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01/06/2019 10:18 am  

Cambridge Audio has an almost perfect reputation for their electronics and now they're getting into speakers. I recently purchased a pair for a friend and while setting them up to test them I discovered something very nasty. I ended up being stuck with them and giving my friend a pair of Elac Debut 6.2s instead.

Here is a link to my Amazon review...   https://www.amazon.ca/gp/customer-reviews/R1EBESXPDSHJUO

Needless to say, I'm not afraid to call crap, crap.

 


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01/06/2019 1:05 pm  

Thanks for the heads up.  That is too bad.  It sounds like their construction quality has really gone down hill.  Who glues in a tweeter?


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Thanks for the heads up.  That is too bad.  It sounds like their construction quality has really gone down hill.  Who glues in a tweeter?

Apparently CA does. I was real disappointed by that since I've set up a couple of systems with CA electronics and Fluance speakers. They turned out really well.

You can see that it was held on by what looks like a few spots of glue on some kind of paper backing.  Not Good!

CA Tweeter

I've since fixed the problem by drilling the dress ring around the tweeter and putting in countersunk screws. I can't sell them, of course, but after a couple of months listening to them, I can tell you the sound is excellent. So they basically sabotaged a perfectly good product to favour the aesthetic of having no visible screws. 

But when the grill is on, who cares?

Of course every company has it's "Stinker"... so maybe they've got that out of their systems (learned their lesson?) for the more high end products.


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04/06/2019 1:03 am  

That is crazy.  I mean, I'm glad you fixed it, but definitely not something that should need to be fixed.  Yikes.  That reminds me of someone who took apart some computer speakers.  They had a nice looking tweeter and a woofer.  Upon opening it up, you saw the tweeter, wasn't even real.  No motor or terminals or anything.  It was literally glued into place just for looks.  yikes.  It's even worse when it isn't a faux tweeter.


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04/06/2019 7:55 am  
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That is crazy.  I mean, I'm glad you fixed it, but definitely not something that should need to be fixed.  Yikes.  That reminds me of someone who took apart some computer speakers.  They had a nice looking tweeter and a woofer.  Upon opening it up, you saw the tweeter, wasn't even real.  No motor or terminals or anything.  It was literally glued into place just for looks.  yikes.  It's even worse when it isn't a faux tweeter.

It's what I call a "Day One" issue ... a manufacturing defect.  I could have exchanged them, but I would have ended up with another pair with the same defect. I could have just returned them but I would have to pay the shipping and a restocking fee so I would be spending money on something I didn't have.  The only thing that made any sense to me at that point was to fix the problem myself, keep them, talk to my friend about using something else and write a rather scathing review.  I got stuck with them and my friend got my Elacs... Such is life.

Of particular interest in all this is that Cambridge Audio could not give me any information about those speakers... They didn't even know the crossover point or crossover type.  I'm guessing they bought a pre-fab design from China and stuck their own name on it... Pig In A Poke Speakers.

Also the strong resemblance with the Elac Debut 6.2 and several other makes and models is not lost on me... While this appears to be a good configuration, I do have to wonder what's really going on behind the scenes.

 


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