Originally Posted by Szeppelin75
Jesus the Take Fives shure get a bad rep here. For the record i don't think they are that bad. For the money it's a good package, shure you can do better, but a lot of people have bought it and are more than happy with it. Depends on what your expectations are.
Actually the Take Classics have a very good rep on AVSforum. Its just that people keep thinking they're going to outshine a larger bookshelf or tower system and they can't. You cannot deny the laws of physics. People that want to put them in a large room are going be sorely disappointed. They're gonna sound thin.
I bought the original Energy Take 5 system back around 2000 and used them as a bedroom system for 4-5 years. They sounded good to me and I could crank them pretty loud when watching movies. They were never great for music but acceptable. I've had friends buy the Take 5.2 and Take Classics years later. They're all pretty much the same.
But once I put a pair of Athena bookshelf speakers in my room I noticed a HUGE difference in sound quality. Then got some Athena F1 towers to pair with the bookshelf speakers. I loaded up on more Athena when Best Buy was clearing them out. Eventually had enough Athenas for two 5.0 systems. I boxed up my Takes for 5 years and sold them on Craigslist in 2010 for $200 after being listed for 4 hours which is what I originally paid for them. So good for me.
I was offered some Jamo towers at a great price and then sold all my Athena speakers on CL. I demoed the speakers for prospective buyers and they were impressed which enabled them to be sold quickly and easily. So the Jamos are in my main room and I purchased Energy RC-10 and LCR speakers for my bedroom setup. Very happy with those.
I recently got the RC Micro 5.0 for $60 from TigerDirect. Just too good a deal to pass up even though I didn't need them. Currently they're in my office but eventually will go to my father's house probably in my old bedroom. Not much difference than the Takes just smaller. They can't compare to the 1990's Energy Encore bookshelf and RVSS surrounds I have in the office but I figured I try them for a couple weeks before I go see my father. Micros are fine for a small room but not good enough for a main setup. Would be fine as surround speakers though if you have bigger speakers up front.
So those little satellites are good for what they are but one must limit their expectations unless they've never had a home theater setup before. Then they'll think they're great.
If you've only got $300 and want a small 5.1 setup then the Takes, MLT-2 or Pro Cinema will probably meet your needs.