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Looking to get 5 speakers for under $150. Maybe Energy RC Micro 5.0?

post #1 of 18
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http://www.amazon.com/Energy-RC-Micro-Pack-Channel-Theater/dp/B006J0NZ6Q

Thinking about getting these to replace my kind of cheap Samsung speakers. I already have a JBL 10" sub and a Kenwood 600W VR-707 receiver.

My room is a medium size.

Does anyone have these or heard these? And does anyone have any other suggestions? Thanks!
Edited by TheGrumpyCat - 1/6/13 at 7:09pm
post #2 of 18
Those would be a good choice, as long as the sub can go to or above 150 Hz, since that's the low end for the Micros.
post #3 of 18
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Originally Posted by hernanu View Post

Those would be a good choice, as long as the sub can go to or above 150 Hz, since that's the low end for the Micros.

Not sure if mine can do that. I tried to do some research and can't seem to find the Hz. It's a JBL136 sub. It's 100watts.
post #4 of 18
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Not sure if mine can do that. I tried to do some research and can't seem to find the Hz. It's a JBL136 sub. It's 100watts.

That JBL sub can work with a 120 and 150 hz crossover - it was designed to work
with JBL small 3" woofer speakers.
post #5 of 18
I'd recommend the Jamo 426 package on Amazon.
post #6 of 18
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I'd recommend the Jamo 426 package on Amazon.

those front 2 speakers are way too big. I'd like something around the size of the first link I posted.
post #7 of 18
If you're looking for smail satellite speakers the RC Micros are fine for their size. I've got a set hooked up here in my home office.

A larger set of bookshelf speakers will definitely give a fuller sound than the Micros though. Because of their small size the Micros sound a little thin.

I downloaded the manual for your Kenwood receiver and you can set the speakers to LARGE or NORMAL but I couldn't fine anything about setting the crossover. My guess is there is one fixed crossover for all speakers but it doesn't tell you what it is. I bet it isn't 150hz though.
http://a248.e.akamai.net/pix.crutchfield.com/Manuals/113/113VR707.PDF

If don't know if the Kenwood will work well with the RC Micros.
post #8 of 18
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Originally Posted by afrogt View Post

If you're looking for smail satellite speakers the RC Micros are fine for their size. I've got a set hooked up here in my home office.
A larger set of bookshelf speakers will definitely give a fuller sound than the Micros though. Because of their small size the Micros sound a little thin.
I downloaded the manual for your Kenwood receiver and you can set the speakers to LARGE or NORMAL but I couldn't fine anything about setting the crossover. My guess is there is one fixed crossover for all speakers but it doesn't tell you what it is. I bet it isn't 150hz though.
http://a248.e.akamai.net/pix.crutchfield.com/Manuals/113/113VR707.PDF
If don't know if the Kenwood will work well with the RC Micros.

So I'm guessing I would be better off with the bigger ones then.

ugh. so much money -_-
post #9 of 18
Unfortunately, the really tiny speakers of the Take Classic and Micros and similar compact systems are too small to deliver adequate sound for even a small room.

You really need something larger than a 3-inch driver in a front speaker, unless you know some way to repeal the laws of physics. That is the size of the speaker in a cheap clock radio...lol.

The Martin-Logan MLT-2 system has some fairly small speakers that do have larger drivers and will do a much better job. It also has a somewhat better subwoofer.

As for finding something better than your current speakers for under $150, lots of luck. I would like to get a new Ferrari or Corvette for about $6000, but no one seem to have them for that price. biggrin.gif


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those front 2 speakers are way too big. I'd like something around the size of the first link I posted.
post #10 of 18
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So I'm guessing I would be better off with the bigger ones then.
ugh. so much money -_-

At this price point, something needs to give - either more money, or less pristine audio quality. The Micro's are pretty good small speakers, but they are small - you will probably like them, especially if you have a sub that can support them for now. If price is the most important, and you still get adequate sound, those are a good choice - they will do the job.

If you're willing to compromise on size, there are good options. One thing you could do is to go for a 3.1 system now and get the front three of these (L, R, Center). They are larger, but will give you good sound at a reasonable price (129 for a pair of fronts and 129 for the center). These are probably the best sound at this price range, designed by a good engineer. So 3.1 if you keep your sub will be 258.

It would require you rethinking size and cost, but there it is.
post #11 of 18
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Originally Posted by hernanu View Post

At this price point, something needs to give - either more money, or less pristine audio quality. The Micro's are pretty good small speakers, but they are small - you will probably like them, especially if you have a sub that can support them for now. If price is the most important, and you still get adequate sound, those are a good choice - they will do the job.
If you're willing to compromise on size, there are good options. One thing you could do is to go for a 3.1 system now and get the front three of these (L, R, Center). They are larger, but will give you good sound at a reasonable price (129 for a pair of fronts and 129 for the center). These are probably the best sound at this price range, designed by a good engineer. So 3.1 if you keep your sub will be 258.
It would require you rethinking size and cost, but there it is.

If I got those 3 the center would not fit well on my tv stand.

Are the RC Micros at least better than Bose? I'd like something with that kind of quality. I used to have Accoustimass 5 and I loved them.

If I were to get something over $200, I'd have to sell my Altec Lansing ADA995 5.1 speaker set that I use for my Mac, which would be a bummer.
post #12 of 18
If you loved the sound of your Bose AM-5 then you'll be happy with the Energy RC Micro system. Go for it!
post #13 of 18
Yeah, if that's what you liked, the Micros will be fine for you.
post #14 of 18
The Energy speakers will be cheaper and sound better that the Accoustimass 5 speakers and if you get a real sub to go with them, you will see an HUGE improvement at the low end!
post #15 of 18
you miss a great sale :few weeks ago this speakers package where at $60 dollars at tiger direct .
post #16 of 18
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you miss a great sale :few weeks ago this speakers package where at $60 dollars at tiger direct .

I heard about this not too long ago. Kind of pissed I missed that.
post #17 of 18
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any other recommendations?
post #18 of 18
I think given your budget and the improvement this would give over Boses, the RC micros are your best bet.
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