Energy 5.1 Take Classic Home Theater System (Set of Six, Black)
|Speaker Type||Subwoofer, Surround, Center Channel, Satellite, In-Wall|
|Mounting Type||Wall Mount|
|Surround Sound Channel Configuration||6|
|Color||Black High Gloss|
About this item
- 4 gloss black 2-way Energy satellite speakers
- 1 gloss black Energy center channel
- 200 watt Energy subwoofer with front firing port and 8" driver and patented Ribbed Elliptical Surround(TM)
- Perfect for a large or small space surround sound solution
- Wall mountable
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|Item Dimensions||19.9 x 19.9 x 22.5 inches||11.8 x 11.8 x 13.3 inches||21 x 16.4 x 19.4 inches||20.7 x 18.9 x 23.7 inches||12.5 x 12.5 x 13.8 inches||23 x 22 x 18 inches|
|Output Wattage||60 watts||—||—||1000 watts||100 watts||150.00 watts|
|Surround Sound Channel Configuration||6||1.0||5.1||5.1, 5.1||5||5.1|
This landmark Energy 5.1 Take Classic home entertainment system flaunts superior MDF cabinets finished in sophisticated high-gloss black. It includes a powerful 200-watt subwoofer with a front-firing port, 8" driver and patented Ribbed Elliptical Surround(TM) for well-defined bass reproduction. But the coup de grâce is the newly added Convergent Source Module (CSM) with its 3" poly-titanium woofer and .75" Hyperbolic(TM) aluminum-dome tweeter. This proprietary technology provides a dynamic frequency range and an expansive soundstage, resulting in smooth, realistic sound that emanates from each satellite speaker as well as the center channel. Music and movie lovers can now rejoice because the Take Classic not only breathes life into every entertainment experience, it incites an intense passion in every listener.
From the Manufacturer
A CNET Editor's Choice winner for February 2009, the Energy 5.1 Take Classic Home Entertainment Speaker System is a no-compromise collection of high-tech components that offer complete and uncompromising fidelity at an affordable price. Made up of four Take satellite speakers, a Take center channel speaker and one 200-watt Take powered subwoofer, each high-gloss black speaker component in this system is masterfully integrated with each other creating a killer sound that is much bigger than it looks and that seamlessly meshes with any flat panel HDTV system.
Take Classic proves that convenience doesn't have to mean compromise. Sure, you can shop for individual home theater components-but you won't get better performance, or better looks. Integrating the best technologies Energy has to offer, the Take Classic can fill your room with hair-rising effects and theater-like sound: hyperbolic aluminum dome tweeters for screaming highs, Convergent Source Modules for clear, crisp dialogue and music and a Ribbed Elliptical Surround on the subwoofer that makes every explosion a room shaking affair. In addition, integrated keyhole wall-mounts, threaded inserts and rubber bumpers let you choose how and where to place your speakers.
Energy has been a leader in audio research and development as well as in the engineering and manufacturing of speakers since 1973. With this pedigree Take Classic components were developed with Energy's core principles in mind. These include:
Flat On-Axis Frequency Response with Wide Bandwidth - Speakers should reproduce the entire audio range in a uniform manner. By ensuring that no one frequency dominates any other, Energy ensures that every note is the way it was intended to be-and the sound as natural as possible.
Wide and Constant Dispersion - Sound at all frequencies radiating from the speaker should be in an even pattern, in all directions throughout the room.
Low Distortion and Resonance - Speaker system is distortion- or resonance-free, but Energy has achieved a significantly lower distortion level, a clearly audible improvement.
The Take Classic 5.1 home theater system also offers terrific performance and great features:
- Our patented Convergent Source Module (CSM) 3-inch poly-titanium woofer and .75-inch hyperbolic aluminum-dome tweeter -the heart of Energy speakers
- Patented Ribbed Elliptical Surround woofers create high efficiency, low distortion
- An aluminum dome tweeter for sonic accuracy
- Front and rear venting for more powerful bass response
Exclusive Energy® Brand Technologies
Convergent Source Module
The Convergent Source Module, or CSM, provides wide dispersion, low distortion and amazing midrange performance. The speaker's midrange and tweeter are positioned in close proximity to one another and act as a single source, thereby increasing overall dispersion and reducing any lobing effect. The chambering of the mid and tweeter lowers the driver's resonance, reducing distortion.
