|Infinity TSS-750 Series|
|Home Theater Loudspeakers Speaker Systems|
|Written by Matt Evert|
|Sunday, 01 August 2004|
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I think all the center/satellite speakers should have better rubber feet on them. Infinity provides very small plastic and rubber feet, but it doesn't cover the whole surface. So, when the speaker is vibrating, it still could scratch the surface of whatever it's resting on. Infinity does provide wall mounts, but better feet would make the package more complete.
Also, I really felt that Infinity should have color-coded and labeled the cables more clearly. If the target market for these speakers is truly the novice setting up an entry to mid-level home theater system, I think they could have done a little more to make the process easier. As weird as this may sound, I would have removed some of the controls on the back of the subwoofer to prevent further confusion to newbies (like the phase control, the LFE switch and the two subwoofer inputs). Better yet would be to trickle down some of Revel’s sub set-up software for the subwoofer so even novice consumers can get the kind of set-up they would expect from a $3,000 Revel B15 subwoofer.
As I stated earlier, I tested these speakers against the Polk LSi series speakers. There were obvious differences in the two speaker systems’ construction (and price), so I added some other systems that are more closely priced to compare. Polk makes a $600 RM6700TNM five-piece Home Theater Speaker System and Bose makes a $700 Acoustimass 6 Series III system. Polk uses slightly smaller midrange drivers on all the speakers and an eight-inch driver on the sub. The speaker enclosures use Polk’s vented power port technology and a Dynamic Balance Polymer composite cone instead of Infinity’s MMD. Polk claims the result of this is a reduction of the gap between low-midrange to the higher low frequencies of the sub. The frequency range is slightly better at 28-24kHz and the speakers are little more efficient at 90dB. Polk uses the more versatile five-way binding posts, but does not include the wall mounts or the cabling as the TSS-750 does. There was not a lot of information (the Bose web site has no technical information on it) about the Bose system, but it uses the same number of speakers and has satellites only three inches high for those of you who want this speaker system to be almost invisible in your room. The cables are provided with this system, as with the TSS-750.
The Infinity TSS-750 is a great-sounding bargain for those wanting a home theater system with a small footprint and all the cables/mounts included. You get some excellent technology with the MMD drivers and the speakers can handle the juice when asked to do so. The performance of these speakers was more than acceptable for similar speakers in this price class. One may want to consider shopping for all-inclusive systems (home theater-in-a-box) that includes not only the speakers but also a DVD player with built-in receiver. Onyko, Panasonic, Bose, and Sony all make systems like this at this price range. It is vital to remember that these aforementioned speakers will not sound as good as the Infinities, but they do offer a complete system, including the electronics that you will need. If your budget allows you to spend $700 on speakers and have another couple hundred dollars for electronics, then I would recommend going the Infinity route instead. Skimping on good speakers is never a great idea when you have heard Infinities bring life to your movie-watching experience.