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They have the towers on sale in gloss black but the center and surrounds only in red burl. Funny how that works...

I got the clearance ones in Red Burl
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For those who own these.. some of the pics (even on the Emptek site) make the finish seem a little "orange-peely" if you know what I mean. How smooth is the finish, actually?
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For those who own these.. some of the pics (even on the Emptek site) make the finish seem a little "orange-peely" if you know what I mean. How smooth is the finish, actually?

It's good enough that anyone who looks at it, will be impressed and thing these are speakers worth 2 to 3K at least.

It's not perfect though, and not what I would call furniture grade, like for example a Salk HT2-TL or Vapor Cirrus.
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Ok now I am torn. I just found a new sale on the Energy CF-70 for $230 each. Anyone know which would be the better pair Energy CF-70 or EMP E55Ti? I know the EMP are cheaper but I mainly care about the sound quality. Any opinions?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-82269014-L03A
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Ok now I am torn. I just found a new sale on the Energy CF-70 for $230 each. Anyone know which would be the better pair Energy CF-70 or EMP E55Ti? I know the EMP are cheaper but I mainly care about the sound quality. Any opinions?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-82269014-L03A

E55Ti by a longgggggggg way. I have both.
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Just went to EMP FACTORY in Layton Utah yesterday to buy some E55Ti, i live about 15 min from there..nice looking speakers..but the sound didnt impress me..not bad, but not great..decent for the price..
My Mirages OMD 15 sounded ALOT better

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u get to listen to a pair in a decent room at the factory I presume?
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Yea they have a few demo rooms..
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mirage makes a good speaker. I do not read a lot about them on the internet. The OMD series is sold at Vanns. They are similarly priced the e55ti's list and they should have a completely different sound with the omnipolar design. The OS3-fs is one sexy looking speaker.
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Comparing an omnipolar design to direct radiating is not a fair comparison. How would you rate them against other direct radiating speakers like Polk?
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Ok now I am torn. I just found a new sale on the Energy CF-70 for $230 each. Anyone know which would be the better pair Energy CF-70 or EMP E55Ti? I know the EMP are cheaper but I mainly care about the sound quality. Any opinions?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-82269014-L03A

Energy 100% that price is a steal.

The highs and the lows are so much more refined on the energy series. The dome tweeters sound fantastic.
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Just went to EMP FACTORY in Layton Utah yesterday to buy some E55Ti, i live about 15 min from there..nice looking speakers..but the sound didnt impress me..not bad, but not great..decent for the price..
My Mirages OMD 15 sounded ALOT better


As it should. Not a fair comparison really considering what the OMD15s retailed for when new.
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taken from Crutchfield's Lab regarding the VSX1121:
Bi-Amping Front Speakers: The Surround-Back/Front-High/Zone2 speaker terminals can be reassigned and used along with the Front terminals to bi-amp the front speakers, providing improved bass and treble performance. When bi-amping the front speakers the receiver is limited to a 5.1ch speaker system in the main room

would this benefit the E55ti's? i'm not running a 7.1 but rather a 5.1 and was thinking this would be an option since i read somewhere that the 1121 doesn't have preouts? just thinking this configuration should give the E55ti's a lil more oooommmffff! or whatever you call it the center and surrounds are in no way affected correct?
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I have not heard their tower speakers, but I have to say I am not a fan at all of the Mirage bookshelf speakers I have heard.
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taken from Crutchfield's Lab regarding the VSX1121:
Bi-Amping Front Speakers: The Surround-Back/Front-High/Zone2 speaker terminals can be reassigned and used along with the Front terminals to bi-amp the front speakers, providing improved bass and treble performance. When bi-amping the front speakers the receiver is limited to a 5.1ch speaker system in the main room

would this benefit the E55ti's? i'm not running a 7.1 but rather a 5.1 and was thinking this would be an option since i read somewhere that the 1121 doesn't have preouts? just thinking this configuration should give the E55ti's a lil more oooommmffff! or whatever you call it the center and surrounds are in no way affected correct?

Some people will tell you it helps, some people will tell you it doesn't. Only way to know is to try it yourself. Personally, I have tried it once and there was no noticeable difference.
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also, any benefit running the E5ti's as surrounds as oppose to the E55wi's? wondering if the bipolar design would be best for sound vs having towers in the rear?

ps...when r these going on sale???
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Some people will tell you it helps, some people will tell you it doesn't. Only way to know is to try it yourself. Personally, I have tried it once and there was no noticeable difference.

i guess all have to try at least i'll know. now is it a wiring configuration or simply a menu setting. i don't have the AVR yet, should be here tuesday.
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The towers are not bi ampable.
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The towers are not bi ampable.

so with the SVX1121 biamping will not work with the E55ti's?
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so with the SVX1121 biamping will not work with the E55ti's?

