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post #211 of 51534
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Originally Posted by TommmyJ View Post

The C-8's are rated at 30-300 Watts RMS per channel according to the manual. I think I might look into a power amp for a least the front three speakers.


yeah...........with 300W power-handling capability sounds like you need somewhere near 200W per/chan amplifier to really make those baby's sing.
post #212 of 51534
I am purchasing a HT system for my house and I was looking in to the some energy speakers. The speakers I was looking at would be:
Mains C500
Center CC100
Rears C50

Anyone have this setup? How do you like it?
I was really surprised at what this system could do with out a sub. It seems to get really good review on most sites. Any other comments?

Anybody running these speakers with Cambridge Audio Azur 540R receiver? This is was I would be looking at so I wanted to know if anybody has this setup or similar?
post #213 of 51534
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Originally Posted by Lucky66 View Post

Mains C500
Center CC100
Rears C50

Anyone have this setup? How do you like it?
I was really surprised at what this system could do with out a sub. It seems to get really good review on most sites. Any other comments?

Anybody running these speakers with Cambridge Audio Azur 540R receiver? This is was I would be looking at so I wanted to know if anybody has this setup or similar?



Hey Mr. Lucky66:

I'm one of the only users of the new Energy C-Series that I've seen so far on this forum.

These are some of the best speakers (of their class) ever! Especially for the price! Beautiful form and function. Good materials and worksmanship. And great sound!

My system consists of:
C-300 (mains)
C-C100 (center)
C-50 (surrounds)
S8.3 (sub-woofer)
Yamaha RX-V1600 (120W X 7)
Sony RDRHX715 DVR/HD
Sony NS90V DVD/SACD player
Monster HTS-1600 power center

I'm just getting my system tuned-in properly in the last few days. It sounds beautiful with these speakers, especially now that they're properly broken-in (approx 120hours).

I wish I had got the C-500's instead, they provide a significant amount more mid- range and bass response than the C-300's (but not that far off).

You can get away with having just C-500's and C-50's, in your case, because the C-500's provide a wealth of bass response (without using a sub-woofer).

However, in my case, I make up for it by blending both the front mains (C-300's) together with my sub-woofer (S8.3) to provide very robust mid-range and bass management.

Home Theater surround mix (5.1) sounds beautiful! Multi-channel (DVD-A, SACD) sounds great as well!

I'm going to experiment with bi-amping the C-300's next.

I'm not sure what the power range is for the Azur 540R (Watts per/chan X 7)? Would like to know?

Have fun!
post #214 of 51534
Hey WestCoastD,

Thanks for that info it backs up everything that I have heard my self with the C-500s. I am going with the C-500's because I do not have a sub and they put out enough bass and mid-range when the receiver is setup properly. As for the Cambridge Audio Azur 540R it has 80W/chan x 6 and in two channel setup it is 100W.

I will let you know how it sounds once I get it setup.
post #215 of 51534
My Energy RC-30's are now connected to my new Denon 2807... mmmmmmmmm, pretty sound!! Seems to be a very good receiver/speaker mating that I'd recommend to anybody wondering what to drive Energy's with.
post #216 of 51534
My energy RC-30s are paired with Marantz SR8400. Again, a great combo - silky smooth sound. Anyone thinking of pairing a Marantz with the new RCs - highly recommended.
post #217 of 51534
Hi all,
I'm trying to get a 2nd hand Veritas Centre Speaker, it can be V2.0Ci or V2.0C, doesn't matter, I don't think the difference is that big. However, it must be cherry finish to match my existing Veritas main speakers. Does anyone know where I can get it? I've been monitoring Audiogonand ebay for some time now, and no luck.
If there are no second hand deals, what is the price for a new speaker ? Some internet dealers only sell it as part of a package and not as a stand alone.
post #218 of 51534
Another happy Energy owner here. I have an older e:XL system with a new set of rears that were much easier to mount than the e:XL-15's they replaced. System now includes

Front: e:XL-25 (X2)
Center: e:XL-C
Rear: CR-1 (X2)
Sub: e:XL-S8


I'm not using the old e:XL-15 rears and the 8" sub is a little anemic for HT use, so I'm thinking of pairing them into a stereo system for the bedroom and buying a bigger sub for the HT. My new Chinese made rear speakers are not as nice as the Canadian built front/centers, but they do a fine job for surround.
post #219 of 51534
Hi all - new to this forum.

