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Cambridge SoundWorks Newton HD Home Theater System review: Cambridge SoundWorks Newton HD Home Theater System

Cambridge SoundWorks Newton HD Home Theater System

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Steve Guttenberg

Ex-movie theater projectionist Steve Guttenberg has also worked as a high-end audio salesman, and as a record producer. Steve currently reviews audio products for CNET and works as a freelance writer for Stereophile.

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Each HD MC600HD weighs 14.5 pounds, and thanks to its pressure-cast, dual-wall aluminum housing, it feels a good deal more solid than those made of plastic, medium-density fiberboard, or even extruded aluminum speakers. The speaker's rear grooved channel provides a secure attachment point for Cambridge's wall-mount bracket (included), and the company's all-metal table and floor stands ($150 and $250 respectively, per pair). When used as a center-channel speaker, you can either wall-mount the HD MC600HD with the bracket, place the speaker on a shelf, or put it directly on the TV (a rear metal stand is provided to support the curved rear end of the speaker).

8.5

Cambridge SoundWorks Newton HD Home Theater System

The Good

High-end home theater surround speaker package; includes uniquely styled satellite speakers that offer versatile mounting options while retaining a solid heavyweight cast-aluminum build; stylish steel-paneled 300-watt subwoofer is only 8.5 inches deep but manages to include six 6.5-inch woofers; innovative engineering completely eliminates cabinet vibrations, which may reduce floor-borne transmission to the room below the subwoofer.

The Bad

This combination of power, style, and performance doesn't come cheap. And we were disappointed that the speakers used spring-clip connectors rather than binding posts.

The Bottom Line

Cambridge's Newton HD 5.1 Home Theater speaker system features flat-screen-friendly design, advanced engineering, a unique subwoofer design, and spectacular sound quality--judged on a dollar-for-dollar basis, there's nothing that can touch it.
8.5

Cambridge SoundWorks Newton HD Home Theater System

Score Breakdown

Design 8Features 8Performance 9
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