RSL CG4,CG24 and Speedwoofer 10 Loudspeaker System Review

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[Editor’s NOTE: These are some of my favorite loudspeaker systems to come out this year. Although they’re weighing on the expensive side of the bunch, I think some folk will highly appreciate the quality. I’ll let Theop from Audioholics do the talking for them.]

A review by  for Audioholics  [Originally posted on 

  • Product Name: CG4, CG24, and Speedwoofer 10
  • Manufacturer: RSL
  • Performance Rating: StarStarStarStarStar
  • Value Rating: StarStarStarStar
  • Review Date: August 11, 2015 10:00
  • MSRP: $ 1,250 for 2.1 setup; $2,075 for 5.1; and other price points for different configurations

Buy It Now!

Specifications:

CG4

  • Woofer: 4″ with Ferrite Magnet, Polypropylene Cone, and Cast aluminum frame
  • Tweeter: 1″ Silk Dome, Ferrite Magnet
  • Frequency Response: 100-25,000 Hz ± 3db
  • Nominal Impedance: 8 ohms
  • Sensitivity: 88 db SPL @ 1 watt, 1 meter distance
  • Recommended Power: 25-125 watts (Please note the following: this rating is for use above 100 HZ. Amplifiers of higher power can be used if care is taken not to operate them at maximum volume)
  • Crossover Frequency: 2,500 Hz
  • Crossover Slope: 12 db/octave
  • Crossover Parts: Air core coil, Polypropylene capacitors, Gold Plated binding posts
  • Tuning Method: Compression Guide™
  • System Resonance: 72 Hz
  • Weight: 9 lbs.
  • Dimensions: H: 10 1/2″ W: 6″ D: 6 3/8″ (Without grill 6 1/8?)

CG24

  • Woofer: 2 x 4″ with Ferrite Magnet, Polypropylene Cone, and Cast aluminum frame
  • Tweeter: 1″ Silk Dome, Ferrite Magnet
  • Frequency Response: 85-25,000 Hz ± 3db
  • Nominal Impedance: 4 ohms
  • Sensitivity: 90 db SPL @ 1 watt, 1 meter distance
  • Recommended Power: 25-125 watts (Please note the following: this rating is for use above 100 HZ. Amplifiers of higher power can be used if care is taken not to operate them at maximum volume)
  • Crossover Frequency: 2,500 Hz
  • Crossover Slope: 6 db/octave
  • Crossover Parts: Air core coil, Polypropylene capacitors, Gold Plated binding posts
  • Tuning Method: Compression Guide™
  • System Resonance: 68 Hz
  • Weight: 13 lbs.
  • Dimensions: H: 10 1/2″ W: 6″ D: 6 3/8″ (Without grill 6 1/8?)

Speedwoofer 10

  • Frequency Response: 24-180 Hz ± 3db
  • Woofer: 10” Cast Aluminum Frame, Massive Ferrite Magnet Structure, rubber surround
  • Nominal Impedance: 4 ohms
  • System Resonance: 18 Hz
  • Weight:  64lbs
  • Dimensions: H: 16 1/2” W: 16 1/2” D: 17 1/4” (Not including spikes)
    Feet and Spikes: 4 spikes for carpeted floors and 4 plastic feet for hard floors supplied.

Pros

  • Exceptional, engaging overall sound
  • Outstanding build quality
  • Small footprint
  • Patented Compression Guide Technology really works
  • Ridiculous value for the price point

Cons

  • No auto subwoofer EQ


RSL Story
In the 1970s, Howard Rodgers started Rogersound Labs in a small shop on Lankershim Blvd. in North Hollywood.  In the store, Howard carried not only the name brand speakers of the day but also built his own in the back of the store.  Since Howard didn’t have to worry about middleman markup, he used high-caliber parts and built the speakers his way with the quality and construction he thought speakers should be built with.  He then sold RSL (Rogersound Labs) Speakers alongside all the other brands.

