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Cerwin-Vega CVA-28 Active Dual 8" Speaker 

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The Cerwin Vega CVA-28 is a totally integrated, matched, and optimized active speaker system that provides powerful sound in a small, modular package...Click To Read More About This Product

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Innovative design for superior power handling, tight bass, and refined mid-range.

The Cerwin Vega CVA-28 is a totally integrated, matched, and optimized active speaker system that provides powerful sound in a small, modular package. The system configuration starts with an innovative, 3-way, dual 8" design. The dual 8" configuration was chosen for optimized directivity and extremely clean, off-axis response. The custom-designed Cerwin-Vega drivers also provide superior power handling, tight bass and refined mid-range. Finally, a compression driver is placed in the center of the top woofer in a concentric configuration. This design provides time-aligned high frequencies for incredible detail and imaging.

Matched to the impressive transducer array of the CVA-28 speaker is a 400-watt integrated 3-way amplifier. With 800 watts peak output, the amplifier includes a dedicated EQ contour switch optimized for high SPL situations. A Sub/No Sub switch allows users to roll off the low end when used with a dedicated subwoofer, eliminating competing frequencies in the system. Connections include microphone, line, and instrument inputs through XLR and quarter-inch connectors.

The active speaker can be mounted or installed in a myriad of ways thanks to integrated fly points, flyware kits, pole mount, and dual- and triple-speaker mount accessories. With or without its ActiveSeries subwoofer partners, the CVA-28 is among the best sounding active full range speakers in its class. Whether it's hip-hop, jazz, bluegrass, or rock-and-roll, it provides the performance, power, and flexibility you just can't find elsewhere. If you're looking for an upgradeable and accurately voiced speaker as part of your performance arsenal, the CVA-28 is the way to go.

Cerwin-Vega ActiveSeries Speakers
If you make your living as DJ, performing artist, or production company, this system is for you. If you are tired of compromising performance, particularly great bottom-end output, for portability, then Cerwin-Vega ActiveSeries speakers are what you've been waiting for! By combining the matching speaker, enclosure, and amplification technology into one package, CV engineers maximized the overall acoustic performance of each component, while minimizing set-up complexity.

  • Dual 8" full-range active speaker optimized for portability with incredible frequency response
  • Built-in amplification designed to optimize performance
  • Can be mounted or installed using integrated fly points, flyware kits, pole mount, and dual- and triple-speaker mount accessories
  • Rugged hardwood enclosure, a road-ready cabinet that is easy to transport from gig to gig

CVA-28 Active Dual 8" Speaker

  • Power:
    Continuous 400 watts
    Peak 800 watts

    Frequency Response: 70 Hz - 20 Hz
    Frequency Range: 60 Hz - 20 Hz (-10 dB)
    Max SPL: 128 dB at 800 watts

    Inputs: XLR/F Balanced, 1/4: TRS
    Outputs: XLR/M 1/4" TRS

    Controls: Level Line / Mic-D.I.No Sub with Sub Countour / OffPowerVoltage Selector

    HF Driver: CD34B, voice coil 34mm
    MLF Driver: FR8C, 8 inch voice coil 2"
    LF Driver: FR8B, 8 inch voice coil 2"

    Nominal Beamwidth (-6dB SPL points):
    Horizontal 50
    Vertical 50

    Voice Coil: 4"
    Enclosure/Finish: Multi-ply hardwood Coolex Paint

    Front 11" x 20", 279 x 520 mm
    Rear: 8" x 12", 216 x 305 mm

    Weight: 48 lbs (21.8 kg)

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Cerwin-VegaCVA-28 Active Dual 8" Speaker

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(9 of 11 customers found this review helpful)


review of cerwin vega cva 28

By chester mcintire

from amarillo

Comments about Cerwin-Vega CVA-28 Active Dual 8" Speaker:

If i had a complaint it would be the gain noice , that may very well be my board . you won't hear it unless you are 3 feet away or less
I have used these weekly for the last 2 years and will buy 2 more this year . I came up through the school of experimentatation various brands and systems over the last 15 years on stage ,largerly doing karaoke shows , weddings and private parties . The progression was peavy ,( spx 15 's ) for about 5 years , they were great , next was yamaha 15's club series , they were richer , next was the move to active speakers which were the Mackie duals , which sounded awesome , but i defected out both within the warranty period and concluded they were not realiable enough for on stage . Then i came to the cva28's . they have never missed a beat . I have a pro audio guy that gives me feedback on the sound and mix at my shows . It is hands down without any question the best speaker i have ever worked with except bose .lot of kick , ample bass without sub in a 50 plus people room , roughly 5000 sq ft ( of course that depends on the room ) .I looked at the jbl prx635 as an upgrade , but what i will do is expand what has brought the crowd for the last 2 years , due to the quality of sound .
solid birch cab , no carpet , vinyl /plastic coat , very durable .
I sure there are better , how much do you want to spend ? These do the job extremly well for a good price

