Looking to get 5 speakers for under $150. Maybe Energy RC Micro 5.0? - AVS Forum
Forum Jump: 
 
Thread Tools
post #1 of 18 Old 01-06-2013, 08:01 PM - Thread Starter
Member
 
TheGrumpyCat's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Posts: 101
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 6 Post(s)
Liked: 15
http://www.amazon.com/Energy-RC-Micro-Pack-Channel-Theater/dp/B006J0NZ6Q

Thinking about getting these to replace my kind of cheap Samsung speakers. I already have a JBL 10" sub and a Kenwood 600W VR-707 receiver.

My room is a medium size.

Does anyone have these or heard these? And does anyone have any other suggestions? Thanks!
TheGrumpyCat is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 18 Old 01-06-2013, 08:20 PM
AVS Special Member
 
hernanu's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Boston Suburbs
Posts: 2,645
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 113 Post(s)
Liked: 234
Those would be a good choice, as long as the sub can go to or above 150 Hz, since that's the low end for the Micros.
hernanu is offline  
post #3 of 18 Old 01-06-2013, 08:36 PM - Thread Starter
Member
 
TheGrumpyCat's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Posts: 101
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 6 Post(s)
Liked: 15
Quote:
Originally Posted by hernanu View Post

Those would be a good choice, as long as the sub can go to or above 150 Hz, since that's the low end for the Micros.

Not sure if mine can do that. I tried to do some research and can't seem to find the Hz. It's a JBL136 sub. It's 100watts.
TheGrumpyCat is offline  
post #4 of 18 Old 01-06-2013, 09:14 PM
AVS Addicted Member
 
zieglj01's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Texas
Posts: 11,363
Mentioned: 9 Post(s)
Tagged: 1 Thread(s)
Quoted: 461 Post(s)
Liked: 542
Quote:
Originally Posted by TheGrumpyCat View Post

Not sure if mine can do that. I tried to do some research and can't seem to find the Hz. It's a JBL136 sub. It's 100watts.

That JBL sub can work with a 120 and 150 hz crossover - it was designed to work
with JBL small 3" woofer speakers.

__________________________________________
Who and Where - is the Way, the Truth and the Life?

Speakers > MB Quart VS05, Boston VS260, Snell K7
Subwoofer > Mordaunt Short Aviano 7
Receiver > Tascam PAR-200, Pioneer VSX-30
zieglj01 is online now  
post #5 of 18 Old 01-06-2013, 09:18 PM
Member
 
justindo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: Southern California
Posts: 166
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Liked: 17
I'd recommend the Jamo 426 package on Amazon.
justindo is offline  
post #6 of 18 Old 01-06-2013, 09:35 PM - Thread Starter
Member
 
TheGrumpyCat's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Posts: 101
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 6 Post(s)
Liked: 15
Quote:
Originally Posted by justindo View Post

I'd recommend the Jamo 426 package on Amazon.

those front 2 speakers are way too big. I'd like something around the size of the first link I posted.
TheGrumpyCat is offline  
post #7 of 18 Old 01-07-2013, 12:04 AM
AVS Addicted Member
 
afrogt's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: SF Bay Area
Posts: 23,411
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 295 Post(s)
Liked: 417
If you're looking for smail satellite speakers the RC Micros are fine for their size. I've got a set hooked up here in my home office.

A larger set of bookshelf speakers will definitely give a fuller sound than the Micros though. Because of their small size the Micros sound a little thin.

I downloaded the manual for your Kenwood receiver and you can set the speakers to LARGE or NORMAL but I couldn't fine anything about setting the crossover. My guess is there is one fixed crossover for all speakers but it doesn't tell you what it is. I bet it isn't 150hz though.
http://a248.e.akamai.net/pix.crutchfield.com/Manuals/113/113VR707.PDF

If don't know if the Kenwood will work well with the RC Micros.

Afro GT
afrogt is offline  
post #8 of 18 Old 01-07-2013, 07:46 AM - Thread Starter
Member
 
TheGrumpyCat's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Posts: 101
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 6 Post(s)
Liked: 15
Quote:
Originally Posted by afrogt View Post

If you're looking for smail satellite speakers the RC Micros are fine for their size. I've got a set hooked up here in my home office.
A larger set of bookshelf speakers will definitely give a fuller sound than the Micros though. Because of their small size the Micros sound a little thin.
I downloaded the manual for your Kenwood receiver and you can set the speakers to LARGE or NORMAL but I couldn't fine anything about setting the crossover. My guess is there is one fixed crossover for all speakers but it doesn't tell you what it is. I bet it isn't 150hz though.
http://a248.e.akamai.net/pix.crutchfield.com/Manuals/113/113VR707.PDF
If don't know if the Kenwood will work well with the RC Micros.

So I'm guessing I would be better off with the bigger ones then.

ugh. so much money -_-
TheGrumpyCat is offline  
post #9 of 18 Old 01-07-2013, 07:57 AM
AVS Special Member
 
commsysman's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Southern California
Posts: 5,302
Mentioned: 3 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 145 Post(s)
Liked: 258
Unfortunately, the really tiny speakers of the Take Classic and Micros and similar compact systems are too small to deliver adequate sound for even a small room.

You really need something larger than a 3-inch driver in a front speaker, unless you know some way to repeal the laws of physics. That is the size of the speaker in a cheap clock radio...lol.

The Martin-Logan MLT-2 system has some fairly small speakers that do have larger drivers and will do a much better job. It also has a somewhat better subwoofer.

