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    Ive got an old infinity speaker system, infinity reference 2000.2 and 2000.3, 2 of each, along with a center channel and infinity 12"sub. I have an onkyo 7.2 channel receiver less than a year old, seems like it is a model 260 or some such.

    The center channel is in/on a tv cabinet. What would be a preferred height for the bookshelf speakers? I dont want to sell and purchase new speakers very bad to get floorstanding ones. This is going to be in our living room where the wife watches 99.98 percent tv shows. Should the speakers line up with a cabinet edge in height for looks, or should they be relatively ear level or what? Buying speaker stands is ok.

    The tv is a mitsu 65" projection tv, and cabinet is 35" tall and 72" wide.

  • #2
    Get a couple of stands and place the mains at ear level (when seated). If the center must remain above the TV, angle it downward.

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    • #3
      Thumbs up for eljay's suggestion about placing them on stands.

      I am intrigued by your brand of speakers because I also listen to Infinitys that I bought new in 1998. My front L & R are RS5s and a Video One for center, and my rear L & R are RS5s with 2000.2s rounding out surround back L & R. I just bought a CC-3 off Ebay to upgrade my center channel. It is supposed to be the one that voice matches my set up anyway. My sub was a 100 watt Infinity 12" BU2 but I upgraded to a CS18.1 series 1 last November and have just ordered a series 2 on Monday. Let me tell you, there is no comparison in the subs. I am now addicted to music, movies, you name it. All interests have been renewed.

      How do you like your set up?

      I would also like to know what tesseract thinks about Infinitys because he has listen to just about every speaker thats been made. Ha Ha:D

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      • #4
        I've never heard the RS-5's, but I would like to. I am a big fan of Infinity and D'Appolito configuration speakers. :applause:

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        • #5
          Originally posted by redonly
          Thumbs up for eljay's suggestion about placing them on stands.

          I am intrigued by your brand of speakers because I also listen to Infinitys that I bought new in 1998. My front L & R are RS5s and a Video One for center, and my rear L & R are RS5s with 2000.2s rounding out surround back L & R. I just bought a CC-3 off Ebay to upgrade my center channel. It is supposed to be the one that voice matches my set up anyway. My sub was a 100 watt Infinity 12" BU2 but I upgraded to a CS18.1 series 1 last November and have just ordered a series 2 on Monday. Let me tell you, there is no comparison in the subs. I am now addicted to music, movies, you name it. All interests have been renewed.

          How do you like your set up?

          I would also like to know what tesseract thinks about Infinitys because he has listen to just about every speaker thats been made. Ha Ha:D
          I think they sound alright. I cant remember how long ago I bought them, except I do remember that receivers were going from 4.1 to 5.1 back then. I had bought a 4.1 yamaha receiver and I didnt know it until i got the onkyo receiver, but I always thought the speakers sucked. I was stuck with it as I and wife raised 3 kids then, and not any extra for stereo stuff. Now that the speakers are hooked up to the onkyo, they sound pretty decent.

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          • #6
            Yeah, I know what you mean. It wasn't until last October when I got a new Pioneer VSX-1121 receiver that I started enjoying these speakers again. It seemed to breathe new life into them, like I got new ones. I added the 2000.2 to the RS5s right afterward to give me the 7.1 setup.

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