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Hi, I wonder if anybody knows about the ENERGY TAKE CLASSIC 5.1 being discontinued or are they coming out with a newer version? Just last week
(06/24/09), I saw them on Vann's website and I was just going to purchase them along with an av receiver, but all of a sudden they came up with a note on them stating that they are no longer available. The speakers without the sub are still available though. Any input would be appreciated.
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The take classic 5.1 is pretty new so I highly doubt they're replacing it.

But if you look at the Take Classic on the vanns, you'll see they have two options to add a sub for $100-$200 extra in the right column. Both those subs are better than the one that comes in the Take Classic 5.1 system. More powerful and play deeper. Just choose the s8.3 or 10.3.

If you prefer the complete 5.1 package with the glossy sub you can get it here.
http://www.amazon.com/Energy-Classic...6394716&sr=8-1

You get more bang for the buck buy purchasing the 5.0 system and adding one of the other subs though.

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tHANKS FOR THE INFO.
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Crutchfield has also discontinued the 5.1, and is now selling the 5.0. Today I purchased the 5.0 with the S8.3 sub from wwstereo.com for $379, if you are interested.
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you paid too much. You can get it with the s8.3 sub for $299 from vanns.com! In fact for only $20 more than you paid, you could have gotten it with the s10.3 sub.

Take a look at the right column in this link. You'll see two bundled packages in the right column. http://www.vanns.com/shop/servlet/it..._c=site_search

or you could have purchased the C-50 system with s8.3 sub for $399 from wwstereo.com
http://www.wwstereo.com/#/ecommerce/..._84__0_0_0_-1/

The c-50 is a small bookshelf that has a fuller sound that the Take Classics. Unless you have to have tiny satellites like the Takes, the C-50 system is the way to go.

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That sucks. I got too anxious and ordered too quickly. Thanks for the info though!
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[quote=afrogt;16750322]you paid too much. You can get it with the s8.3 sub for $299 from vanns.com! In fact for only $20 more than you paid, you could have gotten it with the s10.3 sub.

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I just talked to customer service at wwstereo.com and they price matched Vanns for me. So I ended up getting it for $299 afterall. Thanks to afrogt for the heads up on the price and to wwstereo for price matching without any hassle whatsoever!
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc..._-NA-_-NA-_-NA

Take 5 classic with coupon code "Energy713" for $150. Seems like a good deal.
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The newegg.com offer isn't bad, but there is no subwoofer deal to go with it.
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Not bad, but there is no subwoofer deal to go with it.

http://www.vanns.com/shop/servlet/it..._c=site_search

That about twice the sub that comes with the take classic 5.1, which is an 8" driver with something like an 80w amp.

Subs absolutely do not need to match the main speakers, you can mix whatever sub you want with whatever speakers you want.

Klipsch RF-62 L/R, RC-62 C, Energy C-100 SL/SR, HSU VTF-15H, Marantz SR5003.

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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc..._-NA-_-NA-_-NA

Take 5 classic with coupon code "Energy713" for $150. Seems like a good deal.

Couldn't resist the awesome deal!
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Man I hate this. Newegg.ca doesn't sell speakers. God forbid Canadians get a decent deal on electronics. We get bent over so hard it's rediculous!
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i was going to pick up the polk RM85 5-piece system from bestbuy for 500.

obviously i can save tons of money going with the energy take 5's, but are they better speakers than the polk? if i can afford the polks, should i just go with them?

EDIT: the room is about 15x15.
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I just received my Energy Take Classic 5.0 from amazon and they sound amazing for speakers this size. I paid $177 for the 5.0 and another $199 for the s10.3 sub from Vanns.

At first I was thinking the sub was a bit overkill for speakers this size. But, after hooking the system up and listening for about a week now I feel confident that this is the right setup and at the right price.

My room is a little awkward (12x10 room opening to a great room both sharing vaulted ceilings) and there is a lot of reverb to compete with. However, these speakers have no problem moving air and producing a nice crisp clean sound. They are a little bright for my taste, but that probably comes with the size?

Next, I'll be upgrading my receiver...any ideas? My budget is $400.
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i was going to pick up the polk RM85 5-piece system from bestbuy for 500.

It's all the same class of speaker (tiny satellites) but the Takes are better for less money. Buying at retail price from Best Buy is NEVER the best value

the Polks have even smaller drivers than the Takes! the Take Classics for $150 plus the S10.3 sub for $199 will BLOW AWAY the comparable Polk RM / Klipsch Quintet type systems and for less money.

even better, if you can fit a slightly larger speaker, get the C-50 / C-C50 package from WWstereo instead of the Take Classics. these are true "bookshelf" type speakers (instead of tiny satellites) with real response down to 100Hz or so, and will sound much larger / fuller than the little Takes.

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Next, I'll be upgrading my receiver...any ideas? My budget is $400.

I highly suggest a MultEQ equipped receiver, the Denon 1610 / 590 model fits the bill nicely for a basic 5.1 unit. The MultEQ + Dynamic EQ + Dynamic Volume package will really improve the listening experience at moderate volumes in a small room.

and, yes, the "brightness" is somewhat a consequence of speaker size, as that system has a big hole in response in the upper-bass region (120Hz - 200Hz) below where the little sats roll off and the sub picks up. when you suck out that mid/upper-bass region it tends to emphasize the top end a bit.

However, "brightness" can also be a product of room acoustics. MultEQ will flatten the response of your speakers and help "tame" the brightness, and additionally create a smoother blend between sats and sub.

