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EMP ECA-4 & ECA-44 Compact Satellite Speaker System Review

by January 16, 2008
EMP 5.1 System

EMP 5.1 System

  • Product Name: EMP ECA-4 & ECA-44 Compact Satellite Speaker
  • Manufacturer: Engineered Music Products
  • Performance Rating: StarStarStarStar
  • Value Rating: StarStarStarStarStar
  • Review Date: January 16, 2008 16:03
  • MSRP: $ 729 for 5 speakers & sub (4 ECA-4s, 1 ECA-44, 1 e10S)
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ECA-4 / ECA-44

  • Style:                            Compact Speaker
  • Power Handling:             50-100 watts
  • Woofer:                         4" Aluminum Driver
  • Tweeter:                        1" Soft Dome Tweeter
  • Sensitivity:                    85 dB
  • Video Shielding:             Yes
  • Frequency Response:    100 Hz - 20 kHz
  • Impedance:                   8 Ohms
  • Dimensions:                  7 1/4" H x 5" W x 4 1/2" D
  • Weight:                         4 lbs
  • Availability:                    Sold in Pairs  


ECA-44

  • Style:                            Compact Speaker
  • Power Handling:             50-120 watts
  • Woofer:                         Dual 4" Aluminum Drivers
  • Tweeter:                        1" Soft Dome Tweeter
  • Sensitivity:                    88 dB
  • Video Shielding:             Yes
  • Frequency Response:    100 Hz - 20 kHz
  • Impedance:                   4 Ohms
  • Dimensions:                  5" H x 11 3/4" W x 4 1/2" D
  • Weight:                         8 lbs
  • Availability:                    Sold as Each

Pros

  • A lot of sound in a small compact design
  • Easy to install
  • Great value

Cons

  • Limited bass extension requires high crossover and careful sub placement
  • Need a decent receiver due to low sensitivity
  • Pricey brackets and mounting stands

Introduction

This is a must have solution for any application requiring a compact clutter free and inconspicuously mounted installation. For a limited time, EMP is extending more than 50% off their MSRP plus FREE shipping which makes this system even more attractive and a very uncommon value. So basically $729 gets you 5 high performance compact satellite speakers and their new high power compact e10S subwoofer. This is a “cubed speaker system” killer for well under $1k.

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Recent Forum Posts:

ponking posts on January 31, 2010 04:47
I love these speaker

ponking, post: 652505
Check out this system. It retails for $1,100 but I got it for $189 and the sale is still going on. Do your homework. It is a really nice 5.1 system for the price. Dont buy a crappy system in a box. Check it out and you will agree that this package is awesome. go to Emptek website

Hi, Its Ponking again. I got the system around Christmas with Pioneer VSX-1090ah-k. I love watching my Blue rays. the beginning scene in the Terminator is sick (Gen X lingo meaning awesome). The sound out of these speaker is gets better and better. The price has gone up since i bought the package but in my opionion, still worth it.
prospectm posts on December 03, 2009 17:16
I was thinking about jumping on the $250 deal, but was a bit afraid because of the huge price drop.
ozmedia posts on November 30, 2009 11:46
Online RBH sales

Seth=L, post: 359203
Just curious, will RBH allow AH to sell their products here?

NO. RBH is very strict against online sales of RBH branded speakers, that's why they have EMP. One of thier staff spends time every week digging through Craigslist and EBay for grey market resellers and getting thier ads canned.
KEW posts on November 28, 2009 11:01
ponking, post: 652505
Check out this system. It retails for $1,100 but I got it for $189 and the sale is still going on. Do your homework. It is a really nice 5.1 system for the price. Dont buy a crappy system in a box. Check it out and you will agree that this package is awesome. go to Emptek website

I had the same confusion. I believe the system you ordered has the CSS100:
http://www.emptek.com/cs100_specials.php

The reviewed system with the ECA-4 series is $249:
http://www.emptek.com/eca_special.php

The only obvious visual difference is the notch in the middle of the center speaker.
The specs are very similar.
ponking posts on November 28, 2009 04:03
Buy an ES10iB Impression Series Powered Subwoofer and

Check out this system. It retails for $1,100 but I got it for $189 and the sale is still going on. Do your homework. It is a really nice 5.1 system for the price. Dont buy a crappy system in a box. Check it out and you will agree that this package is awesome. go to Emptek website
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