Ribbed Elliptical Surround Technology
Energy's patented Ribbed Elliptical Surround technology (U.S. patent #6,725,967, Canadian patent #2,407,123) increases excursion, eliminates distortion and raises efficiency on woofers and subwoofers. The Elliptical Surround encompasses the cone, allowing it to move identically in both directions, resulting in near zero distortion. And while conventional designs are often plagued with surround dimpling, which causes them to radiate in and out of phase and distort at all listening levels, Energy's designs aren't influenced by dimpling at all, instead proprietary Ribbed Elliptical Surround technology allows for a larger cone surface, resulting in greater efficiency. This design also lets the cone achieve greater peak to peak movement, thus allowing it to travel more than double the distance of the competition. These attributes enable Energy woofers and subwoofers to move incredible amounts of air, ultimately allowing them to play lower frequencies with greater bass extension and fidelity.
What's in the Box
A 6-piece, high gloss black set of Energy Take Classic 5.1 speakers: 4-Take satellite speakers, 1-perfectly matched Take center channel speaker, 1-perfectly matched Take powered subwoofer; 1-owners manual.
- Frequency Response - Sat: 115Hz-20KHz; Center: 110Hz-20KHz; Subwoofer: 33Hz-150Hz +/- 3dB
- Crossover Point - 2.9 kHz
- Sensitivity - 89dB
- Power Handling - Sat & Center: 100 Watts; Subwoofer: 200 Watts
- Recommended Amplifier Power - 20 - 100 Watts RMS (continuous)
- Impedance - 8-ohm compatible
- Subwoofer Variable Low Pass Filter - 40Hz-150Hz @ 18dB/octave
- Tweeter - ¾-inch (19 mm) Hyperbolic™ aluminum-dome
- Woofer - Sat & Center: 3-inch poly-titanium; Sub: 8" IM Cone with Patented Ribbed Elliptical Surround
- Dimensions (inches) - Sat: 6 7/8 x 4 1/8 x 4 1/8; Center: 4 1/8 x 10 1/4 x 4 1/8; Subwoofer: 12 5/8 x 12 5/8 x 12 5/8 (add 2 1/6" for feet)
- Weight - Sat: 2.9 lbs; Center: 3.2 lbs; Subwoofer: 19.7 lbs
The center channel speaker needs to be centrally located so that the dialogue appears to be coming from the center of the screen. It needs to be above or below the monitor, as closely to it as possible. If you're using a rear projection television, the most likely option is to place it above the screen. If you have a front projection system, you have choices-stand mounting, or placement on furniture, for example. It is important, though, to place the speaker so that its front edge is even with the edge of the shelf or stand supporting it. Unwanted diffraction occurs when the center channel is too far back into a cabinet or other surface with edges that could impede sound dispersion.
For left or right front channels, the distance between the speakers should be 6-8 feet at minimum for the best stereo imaging. The optimum room shape is rectangular, with the speakers along one of the shorter walls, facing the opposite side. If possible, do not place speakers against a wall or at rear of a bookshelf; corner placement is usually the worst option. Try to keep the speakers-especially rear vented models-at least two feet from the surface behind it, unless you use a vent plug. For best results mounting on a rear wall, position the speakers so they flank the main listening area and point toward the front of the room. They should be raised to a height of approximately six feet and should ideally have a space of six feet between them. The three most common subwoofer locations include corners (which can result in boomy or exaggerated low frequency response), placement along a wall, away from the corner (producing moderate bass performance with increased fidelity over corner placement), or beside a front speaker (creating a better blend with the front speaker, but sacrificing overall volume). Experimentation with subwoofer placement is highly encouraged; slight adjustments can create big differences in sound reproduction. To test subwoofer placement, install it temporarily in your main listening position and walk around the listening room while playing a familiar piece of music until you find the best sounding position.
Review from Home Theater Magazine
Review from HomeTheaterMag.com: Energy Take ClassicIt came as no surprise to me that Energy's Take Classic speaker package was such a fine all-around performer. The brand has a strong track record in sat/sub packages, and this set continues the tradition. No, these speakers won't give you the slamming low-frequency effects you'd get from phat towers and/or a giant sub. But they deliver the midrange goods--the single most important aspect of speaker performance, if I had to choose one--and kept me intelligently entertained.
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A little about my system. I watch a lot of Blu-ray movies in hi-def surround formats and we have a PS3, Xbox One, and a Wii-U integrated into my system as well. There is also a Grand Videoke TKR371MP as a top of the line wireless Karaoke system that my wife uses that also outputs hi-def audio on certain song choices. I use Verizon Fios as my cable provider. I purchased 2 of these Energy systems because I wanted to do a 7.2 setup in my man cave. The extra speakers left over will hopefully someday be integrated into a 9.2 Dolby Atmos setup down the road.