I just 'downsized' my Paradigm Studio 20 v.3 and Studio cc-470 v.3....
Found an excellent deal on two pairs of Energy connoisseur C-3 speakers (3 across the front....have one extra in case anyone's looking....)

In any event, while I had both sets of speakers, I did some comparisons.

Are the Studio 20 v.3s better built? Definitely.
Are the Studio 20 v.3s better braced and heftier? Absolutely.
Do the Studio 20 v.3s look better? Yes...at least I think so.
Do the Studio 20 v.3s sound better? Well.....no....not really.

I was extremely suprised, but found qualities in the C-3s that I didn't even know were lacking in the Studio 20s.
Imaging - the C-3s wipe the floor with the 20s in my setup. They have a wider, deeper, and more accurate soundfield.
Coloration - I find the C-3s to be at least as neutral, if not more neutral than the Studio 20s. In direct comparisons (volume matched, same source etc.), I found the 20s to be warmer, chestier, with a richer sound quality. This, initially, is pleasing - but when compared directly to the C-3s, that rich quality comes across as coloration, and I find I prefer the neutral, open presention of the Energys.
The C-3s seem so unveiled, maybe a touch bold, but really compelling to listen to.

I was (an am) floored by the C-3s. I find them a sonic equal (at least) to the much more expensive Studio 20 v.3, lacking only in fit and finish, and construction quality.

In summary, I'm a happy camper.

Oh, and having a 3rd C-3 oriented horizontally is, so far, not presenting any problems - in fact, I prefer this setup to the CC-470.

Sorry for the length of this post, but I find it interesting to read people's comparisons of speakers, and thought others might also.
post #220 of 51534
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Originally Posted by jchakrav View Post

found qualities in the C-3s that I didn't even know were lacking in the Studio 20s.
Imaging - the C-3s wipe the floor with the 20s in my setup. They have a wider, deeper, and more accurate soundfield.

Very interesting jchakrav..............I'd be curious to hear the differences between the comparable new C-200 and the C-3. They both are 2-way, w/6.5in woofers and equal power-handling (125W).

Also, would like to hear input on the differences between the new C-500 and the (previous model) C-5, since these are very popular size and selling models. The C-5's were (and still are) very popular speakers.
post #221 of 51534
Hi

New to the forum

I am in the process of setting up a 5.1 surround system using my 20 yr old 22 Pro Monitor Speakers as mains which sound as good as the day I got them. I still have the 1982 original test report. I'm not that good at understanding all the specs. but I know these speakers sound great.

My carpeted room size is approx. 18' X 14'. I have an AC300 centre and Encore 8 sub which I don't have hooked up yet to my 20yr old HK 495i stereo receiver. I'm hoping to connect AC300 and Encore 8 to the B section until I get a new one.

I was looking at Denon 1906. Any idea if this would be a good enough receiver. It has 2 zones and down the road I want to put the pro 22 in another room.

I'm looking at C Series C-R100 or Reference Connoisseur RC-R as surrounds.

Oh ya I forgot to mention the Sony 50" Grand Vega TV which is what got me started in all of this.

Any recommedations or comments would be appreciated.
post #222 of 51534
I have hooked up the AC300 and it compliments my old energy Pro Monitor 22's perfectly. The small Encore 8 subwoofer sounds great too. I can't imagine what it will all sound like when I hook up a new surround receiver. I have my eye on an HK AVR 335 as well.

Is anybody using one of these? Let me if you like it. I am also looking for a pair of RVSS Bipole surround speakers.

It's amazing what you can pick up on ebay.
post #223 of 51534
I have an HK AVR330.
It's a great receiver, especially for what I paid (about $250 or so on ebay for a refurb). I'm not sure what you get extra with the 335, though.

Whatever receiver you get, read through the manual and learn about all the features and functions and settings.
post #224 of 51534
I currently have Energy Refererce 22.2 speakers that were purchased around 1990 and can do 200 Watts per channel. I also have the Energy EFX speakers for rear surrounds and can do 100 Watts. I am thinking of building a Home Theater room and going 7.1 possibly using the Outlaw amp 7x200. I was also thinking of getting the Energy RVSS speakers as well for additional surround speakers and of course I have to pick up a Energy center and also a sub.

