Pros I liked almost everything about this product except the dvd player. Installation was simple. Sound was great for a 15x15 bedroom. Operation was relatively simple after repetitive use.
Cons DVD player failed after about 10 hours of use.
Summary The dvd player malfunctioned after about 10 hours of use. The manufacturer was receptive to my problem after I mentioned that I had seen a few reviews which highlighted the dvd problem. I was told to return the product (manufacturer paid for shipping) and a new one would be shipped to me. There was no talk of repairing my unit. I returned the unit but never received a replacement. Instead, I noticed that my credit card was refunded the purchase price. No explanation for this change of action was provided to me. I now have no unit.
Pros 1. Built in IPod dock.
2. Good sound quality
Cons 1. Horrible front panel controls
2. Radio performance
Summary First off, I'm not using this as a DVD player, but mainly for the radio and the IPod dock, as well as the occasional CD.Whoops. Sorry, there is only one sub on the unit.
As far as sound quality, the unit is good, not great. Actually, I prefer the Boston Acoustics radio for sound quality, but the one I owned didn't come with either CD player or IPod dock. I do like it more than what's sold by Bose, at considerably lower cost. It does have plenty of power to fill a room with sound, but the sound doesn't seem to open up and is a tad thin. Still, compare it to any typical clock radio and it would put it to shame. It has two speakers and two built-in powered subs.
The radio reception has been a disappointment. I listen to talk radio a lot and my Boston Acoustics would pull in relatively distant stations well. Not so with this. For instance, my old radio had little problem with decent reception of one Bay area station, which I imagine is 60-80 miles away. I find trying to do so on the Cambridge pretty much unlistenable. Mostly a lot of static. I've ordered a replacement AM antenna to resolve this issue. As far as FM, it does pretty much the same as the Boston Acoustics.
Be prepared for the size of the unit. It really isn't meant to be a typical clock radio with IPod, CD, DVD, abilities incorporated. With its speakers, it stands 5" tall, by 14" width by 11" depth. Make sure you have room for it.
The front panel controls are NOT user friendly. Aside from the volume knob, there is an assortment of 22 tiny buttons. Most are for selecting the input and the radio presets, but I like to listen as I go to sleep at night and virtually am memorizing the positions of the buttons by touch.
Even though I've focused on some negative limitations of the unit, overall I give it a four for the more than acceptable sound quality, its price when compared to comparable products (bought direct from Cambridge for $249 with free shipping), and its versatility, especially the IPod dock which functions very nicely.
Updated on Dec 26, 2008
"QUALITY SOUND"on by croemer
Pros big sound..easy set-up
Cons one second delay when one turns radio on or off. but used to it now
Summary after much research decided on the c. soundwork i765. yes it is expensive...but so are any good quality stereo systems. has beautful room filling sound. have set-up in my den; which is a big open room to kitchen and two dining rooms. the sound will go from from one end of my home to the other. tried remote from 40 feet acroos my home and it would change channels and volume. pretty amazing. has 2 alarm clocks if needed for more than one individual. also display panel with time, station one is listening to(or c/d)even displays song that is playing at current time and auto-dims lite front to what the lighting in room requires. chose over bose because comes with remote and buttons on front panel, so if you lose remote or remote battery isnt working you can still control radio. can also hook-up to t.v. for better sound. have not tried i-pod... cant wait. VERY EASY HOOK-UP. took me all of maybe 5 min. and comes with am/fm antenna for those channels that are hard to pick-up. THE BUILT IN SUBWOLFERS CAN BLOW YOUR WINDOWS OUT!!! LOVE MINE!!!
Pros when the product functioned, the sound quality was good.
Cons the power cord heated to the point that it was dangerous. the co. could not have cared less. the co. touted the purported superiority of its products to those of bose. I wasted $300+ on a piece of equipmt that can't be used. stay away.
Summary buy from a company that cares about its products and its reputation. that would not include cambridge soundworks.
Pros ipod dock, aux input, plays dvds, am fm radio and alarm clock,
Cons does not play dvds well after having it for around a year. the dvds get stuck in the unit and you have to fiddle with it for a while to get them out. No other major beefs with this, it mostly does what I hoped it would do.
Summary Im not that upset about the dvd issue but it would have been very conveniet if the dvd player worke well then i wouldnt have to invest in another dvd player.