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Cambridge Soundworks MC500
9 Reviews
rating  4.89 of 5
MSRP  399.99
Description: The MC500 is a very high-output speaker whose component drivers match those in the top-of-the-line T500 tower speaker. It's ideal for use as a center speaker in a home theater system that includes T500s -- or any system that requires high output and high accuracy. The MC500's midrange and high-frequency drivers share a common mounting platform, configured for horizontal enclosure placement (typical of center channels). The mid/high frequency platform may also be shifted 90 degrees, allowing vertical placement, so the MC500 can be used as a main speaker.


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by tag a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: November 7, 2007

Bottom Line:   
Beautiful sounding center channel with crystal clear voices and crisp tight highs.
It will play flat to 65Hz with a nice visceral impact during movies and beautiful midrange. I use 3 of the MC500 with the L/R mains placed horizontally at the ear level when seated and the center above the TV. Like all speakers they need to be correctly placed and they do require a break in period. Never judge a speaker directly out of the box. I let them play constantly at low volume for about a week and then kicked them up to reference level which they land I oved. With music they are awesome and with a combined speaker volume of 54" my movies are at-the-movies. My two 12" powered subs could not keep pace so I gave them to a friend and I purchased a Velodyne SPL 1200R. The combination is perfect and now I only need another SPL 1200R to complete the set. I originally purchased 5 because the price was just crazy but it was too much even for the 4200 cub ft
room so I sent 2 back. I have kicked myself enough so please don't add insult to injury because I want them back. The MC 500 sounds great. Thanks Henry.

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2006

Price Paid:    $180.00

Purchased At:   CSW online hifi.com



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Ismael Alvarez a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: March 28, 2007

Bottom Line:   
I decided to build the ultimate entertainment system using a Dell XPS 600 gaming computer. I already had numerous Cambridge Sound Works speakers and was already impressed with the smaller models. I purchased 5 of these monsters and the P1000 subwoofer. They flank the Dell 30 inch high definition monitor and provide the 5.1 soundstage. I'm using 3 stereo QSC amplifiers to power them. After living with this system for almost a year now, I am still extremely impressed with their musicality and clarity. They have no problem whatsoever filling the large area with gorgeous sound. Coupled to Cambridge Sound Work's P1000 subwoofer this system has few peers. I use this system to play iTunes, CD's, DVD's and games...and it handles all these tasks in stunning fashion. The Dell 30 inch sets atop a horizontally placed MC500 with a vertical MC500 flanking either side. The remaining two MC500's are place behind the listening area for the surrounds.

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Price Paid:    $300.00

Purchased At:   CSW



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by RobertI a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: March 28, 2006

Bottom Line:   
I started out with Cambridge Soundworks lowest end system and kept upgrading over time (CSW has a 1 year anniversary upgrade program) until I was at the highest end home theater speakers that CSW had to offer. I literally had tried every center channel CSW made and I can say unequivocally this is the best I’ve heard from them. For the first time I’ve heard real bass from my center channel!

Sound replication is accurate. Dialogue is clear and crisp with no muddied sound like I’ve heard from other older CSW center speakers. I suggest using high quality speaker cables (as always) but the MC500 I found is rather demanding in that area. Moving from good quality 12 gauge speaker cable to Canare 4s11 bi-wire was a huge improvement. It is like a whole new speaker. I figure, since the speaker is bi-wire capable, why not use it?

In that room I’m using T300 CSW tower speakers, MC500 center speaker, P500 subwoofer, S300 surround speakers, Onkyo 777 receiver, Canare 4s11 speaker cables all around, Monster cable m1000i interconnects, etc. Not super high end, but definitely nice enough for a casual system.

If matched with other Newton series speakers, sonically the soundstage is seamless. I would definitely recommend this center channel to anyone who can afford the price, and who has other CSW speakers. I’m not a fan of mixing and matching speaker manufacturers in a home theater system. It doesn’t sound right to discerning ears.

I also have the Atlantic Technology 250.1 and 270 THX systems. I have to say, I like the MC500 as a center channel over the AT center channels in those packages. It just sounds…larger.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2001

Price Paid:    $350.00

Purchased At:   Cambridge Soundowork



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Scooter a Casual Listener

Date Reviewed: November 10, 2003

Bottom Line:   
I have a pair of Advent Legacy II's. I was looking for something comparable for center channel. I am a big fan of Kloss so I thought I'd check CSW. Tried the CenterStage and was really disappointed. Sounded like sound coming from a box. Dialogue was muddled and flat or nasal (especially male). I can see that MC500 aren't the best speakers ever, but they really work well with the Advents (coherent with the side speakers) and (for movies) make up for their deficiencies (detail in background voices). I can turn volume way down and hear extreme amounts of detail represented well. I'm now as others who've bought the MC500 rewatching movie soundtracks seeing details I couldn't hear before. For music though, it's good to hear extra detail but center channel really screws up the stereo imaging. I feel I got my money's worth (I paid 325 dollars for the Advents in 1989- that's my benchmark).

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Casual Listener

Product model year:   2003

Price Paid:    $279.00

Purchased At:   CSW Outlet



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Geoffcin a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: May 3, 2003

Bottom Line:   
I've been busy putting together a HT system, and have added the MC500 speaker as my center. The quality of sound is superb. The additional bass and dynamic punch that the two 6.5" midbass drivers add is very stiking. Even though this is an HT set up, it's also my main stereo too. I've since found that the 5 channel stereo effect is much more satisfing with this addition speaker. Remember to set the center speaker to large.

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2003

Price Paid:    $211.00

Purchased At:   Ebay




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