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How do the s30's perform desktop computer listening wise? I would have them 4 ft apart and 3 ft away from my face.
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How do the s30's perform desktop computer listening wise? I would have them 4 ft apart and 3 ft away from my face.
If I recall right the answer is somewhere in the thread and even harder to recall, but I believe there were no real negatives as long as positioned to avoid significant desk reflections and space allowed for the rear porting.
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Question to ask about the s30's they are listed as having a rated impedance of 4 to 8 ohms. im interested in getting a reciever from pioneer but it is only rated down to 6 ohms. will there be any problems with this combo.

the reciever is Pioneer VSX-822-K
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I just ordered a pair of the S30's from Crutchfield. I have a few questions. My previous speakers were Polk Monitor 40's and Pioneer BS22's. I seem to be very sensitive to sibilance. Some speakers seem to magnify any sibilance. How are the S30's as far as sibilance is concerned? Will 24 inch stands be good for the 30's?
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Got my S30's today from Crutchfield. The dark oak finish on one speaker was defective with white lines running through the dark oak. The other speaker looks fine. Not sure if I will keep these though. Way too much sibilance on certain vocals that I didn't hear with my other speakers. Before I ordered the S30's a few days ago I pretty much had junk speakers. The S30's do sound better than what I'm used to but they don't sound dramatically better. Don't like the fact that vocals seemed boosted way forward.
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Having trouble deciding between the S30 and a sub $300 AVR or just going with an all in one solution like the Vanatoo. I will be using this for an office setting. Most likely speakers will be sitting on my desk. The reviews for the Vanatoo are great, just like the CA.

http://www.amazon.com/Vanatoo-Transparent-Powered-Speakers-Black/dp/B0080K2KUK/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top

Any opinions..or advice?

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I see what you are talking about but the idea of having the S30's and an AVR seemed more practical to me

The HDMI inputs as well as the ability to easily upgrade the speakers if needed sold me on it
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Just ordered a set of these from AVHIFI with that discount code that was posted! Thanks! How long did these take to arrive for those of you who ordered from here?
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Update! My new Cambridge S30 Speakers are supposed to arrive on Friday! biggrin.gif I can't wait! I'll post my first impressions upon arrival.

Mike at AVHIFI has been MORE than helpful getting me specifics on when the speakers would be shipping out, letting me know when I would be receiving the tracking info, and absolutely everything else. I haven't received the speakers yet, so I can't say for sure yet, but it seems like this is a GREAT place to order from. Truly exceptional customer service.
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I purchased these speakers a few months ago, and they have not ceased to amaze me. They almost don't need a subwoofer. Infact, once I calibrated them using a complex graphical analysis of their frequency response, the bass response and overall neutrality of the speaker improved dramatically. Of course, EQing the bass up a tad lowers the safe max output of the speaker, but since I use them as desktop / computer speakers, I don't need anything past moderate volume levels anyway.

I use a program called AIMP3 to play music. It is designed specifically for audiophiles / professionals, and includes innumerable advanced features, including an 18-band graphical EQ accurate to 0.3 dB. After the calibration mentioned above (and before accounting for room modes / speaker placement), these are the EQ settings I use:

31hz(-0.3), 63hz(-1.8), 87hz(-2.7), 125hz(-4.2), 175hz(-4.8), 250hz(-2.4), 350hz(-2.4), 500hz(-1.2), 700hz(-3), 1Khz(-4.8), 1.4khz(-2.4), 2khz(-4.5), 2.8khz(-4.8), 4khz(-3), 5.6khz(-3.9), 8khz(-1.8), 11.2khz(-5.1), 16khz(-6.3)

I hope this becomes of use to others. smile.gif
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Hi,

Anyone tried to use the same S30 components(driver ,Crossovers)and design larger cabinet?
Large volume may generate more soundstage and Bass perhaps.
Any idea?

Thanks.
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Hi,

Anyone tried to use the same S30 components(driver ,Crossovers)and design larger cabinet?
Large volume may generate more soundstage and Bass perhaps.
Any idea?

Thanks.

I can't think of any reason why a larger box would increase the sounstage. If anything, the larger baffle area would introduce different diffraction effects over the tweeter range that could degrade response. As for bass, more cabinet volume
could extend the low end a little, but it would be at the expense of power handling, and could also produce a leaner midbass profile.
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If anyone is still aware of this thread, I have a question involving excursion. Well, not really a question, but more of a concern.

The excursion on these things scares me. I am afraid that the diaphragms are going to explode. During some tracks, they move by as much as 1/4 of an inch. I sit no more than 3 feet away from my speakers, and never play any louder than 90 db.

The following image are my EQ settings (done by ear, to test tones of normalized amplitudes). The huge midbass valley is accounting for room placement.

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^^^^

Do you have a subwoofer in your system? And if so where do you have the crossover set on your receiver?

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If anyone is still aware of this thread, I have a question involving excursion. Well, not really a question, but more of a concern.
The excursion on these things scares me. I am afraid that the diaphragms are going to explode. they move by as much as 1/4
of an inch. I sit no more than 3 feet away from my speakers, and never play any louder than 90 db.