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Thanks for the tip batpig! I also have an opportunity to buy a pioneer VSX-1019AH-K for $399 (new). But, I will definitely look into Denon for consideration as well.
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Thanks for the tip batpig! I also have an opportunity to buy a pioneer VSX-1019AH-K for $399 (new). But, I will definitely look into Denon for consideration as well.

I really like my Denon 590, but it is roughly equivallent to the Pio 919, if you can get the 1019 for only $399, I'd strongly consider it.
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Thanks for the tip batpig! I also have an opportunity to buy a pioneer VSX-1019AH-K for $399 (new). But, I will definitely look into Denon for consideration as well.

I was all set to buy a 1019 but decided to spring for Pioneer's Elite VSX-03. If the 1019 is half as good as the VSX it's definitely say 'go for it'... It's a really nice unit (and if you can live without the extra HDMI port, the 919 model is 99% of the 1019 for a decent discount).

I believe the auto-setup is the same in all three units and that is seriously a killer app... Better than the similar system offered by other brands if only because you can change EQ settings after the setup is done without dumping the auto calibration setup.
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Yea Canada gets screwed over with electronics. I wanted to get the Energy Take Classic 5.1's but they're $699 ($999 a week ago) at Futureshop. Also the Denon AVR-590 is $499 over here. If I buy from the States, the duties/customs/shipping fees will cancel out the savings.
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Question.
How high do u turn up volume on receiver without getting crackling sound from center speaker?
When I turn dial up between 0 and +4 I get slight crackling sound during major explosion scenes from Blu-ray movies.
Am I pushing speakers too much?
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bumping up an older thread here.

I am looking to buy the Take classics, sub and receiver for a ~210 sq. ft room that opens to a kitchen apartment.

My total budget is $600 but less if possible. What receivers that are decent can help me make this happen?
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$600 total for 5.1 speakers PLUS the receiver? 200 sq. ft with the room open to another is a little big for the Take Classic and especially for the sub that comes with it. If you desire the small speakers of the Take Classic, at least get a better sub.

For $399 from Vann's you can get the Take Classic 5-speaker pack with a larger 10" ESW-C10 sub:
http://www.vanns.com/shop/servlet/it..._c=site_search

Or you can just get the 5-speaker pack for $199 and a different sub (like the BIC F12) for the $150-200 range.

If that's really all you can spend TOTAL for the receiver + 5.1 speakers, I would highly suggest you shop the used market for a nice digital receiver in the $150 range that is a few years old and doesn't have HDMI. You simply can't get a NEW budget HDMI receiver for under $300... you would get better bang for the buck grabbing a nicer non-HDMI unit from a few years ago that somebody is selling for an upgrade.

If you can stretch to $700, you can spend $300 on the receiver (Denon 1610/590 or Onkyo 507) and then $400 on speakers + sub, which would be more viable.

One compromise option is the Denon 1609 for $199 shipped from Vann's:
http://www.vanns.com/shop/servlet/it..._c=site_search

It does not do HDMI audio but it does at least have Audyssey MultEQ with Dynamic EQ and Dynamic Volume. Combine that with the Take Classic 5 speakers pack + ESW-C10 sub and you are right at $600 total shipped from Vann's.

If you CAN fit slightly larger speakers, I would highly recommend getting the larger Energy C-50 five speaker package for an extra 50 bucks ($250 shipped from WWStereo):
http://www.wwstereo.com/default.aspx..._84__0_0_0_-1/

Combine that with the tSC ASW-10 subwoofer (almost the same as the Energy ESW-10) for $150 shipped:
http://www.thespeakercompany.com/ASW...er-P62C17.aspx

And that's the same price for $400 shipped for the 5.1 speakers (C-50 five pack for $250 + ASW-10 sub for $150).

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hmm i was looking at the take classic 5.0 vs. the c50 package myself. c50 package only $50 more, not even a question to go with the c50 package.

for receiver i dont care about hdmi audio. i wanted just something that has some sort of auto calibration feature. i was looking at the onkyo 505.

is the Denon 1609 a better choice?
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hmm i was looking at the take classic 5.0 vs. the c50 package myself. c50 package only $50 more, not even a question to go with the c50 package.

for receiver i dont care about hdmi audio. i wanted just something that has some sort of auto calibration feature. i was looking at the onkyo 505.

is the Denon 1609 a better choice?


Yes, because you can get a 1609 new with full warranty under $200. Plus it has Audyssey Dynamic volume which limits the extra loud commericials. the 505 is a couple years old.

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Newegg has these speakers for sale for $167.99 after coupon:

http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...82E16882269004

Coupon is SPEAKERS81232.

My question is, should I take these over the Energy C-50 5.0 set? I am using these for movies/games with a HK AVR 254 in a 12x14 room. Would it be a big difference between the two sets? Thanks.

The Energy C-50 set is $249, while this is $168.
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did you not just read the thread where we recommended the C-50 package as being better?

If you can afford it, YES, the C-50 package is better. You will need a subwoofer with either package.

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i saw the response that this system may not be enough for my apartment that I desribed. Its ~200 sq.ft living room that opens to a ~35sq. ft kitchen
Only ~9 ft ceilings and this will be connected to a 42" samsung 1080p and Xbox 360 with desires of musics, tv, movies and gaming.

That still sounds good for whats been recommended??
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I stand by the answer I already gave you in post #23

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