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I'm thinking about purchasing the Energy 5.1 Take Classic Home Theater System for my dedicated basement home theater room. My theater room size will be 18.5' x 14'. Will this set be sufficient? Or will I need more power?

http://www.amazon.com/Energy-Classic...2888402&sr=1-1

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I'm thinking about purchasing the Energy 5.1 Take Classic Home Theater System for my dedicated basement home theater room. My theater room size will be 18.5' x 14'. Will this set be sufficient? Or will I need more power?

http://www.amazon.com/Energy-Classic...2888402&sr=1-1

Receiver: Onkyo TX-SR608 7.2-Channel Home Theater Receiver
http://www.amazon.com/Onkyo-TX-SR608.../dp/B003BIFOL8
Projector: Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 8350
http://www.amazon.com/Epson-PowerLit...2893172&sr=1-1

Here are some more details on my room:
http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=1328544

Im pretty sure you're gonna be asking a bit much out of the Energy's in that room. Although a terrific set...theyre more suited for a small living room or bedroom in my opinion. Sorry to say...but you can actually do quite a bit better with the same amount of money. (assuming you were looking at these for around $400?) for that price range Newegg has a Jamo 606 set for the same price with free shipping. Theyre pretty amazing and will fill your room much easier.
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I'm thinking about purchasing the Energy 5.1 Take Classic Home Theater System for my dedicated basement home theater room. My theater room size will be 18.5' x 14'. Will this set be sufficient? Or will I need more power?

http://www.amazon.com/Energy-Classic...2888402&sr=1-1

Receiver: Onkyo TX-SR608 7.2-Channel Home Theater Receiver
http://www.amazon.com/Onkyo-TX-SR608.../dp/B003BIFOL8
Projector: Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 8350
http://www.amazon.com/Epson-PowerLit...2893172&sr=1-1

Here are some more details on my room:
http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=1328544

You have a decent sized room there and the enerfy take classic won't be sufficient. As clownaphobia suggested, get the Jamo 606 set. It will be much better suited for your room and sound much better than the HTIB you are looking at.

Here's the link:
http://www.amazon.com/Jamo-HCS-speak.../dp/B0012135VW
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You have a decent sized room there and the enerfy take classic won't be sufficient. As clownaphobia suggested, get the Jamo 606 set. It will be much better suited for your room and sound much better than the HTIB you are looking at.

Here's the link:
http://www.amazon.com/Jamo-HCS-speak.../dp/B0012135VW

Thanks for putting up the link. To the OP....you will have to purchase a subwoofer if you dont have one, but the Jamo's have built in 8" woofers so they can produce a decent amount of bass until you can get one. But...you will still need one
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I'm thinking about purchasing the Energy 5.1 Take Classic Home Theater System for my dedicated basement home theater room. My theater room size will be 18.5' x 14'. Will this set be sufficient? Or will I need more power?

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This sub gets a lot of praise around these forums
http://www.amazon.com/BIC-America-F1...2912086&sr=1-1
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I'm hoping to keep speaker costs under $700 (which might not be possible). Since it doesn't sound like the Energy 5.1 Speakers are powerful enough for my room, what if I were to add 2 floorstanding speakers? Would that help supplement my audio needs for that room? Are these Polk Audio floorstanding speakers any good?

http://www.amazon.com/Polk-Audio-Mon...2923707&sr=8-3

What about if I just go with this Onkyo complete speaker system which includes a pair of floorstanding speakers?

http://www.amazon.com/Onkyo-SKS-HT87.../ref=de_a_smtd
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http://www.amazon.com/Polk-Audio-Mon...2923707&sr=8-3

What about if I just go with this Onkyo complete speaker system which includes a pair of floorstanding speakers?

http://www.amazon.com/Onkyo-SKS-HT87.../ref=de_a_smtd

Go with Polk before Onkyo

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don't get Onkyo speakers, that is not their area of expertise. go for the Jamos or Polks.

The Jamos and a Bic sub will keep you under your $700 price limit easily.

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You won't get much love for HTIB in this forum because the measly satellites that come with them lack tremendously in the low and mid frequencies. Is $700 your budget for speakers plus receiver or just for speakers? If $700 is your budget for speakers only, get the following setup:

Polk Monitor 60 fronts
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...20monitor%2060

CS10 center
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-105-_-Product

Polk Monitor 30 rears
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...20monitor%2030

and BIC F122 sub
http://www.amazon.com/BIC-America-F1...2933584&sr=1-1

The prices of the monitors may seem high right now but newegg puts them on sale about every other week. The monitor 60s cost $120 on sale and the monitor 30s cost $90 on sale. The sub also keeps fluctuating in price and often dips down to sub $200. So make sure to get them while they are on sale and you can get an awesome setup.

