844-ZZOUNDS (844-996-8637)
When you call, mention priority code 208-6M6X
close [x]
Available Hours (EST):
  • Mon, Tue, Wed, Thur, Fri 7:30AM - 11:30PM
  • Sat, Sun 9:00AM - 10:00PM
For delivery by Dec. 24, order by 5 p.m. EST on Thursday, Dec. 21 and select 2-day shipping.
Free shipping on every order: no minimum, no exclusions. Fast 2-day shipping: free on 90% of orders.

Rating and Reviews: Cerwin-Vega XLS-12

Fill the room with classic Cerwin-Vega punch. The 300-watt XLS-12 passive speakers deliver powerful bass and detailed mids, thanks to their 3-way design. Unpowered. Requires separate power amplifier.

User Ratings
Overall
Sound
Features
Ease of Use
Quality
Value
Manufacturer Support
The Wow Factor
| | |

"Awesomeness!" submitted September 17, 2014

By Mike H in Sterling, IL
Overall
Sound
Features
Ease of Use
Quality
Value
Manufacturer Support
The Wow Factor
Musical Background: I don't play but wish I could
Music Style: Rock, Dubstep, classical, oldies, motown,
Back to Product Information
VERIFIED BUYER
zZounds has verified that this customer bought this product from us.
Overall: I was having difficulty deciding between the XLS-12's or the XLS-15's. Without being able to hear them prior to purchasing, the price of them at zZounds made up my mind. I couldn't pass up the price on the 12's! I went with the blemished ones which were brand new, unused, but the original boxes were thrashed and the grilles had a dent...big whoop. The price was excellent! Now for the sound of theses things; HOLY FRIGGIN COW!!! These are absolutely amazing sound quality! These topped off my XLS theater as they were the last piece. I already had the 6" center and the 15" sub, but was using some very old fronts from my teenage years. They were 15" 3-way Jensen's from the late 80's. They sounded great back in the day and actually still sound good but didn't have the clarity I was looking for in a theater setup. Having the 15's prior is why I was having difficulty deciding which to buy. These XLS-12's are CRYSTAL clear, will rattle anything off the walls and hit so hard that that that you would think a car ran into the side of your house! They definitely need to be amplified to get the true potential, but even off a 90W per ch. reciever, they were still astounding! Now they are amped at 150W RMS, which according to CV is still a little shy, but unless they are in an enormous room or a club, it is more than enough to make earth shattering sound and just amazing clarity! One downfall to boosting the watts to them was I had to amplify my center channel as well, but now the center channel sounds even better than it did before. The center is the XLS-6C. Honestly, with these 12's, I don't even NEED the 15" XLS sub, but man what a sound!!!
9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful. Did you?
Thanks for your opinion!
close [x]

Thank you. Your vote has been counted. Could you briefly tell us why the review was or was not helpful?

"Crown XLS2502 & Cerwin Vega XLS-12" submitted February 20, 2016

By Daraka Gardner in Charlotte, NC
Overall
Sound
Features
Ease of Use
Quality
Value
Manufacturer Support
The Wow Factor
Back to Product Information
VERIFIED BUYER
zZounds has verified that this customer bought this product from us.
Overall: Short answer: Buy the Crown XLS2502 Drive Core 2 amp! Long answer: Setup: Receiver: Pioneer VSX-1101 (I am upgrading this to an Onkyo) External power amp: Crown XLS2502 Drive Core 2 Speakers: (2) Cerwin Vega XLS-12, Cerwin Vega XLS-15S (powered sub), Cerwin Vega XLS 6C (center channel) Assumption: Crown amp driving the floor standing Cerwin Vega XLS-12 (3 way, 12” floor standing speakers). I had bought the Cerwin Vega XLS-12 that was first driven by the Pioneer receiver alone. It sounded good however at loud volumes, around 90 volume level on the receiver, it became very, very distorted. Sounded awful and was very disappointment. The speakers needed lots of power. So after much research I settled for the Crown XLS2502. WOW! I honestly do not know how loud can my system can go now. It is so clear at LOUD volume. ZERO DISOTRAION at any volume level. I had no idea that the speakers were that under powered by the receiver. When you hear your speakers cracking with distortion they are under powered, not because it’s too loud. My system at low-medium volume level sound good, but when cracked up to 90 they sound great. Lots of bass, extreme clear vocals from the mids and crisp highs from the tweeters. The Crown amp and Cerwin Vega XLS-12 are the best purchase I have ever made. My house is ready for a real party now. Sorry neighbors my house rivals most clubs.
3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful. Did you?
Thanks for your opinion!
close [x]

Thank you. Your vote has been counted. Could you briefly tell us why the review was or was not helpful?

