|Energy Connoisseur Speaker System|
|Home Theater Loudspeakers Speaker Systems|
|Written by Bryan Dailey|
|Friday, 01 October 2004|
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Although the styling is futuristic and modern with the silver fins on the feet and silver plastic face on the front panels, the hard square lines of the Connoisseur C-5s look a little dated. With the black speaker grilles on, the whole speaker line looks more elegant. The brilliant system of attaching the grilles with magnets made it a no-brainer to leave them on. With all of the grilles firmly on, the only design element that leaves something to be desired are the plastic feet that help stabilize the C-5s.
The styling of the subwoofer is not going to knock anyone’s socks off, either. The amount of advanced technology that this little subwoofer features is overshadowed by the fact that it’s just not the sexiest sub I’ve seen. This is one of those speakers where the personality is better than the looks. The sub has all the options I could hope for, rich clean bass with no noticeable distortion even when driven hard, thanks to its internal Class A/B amplification with MOSFET type power transistors, but it could have been put into a sexier package with looks more like Energy’s own Encore subwoofer.
The number of choices in value-priced 5.1 speaker systems is almost infinite and if you are like me and enjoy movies, video games and music equally, you need a well-rounded system like the Energy Connoisseur. There are many options that you can choose to dial into the system to fit your room’s needs. The build and instructions are high quality and, since all of the speakers in the Connoisseur line are very efficient, you can easily drive them with a good quality receiver if you don’t yet have a separate amp and preamp.
Energy’s design philosophy of wide bandwidth, low distortion and resonance and wide and constant dispersion was strictly adhered to when making the Connoisseur line. You can take advantage of much of the trickle-down technology from their top of the line Veritas speakers, but keep some extra dollars in your pocket for quality cables or that new DVD-Audio/SACD combo player you have been lusting over and still have a nice set of speakers in your theater with the Connoisseurs for under $2,100.