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Cambridge Audio SX-50

Bookshelf speakers (Black)

Item # 779SX50B

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 # C10653

What's in the box:

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

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Features & specs

Enclosure Bass Reflex
Finish MDF/Woodgrain vinyl
Color Black
Video Shielded No
Tweeter Type Dome
Tweeter Size (inches) 1
Midrange Size (inches) N/A
Woofer Size (inches) 5.25
Woofer Composition Treated paper
Woofer Surround Rubber
Power Range 10-100
Sensitivity 90 dB
Impedance (Ohms) 8
Frequency Response 50-22k Hz
Connector Type 5-way post
Bi-amp Inputs No
Height (inches) 8-3/4
Width (inches) 6-3/8
Depth (inches) 9-11/16
Weight (pounds) 6.6
Mounting Bracket Included No
Recommended Stand Height (inches) 28-31
Parts Warranty 5 Years
Labor Warranty 5 Years

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Features

1" Silk Dome Tweeter: The Cambridge Audio SX-50 bookshelf loudspeakers feature a 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.

Note: The bookshelf loudspeakers do not include brackets, keyhole slots, or threaded inserts to wall-mount the speakers.

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I want great sound at a reasonable price. These were very well reviewed and I have some other Cambridge Audio gear with which I am pleased. [ David  Feb 22, 2019 ]
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Short height [ Frank  Jan 20, 2019 ]
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Price, great reviews, compact size [ John  Dec 14, 2018 ]
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My soundman at the venue I book recommended them. Plus, I've read good things about them. [ Jackson  Sep 05, 2018 ]
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recommendation from Representative name Jane [ Michael  Sep 05, 2017 ]
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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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3 questions already asked

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Can these speakers be hooked up to a turntable?
[ ASh  Nov 23, 2018 ]
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Only through a Receiver or an integrated amp.They are passive speakers which means they do not provide their own power.Very nice speakers for the money.
[ Kenneth  Dec 04, 2018 ]
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I have mine wired to a receiver which has input and outputs for speakers. I really depends on the output on your turntable. My guess is you would have a turntable connected to a receiver which has speakers connected to it. I suggest to call the Crutchfield advisors as they really know this topic better than me. P.S. Great speakers if you need small shelf speakers; powerful sound. They are about a foot deep.
[ Edward  Dec 03, 2018 ]
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These are not powered speakers so you would need an amplifier.
[ Brad  Dec 03, 2018 ]
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No...it would need an amplifier
[ william  Dec 03, 2018 ]
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They are not powered speakers. You would need to hook the turntable to an amplifier with a phono input and the amplifier would then power the speakers. They do sound really great.
[ Dan  Dec 03, 2018 ]
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Is Cambridge Audio same company as Cambridge Soundworks, ie. are the Cambridge Audio speakers in the same design line as the H. Kloss Soundworks speakers?
[ David  Dec 24, 2017 ]
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No they are not
[ Barry  Mar 26, 2018 ]
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I have no idea. I don's know the pedigree of Cambridge Audio. The speakers seems to be very nicely sized good sounding speakers although.
[ Scott  Dec 28, 2017 ]
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Sorry, can't answer I have moved and they have been packed away for a year as I am remodeling!
[ SUSAN  Dec 24, 2017 ]
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Why are the SX-50 showing as 5.25 woofer on the website yet in the instruction manual showing as 4.5?
[ Chris  Dec 19, 2015 ]
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Hi Chris, We were able to confirm with Cambridge Audio that the speaker is a 5.25", and that it is a misprint in the manual. They are in the process now of updating the manual, and we will get the updated version posted once it is available.
[ Jeff  Dec 28, 2015 ]  Staff

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