Thursday, July 28, 2011

Energy CC-10

The Energy CC-10 is the top center speaker for the Energy Connoisseur Series.  It is built to fit in a set with any of the CF towers (CF-30, CF-50, CF-70), or any of the CB bookshelf speakers (CB-5, CB-10, CB-20), although it looks better with the CB-10 and CB-20, as it has the same style woofers.

The CC-10 sports a hyperbolic aluminum 1" dome tweeter that clearly plays even the shrillest of notes and compliments the two woofers that are placed on either side of it beautifully.  We found music, especially those with woodwind instruments, to hit the notes with perfection and still maintain harmony with the lower frequencies emitted from the woofers.

Two silver 5-1/2" fiberglass woofers grace the front, giving the black speaker a very modern and powerful appearance.  The woofers use Energy's Ribbed Elliptical Surround technology, which drastically reduces distortion.  Working together, the woofers can achieve a much greater range of frequencies than in our other tested center from the Energy Take Classic 5.1 system (we will be testing out the CC-5 soon for those wanting a smaller center channel).

Since the CC-10 is dual ported (both ports are on the backside of the speaker), it is best to find proper placement for this speaker to get the best results.  Placing this speaker in a cubby, or against/near a wall may cause an echo or "boomy" sound during use.  We recommend having at least 6 inches between the back of the speaker and any surface (wall, entertainment unit, home decor), and not placing it in nooks or enclosed shelves.

For several brands of AV Receivers, there is an option in the setup/menu to change the characteristic and bass output of each/all speaker(s).  Here at Tempest Audio, we found that this speaker performed best when set to SMALL.  Since this speaker's main job is to relay speech, setting it to LARGE has a few consequences.  First off, it increases the bass output which causes more expelled from the ports causing the aforementioned echo or boomy noise.  Secondly, we felt it sacrificed the overall potential frequency range, especially during vocals in music material.

The Energy CC-10 has a beautiful black ash finish for the cabinet, but sports a glossy black face, if you choose to remove the grill.  This speaker was clearly built to look great regardless of the grill being on or off, and removing the grill is easy, so adjust to your personal taste.  (All other CF towers and CB bookshelf speakers have removable grills as well, allowing you to have a matching system.)

The MSRP for this speaker is set at $300, making it an affordable choice for center channel in any Energy CF/CB setup.

For those of you new to home theater, please know that to obtain the best results, and to create a coordinated system, we suggest having your center and front left/right speakers be of the same speaker family and series (e.g. Energy CC-10 center channel with Energy CF-70 towers).  Rear and surround speakers can be of the same make or series, but is not necessary.


Dimensions (in inches)-
HxWxD   =   7.1 x 19.7 x 9.9

Weight: 17.4 lbs. speaker alone
              20.5 lbs. speaker in package

Frequency Resonse: 60Hz - 20kHz

Recommended Amplifier Power: 20-200 watts

Sensitivity: 92dB

Inputs: 5-way gold plated binding posts

Included in package are rubber bumpers and manual.

If you have any questions about this speaker, please feel free to e-mail us at: , and please put ENERGY CC-10 in the subject line.  Thank you!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Energy Speakers

Making my way into the world of audiophiles was a crazy and wonderful time for me.  Being hard of hearing, there was alot I didn't catch through my television speakers.  Then I came to realize through others that they too couldn't understand some dialogue in movies (i.e whispering, people talking off-screen, etc.), or would miss a crucial sound effect in a movie or show.

I bought my first sound system, a home theater in a box (HTIB) 7 years ago.  It was a Philips 5.1 system and at the time I thought they sounded great.  Don't get me wrong, it got the job done in my smaller room and was a HUGE step up from television speakers.   

After recently looking into Energy speakers, I really was impressed with the design, style, and, now that I own several of them, the sound.  This blog is here for anyone looking to purchase Energy speakers or are looking for REAL, tested reviews and specifications.  When I was shopping for certain speakers I kind of had to just take a "leap of faith" because there were not many reviews (and even less that were credible).  Hopefully this helps.  If you have any questions on any of the speakers reviewed here, or would like to know where to get the best deal on them, feel free to e-mail us at:

We look forward to answering any questions you may have, and hope you the best audio experience possible with your Energy speakers!

Reviews to come over the next few days!  Stay tuned.

Sunday, July 10, 2011


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