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Energy RC-Micro 5.1

Home theater speaker system

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by Chris Egner
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Why choose a pre-matched speaker system?

Looking for speakers that'll deliver thrilling, edge-of-your-seat surround sound? Choosing a pre-matched speaker system is one way to ensure seamless home theater performance. These systems are made up of speakers that share the same tonal characteristics — that means the sound will stay consistent as it moves from speaker to speaker around your room. Most pre-matched systems come with a subwoofer — a must-have for high-impact bass.

The RC-Micro 5.1 is Energy's most compact speaker system to date, and it proves that smooth, expansive surround sound can come from tiny speakers. Each of the four matching satellites stands no taller than a soda can, and the subwoofer takes up only about a cubic foot of space.

Smooth sound throughout the room
Energy speakers excel at delivering flat frequency response, for even, accurate sound. The tweeters are placed as close to the woofers as possible, helping to blend high and mid-range frequencies. The overall result is sound that's uniformly dispersed throughout your room.

Impressive bass impact
The 60-watt subwoofer pumps out clean, deep bass, thanks to its 8" front-firing woofer and down-firing port. The sub's proprietary Ribbed Elliptical Surround™ increases efficiency and fights distortion. It all adds up to powerful low frequencies that draw you into your movies and music.

Sleek finish and flexible placement options
You can easily tuck the satellites on shelves or bookcases without sacrificing much space. Or for a more sophisticated look, wall-mount them with the integrated keyhole slots, use optional brackets with the threaded inserts, or position them on stands. All six pieces have a sleek, high-gloss finish reminiscent of a grand piano. These speakers complement just about any décor, and they look right at home next to today's flat-panel TVs.

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Highlights:

  • includes 4 satellites, 1 center channel speaker, and 1 subwoofer
  • bass-reflex (ported) design
  • 8-ohm impedance
  • sensitivity: 88 dB
  • video-shielded (except sub) to prevent magnetic distortion on tube TVs
  • spring clips
  • high-gloss black finish
  • warranty: 5 years for the speakers, 1 year for the sub
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
Satellite speakers:
  • frequency response: 150-23,000 Hz (±3dB)
  • 1/2" Hyperbolic™ aluminum-dome tweeter
  • 2-1/2" poly-titanium woofer
  • each handles up to 100 watts
  • keyhole slots with threaded inserts for wall-mounting
  • 3-9/16"W x 4-3/4"H x 3-15/16"D
Center channel speaker:
  • frequency response: 150-23,000 Hz (±3dB)
  • 1/2" Hyperbolic aluminum-dome tweeter
  • 2-1/2" poly-titanium woofer
  • handles up to 100 watts
  • keyhole slots with threaded inserts for wall-mounting
  • 5-15/16"W x 3-9/16"H x 3-15/16"D
Powered subwoofer:
  • frequency response: 36-180 Hz (±3dB)
  • 60-watt RMS amplifier
  • 8" woofer with Ribbed Elliptical Surround
  • variable low-pass crossover: 40-150 Hz
  • 10-1/2"W x 11-15/16"H x 13-3/8"D

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Features and Specs
General
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Bass Reflex
Video Shielded
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Y (not subwoofer)
Pieces in System
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6
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Gloss Black
Tweeter
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Dome
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N/A
Woofer size (inches)
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2-1/2
Woofer Composition
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Aluminum
Woofer Surround
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Rubber
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8
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Spring post
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Keyhole
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36
Parts Warranty
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5 Years
Labor Warranty
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5 Years
Specifications
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20-100
Subwoofer RMS Power (watts)
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60
Dimensions
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4-3/4H x 3-9/16W x 3-15/16D
Center Speaker (inches)
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3-9/16H x 5-15/16W x 3-15/16D
Surround Speakers (inches)
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4-3/4H x 3-9/16W x 3-15/16D
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11-15/16H x 10-1/2W x 13-3/8D
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What's in the box?

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  • 4 Matching satellite speakers (4 attached grilles)
  • Center channel speaker (attached grille)
  • Powered subwoofer (attached grille)
  • 5 Mounting bolts
  • 20 Self-adhesive rubber feet
  • Cleaning cloth
  • Owner's Manual
  • Installation Instructions for optional speaker stands

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Overview: The ENERGY RC-Micro 5.1-Channel Home Theater System features four matching satellite speakers, a center-channel satellite speaker, and a powered subwoofer. It includes a powerful 240-watt (Dynamic) powered subwoofer with a down-firing port, 8-inch driver and Ribbed Elliptical surround for bass that you feel as much as hear. The .50-inch hyperbolic aluminum dome tweeter on the satellites and center channel focuses sound for clearer dialogue and music. The ENERGY RC-Micro 5.1 System utilizes proprietary technology and high quality components that allow you to enjoy natural and accurate music reproduction. The micro-sized satellite speakers and subwoofer each feature a high-gloss black finish that look great with contemporary flat panels. Gold plated push connectors ensure positive connection for high performance.

Driver Technology
Satellite Speakers
Center Channel Speaker
Powered Subwoofer
Mounting Options

Driver Technology

Flat On-Axis Frequency Response With Wide Bandwidth: The ENERGY 5.1-Channel Speaker System reproduces the entire audio range in a uniform manner. By ensuring that no one frequency dominates any other, the RC-Micro 5.1ch System ensures that every note is the way it was intended to be, and the sound as natural as possible.

Wide and Constant Dispersion: The RC-Micro 5.1 System provides an even pattern sound at all frequencies in all directions throughout the room.

Low Distortion Resonance: No speaker system is distortion or resonance-free, but the ENERGY 5.1 Speaker System has achieved a significantly lower distortion level with a clearly audible improvement.

Amplifier Requirements: The ENERGY RC-Micro 5.1 System is designed to operate on a wide range of AV receivers and/or amplifiers with a power rating of 20 to 100 watts continuous per channel. The impedance for all speakers is 8-ohms, allowing almost any amplifier to function well.

Break-In Period: ENERGY recommends that you break in this speaker system for 50 hours before playing the speaker at their full capabilities. This can be easily done by putting your compact disc player on Repeat mode, while playing a CD with a wide dynamic range ant normal listening levels.

Satellite Speakers

4 Matching Satellite Speakers: The ENERGY RC-Micro 5.1-Channel Home Theater System features four matching micro-sized satellite speakers. Each satellite speaker features a high-gloss black finish, a removal cloth grille, gold-plated spring-post terminals (accommodates up to 15 AWG speaker wire), and a rear-mounted key-hole slot for wall-mounting (mounting screws not supplied). The key-hole slot can be removed to reveal a 1/4"-20 threaded insert for wall-mounting the speakers using an optional bracket (sold separately). The satellite speakers can also be placed and secured on optional speaker stands or shelves using the supplied self-adhesive rubber feet.

Drivers: The micro-sized satellite speakers feature a 0.5" Hyperbolic Aluminum-Dome tweeter and 2.5" High-Excursion Aluminum Cone woofer with a rubber surround inside a magnetically shielded acoustic suspension enclosure. The speakers are rated at 8-ohm. The satellite speakers have a frequency response of 150 to 23,000 Hz.

Center Channel Speaker

Matching Center Channel Speaker: The ENERGY RC-Micro 5.1-Channel Home Theater System's matching center-channel speaker is slightly larger than the four matching micro-sized satellite speakers and can be mounted horizontally or vertically. The center-channel satellite speaker features a high-gloss black finish, a removal cloth grille, gold-plated spring-post terminals (accommodates up to 15 AWG speaker wire), and a rear-mounted key-hole slot for wall-mounting (mounting screws not supplied). The key-hole slot can be removed to reveal a 1/4"-20 threaded insert for wall-mounting the speaker using an optional bracket (sold separately). The center-channel speaker can also be placed and secured on an optional speaker stand or shelf using the supplied self-adhesive rubber feet.

