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I recently auditioned some Cerwin Vega CLSC series speakers and I have to say I was very impressed other than the fact that they aren't that great off-axis probably due to the horns.


I would like to know how they compare to the E-series and the V-series. Is there anybody out there who has listened and compared these? Any input is greatly appreciated.


edit: my main interest is in a good pair of towers for music mostly (without a sub). I listen to classic rock/pop/metal and rap. I may or may not use them for HT as well. HT is not a big concern for me as I am happy with my current setup as far as that goes. I will most likely be powering them with a Crown PA amp. (haven't decided on which model yet)
 

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Depending on the application, you may not want great off-axis coverage. Cuts down on that phase distortion due to the first reflection point(s) in a live room.


Any way you could audition them in your home? Sounds like you're talking with a local dealer. They will often allow that.
 

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The store is 2.5 hours away which is kinda far to be traveling back and forth but I am sure I would be pleased with these speakers. The off-axis thing I just mentioned because it was the only downside I really found.


I guess I really should stick to speakers I can audition since speaker preference is so subjective anyway.



Would anyone be able to suggest an online store that sells Cerwin Vega speakers that is either located in or ships to Canada? ( Shipping on 150+ lbs is probably gonna be murder ). I want to make sure I'm getting them for a decent price and don't want to pay a whole lot more than I can get them for online.
 

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I bought it with the intentions of auditioning...I am replacing Radio Shack RCA Pro LS-2 with matching surrounds and centers. They were supposedly made by MTX. Very shrill, built in xover at 200Hz. So you could say I was starving for midbass.


The E76C has amazing bass for a $125 speaker. It says it goes down to 50Hz, but I think it might go lower. I ran it on LOTR, through the explosion at Helm's Deep, and as much Treebeard as possible. It didn't flinch, and the trees' sounds were all there, very bravado. It's almost a bass heavy center. I've heard people call them pulpy (Cerwin Vega's in general), and I can understand that. It doesn't seem 'bright' enough...but then again, I am using crap/shrill speakers as a reference. My roomate worked at Circuit City for a few years, and listened to the Polks and JBLs. He told me last night that I have sold him on Cerwin Vegas. He said it sounded as good as any center channel he ever heard go through that store. I think that's a big compliment coming from him (he's pickier than I am).


I, too, am curious about the Classic Series. I was very impressed with the E series (for the price). The off axis (to my noobie ears) was very good. And compared with the $200+ speakers (center channels) I have heard, I have to say it's a better anchor than most. There were a few instances of 'potential' muddiness...but like I said, this could be skewed by my perception...maybe I'm finally hearing things like they are supposed to sound. Clarity doesn't suffer from what I've heard so far, just instances where there's a bit of resonance (my room is very boomy, I think it's more that than the speaker). I have listened to Athena and Klipsch, Jamo, and JBL (not the 3 ways), and I like the low end of the Cerwin Vega E76C ALOT better. My issue is with the highs. It seems like it could be brighter. Perhaps the Classic Series addresses this. A three way (dedicated midrange) could probably work wonders for that speaker. The Xover in the E series center is 4k, too...I personally think that's a little high for a beefy 6.5". I have no clue what the classic series xover is for their 6.5".


While I would like it to be brighter, I think that it does well with the highs, to where, before with the Radio Shack, and most other smaller cone woofers, they were obvious/annoying, and now, they are still there, but they aren't screaming at me anymore. Maybe I just need an eq. ;-)


Overall, I was impressed more by this speaker than disappointed, and had to think hard to find flaws in a $125 speaker. Treebeard sounded wonderful on it, and that voice will wreak havoc with most the centers I've heard. It almost doesn't need a subwoofer.
 

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I have the E76C also. I am disappointed with the HIGHS as well. I dont worry about the bass from the center because the center SHOULD be for voices and highs and leave the bass for the fronts and the sub. I am getting a new pioneer 1014 so i am REALLY hoping it wakes up the highs in my cerwin vega system!


I have the E76C center, 2 E-310 floorstanding fronts, and the LW-12 Sub...


I just need MORE HIGHS from this system..So I hope the new 1014 does the job...
 

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I have the E76C also. I am disappointed with the HIGHS as well. I dont worry about the bass from the center because the center SHOULD be for voices and highs and leave the bass for the fronts and the sub. I am getting a new pioneer 1014 so i am REALLY hoping it wakes up the highs in my cerwin vega system!


I have the E76C center, 2 E-310 floorstanding fronts, and the LW-12 Sub...


I just need MORE HIGHS from this system..So I hope the new 1014 does the job...
What receiver are you currently running? In my experience, the Pioneer is a receiver that features a neutral sound. After desiring more tweet from my 54TX, I went into the EQ settings and realized that my receiver and -3.5 for the 11KHz range. I narrowed this a bit closer to "0" and the treble improved to a much more realistic level for my Polk speakers.


If anything, the Pioneer 1014 will give you more control over your sound - to make those speakers sing to you.


Enjoy :)
 

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Well i was running a sony 845...just sold it the other day and the 1014 should be here this week! i am hoping this upgrade will make a difference.


* ( I didnt make the upgrade JUST to try to inprove my speakers sound....I upgraded to get something with 7.1, prologic IIx, and component video conversion since my tv does not have enough component video inputs)
 

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Great base, per usual. Ported on the bookshelves, sealed center. Much improved mids. Matches my LW-12 better on the bottom end. Not as effecient, but feels much more delicate in the softer pieces (music/movies). I think they are 90/db 1w/1m.


Much better, IMO, than the E series. Now I want some 10" fronts. :) Supposed to be the exact same 6.5" and tweeter in the big ones.
 
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