The room will be roughly 16 or 17 x 13

My question is this:
Will this be good enough for an HT room or should I think about getting new matched speakers entirely?
post #225 of 51534
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Originally Posted by gondey99 View Post

I currently have Energy Refererce 22.2 speakers that were purchased around 1990 and can do 200 Watts per channel. I also have the Energy EFX speakers for rear surrounds and can do 100 Watts. I am thinking of building a Home Theater room and going 7.1 possibly using the Outlaw amp 7x200. I was also thinking of getting the Energy RVSS speakers as well for additional surround speakers and of course I have to pick up a Energy center and also a sub.

You main problem is going to be finding a matching center speaker. Matching the fronts to the rears is usually not a big issue, but getting a seamless match across the front 3 speakers is pretty important.

Quality wise, the Energy's are more than up to the task. Of course, since they are not shielded, you cannot put them right beside a CRT screen if that's what you are going to use.

You could always try going without a center, and going with phantom center channel.
post #226 of 51534
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Originally Posted by warpdrive View Post

You main problem is going to be finding a matching center speaker. Matching the fronts to the rears is usually not a big issue, but getting a seamless match across the front 3 speakers is pretty important.

Quality wise, the Energy's are more than up to the task. Of course, since they are not shielded, you cannot put them right beside a CRT screen if that's what you are going to use.

You could always try going without a center, and going with phantom center channel.

I will be using a projector
post #227 of 51534
The RC-Mini's hit stores here last week. Fairly nice sound capabilities considering that they're barely bigger than my fists put together. I did take issue with the fact that they're only $200 canadian dollars cheaper than a set of RC-10's. Sales informed me the price was for the convenience of their size. I found that quite perplexing, though I suppose I'm not the general public who might pay for that. Build quality is - typical of Energy - outstanding. All the finishes are spectacular. I wish the higher-end RC's used the high gloss piano black finish as opposed to the not-spectacular black ash. Has anyone else formed any thoughts on the mini's yet?
post #228 of 51534
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Originally Posted by soundlovr View Post

Build quality is - typical of Energy - outstanding. All the finishes are spectacular. I wish the higher-end RC's used the high gloss piano black finish as opposed to the not-spectacular black ash. Has anyone else formed any thoughts on the mini's yet?

very curious to see and hear these speakers (both mini and mini center). Also waiting to see RC-Series subs, I assume these are soon to be shipped as well?

My thinking is the current RC-Series (RC-10's, 30's, 50's & 70's) will be offered with the piano finish eventually as well. Seems this is Energy's current cosmetic trend (ie. new C-Series, etc.,...). It does look nice.
post #229 of 51534
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Originally Posted by WestCoastD View Post

very curious to see and hear these speakers (both mini and mini center). Also waiting to see RC-Series subs, I assume these are soon to be shipped as well?

i'm a tad bit stunned that the whole series has been out so long without the subs being released. the dealer i was at expected them sometime this summer. love the speakers, astounded by the quality, not so wild about the marketting strategy.
post #230 of 51534
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Originally Posted by soundlovr View Post

i'm a tad bit stunned that the whole series has been out so long without the subs being released. the dealer i was at expected them sometime this summer. love the speakers, astounded by the quality, not so wild about the marketting strategy.


yeah..........the rolling-out of all the new RC-series and C-Series product has been very interesting, and a bit confusing (or a bit mis-leading?).

The web-site descriptions for the new C-Series states that it replaces both the previous XL and the Connoisseur Series, implying (to me) that the overall quality is as good or better (historically they always have).

http://www.energy-speakers.com/v2/about/news.php?id=287

I was excited about this (especially since I've owned the popular XL and Connoisseur series). So I purchased a complete new C-Series set as soon as I was able to (for an excellent price too!). While the build quality is outstanding, the sound performance is questionable (when comparing to previous Connoisseur series), although they do sound good. I guess I had higher expectations.

However, price was [not] necessarily the deciding factor (for myself) when I chose between the RC-Series and the C-Series, it was sound quality (based on experience with previous XL and Connoisseur models)- ie. I would have gladly spent the extra $300.00 or $400.00 and purchased the RC-series [instead] had I known the sound quality differences of the new C-Series line compared to the old XL and Connoisseur was'nt that much better (if they are at all?).

