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post #1 of 425
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http://emptek.com/e55ti_clearance.php

http://www.audioholics.com/reviews/s...g/emptek-e55ti - review

Looks like the red burl is OOS, but they still have high gloss black ash. They really are beautiful for less that 200 a piece. And according to the audioholics review perform well for their price range.

I just bought a pair of jbl studio 180's on sale, or i'd have already purchased these babies. Anybody heard these guys and can give an idea if they're killer at this sale price?
post #2 of 425
They sure look sexy. Too bad there is no way to audition them.

That said, you are making me go crazy. I just jumped in for a Def Tech setup, and then you come along and keep showing up awesome deals for less than my Def Tech setup.
post #3 of 425
They have the towers on sale in gloss black but the center and surrounds only in red burl. Funny how that works...
post #4 of 425
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Originally Posted by afrogt View Post

They have the towers on sale in gloss black but the center and surrounds only in red burl. Funny how that works...

They do have the larger center in black, and it's probably the more appropriate match for those towers - at least, I believe that was stated in the Audioholics review of the E55Ti as the reason for EMP designing the larger center.

http://emptek.com/e56ci.php
post #5 of 425
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Originally Posted by chikoo View Post

They sure look sexy. Too bad there is no way to audition them.

That said, you are making me go crazy. I just jumped in for a Def Tech setup, and then you come along and keep showing up awesome deals for less than my Def Tech setup.

You know my pain. These have the sexy looks, but the JBL's have a slightly more attractive price point. If my Jbl's weren't showing up tomorrow I'd probably cancel my order and go with these ones..

Edit: looks like the 10" sub is on clearance too for $187, but again no idea how it performs..
post #6 of 425
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NOTE: This clearance, "B" stock, discontinued, or refurbished item features discounts from product's regular price. ALL SALES OF THIS ITEM ARE FINAL. Returns of clearance, "B" stock, discontinued, or refurbished items are allowed for warranty coverage only and are the only types of returns accepted. Please keep this in mind when purchasing this product.

Ouch...
post #7 of 425
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Originally Posted by hermeslyre View Post


You know my pain. These have the sexy looks, but the JBL's have a slightly more attractive price point. If my Jbl's weren't showing up tomorrow I'd probably cancel my order and go with these ones..

Edit: looks like the 10" sub is on clearance too for $187, but again no idea how it performs..

Nice looking sub but only goes down to 35hz. Pretty lightweight too at 27lbs.
post #8 of 425
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Originally Posted by afrogt View Post

Nice looking sub but only goes down to 35hz. Pretty lightweight too at 27lbs.

Debating whether to get this for my stereo listening system. Decisions, decisions.
post #9 of 425
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Originally Posted by hermeslyre View Post

You know my pain. These have the sexy looks, but the JBL's have a slightly more attractive price point. If my Jbl's weren't showing up tomorrow I'd probably cancel my order and go with these ones..

Edit: looks like the 10" sub is on clearance too for $187, but again no idea how it performs..

You're starting to venture out of the budget bang for the buck area. While nice, I don't think they'll match the value per dollar compared to the JBLs right now. Remember, I replaced $500/pair towers with the JBLs, and I like them better.

Put the money saved towards the best performing sub you can for your budget.
post #10 of 425
I was looking at the JBL Studio 190's, Polk Monitor 70s and the e55ti's.


I can get 190's in 5.0 setup for $585(385 for the 190's) from www.wwstereo.com
the Polk's are up and down in price at the NewEgg
while these are quite tempting at $397.5

Tough call for me but I am leaning towards the e55ti's
post #11 of 425
These look pretty sick, I mite pick up a pair right now, are they new though? Also how do they compair to Monitor 70's?
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post #13 of 425
Just bought em!!!! IMPULSE!!!! AHH!!!

Feel like they should definetlely sound better than the polk monitor 70 series. I never really liked there smaller speaker line anyway

I am very Exited!

