Originally Posted by aboroth00
You should try researching the Beta 40's. They're also exeptional speakers and the sound of those vary quite from the Beta 50's. Of course, with the smaller woofers they produce less bass. IMO, i prefer the Beta 40's with a good subwoofer. You should check out the thread Infinty speakers and the best bang for your buck (ya it's supposed to be misspelled)
If you like bass and action movies, you might prefer to have the 50s...quoting plhart who was involved in the design of the Beta line:
"The greater 80Hz acoustic output of two 8-inch woofers vs. two 6.5" woofers working into the same size room tends to sound like you have "better" bass. You simply have more acoustic output at the same frequency which sounds to most folks like a better and more seamless match to the acoustic output of the subwoofer. Said another way, you're feeling more sound pressure at the same 80Hz with the 50s vs. the 40s.
The particular Top Gun steadystate jet engine cuts toward the movie's beginning which I've mentioned requires tons of acoustic output from 30Hz to 200Hz. A lot of 5.25" and 6" systems I've tried with this cut are driven wildly out of their voice coil gaps, often slamming the mid-woofer's spider against the speaker's top plate. It's not a pretty sound..."
When I cut the 50s in and out of the mix you can tell that they add a lot to the overall bass sound...