Drivers: The center-channel speaker features a 0.5" Hyperbolic Aluminum-Dome tweeter and 2.5" High-Excursion Aluminum Cone woofer with a rubber surround inside a magnetically shielded acoustic suspension enclosure. The speaker is rated at 8-ohm. The center-channel speaker has a frequency response of 150-23,000 Hz.

Powered Subwoofer

Powered Subwoofer: The ENERGY RC-Micro 5.1-Channel Home Theater System features an 8" powered subwoofer with a 60 watt continuous (240 watts dynamic) amplifier. The powered subwoofer contains a front-firing injection molded 8" cone woofer with a ribbed elliptical surround inside a bass reflex enclosure with a down firing port. The 8" woofer is powered by a built-in 60 watt continuous (240 watt dynamic) amplifier. The powered subwoofer has a frequency response of 36 to 180Hz.

Controls:

  • Volume Level: This knob can be adjusted to control the level of output from the subwoofer. The level chosen should allow the subwoofer to blend its output with the rest of the 5.1-channel speaker system.
  • Low-Pass Filter: This control allows for the adjustment of the low-pass filter. Adjustments can infinitely be made from 40 to 150Hz. This will determine the highest frequency that the subwoofer will reproduce.
  • Phase: This switch allows for the adjustment of the phase of the subwoofer, in relation to the five other speakers in the system from 0 or 180 degrees
  • Power Mode: This switch can be set to either On, Off, Auto. If the switch is in the Off position, the subwoofer will not power up. If the switch is in the On position, it will constantly remain on. If the switch is set to the Auto position, when a signal is present the subwoofer will turn on and will automatically turn off several minutes after a signal is no longer present.
  • Status Indicator (Front-Panel): The LED found on the front panel will illuminate in blue when the subwoofer is functioning. If the unit is Auto mode and is not receiving a signal, the light will remain off.

Connections:

  • Line/Sub In: These inputs are an RCA type LFE/stereo/mono input. If you are connecting your subwoofer to an A/V receiver with an LFE or Subwoofer preamp output, connect a single RCA cable to the LFE/Left input. If you are connecting your subwoofer to an AV receiver without a dedicated subwoofer or LFE preamp output but does features a stereo RCA output, use stereo RCA cable and connect to both the LFE/Left and Right inputs.
  • Speaker Level In: The Speaker Level input are designed to be used on receivers or amplifiers that do not incorporate any RCA type subwoofer outputs. If your receiver is equipped with an RCA type subwoofer outputs, these speaker level inputs should not be utilized.
  • Power Cord Connector: The powered subwoofer features an attached 7' AC power cord terminate by a two-prong AC plug.

Mounting Options

Speaker Placement: Speaker placement can be critical in the performance of any home theater speaker system. Follow these guidelines to get the most out of your ENERGY RC-Micro 5.1 system.

  • Front Satellite Speakers: For best stereo imaging, the left and right speakers should be the same distance from their respective side walls. If the distance from one speaker to the listener is very different from the other, it can affect the soundstage or stereo imaging. Therefore, the ideal position is having the speakers equidistant to you, the listener.
  • Center-Channel Satellite Speaker: The center-channel can be expected to reproduce as much a 60% of a movie's soundtrack, most of which is dialogue. In order to maintain the effect of voices emanating from the actor's mouth, the center speaker should be centrally located between the left and right main channels and placed above or below the television. Be sure that the center speaker's front baffle is flush with the front face of the television or cabinet to maximize dispersion.
  • Surround Satellite Speakers: The surround speakers can be positioned in a variety of locations. The surround placement is usually dictated by the room, where the walls and room boundaries happen to be, and where speaker cable can be easily run. The most common surround speaker locations are the following:
    • Side Walls: For best results in side wall mounting applications, position the speaker adjacent to and slightly behind the primary listening area at a height of approximately 6 feet.
    • Rear Walls: For best results mounting on a rear wall, position the speakers so they flank the main listening area and point towards the front of the room. They should be raised to a height of approximately 6 feet and should ideally have a space of 6 feet between them.
  • Power Subwoofer: The placement of the ENERGY subwoofer is critical to its performance. The three most common locations include:
    • Corner Of Room: Results in a boomy or exaggerated low frequency response.
    • Side Wall: Moderate bass performance with increased fidelity over corner placement.
    • Beside Front Speaker: Creates a better blend with the front speaker, but sacrificing overall volume.
 
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5 out of 5

Great sound

Written By LindaG, Waynesboro VA on Friday, July 11, 2014
 
We replaced an old sony dvd surround system with a sony receiver, blue ray player and these Energy Speakers. They surround sound it awesome.
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5 out of 5

Easy setup

Written By EJ, Monroe, LA on Wednesday, June 11, 2014
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Like the free shipping, arrived sooner the expected. Easy install and they sound great with Yamaha RX-V377
Pros:
Size, sound, easy install and price
Cons:
Non yet
3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Energy RC-Micro 5.1 speakers

Written By Charley L, New Bern,NC on Thursday, February 13, 2014
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Great small room surround sound speakers for the price. Sound is crisp and clean, even at high volume. Good mid range sounds, which can be lacking on many systems.
Pros:
Good size for a small room. Sound is great. Looks great
Cons:
Would not work for a big room
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Energy RC-Micro 5.1

Written By doug, Cincinnati, ohio on Monday, January 20, 2014
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Sound separation is perfect. The sound level is just right for the room size 14' x 18' Its driven by a Sony digital processor/receiver 250 watts per channel. I added more speakers to the system and adjusted the surround sound for even better separation with no problem.
Pros:
Easy set up. The manual has more than enough information to help you make the correct set up and you don't have to be tech savvy to understand the information.
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5 out of 5

Great set of speakers

Written By Todrck, Ogden,Ut on Thursday, December 26, 2013
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I have had these sweet little cubes for 2 years now, the sound is very crisp and keeps getting better. They fill my 15 X 20 room with awesome sound. I run them though a Yamaha Rx V671 receiver, they handle everything it throws at them with ease. I recommend the burn in period, as the sound becomes warmer. On a side note, I'm surprised and happy these are the same price I paid for them 2 years ago. Great Purchase!!
Pros:
size, sound and great looks
Cons:
None so far
4 out of 4 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Great system

Written By Jimbo227, Falmouth MA on Sunday, September 15, 2013
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Crystal clear sound. Sub packs a decent punch. Hooked it up to a Denon Avr-200 reciever. I wanted a decent surround system and for the budget i had it doesnt get any better than this.
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5 out of 5

Great Product

Written By Anonymous, Navarre, FL on Wednesday, September 04, 2013
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The product has been in place for a week or so. It took some tweaking, but that was more with placement, and receiver than the speakers. They are great looking, and pack a lot of punch out of something so small.
Pros:
Design size output connectors
Cons:
none
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5 out of 5

Great Micro Speakers

Written By DaveE, Denver, Co on Saturday, August 31, 2013
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I have had energy speakers on my main surround sound system for about 10 years, and was looking to replace an old set of Yamaha's that came with a house we just bought. After reading reviews here at Crutchfield, I bought a set of these and they are great. Wonderful sound. The yami's were very tinny and the Energy's have a nice sound with good high, mids and bass. Would definitely buy these again and recommend them to anyone looking for a small speaker package with a great sound.
Pros:
Great sound. Good highs and bass.
Cons:
None
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3 out of 5

Energy RC-Micro 5.1

Written By DarylB, Waxhaw, NC on Friday, July 05, 2013
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Sound isn't as good as I had expected, although getting the adjustments set with my reciever might improve the sound
Pros:
Size was just right for keeping speakers out of the way. Quality of build seems to be good
Cons:
I expected bigger sound
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5 out of 5

