Originally Posted by peterpioli
I like the fact these are 2nd generation versions, which allows designers to fix and refine anything that wasn't perfect the first time. I bet they sound awesome.
Amazon.com usually has a good return policy in case a purchaser isn’t happy. I wonder if Cerwin Vega has a money-back guarantee if purchased directly?
These are actually the 3rd generation of CV's Flagship home speaker series.
1st Gen: CLS Classic 215
These are still considered the best out of the bunch. People state their highs were the strongest along with a clear midrange, and aggressive low end.http://www.digitaltrends.com/speaker...sc-215-review/
2nd Gen: CLS 215
These are considered to have highs that are somewhat clearer than the first gen however they have been described as "raspy" by some. Others claim their midrange is not quite as detailed as the mids on CLSC-215 since the first gen speakes had no covers on their mids.
Some feel the CLS 215's mids sound a bit muffled in comparison to the first gen CLSC-215. Also, people claim the CLSC-215 seem to go deeper in the low end category than the second gen CLS-215.http://www.cerwinvega.com/home-audio...s/cls-215.html
3rd Gen: XLS-215
These are report to have a new wave guide design that has taken the "raspy" sound out of the highs that were commonly associated with the 2nd gen CLS-215's. Also their mids are supposed somewhat smoother sounding. Design wise the mids and each 15" woofer is in it's own chamber.
People giving 600-900 watts each to their previous 2nd gen CLS-215 speakers reported an annoying "clacking" sound that happened at high volumes due to the 15"'s contacting each other. With the XLS-215's the mids and each woofer being in separate chambers has taken care of this problem and supposed lends to a more refined sound.
However one thing to note is the new owners also report the XLS-215's do not go as low as the previous 2nd gen CLS-215 speakers. The XLS-215's are reportedly tuned higher which gives better mid bass performance with HT and music at the expense of being able to dig deeper for certain musical passage with deeper notes. The consensus seems to be the XLS-215 needs to be paired with a subwoofer that can at least dig down to 25 hz with authority while the previous CLSC-215 and CLS-215 speakers did not have this shortcoming.
Overall It seems CV was going for a more refined sound with smoother highs and better midbass performance designed to be used with a subwoofer when it comes to the XLS-215.http://www.cerwinvega.com/home-audio...s/xls-215.html