Infinity Total Solutions Speaker System Review

TSS 3-in-1,TSS-SAT750, and TSS-SUB750

Infinity TSS 5.1 Channel Speaker System Using The 3-in-1, 2 SAT750s, and SUB750
Infinity TSS 5.1 Channel Speaker System Using The 3-in-1, 2 SAT750s, and SUB750. Photo (c) Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

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There are many loudspeakers to choose from. However, balancing style, price, and sound quality can be tough. If you are looking for new set of loudspeakers for your home theater, but don't want to crow out your room with large floor standing speakers and a large box subwoofer, then you might want to check out the stylish, compact, and great sounding TSS Loudspeakers from Infinity. The system I reviewed consisted of a TSS 3-in-1 speaker that housed all three front channels, two compact TSS-SAT750 satellite speakers for surrounds, and a compact TSS-SUB750 subwoofer.

How did it all come together? Keep on reading...

Product Overview - TSS 3-in-1 Left, Center, and Main Channel Speaker

1. Frequency Response: 120Hz – 20,000Hz

2. Sensitivity: 89dB (represents how loud the speaker is at a distance of one meter with an input of one watt).

3. Impedance: 8 ohms (can be used with amplifiers that have 8-ohm speaker connections)

4. Power Handling: 10 to 125 watts

5. Midrange Driver: Dual 3-1/2" (87mm) MMD - Metal Matrix Diaphragms (each channel).

6. High-Frequency Driver 3/4" (19mm) MMD - Metal Matrix Diaphragms (each channel).

9. Dimensions: (H x W x D) 4-1/8" x 40-1/8" x 4-3/8"

11. Weight: 15.25 lb (6.9kg)

Product Overview - SAT750 Satellite Speakers

1. Frequency Response: 120Hz – 20,000Hz

2. Sensitivity: 88dB (represents how loud the speaker is at a distance of one meter with an input of one watt).

3. Impedance: 8 ohms (can be used with amplifiers that have 8-ohm speaker connections)

4. Crossover Frequency: 3,500Hz. This means that frequencies from 120 to 3,500 Hz are reproduced by the Mid-range driver, and frequencies from 3,500 to 2,000 Hz are reproduced by the Tweeter.

5. Power Handling: 10 – 100 watts

6. Drivers: Midrange Driver 3-1/2" CMMD - Ceramic Metal Matrix Diaphragm - High-Frequency Driver 3/4"

9. Dimensions: (H x W x D) 6" x 4-1/8" x 4-3/8"

10. Can be mounted on stand or wall.

Product Overview - SUB750 10-inch Powered Subwoofer

1. Frequency Response: 34Hz – 150Hz (LFE - Low-Frequency Effects)

2. Power Handling: 150 watts RMS

3. Phase: 0-180 degrees (Matches the in/out motion of the subwoofer driver with the main speakers).

4. Crossover Frequency: 150HZ (Adjustable from 40 to 150HZ).

5. Power On/Off: Three-way toggle (One/off/standby).

6. Dimensions: (H x W x D) 16-3/4" x 10-3/4" x 15-3/4" (425mm x 273mm x 400mm)

7. Weight: 28 lb (12.7kg)

8. Connections: RCA Line inputs.

Setup - Hardware

Home Theater Receivers: Onkyo TX-SR875 7.1 Channel Home Theater Receivers - using 5.1 channel mode (On review loan from Onkyo), Yamaha HTR-5490 (6.1 Channels) , and an Onkyo TX-SR304 (5.1 Channels).

DVD players: OPPO Digital DV-981HD and DV-980H DVD/SACD/DVD-Audio Players and a Samsung DVD-931HD DVD Player.

Blu-ray Disc/HD-DVD Players: Toshiba HD-XA1 HD-DVD player, Sony BDP-S1 Blu-ray Player, and LG BH100 Blu-ray/HD-DVD Combo player.

