Cerwin-Vega CVHD 5.1 Home Theater Speaker System Page 2
The CVHD-63C center channel speaker looks identical to the satellites and uses precisely the same driver complement but in a horizontal array. It also shares the same confounded cabinet design and similarly begs wall mounting or an optional floor stand. In a pinch, you could probably just lay it on its side.
At 48+ pounds, the CVHD-12S subwoofer made my lower back aware of gravity's pull again. Cerwin-Vega is no stranger to subs, and this one's dual ports and traditional bright red driver surround (a company trademark, of sorts) reminded me of all the times, at home and in the car, I have rocked out to deep C-V bass. This front-firing sub has the typical niceties, including a volume control, line- and speaker-level inputs, speaker outputs, a continuously variable crossover (50 - 150 Hz), and a phase switch (selectable for 0 or 180 degrees). Per Cerwin-Vega's recommendation, I initially set the sub's low-pass crossover to 150 Hz, then later sank it a few hertz.
Some satellites are finicky about room placement, but these were not. They immediately sounded happy in my usual sweet spots and didn't complain when I shifted them around experimentally. This suggests to me that they are more amenable than most to non-ideal placement. For the bulk of my listening, I placed them against walls to mimic wall-mounting. By definition, the center channel speaker needs to accompany the screen, and I tucked this one right underneath mine. Woofers are always very finicky about location, and as I expected, this one wanted to live in my usual spot along the front wall, between the screen and left front satellite; I subsequently pulled it forward a few inches to extract a little more low-end clarity.