Summary: Let me start out by saying that I am by no means an audiophile, I just want to have good sound for movies and music in my living room. After reading so many great reviews here and elsewhere, I thought I would upgrade my 15 year old-middle-of-the-road Kenwood 5.1 system with these after purchasing a new Pioneer VSX-53 tuner.
Summary: I purchased the Energy Take 5's to replace an older set of wooden-boxed Take 5's that were handed down to me from my father. The old ones took a few spills and the veneer started to peel but otherwise worked great. These were tried, tested and true so I wanted to simply order a new set. I went with the 5.0 system because the 8" sub included in the 5.1 had questionable reviews so I wanted to piece my own together.
Summary: My dad already has a pioneer a/v system and Sony sub-woofer so this five pack worked out perfect. The speakers look great and sound even better. My father can be picky when it comes to his home theater equipment so I was a little scarred buying something I hadn't seen or heard before but he says these speakers rock. Even my hard of hearing mother says she can tell a difference in quality from the old speakers to the Energy.
Summary: I love this speaker setup. I have them hooked up via banana plugs to my pioneer elite vsx-42 receiver and they sound great. I haven't hooked up a TV or tweaked any of the sound settings yet but so far right out of the box they sound great. I would highly recommend these speakers if you're an entry-level audiophile and this seller is great too!
Summary: I was looking for a good surround system that was inexpensive and provided decent quality sound. I was also looking for small speakers as my TV is in a fairly small room. Based on numerous reviews, I went with the Energy Take Classic. The speakers fit the bill. The sound quality is quite good - speech is clear, music sounds natural and the bass from the subwoofer is powerful enough while still being fairly tight. The speakers are attractive and solidly built.
Summary: I tested these against Boston Acoustics satellite speakers that I currently own. Very attractive package, and can really hit the high notes, but somewhat lacking on the low end, even with a subwoofer. My current Boston acoustics may not be quite as sharp on the high end, but definitely better on the low end, and sounded "deeper". Since I use these primarily in the den for movies, I stayed with the BA. If you will be utilizing for music, you may like the Energy.
Summary: I chose this speaker system based on some great reviews from review sites but returned it. Its sound quality was so disappointing both for movies and music. It's not so much different with my gaming PC speakers. I guess this might be one of the best for its price range, which might be the reason of good reviews. But, I decided to spend more money rather than be stucked with just so-so products like this one.