• Castle Knight 1 Bookshelf Speakers (pair)
  • Castle Knight 1 Bookshelf Speakers (pair)

Castle Knight 1 Bookshelf Speakers (pair)

$399.00 $499.00

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Cherry
Black Oak
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A unicorn speaker, outperforming many common models up to $2000

   

The Castle Knight 1 are one of the longest running models of any current loudspeakers on the market. There’s a reason for this—They got them right the first time. Unlike current industry fashion to slap a mark 2, or special edition badge on everything, these are simply a classic that doesn’t need to be update because frankly for this price, you can’t make a better speaker. 

 

There’s a few magic elements at work here. The first is simply aesthetic. The Castle Knight 1 has a real cherry wood veneer and it looks gorgeous. There is no other speaker on the market that has this kind of stunning veneer at the price. Second, there’s a 5” woofer made of very rigid, lightweight material that moves in an incredibly linear manner for deep bass and accurate mids. Finally there’s a 1” soft dome tweeter that is extended and accurate with no ringing or abnormal peaks. 

 

Of course, you can find this basic config on any bookshelf speaker. What is it that makes the Knight 1 so different from everything else? In short, it’s not only the fact that each part is custom made in house by Castle to very high quality, it’s that the whole design was conceived from scratch to work together with a comprehensive integration plan from box to crossover and a sound signature that is completely opposite from all other budget designs.

 

This plan simply was to forget about marketing hype or amped up sonic style and to make a true reference speaker for absolutely no money. And you know what? Castle has done it. There are speakers costing $2000 that don’t sound as good as this. 

 

In a word, how does the Knight 1 sound? Natural… Within its size the range of sound on offer can’t really be bettered, with usable bass down to 50Hz and treble well up to 20Khz. The range of this comparatively small box is enough to faithfully recreate things like drums and double bass. The bass doesn’t slam and bang like other brasher less refined rivals. It sounds like real bass. Rounded, full, warm, and tuneful. For audiophiles used to something like a Harbeth or other top flight BBC style speaker the naturalness of the Knight 1 bass will be immediately apparent. This means that it can plum the depths of anything from timpani to Daft Punk 808 samples with equal aplomb. The speakers are small enough at only 12” tall, but with enough bass range to satisfy any reasonable person with a typical room. They do play loud too if given a high quality amp so there’s a party factor on offer too.

 

The midrange is particularly notable as being perhaps the most linear and organic of any speaker under $1000. Saxes or guitars have real presence and body without the typical squawk or recessed nature of competitors which de-prioritize midrange in the pursuit of maximum bass and treble. Here, the mids are perfectly integrated with tactile projection and tons of inner detail. The ultimate test of midrange is to play solo voices such as radio announcers or podcasts. Here, the Knight 1 shows just how far it is above the crowd. With a good recording they can easily fool you into thinking a person is in the room. Given the cost of the next more expensive speaker that can realistically fool you in this way, this is an absolute triumph. 

 

In the treble, the theme continues. The frequencies are linear and extended. There are no uncontrolled resonant peaks, no ringing and no accentuated presence band that might make it sound more exciting in a 5 minute demo, but then become fatiguing a few months after you’ve bought them. This is a mature and restrained high resolution treble with heaps of micro detail for those that understand that salt and pepper is for seasoning, it’s not the whole meal. I guess the treble somewhat underscores the character of this speaker. This is a grown up’s speaker. 

 

It doesn’t mean you need to listen to classical or female vocals, it means that you know that you’re ready for realistic sound. You don’t want every guitar to sound like the speaker itself by it’s colouring it to sound more exciting than it really is. You want your rock guitar to sound like a Fender or a Gibson depending on what was used on the record.

Put another way, this is a speaker that doesn’t do things wrong. It’s a speaker that is essentially perfect within its very very affordable cost. It’s a speaker that unlike every other speaker in this category (and even well above) has only errors of omission, never errors of commission. To us this is the mark of truly great hi-fi. If you’re like us and you’ve heard the very best at $100,000 it becomes simply annoying to hear errors in any products, even cheaper ones. You quickly learn that it’s better to have something that does things perfectly within its design constraints than to have something that tries to fake it. And isn’t that a fundamental theory of life in general? 

The truth is a beautiful thing when it comes to the vast emotional and stylistic range of your favourite music. We don’t want to hear a violin sound like a cello or Johnny Cash sound like Willie Nelson. Speakers screw this stuff up at this price point all the time. That’s why the Knight 1 is so so special. Even though we can choose speakers costing 10 or 20 times as much as this, which certainly are better, we could also happily live with and love this little gem because it is just so perfectly formed at the price. The Castle Knight 1 is an unqualified winner.

