cambridge sound works

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  1. allan espinoza

    allan espinoza Stunt Coordinator

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    pros and cons? are they just another bose type propaganda for just basic speakers? what about jbl and klipsch?
     
  2. Rory Buszka

    Rory Buszka Supporting Actor

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    Cambridge soundworks has a wide range of very reasonable products at okay prices. You can't go very far wrong with something from them.
     
  3. gregD

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    CSW -- very worthy speakers... their heritage is of respected speaker designer Henry Kloss... highly recommended... the entire line will easily compete with the JBL and Klipsch you mention... but my usual disclaimer applies: audition as many speakers as you can.

    CSW the store is a very good get-it-all-in-one-place retailer... prices are not rock-bottom, but the house speakers are a genuine bargain... service is above-average... this is not a 'Bose' operation.

    In my experience, CSW represents good value.
     
  4. AlanZ

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    I also give a thumbs up for CSW......I would check out their store on Ebay for some great deals.....they sell some of the stuff that people returned w/in the in-home trial period.....but it comes with full warranty and can be considerably cheaper. If you go on Ebay, their store is called 'hifi.com'
     
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    Ever been to Fenway Park - they are the supplier and they sound very good. Like others say, go audition them.
     
  6. ScottProulx

    ScottProulx Auditioning

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    I agree, Cambridge systems are really well balanced.
    I just bought an Infocus 4805 and hooked up "Attack of the Clones" dvd and output sound to Cambridge Soundworks FPS2000 4.1 system I bought 4yrs ago. turn Bass up 3/4 and volume up 3/4 and I could feel every swing of the light sabers in the seat of my pants... Kids usually can watch Jurassic Park, but were afraid with the sound/bass so realistic. I thought I'd be doing myself a favor by going out and getting a new receiver and sub and speakers. I tried Yamaha 5750, Onkyo 801, and I now have a Pioneer 1014 passing through the cambridge front and back speakers and Athena AS-P400 Sub.
    I could/can get the speakers to sound better, and I can get the house off the foundation, but I am very upset that I am unable to get all to play together as well as the cheap $80 PC speakers in the FPS2000 system. I'm now playing around with a Multimedia Switch from Pelican that switches 8 A/V inputs into 1 output. If I can get real good video/audio out of the switch to the Infocus/CSW FPS2000, the expensive equipment is going back.... I'll be lookin into the MovieWorks line. 3 cheers for Cambridge...
    I know I could get the expensive equipment to work the way I need it to, but I have neither the time or money.
     
  7. Tony Genovese

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    Put me down as a fan too: of the Red Sox and CSW!
     
  8. Torgny Nilsson

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    I have joined the Cambridge bandwagon too. I just got one of their multimedia systems and am very impressed with the sound: they sound many times better than their price. And with the current sale, and the additional 10-15% off coupons that can be found on the Internet, I don't see how you can go wrong with their house speakers.

    If you are also in need of a sub, I'd recommend one from SVS or HSU. While the Cambridge multimedia sub is more than adequate for that setup, I think it is hard to beat SVS and HSU for subs. I have an SVS in my HT.
     
  9. gregD

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    And...

    They're currently in the midst of holiday sale pricing, especially for the speakers... anywhere from 5-50% off.

    The retail outlets (if you live near one) will match their online pricing.

    Worth a look, anyway.
     
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    i just ordered a pair of their speakers that were 50%-off
     
  11. GregBe

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    I agree with all here. I have an all CSW home theater, and am very happy. Their normal pricing is really competitive. Take a look at some of their sale prices right now. They are ludicrous! The M60 bookshelf speakers normally $300 are below $180. The M80 bookshelf's that are normally $400 are at $200. You can't go wrong at those prices.

    Greg
     
  12. JoeHard

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    I'm glad to see so much enthusiasm for CSW. I just bought a pair of their Newton S300 surrounds.This my first Cambridge purchase and I haven't even hooked them up yet.My home theater room is less than ideal and I hope the selectable capablity will help. At the current price with the free shipping I feel this is a no brainer.
     
  13. Jan Strnad

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    I've had CSW speakers for several years. I bought some of them from the catalog and others from Best Buy when they were carrying them and often had open box items for a major discount. I have a longing for more expensive speakers, but it's hard to justify the expense when the CSW system sounds so good!

    My only disappointment was with the Subwoofer 2. It bottomed out at very low volume levels, and I don't play my system all that loud. I ended up putting it in my SO's flower shed, to augment a pair of Sony speakers there.

    Definitely not "a Bose thing!" If it were, the CSW speakers would cost three times as much as they do, and sound a tenth as good.

    Jan
     
  14. allan espinoza

    allan espinoza Stunt Coordinator

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    well i just bought the yamaha rx v2500 that drives 130x7(rms) and im a little worried if csw could handle that much? they dont list their wattage power on their site so could anyone imput on this? what are you running your csw on? wattage?
     
  15. FeisalK

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    too much power is not as dangerous as too little though.. if not enough power, turning it up to clipping could really damage the speakers
     
  16. allan espinoza

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    so i should be ok pushing 130w continous? im more intersted in their bookshelf speakers. if not csw then i was leaning towards axiom.
     
  17. Torgny Nilsson

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    Call Cambridge's customer service department. They should be able to tell you.

    I have heard good things about Axiom too, though I have never heard any of their speakers.
     
  18. David Bikeman

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    "so i should be ok pushing 130w continous?"

    You're more likely to be pushing a watt or two continous.

    David
     
  19. Tony Genovese

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    Allan:

    It depends on which model CSW speakers you're looking at, but they use good drivers that can take the Juice. I've run their speakers with a Sherbourn 5/1500A at reference levels and never had a problem.
     

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