Hi AVS speakerheads,
Hopefully, you can expand my options/provide some input on a potential ENERGY TAKE set-up for my new HT. Especially from those very familiar with or who own them. I am starting my HT from scratch (just moved into a new flat).
In the queue to purchase in November (no debating these)
Sony 40V2500 40" LCD
Denon AVR-2807 100w/ch 7.1 Receiver
Denon DVD-1930 disc DVD player
Environment: 18' x 14' living room w/ hardwood floors
Application: 60% audio / 40% video (even split of broadcast/DVD)
Preferred Set-up: 2 small-sized tabletop L/R units, center channel unit, medium sized subwoofer. Budget: $2000 USD
Characteristics: warm, natural sound, great sound stage, sound quality over SPL, high end enclosure finish, simple, elegant design, not "blingtastic".
My comments after auditioning two ENERGY TAKE set-ups:
I listened to these TAKE set-ups in a electronics store but was not overly impressed with the sound.
1. Both set ups run via a Denon 100w/ch Receiver and Denon and/or Sony DVD player.
2. Listened to various surround modes and straight STEREO modes.
3. Used both DVD source and my personal audio CDs.
Set-up A: 2- TWR towers for L/R, 1-FPS as center
Set-up B: 2- LCRs for L/R, 1-LCR as center, 1-S8.3 sub
(Initially I was thinking of 2-FPS for L/R, 1-FPS for center, and 1- S10.3 sub for my system--no plan for rears)
My comments on TAKE Set-up A:
DVD source: Fuller range sound than set-up B. Center channel had strong presence and medium clarity. Good imaging when listening to the video soundtrack.
Audio CD source: I sampled the various denon surround modes, they were bizzare (I am an old two-way fan -currently adapting to modern approaches with a car set-up with a sub.) The two-way stereo mode for audio was much better, though a bit thin. not much upper bass. sound stage was fairly narrow.
My comments on TAKE Set-up B:
DVD source: Basic sound stage created. center channel seemed bright. Imaging was fair. Bass provided by the 8" sub was barely present unless amp volume was turned up very high.
Audio CD source: The same bizzare sound when in surround modes. The two-way mode for audio was an improvement, but, no depth. Sound stage was very shallow. Sub barely noticeable.
Let me start by stating that I had high expectations from the ENERGY TAKE systems after reading the online reviews, both individual and professional. For the price they should be a great deal better than $300 HTiB systems. The TAKEs that I heard were barely better. I really wanted to like them, but they didn't sound as good as my old celestian bookshelvs. And the day before I heard a pair of Tetra compact speakers (120U) listening to the same audio CDs and was blown away by the sound quality. The 120U pair was ~$1700. But the cabinets was sort of atypical. Adding a center and that would be over $3k.
I think the TAKE speakers may have been poorly connected and possibly over driven as demo units in the store. I'd like hear them again but hearing another set in the area will be tough. Also, I don't want to be a putz and question the orig store's set-up where I heard them. So that is why I am asking for your input....Either confirm that they are just an OK speaker or say "no way, these are great and need to be heard!" Also, I am wondering: those of you who went with the new TAKE system (not Take5s) what other systems did you consider?
Thanks for reading this big chunk of words,