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Cambridge Audio SX-50

Bookshelf speakers (Dark Walnut)

Item # 779SX50W

Experience the crisp treble, surprisingly deep bass, and extraordinary soundstage that Cambridge Audio's SX-50...

Experience the crisp treble, surprisingly deep bass, and extraordinary soundstage that Cambridge Audio's SX-50...

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About the Cambridge Audio SX-50

Impressively punchy performance

Experience the crisp treble, surprisingly deep bass, and extraordinary soundstage that Cambridge Audio's SX-50 speakers deliver. You'll be amazed that these compact bookshelf speakers have the power to make your favorite concerts, movies, and sports come to life. They're ideal for home theater or stereo setups in small-to-medium-sized rooms, or as hi-fi desktop computer speakers.

Impressively punchy performance

Experience the crisp treble, surprisingly deep bass, and extraordinary soundstage that Cambridge Audio's SX-50 speakers deliver. You'll be amazed that these compact bookshelf speakers have the power to make your favorite concerts, movies, and sports come to life. They're ideal for home theater or stereo setups in small-to-medium-sized rooms, or as hi-fi desktop computer speakers.

Carefully engineered drivers for musical sound

Unlike some compact speakers which can sound shrill or fatiguing, each SX-50 uses a 1" silk soft dome tweeter for smooth, detailed highs. The tweeter's foam damper helps reduce reflections and increase soundstage depth for a truly spacious, room-filling experience. The 5-1/4" custom designed mid/woofer delivers accurate midrange and powerful, yet controlled bass with minimal distortion.

The SX-50's solidly braced MDF cabinets are computer-designed to help minimize standing waves and prevent unwanted resonance from coloring the sound. Heavy-duty, gold-plated binding posts make it easy to connect the high-quality speaker wire of your choice for top-notch performance.

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Product highlights:

  • rear-ported (bass reflex) cabinet design
  • frequency response 50-22,000 Hz
  • recommended amplifier power: 10-100 watts
  • sensitivity: 90 dB
  • impedance: 8 ohms
  • 1" silk dome tweeter
  • foam damper behind tweeter reduces reflections and increases soundstage depth
  • 5-1/4" treated paper cone woofer
  • rigid MDF cabinets
  • high-quality, gold-plated binding post speaker terminals
  • 6-3/8"W x 8-3/4"H x 9-11/16"D
  • weight: 6.6 pounds each
  • warranty: 5 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • MFR # C10654
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What's in the box:

  • 2 Bookshelf loudspeakers
  • Detachable grille
  • 8 Self-adhesive feet
  • 2 Foam port inserts
  • Installation Guide

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All in all, "ok."

steven from Glenmont, NY on 5/11/2019

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I purchased the SX-50s for the bedroom. I power the speakers with an entry-level Yamaha integrated receiver with Bluetooth. Music source is Ipad running standard Itunes. The SX-50s are sufficiently loud. Low end is acceptable. The high frequency is a bit muddy. The speakers are about 5 feet apart, and the soundstage is unclear. The SX-50s perform better when driven harder. Unfortunately, for my bedroom use pushing is not what I want to do. All in all, the SX-50's are "ok."

Pros: Sufficiently loud. Low end is acceptable

Cons: High frequency is a bit muddy. The soundstage is unclear.

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Crutchfield customer from Vancouver, WA on 4/16/2019

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Very good speakers for a small room

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Crutchfield customer from San Antonio, TX on 2/6/2019

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nice!

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Crutchfield customer from Royalston, MA on 12/27/2018

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Very Nice Thank you

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Brad from Danbury, CT on 10/2/2018

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Incredible sound for such an inexpensive and small pair of speakers. I playing from my computer with JRive Media to a Cambidge DAC and an Audioengine N22 to these Cambridge speakers in my office. The sound and volume are just perfect for my room.

Pros: Great sound, small size, afordable. Plenty of base and clean clear sound.

