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from the test bench ENErgy takE CLassiC spEakEr systEM

that this center is more graceful in handling a problem that plagues the vast majority of other dedicated center speakers to some degree. The problem is lobing. While this phe- nomenon affects all speakers with physically separate drive units, it occurs profoundly in the dispersion patterns of speakers utilizing dual midwoofers operating over the same frequency range. When listened to off axis, they sum and cancel each other differently at various angles. In the case of most horizontal center speakers, the listener in the center seat may enjoy flat frequency response, but the listeners off to the sides won’t. The Take Classic design- ers deserve credit for doing the right thing where so many others bow to bad habits and marketing inertia.

Room efficiency is specified at 89 decibels. Note the difference between sensitivity and room effi- ciency. The latter includes the effect of room reflections and is typically a few decibels higher. Although I’ve seen higher efficiency ratings in speakers this size, an average receiver should still run the Take Classic with ease, especially in the kind of small to medium-sized room where sat/ sub sets are most appropriate.

The Take Classic subwoofer is simi- lar to Energy’s ESW-8 but with a high-gloss finish to match the other Takes. It has an 8-inch downward- firing polypropylene-cone driver. With no grille, the front-firing 2-inch port is clearly visible. Energy’s pat- ented Ribbed Elliptical Surround is an attempt to improve movement of the driver, allowing greater output. It’s backed with a relatively modest 200-watt Class AB amp.

Controls include knobs for volume and crossover frequency, toggle switches for phase and power, a pair of line-level inputs (no line outs), and a full set of speaker-level ins and outs. The latter are spring-loaded wire clips, not binding posts. That shouldn’t concern you if you’re using the sub in a surround system, since you’ll be running your receiver’s sub- out to the sub’s line-in. But if you’re

running speaker cable from two amp channels through the sub to a pair of speakers, you probably should be looking for a sub with a set of high- quality binding posts.

sub-out level in the setup menu of my trusty old Rotel RSX-1065 A/V receiver. The signal source for this review was an Integra DPS-10.5 universal player.

As I was setting up the sub with test tones, I found it necessary to use about 66 percent of its volume control, which is more than I’m used to, indicating less gain than usual. I also had to increase the

Three Great Movies—Rent Them All The Take Classic has a superbly bal- anced midrange and non-ringy high- frequency response. That makes it a



Type: Tweeter (size in inches, type): Woofer (size in inches, type): Nominal Impedance (ohms): Recommended Amp Power (watts): Available Finishes: Dimensions (W x H x D, inches): Weight (pounds): Price:

Two-way 0.75, aluminum dome 3, poly-titanium cone 8 20–100 High-Gloss Black 4.13 x 6.86 x 4.13 2.9 $599/set


Two-way 0.75, aluminum dome 3, poly-titanium cone 8 20–100 High-Gloss Black 10.25 x 4.13 x 4.13 3.2 $599/set

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    SuBwoofER: TakE CLaSSiC


These listings are based on the manu- facturer’s stated specs; the HT Labs box below indicates the gear’s perfor- mance on our test bench.


Enclosure Type: Woofer (size in inches, type): Power Rating (watts): Crossover Bypass: Available Finishes: Dimensions (W x H x D, inches): Weight (pounds): Price:

Line-level stereo in, speaker- level stereo in/out Vented 8, polypropylene 200 peak No High-Gloss Black 12.6 x 12.6 x 12.6 19.7 $599/set

HT Labs Measures: Energy Take Classic Speaker System

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    Satellite Sensitivity:

    • 85.5

      dB from 500 Hz to 2 kHz

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        Center Sensitivity:

85.5 dB from 500 Hz to 2 kHz

This graph shows the quasi-anechoic (employing close-miking of all woofers) frequency response of the Take Classic satellite (purple trace), Take Classic subwoofer (blue trace), and the Take Classic center channel (green trace). All passive

loudspeakers were measured with grilles at a distance of 1 meter with a 2.83-volt input and scaled for display purposes.

The satellite’s listening-window response (a five-point average of axial and +/–15-degree horizontal and vertical responses) measures +2.66/–4.64 decibels from 200 hertz to 10 kilo- hertz. The –3-dB point is at 111 Hz, and the –6-dB point is at 91 Hz. Impedance reaches a minimum of 4.55 ohms at 351 Hz and a phase angle of

  • 51.78 degrees at 179 Hz.

The center’s listening-window response mea- sures +1.52/–5.71 dB from 200 Hz to 10 kHz. An average of axial and +/–15-degree horizontal responses measures +0.87/–6.19 dB from 200 Hz to 10 kHz. The –3-dB point is at 94 Hz, and the

  • 6-dB point is at 86 Hz. Impedance reaches a

minimum of 4.49 ohms at 351 Hz and a phase angle of –48.92 degrees at 162 Hz.

The subwoofer’s close-miked response, nor- malized to the level at 80 Hz, indicates that the lower –3-dB point is at 30 Hz and the –6-dB point is at 28 Hz. The upper –3-dB point is at 170 Hz with the Low-Pass Filter control set to maximum.—MJP

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