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Cambridge Audio S30

Bookshelf speakers (Dark Oak)

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Item # 779S30DO

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Overview

Our take on the Cambridge Audio S30

All of Cambridge Audio's S-series speakers are carefully designed and tested at their London facility by a team of engineers fueled by a passion for incredible sound. Unlike some compact speakers which can sound shrill or fatiguing, each S30 uses a 1" soft dome tweeter for silky smooth highs. It features a state-of-the-art motor system with a neodymium magnet and critically selected voice coil assembly. The 4-1/2" woven composite mid/woofer delivers accurate midrange and powerful, yet controlled bass with minimal distortion.

Stylish looks, punchy sound

Experience the crisp treble, surprisingly deep bass, and extraordinary soundstage that Cambridge Audio's S30 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. These monitors are ideal for home theater or stereo setups in small-to-medium-sized rooms, or as hi-fi desktop computer speakers. Just add the matching S90 powered subwoofer and listen to these babies really sing!


Designed and engineered with passion

All of Cambridge Audio's S-series speakers are carefully designed and tested at their London facility by a team of engineers fueled by a passion for incredible sound. Unlike some compact speakers which can sound shrill or fatiguing, each S30 uses a 1" soft dome tweeter for silky smooth highs. It features a state-of-the-art motor system with a neodymium magnet and critically selected voice coil assembly. The 4-1/2" woven composite mid/woofer delivers accurate midrange and powerful, yet controlled bass with minimal distortion.

A rigid phase plug at the center of the woofer cone improves the S30's off-axis response, so you can enjoy seamless audio even if you're not sitting directly in front of your TV or sound system. And the custom-designed first order crossover sends the right frequencies to the right drivers to keep your music and movie soundtracks sounding faithful to the studio original.

The solidly braced MDF cabinets helps prevent unwanted resonance from coloring the sound. Dual binding posts give you the option to bi-wire or bi-amp these speakers for the best sound possible with your setup. Plus, the pair is video shielded for safe placement next to older tube TVs or computer monitors.


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These speakers sound great. I highly recommend them.

MC, Denver, CO

What's in the Box:

  • 2 Dark oak bookshelf speakers
  • 2 Black cloth grilles (attached)
  • 8 Self-adhesive foam pads
  • Installation Guide

Product Highlights:

  • frequency response 55-20,000 Hz
  • handles 15-100 watts
  • sensitivity 90 dB
  • 8-ohm impedance
  • 1" soft dome tweeter
  • state-of-the-art motor system with neodymium magnet
  • 4-1/2" woven polyfibre woofer
  • rigid phase plug for improved off-axis response
  • magnetically shielded for safe placement next to tube TVs
  • rigid MDF cabinet with internal cross-bracing
  • dual 3-way gold-plated binding posts can be bi-amped or bi-wired
  • 6-5/16"W x 8-15/16"H x 9-1/4"D
  • weight: 8.3 lbs.
  • warranty: 5 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
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Features and Specs

Enclosure Bass Reflex
Video Shielded Yes
Tweeter Type Dome
Tweeter Size (inches) 1
Midrange Size (inches) N/A
Woofer Size (inches) 4.5
Woofer Composition Woven polyfibre
Woofer Surround Rubber
Power Range 15-100
Sensitivity 90 dB
Impedance (Ohms) 8
Frequency Response 55-20,000 Hz
Connector Type Post
Bi-amp Inputs Yes
Height (inches) 8-15/16
Width (inches) 6-3/8
Depth (inches) 9-7/16
Weight (pounds) 8.3
Mounting Bracket Included No
Recommended Stand Height (inches) 22-26
Parts Warranty 5 Years
Labor Warranty 5 Years

Product Research

Overview: The Cambridge Audio S30 Bookshelf Loudspeakers feature a two-way design with a 1" soft-dome tweeter and 4.5" mid-bass woofer loaded in a bass reflex enclosure. The S30 bookshelf loudspeakers deliver smooth highs and detailed lows. You can also add a Cambridge Audio S-series powered subwoofer (779S90B, sold separately). The S30 bookshelf loudspeakers are ideal for a stereo or home theater application. These speakers can be table-top or wall mounted (using optional wall-mount bracket, sold separately).

Driver Technology
Enclosure Design
Connections
Mounting Options

Driver Technology

Two-Way Drivers: The Cambridge Audio S30 bookshelf loudspeakers employ a two-way speaker design.

  • 1" Soft-Dome Tweeter: The S30 bookshelf loudspeakers feature a 1" soft-dome tweeter for smooth, accurate highs. The tweeters use high flux density, self shielding neodymium magnet assemblies for improved sensitivity and better dynamics.
  • 4.5" Mid-Bass Woofer: The S30 bookshelf loudspeakers utilize a 4.5" woven polyfiber cone mid-bass woofer for dynamic mid & bass response. Each mid-bass woofer uses a rigid phase plug for improved off-axis integration. The 4.5" mid-bass woofers also feature a high-quality rubber surround edge for reliable cone termination. In addition, an optimized magnet motor-assembly is used for extended lower frequencies.

Two-Way Crossover: The S30 bookshelf loudspeakers utilize a 1st order, 2-way crossover to deliver high-frequencies to the tweeters and mid-/low-frequencies to the mid-bass drivers. High-quality laminate core inductors give cleaner bass with improved dynamics, while polypropylene film capacitors in critical path areas give a high-resolution high frequency response.

Frequency Response: The S30 bookshelf loudspeakers have a frequency response rating of 55 to 20,000 Hz.

Power Handling: The Cambridge Audio S30 bookshelf loudspeakers can handle between 15 to 100 watts (RMS).

Enclosure Design

Bass Reflex Enclosure: The Cambridge Audio S30 bookshelf loudspeakers  utilize a bass reflex enclosure with a rear-firing port for greater efficiency and bigger bass response.

MDF Cabinet: The S30 bookshelf loudspeakers feature a rigid MDF cabinet with internal cross-bracing to prevent any unwanted distortion caused by vibration and resonance.

Wood Veneer Finish: The S30 bookshelf loudspeakers are available in a black or dark oak wood veneer finish.

Removable Grille: The Cambridge Audio S30 bookshelf loudspeakers include removable black cloth grilles.

Magnetically Shielded: The enclosures have been magnetically shielded, so you can safely place the speakers next to your television or computer monitor.

Connections

Dual Binding Posts: The speaker has two sets of gold-plated binding posts connected by gold-plated jumpers. Using the dual binding posts, you can bi-amp or bi-wire the speakers. The binding post terminals will accept bare-wire, pin-connectors, spade-connectors, and banana-plugs (single only).

Color Coded: The terminals are color-coded (black/red) to distinguish between positive and negative.

Mounting Options

Applications: The Cambridge Audio S30 bookshelf loudspeakers are ideal for stereo and home theater applications. You can even add a Cambridge Audio S-series powered subwoofer (779S90B, sold separately).

Placement: Ideally, the bookshelf speakers and listening position should be positioned equal distances apart.

Table-Top Mounting: The Cambridge Audio S30 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.

Wall Mounting: The optional PinPoint heavy duty side-grip wall-mounting bracket (121AM40B, sold separately) can be used to wall mount the speakers.

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