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Cerwin Vega - 2.0 Powered Desktop Speaker (2-Piece) - Black-Front_Standard

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Rating 4.4 out of 5 stars with 76 reviews

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic Speakers without breaking the bank

    Posted
    bluzin
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I unpackaged the speakers from the box which was organized well and had no issues getting everything out to assemble. The manual is very direct and straight forward for people with minimal or no experience setting up speakers. Upon setting the speakers up I felt that Cerwin Vega did a great job of including everything you need in one package to get you up and running. The Sound when I first loaded a Stevie Ray Vaughn cd was bone chilling amazing, I felt like he was in my living room playing his guitar. I have the speakers setup on my desk on either side of my monitor, well the way the speakers produce the sound it kind of embraces you and it feels like the music is all around you, I literally put my head to my monitor because the sound appeared to be coming right out of his amplifier on my screen, I was watching a concert. These speakers have fantastic bass for a small speaker and a switch to turn the bass boost on and off. The high's and mid frequencies sound very very good as well, Now I had Logitech before with a sub woofer so I thought these wouldn't carry bass that well, Guess what they do an amazing job carrying out the bass, it's not just boomy air or filler like some sub woofers sound. Coming from regular pc speakers I was blown away by how articulate the sound was, So crisp and clear. 3 dimensional sounding speakers if you ask me. I have lots of old tube amps and play guitar so I like to say I have a good ear for tone. I listen to blues and classic rock and they hold up really well, i could see if you listened to Rap or any kind of shake your booty music with tons of bass you may want to get something with a bigger sub woofer included. The bass sound's true for what I listen to but I know how alot of that electronica music use's an immense amount of low low bass frequencies. They are put together well and have a nice bottom adhevise pad so they won't slide on any surface, my desk happens to have a glass top and they don't budge,nice feature. They are cosmetically good looking and don't take up to much room. The volume on these speakers is very loud and because of the 3 dimensional sound you don't have to turn them up that loud if you are just listening to things on your computer. If you are buying these for stereo speakers then i wouldn't recommend them as they are for a desktop pc system, they do have an mp3 input which sounds very nice and they do go loud, The speakers are a very loud 15 watts each and my wife on the second floor could hear the songs playing with ease, and I was down in the finished basement. I know i'm all over the place here, don't ever review products but I had to take the time to say how pleased and wowed i am with these speakers. You could spend 79 dollars on Logitech 7.1 pc speaker system and they wont touch what these Cerwin Vega's sound like. For 2 speakers it sound's like the whole band is playing in front of you. I would summarize these as very loud speakers with crisp highs,tight low end,not boomy, mids perfectly centered and you can actually hear things you normally wouldn't pickup in songs. I heard Morocco's in a song by the band Free that I never have heard before in the song. Spend the 99 dollars and save yourself the time and energy from buying 3 or 4 cheap 40dollar sets of speakers, Cerwin Vega has been around and all the reviews but one are all positive. I cannot say enough how pleased i am, instead of playing my les paul right now, I am writing this review so I hope that shows how serious I am about my love for these little guys. If your in the market for decent speakers for your computer system I give these my stamp of approval.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great, regardless of price!

