Cambridge Soundworks Center/Surround IV Center Channels

Center/Surround IV

Center Channel Speaker - 3" Driver

User Reviews (4)

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Keegan   Audio Enthusiast [Jan 14, 2003]
Strength:

Price Size

Weakness:

Single Driver

Most bang the buck centre speakers. PLEASE do not expect skyhigh performance for this price. Sound and build quality is acceptable comes with 10 years warranty :)

Similar Products Used: Ensemble IV
OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
5
Glenn M   Audio Enthusiast [Aug 29, 2001]
Strength:

Size, price.

Weakness:

size, lack of highs and lows, etc...

I actually still use these for surrounds as I'm not nearly as demanding for home theater as I am for stereo music. My wife accepts them because they sit right on the arm of the sofa, and are basically totally hidden. They are adequate for surround, and I've had people jump because they had no idea the speakers are there on a loud surround scene. If size is an issue, these are a far superior deal (and as good as speaker straight up) as the bose cubes. Less imaging, but not nearly as harsh--hate those bose. Just a damn good buy. Of course they won't stack up against any decent bookshelf speaker because of the single driver, but compare apples to apples.

Similar Products Used: Bose cubes, Velodyne, JBL, Paradigm, BIC, Polk, etc...
OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
5
Santo & Lynn Romeo   Audiophile [Dec 05, 1999]
Strength:

Remarkably wide-range response from the small satellites. Overall, quite good in this price range.

Weakness:

Poor, thumpy bass needs to be replaced by a subwoofer.

If you take an overall rating of "3" as being average (although the "average" electronic store speakers don't even rate a "1", as far as that goes), then the Surround IV is a worthy 4. And if you can get them on sale during one of CSW's frequent promotions, consider it a steal. The small satellites are listenable, without the fuzzy, sizzling treble found in most products of this type and size; the bass is good for home video, but music lovers who know what live instruments and voices actually sound like will be largely disappointed. The rub here is that the Surround IV sits *just* below the edge of being a decent system for budget audiophiles -- the bass is *just* a little too thumpy and kicks in at a frequency that's *just* a little too high (about 250Hz), and the satellites have *just* enough of a smear and a mildly ragged treble to make this product fall *just* short of borderline high fidelity. But if all you wanna do is rattle the windows with Rambo movie soundtracks, this will fill the bill better than anything in its price range. PC gamers will be in Doom heaven. Audiophiles will prefer to buy only a pair of Surround IV satellites ($100) and hook them to a Bass Cube 8 (not a bad deal, actually) to get a decent sound system that's *just* a little short of satisfying, but way ahead of the pack of $300 systems from Circuit City; even this is a vast improvement over the barely adequate but non-audiophile subwoofer that comes with the Surround IV system. As an audiphile product this rates above-average in the $300 price range; as a home-entertainment setup, the competition can't touch it at this price.

Similar Products Used: CSW Bass Cube 8, CSW Bass Cube 10
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
Chandresh Patel   Audio Enthusiast [Apr 21, 2000]
Strength:

Cute small cube, Smooth sound flow, batter power handling capacity.

Weakness:

If I compare with very expensive speakers than only I can say - "little less purity in sound due to one driver".

I had used Ensemble IV HT system for a year than trade it for Movie Works 408 HT system. This satelite give excellent performance in this price range. I have Yamaha Rv392 50Wx3,20wx2 RMS receiver, never need to play even upto half way volume level! Powerful clear sound in movie and music both. Definately there are batter speakers in market but prices are more then triple, less warrenty and bigger in size too. Only Bose cubes are slitely batter in sound )in this size) but very expensive. When I upgrade my speakers, I was ready to spent more money but still I choose same cubes (E-IV) with powerful Bass cube 8 Active subwoofer! This system sounds excellent in my 12x20x10 feet room. Ensemble IV's passive subwoofer was also excellent in sound but less heavy-bass. I recommand Ensemble IV and MW 408 system to anybody who's budget is less then 600$.

Similar Products Used: Tested and compared with Sony,JBL,KLH,Mirage,Bose, Yamaha etc.
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
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