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EMP Tek Impression Series 5.1 Channel Bookshelf Home Theater Speaker Package

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EMP Tek Impression Series 5.1 Channel Bookshelf Home Theater Package - Front View - Grill On

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Finding home theater speakers that sound great, look great with your home decor, and priced right, is not always easy. If you are looking for new set of loudspeakers for your home theater, you might want to check out the stylish and great sounding EMP Tek Impression 5.1 Home Theater Package. The system consists of an E5Ci center channel speaker, four E5Bi compact bookshelf speakers for left and right main and surrounds, and an ES10i 100 watt powered subwoofer. How did it all come together? Keep on reading. For additional perspective and close-up look, also check out my Short Review and Photo Gallery.

Product Overview

Product Overview - E5Ci Center Channel Speaker

1. Frequency Response: 60Hz-20kHz ±3dB

2. Sensitivity: 87dB (represents how loud the speaker is at a distance of one meter with an input of one watt).

3. Impedance: 6 ohms (can be used with amplifiers that have 8 ohm speaker connections).

4. Power Handling: 50-120 watts RMS (continuous power).

5. Drivers: Woofer/Midrange Dual 4-inch (aluminized Poly-matrix), Tweeter 1-inch (Fabric Dome).

6. Crossover Frequency: 3,000 Hz (3Khz).

7. Dimensions: 21 3/4" Wide x 7 1/4” High x 7 3/4” Deep.

8. Weight: 11.1 lbs each (not including optional stand weight).

9. Finish: High-gloss Red Burl or High-gloss Black Ash

10. Can be mounted on optional stand.

Product Overview - EMP Tek E5Bi Compact Bookshelf Speaker (mains and surrounds)

1. Frequency Response: 60Hz-20kHz ±3dB.

2. Sensitivity: 85 dB (represents how loud the speaker is at a distance of one meter with an input of one watt).

3. Impedance: 6 ohms (can be used with amplifiers that have 8 ohm speaker connections)

4. Power Handling: 50-100 Watts RMS (continuous power).

5. Drivers: Woofer/Midrange 5 1/4-inch (aluminized Poly-matrix), Tweeter 1-inch (Fabric Dome).

6. Crossover Frequency: 3,000 Hz (3Khz)

7. Dimensions: 6 7/8” Wide x 12 3/4" High x 8” Deep

8. Weight: 7.5 lbs each (not including optional stand weight).

9. Finish: High-gloss Red Burl or High-gloss Black Ash

10. Can be mounted on optional stand.

Product Overview - EMP Tek ES10i Powered Subwoofer

EMP Tek E5Ci Center Channel Speaker - Front View - Grill On

EMP Tek E5Ci Center Channel Speaker - Front View - Grill On

Photo (c) Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com
1. Driver: Front firing 10-inch Diameter With Poly-matrix Cone with Downfiring port for added bass extension.

2. Frequency Response: 35Hz to 180Hz

3. Phase: 0 or 180 degrees (synchronizes the in-out motion of sub speaker with in-out motion of other speakers in system).

4. Amplifier Type: Class A/B - 100 Watts Continuous Output Capability

5. Crossover Frequency (frequencies below this point are passed to the subwoofer): 40-180Hz, continuously variable.

6. Power On/Off: Two-way Master switch and three position on/auto/off activation switch.

7. Dimensions: 14 1/8" Wide x 15" High x 16 1/4" Deep.

8. Weight: 27 lbs.

9. Connections: RCA Line ports (left/right inputs - for single connection you can use either), Speaker Level i/o ports

10. Available Finishes: High-gloss Red Burl or High-gloss Black Ash.

Additional Hardware Used in This Review

Home Theater Receivers: Onkyo TX-SR705, Harman Kardon AVR147, and Sherwood Newcastle R-972 (on review loan from Sherwood).

DVD player: Oppo Digital DV-980H.

Blu-ray Disc Players: OPPO Digital BDP-83 and Sony BDP-S350

CD-Only Players: Denon DCM-370 and Technics SL-PD888 5-Disc Changers.

Loudspeaker System 1: 2 Klipsch F-2's, 2 Klipsch B-3s, Klipsch C-2 Center .

Loudspeaker System 2: 2 JBL Balboa 30's, JBL Balboa Center Channel, 2 JBL Venue Series 5-inch Monitor speakers.

Powered Subwoofers used: Klipsch Synergy Sub10 - used with Systems 1. and Polk Audio PSW10 - System 2.

TV/Monitor: A Westinghouse Digital LVM-37w3 1080p LCD Monitor.

Audio/Video connections were made with Accell, and Cobalt cables.

16 Gauge Speaker Wire was used in all setups.

Level checks for speaker setups were done using a Radio Shack Sound Level Meter

Software Used

EMP Tek E5Bi Compact Bookshelf Speaker - Grill On

EMP Tek E5Bi Compact Bookshelf Speaker - Grill On

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Standard DVDs used included scenes from the following: House of the Flying Daggers, The Cave, Kill Bill - Vol1/2, V For Vendetta, U571, Lord of Rings Trilogy, Master and Commander, and U571

Blu-ray Discs used included scenes from the following: 300, Across The Universe, Godzilla (1998), Hairspray, Iron Man, Night at the Museum, UP, Rush Hour 3, Shakira - Oral Fixation Tour, The Dark Knight, and Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen.

For audio only, various CDs included: HEART - Dreamboat Annie, Nora Jones - Come Away With Me, Lisa Loeb - Firecracker, Blue Man Group - The Complex, Eric Kunzel - 1812 Overture, Joshua Bell - Bernstein - West Side Story Suite.

DVD-Audio discs included: Queen - Night At The Opera/The Game, Eagles - Hotel California, and Medeski, Martin, and Wood - Uninvisible, Sheila Nicholls - Wake.

SACD discs used included: Pink Floyd - Dark Side Of The Moon, Steely Dan - Gaucho, The Who - Tommy.

Content on CD-R/RWs was also used.

Proceed to Page 2 - Evaluation and Final Take

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