Here is my unbiased review of these speakers:
a. The sound quality is much better than I had expected them to be. I have a slight hearing disability so dialog from the center channel is difficult sometime for me to hear, especially on cable TV. The Energy’s center speaker is crystal clear on all sources and I have yet to struggle with any dialog. Even my Infinity’s were not this clear and they cost thousands more!
b. The blend between the subs and the satellites is the best I’ve encountered for a system in this class. I’ve tested similar sized systems from Polk, Infinity (TSS Series), Definitive, and JBL. None blended so seamlessly as this Energy system does. You must set your volume on the sub to the mid-way point and set the cutoff frequency to 110hz, then do the auto calibration with your receiver. I have an older Sony STR-DH-810 and I hate the auto calibration DCAC that Sony uses. I much prefer Audyssey, but had to use what I got for now. With the Sony DCAC I still had to do a few minor manual tweaks here and there, especially on surround levels (there was a bias of too much volume on the left side). I fully intend on getting a new Denon next year once they finally work out the HDCP 2.2 issues for 4K, so I can calibrate these with the Audyssey XT32 calibration system instead.
c. The two 8 inch subs put out cleaner and tighter bass than my 12 inch infinity sub ever did. Put the new Godzilla in during the Honolulu airport scene and you will know exactly what I am talking about.
d. The satellites are small and easy to position around the room. I recommend putting them on dedicated wall mounts so that the bass tube on the back of the speakers can breathe. You can wall mount them flush with a nail as there is a key hole slot on each speaker including the center, but for best performance, let them breathe a little away from the wall.
e. They work very well for both music and movies! Something that many speakers can’t do (it’s either one or the other). I listen to a lot of 80’s metal so guitar work is the focus when listening to music. I listen more for the guitar work from the likes of Randy Rhoades, Zakk Wylde, Jake E. Lee, and especially George Lynch, so I wanted speakers that could handle this type of music. The Energy’s did not disappoint!
f. If you’re into the karaoke thing, they will pleasantly surprise you. We had my Karaoke system hooked up to an Onkyo system and a Bose Lifestyle system at two different friend's houses and my Energy’s smoked the competition on voice clarity and overall sound quality from both the background music and the singers voice (disclaimer: They will not make you a better singer. If you can’t sing, there is no speaker on earth that will help you….trust me, this is me! I don’t sing, remember, it’s my wife’s system not mine….see autotune for help on that).
g. If you want that IMAX feeling in your man cave. Definitely do the 7.2 setup if your receiver will allow, you will be totally blown away! The 2 subs combined with the processing of the extra back channels of the 7.2 system will put you right in the movie, literally.
h. Construction of the actual speaker modules (tweeter and the midrange) are superb and look and feel like they would last forever. The housing is ok but nothing to wright home about. It is durable enough that you don’t have to worry too much about scratches or peeling, but it is a laminate/pressboard finish so definitely not indestructible. My infinities were real wood so I guess I got spoiled a little. Energy does make higher end speakers with better material but you will pay an arm and a leg for them. Keep in mind these were only $299 for me on sale with Amazon!
a. Fingerprint magnets. The high gloss finish will need to be cleaned after you handle them or anytime you touch them. This is a very minor gripe by the way.
b. As other reviewers have noted, there is a break in period for these speakers due to the type of material they are made of so out of the box they may sound a little bright at first but will gradually become warmer sounding after a few days of using them. The manufacturer recommends 50 hours of use to properly break them in. Mine are already sounding much better than day one when I first hooked them up. Just be patient.
I highly recommend this system to anyone wanting smaller speakers for a surround system. The performance of these speakers greatly, and I mean GREATLY outweighs the cost. It is money well spent because they perform like high end speakers allowing you to use the rest of your home theater budget on better equipment such as a higher grade receiver or that overly comfortable man cave couch. I would buy these again for another room without hesitation and I have already recommended this system to a good friend of mine who is currently in the process of hooking up his own new home theater system. Again, it is money not wasted….enjoy!
This set replaces the 7.1 speakers which came with my Onkyo home theater in a box which you can see here: https://www.amazon.com/Onkyo-SKS-HT540-Channel-Theater-Speaker/dp/B000GU78Z4?ie=UTF8&SubscriptionId=AKIAJ3NOW7JKGQLTEY4A&camp=2025&creative=165953&creativeASIN=B000GU78Z4&linkCode=xm2&tag=cnet-api-20.
