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I have two choices:

The Monoprice 8247 set for $128

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The Energy Take Classics for $349.

With tax the difference would be approximately $240. Is it worth the difference?

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The Take Classics are better than the $84 monoprice set.

These Monoprice speakers are the replicas to the Take Classics
http://www.monoprice.com/products/product.asp?c_id=109&cp_id=10906&cs_id=1090601&p_id=10565&seq=1&format=2

Why are those your only two choices? What not this?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16882981013

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afrogt, dont take this the wrong way, but have you seen reviews comparing the 2 sets, or are you assuming that the Monoprice version is worse?
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And just who do you think has done a head to head comparison of these speakers!? The pubs usually leave the cheap stuff alone. I have seen reviews of the take classics, usually saying it is one good bang for the buck systems. Ditto for the Martin Logan system...

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afrogt, dont take this the wrong way, but have you seen reviews comparing the 2 sets, or are you assuming that the Monoprice version is worse?

Yes I have, you can read it here.
http://reviews.cnet.com/surround-speaker-systems/monoprice-8247/4505-7868_7-35017874.html

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We were so impressed we decided to compare the Monoprice with our favorite small system, the Energy Take Classic 5.1 ($400). The Energy Take Classic was better on every count, and sounded considerably more powerful, but we can't say it sounded four times better. The Monoprice sound was definitely enjoyable in its own right, but the Energy's sound was clearer, dynamics packed a bigger punch, and the tonal balance was more accurate. Considering the price differential, our respect for what the Monoprice does well only increased. If this system retailed for double the price, we'd be just as enthusiastic about its sound quality.

That said, the Monoprice's sound on CD was significantly less impressive. The little speakers sounded small and strained on The Black Keys' raucous blues rock. Again, we have to put that in perspective; few budget home theater speaker systems excel with music, so we can't judge the Monoprice system too harshly in that regard.

Conclusion
If you're buying a 5.1 speaker system on a budget, our recommendation is simple. If you can spend $400, go for the Energy Take Classic 5.1 or the Pioneer SP-PK21BS. If you can't spend that much, the Monoprice 8247 is the best deal we've seen.

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Cool, You sounded sure, I figured you had either read or heard them yourself. And given the way Energy has been pretty much castrated since the new ownership, who knows if they even make the Take Classic!
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