JKent Posted June 12, 2012 Report Share Posted June 12, 2012 A really neat mini-monitor. I bought a pair of beautiful solid oak (not veneer) Ambiance speakers around 1990 IIRC and still use them as surround speakers in the home theater. The standard finish was "Nextel" and I had one of those, used as a center channel. These are so old, when I phoned CSW to ask if they had a schematic they said there was no such thing as an "Ambiance bookshelf" (they use that designation for some ceiling speakers now). Had to send them a photo!Here is a review from Stereophile: http://www.stereophi...0cam/index.html Here's an excerpt:The Ambiance, Cambridge SoundWorks' second product, is a more conventional minimonitor that resembles a slightly larger-scale version of the Ensemble satellite. Though specifications and literature state that the Ambiance features a 6.5" woofer, this dimension misleadingly includes the mounting plate. The actual radiating diameter of the pulp cone is 4.5". Bass alignment is sealed-box or "acoustic suspension," while the tweeter is a ferrofluid-cooled unit with a plastic phase plate over the dome. A metal grille protects the drive-units, which are mounted on a slightly recessed baffle, while electrical connection is via gold-plated five-way binding posts on the rear. A "keyhole" is included on the rear panel to allow the speaker to be wall-mounted, and a rear brass bush is also fitted so that the Ambiance can be bolted to an optional stand. The review samples were finished in gray Nextel, but primed wood (ready for painting) and solid oak finishes are also available.So I found a pair in Nextel on ebay for a low price. Over the years, the Nextel had been scratched and had turned kind of gummy. When I tried wiping them down with lacquer thinner, the Nextel came off!Next step: Get out the paint stripper and have at 'em. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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