Cons: None

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Dan from Lafayette, CA on 9/16/2018

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I am using these as desk top speakers. They sound really great!

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Nice, warm sound

Brian from Richmond, VA on 9/2/2017

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Nice, warm sounding speakers. Great sound quality at a great price. High-quality music has been important to me since I was a teenager (a long time ago) and these speakers really deliver. I love them so much I bought a second pair for my bedroom.

Pros: Sound quality, price, size

Cons: None

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Great speakers at low cost

Ken from Forest Hills, NY on 7/9/2017

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I wanted speakers I could use on my desk.These fit the bill perfectly. Very high end sound. Good soundstage. open and distinct. A real bargain for sure.

Pros: Detailed sound, surprisingly good with bass.

Cons: Need to be closer to speakers than larger speakers.

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Clear and open sound

Michael from Athens, GA on 6/22/2017

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The first speakers I chose struck me as having too much bass, covering up the midrange. So I spoke to a Crutchfield tech about what to purchase instead and got these nice sounding speakers. I love the mostly "flat" response, and as the B speakers attached to my stereo amp they closely match the volume and overall sound of my old floor-standing Klipsch speakers in the other room. As the helpful tech said, speaker sound is very subjective - but I now realize it would have been better to describe my preferences and get a recommendation from the start. And I was thankful for Crutchfield's easy and speedy return/exchange process which got me new speakers in less than a week total.

Pros: Sound, price, size, appearance.

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Great Little Speakers

ekjustice from Annapolis MD on 9/27/2016

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These small speakers put out a lot of very high quality sound. A little light on bass, but high fidelity, low distortion and realistic sound. They are great for small rooms or restricted spaces. Add a a small amp and get the best computer sound ever. I added a small sub-woofer and got an amazing sound package.

Pros: Size and sound quality.

Cons: Bass could be better, although it handles the mid range down to upper bass just fine.

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Happy with my purchase!

Mario from New Jersey on 2/7/2016

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I have these powered by a vintage Marantz amp and sound incredible! Decent bass but sound even better when adding a subwoofer. Small footprint fits nicely in my small apartment. They look good and we'll made too.

Pros: Small Clear sound Classic bookshelf design Punchy for their size Comes in 2 finishes

Cons: No built-in wall hanging option

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Exactly What I Wanted...

Rob H. from Carlsbad, California on 5/31/2015

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I recently upgraded my digital music listening experience from MP3 to hi resolution FLAC files that i play on a Pono. In order to take advantage of the higher res sound, I wanted speakers that I could use with my retro Technics SA-222 receiver. I found the perfect pair in the Cambridge Audio SX-50 speakers. I needed solid sounding speakers without a huge footprint and without breaking the bank. These speakers serve both requirements perfectly. The sound is amazing, with great separation of highs and lows. They can tend toward the bass, but I can control that with the settings on the receiver. If you are looking for a great set of speakers, that are, from my research, the smallest bookshelf speakers I found on the Crutchfield site, but still provide a nice sound, then the SX-50 are for you.

Pros: Small footprint on the entertainment center where they are used. Amazing sound for the size. Nice looking wood grain cabinets.

Cons: None.

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Little box, BIG sound

Klaus from Dallas, TX on 11/12/2014

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My wife wanted small and unobtrusive, and I (being a musician as well as a typical dude) wanted a big, pure, and loud-capable sound. Well, I found the perfect speakers. These things create a wonderful, full soundscape, from Bartok's string quartets to AC/DC's rock. I actually hang my speakers (these included) in the upper corners of my living room facing down and towards the opposite wall, basically where the couch is. I'm not a sound engineer, but you don't really have to be if you listen to your ears and experiment a bit. We are both very happy.