"beast" submitted May 5, 2016

By robert drogowski in battle creek, MI
Overall
Sound
Features
Ease of Use
Quality
Value
Manufacturer Support
The Wow Factor
Back to Product Information
VERIFIED BUYER
zZounds has verified that this customer bought this product from us.
Overall: I have 2 xls 12s and a xls 15s sub. And the rest of my 7.1 system is onyko wich includes a ht s592 recever wich is a beginner av receiver. Holy crap this sounds so good it's crazy. I m getting a better receiver I don't need more power but I can't help myself. Cerwin Vega is a phenomenal Speaker . You can't go wrong plus zZounds has the best customer service Ever. Wow factor is a 6
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful. Did you?
Thanks for your opinion!
close [x]

Thank you. Your vote has been counted. Could you briefly tell us why the review was or was not helpful?

"The Best Solution For My Home Theater" submitted April 9, 2015

By Thomas S in Toms River, NJ
Overall
Sound
Features
Ease of Use
Quality
Value
Manufacturer Support
The Wow Factor
Musical Background: Keyboardist,computer music recording hobbyist and audiophile.
Music Style: Rock,classic rock,pop,alternative,jazz,electronic...
Back to Product Information
VERIFIED BUYER
zZounds has verified that this customer bought this product from us.
Sound: The sonic quality of these speakers are superb for it's modest price tag and the low end response is excellent...but again,a substantial amount of wattage is needed to properly utilize their potential. Feature: As I had mentioned above,the "removable" grilles are a pretty useless feature(if you intend on re-attaching the grilles again.)As for what is useful,these speakers may function well in a studio(provided that they're properly amp'd...but they are a bit too large for most modestly sized rooms.General music listening and/or a home theater application,is the best use...it seems. Ease of Use: It's easy to get good low end at lower volumes with these,but like I had said,these speakers are power-hungry. Quality: The XLS-12's appear to be very sturdy and of course,the metal speaker grilles are rock solid.As for the driver cones...well...I can't really gauge how sturdy those are,because I am unwilling to ruin the adhesive that has the grilles sealed in place,so I never took the grilles off to inspect the cones.They appear to be made of only paper pulp,which is a bit disappointing to me,(being that a lot of speakers these days,are made out of carbon fiber,Kevlar and glass aramid composite.) Value: The Cerwin Vega's XLS line,are the only home audio speakers I know of,that have this unique 3 way design(with horn-shaped wave-guides for tweeters & mids) and bass driver cones that are larger than 8'.Personally,I don't care for the typical home theater tower speakers,because they are too thin & unstable,which is why I absolutely love CW's 12" and 15" designs! Manufacturer Support: The company is fairly easy to get a hold of and they are eager to answer any questions that you have(although I do find some of their answers to be frivolous.) The Wow Factor: Though I am not particularly fond of the Cerwin Vega color scheme,I do love the overall design of the cabinet and it's front baffle. Overall: The XLS-12's,represent the ideal option...for those who don't want to waste an excessive amount of coin,for ultra high end bookshelf speakers and don't want to be bothered with a subwoofer either.The low end on these monsters are very apparent,even at low volumes...which is fantastic(which is good for apartments with volume restrictions.)However...if you want to bring this puppies to their fullest potential,a high wattage amp is essential(especially if you are going to run a surround configuration).I am currently running a 2.1,4 speaker set up and I have a 270W Sony amp...which is not nearly enough to power the XLS-12's properly.In the Cerwin Vega promo video,they advertise that the speaker grilles are removable,which is not entirely accurate.Meaning...that to say they are removable,implies that the speaker grilles have tabs on them that fit into some corresponding holes in the cabinet,but this is not the case.Actually...on the top and bottom ends of the grilles,are rubber strips,that are glued in place,so if you want to remove the grilles(you better be prepared to wrestle with the adhesive that holds the rubber strips in place and hope you don't tear the rubber into pieces..then...after which,you re-glue them,if you intend on re-attaching the grilles.I never did this myself,because I was afraid of damaging the speakers and I didn't want to create a mess.The geniuses at Cerwin Vega customer support,said that the reason the grilles are not easily removable like conventional speakers,is that they are "professional" speakers and yet,these speakers can be found under the HOME AUDIO category of their website.Come on people,the XLS series are CW's home audio line of products,not their pro PA line!
8 of 9 people (88.89%) found this review helpful. Did you?
Thanks for your opinion!
close [x]

Thank you. Your vote has been counted. Could you briefly tell us why the review was or was not helpful?

"Liking These Speakers" submitted March 17, 2014

By a customer from yahoo.com
Overall
Sound
Features
Ease of Use
Quality
Value
Manufacturer Support
The Wow Factor
Back to Product Information
VERIFIED BUYER
zZounds has verified that this customer bought this product from us.
Overall: Needed a replacement for my 12 yr old vega 710's. Bought some douchey polk audio towers from that "other" online retailer and promptly blew em in less than a week. Sent em back for a full refund and went back to Plan "A"..get some more Cerwin-Vegas. The waveguide kinda focuses the hi's,but these ROCK !!
10 of 11 people (90.91%) found this review helpful. Did you?
Thanks for your opinion!
close [x]

Thank you. Your vote has been counted. Could you briefly tell us why the review was or was not helpful?