My pre-HDMI, 10 year old Onkyo receiver is still doing fine, but I've never really been 100% satisfied with the speakers which were packaged with it. The Energy 5.1 Take Classic 5.1 system is AMAZING to my critical ears! The 4 small satellites are all identical, so you know the sound coming from the rear will be every bit as bright and full as the front. The Onkyo satellites, while larger, and seemingly more capable in appearance, were muddy by comparison. The Onkyo surrounds had only a single speaker, so background sounds were limited to whatever that midrange cone could muster.
The center speaker contains the same driver array as the satellites, but has two forward facing ports instead of a single rear facing port like the satellites have. This allows more dynamic range pushing forward where dialog and most of your movie's sound will come from. All the Energy satellites have a clear and bright presence.
Although this 5.1 system replaces a 7.1 setup, I don't miss the extra 2 rears one bit. The two Energy surround satellites have much more rear presence than the four larger Onkyo surrounds ever did. I no longer have to walk over to the surrounds to confirm they're doing anything. I'm hearing incidental music and effects from the rear I never heard before! In the beginning in Monsters Inc, where we're first brought into the company's front door, in between the characters' conversations, I can hear the unmistakable sound of the building's air conditioning system in the background! Something I never knew was there before! I have to watch all my old favorite movies and experience them all over again!
The bass speaker is the real star of the show here. My living room is about 18 feet by 16 feet and opens into the dining area, which then turns a corner into the kitchen, so the Energy speakers have a lot of floor to cover and air to fill. Don't let the fact that the bass has an eight inch down firing speaker fool you. This baby rocks the entire house! It's smaller than the Onkyo bass it replaced, but never have I had such satisfying, deep tones and surprisingly full rumbles coming from my movies before getting the Energy system! Whether it's the mighty, slow-motion on screen progression of a Star Wars battleship, or the ultimate deep bass of my favorite tunes, this diminutive bass speaker is an absolute delight to have in the home. Deep, deep bass can be heard throughout my 1200 square foot home - again, something I've never had before, and something I thought would require spending 3 times or more the price.
It took only a few minutes to set up the Energy speakers since I already had the room wired from the previous set. The Onkyo receiver allows me to manually tune volume for each speaker - no automatic mic system here. The Onkyo receiver's speaker calibration allows speaker settings from 1 to 12. I kept all the smaller cubes at 9 and had to lower the bass from the previous set's setting of 10 down to 9. I then had to lower the treble from 8 to 6 and kept the bass at 4. I then adjusted the Energy bass low pass filter knob between 90 and 100hz. This seemed an optimal balance between the bass and the satellites. Too much higher and vocals start sounding a little boomy. I set the Energy bass level knob to 7 (out of 12 - so I guess Onkyo isn't alone with using "12" as a maximum speaker calibration) which gives me just enough punch and boom without exaggerating the bass. If you wanted to pump this puppy up because you want to rattle the windows, go right ahead and crank it to 12! I tend to like a more balanced setting which only shows its surprising deep ends when the music or the movie calls for it. I keep the bass power on automatic. Its little blue front facing LED light stays on during use, and turns off after about 15 minutes or so of sensing no sound being sensed. I have it sitting about a foot from the left front corner of my living room. It's tucked behind the side couch's end table, so I'm not bothered by the blue light (as some have complained here).
I would absolutely recommend the Energy 5.1 Take Classic system to anyone with a receiver and critical ear. Your music will finally satisfy you and your movies will surprise you. Take the time to adjust the setup correctly. There is some crucial knob turning on the bass module to balance with whatever settings your receiver allows. You'll be getting up and down from your couch quite a few times during the first few days to make slight adjustments - this is to be expected with any new system, but the rewards are definitely there. Energy's manual recommends a break-in period where they suggest playing wide dynamic music at normal listening levels throughout the first 50 hours. While I understand the need (speakers are moving objects whose glue, mounts, and foam will change their shape, and thus their sound, somewhat as they loosen up after first being used), I would say you'd be fine just playing them as often as you can in the first few days. If you have a very critical ear, you may find the need to make a few more adjustments during and after the break-in period completes. Again, this is normal. I could not be happier with my purchase, and highly recommend this speaker system to anyone with a love for excellent sound.
They sound great, articulate, accurate, warm, balanced, clear (even on high volumes), transparent. The only knock is that I can sometimes push them too hard listening to loud levels which is rare since having a child. When I play good source material, it feels like the musicians are in the room with me.
I grew up with an audiofile dad. I don't think I am an audiophile but I know really great sound and I can't stand low res stuff esp from songs I've heard on better equipment. Its like getting use to 1080p or 4k then seeing 720p or standard. You can tell. These are 1080p and a really good 1080p.