Originally Posted by NateFg2
Are the venturi's comparable to the energy cf's, especially for music? How do they stack up?
Energy speakers are designed well and seem built well from the feedback I've read and based on their promotional material. As with all things, listen before buying. The BIC DV62CLR-S if mounted vertically on a 24"-26" speaker stand and calibrated properly and matched to the proper room size, should sound about as good as the vast majority of enthusiasts would want. I can afford to buy just about any speaker system I want within $5,000 and I have auditioned expensive systems. For my small living room, these speakers sound as good as anything under $5,000 that I've heard. Now, in a larger room, with heavy amplification, the quality may not be the same unless the crossover parts are improved for greater power handling (which is possible to buy for this very speaker).
I recommend the DV62CLR-S and DV62si for enthusiasts and think most would agree (under blind listening tests or if someone is able to put aside price prejudice) these are mighty fine sounding. I have not heard the Energy speakers you want compared, but have heard their past Connoisseur series and think Energy had some good products in years past but wasn't dazzled by many of their other speakers and speaker lines. I consider the DV-62CLR-S to be mostly designed for home theater but darn decent as a 2 channel music speaker (compared to most MTM design speakers) when blended with a subwoofer. Again, it's critical to mount them vertically and put them on 24"-26" stands for the correct results. If I had to choose the best BIC DV series speakers for 2-channel listening, I would say the DV62si bookshelf or DV-64 tower may have a slightly deeper stereo image due to having unrestrained vertical tweeter dispersion (hence the reason most speakers ideally designed for front channel duty in a SURROUND system, don't aren't typically better than speakers designed solely for 2-channel listening. My observation is that the 'imaging' is better in 2-channel music when using the classic 2-way or 3-way design having the tweeter at the top of the driver array. There are *some* 2-channel audio enthusiasts who actually believe MTM is even best for music but I can't say I feel the same.
The problem I have with the combo is that the C-70 towers are dramatically different both in cabinet size, crossover design and driver configuration. There are virtually no similarities between them and it's rather important for the front 3 speakers to matchup fairly close in those respects. The C-70 towers look they could potentially be good 2-channel music speakers but due to their size and driver configuration, wouldn't be ideal home theater speakers.