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post #391 of 410 Old 05-09-2014, 08:41 PM
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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.

+1 too on the s30. They are my favorite speakers so far though I had to sell them away due to upgrade. Little speakers that wow anyone. Looks elegant too.

I think I will try snagging a used pair of SL30 just for nostalgia sake. Though they still have stock of the s30 in my shops here. smile.gif
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I have a pair of these in my office set-up and they are delightful. When I first bought them, I tried them in my main rig in my dedicated music room and I was surprised how they filled the room and they were not harsh. They really shine in my office. Keepers for sure!

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Using a pair as my bedroom speakers. Still occasionally surprised by how good they sound and deep they dig, esp. for their price wink.gif
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I think I'm really close to pulling the trigger on some s30's. Gonna put them in my workout room, relatively small room, no subwoofer. Should I be worried about bass output?

I'm no crazy basshead, but don't want music to sound too thin. Definitely don't want boomy bass though. Much prefer bass that is more articulate.
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The S30 gets a ton of attention, but the S70 tower version is rarely mentioned, why is that? Has anyone done a comparison of them?

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What to power the s30's and play mp3's from usb drive.

Hmm, how should I power these s30's? Get a regular avr or something else like a topping tp-20, http://www.parts-express.com/topping-tp20-mk2-ta2020-class-t-digital-mini-amplifier-25wpc--310-320

If the topping tp-20 is sufficient to power s30's in a small 10x14' room, then I would need something to hook up to play mp3's from usb drive. Dunno what to use for that.
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I'm no crazy basshead, but don't want music to sound too thin. Definitely don't want boomy bass though. Much prefer bass that is more articulate.

Hmm, how should I power these s30's? Get a regular avr or something else like a topping tp-20, http://www.parts-express.com/topping-tp20-mk2-ta2020-class-t-digital-mini-amplifier-25wpc--310-320

If the topping tp-20 is sufficient to power s30's in a small 10x14' room, then I would need something to hook up to play mp3's from usb drive. Dunno what to use for that.

For most of us - the Cambridge has good bass response - and it is not sloppy or boomy

I would aim higher than the topping - think about getting a refurbish AVR

If you still want a amp - then look at something like the Sherbourn (Emotiva)
http://www.accessories4less.com/make-a-store/item/shrbnpa250/sherbourn-pa-2-50-stereo-flex-amplifier/1.html

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Yes, the more I read about the s30, the more I want to try it out. Have the popular infinity p163 and p363 already. Tried the pioneer 2nd gen andrew jones, energy rc-10. Nothing much else left in the lower budget range, $250 under, that is interesting enough that I want to audition, unless I'm missing something. I also see the boston a26 at same price range, but not too sure of that, read some negative comments about boomy bass.

I'll probably just go with a regular avr, seems like the best solution, no worry about enough power, flexible, built-in screen. Guess I'll just deal with the extra size. Actually, correction, guess the wife will have to deal with the extra size. It's tougher getting larger size audio purchases wife approved.
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The S70 towers are $260 a pair - maybe a consideration if you want a bit stronger bass.
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The S30 gets a ton of attention, but the S70 tower version is rarely mentioned, why is that? Has anyone done a comparison of them?

From what I gather, they were just never a strong seller here in the USA. I have read some good reviews and a few so-so reviews. The so-so reviews were by users who reported that the tweeter can be blown rather easily. For the price of these at Accessories 4 Less, I have been tempted to get them for the heck of it, just to compare them to my S-30s. However, I am also intrigued by the Cambridge Aero 6.
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S70

Sensitivity: 90dB
Frequency Response: 39Hz - 20kHz
Nominal Impedance: 4-8 Ohms
Drive units: Tweeter: 1 x 25mm (1”)
Woofer: 2 x 130mm (5") mid/bass driver
Crossover: 2nd Order 2.5 way
Recommended maximum amplifier power: 120 Watts
Magnetically shielded: Yes
Dimensions (W x H x D) 160 x 938 x 240mm (inc. grill) (6.3 x 36.9 x 9.4”)
Weight 12.4Kg (27.3lbs)

S30

Sensitivity: 90dB
Frequency Response: 55hz - 20kHz
Nominal Impedance: 4-8 Ohms
Drive units: Tweeter: 1 x 25mm (1”)
Woofer: 1 x 115mm (4.5") mid/bass driver
Crossover: 1st Order 2 way
Recommended maximum amplifier power: 100 watts
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Dimensions (W x H x D) 160 x 226 x 235mm (inc. grill) (6.3 x 8.9 x 9.2”)
Weight 3.75Kg (8.3lbs)

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About the aero I recommend to read Dennis Murphy review he is the owner of philharmonic speakers.


http://www.avsforum.com/t/1504045/cambridge-aero-2-bookshelf-speaker

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The S70 towers are $260 a pair - maybe a consideration if you want a bit stronger bass.

Yeah, i considered the s70. I couldn't find that much info on them as much as the s30. Sometimes, bookshelf turns out better than the floorstanding version. I think it was this way with the 2nd gen pioneer fs52 to bs22. The bs22 is the best of that line in my opinion.

Ah, I'm still confused on what to get. I don't have the luxury of switching out speakers to often due to wifey, so I get speaker analysis paralysis. It's been so long, but I did enjoy the bs22 that i had in a desktop setup. I might have went with the Dennis Murphy modded bs22's but that is not on offer anymore it seems. But it looks like the modded fs52 tower will be offered some time.

I'm wondering which will perform best without a subwoofer: stock bs22 vs modded bs22 (if offered again). Modded bs22 vs modded fs52.

Stock fs52 is a no go, something was up with the tweeters on mine with excessive sibilance, not gonna try that again. S30 vs modded bs22. S70 vs modded fs52.

Hmmm, I still got time to think, also I think the modded fs52 is still not ready yet. Only problem is additional cost and especially tower speakers will be harder to pass wife approval especially since I'm also bugging about buying a new car too.
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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.

Why not just pick up Cambridge's center channel speaker, the S50? Shows that they are still in stock at Accessoriesforless.
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S50 has smaller drivers than s30. S30 are over 5 inches in reality I believe.

4 inches doesn't compensate for much...
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Bump!
Greetings guys!
Wanna upgrade my desktop speakers. Can't choose between Cambridge Audio S30 and Audiorngine P4...
Though Cambridges price is 135$, barely used, mint condition.
Any advice?
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Wanna upgrade my desktop speakers. Can't choose between Cambridge Audio S30 and Audiorngine P4...
Though Cambridges price is 135$, barely used, mint condition.
Any advice?
Only you can make that choice - however based on the pass and some reviews,
the Cambridge was favored.

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Indeed, but i can't compare those in real life.
But to be sure i just need to know, that Cambridge S30 + amp will be better way to enjoy music, instead of active speakers Vigoole C2128! If better - i gonna upgrade...
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3 years ago I auditioned/compared the S30 and the P4 in home. IMHO the high's and upper-mids were nice on both but the S30 was in a different class from lower-mid's on down.

Kept the S30's.
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Today i visit man, who selling those S30.
I've listened how speakers play music, and it was nice sound.
And when i start to inspect them, before i pay, i've noticed, that one speaker have that silver thing (not sure how it in english - some phase correction ... plug?) in center of speaker not glued, but moving! And even touches coil! Damn, i so much want to get a pair for myself.
I think it's not so good to pay 135$ for defected unit... Maybe if i disassemble speaker i can get to base of that plug and fix it with glue, but i'm not sure...
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