DVD-Rs/DVD+RWs used were made using: Sony RDR-HX900, and a Presidian PDR-3222.

CD-Only Players: Denon DCM-370 and Technics SL-PD888 5-Disc Changers.

Loudspeaker - System #1: 2 Klipsch B-3s, Klipsch C-2 Center , 2 Polk R300s.

Loudspeaker - System #2: Klipsch Quintet III 5-channel speaker system.

Loudspeaker - System #3: 2 JBL Balboa 30's, JBL Balboa Center Channel, 2 JBL Venue Series 5-inch Monitor speakers.

Powered Subwoofers used: Klipsch Synergy Sub10 - used with Systems 1 and 2. and Yamaha YST-SW205 - used with System 3, and the 12-inch Powered Subwoofer provided with the Cerwin Vega System.

TV/Monitors: A Westinghouse Digital LVM-37w3 1080p LCD Monitor, Syntax LT-32HV 32-inch LCD TV, and Samsung LN-R238W 23-inch LCD TV.

Audio/Video connections were made with Accell, Cobalt, and AR Interconnect cables.

16 Gauge Speaker Wire was used in all setups.

Software Used

Standard DVDs used included scenes from the following: House of the Flying Daggers, The Cave, Kill Bill - Vol1/2, V For Vendetta, U571, Lord of Rings Trilogy, and Master and Commander

Blu-ray Discs used included scenes from the following: Spiderman 3, Fantastic 4 - Rise of the Silver Surfer, Pirates of the Caribbean 1 and 2, Alien vs Predator, and The Host.

HD-DVD Discs used included scenes from the following: Transformers, 300, Hot Fuzz, Batman Begins, Top Gun, and Serenity

In addition, the DVD, Blu-ray, and HD-DVD versions of the Italian Job were used.

For audio only, various CDs included: HEART - Dreamboat Annie, Nora Jones - Come Away With Me, Lisa Loeb - Firecracker, Queen - News of the World, The Beatles - LOVE, Blue Man Group - The Complex, Eric Kunzel - 1812 Overture, Joshua Bell - Bernstein - West Side Story Suite.

DVD-Audio discs included: Queen - Night At The Opera/The Game, Eagles - Hotel California, and Medeski, Martin, and Wood - Uninvisible, Sheila Nicholls - Wake.

SACD discs used included: Pink Floyd - Dark Side Of The Moon, Steely Dan - Gaucho, The Who - Tommy.

Content on CD-R/RWs was also used.

The Listening Test and Evaluation

Audio Performance - TSS 3-in-1 Left, Center, Right Speaker

I found that the TSS Home Theater Speaker system delivered clear sound across a wide range of frequencies and a well-balanced surround sound image.

The TSS 3-in-1 is an unusual speaker in that the Left, Center, and Right channel speakers are housed within a single, thin, tubular-like housing about 40-inches long.

However, despite this design, the 3-in-1 actually supplied a good Left/Center/Right image. The sounds from the left and right channels projected to the sides beyond the physical length of the speaker. Although not as effective as having separately positioned speakers, this design provides a very adequate sound spread in the small and medium-sized test rooms.

In addition, the center channel speaker portion delivered a very good dialog and vocal presence. Examples of good vocal performance: recordings from Norah Jones ( Don't Know Why, and Cold, Cold Heart), Lisa Loeb ( I Do and Truthfully from Firecracker, Queen's Freddie Mercury ( Bohemian Rhapsody, We Are The Champions), and Ann Wilson of Heart - (Crazy on You from Dreamboat Annie).

In addition, the TSS 3-in-1 also did well with both popular music, such as Blue Man Group's The Complex and classical music cuts, such as Joshua Bell's recording of West Side Story Suite.

Another good audio test was the opening credit theme from The Italian Job (DVD, Blu-ray, and HD-DVD versions), which has some excellent subtleties that challenge some speakers. In this case, the subtleties were reproduced well, but not quite as accurate as they were on my Klipsch Synergy B3 bookshelf and C2 center channel speakers.

