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Regardless of the review, I believe it's a good design for a variety of reasons. Also, at $1200 a pair, or $1800 for 3 across the front for HT, one could do a lot worse.


Ever since the sub/sat trend in the early 90s, too many individuals settled for the small tops, and a sub as a system. Also, mini speakers, "as good as speaker 3 times their size" add campaigns were abundant. It's a load of BS. There exists certain qualities in a speaker for ideal HT impact and immersion. Some measure of directivity control, check. High sensitivity, and high output, check. Adequate displacement in the octaves between the sub cross, and approx. 200hz., check.


I don't really view it as a bargain, but I think it's a great offering for what it does; clean high levels of output. That's been their technique for a long time.


One could do a lot worse for the money.


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Regardless of the review, I believe it's a good design for a variety of reasons. Also, at $1200 a pair, or $1800 for 3 across the front for HT, one could do a lot worse.


Ever since the sub/sat trend in the early 90s, too many individuals settled for the small tops, and a sub as a system. Also, mini speakers, "as good as speaker 3 times their size" add campaigns were abundant. It's a load of BS. There exists certain qualities in a speaker for ideal HT impact and immersion. Some measure of directivity control, check. High sensitivity, and high output, check. Adequate displacement in the octaves between the sub cross, and approx. 200hz., check.


I don't really view it as a bargain, but I think it's a great offering for what it does; clean high levels of output. That's been their technique for a long time.


One could do a lot worse for the money.


Good stuff.



The best sound I've heard came from big speakers. I'd like to buy a pair of Klipsch RF-7 II, but they're out of my budget for now, so I'm interested in the Cerwin Vegas. I can't find anything close in this price range, so I'm surprised more forum members don't own them. Any other suggestions?
 

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I own a pair of CV CLS-215's. I really like them. If they are set up properly they can sound very good. The XLS-215's have some minor changes from the CLS-215. They are very similar. I have never listened to a pair of XLS-215's so I cant give you a true statement about their sound. If they are anything like the CLS they should sound good. Just don't plan on using a 100 watt receiver to power these because you are wasting your time.
 

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I own a pair of CV CLS-215's. I really like them. If they are set up properly they can sound very good. The XLS-215's have some minor changes from the CLS-215. They are very similar. I have never listened to a pair of XLS-215's so I cant give you a true statement about their sound. If they are anything like the CLS they should sound good. Just don't plan on using a 100 watt receiver to power these because you are wasting your time.


Did you buy your CLS-215s without listening to them? Do you know of any stores that display the XLS-215 speakers so I can audition them?
 

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Did you buy your CLS-215s without listening to them? Do you know of any stores that display the XLS-215 speakers so I can audition them?

There are a few DJ/pro audio stores in cities such as San Franciso that sell the XLS-215 speakers in person. For the most part you will have to purchase them online so there will not be a chance to hear them first. Best thing to do is do read as many customer reviews as you can on these speakers before buying them. There is also a customer review of these speakers on amazon.com


If you want more user reviews of these speakers you will have to go www.cerwin-vega-fans.com


From what I've gathered from other members over at www.cerwin-vega-fans.com CV tuned these speakers higher than the CLSC-215 and CLS-215 so they would have more of a mid bass impact. CV also used a slightly different waveguide design which supposedly gives clearer, less harsh sounding highs at peak volumes.


And finally, don't be fooled into thinking you have to pay mega bucks for speakers that can produce good sound. I've heard the Klipsch RF-7 II speakers and they don't hold a candle to my CLS-215's for music, and they don't can't match their bass output for Home Theater. People who buy Klipsch speakers and subs are largely paying for the brand name. People in the DIY forum can attest to how cheaply you can build various sub and speaker designs which will blow away the performance of many mid level brands such as Klipsch for a fraction of the price.
 

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Did you buy your CLS-215s without listening to them? Do you know of any stores that display the XLS-215 speakers so I can audition them?

I did purchase my CLS-215's without listening to them. I had listened to some other CV's in the past so I had an idea of the sound. Many people have a really bad impression of CV's because they listened to them at some drinking party 20 years ago at super high levels while being powered by a crappy receiver. That will make any speaker sound bad. I don't know anywhere that you can listen to a pair of XLS-215's. If you are really interested I do know of a internet seller that has great deals on CV's. I have purchased many CV speakers from them.
 

