Cambridge Audio Introduces the TV5 and TV2 Speaker Bases

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Cambridge-TV-bar.jpgIn the coming weeks, Cambridge Audio will introduce two speaker bases: the $399.99 TV5 and the $299.99 TV2. Speaker bases are one-box, powered audio solutions that can sit directly underneath (and support the weight of) most flat-panel TVs. Their larger cabinet volume generally allows them to produce deeper bass than a traditional soundbar without requiring a separate subwoofer. Both the TV5 and TV2 include two of Cambridge's 2.25-inch Balanced Mode Radiator drivers and a 100-watt digital amp; the TV2 adds a single 6.5-inch down-firing sub, while the TV5 adds a second matching sub.

From Cambridge Audio
Similar to modern TV design, TV sound has been getting thinner and thinner--often leaving viewers to struggle with dull, tinny, flat and lifeless audio. The new Cambridge Audio TV5 and TV2 Stereo TV Bases deliver class-leading sound with incredibly wide sound dispersion, ideal for any flat panel TV via a discrete solution that avoids the clutter of multiple surround sound speakers. Unlike a traditional soundbar, the TV5 and TV2 deliver punchy performance without the need for an external subwoofer or the added headache of wall mounting.

With the introduction of the TV5 and TV2, Cambridge Audio enters into a new product category for the brand. Designed in the heart of London by the same team of Cambridge Audio's engineers that tuned the company's Aero and AeroMax speaker lines, the TV5 and TV2 both feature a 100W digital amplifier which delivers impressive power and control, while the built-in subwoofers guarantee that soundtracks offer a big and full experience to match the on-screen action.

With the two patented 2.25'' (57mm) Balanced Mode Radiator (BMR) speaker drivers, the TV5 and TV2 can deliver wide, room-filling sound, an impressive musical performance and incredible voice clarity. The TV2 features an active, down-firing 6.5'' (165mm) subwoofer which complements the two BMR drivers beautifully with rich, detailed bass, while the TV5 adds a second 6.5'' active subwoofer for even greater sound profile, making it ideal for any big screen action thriller.
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The TV5 and TV2 also stream high quality aptX Bluetooth audio, allowing users to play audio back wirelessly and in impressive detail from any phone, tablet or computer.

Both new models feature advanced Digital signal processing (DSP) technology developed for music and movie production to get the biggest sound possible from their slim-line enclosures--louder, crisper and fuller sound than from other TV one-box systems.

Superb connectivity
The TV5 and TV2 feature a Toslink optical input, allowing a direct digital signal to be taken from the TV, as well as analog audio inputs with both an RCA and 3.5mm jack to connect other devices, as well as Bluetooth for wireless streaming capability. The TV5 and TV2 will also remember up to eight different Bluetooth devices so that they will automatically pair again, hassle free.

Four different sound modes
Dedicated profiles for voice, TV, music and film can be used to enhance the listening experience, with each mode subtly adjusting the EQ settings of the built-in 100W amplifier. The voice mode brings extra clarity to dialogue, making it ideal for the elderly or those hard of hearing.

No remote control clutter
The TV5 and TV2 both support IR learning, allowing them to learn the volume commands from a TV or cable remote so the volume can be adjusted without having to use a separate dedicated remote.

Auto Power Up, Auto Power Down
An environmentally friendly Auto Power Down (APD) feature on both the TV5 and TV2 will automatically turn off after several seconds if no sound is playing in order to save power. Conveniently, audio sensing technology will automatically turn the devices back on when users start watching TV or listening to music again.

Simple placement
The TV2 and TV5 are quick and easy to position, either directly under the TV or on the first shelf of a TV rack.

Availability & Pricing
The all new TV5 and TV2 Stereo TV Bases will be available from retail and online partners for the suggested retail price of $399.99 and $299.99, respectively, in the coming weeks.

Additional Resources
Cambridge Audio Aero 6 Floorstanding Speaker Reviewed at HomeTheaterReview.com.
Cambridge Audio Minx Xi Streaming Music Player Reviewed at HomeTheaterReview.com.


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