launched its first new home audio
products in four years with the introduction of the XLS series of eight in-room
speakers, which replaces the CLS series.
The new series consists of four towers priced from $299 to $599
each, a $99 bookshelf, a $149 center channel, and two powered subs at $399 and
$499. XLS refines the CLS design and engineering
by adding upgraded drivers, horns
and baffles to deliver more power
handling capacity, improved articulation and intelligibility, and improved
low-frequency performance, a
The series also delivers improved on- and off-axis frequency
response through new high- and
mid-frequency waveguides, which also deliver smoother response at the crossover regions and greater control of the
overall dispersion, the company said. Improved internal
bracing and new port dimensions
and placement drastically reduce enclosure resonances and port noise.
New cosmetic features add Cerwin-Vega’s
standard red surround to the midrange drivers, joining the woofers
to offer a new look when the grilles are off. The XLS-28 tower uses dual 8-inch woofers to slim down the enclosure.
The towers are the XLS-215
with dual 15-inch woofers at $599 each, XLS-15 with single 15-inch
woofer at $499 each, the $349 XLS-12 with single 12-inch woofer, and the $299 XLS-28 with dual 8-inch woofers. The center channel is the $149 XLS-6C with dual 6.5-inch woofers, and
the bookshelf is the $99 XLS-6 with
single 6.5-inch woofer. The subs
are the $499 XLS-15S with 15-inch
driver and $399 XLS-12S with
Cerwin-Vega home products
are sold through from national big-box retailers, including RadioShack, Ritz
Camera and Sears as well as such online dealers as Amazon.
Cerwin-Vega’s home, car and pro audio businesses were purchased
by the Stanton Group in October 2002. Until then, Cerwin Vega had been
family-owned since its 1954 founding by Gene Czerwinski. The group, which later
sold off the car audio business, also owns studio-monitor maker KRK Systems and