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post #4081 of 4091 Old 08-19-2015, 12:24 PM
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Used Monitor Audio GR60 or New Infinity Primus?

I posted this in the Monitor Audio thread as well, but figured I'd look at it from both sides.

I'm sure my dealer is on here, and may actually see this post, but I want to get some opinions. I have the opportunity to purchase a set of Monitor Audio GR60 (I assume they are 10 to 15 years old), and I don't know a lot about speakers in general.

Due to the budget imposed on me, I was just looking to pick up some Infinity Primus P363 towers and the P351 center (on sale, roughly $400). Now I have the opportunity to get the GR60 and matching Center for just over $1000. They are in great shape, and sound nice (although I have no comparison).

Should I spend the extra money for 15 year old speakers? Or is the newer technology in the budget Infinity speakers good enough to outweigh the $600? I'm told the MA set retailed for $6500 and are basically amazing.
A few questions would be: What will you be driving them with, receiver/amp wise? Primus are efficient (93 db@1watt/meter) not sure about the GR60s. You can have a fine front set with either one, depends on if you can afford the extra $600. Obviously you won't have a warranty with the MA, but speakers are usually pretty rugged if not abused, and the GR60s are made with top quality parts. If you can swing it, get the GRs, if $$ is tight, you can do pretty well running the Primus. I own the original P360s, matched w/ a P351 center, & am very happy with them thru a Denon 4520ci. Good luck!
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A few questions would be: What will you be driving them with, receiver/amp wise? Primus are efficient (93 db@1watt/meter) not sure about the GR60s. You can have a fine front set with either one, depends on if you can afford the extra $600. Obviously you won't have a warranty with the MA, but speakers are usually pretty rugged if not abused, and the GR60s are made with top quality parts. If you can swing it, get the GRs, if $$ is tight, you can do pretty well running the Primus. I own the original P360s, matched w/ a P351 center, & am very happy with them thru a Denon 4520ci. Good luck!
Thanks for the input. I can afford them, so the cost difference isn't an issue, it was just a wife imposed budget...
I only have a Denon S900W, which seems a little weak to drive the MA's to their potential, but did fine with an old set of Yamaha towers, and will probably be fine for the P363s. The dealer mentioned he didn't think my Denon would be strong enough, and would probably need to upgrade eventually. I can just turn the volume up louder than I did with the Yamahas, so I can get to the listening volume I like. Bottom line, if I get the GR60s, I'll be spending more money down the road to power them (again, not a huge issue, but a factor, as my AV budget is kept low ).
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Sounds to me like you are all set!
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Sounds to me like you are all set!
Well, I was looking for the reassurance that the GR60s would be worth the extra money.
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Well, I was looking for the reassurance that the GR60s would be worth the extra money.
heh, if they are in great shape, I would guess heck yes. The added eye candy looks should appeal to She Who Must Be Obeyed also, since you will now officially blow your budget.
As much as I enjoy my Primus floor standers, I may be switching over to stand mounted speakers again, as my wife's been making "those noises" once in a while.
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source for p163 woofer replacement?

One of mine toppled over off it's stand a few weeks back, which damaged the voice coil (rub rub)
I've googled on finding a replacement, but several sites claim they are "discontinued". With so many thousands of these out in the world, would Harman really stop making replacement parts for this very popular speaker???
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Used Monitor Audio GR60 or New Infinity Primus?

I posted this in the Monitor Audio thread as well, but figured I'd look at it from both sides.

I'm sure my dealer is on here, and may actually see this post, but I want to get some opinions. I have the opportunity to purchase a set of Monitor Audio GR60 (I assume they are 10 to 15 years old), and I don't know a lot about speakers in general.

Due to the budget imposed on me, I was just looking to pick up some Infinity Primus P363 towers and the P351 center (on sale, roughly $400). Now I have the opportunity to get the GR60 and matching Center for just over $1000. They are in great shape, and sound nice (although I have no comparison).

Should I spend the extra money for 15 year old speakers? Or is the newer technology in the budget Infinity speakers good enough to outweigh the $600? I'm told the MA set retailed for $6500 and are basically amazing.
I don't know much about those speakers or their condition, but the Primus line is almost as good as it gets for the price. I'm still trying to sell my PC351 center.
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I'd suggest the P363 + P163 (instead of PC351) as center and see how you like them first, they are extremely well regarded. You'll be getting brand new speakers and can return them if you don't like them and try out other speakers.
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Was thinking about getting the PC351 center speaker and the P163 bookshelf speakers to replace my current old Sony center and cheaper pair of front bookshelf speakers.

My question really though, is should I get the P163's and PC351 or should I look into the JBL arena series? The ones in question are the JBL Arena 125C center and the JBL 130 bookshelf's. I particularly like the look of the JBL's better, but I care more about the sound quality than anything. Thanks for any input.
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For the (sale) price the Infinity speakers are hard to beat. I jumped from the Energy Take 1 classic center to the PC251 to the PC351 and the PC351 is an excellent speaker. The "quality of sound" jump to the P363s from the P163s wasn't as noticeable as the difference between the PC251 and PC351. I have been well pleased with the Infinity sound quality for movies and music.
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For the (sale) price the Infinity speakers are hard to beat. I jumped from the Energy Take 1 classic center to the PC251 to the PC351 and the PC351 is an excellent speaker. The "quality of sound" jump to the P363s from the P163s wasn't as noticeable as the difference between the PC251 and PC351. I have been well pleased with the Infinity sound quality for movies and music.
Thanks for your input. I had thought about the 251 center but I really just want a massive center speaker as I have the perfect place for it. That's good to hear that the sound quality is a nice step up even though the price difference is only $50. And it's reassuring that the tower speakers sound similar to their bookshelf siblings.
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