Great speakers for small spaces

Written By Dave M, DC on Friday, June 28, 2013
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I've had this speaker set for several years, and I have only positive things to say. These continue to sound great, and I'm very happy with the price I paid here on Crutchfield. Rather than bother with a burn in period, I just re-ran my receiver's room calibration routine again after a month or so. I have the front trio on shelves and the surrounds mounted on stands. While I will be upgrading my receiver soon, these speakers are staying put. I'm rarely ever this happy with a purchase.
Pros:
Size, Look, Sound. An excellent value.
Cons:
Minor quibbles honestly. May get scratched easily. The included rubber "feet" are an afterthought.
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5 out of 5

Energy RC-Micro 5.1

Written By CRP1, Minneapolis, MN on Thursday, February 28, 2013
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So far so good, still in the 50 hours break in period as recommended. Treble is great with the Onkyo receiver and better than the old Lifestyle Bose we replaced. Highly recommend this system.
Pros:
Excellent treble, fantastic bass
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

These little guys cook

Written By Chris K, Detroit, Mi. on Sunday, January 27, 2013
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What a deal! Great price but more importantly they sound GREAT! The sub woofer sounds great as does the other five. If you want small speakers go with the Energy!
Pros:
Sound great, super price, look great!
Cons:
Can't think of any.
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5 out of 5

Energy RC-Micro

Written By Shaun, LI,NY on Saturday, January 19, 2013
 
I installed these into my 16x12 bedroom six months ago and have really enjoyed them so far . The house is a ranch so I was able to hang these on the excellent Pinpoint AM20's from ceiling and wire from above attic. I used in wall audioquest flx-14/2 which just fit the micro's terminals. banana plugged the receiver side. The receiver is the Denon 2312CI networked w airplay etc I bought on sale here last year , Denon blu-ray 1713ud , apple tv1080, on wall 50" Panasonic plasma 1080,. I had an SVS SB12 sub in storage from an older system in my old house so I installed that as well. No wimpy subs here.. I thought to myself when I was installing this system I could always drop more expensive speakers on the existing system if these didn't satisfy, these micros certainly don't break the bank like M&K or Anthony Gallo so no biggy. Anyway nothing has been changed, the system just rocks ! They have surpassed my expectations by a long shot. Occasionally some friends come in and can't believe the sound in this room. They took a few weeks to loosen up and sound more relaxed, easy to look at, great value. Don't overlook them
Pros:
value
Cons:
spring loaded binding post, hey I guess we cant have cardas for this price but no problem
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5 out of 5

Energy RC-Micro 5.1

Written By wiek, Wisconsin on Thursday, January 03, 2013
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HOLY C--P!!!! I am impressed. I did a lot of research prior to buying this set up. I wanted small speakers but was extremely unsure how they would sound. I listen to a lot of different music, so I wanted something that could handle everything from '80s hairbands to today's heavy metal to hip hop. Plus give me the theater effect on movies, and I definitely found it. I retired my 80's BIG Yamaha speakers which I liked a lot also, but just wanted something a little more refined. When I say retired I mean they still work fine and now will be moved into my garage. This is my first surround system that has a sub so my review may not be the most accurate, but if you're looking for a lot of bang in a small package this is it and at a very good price.
Pros:
Small speakers that don't attract attention. Excellent sound for both music and movies.
Cons:
Haven't found any yet.
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4 out of 5

Really good sound at an amazing price

Written By DavidW, Pelzer, SC on Monday, November 26, 2012
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Even with the very good reviews on the Crutchfield site, I was not convinced that such small speakers could produce the sound I wanted for my 21x27 foot room. Because of the 60 day return policy i decided to give them a try and I am glad I did. These are amazing little speakers that perform very good in my room. The sound is crystal clear. The only thing I am not 100% satisfied with is the sub woofer, but for the price I can deal with a little less base than would be ideal.
Pros:
Small but still sound great.
Cons:
Base produced by the sub woofer could be a bit stronger..
5 out of 5 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Energy RC-Micro 5.1

Written By albinomocha, Minneapolis, MN on Wednesday, November 14, 2012
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I purchased this Energy RC Micro 5.1 system from a cnet review I read initially on the Energy Take Classic 5.1 system. I almost bought the Take Classic system until I ran across the Micro system and started researching the differences and reading all the reviews I could on it. I ultimately decided on the Micro system and I'm happy I did. I had my heart set on the Bose jewel speakers until I read all the negative reviews on them and Bose in general. I'm only using the right, left and center channel speakers with the sub and so far, everything sounds awesome! I have it hooked up to my new Yamaha RX-V471 receiver and 55" Sony NX720. I was able to find a separate new Energy RC Micro center channel speaker on eBay and will be using it with my other 2 speakers for my upstairs living room. I'm very happy with this system! Thank you Crutchfield for having the lowest price on this system with free shipping (got this tip from a review I read). P.S. I bought 16 gauge speaker wire from Monoprice.
Pros:
Speakers are tiny, sub is also not obnoxiously huge, pretty black piano finish, packs quite the punch for such small speakers, and the price from Crutchfield can't be beaten!
Cons:
None!
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5 out of 5

Wow! Great Speakers at a great price.

Written By Vicente, DPO, AE - Rome, Italy on Saturday, November 10, 2012
 
I've had these speakers for about a month now, and I love them. I purchased these speakers after reading all the great reviews on them -- the reviews on various shopping and technology sites were all consistently very positive with many of them comparing these speakers and their cheaper Engergy Classics to speakers many hundreds of dollars more expensive. I purchased these to replace a set of Bose bookshelf speakers which sound great but which each weigh about 20 times what these little Engergy speakers weigh. I'm not an audiophile. All I know is that these sound as good as my large Bose speakers and for their size, I'm amazed at how they can fully cover my 15' x 20' living room. The high frequencies sound "crisp" to me; the low frequencies from the subwoofer sound very natural -- not artificially "thundering" like the sound from the 18-year-old subwoofers I had been using.

My biggest complaint about these Energy RC-Micro speakers is that it was difficult to mount them on the universal satellite speaker mounts I purchased online. The speakers have threaded (1/4"-20 threads) that are recessed about 1/2" or so on the back, so I had to purchase extra long screws to mount them to my speaker mounts. The connectors on the back of these speakers seem a bit flimsier than the ones on more expensive speakers.

Other than that, I've been very happy with my Energy speakers. I'm still very amazed at what comes out of these tiny little speakers.
Pros:
Great value -- amazing sound for the price. Small. Great sound from low bass to high freq.
Cons:
Recessed mounting threads on back of speakers make it difficult to mount them using universal (generic) speaker mount. Spring-loaded connectors for the speaker wires seem a bit flimsy. Instructions that came with these speakers appear to be not completely accurate.
5 out of 5 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Love it.

Written By Upstate NY, Capital District on Sunday, October 07, 2012
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I read a lot of reviews after I decided to upgrade my stereo system. These speakers were well respected and were small. Being small, they would fit into my house in a manner that my wife would agreed with. I've had them for a month and they're great, performing as expected and as advertised in all the reading I've done. I recommend them!
Pros:
Everything promised!
Cons:
When mounting to speaker stands, the supplied bolts will thread to the stand after removing the plastic insert for receiving a wall mounting bolt. This wasn't clear in the instructions.
7 out of 7 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Satisfied with the product

Written By Rahul, Pittsburgh, PA on Friday, September 28, 2012
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The speakers are all that they promised to be. My room is a small one, and the 5.1 works and sounds great in it.
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5 out of 5

great speakers

Written By tgm, Poulsbo, WA on Monday, September 03, 2012
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These speakers sound fantastic with both music and movies for their size and price. I strongly recommend them for any application in a small to medium size room
Pros:
great sound, small size
Cons:
none
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5 out of 5

Energy Rc Micro 5.1 a must!!

