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post #271 of 425
Oh and mine came in this Saturday.

Appearance:
Wow, one of them had a 4ish inch diameter circular smudge on the left side of the speaker, and the other had a similar smaller smudge. No chips or scratches - I'm very pleased. YMMV with b-stock though.

Sound:
I don't feel qualified to comment on this at this point in my audio-life ;-), but I liked the soundstage. I was breaking/burning/wearing it in with some music. I can tell you that I was not let down. I haven't tried it with HT yet, I'll do that after a few days of music.
post #272 of 425
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Originally Posted by flyng_fool View Post

The thing with the center channel is that most people don't have the room to stick a tall speaker under their tv so the center channel was developed. As with much of anything you sometimes have to make compromises to make it work. However, if you have a projector and an acoustically transparent screen then no worries. You can have whatever kind of speaker you like back there. That's my plan for the future!

Why do you need a center??
post #273 of 425
I've had my towers and center speakers for about 4 days now. I have to say that I love, love it. I can't give you a detailed review since I'm fairly new. I had the lower end polks from bestbuy and I have to say these totally blow those out of the water.

Now, I just need to upgrade my subwoofer with something that can go low..... I'll post pictures up in a minute.

Thanks for all the advice on here...
post #274 of 425
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Originally Posted by chikoo View Post

They look sexy....but I have seen sexy that can't cook...

So can it cook? I mean play nice?

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Originally Posted by lsturbointeg View Post

.. that's like having a hot girlfriend but she can't cook worth a darn!
..

Hey...you stole my patented tag line

I will be waiting for your 10c royalty check in my mail
post #275 of 425
I'm curious as to how these speakers sound compared to my recent JBL 190 purchase.

These EMPs are much sexier, but I got a steal of a deal on the 190s for $230/pair new shipped. I'm actually running 4 of them because of it.

Anyone hear both that can comment on them? I've been very satisfied with the 190's soundstage and clarity.
post #276 of 425
I was very interest in this towers long time ago because of the audioholics reviews, but I was looking for reviews from buyers, now I guess there will be more reviews after this blowout sale.
post #277 of 425
The Black Ash models are baaaaaaaack...
post #278 of 425
Mine came in on Friday with my new Yamaha AXR1010. I'm nowhere near an expert either, but these absolutely smoke my Aperion Audio Intimus 4b and it's not close. Now I'm going from smaller surrounds to towers, but the Emptek are just awesome. Watching The Last Samurai on Blu Ray was a whole new experience. The background music in scenes is clearer and much louder. It's awesome.

Oh and they look like $2000 dollar towers. Thinking of buying two more and there cheap sub that like 60% off just because I'm that impressed.

quick iphone pics.


post #279 of 425
I cannot wait to see more reviews.
post #280 of 425
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Originally Posted by Splicer010 View Post

The Black Ash models are baaaaaaaack...

I mean back in stock. Just got a pair for my sister. Just picked up a nice AVR, will run in phantom, has some older towers in the back which should work well.

I'll buikd a sub after this summers tent sale at Parts Express.

Looking forward to seeing/hearing these speakers and how Audyssey makes them sound...
post #281 of 425
Opinions on the ES1010i Subwoofer? I'm impressed with the towers and center. Might want to get one of their subs to match....
post #282 of 425
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Originally Posted by blatallic View Post

Opinions on the ES1010i Subwoofer? I'm impressed with the towers and center. Might want to get one of their subs to match....

It is a nice sub. I think it's around the same cost as an Outlaw or SVS though, so it wouldn't be my immediate choice, though.
post #283 of 425
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Originally Posted by blatallic View Post

Opinions on the ES1010i Subwoofer? I'm impressed with the towers and center. Might want to get one of their subs to match....

It looks nice, but for the price ($599) I would avoid it.
It only weighs 45 lbs...thats a pretty good size box and with 2 10's in it I would expect the weight to be much higher.
The lower end of the frequency response falls off at 30hz.
post #284 of 425
I know this may be the wrong thread to post this.... But I want a good sub to match my
E56Ci Center and E55Ti Tower Speakers. Something compact with kick would be good.
post #285 of 425
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Originally Posted by blatallic View Post

I know this may be the wrong thread to post this.... But I want a good sub to match my
E56Ci Center and E55Ti Tower Speakers. Something compact with kick would be good.

Look at some of the ID brands. What kind of budget are you working with? All I personally have experience with other than the htib stuff is elemental designs A2-300 and A5-350.
post #286 of 425
Well, I think that a sub is one of the most important components in my setup. I would think $500 or less ... I don't want a massive sub either ... but something with a kick.
post #287 of 425
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Originally Posted by slammin86 View Post

I put some pinnacle souveran spray wax on mine today...lol


I tried to get some of the wood grain pattern but it is hard to capture under living room lighting.

What Sub do you have in your setup?
post #288 of 425
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Originally Posted by blatallic View Post

What Sub do you have in your setup?

http://www.edesignaudio.com/product_...roducts_id=618
post #289 of 425
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Originally Posted by blatallic View Post

Well, I think that a sub is one of the most important components in my setup. I would think $500 or less ... I don't want a massive sub either ... but something with a kick.

You should give your room dimensions (length, width, height) and your listening habits (_% HT, _% Music, etc.) Those are the major factors in choosing a subwoofer. If you have it in you, draw a diagram or explain some aspects of your room.

That will help people more accurately recommend a subwoofer for you.
post #290 of 425
Check out this mini review of the 1010i sub.

