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    Default Something I have always regretted

    In the days before I became a Polkie, I was big into Infinity.

    My first pair of speakers were Infinity SL40. Beautiful finish, solid wood vineer. My reciever of the time was an older Technics. Purchased in the infant days of 5.1, I had no idea what I was doing. I eventually blew the speakers.

    Always intending to repair them, they were kept in the storage room of my house. Flash forward some 5-6 years later, we remodeled the house. Never fixed the SL40's.

    I bit the bullet and had them incenerated in the backyard of a friend's farmhouse. I did it to make room in my own house.

    still can't believe I did that..
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    Except for the really big (and really expensive) Infinity line arrays, I've always found the Infinity 'box' speakers to be a bit strident for my taste. I have a pair of RSb three ways that I found at the dump and mean to refoam... someday. They are in good working order (including the EMITs) but have the usual very scratchy L-pads.

    EDIT: I don't know the SL40s though, so I don't know if you did a good thing or a bad thing. I do know that the "SM" series were pretty forgettable.
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    I suppose you could have bought drivers and tweeters for them and made your own hybrid, just to make use of the cabinets, but there's no guarantee they would have reminded you of their former glory or that you could have got your money back for the parts from selling them on eBay.

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    all the best,
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    http://www.audiokarma.org/forums/sho...d.php?t=184720

    Not to be unkind, but it looks like immolation wouldn't be such a bad fate for these.
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    I had a pair of RS-3000s that I bought new in 1988/89. I always loved them till I bought my Polk Monitor 7Cs and compared them. The Infinitys were way too bright compared to the Polks.

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    I feel for you. I used to have a mint pair of ESS Heil AMT 1d’s in storage at my folks place. One fine day when doing a cleanout they decided to simply throw them away. The horror of it all still haunts me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mhardy6647 View Post
    http://www.audiokarma.org/forums/sho...d.php?t=184720

    Not to be unkind, but it looks like immolation wouldn't be such a bad fate for these.
    Why would you say that?

    The only speaker I've personally owned that deserved immolation w as a KLH HTIAB. I returned this product after 3 days of ownership.
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    It looks pretty similar in construction values to the truly awful "SM" series. The drivers are not identical though. The SM used the 'polycell' tweeter, really cheesy cone MR and woofer, and the box was thin (1/2", I think) particle board with no damping inside. They were really not nice.

    It's entirely possible that the SL40 speakers in the OP are much nicer; appearances do deceive... but if I picked 'em up and they felt light or flimsy, I might call out, "where's that naptha?"
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    Quote Originally Posted by mhardy6647 View Post
    It looks pretty similar in construction values to the truly awful "SM" series. The drivers are not identical though. The SM used the 'polycell' tweeter, really cheesy cone MR and woofer, and the box was thin (1/2", I think) particle board with no damping inside. They were really not nice.

    It's entirely possible that the SL40 speakers in the OP are much nicer; appearances do deceive... but if I picked 'em up and they felt light or flimsy, I might call out, "where's that naptha?"
    I remember the SL40 well enough to be sure that the3 weight and construction of the cabinet were heavy. Thick sides and a good center of gravity.

    oh, why did I burn them!?!
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    Before I became a Polkie, I was big fan of Infinity also. I had a pair with emit tweeters which had very nice detailed sparkling highs, but I have not looked back.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RichterCAG View Post
    I remember the SL40 well enough to be sure that the3 weight and construction of the cabinet were heavy. Thick sides and a good center of gravity.

    oh, why did I burn them!?!
    :(:o
    okey-dokey; sorry to have cast aspersions on them :-(
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    Sure don't look like real wood veneer to me. Looks like vinyl, love to know how they wrapped real wood around the corners of the cabinet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WilliamM2 View Post
    Sure don't look like real wood veneer to me. Looks like vinyl, love to know how they wrapped real wood around the corners of the cabinet.

    OK, so its vynal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mhardy6647 View Post
    okey-dokey; sorry to have cast aspersions on them :-(

    Not what I meant :)
    I just remember them fondly... guess my text came out differently then what I had pictured in my mind.
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    No I wasn't whining (at least not deliberately); your speakers may well be considerably superior to the somewhat lookalike SMs. No harm, no foul.

    Lots of nice speakers floating around though. Need some more? :-)
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    OK, I see this thread is old, but I wanted to throw in for the SL 40s. I have some Yamaha NS-570s, some Timewindows, some Infinity RS5s, some Fried A/5s, some Klipsch KG2s, Polk Model 5s, Sansui SP300s, DLK 3s, and so on. I would put these solidly in the middle of the group. They are nice speakers.

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    I sometimes miss both my Infinity RS-IIIb's and my AR9Lsi's from the 80's.

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    The thread may be old but....

    I'm with Mhardy and most Infinity loudspeakers from this decade should be set on fire, especially the SM series. However, I do feel for your regrets as everything holds a different level of love, regardless of what others may think.

    Consider it a learning experience and that you're now better audio educated to realize what's good and not good...worth your time and not worth your time. There's not a single audio nut worth his salt here that hasn't been thru the same event and has some remote regret over something historically.

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    At least they put up a good fight in the fire and didn't go up in smoke on the way down? lol

    I've owned a few things that weren't even exciting to burn let alone enjoy in my daily life
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    I started off with the Primus line and they served me well for about 3-4 years. Didn't care for their subs, but I didn't know any better at the time. Moved on to much higher quality gear since. Unfortunately the cost was significantly higher as well. Can't say I regret owning the Infinities.

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    This reminds me of a pair of Genesis 44's that I owned from 1989-1994. They sounded fantastic... but I drove them way too hard... always needed constant repairs. Wish I had held on to them... they'd probably sound great again with a little TLC.

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    ^^^ reported^^^
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