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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 03-22-2004, 04:12 AM Thread Starter
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Instead of getting a Denon 1804 and slowly getting nice speakers, I went the PC/Multimedia route:

Cambridge Soundworks Megaworks 505



$399 / free shipping

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Lookin good! But I still prefer Klipsch.

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Hard to believe that people pay that much for computer speakers when a home stereo with Dolby Digital and DTS is not too much more.

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Cambridge Soundworks? Why?

Circuit City is selling the Onkyo HTS760 package for $499 before a $50 gift card and free shipping. That's effectively a $450 system that sounds better and is far more versatile than Cambridge Soundworks. Cambridge Soundworks is like Bose, except they are not as successful as a business.

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I run CSW whenever I can afford it.

mnemonic, this does support Dolby/DTS. Hell the speakers are even directly from CSW's home theater side... Newton MC50's (their low end ones).

A Denon 1804 as I had wanted would have been like $350 or so, but I decided it just wasn't worth it for a secondary system. (Remember, I run a full home theater in my living room, this is just for my bedroom)

As for CSW being like Bose... you can't argue with Henry Kloss. He's a speaker god.

By the way, this system will replace a CSW Microworks set (2.1).
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Henry Kloss is a respected member of the audio industry because of his eary involvement in designing speakers that marked the continued improvement of audio reproduction. However, the rest of the industry has passed him by since about the 80's.

Cambridge Soundworks leverages Henry Kloss much like Bose leverages Dr Amar Bose - marketing. But if sticking a prestigious name on a product made it good, then Isuzu should have sold a lot of those Lotus-tuned Impulses. Other brands associated with Henry Kloss - KLH and Advent, both also less than stellar. These may have been impressive brands some time in the distant past but not anymore, and Cambridge Soundworks was never a serious condenter then or now. Reviews of Cambridge Soundworks speakers are mostly polite nods to Kloss, and typically take the tone of "it's not that bad".

To Cambridge Soundworks' credit, the company genuinely tries to make products that have a particular sound. And their products are of good workmanship.

So what you have are speakers that are well made from cheap materials, sound neither faithful nor colorful, and are sold at price points that make them neither good values nor unquestionably expensive.

But it's your money. Hope it works out for you. Personally, I think the Onkyo HT760 with a real receiver, real amplifiers, and real speakers is a better choice in the price range you are shopping. Wish we lived closer so you can hear my Pinnacle/Dahlquist speaker system - talk about an inexpensive, clean, and loud set of cones.

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Bedroom System? Nevermind what I wrote above then.

I have a $200 JVC THA-30 DVD/HTS for my bedroom. Sounds horrible but better than TV speakers.

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KLH and Advent WERE stellar while Kloss was there. Kloss hasn't been with those companies in ages, however.

AR is another Kloss company - my home theatre system is entirely AR (uh, except for a CSW center channel).

I've always been EXTREMELY happy with CSW sets.

Besides, CSW has a 45 day moneyback garuntee... if I don't like them, I'll just send them back.
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mnemonic, this does support Dolby/DTS. Hell the speakers are even directly from CSW's home theater side... Newton MC50's (their low end ones).
Yeah, but the power isn't there with PC speakers and where there isn't power there isn't as clear of highs and lows. Are those speakers even 2-ways (tweeter and woofer in each speaker)?

No downing your choice, to each his own. I just try to get my money's worth out of what I buy and I think that most computer speakers are way over-priced for what you get.

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I picked up the Onkyo HT760 system to run in my bedroom just after Christmas. For the price, I haven't heard anything that comes close. Of course, it can't hold a candle to my main surround system, but as a secondary, it can't be beat.

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