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Fluance ES1 Surround and Center Channel Conclusion

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3 Channel SetupThe Fluance ES1 center channel and surround speakers function very well for home theater when coupled with a high quality subwoofer.  They are very capable of loud playback levels without strain.  The exterior fit and finish are excellent at this price point.  Coupled with the ES1 pillar loudspeaker, the center channel and surrounds provide a visually seamless 5-channel home theater system at an attractive price.  The build quality is on the very high side for this price point.  The cabinets can easily be wall mounted and are pretty compact.

While the ES1 center and surrounds work for music, their strength is definitely home theater.  The center channel is capable of clear dialog reproduction despite the high mid-woofer to tweeter crossover point of 13kHz.  With a subwoofer the ES1 center channel and surround speakers provide a very good movie watching experience without breaking the bank.

 

 

Fluance ES1 Surround and Center Channel Review

MSRP: $220/pair surround & $120 center


For more information, check out the Fluance ES Loudspeaker Product Page

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Recent Forum Posts:

gene posts on September 19, 2013 22:18
Pruis, post: 989301
Thanks for posting this review of the ES1 center and surrounds. I'm considering the 5.0 ES1 setup for HT, so this review is of particular interest.

The posted SPL versus frequency plot appears to be identical to the ES1 towers, and I suspect this is incorrect. The center speaker sensitivity was noted to be 84.6dB between 300 and 3kHz, but the provided graph indicates the sensitivity stays above 85dB over nearly the entirety of the suggested frequency band.

Great catch on the Frequency Response graph. I just fixed it but give it about 20 min for the page to cache out. Thanks!
Pruis posts on September 19, 2013 20:36
Thanks for posting this review of the ES1 center and surrounds. I'm considering the 5.0 ES1 setup for HT, so this review is of particular interest.

The posted SPL versus frequency plot appears to be identical to the ES1 towers, and I suspect this is incorrect. The center speaker sensitivity was noted to be 84.6dB between 300 and 3kHz, but the provided graph indicates the sensitivity stays above 85dB over nearly the entirety of the suggested frequency band.
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