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Help with low-end bedroom HT system?!

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Sean Laughter, Jun 22, 2001.

  1. Sean Laughter

    Sean Laughter Screenwriter

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    Hi all,
    I'm wanting to put together a little system (my first one) to use in my bedroom at my dad's while I'm still in school. I just bought my 32" Toshiba not too long ago and now I need sound to go with it.
    I was originally going to get the Kenwood HTB504, but now I'm considering getting the Energy Take 5 speaker set with an appropriate receiver. The Kenwood is about $500 so I'd prefer not to go any higher than $700-$800 if at all possible if I went with the Take 5 and receiver, is this likely?
    Does anyone know anything about the Take 5.2 system? It's the new system but it is also a bit more expensive, so I'm thinking maybe I'd rather get an original Take 5 for a bit less.
    Also, I've heard of a mid-range hole on the Take 5 with some receivers so I'd like to avoid that as much as possible when choosing a receiver, I just have no idea what would match well with the set.
    Then again, I could always save a few hundred, get the Kenwood and upgrade at least just the speakers in a year or so after I graduate and have my phat new job! [​IMG] Hehe. Thanks in advance for the advice guys.
     
  2. Seungsoo Hwang

    Seungsoo Hwang Stunt Coordinator

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    Well i have the original take 5 speakers, and the midbass hole isnt any receivers fault to my knowledge, its the speakers itself. The little mid drivers on them just cant go very low, i believe energy specs them down to 90hz? If you crossed a sub over (many receviers do a 100hz lfe) i guess you could try to fill it in, but it doesnt sound as good as more capable speakers. This isnt to say the Take5 system isnt a good one, for their price and size they put out some serious sound, ive enjoyed them, although I just upgraded the "mains" to PSB alpha Bs. I think you would be a lot more happier with the Take5 + receiver set, and with both you will want to upgrade in time anyways. Hope this helped a tiny bit [​IMG].
     
  3. Sean Laughter

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    Thanks. I just making things way too complicated, because now I'm considering getting the JBL NSP1 set (since it is much easier to locate locally) and some sub that is undetermined, maybe that $160 Sony sub everyone talks about, can't remember the model off the top of my head though. I'm gonna try and get a listen to both if I can, but at the moment I really have way to audition the Take 5 which is just kinda worrisome to me.
    I won't be back home permanently until August anyway so I've got alot of time to just look around, read review, etc. The receiver is more confusing though, so many to choose from. Onkyo seems to get good word of mouth, but then there are some cheaper Kenwoods that have the same features but a little cheaper (and yes, I know Kenwood's power ratings are woefully inflated [​IMG] ). We'll see, thanks for the suggestion.
     

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