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Last of the "true" acoustic-suspension speakers, the CSW Model Six

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After reading of the passing of Edward Villchur in another thread yesterday, I thought I would mention a speaker that carries on his design, the Cambridge SoundWorks Model Six. Warning the Six uses an old-skool styling theme so its WAF is low, but imo would still be good for a "mancave".

It was actually designed by Villchur's engineering partner, Henry Kloss, a respected audio engineer in his own right but also a good business man. CSW is a company started by Kloss in the late 80s and many of his speakers and subwoofers used the acoustic-suspension principal. While not quite as punchy or efficient as a similar-sized bass-reflex system, I and many other people prefer its particular sonic personality, which is usually characterized as being smooth and clean. This is why I own Advents used for my own music/HT system, Advent being another of Kloss' speaker companies.*

FYI the Six uses a cone tweeter which has not-so-great reputation, but if designed by someone who knows what they are doing, they can sound quite good plus they can be crossed over lower than most domes, which is important for the Six which uses an 8" woofer.

To be perfectly honest, I think the Model Six sounds quite laid back or warm, so some may find it "boring" or lacking "sparkle" but depending on your own preferences and hearing system characteristics, it may be a great fit for you especially for modern music which can be recorded using very aggressive EQ choices.

* until 1994, when they were bought by another company and imo run into the ground
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NHT also makes good ones.
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^ oops forgot about those!

Actually before the current economic mess occurred, their large 4-way floorstander the Classic Four was on my short list for speakers for a music-only stereo system. I think the Four, as far as its 10" woofer is concerned, is their only model that *isn't* acoustic-suspension (I just checked their page to see if their subs are acoustic-suspension, something I never checked on before since they are out of my price range, and they are too!). IIRC NHT was started by some people formerly of Advent and Boston Acoustics, and BA used to make a acoustic-suspension speaker I am still on the look out for, their big A150 with its super-wide baffle which supposedly helps better "launch" the drivers' soundwaves.
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Villchur, Kloss, and Kantor are my biggest audio heros.
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Originally Posted by donutfan View Post

I am still on the look out for, their big A150 with its super-wide baffle which supposedly helps better "launch" the drivers' soundwaves.

On Ebay
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Pair-Boston-...item35b614a316
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^ thanks for the link.

Those look cool. A150s with the black grill have akind of 2001 Space Odyssey look, that is, if that monolith included some oak veneer!
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Just a bump for those new to audio. smile.gif Btw these have been available since @1989 so they must be doing something right! cool.gif

Anyway.....I believe these would make good sats because IMO their 8" woofer can much more easily handle the 80Hz crossover point vs. the typical 4 inch "woofer" so many sats use (frequencies around the 80Hz region still contain a lot of sonic energy).
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