Energy Take 5.2 vs JBL NSP1

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  1. Doobu Wang

    Doobu Wang Auditioning

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    Subject sort of explains it. I'd be getting the subwoofer that is supposed to match each system. And I'm only interested in these two systems. Here are a list of questions though.
    1) Any thoughts on the Energy Take 5.2 and JBL NSP1?
    2) What are the pros and cons for each?
    3) Is the Energy system worth spending more money than the JBL?
    4) Where can I find the best price for the Energy system and the JBL online? (Places that would honor the warranty too)
    Any other comments would be appreciated.
     
  2. Geordy

    Geordy Stunt Coordinator

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    i am one week away from buying a 5.2 system for my sister's wedding present. i have energy e:xl 15's and think the quality of energy's products is spectacular.
    just my opinion.
    you can get the 5.2 w/o sub for 379 at wholesale warehouse
    geordy
     
  3. Doobu Wang

    Doobu Wang Auditioning

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    Can you give me a link to wholesale warehouse?
     
  4. Len Cheong

    Len Cheong Second Unit

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    1) Any thoughts on the Energy Take 5.2 and JBL NSP1?
    I had these 2 systems in my home this week and compared the two. I eventually decided on the JBLs.
    2) What are the pros and cons for each?
    Energy Take 5.2 (with 8.2 sub)
    pros - great for music (either in 5.1 or stereo)
    - terrific imaging
    - great for movies if you like crisp dialogue
    and sweet highs
    - cosmetically, beautiful and small
    - comes with wall attachments
    - Center channel could fit easily under the tv in
    your a/v cabinet
    - takes up to 12 gauge wire; speaker binding posts
    far apart and easy to attach wires
    cons - For me, they were too forward/bright sounding
    The center channel stood out too much
    and seemed to overwhelm the L and R speakers.
    - don't think you can use banana plugs for the
    speakers
    JBL NSP1 (with PSW-D10 sub)
    pros - neutral, laid back sounding
    - Center channel blended well with the L and R
    speakers speakers. Good "wall of sound" which
    contributed to excellent panning.
    - because of larger woofers, supposed to have
    better midrange.
    - comes with good quality wall mounts
    cons - Center channel may be too large, may have to
    place it on top of the tv
    - cosmetically, looks plain (subjective point)
    - speaker binding posts too close to each other
    but JBL includes a binding post tightening
    tool which was great.
    3) Is the Energy system worth spending more money than the JBL?
    I spent $400 for the take 5.2s and $275 for the NSP1. If I listened to music 50% or more of the time I would go for the energys. Since for me, it would be for movies mostly, I went for the JBLs. I didn't get them online by the way plus we have to pay 14% tax here.
    DVDs used to test : TPM, MI-2, American Beauty(dts)
    Music: Diana Krall
     
  5. Wil_J

    Wil_J Stunt Coordinator

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    I will second the JBL's. I don't have the NSP package, but I have the N26's (Mains), N24's (Rear), and the N-Center. I haven't heard the Energy's but I like my JBL's. Smooth, not fatiuging, clear, and blend well with each other.
    Just my $.02.......Wil
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  6. Nicholas A. Gallegos

    Nicholas A. Gallegos Stunt Coordinator

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    I use the N24s for my rears and they sound terrific for the price. Very good imaging and defined midrange. I didn't end up using the factory wall mounts though; limitations of my room forced me to get a pair of Sanus Systems HT30 floor stands.
    The binding post thing isn't really a problem for me, since I have my speaker wire terminated with banana plugs anyway.
     
  7. Jo_M

    Jo_M Stunt Coordinator

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    I've been seriously considering the Take 5.2's with the subwoofer. Only problem is that I can't audition them. If I buy online I'll have to pay 15% restocking fee to send em back. My other concern when buying speakers is that they will work well with stands. I have a set of BA8000's right now and the rears mount to the stands via screws but the fronts do no have any bottom screw holes. So whatever I decide on, I'd like them to have screw holes on the bottoms of the speaker cabinet. Can the N24 and N26 be mounted on stands? They seem like they're more made for wall mounting.
    Other speakers I'm considering are DefTech, Mirage, and Polk.
     

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