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GREAT! until the cross-over died
on October 12, 2014
When I first received this speaker to use in my 5.1 system, it sounded totally awesome!
Prior, I was not using a Center Channel via my Denon AVR-1312 HDMI 5.1 receiver.
What an INCREDIBLE difference this speaker made. As others have stated, I could now hear dialog better (I have some hearing damage when it comes to human speech in the audio spectrum) and much more “punch” to the overall 5.1 mix, especially with an aggressive mix using DTS-HD Master Audio or True HD for films such as: Fight Club, Hell Boy, Sherlock Homes etc.
Sadly, after using this speaker for only 2 months, I turned it on one evening (we only watch DVD/Blu ray – no streaming, TV, Cable, Satellite etc) and put on Hell Boy and the dialog sounded like it was coming from inside a cardboard box! WHAT??? I tried adjusting EVERYTHING I could think of, cross-over frequencies, highs, mid-highs, lows yet, NOTHING improved the sound. So... I hooked up one of my stored-away Cerwin Vega 3” 2-way speakers to the center channel and, instantly, the dialog sounded proper again.
I contacted Infinity/Harman on the web and, after much ado with their websites BS convolutions about “contacting” them, I was able to get through to their “warranty” department who provided me with a list of about 20 Service centers near me... the nearest one being 62 miles (one way) from where I live in the Antelope Valley,CA
I considered taking the speaker to one of these centers but after really thinking about the “possibilities” of repair, which I would probably come up against, I decided to consider the speaker a total loss. This was based on the following considerations:
1 – the cost of gasoline
2 – the amount of time required to get there and back
3 – the very real possibility of the service center saying either, “nothing wrong that we can see” or “your repair is not covered under this warranty”
This left me with a dilemma, I HAD to purchase a new center-channel because films with aggressive mixes were overloading my little Cerwin Vega speaker. After some research, I decided on purchasing the Polk Audio CS10 Center Channel Speaker. It was half the price of the Infinity, was rated at 125 watts, ran at 8ohms and got very good reviews.
I have now been using this Polk Audio CS10 for about 2 weeks but, let me tell you, I honestly think it BLOWS AWAY the more expensive Infinity... by a VERY LARGE amount!
I am a recording engineer and musician. I have loads of recording gear, mixing gear, sound gear etc. I am VERY VERY critical of audio and I am very impressed and super pleased with the Polk Audio CS10. Unless the CS10 looses it after 2 months (like the Infinity did) I consider it an awesome speaker. My Denon AVR-1312 with 75 watts per channel is enough to buzz the windows and this Polk CS10 sounds glorious in my 5.1 system.
Additional info – I use Behringer Truth 2031P (8” 2-ways) for the stereo fronts and Tanoy PBM 6.5 II rear channel. These speakers are “studio” monitors and do not color the incoming audio.
Hope this helps.