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Infinity Primus 360 - beech floor standing speakers, good choice? Close to wall
2Bdecided
post May 23 2011, 15:59
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Amazingly, my wife has offered to buy me a new pair of speakers!

It's not an entirely altruistic offer - we're moving house, and she doesn't want my "horrible ugly black speakers spoiling our new living room". smile.gif

I've had these Mission 760iSEs on stands for nearly 18 years. There's a sub too - forget what it is. They've been OK. To be honest, the sound has been so dramatically different in the different places I've lived, that I think the speakers are less important than the room. Once a great soundstage. Mostly not much of one, though they sound good enough. But anyway...


The new speakers must be oak or beech, and preferably floor standing. I think spending over 500 would be pushing my luck! It would be nice to not really need the sub (it's not very good).

Searching and Googling has brought me to the Infinity Primus 360s.

Are these a good buy?

I ask because I don't live anywhere near a hi-fi shop any more, so have to buy "blind" ("deaf"?). Scary.

The room is 4m x 3.75m with 2.3m high ceilings. The speakers will sit either side of the fireplace (so only about 1.5m apart), very near to the wall. Not where I'd choose to put them at all, but speakers in the middle of the room would get in the way wink.gif

I play all kinds of music. Really. Sometimes very quietly, sometimes quite loudly. Especially if the neighbours are out.

I'll be replacing my amplifier soon, but for now will drive them with a Denon mini system or an Audiolab A8000 integrated.

So, am I making a good choice? Any alternatives I should consider?

btw, one thing I hate are systems which are so "revealing" (which often means having a very pronounced mid-range or treble) that they make less that perfect sources sound awful. But I do want to hear into the music, which really lousy speakers prevent.

Cheers,
David.

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post May 23 2011, 17:32
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Very few floorstanders are designed to be used near a wall - about the only ones that spring readily to mind are the good ol' NHT 3.3's, and their baby brothers, the 2.9's...but even if you could find a pair used, they would make your "horrible ugly black" Missions look like sparkling diamonds. wink.gif

John Atkinson's measurements of the 360's a few years back in Stereophile indicate that it would be no exception, and he even noted that "the Infinity's lows will be on the rich side", which will only be exacerbated, of course, by near-wall placement.

I'm thinking that to get the combination of wall placement, extended lows, and potential output level at the price you're talking about, you'd do well to look at some 2-way active monitors (which usually have EQ presets designed to compensate for boundary placement), but those are usually intended for professional monitoring applications, and as such, aesthetically pleasing design is not usually a priority. smile.gif


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- 2Bdecided   Infinity Primus 360 - beech floor standing speakers   May 23 2011, 15:59
- - Apesbrain   Have you considered the Magneplanar MMG or MMGW? ...   May 23 2011, 16:27
- - 2Bdecided   Thanks Apesbrain. Nice suggestion! I think pa...   May 23 2011, 16:47
- - mixminus1   Very few floorstanders are designed to be used nea...   May 23 2011, 17:32
|- - 2Bdecided   QUOTE (mixminus1 @ May 23 2011, 17:32) Ve...   May 23 2011, 21:37
- - Squeller   QUOTE (2Bdecided @ May 23 2011, 16:59) I...   May 23 2011, 17:52
- - DVDdoug   I'm sure those Infinitys are fine speakers. ...   May 23 2011, 20:12
- - 2Bdecided   Well, I won't be getting rid of the Missions, ...   May 23 2011, 21:33
- - jlohl   I own Infinity Primus 360 at home in a 5.4 x 4.5x ...   May 24 2011, 07:36
- - 2Bdecided   Thanks jlohl. Did you do your measurements in your...   May 24 2011, 09:58
|- - jlohl   QUOTE Thanks jlohl. Did you do your measurements i...   May 24 2011, 10:43
- - 2Bdecided   I like the way the Behringer smoothed out the ~120...   May 24 2011, 17:29
- - mixminus1   Also, where are they in the room, and specifically...   May 24 2011, 18:27
- - jlohl   QUOTE Can you hear much difference flat vs EQ...   May 24 2011, 21:18
- - jlohl   QUOTE Can you hear much difference flat vs EQ...   May 25 2011, 06:40
|- - 2Bdecided   QUOTE (jlohl @ May 25 2011, 06:40) QUOTE ...   May 25 2011, 11:37
- - 2Bdecided   It's proving almost impossible to find these s...   Jun 23 2011, 10:23
|- - tfarney   QUOTE (2Bdecided @ Jun 23 2011, 05:23) It...   Jun 23 2011, 13:55
- - 2Bdecided   I could get them from Italy for 400 and goodness ...   Jun 23 2011, 17:23
- - 2Bdecided   I've just been told that the Infinity Primus 3...   Sep 5 2011, 16:45
|- - krabapple   QUOTE (2Bdecided @ Sep 5 2011, 11:45) I...   Sep 5 2011, 23:23
|- - 2Bdecided   QUOTE (krabapple @ Sep 5 2011, 23:23) I d...   Sep 6 2011, 09:48
|- - krabapple   QUOTE (2Bdecided @ Sep 6 2011, 04:48) QUO...   Sep 6 2011, 16:46
|- - 2Bdecided   I will read those links, thanks. QUOTE (krabapple...   Sep 6 2011, 17:38
|- - krabapple   QUOTE (2Bdecided @ Sep 6 2011, 12:38) Cen...   Sep 7 2011, 16:16
- - mixminus1   Re: "musicality" of subs: A subwoofer t...   Sep 6 2011, 00:05
- - 2Bdecided   I meant the resonance of the sub. Many have a comp...   Sep 6 2011, 09:42
- - krabapple   This thread on audioholics has some useful posts ...   Sep 8 2011, 19:40
|- - 2Bdecided   QUOTE (krabapple @ Sep 8 2011, 19:40) Thi...   Sep 9 2011, 11:11
|- - krabapple   reviving this thread simply because I want to know...   Sep 27 2012, 02:38
- - 2Bdecided   Life. Buying speakers is still on the long ...   Sep 27 2012, 09:45


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