I think Energy needs to target the RC-Series to the XL and Connoisseur fans and others. While the new C-Series should be targeted to (primarily) entry-level and casual consumers.

by the way...........those RC-subs look killer! can't wait to see one.
post #231 of 51534
While looking for some speakers recently a 5.1 veritas setup caught my ear.. It was running through a NAD M15 processor/pre-amp and NAD M25 7 channel power amp (sexy beast!)

these sounded really good!

I'm still deciding between the monitor audio GS line and maybe the veritas
post #232 of 51534
Question for all. I have the Energy Reference 22.2 speakers bought in 1990. I also have the Energy EFX speakers.(EFX was included in the AC 300 manual). I will be building an HT room; doing 7.1. Using an Outlaw 7x200 amp. Can i use the Energy RVSS speakers with the current speaker setup and what center speaker can I use with this?

Believe me I would love to buy new Energy Speakers but cost is a factor especially with the cost of building an HT room.

Thanks for your help
post #233 of 51534
Just skimp on the building costs... if the plan says use 3 nails.. use 2! the plans are probably over-engineered :-)
post #234 of 51534
I haven't been to the speaker forum in quite some time. Glad to see this thread.

I'll post my current setup as the OP suggested:

FL/FR- C-7
Ctr- Encore center( couldn't find one yet)
SideL/R Encore satellite
RearR/R Wharfedale Bipoles
Subwoofer1 Wharfedale Topaz 15"
Subwoofer2 Energy 8"
A/V Denon 3803
Main Video source Toshiba HD-A1, analogue 5.1 output, Optical for SD DVD
FP- Panasonic AE 700

I still need C-C3 center speaker, Maple finish preferred but not deal breaker.
post #235 of 51534
In a few days I'll have my RC-70 mains, RC-LCR, and RC-R surrounds - I'm excited! Sucks to have to wait though... I'm queueing up CDs and DVDs to play on it when they arrive!


Please let the time pass quickly...

Mike
post #236 of 51534
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Originally Posted by BlackMR2 View Post

Just skimp on the building costs... if the plan says use 3 nails.. use 2! the plans are probably over-engineered :-)

Believe me I am skimping already.

I would love to buy new Energy Speakers but cost is a factor especially with the cost of building an HT room.

Question for all. I have the Energy Reference 22.2 speakers bought in 1990. I also have the Energy EFX speakers.(EFX was included in the AC 300 manual). I will be building an HT room; doing 7.1. Using an Outlaw 7x200 amp. Can i use the Energy RVSS speakers with the current speaker setup and what center speaker can I use with this?



How much would a new set of Energy speakers go for.

I want at least 200 watts for the front

4 surround speakers and a center speaker
post #237 of 51534
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Originally Posted by MikeBrengartner View Post

In a few days I'll have my RC-70 mains, RC-LCR, and RC-R surrounds - I'm excited! Sucks to have to wait though... I'm queueing up CDs and DVDs to play on it when they arrive!


Please let the time pass quickly...

Mike


Just curious what kind of receiver/amplifier you plan to use with these speakers?

Also, where did you purchase from?
post #238 of 51534
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Originally Posted by MikeBrengartner View Post

In a few days I'll have my RC-70 mains, RC-LCR, and RC-R surrounds - I'm excited!

mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

the RC-70's make me hot and tingley in my nether-regions and the LCR is perhaps the nicest centre i've ever heard. are you gonna have us all over for a speaker-warming??

what are you powering them with?
post #239 of 51534
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the RC-70's make me hot and tingley in my nether-regions and the LCR is perhaps the nicest centre i've ever heard. are you gonna have us all over for a speaker-warming??

I'd love to know what other centre speakers you've heard to make such a bold statement I've currently got the RC-70's with a C-C3 centre and I'm interested in getting the RC-LCR but I haven't read anything comparing the two yet. All I know is that the C-C3 sounds great and is very highly regarded by others -- I'm hesitent to make the switch unless I'm confident that it's going to be an upward move.
post #240 of 51534
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Originally Posted by WestCoastD View Post

Just curious what kind of receiver/amplifier you plan to use with these speakers?

Also, where did you purchase from?

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Originally Posted by soundlovr View Post

what are you powering them with?

I'll be driving it with a Denon 3806 receiver.

Oh, hell... here's the rest:
Denon 1920 DVD player
Pioneer 5060HD 50" plasma

I'm pumped! The plasma mount came already, but no tv - talk about cruel...

I bought the speakers from a local HT installer - waiting on my tv to arrive so I can schedule the install of everything at once. Hopefully Thursday!
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