    Posted
    JTheTechGuy
    • My Best Buy Premier Silver MemberElite Plus Member

    I've been a fan of Cerwin Vega! speakers for years. I've used many different brands of speakers for my computer as well as my home theater, and Cerwin Vega! speakers always deliver on sound quality, regardless of price. These desktop speakers are no exception. They've amazed me and have reaffirmed my faith in Cerwin Vega! These speakers are built insanely well, from the smooth finish, quality materials, attractive facade, and the foam rubber base that covers the entire base, unlike cheaper or lesser speakers I've used with only pads. These are designed for the audio enthusiast who doesn't have money for $500 studio monitors and doesn't want 6 speakers to achieve good sound. I've listened to all types of music (Beethoven to Metallica and everything in between) and have been amazed at the sound, not even considering they are only $100. I wasn't impressed with how hot the built in amp can get when at medium to high levels, but this wasn't unexpected for the price, the size, and the power. I think you should replace the included speaker wire with a higher gauge wire, but otherwise it's fine at normal levels. Just remember with better wire comes less strain on the amp--it doesn't really affect quality in speakers of this grade. No reason to buy $200 speaker cable for $100 speakers! I also wasn't impressed with the distortion I was experiencing at high volumes, but I realized I had the "Vega-Bass" feature enabled AND the equalizer in iTunes wasn't set to "Flat", as these speakers are intended to be used with Flat settings. If you modify the EQ and enable Vega-Bass, keep the volume below 75% or you will get some mild distortion. If you keep a Flat EQ and use Vega-Bass, feel comfortable at up to around 90% volume, which is insanely loud. These aren't meant to replace $1000 home theater setups, but for a desk in a decent environment, they're fantastic. I give them a full five stars for anyone not doing mission-critical sound work, as Cerwin-Vega! speakers have a tendency to be a bit bass-heavy. Great for consuming media and monitoring recording if you keep the bass in check though. I definitely recommend getting these, even if they're not on display at your local Best Buy. I've recommended a 100' spool of Monster Cable but you don't need 100' of this cable. Try to find around 10 feet and you'll be okay.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Truly Excellent Set of Desktop Speakers

    Posted
    FootDoc

    Ok, based on the reviews for the Bose C-2 speakers and C-V 2.0, it seemed that people were generally satisfied w the Bose but there was a subsegment that were dissatisfied. Bose is a favorite brand for me so the Bose thrashing was a little hard to take. OK, try both, head to head. Both sets of speakers were purchased, and set up on the same table, and then songs were played on the C-V and then the Bose. The Bose has excellent sound at the higher end sound spectrum. But does not have good base support. If you do not compare them, the Bose will sound fine. As my prior pair of Bose speakers did for me, for many years. Enter the Cerwin Vega. New brand for me. Excellent quality of sound at all levels of the sound spectrum. These speakers handle the bass very well and still sound sharp in the upper registers. This was the only pair that presented a very full and robust sound quality. Head to head testing was done using the Eagles mostly, Hotel Calif - Live, King of Hollywood, One of these Nights, Last Good Time in Town. William Tell Overture was thrown in there for good measure. Vocals, the complex textures the Eagles put together, the beautiful guitar solos, all sounded very rich on the Cerwin Vega. Also very good with the Bose, but hands down, the Cerwin Vega was the better set. Much to my surprise as I am a longtime Bose purchaser. Cerwin Vega is the winner. Also, the Cerwin Vega were much more powerful than the Bose, and a little nice feature is the aux input jack in front to play from an additional sound source. Excellent.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Perfect entry level monitors for home studios

    Posted
    ryansim22
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I`m going to start by saying that monitor speakers were one of the last things I needed to complete my home studio. I was pricing monitor speakers at Guitar Center and realized that entry level recording monitors were going to run me at least $150 per speaker, which was a bit much for me financially. I was wondering around Best Buy last week and bumped into these Cerwin Vega XD3s. I figured "Why not..." being $100 for the whole pair. I was hoping to have stumbled onto a total gem that in turn saves me money,.. and I DID! These sound great! I haven't had the pleasure of getting to hear some REALLY expensive studio monitors, but I do have a great ear for music and sound quality, and the XD3`s sound good enough for anyone starting up a home recording studio on a budget. They do seem to be very picky on the quality of the audio coming through them, basically they let you know it when you are playing low quality audio through them (check those bit rates audiophiles). Lastly, just keep in mind that just as any speaker does, they definitely require breaking in. That thought makes me even more happy about the XD3s because they are only going to get better! I haven't had much listening time yet, but all my software instruments in Logic Pro 9 sound VERY rich and real, especially strings. One more thing that I absolutely love about these is the Vega Bass switch! I have it on when I listen to music because I like strong, punching bass, but when I am recording I turn it off for that flat studio monitor sound, and they accomplish a very flat sound. To my ear not one frequency range seems stronger than any of the others.... unless Vega Bass is on, then the kick drum, bass guitar, and low guitar notes (palm mutes) definitely pop out a bit more.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    They sound good to me!!!

