Pros Well-balanced sound stage from tiny form factor. Elegant, Piano-black, glossy finish. No shame in this 8" subwoofer. Pairs well with existing receiver (Onkyo, in my case). Chose over Bose. High-end sound at entry-level price.
Cons Energy doesn't sell Micro speakers separately (e.g. 6.1, 7.1 or bookshelf). Subwoofer doesn't shake the house.
Summary I had Polk Audio RTi8s w/ CS10. They looked cool and shattered windows, but required high volume to achieve optimal performance. I was skeptical that great sound can be had without large speakers, refused to pay Bose prices and wanted to preserve previous investments in my receiver and Blu-ray player.
Most importantly, I needed to balance sound quality, with a 23x26 living room, with high WAF rating and rambunctious toddlers. I should also say that I'm both a technical person (high-tech consulting) and musician, so I like to study feature/function and appreciate good sound.
Cnet has a great review of this product, so I won't spend much time here. What I will say is that I have been very happy with these speakers with regards to my goals stated above. The speakers are small, so people wanting to blow out windows or vibrate with inaudible subwoofer pounding should look elsewhere. That said, these speakers sound and feel much bigger than what meets the eye.
We listen to music, play Wii and watch TV and movies. These speakers are paired with an Onkyo TX-SR800 receiver, Samsung Blu-ray, Vizio SV472XVT and Comcast Cable. All but the sub are enclosed in a mission-style armoire that can be closed when we don't want our entertainment system to be the center of attention.
I've cranked these speakers as far as is comfortable with no audible distortion. They performed well with a roomful of adults and screaming children during the Super Bowl. In reality, though, these speakers do their best at low, subtle volumes, when the kids are asleep upstairs but I still want a full sound stage.
I paid $600 for these from www.vanns.com.
Pros Great for my small living room home theater Sony 1010 LG590 and the energy speakers music and movies are great paired with old cambridge suround II I use for rear suround
Cons none I have found as yet
Pros Build quality is outstanding clarity is superb and the sub is clean and deep
Cons Small speakers. They look nice but one of the qualities of small speakers is a lack of mid range. Though the speakers lack mid range the great sub definitely will pick it up.
Summary I ordered this set after a fair amount of research. They wound up on top for the price range and overall customer satisfaction. They have a very high quality finish. They have amazing clarity, and the sub woofer is a great performer for only being 60w RMS 8". They 240w peak must be what makes it hit so hard. We have a medium to small size room and I have the sub set up front and not in a corner. Even with the terrible placement of the sub it still fills the room with bass. The bass is clean and deep, without that annoying rumble, but it is just not enough to make your teeth rattle. My wife will disagree with me on that point. She makes me turn the bass down on a regular basis.
Pros Clear sounds; voices are life-like; crisp highs; subwoofer made just for this system and delivers deep bass you have to hear to believe.
Cons Sometimes bass overwhelms system but that is mostly because of different sound levels from cable provider.
Summary After reading about this system on CNET and considering the Mirage Nanosat, Mirage MX-1 and Energy Take Classic 5.1, I chose this system. Since it is in the Klipsch family and I have the Klipsch HD Theater 500, which I absolutely love, I purchased this system for a steal. I decided to purchase this system because it is smaller than the Take Classic and cheaper than the Mireage Nanoset systems.
I am pushing this system with a Yamaha RX-667 and it is a match made in heaven. I have this system in a small room (my den) and the subwoofer fills the room adequately.
I replaced a Bose VCS-30 setup with additional Bose 161's and Polk Audio RM8's as rear surrounds. The Micros are head and shoulders above the Bose system.
The highs and mids are distinct and the crossover from the subwoofer is seamless. The center channel module moves unless to put some sticky tape on it.
I have the speakers plus the Polk RM8's mounted on Omnimount and Atlantic Satelitte speaker stands.
I am glad I read the reviews from this website and other websites because I am very happy with the purchase My HDT 500 system has loder highs and lower bass but this system has a more natural sound.
This is a must buy especially if you have a small to medium room to fill.
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