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Energy Connoisseur CC-10

Center channel speaker

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Item #: 732CC10
 

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Our take on the Energy Connoisseur CC-10

by Kristen Schaub
Energy

Your home theater's most important speaker

The center channel speaker is the workhorse in a home theater system. It has to reproduce clear dialogue and special effects that keep your eyes and ears glued to the movie action. A high-quality center speaker is a great investment for any surround sound setup. Try to choose one that's as closely matched as possible to your front right and left speakers, so that as sound moves across the front stage, it stays seamlessly realistic.

Energy's CC-10 center channel speaker packs plenty of power and punch to rock any soundtrack or video game. It contains two rigid woofers with ribbed elliptical surrounds, a design which helps reduce audible distortion by allowing greater cone movement. An aluminum dome tweeter dishes out clear high frequencies. Energy mounts the woofers and tweeter as close together as possible, for consistent sound over a wide area, not just a narrow sweet spot. It means that everyone on your couch will enjoy tightly focused sound with movies, TV shows, and video games.

The CC-10 is right at home sitting on your entertainment stand, or you can mount it on the wall using an optional bracket. The black ash finish and "floating" grille adds a cool touch that makes it an even bigger value. And since it's voice matched with the entire Connoisseur speaker family, you can create an all-Energy surround speaker system tailored to your room.

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Highlights:

  • 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 60-20,000 Hz
  • 8-ohm impedance
  • sensitivity 92 dB
  • handles up to 200 watts
  • 1" aluminum dome tweeter
  • dual 5-1/2" woofers with ribbed elliptical surrounds
  • 5-way binding posts
  • black ash finish
  • includes rubber bumpers for shelf placement
  • threaded insert for wall-mounting with optional bracket
  • 19-11/16"W x 7-1/16"H x 10-7/16"D
  • warranty: 5 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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Features and Specs
Enclosure
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Bass Reflex
Tweeter
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Dome
Midrange size (inches)
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Woofer size (inches)
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5-1/2
Connector Type
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5-way post
Power Range
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20-200
Sensitivity
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92 dB
Impedance (Ohms)
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8
Frequency Response
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60-20k Hz
Height (inches)
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7-1/16
Width (inches)
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19-11/16
Depth (inches)
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10-7/16
Weight
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17.4 lbs
Parts Warranty
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5 Years
Labor Warranty
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5 Years
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What's in the box?

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  • Black center channel speaker
  • Black cloth grille
  • 4 Self-adhesive rubber feet
  • Owner's Manual

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Driver Technology
Enclosure Design
Connections
Mounting Options

Driver Technology

Two-way Speaker: The Energy Connoisseur-series CC-10 is a center channel speaker with two 5-1/2" poly cone woofers with a Ribbed Elliptical Surround, and a 1" 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 CC-10 speaker. The tweeter and one 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 Cabinet: The Energy Connoisseur-series CC-10 has a dual rear-vented bass reflex enclosure, with a high gloss black baffle and a vinyl black ash cabinet.

Connections

Speaker Terminals: The CC-10 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 CC-10 is designed to operate on a wide range of A/V receivers or amplifiers with a power rating of 20 to 200 watts continuous per channel. The recommended bass management setting for the speaker is "small.

Mounting Options

Applications: Not only can the Energy Connoisseur-series CC-10 be used as a center-channel speaker, it can also be stood on end, and used as a left or right speaker in a stereo configuration, if desired.

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. No threaded insert is provided for third party wall mount brackets or stands.

 
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5 out of 5

Crisp Clean Full Soundstage

Written By VJ, Findlay, OH on Thursday, September 08, 2011
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The Energy CC-10 center channel speaker delivers a full, crisp, clean sound whether you are watching movies or listening to music. It's also very aesthetically appealing and looks great in a high-end entertainment center. I have it matched up with a pair of Energy CB-20 bookshelf speakers and the combo sounds great. Each speaker is being driven by a Yamaha receiver and have no problems handling the 100 watts RMS per channel. In my opinion, this speaker is a great value and price point.
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5 out of 5

Chosen by my ears with my eyes closed

Written By RJ8775, Orange, CA on Sunday, January 02, 2011
 
I used the same DVD 5 minute intro to evaluate 5 different center channel speakers using only my ears, and the Energy CC10 won. I Listened to a couple of Definitive Technology speakers (8040 and the 8060), a couple of B & W speakers and this one. Not knowing which speaker I was listening to, I chose a run-off with the B & W and the Energy. After determining that I could not choose between the two, I opened my eyes and inspected my choices. The B & W was over twice as expensive as the Energy. No brainer, the CC10 wins and sounds equally beautiful in my home as it did in the store. Easy 5 out of 5 stars. By the way, I was planning on spending up to $1000.00 on a center channel speaker and ended up getting a $1000.00 sound out of this speaker. Happy. Always let your ears choose..
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