BizRate Customer Certified (GOLD) Site
Questions? Our gear experts can help!
844-zZounds (844-996-8637)
When you call, mention priority code 208-6M6X. Llame Gratis en Español: 844-432-7449
Lunes-Viernes de 1AM a 1AM EST
Customize Search Results for Your Location
Follow zZounds on:
Shop with those who respect your privacy — we do. Copyright © 1996-2017, zZounds Music, LLC. Terms of use apply.
close [x]What is this?
A temporary customer reference number is assigned to each customer only while they are shopping on zZounds.com. If you call our customer service department for assistance, this number makes it easier for us to answer any questions you have about products, services or purchases.
 
close [x]What is this?
A temporary customer reference number is assigned to each customer only while they are shopping on zZounds.com. If you call our customer service department for assistance, this number makes it easier for us to answer any questions you have about products, services or purchases.
close [x]

1. zZounds offers the industry‘s most musician-friendly payment plans

zZounds offers a variety of Play as You Pay installment plans that allow you to get the gear you want today. While our competitors might offer house credit cards that require you to fill out an application and pass a credit check, our payment plans are easy to get, simple to use, and, best of all, accrue zero interest. Unlike those house credit cards that can leave you vulnerable to exorbitant interest charges once the promotional period ends, we never have and never will charge interest when you take advantage of one of the zZounds Play as You Pay plans.

zZounds payment plans details »

2. zZounds guarantees the lowest price

Seen it for less somewhere else? Get it for less at zZounds. Simply click the “Seen it for less?” link on any product page and as long as we‘re not losing money, we‘ll beat any legitimate competitor‘s lowest price, usually within two hours. Want our best price even faster? Call us at 844-zZounds (844-996-8637), and we‘ll provide you with a lower price on the phone. Also, if you purchase from us and later find the product for less elsewhere, call or email us within 45 days, and we‘ll refund you the difference.

zZounds.com price match details »

3. Nobody Beats zZounds‘ Fast & Free Shipping

At zZounds, we know you want your gear fast, and shipped to you free of charge. That‘s why we have absolutely free ground shipping on every single order shipped within the continental United States. This includes heavy and oversized items. No minimum purchase required. No exclusions. We also ship over 90% of our orders with FREE 2-day shipping. We pull it all off with our strategically placed, coast-to-coast warehouses.

zZounds.com shipping details »

4. zZounds makes returns super easy

Buy it, try it, like it, or return it to us for a full refund. It‘s just that simple. If you‘re not in love with what you bought, return it to zZounds within 45 days, and we‘ll promptly arrange for an exchange or a refund. No hassles. No hidden charges. And if a product‘s defective or damaged, call us at 844-zZounds (844-996-8637), and we‘ll email you a prepaid shipping label so you can easily return it to us at zero cost to you.

zZounds.com return details »

5. zZounds delivers top-rated customer service

zZounds has received multiple Bizrate® Circle of Excellence Platinum awards, placing us in the top 0.7 percent of Bizrate‘s network of 5,200 retailers. Our success in meeting the needs of our customers -- since 1996, we‘ve satisfied over 1,000,000 people -- is due in large part to the fact that zZounds only hires experienced musicians to answer your calls and emails, and they are never paid a commission.

zZounds.com customer service »
close [x]
Available on
orders $59+
learn more

Need it now but short of cash? All we need is the first payment up front and the rest in easy monthly payments!

Fast approval.
We approve everyone, with very few exceptions, as long as we can verify your identity.
No interest. Ever.
It's just as if you paid the whole amount up front!
No paperwork. Nothing to track.
No application to mail or fax, no bills to pay. We automatically charge the payments to your credit card.

We'll wait on your money so you don't have to wait for your gear!

When you checkout, just click the Play as you Pay checkbox to indicate which installment plan you wish to use.

close [x]
no minimum

learn more

Why fight traffic and pushy salesmen when we'll bring your gear straight to your home, free of charge?

zZounds free shipping is really free!
No hidden charges or hassles on returns.
Fast, reliable delivery
We have warehouses on both coasts, so most shipments arrive in 3 days or less.
We don't collect sales tax. Bonus!
Only NJ residents pay tax during checkout.
close [x]

A guarantee so solid, you never have to worry about price when shopping at zZounds

We'll beat any price
Simply click the Seen it for less? link next to the gear you want or call us at 844-zZounds (844-996-8637)
Got a coupon from another site?
Use it with us - we'll beat those prices, too!
Find a better price after buying from us?
No problem. We'll refund you the difference for 45 days, so you'll never regret buying from zZounds.

You'll still get the trustworthy service you've come to expect from zZounds, without paying more for your gear!