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Fusion CP-CM50 Component Speakers

Product Details
Manufacturer: Fusion
Distributor: CEL Trade/Fusion Europe
Website: http://www.fusionelectronics.com
Typical Selling price: £69.99

Five inch speaker with separate silk dome tweeter and passive crossovers. The midbass drivers’ magnets are rubber-armoured and the passives are a simple two-component coil-and-cap designed to be idiot-proof in connection as the lug and spade covered connectors can only mate with the correct cable’s terminals. The mids are very solidly built with pressed steel chassis and their magnet assemblies are nearly as big as their cones, which are quite pistonic rather than deeply-dished and are made of Polypropylene. The silk tweeters are rated all the way up to 35kHz, which is 5kHz higher than those found on the poles in the oval CP-FR6930.

- Impedance: 4 Ohms
- Power Handling: 45W RMS/160W peak
- Silk Dome Tweeter
- Injection Moulded Polypropylene (IMPP) bass cones
- Passband: 35Hz to 35kHz
- Pressed Steel chassis, grilles supplied
- Sensitivity (1w/1m): 88dB
- Two-way, swivel- mount tweeter and basic pre-wired passive crossovers
- Mounting Depth:57mm
- C/W grilles, wires, long fixing screws, tweeter mounting hardware options, manual, warranty card, window sticker and thick card perforated mounting template

Editor Review : Fusion CP-CM50 Two-Way component Speakers

Reviewed upon a new class D amplifier from Fusion called the CA-DA41400 and with a set of the aforementioned CP-FR6930 oval speakers. This was also the system used as the core to hang an active sub bass system upon as well, to be reviewed next.

I normally test with the six inch size of driver from any given range, to get the best chance of deciding how well their motor systems can make bass. However, there are lots of the five inch size holes out there and the guys at Fusion have sent the fives in the CP compos. Hence, I was fitting a new set of precision-made baffles from Acoustic Wood to my test enclosures with the smaller holes in and carefully drilling the guide holes in them for the screw-fixing location of standard-choice for the life of the baffle.

The passives are a really minimalist item with just-barely filtering of a mere 6dB up and down, and do not have much mass to them, so I feared they would not be as happy with a full channel each of the CA-DA41400 amplifier, as the ovals had loved so much. So unusually for me, I exercised some care as I fired them up.

I did open up one of the passives (although I have technically ‘broken’ it as they are sealed) and inside I found a single iron-cored inductor and a capacitor with the Fusion brand upon it and what looks like a small lentil. The iron core inside the coil allows it to handle more power for its size without ‘saturating’ and just using up the watts in heating up, rather than allowing the low frequencies through. The capacitor’s label implies that Fusion have made enough of these passive crossovers to be able to order the caps in whatever value they required and that lentil is a good sign. It is a thermal device that, if driven too hard with too many watts will in fact go open-circuit BEFORE your tweeter dies and thus protect it! The top has a shiny decal and even a protective plastic layer so that if you want to feature the dinky shiny tops of these passives, you can peel the cover off last of all, for a perfect, shiny look.

It took a little setting up between the two sets of speakers and I had a good mess about with the active crossovers on the Fusion CA-DA41400 amplifier before ending up with a very cool sounding system of Fusion-ness. I found that the ovals were astonishingly able with the bass and yet, despite only being fives, the components in question here were really impressive too. The tweeters are sweet and quick and do reach up a long way and there’s a lovely blend from midbass driver to HF proving that sometimes, less is more and that the bits, however few, in those passive crossovers are of high quality. Part of this speaker systems’ design is in the inherent roll off of the drivers.

I was surprised by the lovely imagery the components could raise and of course, had to audition them on their own, without the big ovals helping hold them up as it were. If you had just a set of front door speaker locations in this five inch size and a subwoofer, you could get a seriously high quality result with these speakers. I would, now, of course love to hear their bigger brothers, as despite the necessarily limited bass these fives made, the depth and control that was on offer, once crossed at around 60Hz, was bloody amazing. Thus, I suspect the sixes will be impressive and deffo want to try some of them as well.

In a Nutshell

Mid-price in cost but with definite higher-quality than most output at the price. These components have a truly wide passband that goes from really good lows – given it IS just a five – all the way up to some seriously far-reaching highs. Pretty grilles, lovely package and mate perfectly of course, with the new Fusion amp and ovals for a more-than-the-sum-of-the-parts result.

Overall 8.4
Sound Quality 8
Build Quality 8
Power Handling 8
Efficiency 8
Value For Money 10


I swagged a set of these off Adam and really impressed for a 5.25 they sound spot on and sound a lot more expensive than their rrp