Any news on the Infinity Beta's

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  1. James Sarno

    James Sarno Stunt Coordinator

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    Just wondering....
    Has anyone heard anything on the Beta's
    ...pics,specs,rumors...whatever.
    I think they were making a appearance this month @ the CES.

    Prices are dropping on the Alpha's and I'm tempted...
    But I want to see some kind of review or something on these new speakers.

    Any Info is appreciated
    ...Thanks
     
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    I didn't think the Alphas or the Kappas were all that impressive compared to previous models. Maybe the new ones will sound better.
     
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    Hi John,

    How would you discribe the sound of both lines? Feel free to go into great detail. [​IMG]
     
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    I compared only the bookshelf speakers, since that was what I normally look at. I really liked the IL10 bookshelf, and thought the Alpha10 would sound as good, but I found it to be a little less full sounding, and a little thin in the upper midrange. Both auditioned with Onkyo receivers.

    The Kappa bookshelf had a wonderful tweeter that is well crossed over, and I've always liked the highs of the higher Infinity speakers (have Kappas in my car), but the midrange sounded muddy or muffled - it seemed to be struggling to go lower than it was capable of. That may not be the case with the floorstanders, but I was not impressed with this particular model (I forget which, but I believe there's only one bookshelf). I auditioned the Kappas with a very nice Pioneer Elite hires player with my own SACD and a B&K ref50 in a soundroom at a higher end store, and I adjusted the speakers a few times to suit the room because I thought the placement might have been affecting them, but they retained that character. I listened to the NHT M6 and M5 in the same store with lesser equipment and was much more impressed, though they are on the bright side.
     
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    Thx John for your thoughts. [​IMG]
     
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    I have been listening to the Beta 20's for a week now and they are very full and sweet sounding. They sound much better than the IL20 & Alpha 20.
     
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    I saw a pair of Beta 50s at Circuit City this past week. The grilles were solid plastic with thousands of holes drilled through them.

    I guess I wasn't a fan of the grilles and didn't pay too much attention to the speakers because they were a bit out of my price league. Plus, CC didn't have the other Beta speakers (e.g. center channel) so it seemed kind of like a moot point to listen to the speakers, get partially excited about the sound and then get disappointed when you realized they don't have all the models on the floor yet.
     

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