Originally Posted by Jay_Davis
Here's a question for any of you beta owners that used to have RS5's:
Is the Beta 50 (or 40) a significant improvement over the RS5?
If not, has anyone regretted upgrading and preferred the RS5 over the Beta 50?
It's funny, I was just going to add Beta 20's rear speakers to my existing RS5 setup (other similar Infinity's for the center and surround speakers) when someone suggested I should try the Beta 20's as replacements for the RS5's because they might be better. Which made me think that the 50's would be much better. Given the current prices on them because of them being discontinued, and because there doesn't seem to be a replacement for them coming from Infinity, now I'm thinking that it seems like a good time to upgrade everything. Looks like these rear speakers are going to end up costing me a lot more than I expected.
I recently went from an RS5 setup (RS5's, CC3, RS2's,Bu-120 sub) to a Beta 50 setup (Beta 50's, C360, ES250's, CSW-10) and don't regret it for a second! I always loved the way my RS speakers sounded, but as GLBright said, I smile every time hear my new Betas!
To my ears, everything sounds crisper, clearer, more detailed, and more realistic. I've been watching some of my more well-used DVD's whose sound I'd heard repeatedly through the RS's. With the Betas, I hear instruments more distinctly, and hear details that I'd never heard before. For example, voices in the background in certain scenes were just background mumbles with the RS's but with the Betas, I can actually make out what they're saying, even when the main characters are talking in the foreground! I'm simply amazed every time I watch a movie. I've done less testing with music CDs, but there too, the music sounds cleaner, clearer and more natural.
In short, I'd now rate the RS's as very good speakers, but the Betas are excellent! If you upgrade to Beta's all around you simply won't regret it.