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JBL E30 vs. Infinity Primus 150

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#1 of 7 OFFLINE   David-C



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Posted May 26 2005 - 06:54 AM

My question is simple... which is better? E30 or Primus 150?

Also, I just bought a JBL EC35 center speaker. I had planned to get E30 for my front speakers. Would the Primus 150 work well (i.e. timber match) with the EC35? Or should I just stick with the original plan and get E30?

The reason I ask is that a friend offered me his Primus 150 (new in box) for $100/pr. So I am tempted.

#2 of 7 OFFLINE   AlbertD


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Posted May 26 2005 - 08:20 AM

Neither. Its a matter of taste. I have a pair of Infinity Primus 150's in my bedroom that I play LOUD. At that price point, they are pretty much throw away speakers so I can abuse them and not worry. I have different speakers in my HT media room.

I will say that they, the 150's, take everything I throw at them and sound pretty decent. I use them connected to my receiver and CD player to practice guitar to. Bass is almost nonexistant, but they sound all right and are rock solid.

#3 of 7 OFFLINE   MikeyWeitz


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Posted May 26 2005 - 08:30 AM

Go with the E30's to match.
Even beter a pair of E50's if you can swing the $260 for the pair.

#4 of 7 OFFLINE   Jonathan Dagmar

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Posted May 26 2005 - 04:03 PM

The 150s are marginally better than the E30s, IMO. Have you read the sterophile review? http://stereophile.c...ws/404infinity/

Personally I think that the entire Infinity Primus line represents about the best "budget" speakers around. And if you ask me, these days budget speakers are often hard to differentiate from non-budget speakers, except for the fact that they don't usually have the good looks to match the sound.

That said, if the rest fo your speakers are JBL northridge, id be inclined to keep them all matched.

#5 of 7 OFFLINE   Rob White

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Posted December 29 2005 - 02:55 PM


Just stumbled on this post. I'm at the same spot in my decision making, but I'm thinking about maybe the Infinity 160's instead of the 150's.

So does anyone have any further thoughts?

Thanks in advance,
Have a great day!

#6 of 7 OFFLINE   John S

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Posted December 30 2005 - 02:49 AM

I like the e30's better myself. But it is a matter of taste at these price points for sure.

#7 of 7 OFFLINE   Jonathan T.

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Posted May 21 2007 - 05:10 PM

Having listened to the JBLs and in the infinity's side by side many times, I can say with confidence that the Infinity are noticeably better, but probably only side by side. If you were starting from scratch I would say infinity all the way, since you aren't I'm inclined to recommend you stick with the JBL line...

BTW, I have owned the primus 160s for several years, and they definitely are amazing for the money, and sound a fair bit fuller than the 150s, which are not bad by any means.