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post #121 of 425
I was a member here several years ago when I was married and was pretty active. Went through a divorce and got out of the hobby. Joined back up this weekend as I'm starting to research to replace my Yammy RXV2400.

Since this weekend I've now ordered these speakers (landing on Thursday) and today I bought a Yammy RXA1010 from a local dealer.

Thanks a bunch guys!
post #122 of 425
Thanks zieglj01! I trust your recomendations!!!


Hope I didn't come off as being an ass! Seriously thanks!
post #123 of 425
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Originally Posted by toddt007 View Post

Just curious. Would it be possible to replace the tweeters on the Emp Teks to something from parts express? Maybe aluminum or titanium dome to make the speaker a little brighter??? Looks like there's a few tweeters on there that might fit!!!

If you want something bright maybe look towards a different speaker. Maybe a polk m70.
post #124 of 425
Tracking now shows they are arriving today. I hope it happens this time.
post #125 of 425
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Originally Posted by toddt007 View Post

Thanks zieglj01! I trust your recomendations!!!


Hope I didn't come off as being an ass! Seriously thanks!

No, your fine
post #126 of 425
My towers will be here tomorrow ... my middle speaker will be here on Thursday!

Movie night on Friday!
post #127 of 425
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Originally Posted by grilly View Post

I was a member here several years ago when I was married and was pretty active. Went through a divorce and got out of the hobby. Joined back up this weekend as I'm starting to research to replace my Yammy RXV2400.

Since this weekend I've now ordered these speakers (landing on Thursday) and today I bought a Yammy RXA1010 from a local dealer.

Thanks a bunch guys!

Welcome back let us know what you think of the speakers with Yammy.

Djoel
post #128 of 425
Will the BIC F12 work well with the e55ti's? Or should I wait to get something better?

What about the EMP ES10i?
post #129 of 425
I need speakers with character...and the def tech are great at that. Thanks for the input.
post #130 of 425
As I mentioned above I just order a set of these towers as the price was just too goo to pass up.

So now I will have a RXA1010bl Yamaha receiver. The E55ti for left and right. Aperion audio Intimus 5C Center channel. Aperion audio Intimus 4b for surrounds, with an Aperion Audio 8D powered sub.

Should I go ahead and upgrade to the Emptek E56ci Center channel and Bipole surrounds? Kind of lost on what I should do now that I've picked up these towers.

I read something about needing to have the same brand center channel as your towers because the sound will blend better?
post #131 of 425
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Originally Posted by grilly View Post

As I mentioned above I just order a set of these towers as the price was just too goo to pass up.

So now I will have a RXA1010bl Yamaha receiver. The E55ti for left and right. Aperion audio Intimus 5C Center channel. Aperion audio Intimus 4b for surrounds, with an Aperion Audio 8D powered sub.

Should I go ahead and upgrade to the Emptek E56ci Center channel and Bipole surrounds? Kind of lost on what I should do now that I've picked up these towers.

I read something about needing to have the same brand center channel as your towers because the sound will blend better?

Yes get the matching center.
post #132 of 425
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Originally Posted by grilly View Post

As I mentioned above I just order a set of these towers as the price was just too goo to pass up.

So now I will have a RXA1010bl Yamaha receiver. The E55ti for left and right. Aperion audio Intimus 5C Center channel. Aperion audio Intimus 4b for surrounds, with an Aperion Audio 8D powered sub.

Should I go ahead and upgrade to the Emptek E56ci Center channel and Bipole surrounds? Kind of lost on what I should do now that I've picked up these towers.

I read something about needing to have the same brand center channel as your towers because the sound will blend better?


I will keep the Aperion surrounds and wont bother buying Emp Tek surrounds.
For Center, try the Emp Teks with Aperion center for a while. I am pretty sure you will be happy with the Aperion Center. Since Emp Tek's Centers are not on sale now, there is no hurry to buy the center.

For those who argue timber matching center to mains, is there any scene in any movie where you can test the "panning" ?
post #133 of 425
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Originally Posted by mrrame View Post

I will keep the Aperion surrounds and wont bother buying Emp Tek surrounds.
For Center, try the Emp Teks with Aperion center for a while. I am pretty sure you will be happy with the Aperion Center. Since Emp Tek's Centers are not on sale now, there is no hurry to buy the center.

For those who argue timber matching center to mains, is there any scene in any movie where you can test the "panning" ?

That's kind of what I planned on doing. I've been very pleased with the Aperion center. And the piano black of both types of speakers go well with each other.

I'm planning on updating all of the speakers eventually, but now that I bought these towers I'm feeling pressured to have to go Emptek all the way around. Guess that's what happens when you're an impulse shopper. ha!
post #134 of 425
If I am happy with the towers and center I am keeping them and buying the bookshelf surrounds when they come back in stock.

If I am not happy with them the center is going back for a full refund. I will put the towers on craigslist and sell them.

The towers are now at my house but I will not be there till 7 tonight. Lets hope this is what I am what I am looking for. I will be posting about it either way.
post #135 of 425
Yea, we need to get some more reviews on these speakers. Mine will be in on Thursday and my yammy will be in on Friday. Review probably Friday night.
post #136 of 425
Win...
post #137 of 425
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Originally Posted by slammin86 View Post

Win...

That's all we get? You bastard give us the itty gritty details!
post #138 of 425
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is there any scene in any movie where you can test the "panning" ?

Take your pic. While I wouldn't say it quite like you, the cebter is a major point to be catious with as it affects the overall sound. Same for surrounds. While other brands 'work', the same timbre simply isn't there, and, for me, the quality difference is quite noticeable especially when viewing concert BD, DVD, HD DVD.

