How does Infinity compare to other speakers

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  1. Aslam Imran

    Aslam Imran Second Unit

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    I would like to get some opinions on how Infinity speakers stack up to the other speakers in terms of sound quality: overall and in terms of timbre. I dont hear a lot of discussions about them on this forum. I have a set of Infinity RS4's (now the Entra line) for my fronts hooked up to a Denon 3801. I like the sound of them but was wondering how are they in terms of sound quality (warm/bright) when compared to, say, Klipsch, Paradigm, Boston, Polk, etc. Would you characterize them as warm or bright in general?

    Thanks for the opinions.
     
  2. Bob McElfresh

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    I was told by a salesman that Infinity speakers tend to be "warm". Good for classical/jazz. Not as forward/in-your-face for rap/rock like Klipsch.
     
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    I have Infinity speakers all around: Overture 3s for the mains, CC3 for the center, QPS1 for the 4 surrounds and HPS1000 for the sub. I find them to be more revealing (though less bright than the Klipsch) than some DCMs and Def Techs that I have heard. All in all though I have found them to be very pleasant to the ear. If I had to do it all over again, I'd probably buy them again (and I guess that says a lot!)!!
     
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    if it means anything, the oldest equipment in my setup are my Infinity Sterling 2002 bookshelf mains. They are now powered by a H/K AVR 320, and still sound better than ever before. I auditioned some NHT Super One and Super Twos and some Paradigm somethings, and stuck with the Infinitys as they sound 97 percent as good as the Super One to me. Looking to upgrade to have more lower end for music and better high end for imaging, but many people love the IL10 bookshelves, now on sale at crutchfield.com.
     
  5. Henry W

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    My experience with Infinity speakers has always been very good. Sound is excellent. Stepping up from Infinity IL40 to B & W CDM 9 NT is 2.6 times the price but a 50% improvement in sound quality.

    Best regards-Henry
     
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    One of their intermezzo series(I think 2.6) was rated Class A(restricted low frequency response) above such speakers as Ariel 8b and Nautilus 805 in Stereophile Recommended Components.
     
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    The Infinity line-up from Harmon -Kardon is a stellar speaker at any pice point. They do not color the sound as most makers do. The same technology of the Ceramic Metal Matrix driver trickles down from the Predlude series to the Entra. They take a little more power to drive, but they are the most accurate. Let your ears be the judge, but thet are awesome. I sell the Infinty, Boston, Klipsh, Derfinitive, Matin-Logan, and Bose line-up everyday; my personal preference is still Infinty. It's subjective-get what sounds best to you, andyou'll be happy for the next ten years or more.
     
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    Actually, Infinity have two separate speaker system on Stereophile Class A Loudspeaker list: The Infinity Prelude MTS(Full Range) and the Infinity Intermezzo 2.6(Restricted Extreme LF). Very impressive!! It seems Harmon International has really done some good work with Revel, Infinity, and JBL(also on Stereophile's Recommended Components list with their S38). Actually, I think American speakers manufacturers like Boston Acoustics, Polk Audio, NHT, and the Harmon brands have raised the performance-to-price ratio to a level where they're giving the Canadian manufacturers(like Axiom, Paradigm, and the API brands) a extremely serious run for the money.
     
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  10. Aslam Imran

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    Thanks guys for all your valuable opinions. So do you all think that the Denon 3801 is bringing out the best in the Infinities? What I mean is I am powering $400 speakers with a 1K receiver. So I am assuming that I cant get any more improvement in sound by adding outboard amplification, unless I get better speakers. Am I right in this assumption?
     
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    not necessarily. even with $200 speakers, you could get better sound with outboard amplification, but the improvement would not be as dramatic as with $600 speakers. it all depends on which is easiest for you to upgrade at that particular time (friends, used, deals, taste).

    I have $200 bookshelves on a $600 receiver, and noticed a difference between using a $200 DVD player for CDs and the Sony CA70ES carousel. in my case, speakers would have make a larger difference, but at the time, the convenience of having a carousel was paramount. see what i mean?
     
  12. Larry B

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    Henry:

     
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    The improvement in sound quality, although there, is not substancial. The difference in price is substancial. I spent a lot of money, got some improvement, but certainly not the bang for the buck one might expect. Does this help?

    Best regards-Henry
     
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    Henry:

     
  15. Henry W

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    No, I definitely think the CDM 9 NT is worth the money. I was just surprised how well the Infinity IL40 stacked up against them in a direct comparison. The IL40 is a really good speaker.

    Best regards-Henry
     
  16. Danny Tse

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    From what I can find on the 'net, it's nothing but praise for the Interlude line from Infinity. Both Infinity and JBL went thru a period of time when people wouldn't even audition their speakers due to their lack of performance. I am glad to see both Infinity and JBL back. BTW, both Infinity and JBL continue to make extremely high-end speakers for Japan (not that the Intermezzo/TiK lines aren't high end)....wonder when those will show up here?
     
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  18. Danny Tse

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    That's great news, Phil!! Not that I can afford a pair....
    [​IMG]
     
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    WOW! How much will JBL horn loaded speakers cost? Where will they be sold??
     
  20. JohnnyG

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    matthew_rm, the Canadian suggested retail price is $20,000 per speaker. Any decent JBL dealer (including yours truly [​IMG]) would be more than happy to get you a pair!
     

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