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SpeakerCraft CS3 TV SPEAKER
The CS3 sound system solves the toughest audio problem today’s consumers face: how to get better sound from a TV set. It installs in minutes and connects in seconds, and doesn’t require a special shelf or wall-mounting. It also has Bluetooth wireless built in for easy streaming from smartphones, tablets and computers.
The CS3’s slim enclosure slips right under a flat-panel TV, so there’s no concern about where to put it and no worry about it blocking operation of the TV remote as most soundbars can. The matte black enclosure is only 4 inches high, so it looks like part of the furniture. Just one cable—either a stereo analog cable or a Toslink digital audio cable—connects the CS3 to the TV. A remote control is included for easy operation.
Inside the CS3 enclosure are a total of eight speaker drivers, powered by a total of 80 watts of amplification. The front panel incorporates two stereo speakers, each one with dual 2.5-inch midrange drivers and a 1-inch tweeter. These carry the dialogue and most of the music and sound effects in a movie or TV program. On the bottom are dual 5.25-inch subwoofers to pump out deep bass. The one-piece CS3 delivers the full-range sound of a 2.1-channel soundbar system, without the hassle of having to find a place to put a separate subwoofer.
Bluetooth wireless technology makes the CS3 a perfect way to get great sound from smartphones, tablets and computers. Connecting through Bluetooth lets the user access any music or podcasts stored on the phone, as well as Internet streaming services. The CS3’s powerful, full-range sound simply blows away conventional Bluetooth speakers—Pandora, Spotify, YouTube and TuneInRadio never sounded so good.
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SpeakerCraft engineers focused on improving male and female vocals, increased higher listening levels for larger rooms and much deeper bass. The twin 5¼" woofers in a tuned enclosure produce low-end bass that flat panel TVs just cannot deliver.
The SpeakerCraft CS3 TV Speaker is not just for movies and TV watching. SpeakerCraft's engineers also added Bluetooth, easily connecting the customer with their music library from a Smartphone, tablet or computer instead of traditional broadcast music sources.
According to SpeakerCraft's Keith Marshall, "Every TV out there has one unfortunate characteristic. A weakness that has been there for so long, most consumers have just come to accept it as ‘the way it is'. And that weakness is the sound. Our TV Speaker presents a uniquely SpeakerCraft solution for the people who don't want to incur the expense of a room full of speakers and AVR receiver but still want hi-resolution sound to go with their Flat-Panel TV."
Marshall added, "It makes no difference if the TV has the smallest or largest screen available, or is budget or luxury priced. Despite dramatic improvements in picture quality over time, all television sets have consistently under-delivered on the quality of the sound. With the CS3, that long standing, ever-present problem has now been solved."
The SpeakerCraft CS3 dramatically enhances the TV experience by turning any room with a television into a virtual home theater. CS3 offers Bluetooth wireless, a sleek compact design and superior sound quality. The CS3 is built with premium SpeakerCraft components in an optimized, bass-reflex enclosure, with custom DSP electronics and bi-amplification. These include two 5¼" long-throw subwoofers; four 2½" midranges and two 1" soft dome tweeters, with midrange-tweeter-midrange positioning for optimum imaging.
More than ample power is assured by four 20W (RMS) amplifiers. This bi-amplified configuration provides 80 Watt RMS (total). 20 watts are assigned to each of the 5 ¼" low frequency drivers. The other pair of amps delivers 20W X 2 for the mid-ranges and tweeters. An on-board limiter protects the woofers from being over-powered while at the same time maintaining clean and undistorted sound, even at high output levels. A proprietary DSP circuit provides a virtual surround sound-field, the surround effect being switchable by the provided remote.
The SpeakerCraft CS3 TV Speaker works with TVs mounted on stands or wall mounted. It can support up to 160 pounds.
SpeakerCraft has built an internationally-recognized brand of architectural loudspeakers and electronics. The company is a leader in the residential custom-installation industry and attributes this to its devotion to building great-sounding, world-class product.
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CS3 TV SPEAKER
SpeakerCraft’s CS3 is the easiest way to get great sound from a TV and a smartphone or tablet. It fits right under a flat-panel TV set and connects with just a single wire, so installation takes only minutes. Bluetooth wireless allows easy connection to ay smartphone, tablet or computer.