Written By Mike, CT on Monday, September 03, 2012
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First time and new to Home theater.. So glad I did it. These speakers are small. Clean looking and most important produce a great sound. You will not be disappointed!,
Pros:
Great
Cons:
Can think of any
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5 out of 5

Great speakers!

Written By SteveO, Grayson GA on Monday, August 27, 2012
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Bought these and have them hooked up in large living room with vaulted ceiling. I have a denon 3312 powering them and the sound is great. I would even say it sounds very much like an actual movie theater. Plenty of accurate sound and I have not had to turn the volume all the way up either. Feel free to ask any questions and I will try to answer...
Pros:
Sound quality out of a very compact size. Close second is the price.
Cons:
Can not attach banana plugs and it is somewhat hard to find wall mounts for these speakers
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5 out of 5

energy micro 5.1 speakers

Written By wrnyng, Plymouth meeting on Friday, August 10, 2012
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I was replacing ancient acoustic suspension speakers. I had read the internet reviews of the energy speakers, but couldn't find them anywhere to try them out. I took a gamble jand ordered them. They are wonderful. They are so small they are inconspicuous, sitting on shelves. The subwoofer is tucked away on the floor. And they sound great in my 15'x18' room. The subwoofer was actually defective (i bought this as a scratch and dent), and after a short troubleshooting session, crucified sent out replacement.

The whole experience was really positive, and i recommend the speakers and Crutchfield whole heartedly. Fyi, i am using a dated Panasonic sa-he100 receiver and they work well together. So there was no need to replace the receiver because i was getting new speakers. The receiver can live to die a natural death instead of being put out to pasture.
Pros:
Sounds great. Out of sight. Hard for me to think of this as budget priced as they were described on the internet but i guess modest price counts.
Cons:
Haven't found any.
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3 out of 5

Great, when it worked.

Written By Christian, Albuquerque, NM on Tuesday, July 24, 2012
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Worked for one week, then the sub died. Sounded Great for a 14x14 'man cave'. Hooked up to an older Onkyo TX-SR803. Exchange literally took 5 minutes on the phone, hopefully the new one will work. Really like the system and hope to keep it.
Pros:
Crutchfield's Customer Support, Great Sound when working, easy on the eyes, versatile mounting.
Cons:
Sub died, Small connectors for banana plugs.
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4 out of 5

Very Nice Speaker System

Written By JayStevenz, DC on Tuesday, July 24, 2012
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This is my 2nd set of these speakers. They nicely fill a large living room with sound, are attractive and unobtrusive. I continue to be happy with this product.
Pros:
Small, unobtrusive, great sound for the size.
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

GREAT SYSTEM

Written By Anonymous, TAMPA, FL. on Sunday, July 01, 2012
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THE SPEAKER SYSTEM SOUNDS GREAT!
Pros:
SMALL SIZE, GREAT SOUND!
Cons:
SET UP INSTRUCTIONS LACK DETAILS.
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5 out of 5

energy 5.1 speakers

Written By frank, nassau NY on Sunday, May 20, 2012
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Speakers and sound is actually better then I had anticipated..For my home theater syatem they offer great sound and make the syatem a joy to watch and listen too.
Pros:
size and performance
Cons:
none that I have seen
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5 out of 5

Nice speakers for my daughter's room

Written By Dave S, Greensboro, NC on Saturday, May 12, 2012
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Installed this system into my daughter's room. Mounted the surround speakers with the Sanus WMS5B Black Five Pack Tilt Swivel mounting kit. With a little modifications to the mounts, the system came together quite well. I also used Monster connectors to do it all right. Along with a new 32" flat panel TV and Yamaha AV receiver, she's pretty much good to go along with her Blu-ray player & Netflix. For a twelve year old, she's got it made!
Pros:
Great sound, with a low profile package.
Cons:
None. Some reviews pointed out the black finish of the speakers revealed fingerprints easily- but that's not really an issue with this layout.
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5 out of 5

Great price, even better sound.

Written By DanS, Charleston, SC on Thursday, May 10, 2012
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My girlfriend had a nice Vizio 32" LCD TV that was sitting in a corner gathering dust while she watched DVDs and Netflix on her computer monitor. She also has a small (roughly 15'x15') room that wasn't getting much use. I had a really nice NAD L73 DVD / receiver that I wasn't using, so it seemed to make sense to pool our resources for a modest home theater. All that we needed were speakers, and the Energy RC-Micro 5.1 from Crutchfield seemed perfect for our needs and budget. Set-up was very straightforward, with 16 gauge wire used to connect the speakers while the subwoofer was connected to the NAD's line-level SW output. For attaching the speakers to the drywall, I used #4-6 x 7/8" anchors and #6 x 1-1/4 round head slotted screws. These screws fit the slots in the speakers perfectly, and with a little adjustment of depth allow the speakers to fit snugly against the wall. Once everything was set up, it was time to try the "new" system out. To be honest, when I first opened the box containing the speakers and sub, I was a bit surprised at how small everything was, but I was much more surprised at the quality of the sound! The subwoofer was positioned in a corner of the room, and at first was a bit "boomy", but this was fixed by moving it slightly further into the room. My friend bought a Roku player for streaming Netflix and internet radio. Both movies and music sound excellent and the surround sound is very "involving". We are very happy with the RC-Micro 5.1.
Pros:
Compact size, straightforward set-up, excellent sound. Perfect for a small room home theater system. Nice "piano black" finish.
Cons:
Not appropriate for large rooms.
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5 out of 5

amazing

Written By bison, newyork ,ny on Thursday, May 03, 2012
 
incredible sounding, im running these off a sa-ax6 receiver and i couldn't be happier, i bought mine new with a deal well worth the price
Pros:
sound, looks, size
Cons:
if you have it directly under the tv you can see the colors off the pixels in their beautiful gloss black Finnish
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5 out of 5

Energy RC-Micro 5.1

Written By Anonymous, Los Angeles,CA on Friday, April 27, 2012
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These speakers are small, but loud and clear.
Pros:
Great sound quality.
Cons:
Price.
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5 out of 5

Great sound, tiny package

Written By MichaelA, New York, NY on Friday, April 27, 2012
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Really amazing speakers, especially for their size. Much prefer these to anything else I've heard thats comparable in size, particularly the Bose cubes, which I feel are pretty underwhelming.
Pros:
Easy hook up, great sound, room-filling
Cons:
Not much I don't like, maybe fingerprints on the shiny black speakers?
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5 out of 5

Energy RC-Micro 5.1

Written By JAKE, Seymour Tn on Friday, March 16, 2012
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Already had a set of these hooked to my onkyo 7.2 receiver, bought a 2nd set to run duel subs and expand to a full 7.2 system and later can expand to a 9.2 awsome back in the day had a cambridge sounworks Ensemble 2 system and these are much smaller and yet play as loud and as clean
Pros:
that much sound from speakers so so small....
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

Great little speakers

Written By R. H, Walnutport, PA. on Wednesday, March 07, 2012
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Attached these to my new Onkyo TX-NR609. Their sound is incredible. I am very happy with this purchase. Transformers: Dark of the Moon sounded awesome - like being in a theater.
Pros:
Great sound, Small, look good
Cons:
None really - but I did have to buy longer screws than the ones supplied in order to mount these to the speaker brackets that I already had.
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4 out of 5

