Cerwin-Vega expands the XD Desktop Series with Classic Looks and Sound
The new additions to the XD series of speakers have a classic style. The front of the speakers have a high-gloss black finish and the rest of the cabinet is finished in a matte black, ideal for reducing fingerprints in a busy office setting. They all have the familiar red surrounds fans of Cerwin-Vega will recognize. The XD series consists of three different sizes - the older XD3, XD4 or the XD5 with corresponding 3”, 4”, or 5” woofers. They are all two-way designs - the XD3 and XD4 have ¾” tweeters and the XD5 uses a 1” tweeter. The XD8 is the matching subwoofer. The XD3 has a 30-watt amplifier, the XD4 has 40 watts, and the XD5 has 50 watts. The subwoofer and a built-in 80-watt amplifier. Prices start at $99.
The speakers have a volume control on the front, as well as a range of inputs and outputs on the front and rear to let you set it up with sound from your computer or to quickly add a portable playback source. It comes with a remote control so you can set it on bookshelves across the office and still control the sound - a mute button lets you take a call in an instant.
The XD Series from Cerwin-Vega (part of the Gibson brand) gave me hope that real audio can exist, even in the office.