Originally Posted by RipnYouOff
are these speakers actually any good? better or worse than some $200 infinity speakers?
An answer to such a general question is risky at best. Maybe one of the members knows Infinity well enough to compare...but not me.
I visited the local BestBuy to hear the NS-B2111's. I expect the display set was not spanking new so I figured rather than buy/demo/return, I would 'wing it' and just listen in-store. I didn't realize how large they were until reading up just before I made the trip. I must agree that such a sizeable, well finished and shaped cabinet w/nice binding posts and an already proven sound for so little is indeed a bargain.
The setup allowed me to A/B them with a set of Yamaha's with 6.5" mid-bass drivers (sorry, I didn't note the model). The NS-B2111's were indeed the better looking/sounding of the two sets on display.
Now the real question is how did I subjectively think they sounded compared to the XP62's. Simply put, I'm not racing to buy them. Maybe it was the A/B or placement, but while the Yamaha set sounded bright, the NS-B2111's sounded laid back, possibly due to emphasized bass. I say that a bit reluctantly since I had also read that some folks thought that was an issue with these. At the same time I had the impression that there was less bass impact/transmission coming from them (vs the XP62s). That quality is the opposite of what I expected. The XP62's thus far have exhibited a much better balance of bass/mid/treble, though I'm sure some would say they deliver too much bass. That doesn't bother me at all so long as it doesn't squelch the clarity of the remaining signal.
Thanks for noting the bit about the VPs and Norah Jones' possible treble distortion. I had already planned to use that CD as part of my A/B with the DM601s so I will be alert for this.
Update - I listened to the questioned section of the noted track several times over and did not hear any distortion with the XP62s.
So far, those mentioning replaced VPs upgraded with 2x and up more expensive offerings. I take that to be a good sign.
FYI - those X-LS bookshelves have been awarded product of the year in their class by Audioholics:http://www.audioholics.com/productre...uct-awards.php
Nice!, and a safer bet for someone willing to double the XP62's price.