When a company is a touchstone of the industry, like Celestion is, recent products get the inevitable comparisons. Seems to me that the A-Type is a speaker that defies such correlations. Being well-balanced enough, it keeps a foothold in the realm of British and American characteristics.
For starters, I installed a pair of A-Type speakers into a 4×12 slant with a pair of V-Type in a X pattern wired to a stereo/mono jack plate. I’ll address both the V-Type speakers and how the combination pairs up in an upcoming evaluation. In this config, I used a shorting plug on the V-Type side. Later, I have the A-Type in a 2×12 open back cab.
Once up and running, I’m digging the character. And then I fall into the trap of the aforementioned comparisons. Wait a second… Is it similar to a Greenback? Well, hold on… Is that like a V30? Down the rabbit hole we go. It’s the guitar player’s way of relating to a new sound.
The thing about the A-Type speaker is how balanced it is, relative to what we all know. With a profile that’s not so much a midrange hump or a smiley-face power curve, it’s an interesting amalgam. A full yet punchy low end that steps forward with authority and focus. The high end is fun, as it provides snap and precision while remaining a little sweet and avoiding harshness. The mids are rich and balanced, and can easily be dialed in for a range spanning from snarl to growl.
Looking at the tone graph, you can see that the A-Type pretty evenly covers the range you need as a guitarist. What you don’t need isn’t really there. What is there is pretty consistent down the line. To me, that translates to less coloring of the signal and a representation more aligned with what the amp is sending.
The icing on the cake is that the A-Type sports a street price of $99. You’ll be hard-pressed to find an option in the 50-60W range of the Celestion catalog that affordable.
Ready for some specs?
Speaker Size: 12″
Voice Coil: 1.75″
Magnet: 35 oz Ceramic
Power Handling: 50 W
Resonance: 75 Hz
Sensitivity: 98 dB
Check out this excellent demo video from Pete Thorn: