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The IRS 1a for 3.500 is a way better deal.
I would buy them today if I lived withing pickup distance.
great deal , until and if you have to replace the mids, which are pretty much unobtainable.
It is the IRS Beta which have an impossible to find midrange.
The EMIM only problem is (as mentioned in ad) breaking off the connectors from the EMIM.
Some folks most certainly bought the Australian replacement innard film for EMIM before Infinity stopped them from selling them.
So those folks may have a dozen or more original innards for EMIM.
With a home made jig to line up the outer plates, it is easy to swap the film.
Or even drill a tiny hole into the spot where the pin broke off and insert a new (different) pin
try instead infinity RS II 's great sound,less problem getting replacement drivers. http://www.infinity-classics.de/
Paul McGowan, owner of PS Audio, has written extensively about finding an original pair of IRS speakers. Because of their age he did go through a fair bit of restoration work. Fortunately for him he is good friends with Arnie Nudell so had direct guidance with the project.
Once restored, Paul feels they are as good as any current speaker.
I don't know how much is given up from those with the smaller Beta version?
"The piano ain't got no wrong notes." Thelonious Monk
The late HP of tas said of IRS Betas from 100hz on up it was the best speaker in the world. He was not happy with Betas Bass
The IRS Beta was assumed to be a smaller IRS. But I always wondered why no one ever noted that while the IRS was a line source, the Beta was not, so its spatial sonic characteristics were different and I suspect(since I never was able to compare them) that it sounded a bit different also. The color of the larger panels had to be at least a bit different plus the extra crossovers(the IRS was a 3 way, the Beta a 5 way) and where they occurred in the audio band had to be different.
Truely a cult following, however for $15K you can purchase a much better current technology speaker.
With updated/upgraded crossovers (or with bi/tri-amping) and with great modern amps maybe not. Our memories of them are probably with the electronic equipment of the day, which has definitely gotten better (exception--updated McIntosh and McShaned tubed amps).
Yes, one has to decide the age old question of Vintage or Current technology. Still, these are some of the very finest loudspeaker systems ever produced.
I heard them once back in the day, one of our buddies with well heeled parents had them, unfortunateley, well, in those days, coupled with various mind altering substances, all they had to be was loud to be good.
As always, let your wallet be your guide.
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