    Posted
    AudioTech61
    • My Best Buy Premier Silver MemberElite Plus Member

    I have always liked Cerwin Vega so I though I would give these a try. I have read here that they are shallow and pathetic and they have no bass and they just sound flat. I am using an Alienware PC with no extra software, just easy media player to play FLAC and WMA Audio Files and 320 MP3 files. The Cerwins sound great to me, they have a nice tight Bass which is not to over bearing and you have to remember the subs are 3" big. The high end is very clear up to almost 90 % volume and the Bass just starts to get some slight distortion. I do wish the mids were a tad better but Its okay. These speakers will get really loud for there size and they have a great soundstage. One thing I did notice is they have to be at 1/3 volume or higher to start to really sound good and at 1/2 or 3/4 they are flat out rediculious for there size. I am very happy I bought these and Cerwin Vega has again not let me down with there product. Oh, and they come with a 5 year limited warrenty from Cerwin which is great. If there is any negatives it would be that the left speaker which has the power supply and amp in it does get warm to hot after a couple of hours of use, and that's where the on and off switch is. But it no big deal to me. Again very good little speakers for the $100.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The best powered bookshelf speakers on the market

    Posted
    Lazaretto22
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    I purchased the speakers to pair with a turntable that I recently purchased so I could give vinyl a try. Since I do not have an amplifier in my office, I wanted something that was self powered so I wouldn't need an extra component to listen to records. Set up was quick and easy with very clear directions. Opening the Amazon packaging took longer then The speaker set up itself! I connected the speakers to my turntable and chose Icky Thump by The White Stripes as my first track with this setup. Let me put it this way, I am definitely not an audio file, but it was practically a religious experience when I heard Jack's guitar and Megs pounding kick drum pumping from these powerful little speakers! I did a lot of research before making this purchase and if I had it to do all over again I would pick these speakers 10 out of 10 times. I Would highly recommend especially for somebody that is trying to get an affordable pair of quality speakers to try with a record player.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great speakers

    Posted
    mlw1
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
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    I am a musician and I am very particular about being able to hear all of the instruments in music and Cerwin Vega has made this happen. These are really great sounding speakers , amazingly full bass from a small speaker. They sound better than Bose in my opinion because you can hear the mid range clearly. On the negative side, the power cord pulls out too easily, some hot glue would fix that. The built in amplifier gets really warm but after a year on my first set I still have no problems with the operation. They are on and rockin everyday and every night until about 12 am. seven days a week. ( I recently bought another set so that tells you something). The "Vega Bass" switch doesn't do much but in the off position you still get plenty of bass. I was going to go wireless but these sounded so much better than anything you can buy at best buy, unless you want to spend hundreds of dollars for the top of the line digital with analog tube amp wireless speakers. It was worth it to me to run the wires.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Absolutely Amazing Sound!

    Posted
    ford302
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    ok i had some bose companion II in my room (12x12) that i thought were great, but were not loud enough and lacked bass, so i got these cerwin vegas. i was turned off at first because it said 30 watts but let me tell you these are the loudest computer speakers your going to find. i used to turn my bose up all the way and these are louder at half power..no joke! the sound quality is like none other.. i have never heard anything as good as these, not even my dads double base sony 7000 tower speakers sound as good as these. these things sound like atleast 6 inch woofers or more with all the bass they produce. bose are good for classical music and acoustic, but if you want REAL speakers for rock hip hop and rap, trust me you have to get these. they may be 100 bucks but you get what you pay for and i am telling you the sound they produce is worth more than that. simply these are amazing!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    For the Price and Size, Excellent!