The 55's are not bi-amp capable. The 5's can be bi-amped.
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The 55's are not bi-amp capable. The 5's can be bi-amped.

ok thanks 4 the info.
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ok more advice guys. maybe i'm going overboard or maybe i like spending my mooola on my new HT but...i really want to make sure i'm pushing the Emptek Impressions speakers with good power. my SVX-1121 is on it's way to a new home. i know it's pushing 110wpc, (tho in theory i've read it's probably 65-75) i've been researching everything about amplifiers but maybe i'm getting confused about the whole biamping thing? the SVX-1121 is preout compatible so i'm assuming i could run multiple external amps correct? but the E55ti's are not biampable or this a whole different thing?

coming from car audio i'm trying to translate that it's the same thing. the headunits power isn't enough to push my cars door speakers and subs so running separate amps for the components and subs are ideal?
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ok more advice guys. maybe i'm going overboard or maybe i like spending my mooola on my new HT but...i really want to make sure i'm pushing the Emptek Impressions speakers with good power. my SVX-1121 is on it's way to a new home. i know it's pushing 110wpc, (tho in theory i've read it's probably 65-75) i've been researching everything about amplifiers but maybe i'm getting confused about the whole biamping thing? the SVX-1121 is preout compatible so i'm assuming i could run multiple external amps correct? but the E55ti's are not biampable or this a whole different thing?

coming from car audio i'm trying to translate that it's the same thing. the headunits power isn't enough to push my cars door speakers and subs so running separate amps for the components and subs are ideal?

Get an amp for your center and mains then let the receiver power your surrounds.
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Get an amp for your center and mains then let the receiver power your surrounds.

I saw what you posted in the Audioholics forum and noticed the amp you were using with the Emptek's...i think i'll look around for a good deal on that acurus a3x200 amp.

i did find on the RBH SA-200 for $471. why not go with the parenting amp for the Emptek Impression's!
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Splicer010,
Did you get a chance to listen to the speakers yet.

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Just went to EMP FACTORY in Layton Utah yesterday to buy some E55Ti, i live about 15 min from there..nice looking speakers..but the sound didnt impress me..not bad, but not great..decent for the price..
My Mirages OMD 15 sounded ALOT better


oh no! is this necesary?I think that this speakers for the sale price are
really hard to beat.

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ok more advice guys. maybe i'm going overboard or maybe i like spending my mooola on my new HT but...i really want to make sure i'm pushing the Emptek Impressions speakers with good power. my SVX-1121 is on it's way to a new home. i know it's pushing 110wpc, (tho in theory i've read it's probably 65-75) i've been researching everything about amplifiers but maybe i'm getting confused about the whole biamping thing? the SVX-1121 is preout compatible so i'm assuming i could run multiple external amps correct? but the E55ti's are not biampable or this a whole different thing?

coming from car audio i'm trying to translate that it's the same thing. the headunits power isn't enough to push my cars door speakers and subs so running separate amps for the components and subs are ideal?

IMO overboard. Listen to the speakers with the SVX-1121 first. General rule of thumb is your AVR/amp combo should be 25% of the cost of your speakers. If the SVX delivers 80 WPC (real world) and you put a 200WPC amp to drive the speakers you are only gaining 3dB's. Is gaining 3 dB really worth all that extra money? Say you buy an Emotive XPA-3 for &700 barnd new, paid $500 for the SVX, that means you have $1200 worth of equipment powering $400 speakers. Doesnt make sense to me.
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Splicer010,
Did you get a chance to listen to the speakers yet.

They were delivered Saturday, the Denon showed up on Friday but I am waiting on the cables to show, should be here today, I'll have an impression this evening or tomorrow if the cables don't show today.
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IMO overboard. Listen to the speakers with the SVX-1121 first. General rule of thumb is your AVR/amp combo should be 25% of the cost of your speakers. If the SVX delivers 80 WPC (real world) and you put a 200WPC amp to drive the speakers you are only gaining 3dB's. Is gaining 3 dB really worth all that extra money? Say you buy an Emotive XPA-3 for &700 barnd new, paid $500 for the SVX, that means you have $1200 worth of equipment powering $400 speakers. Doesnt make sense to me.

I respectfully disagree...who cares about the rule of thumb. I follow my ears.

When I had the M70's the sound would muddy when turned up and I could not ever get the volume I was looking for when powered off of the receiver. When I got the amp the whole sound stage opened up and everything just sounded fuller.

I have not tried the emp tek's on the receiver power because there is no point. Power gives you headroom and is not going to hurt anything. I can get these speakers stupid loud with no signs of breaking up or distortion whatsoever. Just plain volume.

By all means, try the speakers with the receiver power for a few months and see if you are happy. If you feel you are missing something then look at an amp.
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I have read various forum postings of Polk Monitor series II speakers and these e55ti's being driven bu emotiva amps. The results are, of course, outstanding, but as GSDTrainer states, spending 2-3 times more on the amps to power $800 (not $400) speakers is a bit over board. The e55ti's are $800 speakers but in this thread they $400 speakers because of the sale.

The VSX 1121 should power the e55ti's just fine.
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