I'll post some pics when I get them in! : )
post #14 of 425
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Originally Posted by zieglj01 View Post

This is the E55ti review
http://www.audioholics.com/reviews/s...g/emptek-e55ti

Apart from that review Audioholics also did an end of the year (2010) tower shootout on these guys as well. The e55ti's up against Axiom M60's, JBL ES80's and Klipsch Rf-62 towers. Including the sighted and non sighted test results, the E55ti's arguably won the shootout,

http://www.audioholics.com/reviews/s...010-1k-faceoff

They are a great performer and an unbelievable value at this price point IMO. Just realize that this clearance sale is selling b-stcok, so some aesthetic flaws are to be expected. That said, if I could spare the expense right now I'd be all over this deal.
post #15 of 425
I should be in good shape though? Right? Regarding that this is "B." Stock?
post #16 of 425
Check out the damage example page: http://www.emptek.com/damages.php

The flaws seem to be very minor in the finish of the cabinet. I would assume the that the sound is the same between a and b stock.
post #17 of 425
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Aestetics don't matter as much as the sound to me, so I wouldn't worry overmuch. If you need the speaker in perfect shape however, that's when you should worry. See above, b stock should be all cosmetic flaws, nothing affecting the sound or performance.

They still carry the full manufactures warranty as well.
post #18 of 425
Excellent, thanks for the quick response. : )

Here's another review I pulled up...

http://www.digitaltrends.com/speaker...-e55ti-review/
post #19 of 425
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Originally Posted by peck1234 View Post

Excellent, thanks for the quick response. : )

Here's another review I pulled up...

http://www.digitaltrends.com/speaker...-e55ti-review/

The guys at Audioholics sent their pair over to Digital Trends for the review.
post #20 of 425
I'm going to be driving these with my Yamaha AX 497 receiver. This should provide more than enough power right?
post #21 of 425
should be fine; I asked them about my Denon avr2800 and Yamaha RX-a700 and they said both would be good. Look at the following link to see some B-stock e5ti's. The guy said in one of the threads that he got b-stock so I assume yours would similiar: http://www.blu-ray.com/community/gal...member=Kali157
post #22 of 425
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Originally Posted by peck1234 View Post

I'm going to be driving these with my Yamaha AX 497 receiver. This should provide more than enough power right?

For now - yes
post #23 of 425
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Originally Posted by hermeslyre View Post

Apart from that review Audioholics also did an end of the year (2010) tower shootout on these guys as well. The e55ti's up against Axiom M60's, JBL ES80's and Klipsch Rf-62 towers. Including the sighted and non sighted test results, the E55ti's arguably won the shootout,

The EMP looks to be a good option, for one on a tight budget - based on my
experience with JBL and Klipsch, the Axiom does not draw my attention. And
I am not a fan, of blind shoot outs to begin with. Human nature and different
personalities, will always come into play.
post #24 of 425
I trying to convince myself to go with the Emp's over Polk Monitor 70's and the JBL studio 190's. Of course I have only heard the Polk Audio Tsi500's, Energy cf-50, Def Tech bpb80x0ST's and some B&W. I am not sure which I liked best. Problem is I heard the polk play folk, the B&W, def tech and energy's play classical. Not a good comparison. I can get the 8020's to $700 but they are Best Buy floor models.
post #25 of 425
I would totally jump on it bigtim. Polk monitor 70's have been selling on newegg for 150 a pop each 2 weeks ago. You get what you pay for.

Lol just look at the difference of the two!



post #26 of 425
Huge difference!! The e55ti's look like more expensive speakers by far!
post #27 of 425
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Originally Posted by peck1234 View Post

Lol just look at the difference of the two!

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Originally Posted by bigtim2000 View Post

The e55ti's look like more expensive speakers by far!

I'd be more concerned with how they sound.
post #28 of 425
That is true, but by all accounts they sound as good as they look.
post #29 of 425
Interesting let us know what you think, and post some pics..I was introduce to these speakers a few years ago buy pal of mine who swore they sounded great..I was a little hesitant by the price, and didn't really believe they looked so great in person, at t he time I had a pair of dali helicon 400 in Rose Nut, the sound and the finish is to die for, and doubt a speaker which was going for under 600 dollar on sale could compete against my dali's. Either way looking to hear what you guys think.

Djoel
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Interesting let us know what you think, and post some pics..I was introduce to these speakers a few years ago buy pal of mine who swore they sounded great..I was a little hesitant by the price, and didn't really believe they looked so great in person, at t he time I had a pair of dali helicon 400 in Rose Nut, the sound and the finish is to die for, and doubt a speaker which was going for under 600 dollar on sale could compete against my dali's. Either way looking to hear what you guys think.

Djoel

I very much doubt that any $1000 pair od speakers will compete with Dali Helicon($6300 a pair). I would hope that the Dali's are far better than these Emp's. I would think that the RBH signature series would be a better competitor for your Dali's.
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