But if your budget is $700 for everything, get the Jamo speakers and TX-SR608 receiver.
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And yes floorstanders would be perfect for your room. In fact, I highly recommend you get floorstanders for the fronts. They are more powerful, have more bass, and will be better at filling your room. Cheers for floorstanders!
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For $700, i would suggest the Jamo's and a bic pl-200 (can be had for $269) its worth the extra 69 bucks over the f12. That would put you under your budget and you would have a really nice setup! This setup would be a night and day difference to the take classic
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The most important part of the audio in a theater are the speakers. Do not cheap out on the speakers.

If you spend $400 on a receiver, you should spend triple that on speakers. So $1,200 to $1,500. My receiver was only $500 and I spend 10x that on the speaker/subs.

If you really want to keep "pimpin on a budget", Get the Jamos and 2 of the BIC subs and you should be pretty happy with that.

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For $700, i would suggest the Jamo's and a bic pl-200 (can be had for $269) its worth the extra 69 bucks over the f12. That would put you under your budget and you would have a really nice setup! This setup would be a night and day difference to the take classic
Could you post the link of where the pl-200 is 269?
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Sound like the Jamo speakers are highly recommended here. The only problem I've got with them is the wood-like look to them. They might look a little wierd in my room. I have not doubt that the sound will be great. Any other recommendations for speakers preferably in black? Let's not make $700 budget too much of a sticking point but somewhere in that ballpark would be great.
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Could you post the link of where the pl-200 is 269?

On ebay search Bic Pl200. there are two sellers (acousticsounddesign and sound distributors). there is an option to make an offer. They accept offers of $269. Sorry i couldnt put the link
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check out the Boston Acoustic VR1 towers with matching VRC center. Ive never personally heard them but they are supposedly terrific per reviews on this forum. I have heard many BA speakers and they are impressive. check out onecall.com theyre having a weekend special to get the towers and center for $540 shipped. dakmart.com has some BA CR-67's to use as surrounds. + Bic Pl200 and you will have an INCREDIBLE system although you will be slightly over $700 budget
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Recently bought the Energy Take 5 classic from Amazon and my room is 22 X 12 and my volume is only half way up and the system sounds great even the sub, FYI.

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Yeah I have a 10x20 living room and my Energy Take Classic does well too, even with the other end of the room opening up to the kitchen. I'd say get the Classics and upgrade the fronts to floorstanding and upgrade the center and you're all set. That's what I'm doing right now actually

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Zapper and Macstatic its good to hear that the Energy take classics are working nicely for the size rooms yall have as I just ordered a set that should be here in the next two days. I also ordered an Onkyo TX-NR609 to upgrade my older TX-SR601.

My problem is space to accommodate floor standing speakers or even bookshelf atm. I am upgrading from an old Bose acoustimass whatever system so I think it will be an upgrade, but I dont want to have buyers remorse if it wont be a noticeable difference. I also have an old 200w powered Kenwood sub that I`m using now and will probably keep it setup for awhile along with the energys since the Onkyo is a 7.2 system.

That Jamo system does look mighty tempting though for the same price if it only came in black. Does anyone have experience listening to the Energy take classics vs those Jamos?

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I had Energy Takes and sold them earlier this year. I have a different set of Jamo towers in my living room and its a night and day difference between those and the little Energy satellties. You just can't expect a little speaker with a 3" driver to compete with a tower that has dual 5" midranges and a 8" woofer. Its no comparison the Jamos win in a heartbeat.

The Takes are going to sound real thin in comparison.

I have a feeling if the two guys who have Takes in their large room even upgraded to something a little larger like the Energy CB-5 they'd notice quite a difference.

But since you've ordered the Takes now enjoy your system. The Takes are good for what they are, nice little satellite speakers and it should be a upgrade over your Bose system.

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Without a doubt, upgrades have a dramatic difference (I replaced my front L/R with Energy CF-70 towers, and my rear L/R with Energy CF-30, and my center channel with an Energy CC-10). The Take Classic set IS quite amazing for its size though. Especially if this is your first HT setup, you'll still be quite impressed, and anyone who's had Takes will agree they can make really good surrounds and rears if you choose to upgrade (like I did, in stages).

