Originally Posted by Q-Authority
To my knowledge exact Infinity speaker foam is sill available, at least from what I appear to have heard elsewhere. Even the oem speakers may still be available, though Infinity does not always list them through their online parts listing, so you have to call in and check. Even then their supply can come and go. I had to wait a bit before all of mine were available.
That being said, I tried having my original speakers refoamed beforehand (with Infinity foam), and I was anything but happy with their sound afterwards, even though the job looked very well done, and there were no apparent voicecoil alignment issues.
I originally ran my P-FR's off a Yamaha DSPA-3090, which sounded lovely, but the AudysseyXT on my Denon 4806 really took things to a completely different level, though it took a very long time getting the speakers, etc. placed just right. Additionally, I learned early on to use a customized microphone layout, instead of the one suggested by Denon, which supposedly gives all people a piece of the sweetspot, a theory that I believe is always going to suffer from more compromise than I am willing to accept, but may be quite fine for others.
Man, some of those old Yamaha DSP amps are awesome sounding.
I still have one in the closet, can't make out the numbers on it, but it is a very very sweet and warm sounding amp.
I sold my B&W 801's. They were B&W Matrix 801's series 2's.
The tweeters are not to be had anymore, and if one pops, you are screwed, unless you gho to the Series 3 tweeters, and that requires a new crossover as well!
My 30 year old kid moved back in, and listens to Rap and Metal when I am away, he drinks, and dont realize he is clipping the amps.
I got scared, and sold my beloved 801's.
The Prelude PFR's would be nice to have again, IF the foam was to be had, but still, with my Son here, he will blow them up, the woofers will quit from the Rap Music.
The Rabosed IL 60's can take the Rap, sort of.
I also own some monster Electro Voice Sentry 3's and big Polk SDA speakers, the big SRS 2 b's, and some Cerwin Vega VS 150's.
Believe it or not, the Cerwin Vega VS 150 is a musical speaker, and also images decent for a big box.
It can POUND all day with Rap and Rock.
No, it is not in the same audiophile class with Prelude PFR's or B&W Matrix 801's, but for Rock and Rap at loud levels, it has few equals.
The Infinity Overture 2 and 3's are quite interesting speakers. They have a high woofer crossover, that's a good and bad thing.
I like them because with the high woofer crossover, you can run them well out from the back walls so they image like crazy, and still get a warm sound by turning the woofers up to "fill in" the lower mids!
This gives them that 'British warmth" like the Matrix 801's have. Of course, it is not completely accurate, but it makes you say "God dam, that sounds good"
Properly Rabosing the IL 60's is THE secret to making them sound great. They need their woofers help to give them warmth in the lower mids. And if you dont properly RABOS them, then the bass will get very boomy when you crank up the woofers enough to give them the warmth they otherwise lack.
Still, properly Rabosed, or not, I think the Prelude PFR is better then the IL 60, but for me it's small woofer and amp makes it not a good choice, especially with my Son here.
Then, the fear of not being able to repair them scares me.
Audiophile to Audiophile, The B&W Matrix 801 series 2 is a better speaker then ALL the speakers I have mentioned, seriously.
I really regret selling my pair.
Maybe one day, if my alcoholic Son ever quits drinking, and gets a life of his own, Dad might grab another pair.
Until then, depending on his drinking, I go back and forth between the Infinity IL 60's and the Cerwin Vega VS 150's.
The big Electro Voice Sentry 3's I keep unhooked, since they are very old, and parts are are really hard to find, in case he hurts something.
They can also be an awesome sounding, high efficiency speaker, but they are Horns, very fussy about what you feed them.