    Posted
    Anonymous
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I am a bit of an audiophile, my main system has ($850) monitor speakers driven by a ($1,300) receiver. I just picked these up the XD3 from Best Buy today and am very happy with them. They sound way bigger than the price suggests. I compared them side by side with my $850 speakers and i was impressed at how they had tonal similarities, and how well the XD3's held up in general. When looking for a speaker that is portable and inexpensive there are many limitations, size and durability. The only other desktop speaker of this size that I considered paying more money for is the $199 Brand X, which got great reviews from many audiophile magazines, among many many others. The problem is that the X does not have speaker grills and we all know that speakers with exposed drivers get damaged, ever seen speakers without grills at Best Buy? Well, it just so happens that Best Buy is currently the only retailer selling the XD3. Just a little advice, if you are considering any other speakers, give these a listen, I think you will redirect your funds to a better buy, the XD3.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Amazing for the price, try to beat it

    Posted
    ReadTheDescription

    So bought these yesterday. I use them in a 2,000 seat auditorium. No, I am not using them to pump sound to the auditorium, I have them set up with the lighting console for streaming music when coordinating the programming of moving light fixtures. I mention the size of the auditorium, because no matter where you are in the auditorium, on the floor, or in the catwalks, you can hear these suckers. Not only that, but the sound is clear. They have great bass, which is brought on by them being powered speakers, no woofer needed. Now when I say you can hear them everywhere they don't rock the building, they just push good, clean, sound. Every product has at least one Con. In this case I would say it is that there is no EQ control on these speakers. For what I am using them for this is not an issue at all, and for $99 you can quickly get over it. However, in all fairness this would be the downside, the upsides being power, sound quality, professional look, and durability.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    It is about the audio source with these.

    Posted
    MyuFox

    They look very appealing and have a good box unlike logic-tech speakers. It might be cause I am a fan of stage monitors(the speakers that face the band in a concert) and PA speaker look. Anyways, I noticed these speakers are very picky in the audio source, which is not good or bad, it is just a thing. Good quality audio in, get you good quality out, bad quality in and you will know it. Basically it translates to your high bit rate music sounding better, and being able to pick up on the loss of quality in your lower bit rate/quality mp3. I might even say these take roots more from speakers used to monitor sound in a studio than speakers used for casual listening. The bass is not ground moving but it is there and more than enough for listening to music. A bass head looking to "listen" with their body more than their ears should invest into a dedicated sub-woofer. So if you care about your sound, you want speakers that produce accurate sound for sub $300 and you are okay with using CDs or high quality sound files then these are great.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good budget computer speakers

    Posted
    HDWebster
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    I bought these to replace my current computer speakers. I wanted something with an attached volume knob and a headphone jack. Before I had to plug my headphones into my computer and adjust the volume through software. The sound quality with and without the headphones seem pretty much on par with what I expected. Nothing spectacular and better than most 2.0 computer speakers. The volume knob came somewhat broken that it only goes up 50% before it gets stuck due to the pcb with the two screws was cracked causing the variable resistor to get stuck. I like the ease of use and smaller desk space these take up and they look much nicer. They also can get very loud and I keep them below 50% which is why I didn't return them with another unit from the store. The red glow on the knob is a nice bonus. I love the new setup with these.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Not at all worth $100.

    Posted
    pebkacdotorg

    I've used quite a few different types of computer speakers in my years and I have to say that I am completely surprised with the results of these. * The sound quality is muddy when using with multiple devices (laptop, PC, MP3 player). * No independent bass control, -and- the only control to switch it on or off is on the back of the speaker * Playback through the headphone port on the front of the speaker is actually worsened than when played directly from the device. Cerwin-Vega has been a huge player in the audio field for years, and for them to produce an item that doesn't meet up to what their standards are is incredibly disappointing. I returned them to the store within 3 hours of purchasing them and went with Logitech instead. Incredible difference. I would urge anyone to reconsider buying these and go with Logitech or even a cheap shelf-stereo with a line input. With these, you are completely paying for the Cerwin-Vega name.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Outstanding Speakers

    Posted
    EdwH

    These speakers will move you and shake you. I have an inexpensive Asus PCI sound card in my machine and the music these speakers produce is a joy to hear. I have the PC volume set at 25% and I have yet to turn the volume knob on the left speaker past the 10 o'clock position, even when sitting across the room. As several reviewers suggested I replaced the speaker wire with 12 gauge wire but the heat build up on the left speaker is not reduced to any great extent. The power and speaker cables are much longer than those provided with my previous Logitech and Philips speaker sets. I mailed the enclosed registration card and it was returned "unable to deliver as addressed". Happily, the Cerwin-Vega web site did accept the registration. I got this set of speakers at Best Buy on sale for $85, they are worth every penny and more.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best Speakers to Amplify Computer

