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Energy Take Classic 5.1The Energy Take Classic 5.1 is the best budget speaker system we've reviewed, earning our Editors Choice award with its outstanding sound quality and exquisite looks.
Hey. I'm Matthew Moskovciak at Cnet.com and this is the Energy Take Classic 5.1. This is a 5.1 speaker system and it can be found online for $400. The Take Classic is one of the best home audio values you're gonna find. The system is made up 4 compact satellite speakers, a center channel and 200 watts subwoofer. The speakers have an elegant piano black finish and overall, the system looks like it cost a lot more than it actually does. Behind the speaker grille, you'll find a 0.75 inch tweeter and a 3 inch midrange driver. Around back, the speakers have high quality binding posts so you'll be able to use banana plugs with your speaker wire. The subwoofer has an 8 inch driver on the bottom and standard connectivity options on the back panel. What makes the Take Classic system stand out from other compact speakers is it's outstanding sound quality. The speakers are small but it sounds like a big system which means you can crank it up loud on movies and the Energy delivers a powerful sound without getting distorted. The blend between the subwoofer and the satellite speakers is superb. And, this is really one of the best compact subs you're gonna find, which is a big reason why the system sounds so good. The Take Classic also sounds excellent with 2 channel music which is rare with a budget system like this. We used to take Classic as our reference speakers when we were reviewing several other budget speaker packages and the Energy also came out on top with the sole exception of Pioneer's SP-PK21BS speaker package. The Pioneer does sound a little better at high volumes but those speakers are much larger and that won't be a good choice for many living rooms. When you consider its excellent compact design, outstanding sound quality and the incredible price, it's really tough to recommend anything other than Energy System. That's why the Energy Take Classic 5.1 is our editor's choice for budget speaker systems and at $400, it's an incredible value. I'm Matthew Moskovciak and this is the Energy Take Classic 5.1.