Summary: Given its lower price, the Monoprice 9774 presents a very attractive alternative to the Take Classic 5.1. However, its track record regarding reliability is unknown, and the future availability of the Monoprice speakers is a bit up in the air as a result of a patent infringement lawsuit filed by Klipsch, the Energy's parent company.
Pros: Great sound quality overall, Excellent music performance, Uncolored sound reproduction
Cons: Sound quality decreases at high volumes, Small sweet spot for best sound quality
Excerpt: Energy might not have the same kind of name recognition with the average consumer like Sony or Panasonic, but don’t discount them on branding alone. The Energy Take Classic 5.1 Speaker System is a great speaker system that shouldn’t be overlooked.It’s true that you can find home theater packages with dedicated receivers for a lot less, but what you are paying for with the Take Classic 5.1 Speaker System are much better performing speakers.
Excerpt: Here’s one more reason to love compact sat/sub sets—besides the fact that they’re affordable, easy to run with any receiver, and capable of anchoring a good-sounding surround system. They make your room look bigger.
Summary: But let me be clear; given its compact size and modest prize, the Take Classic system is a mighty impressive performer. In terms of tonal balance it is one of the most honest and uncolored systems in our survey and its imaging and soundstaging qualities are quite good, too—qualities that make this system not only a bargain, but a delight.
Summary: There are a number of ways one can enthusiastically endorse
and recommend speakers without doubt, hesitation, or reservation. Well, that’s one.
Not only are the Energy Take Classics superior loudspeakers, they’re a superior
value. I can’t imagine too many better speakers at this kind of price. For all of 600
simoleons, you get a home-theater speaker system that can handle any movie you’d care
to throw at it -- and handle it well.