- Brand Name: Energy
- Model Number: RC Micro
- Color: Black High Gloss
- Speaker Type: Subwoofers, Surround, Center Channel
- Item Display Depth: 2.75 inches
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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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
- 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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It's OK. I kind of expected more. The Sub is nice. Finish is beautiful, but the sound is just OK. It's fine for watching TV, but listening to music is disappointing. Read morePublished 8 months ago by not happy
I purchased this set of speakers on December 2011, been connected to a Yamaha receiver since and used everyday with my Sony LED TV. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Ricardo Espinosa V
This is one of the best small surround sound system for the price out there. I would highly recommend this for your living room. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Mikenedge
POS...Maybe mine was just a bad apple, but I wouldn't pay 100 bucks for it. I've got a sony soundbar that puts this group of "speakers", to shame.Published 13 months ago by Mark
Awesome little system. May have a small footprint but great sound. Although I did replace the subwoofer with a larger 12" Polk.Published 13 months ago by Robert A Gubser