Infinity or JBL...

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Kevin Parker, Jun 11, 2002.

  1. Kevin Parker

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    I am writing this comparison cause I am reading this forum for a while and found that JBLs are highly recommend for the budget 5.1 setup and I just bought infinity IL10 and IL25c center two weeks ago.

    These recommendations made me little worry bout my infinitys and I was wondering if I made a wrong decision.

    So to clarify the matter I called my local dealer to ask if I can compare these two brands and he gladly allowed me to do so.

    our comparison included following speakers and amps:

    Onkyo CD/DVD player (dont know the model)
    Onkyo TX-8511
    Harman Kardon Avr320

    infinity IL10
    infinity IL25c

    JBL S38II
    JBL S center

    so we started with two channel music and I played every type of music available there, rock, pop, R&B, jazz, classical, etc. I found infinity much much clearer than JBL, JBL was too forward in mids for every kind of music, Only thing sounded better on mid and high frequencies on JBL was strings. JBL wuz not as clear as Infinity for my ear. But JBL produces bass little better than Infinity but again boomier than infinity.

    Then we tested some 5.1 stuff and again infinity wuz clearer than JBL. I heard every single detail.

    Then for my curosity I checked Infinity with axioms, paradigms and klipsch, and surprisingly Infinity won the race against axioms and paradigms, but klipsch sounded better than infinity, I don't know the model I think it was sb-2 or sb-3. but it was more expensive than infinity.

    to conclude I will say that its my very own opinion and maybe you guys don't agree with me, But I will suggest that If you are in the market for budget speaker setup, give it a try to infinity interlude series and hear yourself. I am a very satisfied owner and specially after this comparison.
     
  2. JerryW

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    Yes, the Infinity IL series is damned fine, and the IL10, IMO, is the best sounding bookshelf for
     
  3. Russell _T

    Russell _T Supporting Actor

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    I agree that the Interlude series doesn't get the respect they deserve, but I'm surprised that they sounded better than the Axioms to you. I've heard that the Axioms are almost as good as the Divas. What model Axioms did you listen to? And what model Paradigm?
    Thanks,
     
  4. Kevin Parker

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    Axioms were m3ti, and paradigm were titans, and the guy told me that there is nothing special about axioms, axioms just make cabinets in canada and buy their drivers from china and korea. I dont know if is true or not. I suggest that you should compare those by yourself, maybe my taste is different than you. Note that I never said that axioms or paradigm sounded bad, but infinity just sounded clearer than 'em.
     
  5. Mike Kao

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    The IL10's are one of the most impressive shelves I've heard to date (although my list a quite limited). I've owned a pair shortly, only to sell it right after b/c I couldn't afford the full interlude setup (4 IL10's and an IL36 center) and I also received an offer I couldn't refuse [​IMG]. Of the bookshelves I've owned so far, I'd have to rate them in the following order:
    First Kenwood HTB series < Polk NSP1II < Infinity HPS1.5 < Acoustic Research AR17 < Infinity IL10
     
  6. Chris Tsutsui

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    I'm glad you found your new Infinity speakers better than JBL though i'm in the mood for defending the S38s so bear with me.
    The comparison is between a 3 way to a 2 way. The 2-way has that advantage of less crossover and drivers to blend. The JBL also has a larger frequency response giving more of the sound spectrum. The more sounds being produced the less clear it may seem.
    This is the first time i've heard a description of the S38 as boomy. Perhaps a description could be describing the S38 as just having more bass. Unless the S38s are against the backwall or corner loaded I have never heard the bass sound anything other than smooth.
    Whenever I do A/B testing I try to close my eyes so that I can decide with my ears, and only my ears. Otherwise, I find that I start liking a speaker just because it "looks" better than the others, or is more popular/expensive.
    Hehe, I like discussions like this because everyone defends the speaker that they own. Guess what... I own S38s - surprise, surprise. [​IMG]
     
  7. Kevin Parker

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    Trust me when I went to the store I wuz defending JBL not Infinity, cause heard lotta good things about it, and I wuz mentally ready that JBL would be better than mine and I will have to trade, and yes I did the blind testing, and as matter of fact I had a spring switch on my hand to switch the speakers any time I want. But I think its just matter of different tastes, lotta ppl here like JBL but I didnt find them very attractive to me and liked infinity better. I think thats why we have so many brands cause ppl have diferent tastes.
     
