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#1 OFFLINE   Cholly

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Posted 09 January 2010 - 11:15 AM

I recently bought a packaged set of Energy Take Classic speakers (4 satellites and a center speaker) from Newegg (currently $149), planning to use two satellites and the center speaker to provide low cost surround sound in my bedroom together with my wonderful old Acoustic Research AR-3 speakers and an Onkyo HT-R510 home theater receiver. I combined the other two satellites with an Onkyo TX-8011 stereo receiver and a retired Panasonic DVD player to provide a music system for our living room.
I'd read a number of reviews on these speakers and they were all positive, complaining only about the fact that the low end cutoff of the speakers is around 125 Hz. This shortcoming is pretty much negated by the fact that the response of the speakers is quite flat from 125 Hz to well above 10 KHz.
I was pleasantly surprised at the overall sound quality of these tiny speakers. In the living room, the lack of extreme lows doesn't detract from the listening experience and the small size makes them unobtrusive.
The excellent low end response of the AR-3's makes up for the lack of a subwoofer in my bedroom system. I balanced the output level of the speakers using the level test ouput of the HT-R510 together with a Radio Shack digital sound level meter.
I now have a nice home theater system in my bedroom with the addition of these speakers. Components are the aforementioned receiver and speakers, 37 inch Vizio LCD TV, Dual 1215 turntable, ART DJ phono preamp, TiVo HD DVR with 1 terabyte external hard drive, Panasonic DMP-BD60 Blu-ray DVD player, Toshiba HD-A2KU HD DVD player and Sanyo DRW-500 DVD recorder.

Edited by Cholly, 09 January 2010 - 11:53 AM.
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Family Room: Samsung UN60F7100 60" LED 3D TV; Samsung  BD-H5900 3D Blu-Ray DVD player; Yamaha RX-V663 AVR. Paradigm speakers - Focus fronts, CC170 center, PDR-8 subwoofer, Atom surrounds, ADP rear center; TiVo Roamio Plus DVR, Toshiba HD-A3 HD DVD player.
Bedroom: Vizio 42" 3D TV, Pioneer VSX-521-K AVR, Panasonic 3D DVD player, Energy Take Classic 5.1 speakers, Roku 2 XD, TiVo Premiere, Insignia HD radio tuner, Toshiba HD DVD player


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#2 ONLINE   sigma1914

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Posted 09 January 2010 - 12:32 PM

Cholly, I just bought the exact same speakers this past week! I put them with a new Yamaha RX-V465 receiver & I love the results. These speakers (with an added sub-woofer not included) are a great set.

Last night, I watched the newest 'Star Trek,' and experienced what TrueHD sound really is. WOW!
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#3 OFFLINE   wilbur_the_goose

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Posted 19 January 2010 - 01:47 PM

FWIW - Energy are made by Mirage speakers (at least they used to be).

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Posted 19 January 2010 - 04:04 PM

They are a Klipsch group company and have been so since at least beginning of 05 at least.

There are people that swear by them. The AV guy I got most of my equipment from liked their sound over the Klipsch reference series speakers. I found them a bit "poppy" but otherwise quite good when compared to similar spec'd Klipsch reference series units. I chose the Klipsch units as the horns eliminated the "sweet spot" created by dome tweeter technologies. Plus the low/mid transitions were warmer and less "poppy" (to my ear YMMV).

Energy speakers are one of the BEST values out there.

The Boston Acoustics satellite home theater in a box speaker set has a similar higher crossover. Had one of these 5.1 sets some years back and loved them. But my home got bigger and I needed a much larger soundstage.

One needs to be mindful of crossover points when buying a non matched sub. Speaker companies typically "stretch" the frequency response numbers by using a +or- 3db variance in the ratings. This is usually at the ends of the rated spectrum. At the upper and lower ends of the rated specs the claimed start and drop off points are on a steep line to the bottom. As I recall the Energy subs topped at 120 where some Polks pushed above 130.

If it says it's low end is 125 its more like 130 at the same perceived loudness levels so I tend to set my sub crossover there as opposed to the "rated" response limits.

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FWIW - Energy are made by Mirage speakers (at least they used to be).


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Posted 19 January 2010 - 04:15 PM

I need a replacement sub, now. Does Energy have one to match these?
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#6 OFFLINE   Cholly

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Posted 19 January 2010 - 06:02 PM

I need a replacement sub, now. Does Energy have one to match these?


Go to their web site: www.energy-speakers.com to see what they have to offfer. Be prepared for high prices. Alternatively, here's a 10 inch sub by Polk at a reasonable price: http://www.amazon.co...63945580&sr=1-1

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Family Room: Samsung UN60F7100 60" LED 3D TV; Samsung  BD-H5900 3D Blu-Ray DVD player; Yamaha RX-V663 AVR. Paradigm speakers - Focus fronts, CC170 center, PDR-8 subwoofer, Atom surrounds, ADP rear center; TiVo Roamio Plus DVR, Toshiba HD-A3 HD DVD player.
Bedroom: Vizio 42" 3D TV, Pioneer VSX-521-K AVR, Panasonic 3D DVD player, Energy Take Classic 5.1 speakers, Roku 2 XD, TiVo Premiere, Insignia HD radio tuner, Toshiba HD DVD player





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