|Cerwin-Vega XLS-215 Floorstanding Loudspeaker Review|
|Home Theater Loudspeakers Floorstanding Loudspeakers|
|Written by Augie Bettencourt|
|Wednesday, 01 December 2010|
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Lastly I watched the “Avatar” Blu-ray. Avatar didn’t excite me the way it did most people, but this is a great sounding movie. Pandora just glows with subtle sound, dialogue is perfectly presented and the front and rear surrounds are engaged throughout the entire movie. The XLS-215 speakers have the ability to reproduce good detail, outstanding dynamics and thunderous bass response with no compression or strain at any sane volume level.
Gene Czerwinski was a music fan with a design philosophy based on high-efficiency drivers, durability, and “value for money products.” Nowhere is this more evident than in the XLS-215 tower speakers, each with their two 15" cast frame high excursion woofers, a 6.5" midrange with fiber impregnated cone, and a 1" soft dome tweeter, all wrapped in a nice black wood-grain finished cabinet with metal grille. They’re not small or polite, and look like something out of the 1980’s, but whether you want to jam with Carlos Santana at concert-levels, or reproduce Avatar’s jungles of Pandora, the Cerwin Vega XLS-215 speakers will never disappoint and represent an outstanding value at $1198 per pair. If you have the room for a speaker of this size, their ability to produce detailed high frequencies, wide soundstage, open midrange and powerful bass is unparalleled for a speaker costing so little. They’re not perfect, but I can’t overemphasize how ridiculously inexpensive these speakers are considering how good they sound. I’ve heard speakers costing three or four times more that don’t sound as good, which could make them the best deal in home audio today.