Excellent Speakers

Written By Bill, Reston, VA on Friday, February 17, 2012
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I bought these to use with my new Marantz NR1402 receiver. At the moment we are able to use the 2 rear speakers due to our room but that will change in a few months. But the sound is great from the 2 front, the center and the subwoffer. And they just look cool. The subwoofer is so good at times we can't tell if the sound is coming from the subwoofer or from a plan approaching Dulles airport. Very pleased with the purchase and especially the price. Can't wait to get the other speakers hooked up.
Pros:
Aesthetics Price Sound Size
Cons:
None so far
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5 out of 5

Super Surround Sound

Written By LH, Brighton, IL on Tuesday, February 07, 2012
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This surround system alleviates the need to go to a movie theater to enjoy the sounds of a good movie.
Pros:
Price is reasonable Sound is high quality
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4 out of 5

Tiny shiny black speakers with gerat subwoofer

Written By Jim H, palo alto ca on Friday, February 03, 2012
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These sound great. Wish I could switch them back and forth with Bose speakers to see any differences. But they sound great and my room is high ceilinged, 20x16 and open on one side to a kitchen.
Pros:
Very inexpensive for high quality
Cons:
none
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5 out of 5

Great sound

Written By Bill, Bettendorf, Iowa on Sunday, January 29, 2012
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Lots of very nice sound from a very small package. These speakers replaced those that came ith my 'home theater in a box' unit I bought about five years ago. The difference in quality hits you immediately. They are also connected to my Apple TV improving the sound of my iTunes library. As usual, the assistance from my Crutchfield associate was invaluable. A pleasant process...
Pros:
Sound and size
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

Energy RC Micros

Written By Chuck, Garnet Valley, PA on Sunday, January 29, 2012
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First, allow me to thank Crutchfield for offering great products and attractive prices. I've found them to be the best and most trusted on-line company for fantastic deals and knowledgeable reviews, along with personalized service. The Energy RC Mircro 5.1 speaker system is a quality made, great sounding, decor pleasing product. Don't be fooled by their small dimensions. They sounded great out of the box, and even better after the 50 hour break-in period. Sound engineers swear speakers need not be broken-in, but Energy and my ears say they do. You be the judge. A quick easy way to accomplish the 50 hour break-in is to set your receiver to "all channel stereo" and tune to your favorite station. The sound is best described as crisp or clean regarding the satellite speakers. I purchased 2 additional surrounds (E-bay) as my Onkyo 609 receiver supports 7.1 output. The sub unit does a very good job and I have the volume set at 2/3 and crossover at 120 hz. Experiment with the settings for your sound environment and listening tastes. Regarding speaker terminals, I had little trouble inserting #12 wire into the the rear spring-loaded posts. The connection seems very secure and the mounting options are too. If you can't tell by now, suffice it to say, " I highly recommend the Energy RC Micro 5.1 speaker system ". At $399.00 order them today, and you'll thank me later.
Pros:
quality construction, great sounding, small profile, and fantastic price
Cons:
the beautiful piano black finish smudges easily and shows dust.
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5 out of 5

Excellent speakers

Written By NYCGuy, NYC, NY on Sunday, January 22, 2012
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Absolutely great speakers. I bought these in Nov and they have changed how I listen to music. The sound is so crisp and fills the room. I spend hours listening to music now and enjoy it. The surround sound is great too. The compact size is perfect and the cool look is actually cool. I was more than impressed by this product. Even the Sub woofer size is compact enough. Living in NYC, I have limited space. This does the trick and does it well and elegantly and with a professional sound to it. Total recommend it. Oh and Crutchfield rocks. Their support line is perhaps the best I've come across in recent times. (They have your order open as soon as you call!! Now, that's saving time).
Pros:
great look, compact, great sound
Cons:
none
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5 out of 5

Very Happy

Written By Dad, Omaha, NE on Friday, January 20, 2012
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We use these with a Marantz SR-19EX Receiver for movies, music and my son's xbox. They fit into the room great due to their size. They are easy to listen to and do not wear your ears down as some speakers can. They are very smooth, pleasant to listen to with a open larger than expected sound and do rather well with movie impact sound effects. You can tell Energy did their homework on these. They are not just another set of speakers thrown into the marketplace. The sub is very surprising for size. Overall I would rate these as a very good good buy. Your ears will be happy.
Pros:
Size, attractive high-end looking piano black finish.
Cons:
None really.
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5 out of 5

Great speakers

Written By Jaycee, Austin, TX on Saturday, December 24, 2011
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Use the speakers for at least the 50 hr break-in period before assessing it's performance. Yes, this is important! Don't hesitate to play around with different low pass settings on the sub-woofer, also experiment with different speaker positions to find the one giving you the most satisfactory sound. Crutchfied Customer Service, as usual, is outstanding!
Pros:
Very good sound for it's size. Speakers have ample power even for a medium sized room.
Cons:
A minor complaint -- The shiny speaker tops are dust magnets, so you need to clean them regularly. Put some decorative artifacts on the subwoofer to prevent little kids or a cat sitting on it!
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5 out of 5

Very happy with these speakers.

Written By WeiT, Queens, NY on Wednesday, November 09, 2011
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This is my first Home theater speaker system. I need a set of good quality speakers to pair with my Yamaha RX-A800. HD radio quality is incredible with these speakers. I did a little research between its older brother take classic and rc-micro. It turns out that the rc-micro price just dropped as take classic recently, and, according to other reviews, rc-micro set is relative a bit better with sound quality albeit the size is a lot smaller. So, I bought them. Needless to say, my choice was mostly influenced by both professional and user reviews(# of stars). I don't know a lot of home theater system, but I am very happy with these speakers because the sound quality is so superior. I love the HD radio, it is fantastic and the sound is so crisp. Now, it's my first thing to turn it on and listen when I wake up in the morning.

This is also my first purchase from crutchfield, extremely fast shipping. I am very happy with it.
Pros:
Small size, the glossy look. Sound quality.
Cons:
I need two more satellite speakers to make it as 7.1 system....well, that's hard to find.
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5 out of 5

"Just Perfect"

Written By Roland, San Francisco on Friday, May 27, 2011
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From the sound from such a small speakers to the design are simply perfect for me. Sound: Clean, crisp, very good bass from the subwoofer Style: Glossy black piano finished will not be outdated for many years to come
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5 out of 5

Energy Micro 5.1 Speakers

Written By JohnD, Charlottesville, VA on Thursday, May 05, 2011
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I have had the chance to personally try these two home theater set from Energy,
the Energy Take Classic (ETC) and the Energy Micro (EM). To tell you the truth,
I was a little hesitant to get the EM's speakers, they are about 50% smaller
than the ETC, however once broken in, they deliver far better quality sound when
compared to the ETC. The EM have a far superior sound output than the ETC, I
would say ten times better. The high tones are crystal clear, very sharp, as
with the ETC, you can hear fingers sliding through a guitar string or the
breathing of a musician when playing a flute.

The EM's subwoofer is basically the same as the ETC's, as you can see on the
pictures, the only difference is the enclosure, it is about 20% smaller. The
control knobs, inputs, and connections are exactly the same as the ETC. The
ETC's sub is rated at 200w while the EM's one is rated at 240w, after listening
to both subwoofers the EM's sounds sharper without being too boomy, definitively
like the EM's sub.

One of the drawbacks of these speakers is the attachment, it is a small square
block that is secured by a small screw, if you plan to use conventional sat
racks, they might not work for you, you might need a screw twice as long than
the one that comes with the rack, to be able to go through the recessed hole
after you remove the square block.