    Posted
    wephaus

    We needed speakers to help us hear You Tube and DVD instructional videos more clearly as the built-in computer speakers were not up to the task. We were favorably impressed with these in the Bust Buy showroom when compared to the lower priced sets. These Cerwin-Vega speakers have great bass and midrange. Really amazing speakers for the size and price. Unless you are some sort of audio purist (and audio purists wouldn't buy a $99 speaker set anyway) you are going to be amazed by the volume and quality of sound you will be enjoying. Don't waste your money on the lower priced computer speaker sets. Have a listen in the Best Buy store and decide for yourself. Best computer speakers for the money! We are rocking out here on Pandora in the home office as a side benefit!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    great speakers for price.

    Posted
    Robojack

    I didnt like the sound at first, but then I adjusted my audio settings of my sound card, and I am impressed. Remember these are computer speakers not stereo speakers. You dont have to blast the sound at maximum capacity to get a great sound , but if you choose to do so, it will vibrate the neighbor's wall. I havnt blasted the speakers at maximum capacity yet, but I am pleased with the sound quality just at medium level , and it fills up my room with sound. They have a great appearence and youre guest will say "man where did you get those speakers? Other qualty speaker's prices are about $150 to $200 more.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Does the trick

    Posted
    Mitey

    I bought this on a whim to replace a Bose Companion set hooked up to a Sony TV in my "manly retreat". The Bose set may be ok for a PC but they don't have enough dynamic range or low end for the TV. I have a full multi-channel sound system for the TV, but sometimes I just want to boost the volume and bass a bit without cranking up the fancy stereo system. I was fully prepared to take the Cerwin Vegas back if they failed to cut the mustard, but I am really pleased with the sound. There is no discernible distortion even at full volume. I also decided to use a Y jack to send the signal to a rarely used powered subwoofer, which adds just enough additional bass. This setup works so well i really don't need the multi-speaker sound system.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Nice clear powerful sound!!!

    Posted
    em1b16a2

    As an audiophile I was really skeptical as how these would perform but was blown away when I got them home. Clear highs and mids. Bass is good. I wasn't planning on a room shaking bass so this was perfect. The bass boost switch gives it a little more bass but when the volume is turned up distortion is plain as day. As these are speakers that are not meant to reproduce bass at that level. I thought that a 100 watt system was gonna be perfect for me but this 30 combined watts is more than enough for my small entertainment room of 16x10. My cousin who has a 5.1 Logitech system says these sound so much better. He's gonna give away his system and maybe buy these too. The worst part? They're not broken in yet. Like cars, speakers have a break-in period. Awesome speakers.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great speakers for a small room

    Posted
    TCW0010

    I bought this set of speakers for my college apartment and they sound AMAZING! The sound quality is clear with a good balance of mids and highs. Bass is not boomy, but not bad. They can get pretty loud without any distortion either. I pair this set of speakers with my Polk Audio PSW10 10" subwoofer and it is a great, inexpensive setup for my room. I was split between the Cerwin Vega XD3 speakers vs. the M-Audio AV30 speakers (both at Best Buy) and ended up giving this pair a shot even though it was a little more expensive. Appearance wise, they are well constructed with a good weight to them. It was easy to set up and the red light around the volume knob adds a nice touch.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great speakers for a computer or mp3 player.

    Posted
    hulsmsc

    I took back a set of Bose Companion 2 due to poor sound to purchase the Klipsch ProMedia until I noticed these on the shelf for the same price as the Bose. These speakers have more power and the sound is much clearer, and the bass is clearer. I think the previous reviewer received a bad set as I do not have any hum even at full volume and the bass is clear but not earth shaking, but that is expected from the lack of a sub woofer. The only negative I have is that the power switch is located on the back, but I was aware of that when I purchased the item.

    I would recommend this to a friend