Summary: I've both these little bookshelfs and my Synchrony One B's and they hold up very well against the PSB's in my smallish living room. The Energys have a very sweet tonal balance if a little on the warm side on some material and that's why they'll distinguish themselves best when place on stands. The treble and midrange is remarkable for a relatively inexpensive pair of speaks and they look great in both the black ash or the discontinued cherry.
Summary: Easily one of the best speaker purchases I've ever made. I was very impressed with the build quality of these speakers. The cabinets are very solid and they look good too. 5-way gold binding posts accommodate bi-amping or bi-wiring, but I just use the bottom set of terminals. The speakers look good with the grills off and having the grills off allows for better sound dispersion from the tweeter.
Summary: Although these speakers are no longer available I would like to say how fantastic they sound. The break in period that Energy recommends is a fact. They tend to open up with a clarity that is great. I purchased these through Amazon which was filled by Vanns. Both have been great in my experience. The fact that the price was unbelievable since they were beginning to blow them out made them a no brainer.
Summary: I am by no means an audiophile but I will say that these speakers have been more than enough for my music and movie needs. I use them in a 5.1 setup with an Energy S10.3 sub and they sound great. They are wonderful for music. I particularly enjoyed listening to Jack Johnson En Concert on them. Great soundstage. I purchased them for $200/pr on sale.
Summary: I bought these along with a to use with my iMac instead of computer speakers. I absolutely love them. The sounds produced by these speakers are clear, crisp and not bothered with harmonics. An amplifier with about 100w RMS per channel into 8 ohms is about right for these. They create a much larger aural presence than I expected, the low bass frequencies extend much lower than I thought they would too.
Summary: For this review, I would like to concentrate on the so-called "break in period" for these little beauties; the previous reviewers comments on amazing bass, clarity and smooth tweeter response all still apply - they really are a RIDICULOUS BUY for $200.00: If I had to do it all over again, I would buy these for my entire HT system and pair with a tasty sub - and that would be that - it would be done. Anyway, I would like to speak of the "break in"...
Summary: I've had these speakers for about 4 years now, but I still get as excited to listen to them as I did the day I bought them. I listen to a range of music including jazz, classic rock, grunge rock, hip hop, international music, etc. These speakers sound beautiful across all of them, though I think my favorite is acoustic guitar. Assuming you have good source quality and amp, you can hear the twang of the strings and the fingers move across the strings with these speakers.