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Old 08-17-2012, 10:34 AM - Thread Starter
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I am looking to buy new home theater system with budget of $1000-1300 total for speakers and receiver. I don't have much experience with HT other than i had Bose 3.2.1 4-5 years back. So need help from experts.

I am thinking about Receiver Yamaha RX-V473 5.1-Channel Network AV Receiver $400.

How do i select speaker system? I have following options and i am not able to select
1) Energy 5.1 take Classic : $400 , easy and most popular
2)Pre Built Energy CF-30 , CB-5 , Energy Power 10 Sub , CC-5
like this one sold on amazon
http://www.amazon.com/Yamaha-5-1-Channel-Floorstanding-Bookshelf-Subwoofer/dp/B008RYTSYU/ref=sr_1_11?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1345219632&sr=1-11&keywords=Yamaha+RX-V473+speaker

3)Custom build example.
Energy CF-30 Pair
CB-5 Pair
Energy Power 100 Sub ,
CC-10

Please help me decide this system. I will use system to listen to music more than watch movies so clarity of the sound is very important to me.
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Old 08-17-2012, 12:05 PM
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The Energy Take Classics are nice for small satellite speakers, but full range speakers are a better choice if you don't need the small size of the Takes.

Based on the frequency response of the Energy Power 100 Sub is 45Hz-150Hz+/-3dB, it would be a poor sub for music and/or HT; it's low end frequency response is no better than the CF30s. The BIC F12 or Energy S10.3 are much better choices.

Here's what I would do:

A pair of Energy V6.2 and Energy V5.2C for your front L/R/C. Then use RC-10s for the rears. A Denon 1612 for the receiver. Then wait on the sub for six months or a year if you can't afford it now, especially given that music is your priority (the sub is not needed as much). This setup would be in a whole different league from the CF30s, CC10, and CB-5s and the V6.2s will be incredible for music.

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^^^^^ would the Takes (5.1) still be a good choice if one needs to stick to the small form factor and speaker weight? The stands that I already have would support the weight of the Takes but anything bigger (heavier) would probably require a new set of stands (which isn't in the budget right now). The sub I have now is an 8", 28Hz-200Hz and seems to work well in our environment.
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It's not worth it to get the Takes over full range speakers just because you already have stands. There will be that big of a difference in sound quality.

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Thanks a lot. Let me review it.
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It's not worth it to get the Takes over full range speakers just because you already have stands. There will be that big of a difference in sound quality.

Let me rephrase. I need to stick to the bookshelf-sized speakers (all the way around). I realize that the audio quality is light years apart between the two but are the Takes a good choice if one needs to stick to the bookshelf size?
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Let me rephrase. I need to stick to the bookshelf-sized speakers (all the way around). I realize that the audio quality is light years apart between the two but are the Takes a good choice if one needs to stick to the bookshelf size?

For bookshelf size, better to go with full range ones that have at least 5" drivers. The Takes don't have any mid-bass at all because of the tiny drivers. You'll get a richer fuller sound with bigger speakers.

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I would find a way to work with something like the Cambridge S30 - and yes, they do
have bass. And they will mate well, with the Energy S10.3 sub
http://www.amazon.com/Cambridge-Audio-S30-Bookshelf-Speakers/dp/B00198LYMU
http://www.crutchfield.com/p_779S30DO/Cambridge-Audio-S30-Dark-Oak.html

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Looked at Energy V6.2 and Energy V5.2C and both look very bulky for apartment.

I am thinking about combination of

Energy Take Classic 5.0
http://www.crutchfield.com/p_732TAKE50/Energy-Take-Classic-5-0.html?tp=184&kw=&org=pla&nw=g&crv=14052697225#customer-reviews-tab

Bic F12 - 200
http://www.amazon.com/BIC-America-F12-475-Watt-Subwoofer/dp/B0015A8Y5M

I see Bic F12 has very good reviews.
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Also how is the feedback on
Fluance AVHTB+ Surround Sound Home Theater 5 Speaker System
http://www.amazon.com/Fluance-AVHTB-Surround-Theater-Speaker/dp/B00064JWSG/ref=pd_cp_e_3

with

Bic F12 - 200
http://www.amazon.com/BIC-America-F12-475-Watt-Subwoofer/dp/B0015A8Y5M

Is this better combination than Energy 5.0 take classic and Bic F12?
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