Exceptional soundbase at this price. I bought the tv5 from another shop for £249, £50 less than amazon at the time of purchase. I recently bought a 49′ 4k tv that demanded better sound than it came out of its skinny little speakers and thoroughly researched for the best sound bases out there up to £300. I narrowed it down to two choices, the canton dm50 and cambridge audio tv5. Although the dm50 was within my budget, has excellent reviews and it did sound great at a demo in another shop (and also the yamaha srt 1000) i went for the tv5 for 2 reasons, because having heard how the floorstanders by cambridge audio sound at a friends house and owning a cambridge go, i already had a very good idea about the quality of ca loudspeakers and this was further reinforced by the looking at the large size (larger even than more expensive alternatives) and build material (composite wood) of the tv5. I have been watching movies and listening to music on the tv5 for 2 weeks and i can dare say that the sound clarity and fidelity even – in fact especially – at maximum volume is unmatched by any soundbase up to £450. Technology has allowed the development of small speakers that produce a louder and ‘fuller’ sound than their tiny drivers would normally allow, you can even get more than decent surround sound produced by a single loudspeaker unit. Still, you cannot find, at any price, truly audiophile high fidelity speakers in the form of a soundbase (the tv5 is no exception) and there is a good reason for that. The size and quality of the driver, the material and the built quality of the enclosure and the overall size do matter. With tv5 they chose to sacrifice surround sound trickery for maximum possible stereo audio clarity and detail even at maximum volume and a really low price (at £250).
Single box replaces aging bose 321gs and sounds great. Sony kdl42w653 sits on top perfectly. Single box replaces aging bose 321gs and sounds great. Sony kdl42w653 sits on top perfectly. Hdmi links into tv from sky, dvd, etc and the optical out of the tv goes to the tv2 soundbase. The tv2 turns itself on when it detects audio and turns itself off if there is no audio for around 40 seconds. Learns the sky+ remote buttons for volume up/down. Bluetooth music from ipad/iphone sounds good. Wanted the canton dm50, but is doesn’t do auto on/off and costs twice as much.
Though these tele’s have a great picture i find their audio output thin. I bought the tv2 on the basis of what hifi review for my sony bravia television. Though these tele’s have a great picture i find their audio output thin, especially since, with advancing years, my high end hearing has deteriorated, making it hard to make out softly spoken voices. The tv2 has a crystal clear sound with no bass bias or boominess, perfect for my needs. We also use it to connect by bluetooth to our laptops, iphones, and ipads to listen to streamed music. It produces great sound in all scenarios, is easy to set up and use, and fully deserves the what hifi. Here are the specifications for the Cambridge Audio TV2:
- aptX Bluetooth input
- Digital Signal Processing
- 2 x 2.25″ Balanced Mode Radiator speakers
- 6.5″ downward firing subwoofer
- IR learning remote
- Auto power up, auto power down
I find that the tv2 offers excellent sound for the money. After an initial issue with the unit, whereby low level background sounds were cutting out, i find that the tv2 offers excellent sound for the money. The problem i had was sorted out by the very helpful guy at cambridge audio. The issue was with my satellite box and not the soundbase. It was found that the volume had to be set to maximum on the satellite box,and the sound disabled on the television itself, doing this enables more digital information to be sent down the optical link to the tv2. Reducing the volume at the satellite box prevented the full signal reaching the tv2 base causing the problem stated above. In my opinion only the canton dm50 beats this unit, offering slightly better bass control and the ability to tune certain aspects of the sound individually, however it is twice the price, but nowhere near twice as good. If you are budget conscious go for tv2, you will not be disappointed, if money is no object then the canton dm50 would be my choice.
It really is very good indeed. . Has exceeded my expectations. 1 setup – it was a mess of cables, a hideous looking amp, a remote control that required a phd and a theoretical sweet spot of a 2ft x 2ft in the living room which also required you to be a certain height, weight and wearing a specially designed silk jumpsuit. The tv2 looks great – simple, functional, solid design that sits unobstrusively under the tv rather than an awkward looking soundbar. The sound is amazing – brings depth and richness to tv and film. A real revelation is music though – pairing via bluetooth is easy. A cliche but it really does produce a ‘room filling’ sound – warm but clear and precise. Love it – a great buy and really good value.
Reviews from purchasers :
- Poor connections and display but very good sound.
- Good sound let down by terrible customisability and a poor remote
- Good but needs refinement
- Though these tele’s have a great picture I find their audio output thin
- Very easy to setup with supplied optical cable
- I find that the TV2 offers excellent sound for the money
I don’t think you can buy anything better, great sound out of the box simple to. For the price, i don’t think you can buy anything better, great sound out of the box simple to set up and use, i am delighted with my cambridge.
Can now listen to and enjoy music on tv.