Yes, the woofer tends to move some
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Owpu6AzIcg
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^^^^

Do you have a subwoofer in your system? And if so where do you have the crossover set on your receiver?

I have an Outlaw M8 subwoofer. Speaker cables go from amp to sub, and then from sub to sats; I have the sats running at their full natural response. They produce usable output all they way down to 45hz or so (with my placement). I have my Sub's internal low pass crossover set to 40hz.

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Yes, the woofer tends to move some
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Owpu6AzIcg

Damn...the S30s never cease to surprise me with their capabilities.
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Your sub does a better job producing the 45hz range than the s30's. Try increasing the crossover to 60hz or 80hz to see how it sounds.

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Your sub does a better job producing the 45hz range than the s30's. Try increasing the crossover to 60hz or 80hz to see how it sounds.
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The sub's low pass is only 12db/octave, so it still responds well up into the 60s. I have it configured so the total of the sub's and S30's output is approximately flat from my listening position. Even with low pass setting + EQ, there is a huge fugly bump at 55hz that I can't seem to get rid of...lol.
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Nevermind. Erroneous product listing.
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^ ^^ ^^ ^
Look carefully at the product details and technical details.
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Technical Details

Brand Name: Cambridge Audio
Model: SRS-M50(P)

Product Details

Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces
ASIN: B0015CRF2I
Item model number: SRS-M50(P)

15.5 ounces would not be for the S30. they are way heavier than that.

And the Model. SRS-M50 is for the little Sony satellites.

I've got a hunch someone will be sorely disappointed if they expect the Cambridge bookshelf speakers to arrive.

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^ ^^ ^^ ^
Look carefully at the product details and technical details.
15.5 ounces would not be for the S30. they are way heavier than that.

And the Model. SRS-M50 is for the little Sony satellites.

I've got a hunch someone will be sorely disappointed if they expect the Cambridge bookshelf speakers to arrive.

You should see the pic that have up...they are tiny pink plastic Sony speakers.
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Yeah, I noticed that when I went back to check the recommended amplifier power for a friend...saw the technical details. :/

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EDIT: I wonder if the misnaming was intentional...
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Does anyone know where I can get a hold of 3 of these babies? All the places I found seem to only sell in pairs but need a third for a center channel in a small room. Got a very small system planned out with 3x of these on the front and 2x Infinity 1262W 1.5cf sealed subs.
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They're only sold in pairs. Nothing wrong with having a spare though.

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They're only sold in pairs. Nothing wrong with having a spare though.
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I'm sad to say the S30 is disappearing from the United States for varying reasons. It seems some people can't imagine small speakers sounding this good, and others write ridiculous things about them because they've never even seen them. I bought mine (didn't really need them) because they are being liquidated at Accessories4less for an excellent cost of $199. They are one of the truly small audiophile speakers that are better than any!!! small speaker I've heard, and I've heard most in my position. I've A/B this speakers with the Wharfedale Diamond 10.2 and both are excellent speakers, but the suttle details aren't always found on the Diamond, and I consider it the gold standard of small speakers. It's probably better Cambridge Audio is replacing this line with less expensive componets in the SX50 and SX60 (both are also fine speakers), but these aren't capable of the absolute detail the S30s produce. I just want to read one more time how superior the Pioneer, Polk are Energy are better, then I go barf at the ignorance of the statement.
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I'm sad to say the S30 is disappearing from the United States for varying reasons. It seems some people can't imagine small speakers sounding this good, and others write ridiculous things about them because they've never even seen them. I bought mine (didn't really need them) because they are being liquidated at Accessories4less for an excellent cost of $199. They are one of the truly small audiophile speakers that are better than any!!! small speaker I've heard, and I've heard most in my position. I've A/B this speakers with the Wharfedale Diamond 10.2 and both are excellent speakers, but the suttle details aren't always found on the Diamond, and I consider it the gold standard of small speakers. It's probably better Cambridge Audio is replacing this line with less expensive componets in the SX50 and SX60 (both are also fine speakers), but these aren't capable of the absolute detail the S30s produce. I just want to read one more time how superior the Pioneer, Polk are Energy are better, then I go barf at the ignorance of the statement.

I'm not familiar with the 50 or 60, so I'm not sure what components you're referring to. Drivers? Crossover components? I'm guessing it's the former, because the crossover in the 30 is very rudimentary (which is not necessarily a bad thing if the drivers are well behaved), and there's nothing special about the quality of the single capacitor and inductor that are used.
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It's probably better Cambridge Audio is replacing this line with less expensive componets in the SX50 and SX60 (both are also fine speakers), but these aren't capable of the absolute detail the S30s produce. I just want to read one more time how superior the Pioneer, Polk are Energy are better, then I go barf at the ignorance of the statement.

To me, the SX 50/60 look to be a compromise/diluted version of the origional S30

The S30 did good with their simple crossover, due to their drivers and placement.
I only wish they used a higher quality coil.

The stock S30 is for sure, my preference over the stock (likes of) Pioneer, Polk,
Energy, Klipsch, JBL, etc;

I go by the complete package - not just certain parts of the design.

Cambridge for sure, sold a lot of the S30 speakers.

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