In my opinion, these are the best speakers I have tried so far.
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4 out of 5

They are really good

Written By Siv, SHREWSBURY on Thursday, April 28, 2011
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After lot of research I have purchased these speakers from crutchfield. They are
really good with my yamaha 467. The sound is crisp and nice. Worth for money.
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5 out of 5

WOW WOW WOW WOW WOW WOW--Great Speakers

Written By vincat, Decatur,Illinois on Sunday, April 24, 2011
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These speakers are amazing. Just connected with cables bought locally, still souding great. The best thing i like about these speakers is Bass. I read in reviews about subwoofer not having enough power--thats not true. Subwoofer has lot of power. I kept subwoofer volume less than 1/3 of total volume it shakes my whole appartment.
I had doubt buying these speakes from Cruthfield for this price. But they all came sealed and in brand new condition.
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5 out of 5

Excellent Product

Written By Mick, Osakis, MN on Monday, April 11, 2011
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I will be the first to admit that I am not a true audiophile, however I do like good
sounding music. I purchased this speaker system based on several product
reviews, and it has not disappointed. There are several reasons for my
satisfaction:
1) The size/look. They are very small, even the subwoofer is pretty discrete.
Also they have a very polished and aesthetic look to them.
2) They also have a very clear rich sound, which is surprising for their size. With
the sub-woofer it is certainly a very rich sound. I already had in ceiling surround
speakers, so I used two speaker stand alone in my daughters bedroom. In a
small room, they sound good without the aid of the sub-woofer.

In conclusion, I think they sound great with movies and couldn't ask for more. I
haven't challenged them too much with music yet. I don't think they are going to
be to the level of having large standing front speakers, but who would expect
that for this type of system. I would certainly say the sound for playing music is
certainly good.
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5 out of 5

Impressive

Written By Mark, Palm Harbor, FL on Monday, April 11, 2011
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Well I finally took the big step into the 21st century with a 55" LED 3d TV and AV
Receiver along with these speakers. After having the TV for about 2 months
and having an old receiver, I wanted the total surround sound experience. I
decided on the Onkyo TX-NR708 and the Energy RC Micros because we didn't
want an obtrusive number of speakers scattered about our peculiar living
room. After setting everything up and adjusting the system we immediately
noticed such a huge difference in sound. These little powerhouses are perfect,
clear, and powerful - you feel like you are right there as they are filming the
scenes from TV shows to the total experience of watching BD Alice in
Wonderland or Tron. Even listening to the stereo through these speakers is
such a joy from our old system. I am a fan of good equipment and I cannot say
anything bad about these speakers, everything is as advertised.VERY
HAPPY!!!
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5 out of 5

Very Nice Eh!

Written By Jason, Vancouver, Canada on Friday, April 08, 2011
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After doing lots of research and reading the reviews, I decided to go with this system since it's by far one of the highest rated mini-speaker systems on the market. Being a Canadian product, I thought I could purchase these here in Canada, but unfortunately they're hard to find. I was surprised to find them at Crutchfield, their service was great, the speakers arrived very well packaged and the speakers themselves are very elegant, sleek & modern. I'm using a Pioneer VSX-1020-K receiver and the sound is as fantastic. I'm not an audiophile so I can't really compare, but I did replace a DVD HTIB with this system and it's no contest. Very Happy!
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5 out of 5

Great Speakers...Great Price

Written By Anonymous, Columbus, OH on Thursday, March 24, 2011
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Really clean sound out of some amazingly small speakers. Don't let their size keep
you from using them in a large gathering room space. We put them in a 20x25
family room that opens into a large kitchen/eating area space.
Plenty of sound to fill the space w/out distortion. Did the 50 hour breakin period.
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5 out of 5

Energy RC-Micro 5.1

Written By RomieS, Albuquerque, NM on Tuesday, March 22, 2011
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Speakers get the job done for me. I don't like to blast my movies or music, so I
don't even know or care to know how loud these things go. All I can say is,
connected to my Onkyo RC260 AVR, these speakers are really clear, loud,
beautiful looking and amazingly small considering all they do. The subwoofer
packs enough punch to make a big difference. Can't recommend these bad
boys enough, buy them!
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5 out of 5

Energy RC-Micro 5.1 ~GREAT for HD Movies and CDs!

Written By Marty, Westport, CT on Tuesday, March 15, 2011
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I've had these speakers for two weeks now and I still love them! I've been
playing various HD movies and a lot of Miles Davis CDs, and everything has
sounded great. And that's a surprise, because I hadn't bought them to play
music (CDs), but the Energy RC-Micro 5.1 speakers sound a lot better than my
old ones (Celestion SL6)!

My wife loves them because they are small and that she can finally hear the
dialog clearly at lower volumes.

My kids love the rumble of starship and machine sounds coming through the
subwoofer.

My only "regret" is that I didn't buy Speaker Wire (14 guage) and a subwoofer
cable when I bought the speakers. Then I would have been able to setup the
speakers when I got home from work (instead of waiting until the next day).

I also suggest mounting the surrond speakers about 5-6ft high -- I'm using
floor stands behind the couch, about 6-7ft apart.
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5 out of 5

Energy RC-Micro 5.1 Awesome Little Speakers!!!

Written By RickN, York, PA on Monday, March 07, 2011
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As soon as I opened up the box, I knew that I had made the right decision to buy these
speakers. The packaging is outstanding. Each speaker is individually wrapped not once
but twice to assure that it arrives in perfect condition.

These speakers are manufactured to very high quality standards.

I used 14 gage speaker wire and had absolutely no problem connecting to the spring type
clips on the back of each speaker. You just need to make sure that you have fully
depressed the button and that the hole that accepts the wire is completely opened prior to
attempting to insert the wire.

I wouldn't try to go over 14 gage wire with these..

I connected the speakers to a new Yamaha RXA-800 Receiver and the sound is just
awesome.

I can't imagine how anyone would be disappointed with these speakers, particularly for
the cost.

It took me weeks to finally decide to buy these. Do yourself and don't waste your time
thinking about buying them.. Just do it...

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5 out of 5

Outstanding Sound

Written By Steve, Fort wayne, Indiana on Friday, March 04, 2011
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I have had this Energy Micro System now a few weeks. I think it's the best sound ever.
It's true the sound gets better every week, during the break in period. (50 hours) Shipment
was fast and no problems. The price was also great at $399.00 with free shipping. You
can't go wrong with Crutchfield. I would say buy buy buy.
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4 out of 5

Good value

Written By LtColBuck, Illinois on Thursday, March 03, 2011
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I bought these based on the fantastic reviews they get all over the web. I do like them so far, but these glowing reviews I've read seem a little overblown to me. They are replacing a bose lifestyle 18 system that I bought 4 or 5 years ago. I'd say the sound is pretty comparable. They look great and I have them paired up with the onkyo 508 receiver on sanus htb7 stands. Be aware if you're buying these stands that you will need to get a pinpoint screw kit or they won't fit with these particular speakers.

My only disappointment so far has been in the lack of bass that they put out. Doesn't have that punch I'd hoped for. I'm still not much beyond the 50 hour break-in period they recommend so I'm hoping that improves over time. Sometimes I think the rear speakers overwhelm the dialogue from the center channel, especially during basketball games on ESPN, but I'm going to do some tinkering with settings and see if it helps. Rented 2012 on blu-ray the other night and really liked how it sounded. For me they seem to sound better when playing blurays and dvd's than when I'm watching sports on my DirecTv hd dvr.

If you're wanting to buy these look no further than crutchfield. Haven't seen anyone that can beat their price.
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5 out of 5

Energy RC-Micro 5.1

Written By dtags, new york on Saturday, February 26, 2011
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great sound for the size of the speakers, looks so much better with small speakers than
those tower speakers and you get the same quality sound. small speakers take up
some much less room, why buy overbearing, room taking, ugly speakers.
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5 out of 5

Outstanding value! Energy RC-Micro 5.1 Surround System

Written By TonyC, Central, PA on Wednesday, February 23, 2011
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Beautiful, piano black gloss finish and diminutive size make these speakers all but
disappear visually. Sonically they are magnificent for a small to medium-sized listening
area. Easy to set-up and enjoy. The "break-in" period is real--just be sure to rebalance
the system after about 50 hours of listening. You'll be blown away! There is no better
system for the money available anywhere else. These really do compare to $1000+
systems. Much better imaging than Bose or other HTIB systems.

