Originally Posted by DS-21
The irony there is that I'm fairly sure Mr. Jones designed the Overture line for Infinity, too.
Yes. I had pointed this out in another thread. http://www.avsforum.com/t/1216744/anyone-still-running-infinity-speakers-like-me/120#post_23203120
I must say, I really
wanted to like these speakers. More so as I knew that he designed the ones I currently use. I figured state of the art had progressed to the point where I might get comparable (or even better) performance out of these new Pioneers. And, l like I said before, it seems almost everyone loves them to death. The tweeters and associated crossover may, in fact, be slightly superior to the Infinity. Maybe. Though they seem a bit sibilant to my admittedly amateur ears. No matter, it is all subjective. And I truly think that he did the best he could with the budget constraints at Pioneer.
And, it all boils down to taste, of course. I have had some great setups in my life and I have learned what I like. I have been lucky with some really high-grade gear. But I wasn't knocked out by all of it. For example, the yellow Kevlar loudspeakers in my old, highly regarded, B&W towers seemed stiff and "cardboardy" to me. And the overall impression of my Linn AV5120s was that they were very flat, with an almost reference-like sound. Very, very nice and accurate as hell but simply not engaging. (These were both driven by a Mark Levinson Proceed pre and five-channel amp.) On the other hand the significantly cheaper NHT towers I had were clearly hyping certain frequency bands but, man, were these exciting speakers. Matters of taste contributing to overall worth that cannot be ascertained by looking at a simple frequency/sound pressure graph.
Sad financial conditions have caused me to start over, with mid-fi gear. I happened onto the Infinity Overtures purely by accident and immediately found a sound I liked. I think I'll be sticking with until I can afford to spend, say, $5000 or more on a new speaker setup. Of course, then I'll need a new amp, and...Edited by treyrhodes - 4/21/13 at 7:03pm