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Is it an upgrade to go from Boston Acoustics VR3 to Infinity Reference 253 Speakers?

In my current home theater setup I use an Onkyo-TXSR605 receiver with Boston Acoustics VR3 floor standing speakers, a Boston Acoustics center channel speaker, and an elemental design A2-300 sub. I bought my whole set up around 2009-2010.

I've been planning to do a big home theater upgrade next year before PS5 comes out with a new TV and receiver. I was going to leave my speakers be and simply add two reference speakers for 5.1, but I just saw the fantastic Cyber Monday deal where I can snag Infinity Reference RC253x2, RC263, RC162x2 for around 600 bucks. I'm trying to figure out if it's worth it.

I have the disposable income to make the purchase, but I'd only want to snag the deal if it actually makes sense. My set up is used exclusively for movies & gaming. Would I see a significant improvement over my current Boston Acoustic speakers if I went with the Infinity Reference range? Or would it be about the same/worse and not worth doing?

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The VR3's are 91.5-93 dB sensitive, 3 way with dual 7" woofers and measure fairly well.....I can't see the Infinity being an upgrade.....

So for a home theater setup, you will be getting a smaller cab, smaller woofers, lower power handling, and lower sensitivity. It sounds like a step in the wrong direction to me.

I'd upgrade the sub. Big time, your biggest area for improvement. Grab a Hsu VTF3.5 for a huge and drastic upgrade for your theater.
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The VR3's are 91.5-93 dB sensitive, 3 way with dual 7" woofers and measure fairly well.....I can't see the Infinity being an upgrade.....

So for a home theater setup, you will be getting a smaller cab, smaller woofers, lower power handling, and lower sensitivity. It sounds like a step in the wrong direction to me.

I'd upgrade the sub. Big time, your biggest area for improvement. Grab a Hsu VTF3.5 for a huge and drastic upgrade for your theater.
Thank you. That was a direct helpful answer. I will hold off on this purchase. I don't see any cyber monday deal for the Hsu VTF3.5, but I will keep that subwoofer in mind when next year rolls around and I'm ready to upgrade my multimedia room.
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Thank you. That was a direct helpful answer. I will hold off on this purchase. I don't see any cyber monday deal for the Hsu VTF3.5, but I will keep that subwoofer in mind when next year rolls around and I'm ready to upgrade my multimedia room.
Just don't expect a huge discount ever being offered on that sub. You get about as much bang for the buck with that sub as you can get. Occasionally you see $30 off or something but thats about it. I don't think there is enough markup for a drastic sale as with most retail items.
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Just don't expect a huge discount ever being offered on that sub. You get about as much bang for the buck with that sub as you can get. Occasionally you see $30 off or something but thats about it. I don't think there is enough markup for a drastic sale as with most retail items.
There is a huge markup on speakers, sometimes 60-80% for towers, I would think subs can be easily 50%+

I have been a infinity fan since the 80’s, just love their speakers. That is love their old speakers.... not a fan of what they offer now. I did purchase 3 infinity 12in home subs, they are just kinda meh..... not bad, not great.... they were over half off if I recall (I think they are doing the same deal now, under $200 for the home sub). They are unfortunately a big box store brand now.

I have zero first hand experience with what you presently have and those infinity speakers, however for $600 for everything I would stay away.

What do you want to improve with your HT setup? Or I guess what are you missing?
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There is a huge markup on speakers, sometimes 60-80% for towers, I would think subs can be easily 50%+
Big box speakers and subs yes. More niche ID brands not so much.
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