|Energy Take 5.2 Home Theater Speaker System|
|Home Theater Loudspeakers Speaker Systems|
|Written by Tim Hart|
|Wednesday, 01 August 2001|
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There are some of us who want to get into a happening home theater system but don’t have a lot of disposable dinero. There are some of us who don’t have physical space for six speakers due to room size and marital limitations. And there are some of us who don’t want to clutter our rooms with gigantic speakers and subwoofers, yet desire the dynamic sound you get with bigger equipment. Energy has come up with a very compelling product that will fit these types of situations with their Take 5.2 5.1 loudspeaker system ($900).
The Take 5.2 system replaces the venerable four-year-old Take 5 system and therefore has some pretty big shoes to fill. There are a few fairly significant changes on the new version. The 2.2 satellites and the 1.2 center channel are slightly larger and are front-ported instead of a sealed design. The one-inch dome tweeter is also larger than on the older version. These changes are said to allow Take 5.2 to handle more power and produce higher output for deeper bass response.
When I received the speakers, the first thing I thought was, "I didn’t get all of the boxes." What I had in front of me were two medium-sized boxes and a thin box. The thin box contained the optional stands ($75 per pair) that go with the 2.2’s. Surely I was missing one or two boxes. I looked at the packing slip and it listed only three boxes total. Hmmm. Nothing left to do but open them up and see. All four 2.2 satellite speakers, a mere six-and-three-quarter-inches high, four inches wide and six inches deep, and the 1.2 center channel, which is four inches tall, 11 inches wide and six inches deep, were in one box. Upon unwrapping these little gems, I was surprised by how solid the 2.2’s and the 1.2 felt. The glossy black finish on the MDF enclosures is very impressive, looking as good as some speaker cabinets that I’ve seen costing twice as much as the Take 5.2’s. The speaker terminals are easy to get to and even accept my large spade lugs. Both the 2.2 and the 1.2’s frequency response is 80 Hz- to 20 kHz + 3 dB. The 2.2’s are a two-way design with a one-inch laminated aluminum dome tweeter and a three-and-one-half-inch long throw woofer. The 1.2 has two three-and-one-half-inch long throw, with a one-inch laminated aluminum dome tweeter in the middle. Both the 2.2’s and the 1.2 have a measured sensitivity of 89 dB.
Also provided with the 2.2’s is a nifty little mounting bracket for wall mounting. They allow for a wide range of speaker mounting possibilities in the horizontal and vertical positions, with a clever pin and slot setup that requires no tools.
The S8.2 subwoofer stands 15-and three-quarters inches high, nine-and-thirteen-sixteenths inches high, and 12-and–one-half inches deep. The subwoofer is a front-firing, front-ported enclosure. The S8.2 is powered by a 100-watt RMS internal amplifier that drives a long-throw eight-inch woofer, with a measured response of 27-100 Hz + 3 dB. At 22.5 pounds, the S8.2 has a nice solid compact feel to it that gives you confidence in its abilities from the first time you see the it.
Kudos to the designer or executive who decided the crossover and level controls should be on the front of the subwoofer enclosure. I hate having to lean upside-down over a sub in an inconvenient spot. These are the types of intuitive details that add up to a successful experience owning a speaker system like the Take 5.2.
The new S8.2 subwoofer sports the same type of speaker terminals that are found on the 2.2 and the 1.2. The S8.2 also includes two line-level RCA jacks, one labeled "Xover" and the other "Input." The "Xover" input bypasses the sub’s crossover and level controls. You can run directly from your amplifier to the S8.2’s high-level input connections and out to the 2.2’s and the 1.2, or you can use the line-level input to either the bypassed or crossover RCA and power the satellites from your amplifier. Then you’re off to the races.