance - 38 hz, Q = 0.7 Sensitivity - 8 watts for 96 dB at 1 m and 400 hZ (anehocic conditions) Crossovers - 250 and 3000 hZ Finish - Walnut or Teak System - SP1056 Drivers - B139(SP1044), B110(SP1057), T52(SP1049) Crossovers - SP1058 and SP1064
Dimensions: 32.2 in high x 13.4 wide x 15.4 deep
In central Alberta. As i have factory boxes, shipping is a possibilty. But will be costly.
Can deliver for free to Calgary or Red Deer, on my schedule. Possibly Edmonton for gas money, but could take awhile.
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Email or call/text 403-443-3229
Factory boxes with foam inserts, factory castors.
Re: Vintage Kef Cantata - Extra nice condition- B139 woofers - Factory Boxes - No Grills
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