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Cambridge Soundworks Newton Series T500
20 Reviews
rating  4.8 of 5
MSRP  2200.00
Description: four-way tower with a built-in 300 watt powered sub


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Tony M. a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: July 15, 2010

Bottom Line:   
Since 1994 I've been a struggling audiophile. Starting with used Carver electronics, I gradually upgraded to more "bang for the buck" components trying to build a simalar system to that of my local audio dealer( Arcam Alpha 7 cd, Conrad-Johnson PV10 pre-amp, Parasound HTC 115 amp, and Synergistic Research Alpha Sterling Active interconnects and bi-wired cables.) The only thing left was to get the Paradigm Studio monitors. But I wanted a floorstanding speakers and the Paradigms with the cherry finish were just outside my budget. I wanted fidelity and bling. One day I happened into the CSW store and listened to the T500s which were on sale. In addition they said I could trade in my Newton bookshefs and get credit9$300.00). That afternoon I lugged two very heavy speakers into my living room. IMO better sound(way better finish) than the Paradigms(listening to both on the same components). The finish, mahogany , is gorgeous. I smile every time I come home from work. The break in period is truly long, it's been over five years and I'm still saying "wow". Purchased Cambridge Audio Azur740c cd player from AA, but after 400 hrs of break in, had to send it back. It still didn't sound better than my Arcam. These speakers really do reveal the differences in upstream components. 5 stars!

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2005



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by kendogg a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: March 9, 2004

Bottom Line:   
Size does matter!after careful breakin using chesky disc and spl meter to set levels i must say that these are the best big towers i have heard!subs rock but p1000 sub is phenomenal!great for sacd and dvd audio but location and breakin are necessary to derive best sound-it took four months before mine really broke in-will show limitation in downstream components as referred to in other reviews-sorry rich guys-i am not an audiophile but an enthusiast which means i have a budget and not unlimited cash-better i think than paradigm{look and sound cheap}and close to nht-performance is on par with much more expensive spkrs and finish is great have blonde maple w/p1000 in maple too

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2002

Purchased At:   csw nashua nh-amhers



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by kendogg a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: March 9, 2004

Bottom Line:   
Size does matter!after careful breakin using chesky disc and spl meter to set levels i must say that these are the best big towers i have heard!subs rock but p1000 sub is phenomenal!great for sacd and dvd audio but location and breakin are necessary to derive best sound-it took four months before mine really broke in-will show limitation in downstream components as referred to in other reviews-sorry rich guys-i am not an audiophile but an enthusiast which means i have a budget and not unlimited cash-better i think than paradigm{look and sound cheap}and close to nht-performance is on par with much more expensive spkrs and finish is great have blonde maple w/p1000 in maple too

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2002



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

Date Reviewed: September 6, 2003

Bottom Line:   
This review is more like two reviews in one. First, I've always been impressed with Cambridge Soundworks speakers ever since I first got some for my computer. I have a set of CSW microworks hooked up to this computer now, and the sound quality is fantastic, always enjoyable. So when I upgraded my Home Theater setup, I purchased a CSW MC500 center channel. BIG improvement, dialog much clearer and effects really grab you now, set your center speaker to LARGE, and you will be impressed! It also matched quite well with my vintage EPI Monitor 1 mains. After that, I decided to improve my surround speakers to the CSW S300. Wow, even if your seated close to them, it is hard to pinpoint the sound source, as the dipole speakers spreads the sound out so well. I was quite happy with this setup until I had the chance to purchase a lightly used set of CSW T-500s. Went to pick them up, and the first thing that strikes you is their impressive looks. I've been around HI-FI for quite some time, and to get a speaker that looks nearly as good, your going to have to spend a fortune; think B&W Nautilus, and NOT the small ones! So on LOOKS you've got a speaker that's in the top classes. After hooking them up I was prepared to hear a top class speaker, but that wasn't my first impression. Let me qualify this; My EPI's that they replaced were horn loaded, and quite bright. I had the setting in the tweeter turned all the way down on the EPI's and they were quite nice like that, but still bright. Also they were very efficient, something like 94db, so I never really pushed my receivers amp much. The T-500's were not as satisfying to me as the EPI's in the top end, kinda disappointing. For the good news; I got to toss my subwoofer! The T-500's have PRODIGIOUS bass. They will shake your walls, floors, windows. Amazing power, it's like having two 12" powered subs, I cant ever see needing more bass for ANY LF-effect. I was happy with that, but at a loss to understand the rolled off treble from these speaks. I mean, all the info says they are pretty flat to ~20, so they shouldn't sound like this. Just today I decided to hook them up to my HI-FI system. I'm a bit of a geek in that I have TWO separate sound systems, an HT setup, and a HI-FI setup which consists of PS-Audio preamp and 200 WPC PS-Audio amp, with a CD/DVD-Audio player as source. These are hooked up to a pair of Magnepan series III-a's. My maggies kick ass, but I wanted to give the T-500's a last chance to prove themselves. Well, was I in for a shock. Put on Sarah McLaughlan and what do you know, the highs are THERE, so is the air, and staging; Hello Sarah! Tried some Bach organ music, and WOW the room vibrates with the bass pedals, really visceral. Tried some Alice in Chains MTV unplugged, and it sounds "live" oh yeah! What's going on here? I was unimpressed with the speakers in my HT setup, but in my HIFI setup they rock. Looks to me I've found my problem, and they are not the T-500's. It's my reciever. Turns out the T-500's are VERY revealing of upstream components. I should have know this. Now I'm on the hunt for a better receiver. Thanks T-500's, I really needed to dump another grand or so into this setup.

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2003

Price Paid:    $1000.00

Purchased At:   used



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:3
Submitted by PDS a Casual Listener

Date Reviewed: August 26, 2003

Bottom Line:   
Excellent sound quality through the entire sound range. Much clearer than the Klipsch RF-7 and RSW-15 set I used to have.

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Casual Listener

Purchased At:   HIFI.Com




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