  8. Matt

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    I have to say I also liked the Infinity Interlude series the best. I haven't seen it mentioned much here. I ended up getting a great deal for the full package (two IL40's, 2 IL10's, IL36C, and IL120).

    Matt
     
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  11. Saurav

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    http://www.axiomaudio.com/corp.html
    The 'Corporate Information' page from Axiom's website. Looks like they've been earning awards from back in '86, several of them from Sound & Vision magazine. And you're right, they do mention their unique cabinet design, along with crossover design ideas and driver design.
    I haven't heard any of their speakers, so I can't comment on how they sound. It would surprise me if they get their drivers from China and Korea, that's all [​IMG]
     
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    By the way, I noticed the M3s were compared to Paradigm Titans. There is no comparison there, IMO. The M3s are better. You need to step up to the Mini Monitor to come closer to the M3Ti, though I still feel the M3 is a bit better overall.
     
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  14. Kevin Parker

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    No I didn't compare M3ti to titans, they were separately compared with IL10. Axiom Vs paradigm was not my concern.
    and about axiom drivers , only axiom owners can tell us, if their drivers are made by axiom or imported from china and korea.
    anyone willing to?? [​IMG]
     
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    Then what does this mean:

     
  16. Mike Kao

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    My personal philsophy is that it doesn't matter about the numbers, all that counts is the sound we perceive from the speakers. Each speaker holds it's own unique sonic qualities, and sure one may be louder or go lower in the frequency range, but can it reproduce these frequencies accurately? Some speakers may color the sound, some may reproduce it neutrally. I don't care what the lab tests say, I'm going to follow my ears. Some who own the JBL's will say the JBL's are superior and some who own the Infinity's will claim the Infinity's are better, but it all comes down to personal preference. I doubt very few if any of us has even compared these two speakers side by side, and many of us basing our purchasing decisions purely on reccommendation rather than auditioning numerous speakers. Perhaps if you compared these two speakers in person than your opinion of the other may possibly change. That I believe is most important; listening to the speakers in person side by side as opposed to simply comparing numbers.

    Tom Nousaine had pretty good things to say about the IL10's if you ask me:
    "The IL10 surround speaker had remarkable performance in virtually every respect"

    In my opinion, and many others would agree with me, the IL10's take the cake for the entire Interlude line in terms of performance and value. As far as sound quality goes, they are far superior to the IL40's and quite possibly even the IL50's and IL60's.

    Now I haven't heard the S series outside the showroom, nor have I been able to do side by side comparisons, so I won't ignorantly defend the Infinities as being better. I can only comment on the speakers I have heard or owned and personally compared.
     
  17. Mike Kao

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    I believe the sound&vision review isn't very relevant b/c they tested the Interlude package (IL36C center, 2 IL40's in the front, 2 IL10's in the rear, and IL100 sub) and did not isolate the IL10's in the listening. To test them simply as rears does not do these speakers justice. We all know very well that the majority of sound content is in the front channels, and I agree that the IL40's do not deliver. They are cheaper, and do not sound nearly as good as the IL10's
     
  18. Saurav

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    Well, there are several issues here, IMO...
    * First and foremost, selective quotations out of context - anyone can post sections from anyone's reviews to make anything look good and anything look bad. Nousaine's integrity is above reproach, and I'm sure he lists the pros and cons of every speaker he tests.
    * Next, room interactions. Nousaine's tests average the speaker's response across a pretty wide angle. This is very useful data, but it doesn't directly correlate to the speaker's performance on axis. In other words, speaker A may have a worse average over 30 or 60 degrees than speaker B, but may be have much better on-axis performance. If you have a reasonably damped room and toe in your speakers, A will have a measurably flatter frequency response at your listening position than B, even though B's averaged numbers are better in these reviews.
    * And finally, taste. Like you said, everyone's tastes are different, and numbers don't really tell you whether you'll like something or not.
     
  19. Phil Iturralde

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    Agreed again, but based on the documented Speaker Manufactures Design processes above, ... choosing either JBL or Infinity is a win-win scenario.
    Phil
     
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