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
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: TempestAudioAZ@gmail.com , and please put ENERGY CC-10 in the subject line. Thank you!