Energy Connoisseur CB-5

Bookshelf speakers

  • Energy Connoisseur CB-5


  • Energy Connoisseur CB-5


  • Energy Connoisseur CB-5


  • Energy Connoisseur CB-5

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  • Energy Connoisseur CB-5

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Item #: 732CB5

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by Kristen Schaub

Why choose bookshelf speakers?

Bookshelf speakers may be small in size, but they can deliver surprisingly big sound. Some ultra-compact models even fit on a desktop. Most are right at home in tight spaces like shelves, so they're usually good choices for your home theater's rear channels. For the best performance, try placing bookshelf speakers on solid speaker stands to help the sound really "open up." If you want full bass impact, add a powered subwoofer and enjoy punchy sound that's as deeply satisfying as that of floor-standing speakers.

Add some new energy to your sound system with Energy's CB-5 bookshelf speakers. Whether you use this compact pair for a stereo music setup or as front or surround speakers in a home theater system, you'll be impressed by their power and accuracy. Each speaker contains a rigid woofer with a ribbed elliptical surround. This design reduces audible distortion by allowing greater movement of the woofer cone. An aluminum dome tweeter dishes out clear high frequencies that help you pinpoint sounds in the space around you. Energy mounts the woofer and tweeter as close together as possible, which helps the speakers produce even, consistent sound over a wide area. That means everyone on your couch can enjoy the detail and clarity — not just the person in the middle.

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The CB-5s can fit virtually anywhere — on the wall, on a shelf, or on optional stands. The black ash finish and "floating" grilles add a cool touch that makes them an even bigger value. And since they're voice matched with the entire Connoisseur speaker family, you can create an all-Energy surround speaker system that meets your needs.

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  • Convergent Source Module (CSM) mounts the drivers close together for wider sound dispersion
  • magnetically shielded for safe placement next to tube TVs
  • bass-reflex (ported) design
  • frequency response 71-20,000 Hz (±3dB)
  • 8-ohm impedance
  • sensitivity 89 dB
  • handles up to 100 watts
  • 3/4" aluminum dome tweeter
  • 4-1/2" woofer with ribbed elliptical surround
  • 5-way binding posts
  • black ash finish
  • includes rubber bumpers for shelf placement
  • threaded insert for wall-mounting with optional bracket
  • 5-11/16"W x 8-15/16"H x 8-3/8"D
  • warranty: 5 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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Features and Specs
Enclosure Bass Reflex
Video Shielded Yes
Tweeter Type Dome
Tweeter Size (inches) 0.75
Midrange Size (inches) ---
Woofer Size (inches) 4.5
Woofer Composition Poly
Woofer Surround Ribbed elliptical rubber
Power Range 20-100
Sensitivity 89 dB
Impedance (Ohms) 8
Frequency Response 71-20k Hz
Connector Type 5-way post
Bi-amp Inputs No
Height (inches) 8-15/16
Width (inches) 5-11/16
Depth (inches) 8-3/8
Weight (pounds) 6.6
Mounting Bracket Included No
Recommended Stand Height (inches) 30
Parts Warranty 5 Years
Labor Warranty 5 Years
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  • 2 Black bookshelf speakers
  • 2 Black cloth grilles
  • 8 Self-adhesive rubber feet
  • Owner's Manual

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Driver Technology
Enclosure Design
Mounting Options

Driver Technology

Two-way Speaker: The Energy Connoisseur-series CB-5 is a pair of bookshelf speakers with a 4.5" poly cone woofer with a Ribbed Elliptical Surround, and a 3/4" hyperbolic aluminum dome tweeter.

Energy Sound Principles: All Energy brand loudspeakers are developed with three sound principles in mind:

  • Flat On-Axis Frequency Response With Wide Bandwidth: Speakers should reproduce the entire audio range in a uniform manner. By ensuring that no one frequency dominates any other, the Energy ensures that every note is the way it was intended to be, and the sound is as natural as possible.
  • Wide and Constant Dispersion: The speaker should provide an even pattern sound at all its frequencies in all directions throughout the room.
  • Low Distortion Resonance: No speaker system is distortion- or resonance-free, but Energy speakers have achieved a significantly lower distortion level, a clearly audible improvement.

Convergent Source Module: The Convergent Source Module (CSM) technology is the heart of the CB-5 speaker. The tweeter and woofer are placed in close proximity and act as a single source to provide wide dispersion, low distortion, and amazing performance.

Enclosure Design

Bass Reflex Enclosure: The Energy Connoisseur-series CB-5 has a rear-vented bass reflex enclosure, with a high gloss black baffle and a vinyl black ash cabinet.


Speaker Terminals: The CB-5 is equipped with gold-plated 5-way binding post terminals for connecting the speaker wire. The terminals will accept bare wire, spade lugs, pin connectors, and single or dual banana plugs.

Amplifier Requirements: The Energy Connoisseur-series CB-5 is designed to operate on a wide range of A/V receivers or amplifiers with a power rating of 20 to 100 watts continuous per channel. The recommended bass management setting for the speaker is "small."

Mounting Options

Speaker Placement: A set of 4 self-adhesive rubber feet are included for each speaker, allowing you to place the speaker on a shelf or tabletop. A single 1/4"-20 threaded insert is provided for third party wall mount brackets or stands.

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4 out of 5

Great sound in a small package

Written By ejizzel, White Plains, NY on Thursday, February 16, 2012
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I happened to run into a sale on crutchfield for these speakers and they ROCK. You wont get that big floor standing speaker sound but for small bookshelfs with no sub-woofer I'm very pleased. I paired them up with a Onkyo TX-nr509 and they do the job, I live in a small apt and have yet to get the volume higher than 24, cant wait till the wife and kid go shopping and leave me alone so I can really see what they do.
small, easily hidden, clear and good bass for the size.
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5 out of 5

So far so good

Written By Anonymous, Georgia on Friday, January 27, 2012
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I have these speakers paired with Energy CB-10's for surround sound and they sound really good.
Hard to find a mounting bracket that would work correctly.
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5 out of 5

Crystal Clear

Written By Samubus, Steubenville, OH on Thursday, June 30, 2011
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These gems sound crystal clear and fill the room nicely with rich sound. The midrange is suprisingly full for speakers of this size. I paired them with my Polk PSW10 subwoofer and it sounds perfect for me. Crutchfield customer service was a pleasure to deal with. Thanks Crutchfield!
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