In the last issue of Audio magazine, Corey Greenburg reviewed the Infinity Preludes (their best speaker) and in passing called the Overture line "unlistenable". Mever could understand that.Anything with his name, I believe just the opposite. Funny thing, Audio Magazine didn't die until he took over.I'm definitely not a fan of this biased person.
I've seen nothing but praise for the Overture 3s. In fact some magazine made these speakers their reference. Unlistenable? I think not. A deaf ear? Yes.
As far as bright, I definitely wouldn't consider my RS's any brighter than the Alpha 40s or 50's. In fact the sonics were very similar, the Entras were a completely different story.
Have a good one.
I think the best Infinity value at the moment is in the Interlude series. While I agree that they were overpriced when they were current right now you can get them for a song. You can get a pair of IL60s at Harmanaudio on ebay for less than $700 and you can get the IL40s or IL50s for less than $400/pr.I agree, I was just referencing prices when they were current. The IL speakers I've seen at Ebay are refurbished models. Harman has several IL30 pairs for $200 + $40 for shipping. That's a great deal! I usually wouldn't buy anything refurbished but speaker prices are mainly for engineering and Infinity's parts seem relatively cheap(I've checked driver and crossover replacement prices) and are easy to replace. Plus these speakers come with a full warranty as if they were new.
After my listening session that lasted about 2 hours, I really found no difference is quality between the Alpha 20, 40, or 50s other than bass output. The midrange and highs seemed smooth, effortless, dynamic, you get the point. Since the speakers weren't positioned in the same area, there could had been minor differences in imaging and soundstaging that was masked by room placement/positioning. As I said, the Entra series was a night and day difference, at least to me.
I didn't upgrade my RS2000.4s because I didn't hear a difference worthy of an upgrade in the Alphas. Since the Interlude series is basically the same, I feel the IL30s would just be a lateral move instead of an upgrade. Don't get me wrong, I'd love to have the Alpha 50s but my sub makes up for the 2000.4's bass shortcomings.
I've never considered 3 way speakers any better than 2 way speakers. There's been articles about the such. 3 way speakers can offer more timing and phase problems because another driver is presented that overlaps both the high and low frequency ranges. With good crossovers(expensive)and even better engineering, these shortcoming can be overcome and allow the benefits that could be accomplished with a 3 way speaker. Being there's 3 speakers now, a smoother frequency range can be accomplished. However with a good engineered 2 way speaker, the performance could be just as good as a 3 way speaker. BTW, the Kappa series could be considered 2 ways since their 2nd(3 way)crossover point is very, very low(100Hz) being used on a passive side mounted subwoofer.
I really don't know why the IL60s and the Alpha 40's need to be a 3 way. I understand the IL40s and Alpha 50's being they're using a large 8" woofer that could cause smearing in the high midrange frequency range. Perhaps it's has to with tweeter sensitivity against Woofer sensitivity and the midrange addition was more cost effective and a higher performance option instead of compensation built into a crossover network. Who knows?
Have a good one.