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I did purchase my CLS-215's without listening to them. I had listened to some other CV's in the past so I had an idea of the sound. Many people have a really bad impression of CV's because they listened to them at some drinking party 20 years ago at super high levels while being powered by a crappy receiver. That will make any speaker sound bad. I don't know anywhere that you can listen to a pair of XLS-215's. If you are really interested I do know of a internet seller that has great deals on CV's. I have purchased many CV speakers from them.

Yeah members here always tell the same generic college stories stating the flaws of speakers designed over thirty years ago. This is one of the single stupidest things I hear on a weekly basis from older, mentally challenged members here.


For example my grandpa hates Honda cars because he purchased one in the 70's that was a total piece of ****. Does this mean my top rated late model Honda Accord will be a waste of money due to what type of product was attached to the company name four decades ago?


Hardly. But that is the dumbed down logic of CV haters around here. These speakers are a definite departure from the previous designs of Cerwin Vega over the years. If anything, everyone who has heard my system states how clear the mids and highs are. They also state the highs can somewhat overpower the bass at higher levels. Most people think the bass will be dominating when they see my speakers.


But when they hear them they find out the bass is very balanced and some people have even been dissappointed because they expect more bass output from my speakers.
 

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There are a few DJ/pro audio stores in cities such as San Franciso that sell the XLS-215 speakers in person. For the most part you will have to purchase them online so there will not be a chance to hear them first. Best thing to do is do read as many customer reviews as you can on these speakers before buying them. There is also a customer review of these speakers on amazon.com


If you want more user reviews of these speakers you will have to go www.cerwin-vega-fans.com


From what I've gathered from other members over at www.cerwin-vega-fans.com CV tuned these speakers higher than the CLSC-215 and CLS-215 so they would have more of a mid bass impact. CV also used a slightly different waveguide design which supposedly gives clearer, less harsh sounding highs at peak volumes.


And finally, don't be fooled into thinking you have to pay mega bucks for speakers that can produce good sound. I've heard the Klipsch RF-7 II speakers and they don't hold a candle to my CLS-215's for music, and they don't can't match their bass output for Home Theater. People who buy Klipsch speakers and subs are largely paying for the brand name. People in the DIY forum can attest to how cheaply you can build various sub and speaker designs which will blow away the performance of many mid level brands such as Klipsch for a fraction of the price.


I believe the Cerwin Vega XLS-215/CLS-215 sound better than the Klipsch RF-7 II. I read that the speaker designer involved in designing the Cerwin Vegas was from NHT and designed the highly regarded NHT 3.3.
 

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The OP already posted a link to that review in his original post in this thread.

My bad - It's been deleted
 

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Also, as Secret Squirrel stated before, do NOT try to run these speakers with a receiver. If you do, the highs will be faint and the bass will be mediocre. These speakers need a powerful amp to sound balanced and at their best.
 

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Never heard them, but I've used and owned CV.


I'd like to hear them powered properly, and optimized in a nice space. I really do feel that 3 across the front, LCR, would yield some very solid HT performance. Not as refined perhaps as other more expensive offerings, but the value for HT, with all the inherent dynamic swings, can't be ignored. So many products are decent and well behaved below 100db, then compression and breakup, and other distortions really call attention to themselves and ruin the experience.


I like the crossover point of 280 between the mid and the lows. It allows everything above 280 to be independent of those large transient thumps occurring down low, and perhaps allows a little directivity control form the horn/waveguide mated to the mid. On paper, the soft dome tweeter would appear to be the limiting factor in this design. But that's on paper and certainly only my opinion.


All too often newbies come to the forums wanting some killer speaker for room, in the right situation, I'd point them to something like this. I've oftentimes suggested a two-way, Pro 15, powered ideally, for someone looking to really rock out with some impact. well, a pair of these CVs, and a decent amp in a room would do well in the "chest thump" parameter.


Rock on Gene
 

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Never heard them, but I've used and owned CV.


I'd like to hear them powered properly, and optimized in a nice space. I really do feel that 3 across the front, LCR, would yield some very solid HT performance. Not as refined perhaps as other more expensive offerings, but the value for HT, with all the inherent dynamic swings, can't be ignored. So many products are decent and well behaved below 100db, then compression and breakup, and other distortions really call attention to themselves and ruin the experience.


