Infinity v JBL

Discussion in 'Speakers & Subwoofers' started by Chris_C, Mar 24, 2004.

  1. Chris_C

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    Hi, I am planning to upgrade my father's system for his birthday in a few months and wonder what people thought of these two cousins. Specifically, the new JBL "E" series and the Infinity entra series. I believe the entra is discontinued. JBL seems quite popular right now. Will be driving the speakers with a HK 325. The majority of the time they will be used for music. The entras can be had at good prices right now but I'm willing to wait.

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  2. Shannon S.

    Shannon S. Stunt Coordinator

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    I own the Infinity Entras and really like them. They have my vote. They were worth it even at full price. The Entra series subs are really nice too.
     
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    The JBL subs are really a good value and I even think that Tom V at SVS suggests them from time to time! The old PSW 112 (?) was my first sub years ago, and did a great job until I upgrade to SVS; sold the JBL to a friend and it is still pounding!
    A thread recently said refurbed JBLs were available at Onecall.com pretty cheap!
     
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    I really like (and own) the JBL Northridge and Northridge E series. That being said, Infinity stuff has always seemed to have a fairly high performance/price ratio (like JBL). Ultimately, you can't go wrong with either.

    Since both are "mass market," can you demo something from each company in home with your rig?
     
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    I am a fan of both infinity and JBL (both made by Harmon as mentined earlier). I will be purchasing the JBL northridge package soon and i have heard a demo and in my opinion it sounds wonderful. I havent heard the infinity's but i am sure they are great too (i use infinity speakers in my car and they are awesome). And the HK 325 will work wonderful with either one imo.
     
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    Thanks for the replies. I'm leaning towards the Infinity now since prices are quite low now. I have heard the JBL's in a best buy and they sounded good. I think CC stock infinity, I'll have to check it out this weekend.
     
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    i just purchased some infinity primus 150 bookshelf speakers. they're a little on the large size for a bookshelf but damn they sound nice.
     
  8. Jesse Sharrow

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    The primus series replaced the entra's. I think they are just as good if not better.
     
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    INTERESTING SIDE NOTE: Infinity HPS-1000 subs have a JBL 15" driver with 2 passive radiators, so what does that say about Infinity's opinion of JBL??????? I'd love to compare it to an SVS side by side. The SVS I heard sounded great, but I couldn't say either was better. The good news is you can still get an HPS-1000 on e-bay every once in a while for $400-$700 ($1800 list when new). As for the HPS-500 sub, it's great for entry, BUT IT JUST DIDN'T SHAKE THE SHEETROCK OFF THE WALLS (literally!!!!! Sucks I had to fix that to sell the house, but oh what a joy to listen to).

    Personally, I say go with Infinity. I have Infinity RS-5s x4, an Infinity CC-3 center, and an Infinity HPS-1000 sub connected to a Sony STR-DB930 receiver (FOR NOW, I have 2 more RS-5s waiting up for my 7.1 receiver purchase late this year). My dad has the same system except with Infinity RS-4s x4. I don't think there's a better sounding speaker out there for the price.

    Also, what ever you decide, don't be afraid to "tweak" with the front grills. I purchased a set of Infinity Overtures, but took them back after installing (bent to match the Overtures) pearl and stitch plastic with transparent cloth on the RS-5s and personally feeling they sounded better than the Overtures did (well, with a good sub too).
     
  10. Wayne Ernst

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    I'd say not much - considering they're owned by the same company. Using drivers like they've done cuts down on R&D costs.
     
  11. LanceJ

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    This is off-topic but I couldn't resist!

    DarrenH: don't take this the wrong way but when I read your comment about those "big" Primus 150s I had to chuckle a little.

    In the audio times I grew up in, "bookshelf speaker" literally meant any speaker that could fit on a bookshelf.

    Like these:

    Infinity's 1970s "Q" series and their 1980s "RS" series at Infinity Classics (click on thumbnails; these particular models were sold before Harmon/Kardon bought Infinity in the early 90s)

    The JBL L100 and it's pro versions. And IIRC, also before H/K bought them.

    Gotta throw in this classic too [​IMG] ...........

    The Large Advent That's a 10" woofer in an acoustic-suspension enclosure (no they aren't very efficient but the sound is what matters; later versions up to about 1984 used a 1" parabolic dome tweeter. Each speaker weighed almost 50lbs (here's an old advertisement for it explaining its unique operating characteristics). Note to old farts like me: Advent sold an anniversary replica edition of this speaker in 1994--only about 2500 pairs were made & include numbered series plates. They sold for @$550 a pair at the time & I know this because I used to sell them. [​IMG]

    LJ
     
  12. DarrenHo

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    lj:
    i guess it all depends on the size of your bookshelf. [​IMG] the infinities are about 50% bigger than the boston hd5s i had before.
     
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    JBL L100 [​IMG]

    Yeah, baby!
     

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