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Old 17th July 2012, 11:03   #16
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The Infinity components are not unbearably bright. You should have heard my previous set of JBLs. By comparison, gosh, the Pioneers were absolutely insane. BTW what speakers are you using?
I just got new ones one/two week back - Infinity Primus.
I made a comparison with JBL GT something.

The JBLs actually sounded better to me - but at loud volumes they were ear fatiguing (too much of "cupped mouth" sound).
So I picked the lesser of the two evils - bright tweeters that can be tamed by EQ.

LOL, but today when I look back - I think JBL comps would've made a better sense.


Tried to find JL and DLS etc - which are supposedly warm sounding (or at least flat without any boosts) - but couldn't find them.
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I just got new ones one/two week back - Infinity Primus.
I made a comparison with JBL GT something.

The JBLs actually sounded better to me - but at loud volumes they were ear fatiguing (too much of "cupped mouth" sound).
So I picked the lesser of the two evils - bright tweeters that can be tamed by EQ.

LOL, but today when I look back - I think JBL comps would've made a better sense.


Tried to find JL and DLS etc - which are supposedly warm sounding (or at least flat without any boosts) - but couldn't find them.
I am going for an audition of Focals and Hertz on Fri or Sat this week. Will let you know what I think. I wont change unless there's a distinct improvement. For now the Infinity Refs are running flat without Loudness switched on and they sound pretty balanced and not harsh.

Another charming gimmick as I call it, is adjusting the LED backlighting colour for the Pioneer's buttons to match the lighting in your car - for e.g. in my car once the lights are switched on, all the AC/climate control and other buttons are highlighted with an orangish/yellow light. I could change the color on the set to match them as closely as possible. It does look pretty nice when you have matched colors. This is IMHO only.

But I reiterate this set is much, much better than the JVC 836 which sounded tinny..literally like hearing music that was coming out of a well. I really didn't suspect the head unit all these years, thinking it was the amp and speakers that were to blame. I'm so glad I switched.
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I am going for an audition of Focals and Hertz on Fri or Sat this week. Will let you know what I think. I wont change unless there's a distinct improvement. For now the Infinity Refs are running flat without Loudness switched on and they sound pretty balanced and not harsh.

Another charming gimmick as I call it, is adjusting the LED backlighting colour for the Pioneer's buttons to match the lighting in your car - for e.g. in my car once the lights are switched on, all the AC/climate control and other buttons are highlighted with an orangish/yellow light. I could change the color on the set to match them as closely as possible. It does look pretty nice when you have matched colors. This is IMHO only.

But I reiterate this set is much, much better than the JVC 836 which sounded tinny..literally like hearing music that was coming out of a well. I really didn't suspect the head unit all these years, thinking it was the amp and speakers that were to blame. I'm so glad I switched.
freak! i have jvc kd-g325 (ultra old hu)
could that be adding to the high end?
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freak! i have jvc kd-g325 (ultra old hu)
could that be adding to the high end?
There's every possibility that could be the case. I for one had the same experience thru 2 different JVC generations albeit from the same model range.

Why don't you test audition a Pioneer, Alpine, Clarion or even a Blaupunkt if possible. Not sure of Kenwood.

I won't suggest a Sony or Panasonic please.

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Though the question wasn't directed at me, I still wanted to share my experience with the Morel Maximos. I had heard them about an year back & they surely sounded harsh for my liking in terms of the high frequency sounds.
Thanks for replying mate! Ill make a decision after listening to them myself as I'm getting mixed opinions.
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Back to the original discussion on the Pioneer AVH-8490BT, it supports a TV tuner - the Pioneer GEX-P5750TVP.
Has anyone tried using this TV tuner with the HU?
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