Specifications:
Format b/s reflex
Component -
Bass 130mm x 1
Tweeter 25mm tex
Amplifier Power 15 - 100 w
Nom. Imp 8 ohms
Sens.1W@1M 88db
Freq Range at -6 dB 46 hz - 24 khz
Cabinet Size -
Height 290mm
Width 165mm
Depth 265mm
Ht on spike -
Supplied with rubber feet
Net Weight 4.5kg 9.9lb

 

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Castle Knight 1 Bookshelf Speakers (pair)

 

A unicorn speaker, outperforming many common models up to $2000

   

The Castle Knight 1 are one of the longest running models of any current loudspeakers on the market. There’s a reason for this—They got them right the first time. Unlike current industry fashion to slap a mark 2, or special edition badge on everything, these are simply a classic that doesn’t need to be update because frankly for this price, you can’t make a better speaker. 

 

There’s a few magic elements at work here. The first is simply aesthetic. The Castle Knight 1 has a real cherry wood veneer and it looks gorgeous. There is no other speaker on the market that has this kind of stunning veneer at the price. Second, there’s a 5” woofer made of very rigid, lightweight material that moves in an incredibly linear manner for deep bass and accurate mids. Finally there’s a 1” soft dome tweeter that is extended and accurate with no ringing or abnormal peaks. 

 

Of course, you can find this basic config on any bookshelf speaker. What is it that makes the Knight 1 so different from everything else? In short, it’s not only the fact that each part is custom made in house by Castle to very high quality, it’s that the whole design was conceived from scratch to work together with a comprehensive integration plan from box to crossover and a sound signature that is completely opposite from all other budget designs.

 

This plan simply was to forget about marketing hype or amped up sonic style and to make a true reference speaker for absolutely no money. And you know what? Castle has done it. There are speakers costing $2000 that don’t sound as good as this. 

 

In a word, how does the Knight 1 sound? Natural… Within its size the range of sound on offer can’t really be bettered, with usable bass down to 50Hz and treble well up to 20Khz. The range of this comparatively small box is enough to faithfully recreate things like drums and double bass. The bass doesn’t slam and bang like other brasher less refined rivals. It sounds like real bass. Rounded, full, warm, and tuneful. For audiophiles used to something like a Harbeth or other top flight BBC style speaker the naturalness of the Knight 1 bass will be immediately apparent. This means that it can plum the depths of anything from timpani to Daft Punk 808 samples with equal aplomb. The speakers are small enough at only 12” tall, but with enough bass range to satisfy any reasonable person with a typical room. They do play loud too if given a high quality amp so there’s a party factor on offer too.

 

The midrange is particularly notable as being perhaps the most linear and organic of any speaker under $1000. Saxes or guitars have real presence and body without the typical squawk or recessed nature of competitors which de-prioritize midrange in the pursuit of maximum bass and treble. Here, the mids are perfectly integrated with tactile projection and tons of inner detail. The ultimate test of midrange is to play solo voices such as radio announcers or podcasts. Here, the Knight 1 shows just how far it is above the crowd. With a good recording they can easily fool you into thinking a person is in the room. Given the cost of the next more expensive speaker that can realistically fool you in this way, this is an absolute triumph. 

 

In the treble, the theme continues. The frequencies are linear and extended. There are no uncontrolled resonant peaks, no ringing and no accentuated presence band that might make it sound more exciting in a 5 minute demo, but then become fatiguing a few months after you’ve bought them. This is a mature and restrained high resolution treble with heaps of micro detail for those that understand that salt and pepper is for seasoning, it’s not the whole meal. I guess the treble somewhat underscores the character of this speaker. This is a grown up’s speaker. 

 

It doesn’t mean you need to listen to classical or female vocals, it means that you know that you’re ready for realistic sound. You don’t want every guitar to sound like the speaker itself by it’s colouring it to sound more exciting than it really is. You want your rock guitar to sound like a Fender or a Gibson depending on what was used on the record.

Put another way, this is a speaker that doesn’t do things wrong. It’s a speaker that is essentially perfect within its very very affordable cost. It’s a speaker that unlike every other speaker in this category (and even well above) has only errors of omission, never errors of commission. To us this is the mark of truly great hi-fi. If you’re like us and you’ve heard the very best at $100,000 it becomes simply annoying to hear errors in any products, even cheaper ones. You quickly learn that it’s better to have something that does things perfectly within its design constraints than to have something that tries to fake it. And isn’t that a fundamental theory of life in general? 

The truth is a beautiful thing when it comes to the vast emotional and stylistic range of your favourite music. We don’t want to hear a violin sound like a cello or Johnny Cash sound like Willie Nelson. Speakers screw this stuff up at this price point all the time. That’s why the Knight 1 is so so special. Even though we can choose speakers costing 10 or 20 times as much as this, which certainly are better, we could also happily live with and love this little gem because it is just so perfectly formed at the price. The Castle Knight 1 is an unqualified winner.

Specifications:
Format b/s reflex
Component -
Bass 130mm x 1
Tweeter 25mm tex
Amplifier Power 15 - 100 w
Nom. Imp 8 ohms
Sens.1W@1M 88db
Freq Range at -6 dB 46 hz - 24 khz
Cabinet Size -
Height 290mm
Width 165mm
Depth 265mm
Ht on spike -
Supplied with rubber feet
Net Weight 4.5kg 9.9lb

 

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