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f r o m t h e t e s t b e n c h E N T R Y L E V E L Energy Take Classic Speaker System $ – $$ Electronically reprinted from June 2008

In third generation, the Take acquires Classic status.

nut gold-plated binding posts. Although they’re on the small side, they weren’t too small to accom- modate my reference cables’ banana plugs. Energy provides threaded (0.25-inch) and keyhole mounts—and of course, wall- mounting is always a viable option with speakers of this size.

Energy uses the term Convergent Source Module to describe the driver array. The idea is to keep the drivers close together by mounting them in the same faceplate. Energy says this results in improved dis- persion and better integration at the crossover.

BY MARK FLEISCHMANN

Here’s one more reason to love compact sat/sub sets—besides the fact that they’re affordable, easy to run with any receiver, and capable of anchoring a good- sounding surround system. They make your room look bigger.

Somehow, after years of review- ing these things, I had failed to notice this, at least consciously. But when Energy’s Take Classic displaced my chunky reference monitors, I was amazed at how much more spacious my listening room had become. It was as though the room had gained a foot or two in length and width. My flat-panel TV looked bigger, too.

The Take Classic is the latest gen- eration of a long-running and best-

selling train of thought. Energy’s original Take 5 first surfaced in 1997 and was updated as the Take 5.2 in 2002. The new version sports several significant changes. Although the price is still $599, the Take Classic—unlike the Take 5.2—is a full 5.1-channel set including a subwoofer.

Pretty in Black Like its predecessors, the Take Classic comes in a black medium- density fiberboard enclosure that distinguishes it from many plastic- enclosed competitors in the same price range. Finish is a high-gloss black. The port has been moved from the front to the back, and the grille now has a sporty curve that juts above the top surface.

On the back is a pair of metal-

Both drivers have changed. The new 0.75-inch aluminum-dome tweeter replaces a previous 1-inch version, which had a polycarbonate layer. Use of pure aluminum is said to improve dispersion and tran- sient response. And the former 3.5-inch laminated-aluminum midwoofer has given way to a 3-inch poly-titanium cone. Energy claims this offers better dispersion at the top of its range, and as part of the Convergent Source Module, it aligns better with the tweeter.

The Take Classic satellite is a two-way design with two drivers. So, surprisingly enough, is the Take Classic center. It eschews the woofer-tweeter-woofer array so common in center speakers in favor of a single woofer and tweeter. The only differences between the satel- lite and center are that the latter’s enclosure is a little longer, presum- ably for horizontal placement, and it has two front ports instead of a single back port.

People, the absence of a second woofer is front-page news. It means

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