Need Review on Energy EXL 15 Speakers?

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  1. scott_tinari

    scott_tinari Stunt Coordinator

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    Iam thinking about getting 4 Energy EXL15 speakers for front and surrounds and the EXL-C for the center. I have the Energy Take 5 System, should I upgrade to the EXL or stay with the EXL line, any suggestions. Thanks
     
  2. Han

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    I think you mean, should you upgrade to the EXL line or stay with the Take 5s.
    What's your budget? Do you need to upgrade all five speakers right away?
     
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    scott_tinari Stunt Coordinator

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    I meant stay with the Take 5 or get the EXL 15's. Iam not worried about budget. I just need a review are they good to get.Are they better than Take 5 system
     
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    Scott, Have you checked AudioReview.com?
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    I made about the same upgrade a couple of years ago, except I got the EXL-16s for the mains as their tweeters are the same as the one in the EXL-C. I have the 15s for surrounds as they are cheaper and I don't think front-rear timbre matching is as important as front soundstage timbre matching.
    I've been quite happy with the results--better lower-midrange and upper bass response. The improvement over the Take-5 is more noticeable on music or non-special effects heavy movies.
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    I have the full set of Take 5's and I too upgraded the LR mains to E:XL-15's earlier this year. I am actually planning on moving the 15's to the rear when I get the 25's. I did notice a big improvement on music. Definitely a lot more punch. I don't think they integrate very well with the Take 5's as far as still using the Take 1 and the Take 2's as rears. Thats why I want the 25's. I like to have some power with the music side of things. I don't think you will go wrong with the 15's but plan ahead for any other future changes. I think having the same size tweeter is very important as far as timbre matching is concearned.
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    i have 5 e:xl 15s (i use one for center) and i love them.
    i love them even more with my new svs 20-39 [​IMG]
    they are warm with music and sound natural with movies (not too soft, not too bright--i use with a denon receiver)
    speakers are very personal--by that i mean what sounds warm to me may sound as crappy as a nelson reunion to you.
    audition whatever you buy.
    that being said, i bought the take 5.2s for my sis and they sound great as well. i have heard three sets of energy's and they all sound great.
    email me with other ?s
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    Scott, moving from the Take 5s to the Energy e:XL series is a significant upgrade. However, if you can swing it, I would get the e:XL 16s instead of the e:XL 15s. I have the e:XL 16s as my mains and surrounds, the e:XL-C center speaker, and the e:XL-S10 10" subwoofer and am very pleased with the set-up considering the relatively low price. When I was shopping, I found the e:XL speakers to be much better than the Take 5s, especially with music. Also, the e:XL 16s were a step up from the e:XL 15s.
    By the way, my parents live outside of Philly, and I bought my Energy set-up at World Wide Stereo in Montgomeryville (Rt. 309). They are a good dealer.
    Finally, I don't mean to sound self-serving, but I am offering my e:XL-C center speaker for sale on the Hardware For Sale/Trade board in case you are interested. I am looking to upgrade to the e:XL-C2.
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