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Yes. It's very important to timbre match the front three speakers, and they will typically need to be the same brand and model series. This gives you the best front soundstage. Not quite so important to have the rear speakers match the front, although there is some benefit. However, there's no reason to match the sub with the speaker brand of the rest of the speakers. Get the sub that's the best value that fits your needs.
As for the Take Classics, while a very good deal for small satellite speakers when on sale, they are just that: small satellites. Because they have such small drivers, they have to rely on a sub for midbass and can sound kind of thin. So they are best for people that must have that small speaker size.
Now I own multiple pairs of Energy speakers, so I do like them. But I don't think the Energy CF series is a particularly good value at the prices you are considering, especially given that the subs are not very impressive. This is why I recommended the Ascends, and for a $1500 budget, I would suggest the Ascend CMT-340 SE for the front left and right. There are other speaker brands you might consider as well.
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