Cambridge Soundworks The Surround Surround Speakers

3.77/5 (13 Reviews) MSRP : $400.00


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Dipole Surround Speakers


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

Date Reviewed: October 7, 2003

Bottom Line:   
These are very good speakers for surround sound use. Notice I said surround sound. They were not made for main speakers, and maybe not for DVD-Audio. They sound very good on my home theater, and do exactly what I expected of them when I bought them. I see that Cambridge Soundworks has now added monopole capable bi- and dipolar surrounds to their lineup. This would be the absolute best choice, but, hey, these weren't designed for that. They do exactly what they supposed to do. I have certainly enjoyed them with my system, and they integrate well with my Polk center and Front/Lefts.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2002

Price Paid:    $160.00

Purchased At:   hifi.com



Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Keith Savage a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: April 23, 2002

Bottom Line:   
The Cambridge Soundworks Surround speakers are great if you live in
Dolby prologic world and have never heard
of Dolby Digital 5.1 or DTS, or DVD-audio.

These Bipole/dipole speakers have opposing tweeters pointed side ways to create diffuse sound. This works well on Dolby prologic tracks to create rear ambience, but it ruins DVD-audio when you want precise full channel sound from every speaker. I ended up returning these for a pair of Monitor Audio Bronze 1s, which blow these out of the water in term of frequency response and clarity. Do not be fooled in thinking you can flip the bipole/dipole switch on the front of these
and make them sound good on DVD-audio --
the tweeters are still facing side ways.

If you still have your heart set on Dipole/Bipole technology, then these are a great value at $100/pair on ebay direct from Cambridge soundworks. They mark them as refurbished, but they are in fact brandnew. The build quality is good, like most Cambridge Soundworks products. The grills are metal, so they ought to be highly durable speakers. They are small enough to wall mount without freaking out your significant other.

Being a big fan of the Departed Henry Kloss, It's a shame that at the end of the day I have to recommend against
them in favor of convential direct radiating speakers.

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2001

Price Paid:    $100.00

Purchased At:   ebay



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

Date Reviewed: January 11, 2002

Bottom Line:   
First of all, you can save a ton of money by getting these speakers through hifi.com's auctions on eBay. They say that they are refurbished, but they looked brand new to me. I couldn't even find a scratch on them. I paid a little over $100 instead of the $399 list! And, that included the full warranty.
Now for my review. In a word, these speakers rock! They really bring movies to life. When I pop in "Pearl Harbor", you can hear and FEEL those planes and bullets flying over your head. I had been using some Bose 201's for my surrounds, but there is NO comparison to the sound that the smaller Cambridge speakers throw at you.
If you want a great pair of surrounds without paying a fortune, then these are the speakers for you!

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2001

Price Paid:    $110.00

Purchased At:   eBay auction



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Robert a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: February 28, 2001

Bottom Line:   
I am happy with these surround speakers. They do everything they are supposed to do, without paying too much. I feel these are a nice match to the Definitive Technology BP-10's, c/l/r 1000 and Mirage subwoofer that I own. I think most people will be happy with these speakers.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   1999

Price Paid:    $300.00

Purchased At:   HIFI.com



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

Date Reviewed: January 14, 2001

Bottom Line:   
These are great surrounds, they perform as finely tuned instruments, as Cambridge has rightfully intended. I took my time in finding the right setting on my receiver to get the full ambience affect and it was more than worth it. Make sure that if you get them that they sound equally as loud if not just a little louder than your front tweeters and mids it helps the 5.1's to fully envelope you within the sound. Also the bipole/dipole functioning of these speakers enhances the total function on whateere sound source you might be listening to. If you want a high quality surround that gives you the feel of a home movie theater then you should certainly purchase these speakers.

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2000

Price Paid:    $200.00

Purchased At:   Cambridge Soundworks




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