"There is nothing entry-level about these towers.” In terms of accuracy, sound staging ability, and density of tone and image, these speakers serve up a good dose of “reference” performance at the almost insanely low price of $3995"

John Richardson, Part-Time Audiophile

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CeLest' Tower Speakers

Detailed, Dynamic & FUN


CeLest’ is designed to be an amazing audiophile speaker and that’s exactly what you get. The CeLest is very accurate but incredibly FUN. This comes from the fact it is crisp yet warm, and the bass is tight, articulate and bountiful.

The CeLest loudspeaker system was crafted with three main design goals. First, we understand that every listening room is different. As a result, we wanted CeLest’ to be as room-neutral as possible.  To reduce room interaction we use a high-frequency waveguide to minimize the effect of these critical frequencies. The result is spectacular.

Secondly, we wanted CeLest’ to deliver generous tight, articulate, pitch defined bass. Using some really smart enclosure technics and physics wizardry, we hit the mark.

Thirdly, we wanted a speaker that was tonally accurate and did not change the sound of any particular instrument. To achieve this, we spent an inordinate amount of time and testing to develop a cost no object crossover that delivers a spectacular tonal balance.

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Minimal Room Interaction

A listening room affects the overall sound of most loudspeakers as much as any other single component. Our proprietary waveguide was developed with the intent purpose of being as room neutral as possible. To accomplish this, we incorporated a slightly smaller version of our high-frequency waveguide, also found on the Corvus Reference Monitor. The result is more detail in the high-range and a well-defined sound stage. Less Room, More Music!

Crossover Design

The CeLest’s frequency response is tailored to sound great on all recordings by paying particular attention to reducing peaks in problem frequencies. This results in a well-balanced sound that really works. Everything from classical music to classic rock is amazing on the CeLest’ Towers. 

AMAZING Bass

The CeLest uses a ported enclosure tuned to 40Hz. CeLest’s bass response was designed to reproduce 40 to 55 Hz spectacularly. So, why not 20 to 55 Hz? 99% of deep bass frequencies in recorded music are between 40 and 50 Hz. The lowest note in a rock band is 42.5 Hz. This is the exciting area of bass and it is critical to get this right. CeLest nails it!

Ultra Low Resonance Enclosure

Great care was taken with the design and build quality of the CeLest' enclosures. To reduce any possibility of resonance, we use high-grade, high-density MDF. Speaker cabinets typically have resonant frequencies that vibrate sympathetically with certain musical tones. When this happens it adds unwanted coloration to the sound. The only sound produced should be from the speaker drivers themselves, not the cabinet.

Minimal Room Interaction

A listening room affects the overall sound of most loudspeakers as much as any other single component. A slightly smaller version of our high-frequency waveguide, also found on the Corvus Reference Monitor is used on the CeLest’ to reduce the room’s effect on the overall sound experience. The result is more detail in the high-range and a well-defined sound stage.


Crossover Philosophy

The CeLest’s frequency response is tailored to sound great on all recordings by paying particular attention to reducing peaks in problem frequencies resulting in a well balanced sound. Everything from classical music to classic rock sounds great on the CeLest’. 


The Low Bass Myth

The CeLest uses a ported enclosure tuned to 40Hz. CeLest’s bass response was designed to reproduce 40 to 55 Hz spectacularly. So, why not 20 to 55 Hz? 99% of deep bass frequencies in recorded music are between 40 and 50 Hz. The lowest note in a rock band is 42.5 Hz. This is the exciting area of bass and it is critical to get this right. CeLest nails it!


Ultra Low Resonance Enclosure

Speaker cabinets typically have resonant frequencies that vibrate sympathetically with certain musical tones. When this happens it adds unwanted coloration to the sound. The only sound produced should be from the speaker drivers themselves, not the cabinet.


Specifications

Enclosure: Ported

Drivers:
1 X 1.1” (29mm) Ring-Dome Tweeter
1 X 6.7” (171mm) Poly Cone Woofer

Sensitivity: 90dB (2.83V/1m)

Impedance: 4 Ohms

Frequency Response:
40Hz - 20 kHz ±2 dB kHz

Recommended Power:
20W Raven Tube Amp; 100W  Solid State / 500W (Max)

Dimensions:
42.3”H x 12.2”D x 7.7”W (107.4cm x 30.9cm x 19.3cm)

Weight: 50.8 lbs. (23.04 kg)

Grille:
Black cloth over a rigid frame;
attaches securely with powerful magnets.