Pros: Visually - small and aesthetically pleasing; Sound - big and aesthetically pleasing

Cons: none, for our application

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Just as expected

Michael from Glendale, CA on 8/7/2014

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I bought these speakers knowing they weren't top of line thousand dollar speakers but would definitely be an upgrade over my 2.5" L/R especially when it came to music and that is exactly what I got. Very few professional reviews out there for them since they are fairly new but read enough to know they would be worth every penny plus more! They sound great and can go down pretty low for the price. Good detail and sound and they stay composed at high volume. They have a very flat sound to them so music sounds beautiful but takes a bit getting used to for movies but in the end I am very satisfied and couldn't ask for much more.

Pros: Look beautiful. Very natural and flat. Good detail. Good bass detail. Good price.

Cons: No magnetic grill covers.

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Features

1" Silk Dome Tweeter: The Cambridge Audio SX-50 bookshelf loudspeakers feature a 1" silk dome tweeter that combines a soft, smooth sound with high levels of detail. A dedicated foam damper behind the tweeter reduces reflections and increases sound stage depth for a truly spacious, room-filling experience where you can pick out every instrument.

5.25" Treated Paper Cone Woofer: The SX-50 bookshelf speakers employ a custom-designed 5.25" midbass driver with a treated paper cone for a smooth and even frequency response. High power, efficient woofer magnets deliver deep bass without putting stress on your amp.

Optimized Crossover Network: The SX-50 uses a precisely optimized crossover between the woofer and tweeter that gives the smoothest and most linear response.

Rigid Bass Reflex Enclosure: The Cambridge Audio SX-50 bookshelf speakers feature a rigid MDF cabinet, expert designed to minimize standing waves and deliver deeper, tighter bass response. The enclosure features rear-firing port for improved efficiency and bigger bass output.

Binding Posts: The Cambridge Audio SX-50 bookshelf loudspeakers are equipped with a set of binding post terminals. The binding post terminals will accept bare-wire (up to 10AWG), pin-connectors, spade-connectors, and banana-plugs (dual or single). The terminals are color-coded (black/red) to distinguish between positive and negative.

Applications: The Cambridge Audio SX-50 bookshelf loudspeakers are ideal for stereo and home theater applications in smaller rooms.

Placement: Ideally the speakers and listening position should be located equal distances apart. The speakers should also be placed at ear level. In addition, the speaker should be positioned at least 2" away from the back wall. If the speakers are placed on a desk or close to a wall, the bass may become too strong. The included foam inserts will reduce the bass output when inserted into the speakers' ports.

Mounting Options: The Cambridge Audio SX-50 bookshelf loudspeakers include 8 self-adhesive foam-feet (4 each) to simply place the speakers securely on a desk, table, shelf, or speaker stand securely and safely. The foam feet add approximately 0.125" to the height of the speakers. The optional PinPoint AM41B heavy duty side-grip wall-mounting bracket (sold separately) can be used to wall mount the speakers.

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Very good reviews.They are the size I am looking for. And I hope they fill the room with sound Thank you [ GEORGE  Dec 14, 2018 ]
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Cambridge products above average quality. Positive remarks about the sound and quality. Small size for a bedroom stereo outfit. Tired of black colored cabinets. [ william  Dec 07, 2018 ]
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good reviews [ Stan  Aug 03, 2018 ]
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Works w/ my NAD D3020, nice looking [ B  Aug 28, 2017 ]
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Big, warm sound from a small package. Great for bedroom and PC audio when hooked up to a receiver or amp. [ Brian  Aug 07, 2017 ]
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The Size and the reviews. They are for the home office. [ Scott  Jun 11, 2017 ]
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Need a sound system for my garage/workshop. I have a Yamaha receiver I was going to use elsewhere in the house, but that is on hold for now. So, use it and these and I can rock out as I stain and finish some wood. Gotta love it. [ John  Nov 06, 2016 ]
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Needed small size. Know Cambridge is good quality. Description sounded like what I need. [ CHRISTOPHER  Aug 07, 2016 ]
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Low profile, classic looking bookshelves, well made. [ Mario  Feb 01, 2016 ]
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