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bosb00's Avatar bosb00 12:05 PM 06-20-2013
All,

I am fairly new to the speaker game and had been using the energy take classic 5.1 with a pioneer receiver vsx 1020 for the last 3 years. I recently moved to a new home with a large finished basement and have decided to upgrade my speakers a piece at a time. About a month or so ago I upgraded my center channel to the energy cc-10 which is a very good speaker but its over powering my other ones now. So i have decided to upgrade my front speakers to tower speakers. I was trying to find a good deal on the energy cf-70's but the price of $500 a piece is a bit much. So i listed a few speakers I found below that got good ratings and have a reasonable price. Which one of the ones listed would sound best with my center channel and be the best deal? Also, I do plan on keeping my rear surrond speakers and subwoofer for the time being. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Speaker 1
Polk Monitor 70's
$375 for a pair

Speaker 2
Polk RTI A7s
$399 for the pair

Speaker 3
Polk TSI400's
$370 for the pair

Speaker 4
Polk Monitor 60's
$315 for a pair

Speaker 5
Polk tsi9
$399 for a pair

crn3371's Avatar crn3371 12:19 PM 06-20-2013
Since you prematurely upgraded to the Energy center, you really want to stay within the Energy family for the rest of your front soundstage. The point is that you want your front soundstage to sound the same. It's called timbre matching.
AG74683's Avatar AG74683 12:27 PM 06-20-2013
I don't think the RTI A7's go for 400 a pair...try 500 each...
simp1yamazn's Avatar simp1yamazn 12:34 PM 06-20-2013
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Since you prematurely upgraded to the Energy center, you really want to stay within the Energy family for the rest of your front soundstage. The point is that you want your front soundstage to sound the same. It's called timbre matching.

+1 especially since, IIRC, all the polks use a solf dome tweeter and the Energy speakers use aluminum tweeters. You'll never really be able to get them to blend properly. Maybe take a look at the RC-50 if the RC-70 is over budget.
Transmaniacon's Avatar Transmaniacon 12:49 PM 06-20-2013
Definitely stick with matching Energy speakers. You could go with the CB-20, the matching bookshelf speaker. It will still be a big upgrade over the Take Classic fronts, and when paired with a sub, you don't lose much going with bookshelves over towers.

http://www.audiogurus.com/speakers/bookshelf-speakers/energy-cb-20.html
Bigfoot410's Avatar Bigfoot410 07:00 PM 06-20-2013
Check out the classified section here. There's someone selling his Energy CF-70's for $400, lives in Lancaster, PA
Jay1's Avatar Jay1 07:34 PM 06-20-2013
If you can get A7's for $400pr that's a really good deal. If you cant find matching energy speakers you should switch to a Polk RTi setup based on the price of that A7.
cel4145's Avatar cel4145 07:44 PM 06-20-2013
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Originally Posted by bosb00 View Post

I was trying to find a good deal on the energy cf-70's but the price of $500 a piece is a bit much.

I agree. That's a lot for those.

So, if you are determined to stick with the Energys, why not start with the bookshelves you will use as rears, first, then upgrade to the Energy towers when you find a good deal? Energy CB-20s are $349 a pair (Amazon) and would be big upgrade over your Energy Takes.

Or, you could always sell the CC-10 and go a more affordable route. As Jay1 pointed out, if you can get the A7's for $400 a pair, jump on that and sell the CC-10. The A7s are arguably a step up from the Energy CF/CB series.
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