Let us know how you like the Take Classic set (did you get them yet?!)


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I had Polk towers and Polk sub and the CS10 as the center and a couple of bookshelf Polk as my rear 2 for the 5.1 set, that said recently realized that prefer a higher treble sound so went with the Energy, for that room.

NOTE: have the Polk Monitor 7 in my basement home theater in which is a heck of a bigger area and have some FX50 I believe they are dipole/bi pole as surrounds, making it a 7.1 system.

My Polk towers that was replaced with the Energy will be my two rear surround speakers in my basement set up with a additional Polk sub, in this room want BASS and it kicks butt when watching a Action movie.

So to me its what you want and the size of the room and where that room is at in the house is a major factor.

Bought the Atlantic speaker stands at Amazon and had to use the 2 sided tape to secure the speakers, but it is a heck of a savings versus the other stands, You will enjoy the Energy.

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Without a doubt, upgrades have a dramatic difference (I replaced my front L/R with Energy CF-70 towers, and my rear L/R with Energy CF-30, and my center channel with an Energy CC-10). The Take Classic set IS quite amazing for its size though. Especially if this is your first HT setup, you'll still be quite impressed, and anyone who's had Takes will agree they can make really good surrounds and rears if you choose to upgrade (like I did, in stages).

Let us know how you like the Take Classic set (did you get them yet?!)


No I should get them in Thursday so I could send them right back and get something different. I do have my house up for sale so I would probably upgrade at least the front two and the center speakers and keep the satellites for the rear and front wide when to time came.

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No I should get them in Thursday so I could send them right back and get something different. I do have my house up for sale so I would probably upgrade at least the front two and the center speakers and keep the satellites for the rear and front wide when to time came.

Wait, you're going to send them back and get something different?

I bought 2 CF-30s on sale and then the CF-70s had a better sale so that's the only reason I have the 30s as my rear. I used the Take satellites as my rear and I still use the other pair as my 7.1 height speakers. They're great. How big is your room again?

For those looking into getting Energy speakers, or upgrading their current Energy setup, here are some reviews I've written that may help:http://www.tempestaudio.blogspot.com  (haven't updated in a while, but include Energy Take Classic 5.1, RC-10, CF-70, and CC-10)

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Wait, you're going to send them back and get something different?

I bought 2 CF-30s on sale and then the CF-70s had a better sale so that's the only reason I have the 30s as my rear. I used the Take satellites as my rear and I still use the other pair as my 7.1 height speakers. They're great. How big is your room again?

No I was just saying that I could send them back if I found a better deal on something better or just keep them for now and upgrade whenever I sell my house. My room is about 17' x 14'.

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How much did you get the Takes for? If you wanted to upgrade soon, you could get 2 CF-70s for $400, and a CC-10 for $200 at Vanns. But regardless of what anyone says, the Takes CAN crank in a decent sized room. The cool thing too is they're light enough to hang on the wall too. I hung all of mine with regular push-pins, they were so light

For those looking into getting Energy speakers, or upgrading their current Energy setup, here are some reviews I've written that may help:http://www.tempestaudio.blogspot.com  (haven't updated in a while, but include Energy Take Classic 5.1, RC-10, CF-70, and CC-10)

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How much did you get the Takes for? If you wanted to upgrade soon, you could get 2 CF-70s for $400, and a CC-10 for $200 at Vanns. But regardless of what anyone says, the Takes CAN crank in a decent sized room. The cool thing too is they're light enough to hang on the wall too. I hung all of mine with regular push-pins, they were so light

I paid $379 for them from Crutchfield with a coupon. I am going to put my old Onkyo and Bose system up for $600 on Craigslist so I may upgrade to those cf-70s and cc-10 sooner than I think! Either way I am excited to at least check out the Take fives because of all the good reviews on them.

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The Takes will make good surround speakers once you upgrade to the CF-70 and CC-10.

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The Takes will make good surround speakers once you upgrade to the CF-70 and CC-10.

Amen to that

(Also, the sale on the CF-70 and CC-10 goes til the 27th of July I believe. I can't say they'll be in stock that long, but at least you have that much of a window.)

If you have enough to just get the CF-70s now, you should do that, since they normally retail for $500 each. The Take center will be way too weak for the CF-70s but you can either run just Stereo until you get the CC-10, or just hang onto them until the center gets there.

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