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post #71 of 116 Old 09-13-10, 01:29 PM
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Re: What do you think of these speakers?

Eugovector,

You forgot this one!
http://www.bowers-wilkins.com/displa...679&infid=4621
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Re: What do you think of these speakers?

God that makes me wish I could fit another $177.00 Infinity 362 tower for my center channel. I can afford it, just cant fit it.
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Re: What do you think of these speakers?

How to determine if you should go with a better speaker: If you can afford it, yes.
How to determine if something is better than another: retail price (yes, there is more to it than price, but this is a good basic to go by).

What I tell my friends that don't know anything about audio/video: you get what you pay for. This isn't like other stuff you buy, there can be a plain white t-shirt selling for $3, slap a Nike logo on that same shirt and it sells for $20.
This is not how electronics work (except for a few cases such as Bose, there, you are paying for the Bose name, stay away). If speaker "A" has a retail of $100, and speaker "B" has a retail of $175, 99% of the time the higher priced speaker "B" is higher quality. But just because speaker "B" is higher quality doesn't mean that you will like the sound of it better than the cheaper speaker. This is why you need to demo electronics personally. But if you can't listen to them, then I would go with the higher priced item.

The Infinity P 162's retailed for a little under $300, for a step up in performance you would probably need to look at speakers that retail over $350. If you can find used speakers that retailed for $350-$400 that you can afford, then go for the upgrade.

Just my $.02.
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Re: What do you think of these speakers?

my AV is a Onkyo 807
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Re: What do you think of these speakers?

HTR's subjective reviews have their place, but I put more credence in something with objective results. Though there aren't the same speaker, they'll give you an idea of how the Primus series has performed over time and across the line:
http://www.stereophile.com/budgetcom...s/404infinity/
http://www.stereophile.com/floorloud...s/605infinity/

In HTR's defense, measurements are hard to do without a proper lab, and the manufacturers specs should be trusted for reputable brands.

I would caution using retail price as a differentiator. By that logic, a $200k speaker pair should rub your feet and make you breakfast. Also, as numerous speaker shootouts show, there is great quality variance even among speakers @ the same relative pricepoint: http://www.audioholics.com/reviews/s...-shootout-2009

The JBL studio series, for instance, was performing far above it's retail class when they were introduced. I trust my ears, specs, review, and price, in that order.
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my AV is a Onkyo 807
Yes, you have a great AVR.
So you should have a great speaker. JBL L820, buy 2 now ($500) and the rest later.


eugovector: I like HTR because they say good things about JBL. And I tried to make a point that retail price is a good factor for quality if you can't do much other research, but you are right that's not all you should go by, it's a good starting point.
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What amplification are you using for your speakers?
Just looked up my ATI's power when bridged: 450 mutha luvin watts/ch. And that's true quality watts, not Pioneer fake watts.

http://www.wwsp.com/ati/hometheatermagazine.htm
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Just looked up my ATI's power when bridged: 450 mutha luvin watts/ch. And that's true quality watts, not Pioneer fake watts.

http://www.wwsp.com/ati/hometheatermagazine.htm
Way ahead of ya, page six:
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A $1000+ dedicated 6 channel power amplifier
Was all I needed to see. Im sure its impressive
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eugovector: I like HTR because they say good things about JBL.
Well, as one JBL-advocate to another, I like my mom because she says good things about me, but I wouldn't trust her to be a good critic of my faults

Also, FYI for the thread, JBL and Infinity are led by the same parent company.
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Re: What do you think of these speakers?

My ATI amp, you know how I knew it was better than the rest: the retail price was expensive.....bada boom!!....just kidding!!!
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