I like the crossover point of 280 between the mid and the lows. It allows everything above 280 to be independent of those large transient thumps occurring down low, and perhaps allows a little directivity control form the horn/waveguide mated to the mid. On paper, the soft dome tweeter would appear to be the limiting factor in this design. But that's on paper and certainly only my opinion.


All too often newbies come to the forums wanting some killer speaker for room, in the right situation, I'd point them to something like this. I've oftentimes suggested a two-way, Pro 15, powered ideally, for someone looking to really rock out with some impact. well, a pair of these CVs, and a decent amp in a room would do well in the "chest thump" parameter.


Rock on Gene




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?
 

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Never heard them, but I've used and owned CV.


I'd like to hear them powered properly, and optimized in a nice space. I really do feel that 3 across the front, LCR, would yield some very solid HT performance. Not as refined perhaps as other more expensive offerings, but the value for HT, with all the inherent dynamic swings, can't be ignored. So many products are decent and well behaved below 100db, then compression and breakup, and other distortions really call attention to themselves and ruin the experience.


I like the crossover point of 280 between the mid and the lows. It allows everything above 280 to be independent of those large transient thumps occurring down low, and perhaps allows a little directivity control form the horn/waveguide mated to the mid. On paper, the soft dome tweeter would appear to be the limiting factor in this design. But that's on paper and certainly only my opinion.


All too often newbies come to the forums wanting some killer speaker for room, in the right situation, I'd point them to something like this. I've oftentimes suggested a two-way, Pro 15, powered ideally, for someone looking to really rock out with some impact. well, a pair of these CVs, and a decent amp in a room would do well in the "chest thump" parameter.


Rock on Gene

The soft dome tweeter is a definite weakpoint for these speakers when it comes to HT performance. However for music they have a very laid back, balanced sound. They are nothing like the boom boxes from CV's old speaker creations back in the day when it comes to music reproduction. I saw you stated "one could do alot worse for dynamic HT" in another thread about these speakers. For HT they deliver a good amount of mid bass, however their highs can be lacking due to the soft dome tweeters.
 

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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
 

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The soft dome tweeter is a definite weakpoint for these speakers when it comes to HT performance. However for music they have a very laid back, balanced sound. They are nothing like the boom boxes from CV's old speaker creations back in the day when it comes to music reproduction. I saw you stated "one could do alot worse for dynamic HT" in another thread about these speakers. For HT they deliver a good amount of mid bass, however their highs can be lacking due to the soft dome tweeters.



I don't think the soft dome tweeter is a weak point. Many top speaker designs still use soft dome tweeters and I've heard a few speakers with metal dome tweeters that sound horribly harsh.
 

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Also, there was a big debate over at www.cerwin-vega-fans.com about the actual low end response specs posted for the XLS-215 which seem to differ at every website they were being sold.


I and a few other members made such a big fuss about this that CV posted this bs spec sheet comparison:

http://www.cerwinvega.com/manuals/home/cls-xls.html


You will notice that the specs posted for the XLS-215 do not match the specs posted on the actual item description page for the XLS-215.


One thing I will say is that CV was recently sold to another company in 2009. And the new guys in place who answer the phones and are in charge of the website do not know S H I T about CV's new designs. They are completely clueless and they have changed the specs for the XLS -215's several times. Now they simply did a cut and paste on the link above and on the the top of the item description page for the XLS-215 where it states these speakers go down to 24hz though their posted specs say otherwise.


Most owners who have owned both the XLS-215's and CLS-215's state the XLS-215's clearly do not go as low though they have more refined sounding mids and highs along with superior midbass performance.
 

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I don’t think the soft dome tweeter is a weak point. Many top speaker designs still use soft dome tweeters and I’ve heard a few speakers with metal dome tweeters that sound horribly harsh.

I'm not saying their bad. I just believe it they used a traditional horn tweeter the highs would be much more commanding during home theater. Though this usually comes at the price of harsh highs during music reproduction that is associated with most horn tweeters.


I beleive it's just a simple compromise. Smoother highs for music from soft dome tweeters in exchange for lower peak spl levels during HT.
 
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