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Energy RC-Micro 5.1 Surround Speaker System (Black)

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  • Micro 5.1 Home Theater surround speaker package of critical acclaim delivers high performance sound in elegant and unobtrusive package.
  • Features 2.5-Inch Aluminum woofer and 1/2-Inch Hyperbolic Aluminum tweeter for accurate sound and expansive soundstage
  • Subwoofer, center channel and four front & rear speakers all finished in beautiful High Gloss piano black lacquer.
  • Mini subwoofer in High Gloss Black features 8-Inch woofer with Patented Ribbed Elliptical suspension and 240W amplifier for deep
  • Several mounting options with Integrated key-hole mount or 1/4-Inch-20 insert, floor stands optional.
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Energy
  • Model Number: RC Micro
  • Color: Black High Gloss
  • Speaker Type: Subwoofers, Surround, Center Channel
  • Item Display Depth: 2.75 inches

Product Description

Product Description

Acclaimed micro-sized Home Theater surround speaker package perfect to frame around today's flat panel TVs.

From the Manufacturer

Lifelike Sound from a Compact Home Theater System

RC-Micro is Energy's most compact collection of high-tech components—satellites, subwoofer and center channel. Though tiny, this system packs a big wallop inside their great looking high-gloss black cabinets.

The RC-Micro proves beyond doubt that small can still be powerful. And it shatters any illusions about small, packaged home theater systems; you won’t get better performance, or better looks, even if you buy individual pieces.  This system delivers lifelike performance from your favorite games and movies, with precision balanced mids & highs compliments of the Convergent Source Module, to the massive bottom end provided by a specially matched 240 watt 8” compact subwoofer, which features a Ribbed Elliptical surround for great bass detail and extension.  The hyperbolic aluminum dome tweeter on the satellites and center channel focuses sound for clearer dialogue and stirring music.  Keyhole slots and threaded inserts allow wall and stand mounting, letting you choose how and where to place your speakers.  The RC-Micro Center and satellite speakers are magnetically shielded to eliminate interference with CRTs or televisions.  Gold plated push connectors ensure positive connection for top-flight performance.

Convergent Source Module

The Convergent Source Module, or CSM, is the heart of an Energy speaker.  It provides wide dispersion, low distortion and amazing midrange performance.  The speaker’s midrange and tweeter are designed to perfectly integrate with one another and are housed closely together to maximize driver integration, providing accuracy and excellence imaging. 

Ribbed Elliptical Surround

The patented Ribbed Elliptical Surrounds that encircle our products’ woofers are unlike any other.  By changing the shape of the speaker surround to an ellipse, rather than the traditional “half roll,” distortion is reduced dramatically.  Benefits also include increased excursion and a larger piston area, allowing for greater efficiency and greater dynamics than conventional designs.  

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

No speaker system is distortion- or resonance-free, but Energy has achieved a significantly lower distortion level, a clearly audible improvement.

What Critics Are Saying About Energy RC Micro

"What sets the RC-Micro apart from other offerings is both the clarity of the presentation, and the width of the soundstage.

The RC-Micro is a very attractive set of home theater speakers, and have substance behind the flash. The same cannot always be said for other products in the space…it performed very well, and provides a great home theater experience.”
--Andrew Yang, Secrets of Home Theater and High Fidelity, October 29, 2009

Technical Specifications

  • Frequency Response: Sat: 150Hz-23kHz; Subwoofer: 36Hz-180Hz +/- 3dB
  • Crossover Point: 3.5 kHz
  • Sensitivity: 88dB
  • Power Handling: Sat and Center: 240 Watts
  • Recommended Amplifier Power: 20 - 100 Watts RMS (Continuous)
  • Impedance: 8-ohm compatible
  • Subwoofer Variable Low Pass Filter: 40Hz-150Hz
  • Tweeter: 0.5-inch (12.7mm) hyperbolic aluminum dome
  • Midrange: 2.5-inch (63.5mm) high-excursion aluminum cone
  • Woofer: 8-inch (20 cm) Injection molded cone with Ribbed Elliptical surround
  • Dimensions: Sat: 4.7 x 3.5 x 3.5in; Center: 3.5 x 5.9 x 3.5in; Subwoofer: 12.7 x 10.5 x 12.3in
  • Weight: Sat: 1.6 lbs; Center:  1.9 lbs; Subwoofer: 16 lbs

Maximum Performance Tips

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.