One day, RSL got their so-called big break.  A record producer from Warner Bros. came into the studio from his office down the street.  He listened to Howard’s speakers, bought them and over time, many other Warner Bros. employees did the same.  As the story goes, word of RSL speakers spread across various Hollywood studios and the fledgling company grew to several locations.  Because RSL speakers started popping up in record studios in Southern California, studio monitors were a specific focus for the company from early on.

RSL apparently created a bit of a cult following in those early years with their casual style and customer-first focus.  RSL employees never worked on commission and were encouraged to “make customers feel happy and comfortable.”  If you were just a kid looking to check out cool gear or on a budget, that was OK.  RSL would have midnight sales events where customers lined up around the block and the RSL employees served cookies and coffee while they waited.  In a nutshell, Howard saw his employees and his customers as part of his family.  According to Howard’s son, Joe, customers still write about how well they were treated and how great their salesperson was.

Howard sold RSL in 1989 and retired.  The new owners changed many of the things that made RSL successful and four years later, the company went out of business.  Howard was able to buy the name back and, at the insistence of his eldest son, Howard came out of retirement to launch a new line of speakers that are based on a design he had been working on during his retirement.  After three years of work, Howard and his son, Joe, felt that the speakers were ready for prime time and re-launched RSL in 2010.

Unlike the old days when RSL was a brick and mortar operation with eight stores, since 2010 RSL has operated exclusively online.  In addition to their new line of speakers and subwoofer, RSL sells Denon multichannel receivers, speaker mounts, and stands so that you can get everything you need for a complete setup in one place.

Even though we all order so much online, some audiophiles and home theater enthusiasts are still wary of ordering speakers online.  To alleviate any concerns, RSL offers a five-year warranty and a 30 day no-risk money back guarantee.  It costs you absolutely nothing to audition RSL speakers in your home with your gear.  You get free shipping when you order the speakers and if you don’t like them then RSL will pay return shipping and give you a full refund (The only exception to return shipping is orders from Alaska, Hawaii or Canada).  There is truly no risk and no reason why you can’t audition an RSL setup in your home.

Joe and Howard sure are confident about their speakers; and they certainly are not shy about touting what they feel is the superior value of their speakers compared to other brands.  They have a dedicated section on their web site called, “Product Comparison” where they list home theater solutions from 18 other reputable and well-known speaker manufacturers with links to product reviews and pricing.  RSL’s simple point is that they want to showcase that their speakers get the same high marks at far less consumer cost.

Like many of those other speakers, RSL’s current product line is made in China, which helps keep the production costs down and the value proposition high.

RSL CG4 Speaker YouTube Review

An Unexpected Shipment

When Gene DellaSala, Audioholics President, asked me if I would be interested in reviewing an RSL loudspeaker setup, I was certainly open to the idea. In my initial correspondence with Howard’s son, Joe, he said he’d be shipping me a set of CG24 and CG4 monitors and the Speedwoofer 10 sub.  Because I had just received my review set of the superb-sounding Classé Sigma SSP processor and AMP5 five-channel amplifier, my focus was on Classé as opposed to RSL.  I confess that I was not at all familiar with RSL’s product lineup other than quickly looking at photos and specs.  Photos sometimes don’t do justice to a product’s size. I only knew I was getting monitors.

When UPS dropped off the RSL shipment, there were only two boxes—not three—and one of the boxes was the subwoofer.  “Oh no” I thought to  myself, “One of the speaker sets is missing.”  I went back to my correspondence with Joe and I saw that the shipment was indeed for only two boxes, not three.  I opened the box figuring that Joe had decided to send only one speaker model with the subwoofer.  When I opened the box and saw that both the CG24s and CG4s were in there and saw their small size, I said to myself, “Gene, you’re kidding, right?  You seriously want me to review these little guys?”  I don’t consider myself an audiophile snob, but I wasn’t looking forward to subjecting myself to a sub-par audio experience for the next month or two.

Check out the original article here:

RSL CG4,CG24 and Speedwoofer 10 Loudspeaker System Review | Audioholics

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