Energy RC-Micro 5.1
Manufacturer: Energy Speaker Systems Part number: CNETENERGYRCMICRO
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CNET editors' review
price range: $349.00 - $349.99
- Reviewed by: Steve Guttenberg
- Edited by: John Falcone
- Reviewed on: 11/10/2008
- Released on: 10/15/2008
The good: Beautifully finished, piano black 5.1 channel home theater speaker package with five incredibly tiny, two-way satellites matched with an outstanding 8-inch, 240-watt powered subwoofer; excellent sound quality, especially considering the small size.
The bad: The speakers' spring connectors accept only the skinniest bare-wire ends or pins; may strain at very high volumes.
The bottom line: The Energy Speakers RC-Micro 5.1 speaker system delivers superb sound quality from incredibly tiny speakers.
Phenomenal sound. Beautiful finish. High WAF rating.
by erockg on March 2, 2010
Pros: Well-balanced sound stage from tiny form factor. Elegant, Piano-black, glossy finish. No shame in this 8" subwoofer. Pairs well with existing receiver (Onkyo, in my case). Chose over Bose. High-end sound at entry-level price.
Cons: Energy doesn't sell Micro speakers separately (e.g. 6.1, 7.1 or bookshelf). Subwoofer doesn't shake the house.
Summary: I had Polk Audio RTi8s w/ CS10. They looked cool and shattered windows, but required high volume to achieve optimal performance. I was skeptical that great sound can be had ...
Summary: I had Polk Audio RTi8s w/ CS10. They looked cool and shattered windows, but required high volume to achieve optimal performance. I was skeptical that great sound can be had without large speakers, refused to pay Bose prices and wanted to preserve previous investments in my receiver and Blu-ray player.
Most importantly, I needed to balance sound quality, with a 23x26 living room, with high WAF rating and rambunctious toddlers. I should also say that I'm both a technical person (high-tech consulting) and musician, so I like to study feature/function and appreciate good sound.
Cnet has a great review of this product, so I won't spend much time here. What I will say is that I have been very happy with these speakers with regards to my goals stated above. The speakers are small, so people wanting to blow out windows or vibrate with inaudible subwoofer pounding should look elsewhere. That said, these speakers sound and feel much bigger than what meets the eye.
We listen to music, play Wii and watch TV and movies. These speakers are paired with an Onkyo TX-SR800 receiver, Samsung Blu-ray, Vizio SV472XVT and Comcast Cable. All but the sub are enclosed in a mission-style armoire that can be closed when we don't want our entertainment system to be the center of attention.
I've cranked these speakers as far as is comfortable with no audible distortion. They performed well with a roomful of adults and screaming children during the Super Bowl. In reality, though, these speakers do their best at low, subtle volumes, when the kids are asleep upstairs but I still want a full sound stage.
I paid $600 for these from www.vanns.com.
3 out of 3 users found this user opinion helpful.
great speakers great price
by joe136a on May 25, 2011
Pros: Great for my small living room home theater Sony 1010 LG590 and the energy speakers music and movies are great paired with old cambridge suround II I use for rear suround
Cons: none I have found as yet
Great Set Love it
by Bensoncromwell on February 24, 2011
Pros: Build quality is outstanding clarity is superb and the sub is clean and deep
Cons: Small speakers. They look nice but one of the qualities of small speakers is a lack of mid range. Though the speakers lack mid range the great sub definitely will pick it up.
Summary: I ordered this set after a fair amount of research. They wound up on top for the price range and overall customer satisfaction. They have a very high quality finish. ...
Summary: I ordered this set after a fair amount of research. They wound up on top for the price range and overall customer satisfaction. They have a very high quality finish. They have amazing clarity, and the sub woofer is a great performer for only being 60w RMS 8". They 240w peak must be what makes it hit so hard. We have a medium to small size room and I have the sub set up front and not in a corner. Even with the terrible placement of the sub it still fills the room with bass. The bass is clean and deep, without that annoying rumble, but it is just not enough to make your teeth rattle. My wife will disagree with me on that point. She makes me turn the bass down on a regular basis.
Small but effective.
by reggieburris on January 25, 2011
Pros: Clear sounds; voices are life-like; crisp highs; subwoofer made just for this system and delivers deep bass you have to hear to believe.
Cons: Sometimes bass overwhelms system but that is mostly because of different sound levels from cable provider.
Summary: After reading about this system on CNET and considering the Mirage Nanosat, Mirage MX-1 and Energy Take Classic 5.1, I chose this system. Since it is in the Klipsch ...
Summary: After reading about this system on CNET and considering the Mirage Nanosat, Mirage MX-1 and Energy Take Classic 5.1, I chose this system. Since it is in the Klipsch family and I have the Klipsch HD Theater 500, which I absolutely love, I purchased this system for a steal. I decided to purchase this system because it is smaller than the Take Classic and cheaper than the Mireage Nanoset systems.
I am pushing this system with a Yamaha RX-667 and it is a match made in heaven. I have this system in a small room (my den) and the subwoofer fills the room adequately.
I replaced a Bose VCS-30 setup with additional Bose 161's and Polk Audio RM8's as rear surrounds. The Micros are head and shoulders above the Bose system.
The highs and mids are distinct and the crossover from the subwoofer is seamless. The center channel module moves unless to put some sticky tape on it.
I have the speakers plus the Polk RM8's mounted on Omnimount and Atlantic Satelitte speaker stands.
I am glad I read the reviews from this website and other websites because I am very happy with the purchase My HDT 500 system has loder highs and lower bass but this system has a more natural sound.
This is a must buy especially if you have a small to medium room to fill.
- Manufacturer: Energy Speaker Systems
- Part number: CNETENERGYRCMICRO
- Description: RC-Micro is the most compact collection of high-tech components - satellites, subwoofer and center channel. Though small, this system packs a big wallop inside their great looking high-gloss cabinets. RC-Micro proves beyond doubt that small can still be powerful. And, it shatters any illusions about packaged home theater systems, you won't get better performance, or better looks, even if you buy individual pieces. The RC-Micro 5.1 home theater speaker system delivers lifelike performance from your favorite games and movies, with their screaming aluminum cone tweeters to the massive bottom end provided by the woofers and the sub, which features a Ribbed Elliptical surround for great bass extension. Keyhole slots and threaded inserts let you choose how and where to place your speakers.
- Audio system type Speaker system
- System configuration 5.1-channel
- Speakers included 4 x Satellite speakers,
1 x Center speaker,
1 x Subwoofer
- Color High-gloss black
- Additional Features Satellite magnetic shield
- Amplification type Active subwoofer, passive satellites
- Woofer size (inches) 0.5 in,
- Recommended amplifier power 20 - 100 Watt
- Crossover frequency 40 - 150Hz,
- Connectivity Wired
- Detachable grilles Yes
- Connector type Audio line-in,
- Driver details Satellite speaker : 1 x Tweeter driver - 0.5 in - Aluminum,
Satellite speaker : 1 x Woofer driver - 2.5 in - Aluminum
- Driver details Subwoofer : 1 x Subwoofer driver - 8" - Ribbed Elliptical Surround
- Driver details Center channel speaker : 1 x Tweeter driver - 0.5" - Aluminum,
Center channel speaker : 1 x Woofer driver - 2.5" - Aluminum
- Power device Power supply
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- Manufacturer:Energy Speaker Systems
- Phone: 1-866-441-8208