Does anybody know what's going on with Infinity's home speakers, i.e., the Reference line?
I'm interested in getting a pair of R253s. They seem like pretty ideal speakers. Harmon engineering, fairly compact size, true 3-way design, sealed midrange driver, fancy tweeter waveguide and acoustic lens that look like they're from Revel, and drivers made out of a similar-sounding material to Revel's. The few reviews of Infinity Reference speakers online are mostly glowing and they seem to measure as well as almost any speaker has ever measured.
So why are they hard to buy? Why aren't they carried at the big box stores like the Primus speakers were? Why does it seem like they're usually out of stock in the online stores that do claim to carry them? Are they being discontinued? It looks like people have been wondering this for more than a year now, so if they are being discontinued, why hasn't it finished happening yet?
Should I be worried that they might get discontinued right after I buy them? Would Harmon honor the warranty if one breaks? Would I be able to get a replacement, or replacement parts if necessary?
Should I feel stupid paying almost-list price for Infinity speakers when the Primus line was frequently offered at e.g. Fry's for huge discounts? Are there deals to be had on these speakers?
Also, somewhat related, any idea why Brent Butterworth complained so bitterly about the R263's lack of bass? They play solid down to 38Hz, just like a bunch of other floor-standing speakers that people _don't_ complain about. Not sure what the deal is? I would be buying the R253s because my bookshelf speakers are _really_ anemic re: bass, and I don't want to jump on another model with the same issue.
Anyway, thanks in advance for any thoughts on the matter.