Sounds like emptek might under rate this sub. I have one I got as part of a package from them that I don't use, but it is hard to tell the difference between this and my svs 20-39pci in a/b testing.

http://forums.audioholics.com/forums...al-report.html

The price is also now $499 if you click on more info. Still a bit high, $400 would be perfect. They supposedly tuned it lower also.

--ray
post #291 of 425
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Originally Posted by raynist View Post

Check out this mini review of the 1010i sub.

Sounds like emptek might under rate this sub. I have one I got as part of a package from them that I don't use, but it is hard to tell the difference between this and my svs 20-39pci in a/b testing.

http://forums.audioholics.com/forums...al-report.html

The price is also now $499 if you click on more info. Still a bit high, $400 would be perfect. They supposedly tuned it lower also.

--ray

From all that I've read over at Audioholics (Emptec has a larger following over there), both users and the ADMIN agree that Emptec underates their subs. By how much is speculation, I haven't seen any graphs, but they should all be a bit more capable than the spec sheet reveals.

Still I'd rather opt for an Outlaw/HSU/what have you at that price point. Chase Home theater is supposed to be releasing a new 12" sub for the sexy price of $350 in the next couple weeks, the one I'm interested in. It almost rivals the Outlaw LFM-1 EX, but falls just a tad short(2db louder under 20hz, and it falls off alil sooner). It's half the price though so.. Bring it on!
post #292 of 425
Wife wanted the red speakers so I did not argue. I had to order the E5ti speakers to start with. They are going to call me when the 55's are available in red.
Just received my tracking number so they are on the way. I will move these to surrounds when I get the 55's.
Wife made me do it so I did not argue
post #293 of 425
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Originally Posted by rwe416 View Post

Wife made me do it so I did not argue

The Red Burll is stunning.
post #294 of 425
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Originally Posted by rwe416 View Post

Wife wanted the red speakers so I did not argue. I had to order the E5ti speakers to start with. They are going to call me when the 55's are available in red.
Just received my tracking number so they are on the way. I will move these to surrounds when I get the 55's.
Wife made me do it so I did not argue

would this work guys...using the E5ti's for surrounds? $275 for the pair instead of $499 for the E55wi's surrounds? i'll be saving $225 bucks! they only have red burl but that's fine.

think i'll wait to see what Emptek sales are on the centers in 2 weeks. trying to budget sucks so looks like i'mma try and work on the speakers first and order the AVR last.
post #295 of 425
Very good looking speakers! Anyone rip these apart yet to see what's inside?
post #296 of 425
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Originally Posted by drewTT View Post

Very good looking speakers! Anyone rip these apart yet to see what's inside?

http://www.audioholics.com/reviews/s...i-introduction

Those guys did when they reviewed it.
post #297 of 425
Has anyone done any in-home comparisons of these yet? The reason I ask is because the sensitivity on these doesn't seem to be anything special @ 88dB. They look absolutely amazing, as others have pointed out, but in the world of audio, looks can be deceiving, as everyone knows.
post #298 of 425
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Originally Posted by HardBat View Post

Has anyone done any in-home comparisons of these yet? The reason I ask is because the sensitivity on these doesn't seem to be anything special @ 88dB. They look absolutely amazing, as others have pointed out, but in the world of audio, looks can be deceiving, as everyone knows.

Go back a few pages and you can read mine.
post #299 of 425
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Originally Posted by HardBat View Post

Has anyone done any in-home comparisons of these yet? The reason I ask is because the sensitivity on these doesn't seem to be anything special @ 88dB. They look absolutely amazing, as others have pointed out, but in the world of audio, looks can be deceiving, as everyone knows.

Sensitivity is not as high as a typical pro audio speaker but it's perfectly fine.

With three 6.5" drivers, two 5.25" mids, and a high 3khz tweeter crossover point, these things can handle a good 200+ watts without compressing (which is better than some more sensitive speakers). The only time these speakers have EVER made me cringe was during inception; the scene when the glass breaks. And that was near reference levels on probably one of the most dynamic movies in the world. I'd wager you have to bust out over $3000 to do movies like that justice at reference. And no, some 12" elemental designs horn speakers won't do it justice, they'll just do it loud.

The Aluminum/Poly matrix cone is very well-designed and surprisingly resolving. The tweeter is nice and detailed.

Off-axis response is pretty nice. The tonality doesn't shift significantly whether you treat the room or not, or if you shift seats or not. The 2nd order midrange crossover has a lot to do with this. Overall frequency response is a LOT flatter than pretty much any other sub- 1K speaker (+/- 2db), never mind a complex 3-way with six drivers. They're not very placement sensitive at all, either.

Imaging is convincing enough. I wouldn't call it holographic, but the stereo image emanates from behind and around the speaker. You can tell they spent a good bit of time optimizing this speaker, because with this many drivers they really shouldn't image like they do. On good music you can close your eyes and forget the speakers are there.

The bass is very well damped (at least on my Generation 1s), which means it's slightly on the dry side. People used to typical "speaker bass" will probably find it a bit lacking, but it's a bit more accurate. Still not as tight as ""headphone bass"", but I'm sure that has to do with my room to a good extent.

The Cabinets are absolutely beautiful, even 2 years later I still smile looking at these speakers.

Honestly, this price for e55tis is a total steal. Unless you've got $1600 to drop on a pair of Philharmonic speakers, these are probably the best speakers you can buy. At the very least, they'll bring a smile to your face, unless you want speakers that add a thick layer of "cough syrup bass".
post #300 of 425
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Originally Posted by Eternal Velocity View Post

Why do you need a center??

Ya , a lot of guys like running a phantom center. It's just not my cup of tea.
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