Energy Connoisseur C-2 loudspeaker

Against the B&W DM602
The occasional comments above comparing the C-2 with the Energy Veritas v2.8 are (hopefully) interesting, but where does the C-2 stand in comparison with something nearer to it in price and size. To determine this, I compared it with the B&W DM602 (reviewed by Steven Stone in the Fall 1996 issue—Vol.2 No.3—of the Stereophile Guide to Home Theater). In almost every particular I preferred the Energy. Its top end was sweeter, yet even more pristinely detailed, its bass went noticeably deeper, its midbass and midrange had more natural warmth.

Much of this, of course, is dependent on the setup and the room; the position used for the pair of B&Ws was identical to that used for the C-2s. While it is possible that a nearer wall position would better suit the ‘602s, by warming up the sound to better balance their too-crisp top, the playing field was level. (The lean sound of the B&Ws in my room surprised me, since JA’s measurements on the ‘602s indicate a somewhat elevated midbass response.) On the other hand, the B&W is considerably more sensitive than the C-2 and $150/pair cheaper. The DM602 performed well, but did not, for me, transcend its price. The Energy C-2 did.

Description: Two-way, reflex-loaded, stand-mounted loudspeaker. Drive-units: 1″ aluminum-dome tweeter, 6.5″ woofer with injection-molded, aluminum/polypropylene cone. Crossover frequency: 1.8kHz. Frequency response: 40Hz–25kHz ±3dB. Sensitivity: 88dB/W/m, anechoic. Nominal impedance: 8 ohms (4.5 ohms, minimum). Recommended amplifier power: 30–130Wpc.
Dimensions: 17.75″ H by 9.7″ W by 9.75″ D. Weight: 38 lbs/pair.
Serial numbers of units reviewed: 005866/7, 009248/9.
Price: $700US /pair