If you have Band of Brothers HD DVD or BD that will easily demonstrate the importance of running the same tweeter at every speaker location. If you can't hear it, well, good. This means that you are not subject to buying anything else. HOWEVER if you DO NOTCE, you are truly listening and paying attention to the sound which afterall, is why we even bother to have nice equipment to begin with.

Now, with all that said, I run Martin Logans all around. BUT I do NOT use a center, I run phantom. And with good enough speakers and amplification, the difference is negligable and one that I for one prefer...
post #139 of 425
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Originally Posted by slammin86 View Post

Win...

I am assuming this means that new towers win over the old polks. The question is by how much
post #140 of 425
Where to start.

Unfortunately all I can do at this time is a direct comparison to the polk 70 series. Before I talk about sound I am going to mention some other things that I noticed.

The finish of these speakers is overall good. I can tell why they are b stock due to some imperfections in the clear but they still look great. No dents, dings, or chips.

The brackets that attach to the bottom and hold the spiked feet are a nice touch. When you attach the spikes make sure you have 2 pair of pliers handy. I used pliers and needle nose. With the spikes in place these are much more stable than the polks.

The knock test makes these seem like a quality cabinet. They are a thud compared the the polks hollow ring. Overall they just seem solid.

With the grills off comparing the appearance and the drivers it is a no questions asked win for the emp tek. The wife loves the appearance also.

The grills sit flush with the front cover and the quality is good. The have a wooden frame and stay attached well.

My only complaint is the binding posts. My GLS banana plugs and these did not get along and I ended up putting them in the hole that the speaker wire would go in and tightening them down. The pics do not show this because at the time I was swapping back and forth from the polk to these.

Now for some eye candy.



















Now the initial plan was to keep the center boxed up incase I was not happy with the towers. Then I could send the center back and get a full refund. I had planned to keep the center tucked away unopened for a few days until I was sure I liked the emp over the polk. Well...a picture is worth a thousand words.











Ok, onto the audio. I have about 1.5 hours of moderate listening. I was able to really crank things up for about 5 minutes with the emp teks. I had no desire to do that with the polks because I already know the result.

Everything so far is 2 channel audio with no sub. I set the bass and treble back to 0 and disabled the audyssey for the most equal comparison I could do. These are being powered off of my acurus a3x200 which is fed from my onkyo 709

For tonight I listened to some avenged sevenfold, hurt, evanescence, and acoustic five finger death punch.

The polks have a bright in your face sound. Some vocals tend to go ssss ssss ssss at the end. I hope you can appreciate where I am coming from with that. The thing I do not like about the polks is no matter how much I jack with the EQ I cannot listen to these for any period of time without ear fatigue. Some voices tend to sound nasely IMO.

The emp tek's have a much different sound. They are more mellow and laid back. Not in your face at all. You can crank the volume as much as you want with no sound of brightness or ear fatigue. Everything sounds much more natural. One thing I really noticed was the accuracy of the bass drum compared to the polks. There is a firm attack and it is gone whereas the polks have more of a boomy lingering sound.

When I listened to a song at a volume of -30 on the polks, then switched to the emp teks and listened at the same level the overall volume and sound from the speakers was the same. Keep in mind the polks are 8 ohm and the emp teks are 6 ohm so my amp would be putting out a bit more power at the same volume.

For now that is all I am going to say. Once these speakers get some more play time and hours on them I will add some more. For now the clear winner for me is emp tek.
post #141 of 425
And some not so good cell phone pictures. The speakers were wrapped in a fabric back to protect the finish. Then they had a plastic bag over the cloth bag. They had foam pieces with a cutout to accept the speaker fit to the inside of the box also to hold the speakers in place. The packaging job was very nice.











post #142 of 425
very nice! Thanks Slammin!
post #143 of 425
pulled the trigger and ordered the E55ti's tonight! after much research and reading i'm glad i found these before i went with the m70's. just wondering how long does shipping take? a week? will wait and see if the E56ci's will ever go on sale but i read here on page 1 or 2 that someone mentioned that it's better to go with the E56's than the E5ci's with the E55ti's? than i'll order the E55w1's last to complete my setup. now onto looking for a great receiver to push these bad boys! any recommendations? i already have the Klipsch 12" sub.
post #144 of 425
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Originally Posted by grilly View Post

very nice! Thanks Slammin!

X2
No surprise about the results - the Polk is somewhat hollow and
nasal - and somewhat bright and edgy.
post #145 of 425
The risk of B-stock would make me nervous ordering 'em, just because you never know what kind of defects/blemishes to expect.. but they look very nice overall, and it sounds like they're easy on the ears. Congrats on the purchase, and thanks for the review and pics.
post #146 of 425
I am not surprised by the results. EmpTek is owned, I believe, by RBH who makes some amazing speakers that are only dealer direct. They are just in another leaguer vs the Polks.
post #147 of 425
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Originally Posted by ack_bk View Post

EmpTek is owned, I believe, by RBH who makes some amazing speakers that are only dealer direct.

Yes, RBH
post #148 of 425
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Originally Posted by jephdood View Post

The risk of B-stock would make me nervous ordering 'em, just because you never know what kind of defects/blemishes to expect.. but they look very nice overall, and it sounds like they're easy on the ears. Congrats on the purchase, and thanks for the review and pics.

as long as the performance isn't in no way affected, i'm all in! couldn't let these pass me by! also, i found the info on the EMP website concerning matching the E55 with the bigger center channel.
post #149 of 425
Glad to know slamin prefers these to the monitor 70s. As you can all see now the sound of these speakers are extremely neutral. Thus, my comparison to the jamos adds up, (being very clear and concise during the highs)

As slammin says, you can really crank these things up with no ear fatigue. I completely concur with his review.
post #150 of 425
Thanks for the review Slammin. Sounds good, cannot wait till I get mine!!
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