Thanks for the great discounted price and add-ons, Crutchfield!
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4 out of 5

Energy RC-Micro 5.1

Written By Andrew, Livonia, MI on Sunday, February 20, 2011
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The speakers went up OK. They don't work real well with the mounts I bought and
so I had to buy special screws to get the mounts to the speakers.

The sound so far is fantastic, especially when you consider the size. The
subwoofer is especially surprising.
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4 out of 5

Big sound in a small package

Written By gene, Gardiner, Maine on Sunday, February 20, 2011
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First I got a great deal on these from Crutchfield, their customer service is A+
and ordering and receiving the product was flawless. The Micro's arrived on time
and very well packed from the factory. The instructions were well written and
straight forward. The quality of construction is above excellent for their price
even if they were purchased at non sale prices. The sub even though 8" is
crafted excellent , clear and deep with the adjustable cross and volume makes
tweeking a snap. The satellites are small and look aesthetically great for a
living room. The center channel is clear and not much bigger than the
satellites. Now the sound starts a little bright but after the 50 hour break in,
they are great. The highs are clear /smooth and the mids are getting sweeter by the
as more time passes. Now I have read many reviews pertaining to this speaker set
for the music.....ADJUST your AVR.... If you are holding a window shaking ear
deafening Van Halen concert (they do come close) in a 20' x 20' living
room....no these are not for you- they are micros. But for action movies and
listening to rock music/ classical at VERY LOUD but clear levels these are great
(wife always telling me to turn them down). I am so impressed by Energy products
that i bought a set of cf30's towers to run the fronts(so i can have that living
room Van Halen concert) and took the set of satellites for a second zone in the
kitchen. They are worth the money
period.........
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4 out of 5

Energy RC-Micro 5.1

Written By pjh, Florida on Sunday, February 20, 2011
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Look very nice. Sound great. Well made. Only negatives are the spring connections on the
back of the small speakers, and the sub should have a detachable power cord.
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5 out of 5

Fast delivery, and great system

Written By JoeN, Dallas, TX on Sunday, February 13, 2011
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This is my first time order from Crutchfield, and I am very satisfied with the delivery, and
the product. I like the subwoofer output, and the speakers give enough sound for a
medium room. I am sure people can get a better system than this. But I am very happy
with the price that I pay for this system, and the quality is pretty decent.
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5 out of 5

Big sound from small speakers

Written By JohnT, Tucson, AZ on Sunday, February 13, 2011
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I was first led to the Energy Take Classics by reviews, which said the Klipsch set I had been considering was not in the same class as the Energy (made by Klipsch). Then I saw the Crutchfield video that covered both the Take Classics and Micro RCs. Since the reviewers expressed the view that the sound was similar (and had identical ratings on both sets) I decided to go smaller. I also figured out that the subwoofer that comes with the micro set seems to be the same as they sell as a separate, while the woofer with the TCs is not in their lineup separately. As I set them up and hooked them to a Denon 791 receiver, I was blown away by the huge sound out of these small boxes. It actually seems comparable to the sound produced by the JBL front towers with Bose 301 rears hooked to the identical model Denon in my other home.
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5 out of 5

Energy RC-Micro 5.1

Written By Anonymous, atlanta on Tuesday, February 08, 2011
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wow was i impressed forget about bose, these blew me away for a big family room
kitchen with big screen and blue reay...and rock and roll as well as jazz are perfect for
the size
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5 out of 5

Unbelieveable price!

Written By Anonymous, Tampa, FL. on Monday, February 07, 2011
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I couldn't believe it when I saw it. A system that sells for twice as much everywhere else is selling for this price at Crutchfield. Without a doubt there is NO better system you can buy for the money! Small package, but when it flexes its huge.
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5 out of 5

First "real" surround sound

Written By darkhorse13, St. Louis, MO on Monday, January 31, 2011
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I have never heard of Energy until I was referred to these speakers by an audiophile
friend and I am very happy with my decision. I told him that I wanted to build a system for
under $800, so I bought these speakers and a Denon AVR-1611 receiver. The
speakers themselves are a nice small size and look very contemporary with the black
gloss finish. They are light weight enough that they fit nicely on any type of speaker
stand or wall mounting.
Before I get to the sound quality, my listening room is roughly 12'x16' with a vaulted 12ft
ceiling. I have 14ga speaker wire running to all the speakers and a single RCA to the
sub. Coming from a HTIB system (LG brand 1000W), the first big difference is how
clear and prominent the center channel Energy speaker sounds. I was nervous about
its small size when I unpacked it, but it really delivers on clarity and room-filling sound.
The Energy speakers really work together well and deliver when the volume is cranked
up as well as when they are set to night time listening. The sub is small but still hits
hard during intense movie scenes (phase set to 180, and volume a touch over 1/2 way
up). My first impression when listening to the radio is that it's not going to shake the
house down like when watching a blu ray, but my living room isn't a dance club anyway.
Overall, the system has delivered on sound quality and great price.
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5 out of 5

Energy RC-Micro 5.1

Written By Kyle D, Torrington, CT on Thursday, January 27, 2011
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I was a little hesitant to order these speakers because I wanted my surround sound
speakers as much for music as for movies. Some reviews that I read voiced concerns
about the speakers straining at high volumes. Let me assure you that I can crank these
speakers to a level that feels "too loud" without any distortion whatsoever. Do not
hesistate to order these speakers, the sound AMAZING paired with my Denon AVR 1911.
NO complaints whatsoever, they almost disappear in the room.
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5 out of 5

Great speakers

Written By Jeff P, Nashville, TN on Thursday, January 27, 2011
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Speakers sound great. Package came quickly and was very well packaged. Great bass
response from sub for its size. It's nice to have a set of speakers that are so small. The
only problem I have is not with crutchfield - it's that energy doesn't seem to offer buying the
satellite speakers a la carte... I would like to turn this into a 7.1 speaker system eventually.
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5 out of 5

Big Sound Little Package

Written By Ant, Salem, NH on Tuesday, January 25, 2011
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Read a lot of reviews before getting these. Glad I pulled the trigger on these.
Needed small speakers but wanted quality sound and these deliver in all areas.
Great speaker sound and subwoofer is more than plenty for my 14' x 14' room.
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4 out of 5

Energy RC-Micro 5.1

Written By joseph, NYC on Monday, January 24, 2011
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the speakers are great, the sound is amazing and the piano finish is a definite plus.
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5 out of 5

Awesome speakers!

