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Well after finding a fork,pen,a straw and a plastic bag inside my sub it's time for a new sub! My two year old baby without me knowing put all these item inside the hole of my Energy Take 5 classic system. Some I'm here for advice . I was thinking of replacing just the sub but my Energy speakers are like 8 years old. I also have $400 in store credit at Amazon so that is my spending limit. For my budget I have 4 brands to choose from. Would like your help in deciding what's the best system for my budget. Thanks guys

1. Polk RM705
2. Def techs cinema 60.6
3. Mirage nanosat 5.1
4. Klipsh hd500
5. JBL 300


Or any other system in that price range!
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I don't think any of those will be much of an improvement on your Takes since they are sub/sat systems too. Why not get a better subwoofer?

Now if you're willing to buy some larger speakers then you'll notice a big difference.
http://www.amazon.com/Jamo-S606HCS3-...075170&sr=8-40

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Nice set! But are u recommending that with out a subwoofer? With the set plus the sub will be over my budget. If I go sub on what u recommend?
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I would just replace the sub. There are lots of nice options for $400 (or even less if you're just looking to improve on the Energy Take sub.) Try the subwoofer forum. Some of the Bic models are available through Amazon. The Bic F-12 is less than $200, and the PL-200 is just over $300.

That'd be my route. Just upgrade the sub for now and save up for speakers down the line.

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I'd rather have the Jamo 5.0 set w/o sub than the Energy Take Classics. I used to own the Energy Take 5 system and they're okay for what they are but larger speakers will sound better and fuller.

If you've had this setup for 8 years it isn't the Take Classic. The Classic haven't been out that long. You either have the original Take 5 system or the Take 5.2 system.

First, is your Energy sub completely dead? I know you found stuff inside but is the sub still working? If it is then use it with the Jamo system for now.

If not, this set is really good and each tower has an 8" woofer on the side so there is a decent bass. Just add a good subwoofer later when you get more money.

There are plenty of other ways to go if you need to squeeze in a sub too. You might want to get a Bic F12 for $185 and then spend the rest on two bookshelf speakers and a center.
http://www.amazon.com/BIC-America-F1.../ref=pd_cp_e_1

http://www.amazon.com/BIC-America-DV...3090502&sr=1-1

http://www.amazon.com/BIC-America-DV...d_bxgy_e_img_b

Or the same Bic F12 sub, Polk Monitor 40 and Polk CS1 center.
http://www.amazon.com/Polk-Audio-Mon...3090606&sr=1-1
http://www.amazon.com/Polk-Audio-Mon...3090698&sr=1-1

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Well I screwed while taking the stuff out. I was trying to undo the whole sub and broke the input connectors. So just having the jamo set up will sound better even without a sub? Might give it a try.
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I'd rather have the Jamo 5.0 set w/o sub than the Energy Take Classics. I used to own the Energy Take 5 system and they're okay for what they are but larger speakers will sound better and fuller.

If you've had this setup for 8 years it isn't the Take Classic. The Classic haven't been out that long. You either have the original Take 5 system or the Take 5.2 system.

First, is your Energy sub completely dead? I know you found stuff inside but is the sub still working? If it is then use it with the Jamo system for now.

If not, this set is really good and each tower has an 8" woofer on the side so there is a decent bass. Just add a good subwoofer later when you get more money.

There are plenty of other ways to go if you need to squeeze in a sub too. You might want to get a Bic F12 for $185 and then spend the rest on two bookshelf speakers and a center.
http://www.amazon.com/BIC-America-F1.../ref=pd_cp_e_1

http://www.amazon.com/BIC-America-DV...3090502&sr=1-1

http://www.amazon.com/BIC-America-DV...d_bxgy_e_img_b

Or the same Bic F12 sub, Polk Monitor 40 and Polk CS1 center.
http://www.amazon.com/Polk-Audio-Mon...3090606&sr=1-1
http://www.amazon.com/Polk-Audio-Mon...3090698&sr=1-1

It's a Energy system from at least 8 years ago. Take 5.2 sounds right
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I don't think any of those will be much of an improvement on your Takes since they are sub/sat systems too. Why not get a better subwoofer?

Now if you're willing to buy some larger speakers then you'll notice a big difference.
http://www.amazon.com/Jamo-S606HCS3-...075170&sr=8-40

Have u tried these out(jamo)? Vans are the only ones selling them on amazon. No reviews yet,is this a new system?
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There's are 53 reviews if you look on the actual Vanns site instead of Amazon. Plus several people have them in the Jamo owners thread. I have Jamo E680 and E660 towers (which Vanns and WWStereo.com used to sell) plus the S60 center and S602 sats that come with the S606 HCS system. They're all very nice sounding speakers so I have no problem recommending Jamo to others.

http://www.vanns.com/shop/servlet/it...12176/#Reviews

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Okay I ordered these system! Let's see how they turn out. Hey while reading some reviews I came across this guy who said if I dont have a sub I needed to bi-wire the speakers,well something like that. What does that mean? How would I connect this system?
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Just ordered bannana plugs for the speaker but I didn't check if these speakers accept banana plugs. Do they? Anyone know?
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Biamping your speakers doesn't replace a subwoofer nor does it give you any more bass. Don't waste your time doing it.

And yes I am 100% sure the speakers accept banana plugs. I have the center and surrounds so I know they do.

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So just got my set today ,WOW! Beautiful ! And heavy! Just one problem , speaker wall mounts. I bought these wall mounts thru monoprice but I don't trust them. I mean the rears are heavy and ant seem the key hole right it's loose and I'm afraid the will fall off. Can anyone recommend a kit? What other way to mount? Is key hole a good way to hang?
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How heavy are they? I used keyhole mounts on my Athena WS-15s, which only weighed a couple pounds. But when I went to my Athena AS-B1s, which weigh like 10lbs, I went with these mounts:

http://www.pinpointmounts.com/am40.html

Holds them nicely. And keep in mind I live in an earthquake prone area.

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They are 8 lbs but are bigger than my energy takes same size mids but bigger box. I'm ordering those pinpoint but not too crazy about screwing the screws into the speaker. U got any pictures of your setup ?
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They are 8 lbs but are bigger than my energy takes same size mids but bigger box. I'm ordering those pinpoint but not too crazy about screwing the screws into the speaker. U got any pictures of your setup ?

I didn't bother with the screws on mine. The clamp holds it fine, but I suspect Pinpoint includes the screws for liability or just extra safety.

There are pics in my sig of the clamps on one of my AS-B1s.

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