Summary: I have long been a fan of Cambridge Soundworks and Klipsch for my speaker needs. I wasn't able to find anything at Cambridge Soundworks that I liked, and I really didn't want to spend $1,500 on my game room for speakers and a receiver. I bought these based on the high reviews here, and overall I think this is a great value.
Summary: Had these for about a week so far. Hooked up to my Onkyo NR509 with 14 gauge RCA speaker wire. They play together really well. Great sound! The speakers were much smaller than i had expected (which is a good thing). Also glad that the center channel is designed to lay horizontally. It hides under my tv perfectly. Very happy with my purchase.
Summary: Based on the many positive reviews I decided to buy these speakers. I hooked them up to my Yamaha RX-V571 AV receiver using 14 gauge wire with banana plugs. There is only one word to describe these speakers "Fantastic". They sound great. However, i did not like the subwoofer that comes with this system. I tried to put it at several different locations in the living room and was never really satisfied with the bass it puts out.
Summary: I took a chance on these speakers based on the glowing reviews. It is always risky to buy speakers without actually listening to them. Fortunately, it paid off. These speakers sound great for the small size. I previously had large floor standing speakers (Infinity Overtures 2, RS2004 for surrounds, and CC-3 for center channel). This setup, which costs 3 times what I paid for the Energy speakers, does sound a little better, but took up way too much space.
Summary: I have to say that the CNET critics were telling the truth when they gave it their top choice sound system for 2011. I loved the great sound quality that these small speaker exhibited along with the deep bass from the 200 watt sub. I bought a new Denon receiver (1712 model) and the sound was perfect. I used the manufactures reference settings and I was not disappointed. Speaker placement is key along with the speaker gauge size.
Pros: Unbelievable value for the money - I have the original Energy Take 5's, and they seem to only get better with time. If I had any complaint at all, it would be that I would like to have a little larger sub. I have a very large great room - 18 x 35 feet..
Cons: Not exactly a con, but give these speakers a little break-in time...
Summary: I bought this speakers along with the Yamaha RX-V667 receiver to replace my old home theatre system. The combination is superb. With this product I received much more quality sound for the price payed, thus I confirmed why cnet.con chose it as the best product of the year.
Summary: I've seen the price as lower but this is still a good deal around this range. Anyone who passes that price up is crazy if they are in the market for a great compact size surround sound home theatre speaker system. In the past, I used to overpay and by Bose products but I just think that they are overpriced at this point and there are a lot of nice competing proudcts out there. I have tested and compared plenty of systems before buying mine.
Energy 5.1 Take Classic Home Theater System (Set of Six, Black)
Clayton R Danford, Amazon
26 August 2011
Summary: I gave this product a four star rating, only because one of the speaker's (that can be used for RF,LF,SRR,or SRL) right out of the box new, did not work, otherwise I would have given it a 5 star rating. I had to effect self repair on the speaker. Took apart the speaker and found the mid-range positive speaker connection, not properly connected, bent, and shorting out against the speaker housing.