As for finding something better than your current speakers for under $150, lots of luck. I would like to get a new Ferrari or Corvette for about $6000, but no one seem to have them for that price. biggrin.gif


Quote:
Originally Posted by TheGrumpyCat View Post

those front 2 speakers are way too big. I'd like something around the size of the first link I posted.
commsysman is offline  
post #10 of 18 Old 01-07-2013, 08:33 AM
AVS Special Member
 
hernanu's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Boston Suburbs
Posts: 2,645
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 113 Post(s)
Liked: 234
Quote:
Originally Posted by TheGrumpyCat View Post

So I'm guessing I would be better off with the bigger ones then.
ugh. so much money -_-

At this price point, something needs to give - either more money, or less pristine audio quality. The Micro's are pretty good small speakers, but they are small - you will probably like them, especially if you have a sub that can support them for now. If price is the most important, and you still get adequate sound, those are a good choice - they will do the job.

If you're willing to compromise on size, there are good options. One thing you could do is to go for a 3.1 system now and get the front three of these (L, R, Center). They are larger, but will give you good sound at a reasonable price (129 for a pair of fronts and 129 for the center). These are probably the best sound at this price range, designed by a good engineer. So 3.1 if you keep your sub will be 258.

It would require you rethinking size and cost, but there it is.
hernanu is offline  
post #11 of 18 Old 01-07-2013, 08:48 AM - Thread Starter
Member
 
TheGrumpyCat's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Posts: 101
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 6 Post(s)
Liked: 15
Quote:
Originally Posted by hernanu View Post

At this price point, something needs to give - either more money, or less pristine audio quality. The Micro's are pretty good small speakers, but they are small - you will probably like them, especially if you have a sub that can support them for now. If price is the most important, and you still get adequate sound, those are a good choice - they will do the job.
If you're willing to compromise on size, there are good options. One thing you could do is to go for a 3.1 system now and get the front three of these (L, R, Center). They are larger, but will give you good sound at a reasonable price (129 for a pair of fronts and 129 for the center). These are probably the best sound at this price range, designed by a good engineer. So 3.1 if you keep your sub will be 258.
It would require you rethinking size and cost, but there it is.

If I got those 3 the center would not fit well on my tv stand.

Are the RC Micros at least better than Bose? I'd like something with that kind of quality. I used to have Accoustimass 5 and I loved them.

If I were to get something over $200, I'd have to sell my Altec Lansing ADA995 5.1 speaker set that I use for my Mac, which would be a bummer.
TheGrumpyCat is offline  
post #12 of 18 Old 01-07-2013, 08:59 AM
AVS Addicted Member
 
afrogt's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: SF Bay Area
Posts: 23,411
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 295 Post(s)
Liked: 417
If you loved the sound of your Bose AM-5 then you'll be happy with the Energy RC Micro system. Go for it!

Afro GT
afrogt is offline  
post #13 of 18 Old 01-07-2013, 10:55 AM
AVS Special Member
 
hernanu's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Boston Suburbs
Posts: 2,645
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 113 Post(s)
Liked: 234
Yeah, if that's what you liked, the Micros will be fine for you.
hernanu is offline  
post #14 of 18 Old 01-07-2013, 11:30 AM
AVS Special Member
 
Elihawk's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Iowa City, Iowa
Posts: 2,617
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 1 Thread(s)
Quoted: 108 Post(s)
Liked: 203
The Energy speakers will be cheaper and sound better that the Accoustimass 5 speakers and if you get a real sub to go with them, you will see an HUGE improvement at the low end!

Set up #1: EMP e5ti, e5Ci, and SLS Q line Audio surrounds, EMP 10i10i sub
Set up #2: Def Tech SM450, CLR2002, SLS Qline surrounds and Klipsch 12wD sub
Set up #3: JBL130, JBL120C and Klipsch synergy sub
Elihawk is online now  
post #15 of 18 Old 01-07-2013, 12:13 PM
AVS Special Member
 
losservatore's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Posts: 3,260
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 277 Post(s)
Liked: 328
you miss a great sale :few weeks ago this speakers package where at $60 dollars at tiger direct .

Panasonic 65VT60 / Marantz SR7005 / Marantz UD7007 /2 PSA XS30 /Revel Performa3 F206 / Revel Performa3 C205 / Revel Surrounds/Sonos Connect/ Roku 3 / Amazon Fire tv / Xbox One / HTPC / Darbee 5000.
losservatore is online now  
post #16 of 18 Old 01-07-2013, 02:02 PM - Thread Starter
Member
 
TheGrumpyCat's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Posts: 101
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 6 Post(s)
Liked: 15
Quote:
Originally Posted by losservatore View Post

you miss a great sale :few weeks ago this speakers package where at $60 dollars at tiger direct .

I heard about this not too long ago. Kind of pissed I missed that.
TheGrumpyCat is offline  
post #17 of 18 Old 01-09-2013, 08:33 AM - Thread Starter
Member
 
TheGrumpyCat's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Posts: 101
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 6 Post(s)
Liked: 15
any other recommendations?
TheGrumpyCat is offline  
post #18 of 18 Old 01-09-2013, 09:16 AM
AVS Special Member
 
hernanu's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Boston Suburbs
Posts: 2,645
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 113 Post(s)
Liked: 234
I think given your budget and the improvement this would give over Boses, the RC micros are your best bet.
hernanu is offline  
Reply Speakers

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page


Forum Jump: 

Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off