Thoughts on the Energy e:XL-C2 center channel speaker?

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  1. KeithH

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    I have an Energy e:XL surround-sound speaker set-up, including an e:XL-C center speaker. A few months after buying these speakers, Energy released the e:XL-C2 center speaker. From what I have read, the e:XL-C2 is much better than the e:XL-C. I've been happy with the e:XL-C with music and movies, but in listening the Steely Dan Two Against Nature surround-sound track last night, I felt the vocals coming from the center channel were a bit "hard" and edgy. Everything else sounded great. Now, maybe this is an artifact of the recording, but I am considering the e:XL-C2 as an improvement over the e:XL-C, which would maintain timbre matching with my e:XL 16 mains. If you have directly compared the e:XL-C2 to the e:XL-C, I would appreciate it if you shared your thoughts. Also, I've read the e:XL-C2 is much bigger than the e:XL-C. How much bigger are we talking? Finally, www.soundpros.com has the e:XL-C2 for $265, which appears to be a good price. Does anyone know of a better price online? Note that Audioshop in Canada no longer sells Energy speakers to US customers. Thanks in advance.
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    I recently upgraded to the e:XL series from the Take 5 package. I have the e:XL 16's as my main speakers as well and decided to go with the e:XLC over the C2 because I think its a better match to the 16's. Check out the reviews on www.audioreview.com. There were a few people there who had auditioned them both and said that the C2 was a good match for the larger Energy speakers, but that the C was a better match for the 16's. Hope that is helpful.
     
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    Hi Brian. Welcome to the forum.
    Any Energy dealers near Rt 128?
    I believ there is one in Marlboro but never seem to make it out there to hear the Energy's.
     
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    Hey Gil,
    Thanks for the welcome. I am not sure where the closest Energy dealer is.....I bought all of mine on the net. I used to live in NC and was able to audition them there, but haven't seen them up here anywhere.
    Take care.
     
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    Brian, yes, welcome to the Forum. Thanks for your input as well. I know that the e:XL-C2 is much bigger than the e:XL-C, so I can see how the latter would be a better match for my e:XL 16s. Still, I'd like to take a look at the e:XL-C2. There is an Energy dealer in my area that may have it. Thanks again.
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    Hey guys, If you take a look at the energy site you'll see that the e:XL-c has the same driver as the e:xl-15's. The e:xl-c2 has the same driver as the e:xl-16's. Both center speakers are using the same tweeter. So if your running them as small you would hardly noticed a difference in sound.
    Keith, the only reason to really upgrade would be if the e:xl 16's were overpowering the e:xl-c and I doubt that because that is what I am using in my set-up and it sounds great. Perfect match and all panning sounds good. I decided to power my center with a separate amp and it really opened it up, you migh want to give it a try.
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    Haywood, thanks for the info. regarding differences between the e:XL-C and e:XL-C2. I am running the e:XL 16s and e:XL-C as small speakers on my Sony ES receiver. As I said in my original post, I have not any problems with the e:XL-C until I listened to the Steely Dan DVD-Audio disc. The vocals sound a bit hard from the center speaker. Maybe that's the way it was mixed. Other DVD-Audio discs sound fine. I guess I won't worry about it for now.
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    Keith your welcome always glad to help
    Later Haywood [​IMG]
     
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    Keith,
    It maybe the disc. I get the same sound that you mentioned. My center isn't the same as yours but, I get the same results. I am not convinced that your center speaker is lacking. I believe the disc to be at fault.
     
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    I've since upgraded from my e:XL-C and 16's, but I always thought the C sounded underpowered compared to the 16's. The woofer size is smaller on the C's (than the 16's). I thought the C-2 was supposed to address this by making a center channel with woofers that matched the 16's better. Is this not the case?
    It's been a while since I used them (the C went to a friend and the 16's are now my rear surround speakers) but I do remember wishing the C were bigger...
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    I am building a Energy e:XL system-e:XL 25, e:XL C2, e:XL 16 and would like to have some suggestion for subwoofer.
    What do you think about Energy e:XL S10 or Klipsch KSW-12?
    Thanks in advance.
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    Carlo, The e:xl-c needs a good power supply behind it to really shine. It's true that the e:xl-c2 has the same woofers as the e:xl 16's but I think it was created to be used with larger models like e:xl-25 and 28.
    Later Haywood [​IMG]
    [Edited last by Haywood on August 02, 2001 at 11:30 AM]
     

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