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Monoprice 5.1 Home Speaker System $160 + ~$40 Shipping (similar if not same as Energy Take Classic 5.1)

xur17 1,223 February 5, 2013 at 08:13 PM in Tech & Electronics (3) More Monoprice Deals
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There was a similar post with these for ~$250 + shipping a few weeks ago, and people didn't find it all that interesting, but they are now $160 after coupon, making this a much better deal.

According to several reviews and such, these are supposed to be the same as the Energy Take Classic 5.1 system that was posted a few weeks back for $299, and was decently popular.

http://slickdeals.net/f/5807710-Energy-Take-Classic-5-1-5-1CH-Premium-Home-Theater-System-299-plus-tax-FS

Price: $160 + Shipping

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Code: INCENTIVE (20% off)

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#31
I'm new to the Audio world. Why is this thing so similar to Energy Takes? Any history behind it? Is the similarity only cosmetic or does it sound similar as well?

I was more inclined to the Energy RC Micro 5.0 ($130) + some decent Sub like pioneer SW 8MK2 ($90).

Any suggestions from experts, which one to choose?
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#32
Quote from dizzie View Post :
Would one really want 200W in a sub for home theater? I have no idea what the sensitivity of a subwoofer generally is and they don't list it in the specs. The sub in Item ID 8247 cranks out 60W (RMS?) although I'm disappointed that it doesn't respond to frequencies under 50hz like the one in this thread...

FYI, though, the incentive code works on ID 8247, bringing it to around $92 shipped for me! Hmmm....
If it is the same as the Take Classics, then the sub is only 50watts RMS. The 200 watt number is peak power.

The 8247, while good for its price, is inferior to this system in almost every aspect, you can't really compare the two.
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Quote from SanjSD View Post :
I'm new to the Audio world. Why is this thing so similar to Energy Takes? Any history behind it? Is the similarity only cosmetic or does it sound similar as well?

I was more inclined to the Energy RC Micro 5.0 ($130) + some decent Sub like pioneer SW 8MK2 ($90).

Any suggestions from experts, which one to choose?
Speakers are often just rebranded and sold, this isn't an uncommon thing.

If the sub is identical to the sub from the Take Classic system, then it is pretty much the same as the SW-8, which makes it also similar to the SW-8MK2. The SW-8 has a very similar enclosure and the same amplifier as the Take Classic sub, only the driver looks different.
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#34
Does anyone know with CERTAINTY that these are, indeed, "THE SAME" as the Energys? Anecdotal real-world feedback from someone who has or has had both would be invaluable, TIA...
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Quote from pdp76 View Post :
Speakers are often just rebranded and sold, this isn't an uncommon thing.

If the sub is identical to the sub from the Take Classic system, then it is pretty much the same as the SW-8, which makes it also similar to the SW-8MK2. The SW-8 has a very similar enclosure and the same amplifier as the Take Classic sub, only the driver looks different.
Whenever I give reps to people who helped me out. and check my profile it says "You gave 0 reputation points to XXXUSER in a thread:" Confused
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Whenever I give reps to people who helped me out. and check my profile it says "You gave 0 reputation points to XXXUSER in a thread:" Confused
Once you post more and receive more reps you'll be giving out 2 reps, then 4 reps.
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Quote from pdp76 View Post :
Speakers are often just rebranded and sold, this isn't an uncommon thing.

If the sub is identical to the sub from the Take Classic system, then it is pretty much the same as the SW-8, which makes it also similar to the SW-8MK2. The SW-8 has a very similar enclosure and the same amplifier as the Take Classic sub, only the driver looks different.

Thanks, I think I will go with RC Micro + SW-8MK2 for just $20 more
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#38
shipping is $50 for me...bummer
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#39
Any free shipping codes?
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#40
any proof it is the same as the energys? never heard of this brand.
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#41
Quote from chrylis View Post :
The Denons have some really nice features for the price, but the AVR series apparently has severe QC issues. I bought a factory refurb, and it turned out that (as shipped from the factory) the entire digital output stage didn't work; the decoder was fine, but no audio was getting to the amplifier. When I took it to the warranty service center, the technician told me that he was seeing major failure rates of 10-20% on those receivers, and when I got it back, it still wouldn't work. I replaced it with a Pioneer and have been quite happy since.
So, if you checked out the link I gave for a suggestion for a decent, low-priced, receiver option, you would have noticed it was for a Yamaha. I was just referencing my Denon purchase from Amazon Warehouse as an example of a purchasing experience from them. Thanks for your expert insight, however, even though I highly doubt that Denon AVR's have a failure rate of 10-20%. Maybe your thinking Onkyo?
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#42
Quote from chrylis View Post :
That depends very much on how big a setup you have and your home circumstances (e.g., you probably wouldn't want to use a giant subwoofer in an apartment). Home theater subwoofers go all the way up to 1500W, but 200W should be good for most reasonably-sized setups that aren't trying to shake large media rooms.
I have five 250w subs in my setup. One would be adequate for an apartment.
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#43
Quote from norcalhussla View Post :
any proof it is the same as the energys? never heard of this brand.
No proof, but many of the reviewers mention same dimensions and same specs. Also, the pictures look identical. Of course, there is no way to know if it's exactly the same or just a Chinese knock-off.
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#44
Quote from lzboy View Post :
No proof, but many of the reviewers mention same dimensions and same specs. Also, the pictures look identical. Of course, there is no way to know if it's exactly the same or just a Chinese knock-off.
The Takes are made in China laugh out loud
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#45
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The Takes are made in China laugh out loud

DOH! DOUBLE ...Knock Offs!
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