Originally Posted by BrutalBodyShots
I'm just curious why CS went from selling a beast of a center channel in the MC500, a $400 speaker to speakers half that price/I would ASSUME lesser quality (based on the price).
I mean their current top of the line speaker, at least so it seems from their web site is the MC630HD for $199. It has two 4" drivers and a tweeter. The MC500's have two 6.5" drivers, a midrange and a tweeter. Sure they are big and expensive which may turn a lot of people off, but in terms of sound I think they do a fantastic job.
The company is just a shell of it's former self. the only thing remaining is the name. It like many of Henry Kloss' other companies , exist in name only. That doesn't mean everything that was made post Kloss is awful. Roy Allison designed quite a few winners, and there are quite a few sleeper products out there. Including the AR302, AR303 models ( and others ) , several advent models and a few well made KLH models as well ( 353 comes to mind as an large advent rival). CSW had several Newton series speakers that help spark new interest in the brand but there are also duds during the company's growth from small start up to bi-coastal / and export manufacturer. Quality took the back seat to Profits.
Creative Technology ( Creative labs) . has done little to support the brand and is simply living on the old name and early reputation of CSW. Unlike say a brand like ARAGON or ACURUS . their new products by Indy audio labs are in line with the intent of the original designers and owners ( something that Klipsch who they bought the brand from were not able to continue to do).
Home Theater , and speakers in general is a tough market these days. The industry is not doing itself any favors either. Bose is just about the only "speaker" brand advertising across many different media outlets. Stereo and hometheater had been under fire from technology and a de-evolving culture when it comes to audio reproduction and the "hobby" aspect of HI-FI .
Creative Technologies wants REVENUE, they aren't in it for the love of Music or home theater. Certainly not a fault, since that what business is supposed to do. but a far cry from the days when CSW operated out of the Factory ( and eventually factory showroom) on California Street in Newton MA. sure it was business but it was also about good sound. - Selling speakers through the mail was revolutionized by CSW, now it's standard practice. It's hard to stick around as a Value brand. Everyone and their grandmother took shots at CSW for their business model, their sound, and for just about everything else.
If you have your old MDF Ensembles or Tower series speakers, KEEP THEM. maybe in 10 more years there will be a DIY / Mod market for them. - as for the center channel , the mc500 was a rare speaker. and with the death of rear projection TV's so too follows the LARGE center channel speaker. they're great as main speakers too. but not many were produced, it wasn't exactly their best selling speaker, based mostly on it's Physical size alone and price point. I'm sure many guys tried sneaking them in and was met with a glaring eyeful of disapproval from their spouse.