Specifications

Enclosure: Ported

Drivers:
1 X 1.1” (29mm) Ring-Dome Tweeter
2 X 6.7” (171mm) Poly Cone Woofer

Sensitivity: 90dB (2.83V/1m)

Impedance: 4 Ohms

Frequency Response:
40Hz - 20 kHz ±2 dB kHz

Recommended Power:
20W Raven Tube Amp; 100W  Solid State / 500W (Max)

Dimensions:
42.3”H x 12.2”D x 7.7”W (107.4cm x 30.9cm x 19.3cm)

Weight: 50.8 lbs. (23.04 kg)

Grille:
Black cloth over a rigid frame;
attaches securely with powerful magnets.

2 reviews for CeLest’ Tower Speakers

  1. dcurtis53 (verified owner)

    I recently received the new Raven Audio CeLest’ tower speakers. I’ve had my first long listening session and my first impression is… THEY are Amazing!! Previous to these beauty’s, I had the Tekton Enzo 2’s. While they are good speakers, they simply can’t keep up with the CeLest’. I am running them with the superb Raven Audio Blackhawk MK3 integrated tube amp. It is incredible to me just how great they are sounding on their first day. This can only get better as they break-in.

    The soundstage is huge with wonderful detail and deep spacious air around the instruments. The voices are truly mesmerizing. I also own a Rel T9i subwoofer however am tempted to ship it back as the bass of the CeLest’ is excellent, to say the least. In my humble opinion, these speakers are an absolute steal of a deal. I’ve owned many good speakers but the CeLest’s are easily the best.

    Thank you Raven Audio! Keep up the great work.

  2. MrGrey (verified owner)

    I recently purchased a pair of Raven Audio’s amazing Celest’ Tower Speakers to go along with my Blackhawk MK3 Tube amp. I have had the speakers for a little over a week, and the Blackhawk since mid November. I wanted to let the speakers break in for awhile so I could have a better idea how they would ultimately sound before writing down my impressions of them. I believe I have around 100 hours on them now and they have opened up significantly, though per Dave Thomson they will continue to loosen up and become even more real sounding over the next 700-900 hours.
    When I first heard the Blackhawk I was struck by how clear, detailed and musical it sounded right out of the box, and how easily it drove my 86db speakers, especially given its 20 watt power rating.
    One of the first things I noticed was how, to my surprise, I was suddenly hearing lyrics that with prior amps just seemed to get lost in the noise. This phenomenon has taken another leap with the Celest’ speakers, which are incredibly transparent and accurate in their own right. The result of this greater clarity of the lyrics has really added to my enjoyment of the music I listen to, and is something that I would not want to live without now that I have experienced it.
    At the same time, it is not the charity of the lyrics that caused me to want to share what I have been experiencing with the Celest’s, it is the incredible music I hear coming out of them. Not being exactly sure where to start I will just list various elements of the sound that stand out to me, in no particular order, knowing that I will not be able to adequately convey how special these speakers are.
    Bass – The base is powerful, dynamic, accurate and responsive. It just seems to want to jump out from the speakers when called upon. The bass also has tremendous depth and slam.
    Tonality – The instruments sound more real than anything I have heard in my home before. This is one of those things I have a hard time putting in words, but the depth and richness of the sound is just wonderful and has to be experienced to truly appreciate.
    Percussion – The various drums have amazing depth, dynamics and accuracy. The cymbals are clear and open. Even the triangle I heard in one song was crystal clear.
    Soundstage and imaging – The soundstage is both wide and deep in my room. In fact it is the deepest I have experienced.
    Detail, accuracy and transparency – These speakers are very revealing, and especially in combination with the Blackhawk, really excel in this regard. The background is black and the instruments are alive and separated from each other.
    Overall impression – I haven’t listened to every genre. Mostly a singer songwriter type, so can’t comment on classical, R&B, jazz (other than Diana Krall), country etc. However I have listened to some classic rock and other dynamic music and it all sounds good to me. Much of the music I listen to I have listened to for years and not only does it all sound better than I have heard it before, I am hearing new details and even instruments that I haven’t heard before, and that alone has made it worth the investment.

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