Written By Stan, Orem, UT on Thursday, January 20, 2011
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We love these speakers. Earlier we had tried using a large soundbar system
which sat underneath the TV and was very large and heavy and didn't require a
separate receiver. We couldn't tell the difference between that sound and the
TV. Our main goal was to hear dialogue better and to get a little bit of sound
effect for movies in a small family room area. These speakers ended up doing
the job perfectly. We can hear dialogue crystal clear now and on movies, it
sounds like we're at the theater.
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5 out of 5

Big Sound Small Footprint

Written By P&JT, Bardstown, KY on Tuesday, January 18, 2011
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Easy to connect, appreciate the small footprint of the speakers. For the price, we think this has wonderful sound and the sub-woofer resonates a richness that ties it all together. Would we buy it again for the price? Yes....but we got a great deal !!! The speakers are very glossy black and the finish can scratch (easily). If appearance is a consideration, then use caution; otherwise we're very very pleased.
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2 out of 5

We sent it back

Written By Fog H, Northern Oregon on Tuesday, January 18, 2011
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Just to tin sounding to me. The bass was very small and the speakers were in
cased in plastic not wood like they should be. We found a 7 speaker system in
cased in wood from Onkyo with double the size speakers for the same price. And
the bass was twice the size.
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5 out of 5

Energy RC-Micro 5.1

Written By Ravi, Cary, NC on Tuesday, January 18, 2011
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Sounds better than the Energy take 5.1 and Polk RM87, was thinking about this
v/s a mirage nanosat but I am glad I got this instead. Bass is a little weak for
me but the sounds are crystal throughout the range.
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5 out of 5

The perfect speaker system

Written By Rockee44, Conshohocken, pa on Monday, January 17, 2011
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For the $ there isn't a better speaker system out there. Have it hooked up to a 7 year old receiver and have been blown away by the sound. Highly recommend
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5 out of 5

AMAZING

Written By kayden07, south bend, in on Wednesday, January 12, 2011
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This sysytem is beyond amazing. I will admit when i first opened the box and hooked up
the speakers the sounds was good but not great; after the 50 hour break in(which
happened tonight)...AMAZING. I just got done listining to tons of 80's rock up to todays
music. You hear everything, the detail is insane, you hear it the way it was made to be
heard. Get this I have a very large room 27x17 still fills the room just fine. People you will
not get a better deal unless you pay upwards of 1000 dollars plus. Very even sound! The
sub is good not great though. For as small as the sub is, it kicks pretty good. Thats my
only down side to this system is that it does not massive bass but i also have a huge
room. You will not go wrong with the energy rc micros. My hats off to the folks over there
at energy!
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5 out of 5

Amazing speaker system

Written By Sam, Bloomfield hills, Mi on Wednesday, December 15, 2010
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What a great system. Personally I always felt it was a good idea to buy speakers that are
matched , with regards to timbre. With a surround system package, you wont have to
worry about that.

I've had these for about one year, and have been very impressed. The quality and clarity
are great. The construction and the appearance are really good as well.

If there is anything wrong with this system, is that it may sound a bit weak for large
rooms. I have a small to medium sized room, but the ceilings are pretty high (20ft). And
even with that extra space these speakers are still great.

With all that said...keep in mind that these speakers are pretty cheap with regards to
price....and the company didnt cut any corners at all. You really get more for your dollar in
regards to performance and quality compared to other systems. Practically a steal.
hopefully they dont raise it...
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4 out of 5

Energy RC-Micro 5.1

Written By DDB, Pittsburgh, PA on Monday, November 22, 2010
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This is a totally awesome speaker system. I plugged it into my Denon 591 and it
simply worked without any hassles. The kids love it my wife is even happy since
we replaced an older Bose Lifestyle system and were able to reclaim the space
the accustomast system took up. I'll never go back to a home theater in a box system
again.
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3 out of 5

Energy RC-Micro 5.1

Written By JJ, Waltham MA on Monday, November 22, 2010
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Why do they call it Reference if it does not sound close to reference? Reference speakers are supposed to bring out more detail than these speakers are capable of.

That said, for the money I paid and the size of it these are pretty good speakers. They do have a big soundstage but fail to offer the dramatic home theater experience as promised by Energy. The main reason for this is most of the power comes out through the center channel and since it is such a small speaker it cannot reproduce it. Speech comes out good but all other effects do not.

People who are looking for explosive home theater will be dissapointed with this set up but it is small and can be placed just about any where.

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5 out of 5

My first great 5.1 speakers!

Written By Guillermo A., Chicago, IL on Wednesday, November 17, 2010
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I love these speakers! I bought the speakers after reading a review about how great the quality the sound was coming from such tiny satellites. The sound is clear and pure and powerful. Not only that but they look extremely nice in my relatively small living room. Not too bulky or unsightly. Just perfect.
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5 out of 5

Energy RC-Micro 5.1

Written By Anonymous, menomonie,wi on Thursday, November 11, 2010
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a very impressive system,regardless of size. the bonus is the small, but
beautiful speakers. i was "over ruled" and had to replace my "way to big for the
room" system, made up of PSB towers, mirage sub and Bose rears. the Energy
system is very well balanced, and despite all the rave reviews, still surprised
me with quality of sound
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5 out of 5

Great Deal!

Written By Anonymous, Indianapolis, IN on Wednesday, November 10, 2010
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I have had my Energy RC-Micro 5.1 speakers for about a month now. I am still in the "break in" period, so I haven't made all of my final adjustments yet. With that said, I have been really pleased with the sound quality of these little speakers. They look great and sound better. I have them connected through a Pioneer receiver, and have tested them using the following sources: TV, DVD, Blu-ray, ipod, and radio. They all sound great. This, combined with the pricing I got from Crutchfield, made this an
absolutely great purchase.
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5 out of 5

Powerfull and Well-balanced

Written By Anonymous, Youngstoen, Ohio on Thursday, November 04, 2010
 
Incredible speakers. Even if i would have paid 500 dollars, I couln't have been more
happy. Purchased a great Onxyo receiver and my home theater is complete. I am very
picky and researched for months. Do not hesitate...
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4 out of 5

Energy RC-Micro 5.1

Written By Mahear, Anchorage, AK on Thursday, October 21, 2010
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This is a very tiny and clean looking speaker system with a very accurate and tight sound. The bass performs its job very well with plenty of power to spare. This would be a five star rating based on sound, but I had an issue with the RCA outlet on the back of the subwoofer. After about a day or two my sub stopped working so I inspected the situation and found that it would only work when I pushed and held the RCA cord firmly in place to the back of the sub. I tried other RCA cords, but still the same situation. Luckily crutchfield has amazing customer service and I had another system shipped out to me within the same day. If you want a very discrete system with an amazing sound then this is the one.
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5 out of 5

Great Speakers for Price

Written By Bedroom Set, Plantation, Florida on Thursday, October 14, 2010
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These speakers are great!! I can't say anything more about them.. They are clear and have a nice kick.. Energy highly recommends "breaking in" the speakers for 50 hours and that makes a HUGE difference... Don't go cheap on the speaker wires and you will be golden... I have these set up in the Master Room... and they work great!! Don't think about it and just get them... Only qualm with the set is on some medias the bass (small 8" sub) isn't as powerful as hoped for.. So get this set and if it isn't powerful enough get another sub... At this price it's STILL a GREAT deal just for the speakers. Hope this helps!
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5 out of 5

Perfect for small rooms.

Written By Fred, Woodbridge,VA on Friday, October 01, 2010
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I consider myself to be very frugal and I absolutely hate the feeling of buyer's remorse. I
researched these speakers to no end. When I finally decided to get them, I still hesitated but, I
eventually pulled the trigger.

I don't normally do product reviews but, this set of speakers deserves it.

The satelites are crisp, clean, and detailed. You won't shake the pictures off the wall with the
sub but, it gives up more unmuddled bottom end than you would expect. If you adjust the
crossover properly, the sub blends right in.

I'm in a townhouse so, high volume levels are not a concern for me. Good sound and efficient
use of space IS a concern. And this system brings it. Everytme I listen to these speakers, I'm
amazed with the clarity and spaciousness of the sound. I would recommend these to anyone
who enjoys good sound and is not concerned with how loud their system can get.
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5 out of 5

Great surround sound for smaller spaces

Written By ThomasM, MN on Thursday, September 30, 2010
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These speakers are perfect for my Condo home theater. They are definitely capable of producing sound much larger than their physical appearance suggests, and the black lacquer finish is beautiful. They sound great for movies and fine for casual music listening too. The sub is adequate, though it will not provide earth-shaking low frequency effects (my neighbors are probably thankful for this.) Crutchfield states it is 60 watts RMS but Energy claims 240 watts (unspecified standard, I am guessing they are measuring peak output).
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