Originally Posted by afrogt
The Energy C-300 and Athena LS-300 are essentially the same speaker in different cabinets. Both use the same 6.5" composite Fiberglass cone woofer and 1" aluminum dome tweeter. So they would both give you the smooth sound you're looking for. Not bright like the Athena AS-F1 with the Teteron tweeter which I own and really enjoy. Both can be found for decent pricing in the US.http://www.audioadvisor.com/prodinfo.asp?number=ATLS300http://www.audioadvisor.com/prodinfo.asp?number=ENC300
p.s. if you buy the LS300 from Amazon site instead of Audio Advisor, you get free shipping.
The driver material does look identical, but if you compare the woofer up close and mounted in the cabinet, the mounting flange is different (4 screws vs 6)...Athena LS-300Energy C-300
The Energy may simply be using some kind of baffle, and the driver is the same, but they definitely are mounted differently in the pictures.
Originally Posted by Star Hawk
Originally Posted by cam94z28:
"Would you mind comparing them with your AS series speakers when you get them? Specifically whether the highs are smoother (less bright). I've always known Energy to make great speakers, but never seen them this cheap. The specs claim they also have a frequency response equivalent to the AS-F1's with a smaller woofer. Aluminum tweets can sound good if properly crossed over.
I have been looking for a cheap, decently bassy replacement for my overly bright as-f1's. These may be it. Any idea if they're available locally in the US. I don't happen to be in canada."
Ok, I will do that.
Unfortunately they only ship within Canada which is no problem for me. Only thing was that the piano black finish was the one sale.
However, Audio Advisor has the C300s, with the much nicer cherry cabinets, for $129.99 which is still an excellent price. So in the end I ended up ordering from them because I like the cherry color better than piano black. The AS F1.2s were going to be $66.08 shipping. The C300s weigh a few pounds more. So figuring in $70 for shipping, that came to only about $329 for two shipped. Which isn't a bad deal since the C300s retail at $275 each. That's getting two for less than the price of one.
The C300's like the AS-F1s need a 50 - 100 hour break-in period according to my cousin in BC who has the C300s. I will report on how they sound compared to the AS series before and after.
When the Energy CC100 comes down to the 100 - 150 price range, then I will replace the AS-C1. But I'll wait until I listen to how well the C300s blend in with the AS-C1 before I do.
I would actually prefer the piano black as it would match its surroundings.
Any idea what the major differences are etween the two? Do the Energy use different/better crossovers, or are the internals virtually identical aside from the drivers? I honestly don't need all of the bass the F1's provide (it's boomy at times), but I don't want towers that are bland and lifeless in the bottom end. I don't want to require a sub to listen to Rock/Metal/R&B.
I also just noticed that the Athena's are rated down to 30hz, but the Energy only down to 40. There must be some cabinet differences too.