Originally Posted by aehaas
The Infinity IRS Betas were hybrids, ribbons for the mids and uppers and 8 cone woofers for the bass. They were very very good but did not go loud at all and strained when opera divas hit the high notes. Also, percussion instruments did not go well if turned up at all.
Before that I had B&W 801 s and those were great stuff as well.
I found no weakness in the Wilsons. One thing is because they matched my room well out of the box (crates). Even better is that they can be tuned any number of ways by varying the resistors in the back.
A big mistake may be that many listen to them with the grill covers on. They are dead compared to the sound with all the covers removed, including the one on the upper back side.
When you turn them up loud as I do some times, you can do so without straining them to levels you can only imagine with other high end speakers. This was important to me, as well as the ability to play at very low levels as my queen uses.
Ways to save money, do your own yard work. I am the mechanic, plumber, painter, pool man and yes, the yard boy:
First off, congrats for all of your success, moneywise soundwise careerwise.
It would be strange if some others like us who do not have the means to earn that kind of money, no matter how hard we would choose to work day and night, never got envious of those sfutt you've been able to have in your possession.
The matter gets even worse if I was to reveal to you that I'm actually a physician myself. A surgeon. With something like US $100,000 in student loan so that I could manage my studies.
The only problem is that I live in and was educated not in US but in Sweden.
As a surgeon, my salary is today, in US dollars, something like US $65000. So probably 1/10 of what you would make. And stuff are essentially more expensive and the living standards are way under what you're used to.
So I'm not a fan of saying "you can get whatever you want as long as you work hard to get it". That is a cliché. In addition, you must be lucky enough to be at the right place doing the hard work. No matter how hard I work I could never even get close to the same kind of standard in life. And moving abroad is even harder since I would have to start my education essentially all over again...
But, still, I'm really happy that you can afford your lifestyle. It's the openness and these kind of threads started by yourself which makes it interesting and worthwhild being here, reading about good stuff, learn about other people's experiences and learn even more about the same hobby we all share here.
So, with all honesty, I do hope that you enjoy your new gear a lot. Please keep us updated with more details in the future.