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Cambridge Soundworks 740I
5 Reviews
rating  3.4 of 5
MSRP  399.00
Description: Cambridge 740I AM/FM CD MP3 Radio


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Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by JB_What_not a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: March 31, 2013

Bottom Line:   
I've had my 740i for 7 years, and it's actually as good as reviewed on CNET. It sounds pretty darn good as a standalone stereo in a living room The built-in subwoofer is punchy, not boomy. The Bass, Treble, Loudness and Stereo options on the Jog button are also very useful.

The headphone output is fantastic. CSW did not skimp on the headphone stage of the 740. It drives my 300 ohm Sennheiser HD600 very well. Bass, Treble, and Loudness all work on the headphone out.

I also use the line-out on the back of the 740 to drive a Buttkicker Gamer transducer for full effect on my lounge chair.

The only cons for me are the inaccurate clock and the LED's brightness. The clock loses a minute or two after about a week. The LED display is too bright for a bed room. We just put a towel over it.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2006



Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:2
Submitted by bensage a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: June 2, 2008

Bottom Line:   
I don't understand why no one makes a decent clock radio these days! I looked long and hard for a decent radio with two alarms and a CD player. I am sorry I bought this. The sound is not OK. Very muddy. I get better sound from my 10 year old Proton (no CD player). The clock looses time each month. The worst part is the ergonomics. This unit was designed by someone who never tried to actually use it!
The various function buttons are impossible to see in the dark. In daylight they all look identical and the labels are in micro-print white on silver! The headphone jack is recessed under the control panel in a way that you have to pick the unit up to put the phones in or take them out! Lastly the AM receiver gets only one station in a city with dozens???? This radio is terrible!!

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2005

Price Paid:    $399.00

Purchased At:   direct from manufact



Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by MrSanRamon a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: October 14, 2006

Bottom Line:   
It's a nice package and unfortunately misses the mark with performance. I have 3 main issues with the unit.

First, the FM tuner is very poor. It is incapable of bringing in stations, without excessive hiss. No combination of antennae versions/configurations would really fix this.

Second, since the FM reception is so poor, the only way to listen to it is in the "mono" mode. Well, after you set it to that mode and turn it off and then back on, it defaults back to stereo...with the associated hiss. No way to keep it in the mono mode over time. So if you purchase this unit, get used to hiss.

The third thing that is annoying is that the digital clock loses about 1 minute a week, perhaps more. Every time I remember, I go in and adjust it up a few minutes. This flaw is unbelievable in the day and age of digital circuitry. VCR's have had clocks like this for what, 25 years, and they can keep accurate time.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2003

Price Paid:    $299.00

Purchased At:   Cambridge Soundworks



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:3
Submitted by misterq4u a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: March 3, 2005

Bottom Line:   
Excellent Sound, much better than the Bose equivalent.
RDS Built in is really nice.
It will take on ANY small stereo system anytime.
Lots of bass specially on a larger room.
The only problem i got with this is that when is on Sleep or Snooze modes, it does not display the current time. That is all!

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2004

Price Paid:    $399.00

Purchased At:   Crutchfield.com



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by kaltfuzion a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: December 26, 2004

Bottom Line:   
If size is your primary concern, this is a punchy little unit.

It's slightly meatier in thickness than the Bose Wave Radio, but the overall footprint is about the same. It's not as sleek or elegant looking as the Bose. The dot matrix display is nice and clear, even 20 feet away. It also dims as the lights are turned down as not to be obnoxiously bright in the dark. The buttons are functional and nicely spaced, if not aesthetically pleasing.

Nothing compares with this unit in sound clarity that is a similar size. I popped in the Rolling Stones 'Tattoo You' and was surprised that the bass thumped on the bluesy tracks without distortion as the volume was turned up. The mids and highs were also quite clear, meeting my expectations.

The unit also fared well on classical music, as harps and other instruments came through with good clarity.

Stereo imaging is not very good, even when set to 'wide', but seems to improve slightly the further you get from the unit.

If size is not your primary concern, a shelf system or multi speaker system such as the Tivoli Audio Model 3 with the extra speaker and sub will give better sound imaging and similar clarity.

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2004

Price Paid:    $299.00

Purchased At:   Cambridge Soundworks




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