Originally Posted by rbfastback
and that makes me feel much better actually about the r253 being on the same level aside from some low end bass, i also have been reading the infinity-reference-owners-thread and i see a lot of great info on the r253’s.
Yup. Sorry if it looks like I've been pushing too hard for the Infinitys but I researched tower speakers off-and-on for months before finally making a purchase and the Infinitys were the clear choice to me even though I was willing to spend twice as much.
First of all, Harman clearly poured their research into the old line of Primus speakers and those things were giant killers even though they were super cheap (and looked super cheap). There's no reason to think they didn't do the same with the Reference line, and the Reference line is more expensive and seems to improve over the Primus line in every possible way.
And second, there's a lot of similarity between the Reference line and Revel speakers. If you compare e.g. the R253 to the Revel F35: the drivers seem to use the same cone/dome material, the tweeters seem to use the same waveguide and acoustic lens and are crossed over and the same frequency, and the cabinets have almost the same dimensions and weight and approximate shape and port configuration. You could make an argument that the R253 is more sophisticated since it's a 3-way instead of a 2.5-way (and it has that flat midrange driver too). So it really seems likely that with the Reference line, you're probably getting 90% of the performance for less than half the price (and taking a hit in the looks department). That's hard to beat IMO.
not sure if it will look strange or not with the RC263 center having 6.5” but the tower having 5.5” but that’s nothing the grill won’t take care of.
The speakers (tower vs. center) are already so different visually that I doubt you'd notice the difference. I mean, I'm sure you could notice the difference if you looked for it, but I can't imagine it would bother you.
i’m assuming it will be helpful with a few 6.5” in the center from what i’ve read about how it’s good having all different size speakers for ht/music
Having a nice big center is good for home theater because almost all dialogue goes to the center channel. (That being said, the RC263 looks like a monster and you might just not want something that big.)
Almost all music is 2-channel so you'll probably just want to play music out of the tower speakers, and maybe
the sub when you get one. Lots of people don't like listening to music with a sub because it's difficult to get subs to integrate perfectly.
Your receiver will have various modes to play music out of all your speakers. Some people like that stuff. I turn it all off since I figure that's not how the music was recorded or intended to be played.