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REVIEW: INFINITY IL 50 SPEAKERS

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I HAVE OWNED THESE SPEAKERS FOR ABOUT 4 MONTHS NOW AND I MUST SAY THAT PROPERLY SET UP AND TWEAKED, THESE ARE GREAT SPEAKERS. THE IL 50'S ARE TWO WAY TOWER SPEAKERS COMPRISING A 1 INCH TWEETER AND 6 AND A HALF INCH METAL/ CERAMIC WOOFER. IN ADDITION, EACH SPEAKER HOUSES DOWN BELOW A 10 INCH 250 WATT INTEGRATED SUBWOOFER. TWO RULES WITH THESE SPEAKERS THAT I HIGHLY RECOMMEND ALL FOLLOW. ONE, LEAVE THE SUB WOOFERS ON ALL THE TIME. AFTER NON-USE OF ABOUT 15 MINITES, THEY GO INTO A 'STANDBY' MODE AND CONSUME VERY LITTLE POWER. MANY PEOPLE HAVE HAD TROUBLE WITH THE SUB WOOFER AMPS IN THESE SPEAKERS BECAUSE I BELIEVE THEY ARE TURNING THEM ON AND OFF ALL THE TIME. THIS IS NOT RECOMMENDED BY THE MFR. SECONDLY, DO NOT TURN UP THE SUBWOOFERS TOO HIGH. THIS MIGHT SOUND LIKE A NO-BRAINER BUT I BELIEVE THAT MANY PEOPLE DO!. SET THE SUBWOOFERS TO COMPLIMENT THE SOUND OF THE OTHER DRIVERS, NOT OVERBEAR IT!!! THE SOUND SHOULD BE SEAMLESS FROM TOP TO THE VERY ROCK BOTTOM THAT THESE SPEAKERS ARE CAPABLE OF PRODUCING. ALSO, SET THEM UP PROPERLY!! AS FAR AWAY FORM THE BACK AND SIDE WALLS AS POSSIBLE.

THESE SPEAKERS ARE THIN AND THEREFORE PRODUCE NICE IMAGING WITHOUT COMPROMISING LOWER BASS RESPONSE, THANKS TO THE INTEGRATED SUBS ON THE SIDE. DETAIL IS AMAZING PROVIDED THE SUBS ARE PROPERLY LEVEL ADJUSTED NOT TO OVERBEAR THE SOUND. AS AN EXAMPLE, MY ROOM IS 13 BY 19 FEET AND MY SUBS ARE BOTH SET BETWEEN LEVEL 2 AND 3.........OUT OF TEN!!. BIGGER ROOMS WILL OF COURSE REQUIRE A HIGHER SETTING BUT PROPER ADJUSTMENT OF THE SUB IS CRITICAL IN GETTING PROPER SOUND OUT OF THESE SPEAKERS. THESE SPEAKERS ALSO OFFER AN ADJUSTMENT ON THE BACK OF THE SPEAKER TO OPTIMIZE BASS PERFORMANCE IN PROBLEM ROOMS. THE ADJUSTMENT IS VERY COMPLICATED AND IN MY CASE, UN-NESESSARY. BOOMY ROOMS WILL BENEFIT FROM THIS FEATURE.I AM LUCKY ENOUGH TO HAVE MY AMP SET TO TONE DEFAULT WITH THESE SPEAKERS WHICH PRODUCES VERY REAL VOCALS AND OVERALL GREAT MID RANGE RESPONSE......WHICH IS WHERE 80% OF MUSIC FALLS!!. OH, AND ONE OTHER THING, THERE ARE A NUMBER OF WAYS TO HOOK UP THE SUBS TO THE AMP WITH THESE SPEAKERS. I HAVE THEM RUNNING OFF OF THE MAIN 'HOT' WIRES FROM THE AMP. I TRIED USING THE LOW LEVEL OUT FROM MY AMP, BYPASSING THE INTERNAL LOW LEVEL CROSSOVER WITHIN THE SPEAKER AND THE RESULTS ARE INFERIOR. FURTHERMORE, BY SENDING THE SIGNAL TO THE SUBS STRAIGHT FROM THE 'HOT' SPEAKERWIRES, I BELIEVE I AM GETTING 'TRUE' STEREO SOUND ACROSS THE BOARD INSTEAD OF THE MONO BASS SOUND PUT OUT BY THE LOW LEVEL OUT FROM MY AMP.

OVERALL CONSRUCTION IS VERY NICE AND THESE SPEAKERS LOOK AS GOOD AS THEY SOUND. SOME PEOPLE HAVE COMPLAINED ABOUT 'RATTLING' AND OTHER NOISES WITHIN THE ENCLOSURE BUT I CAN ONLY CONCLUDE THAT THEY ARE PLAYING THEM AT IMPOSSIBLE VOLUME LEVELS WITH THE SUBS TURNED WAY TOO HIGH!! ANYTHING WILL RATTLE OR BLOW IF PUSHED TOO FAR!!.

IN CONCLUSION, READ THE MANUAL!!. SET THEM UP PROPERLY. MAKE SURE THE SWITCHES ON THE BACK ARE PROPERLY SET(THERE ARE MANY!!). ENJOY!!


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Topic - REVIEW: INFINITY IL 50 SPEAKERS - Dantheman 06:29:58 05/31/02 (0)


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