Product Information

Product Dimensions 3.5 x 3.5 x 4.7 inches
Item Weight 2 pounds
Shipping Weight 30.7 pounds
Manufacturer Energy
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Item model number RC Micro
Customer Reviews
4.6 out of 5 stars 115 customer reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #280 in Electronics > Home Audio & Theater > Home Theater Systems > Speakers > Surround Sound Systems
#7,054 in Electronics > Home Audio & Theater > Speakers
Date first available at April 18, 2005

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By D. Boisvert on April 18, 2009
The Energy RC-Micro 5.1 surround sound speakers pack awesome sound in small and rather stylish design. I am not an audiophile, but I used to have large Infinity speakers that sat on the floor, and these Energy speakers have sound quality far superior to them.

The powered bass rocks the house and can deliver plenty enough bass to fill my 13 x 20 foot room and more. The surround speakers have a uniquely crisp sound so that your home feels as though it was part of the original video and music making experience.

Although these speakers can belt out over 100 watts per channel without a problem, I wouldn't recommend these speakers for the person who wants to listen to their music at deafening levels. The bass can deliver but the unique qualities of the surround speakers are somewhat lost at maximum power . . . or my ears can't adequately process all of the noise.

I find these speakers excellent for surround sound TV and movie watching, excellent for music at normal listening levels (where the neighbors in the next house are not complaining), and good for the times when you want to make neighbors listen to your music.
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I got these here on Amazon for $599. Now to a lot of you that might not sound like a lot of money, but to me this was a major purchase. But after researching for a long time I finaly decided on the Energy RC-Micro speakers over the Orb speaker system. I will never know how I would have liked the Orbs but it would be nearly impossible to be any happier than I am with these speakers.

The package arrived very quickly, 4 days after I order and that was with the standard free shipping. Two corners on the box were flattened in a couple of inches, but Eneregy did a nice job with the packaging and everything inside was in perfect shape.

I matched these speakers up with my Onkyo TX-SR507 and Omnimount Surround Sound System Mounting Package for Micro Speakers (Both of which i also recommend, especially the Omnimount brackets that came with an adapter that fit these speakers perfectly).

After installation I am like a little kid at Christmas and spent the whole weekend in front of the TV trying out everything I could think of to test these babies. I pop in my blu-ray of Transformers. Oh boy what a way to start off. I put the volume to about 60 percent of maximum and the room was rocking. Great clean crisp highs, bass that I could feel in my seat, and voices that were clear even as the world seemed to be falling apart all around the people.

Everything I listened to that weekend sounded great. A couple of other highlights: Encore was showing the new Rambo movie. About a half hour into the movie it starts raining. I swear that it sounded so realistic that I muted my sound because I thought it was raining outside (It had been earlier). Another movie I was watching has 2 neighborhood dogs barking at each other.
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I bought this system for my den but it did not really live up to the reviews, IMO. It replaced an old surround system mishmash of Infinity bookshelf front speakers, a Polk center channel, and Bose 501 towers for the rear channel (all those crummy 501s are good for). And it did sound better, especially considering the small size of the speakers, but it was not great overall. I ended up moving the Energy system to my bedroom and it works pretty well in there, but I am still not satisfied since the sound does not have enough midrange and does not sound "rich" enough. I had the concern before I purchased this system that there was a gap between the minimum frequency of the small speakers of 150Hz, and the usual 80Hz crossover you set the sub, but I figured perhaps the harmonics would fill in this range, and they do to a certain extent, but I don't think it is sufficient after using the system for a month. I now plan to move these to the basement for the kid's gaming TV and look for an inexpensive surround system that has overlap between the satellites and the sub frequencies, such as the Procinema60 system, instead of a huge gap. Granted, the speakers are not as small and the wall mounts for Definitive speakers are stupidly expensive, but I find them to be far superior for the money.

Edit: I got a Procinema60 system (for $200). I got it mostly so I could have two prosub60 subwoofers for my main system, but replaced the Energy satellite and center channel speakers in my bedroom with the pro60s. The Definitives sound far better right out of the box than the broken-in Energys. I am still using the Energy subwoofer in the bedroom and it works fine. Even after the Energy speakers were broken in, they were never "warm" enough - I really noticed the lack of low midrange.
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After reading several positive reviews about these speakers in the internet I recently purchased them for my home teather system (my room is 12" X 14" approx). I was a bit worried as i did not have the opportunity to listen to them before (no local dealer), but saw them in Amazon for US 599 and decided to take the risk based on the reviews. Now having installed them I am very happy, the sound is clear, voice reproduction is clean and balance between the satellites and the subwoofer is perfect (you can adjust it). I was esceptical about little satellite systems because the ones i had heard before always left a sensation of emptiness, lack of clarity and some sounds totally lost. This system does not have all those problems, i have tested with action movies, normal TV signal, and musical dvds and still sound great. They are a very good purchase for the price.
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