(7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)



By Classaxman

from Houston, Texas

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Comments about Cerwin-Vega CVA-28 Active Dual 8" Speaker:

I purchased a set of Cerwin Vega CVA-28 active three way speaker as a set of multipurpose speakers that would see duty as FOH for a smooth jazz combo and DJ duties for small to medium venues. Cewin prides themselves as the LOUD speaker company and that is what these are. Infact they sound great, only at medium to ear splitting levels, below noraml PA levels, the mids and highs are over powered by the deep bass. Crank the volume and the effect is amazing, they PUNCH and KICK, just massive very balanced and clean acurate walls of sound. Curiously the sound does not change in different parts of the room, much less directional than one would expect. A pair combined with the 18" sub was more than enough for a rock a room of 300 people. "Hey, no conversing on the dance floor." or at the front tables for that matter. Bottom line, give um some SPL and they out perform everything in their price range, they also weren't bad as a pair of floor monitors which was shocking. Only cons are the chiped paint finish is brittle and flakes off easily from any compound curved surface, and they're plent heavy. Overall very pleased.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


Can't wait to get more of them!

By Jesse J

from New Zealand

About Me Experienced


  • Clear Sound
  • Easy To Use
  • Loud!
  • Versatile


    Best Uses

    • Events
    • Mobile DJ
    • Performances

    Comments about Cerwin-Vega CVA-28 Active Dual 8" Speaker:

    I use a pair of these for mobile DJ gigs, usually with a CVA-115 sub. They sound amazing on their own when I use them at home for DJing, movies etc, but they really shine when you crank them up and push them a bit. They are a very solid unit and are decievingly heavy for their size but I am very happy with how well they perform. I have received numerous compliments about the detail and imaging that these generate, and they have even impressed sound engineers. My only niggle is that they hiss slightly when at idle but this is only noticeable when there is no sound going through them. Would definitely recommend to anyone contemplating buying these!

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


    Ain't Nuthin Better

    By O M Jack

    from Humble, Texas

    About Me Experienced


    • Clear Sound
    • Compact
    • Easy To Use
    • Versatile


    • Bulky/Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Events
    • Performances

    Comments about Cerwin-Vega CVA-28 Active Dual 8" Speaker:

    These have got to be among the best sounding powered speakers on the market today. I have used Bose and QSC and the CV's are equal of better in my opinion. I don't understand how someone can say that they are over priced or can be built cheaper. These speakers are solid from the start. At one time I was experimenting with building the perfect speaker cab for acoustic guitar. After trying these I realized there was no way that I could hope to fund this kind of R&D, I believe the whole unit is a solid piece with the cones and drivers inserted. Hence the weight (their only draw back). I have been using them for about 4 years and am impressed still by the sound that they produce.

    (2 of 9 customers found this review helpful)


    Great idea! Awfully overpriced...

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about Cerwin-Vega CVA-28 Active Dual 8" Speaker:

    It is possible to get fantastic sound sound two full-range 8" drivers. This array takes advantage of well-known principles of acoustics and speaker-dispersion, so it's a great idea.After researching the components and specs, I have determined that I can build a better unit, with better components for less than half of what these go for... and that's buying the speakers at retail!Nice try... but these are WAY over priced!

    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)



    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about Cerwin-Vega CVA-28 Active Dual 8" Speaker:

    This is speaker is heavy, but for its size it is freaking amazing! Go compare of these little bad boys to a Mackie, JBL, QSC...no comparison!

    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


    Steer clear!

    By Unhappy camper

    from MT

    About Me Professional Musician


    • Compact
    • Durable
    • HD construction


    • Poor Sound Quality
    • Pricey / Poor Value

    Best Uses

    • Events
    • Mobile DJ
    • Performances

    Comments about Cerwin-Vega CVA-28 Active Dual 8" Speaker:

    These would be great if they made a passive version or redesigned the amplifier. The speakers themselves are well made and VERY solidly constructed- the heaviest-duty speakers of this size by a wide margin. Unfortunately, the built-in amplifier is garbage grade. The noise floor of these things is appalling- loud hiss accompanied by a ludicrous level of hum. There is absolutely no shielding between the massive power transformer and the preamplifier/tone control boards, which are in direct proximity when the speaker is assembled. The whole amplifier assembly is very poorly designed and built- either CV outsourced the electrical engineers or hired flunkies. How these things ever got past quality control in the design phase is a mystery to me.

    This is the unfortunate problem with CV gear. Quality is all over the board. Some things are done really well, even better than much higher end gear. Others, however, are done so poorly they make Behringer and Pyle junk look downright professional. One thing's for sure- CV's quality has tanked since they were bought by Stanton/Gibson.

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