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Audio Performance - SAT750 Satellite Speakers

The TSS SAT750 satellite speakers, which were used as surrounds, performed their job well. Although very compact, they held their own in reproducing surround effects that balanced with the TSS 3-in-1.

The SAT750's really did a great job with surround effects in several notable movie scenes, such as the first battle scene from Master and Commander (DVD), the arrow assault scene in Hero (DVD), and the climatic battle scene in Transformers (HD-DVD). The SAT750s, although not as full-bodied, in my opinion, as the 3-in-1, added depth to surround soundtracks.

On the other hand, although the SAT750's do a great job with most surround sound effects and ambiance sound, due to their compact size, they don't provide as much depth in lower midrange frequencies, which may be noticed on more full-bodied surround tracks.

Audio Performance - SUB750

I found the TSS SUB750 powered subwoofer to be an excellent match for the rest of the speakers. Despite its compact size, the subwoofer provided a good lower frequency transition from the mid-range and high-frequency response of the 3-in-1 and SAT750. The bass response was fairly tight and complemented both music and movie tracks appropriately.

In terms of subwoofer performance, the SUB750 was up to challenge of Transformers (HD-DVD) and Alien vs Predator (Blu-ray). In addition, did fair-to-good with the intentionally exaggerated LFE effects in Hot Fuzz, and the hard-to-reproduce low-frequency bass slide on Heart's Magic Man.

The SUB750 is certainly not the best subwoofer I have heard, and did not do as well as my Klipsch Synergy Sub10 with regards to low-frequency output, but did very well in keeping its bass response tight and well-blended with the rest of the system.

What I Liked

1. The TSS system provided great sound quality for both music and movies. However, due to their compact size, they are best suited for small and medium size rooms.

2. Great Styling. This system is a great complement to flat panel TV installations and blends well with most home decor.

3. This system is easy to place in a room. With the compact size of the speakers and subwoofer, these speakers are very unobtrusive and do not dominate a room.

4. The TSS speakers were easy and quick to set up. From box to sound for the entire system only takes about 20 minutes, provided you have already decided where to place them in the room.

5. The optional stands are very easy to assemble and are also very stylish.

6. Wall Mounting hardware supplies with the TSS 3-in-1 and SAT750 speakers. Table mount supplied with the 3-in-1. Optional floor stands available for the SAT750 satellite speakers.

What I Didn't Like

1. Surround speakers need better low midrange frequency response.

2. The TSS speakers sound better in smaller room environments.

3. There are limited control settings on Subwoofer.

4. The Subwoofer has line level inputs only.

5. There are no provisions for adding a second subwoofer for better low-frequency coverage in a larger room setting.

Final Take

As mentioned in my review introduction, balancing style, price, and sound quality can be a tough choice, when choosing loudspeakers. If you are looking for new set of loudspeakers that would be a great complement to an LCD or Plasma TV, then check out the stylish, compact, and great sounding TSS Loudspeakers from Infinity.

The system I reviewed consisted of a TSS 3-in-1 speaker that housed all three front channels, two compactTSS-SAT750 satellite speakers for surrounds, and a compact TSS-SUB750 subwoofer. I really enjoyed using this system and found that it performed better that I expected, especially in a small to medium-size room.

The TSS 3-in-1 provided a good sound and surround sound image. The SAT750s, although not a full bodied as the 3-in-1, actually sounded well considering their size, and added depth to surround ​sound tracks. I am just more used to a fuller sounding surround speaker. The SUB750 powered subwoofer was very good for its size. The bass response blended well with the rest of the system.

The TSS speakers used in this system are definitely well-engineered to produced quality sound from a compact product. As such, these are not cheaply priced. However, if you are considering a home theater speaker system purchase, the TSS speakers from Infinity are definitely worth a listen, and worth their price tag, if style and compactness are major factors in your choice.

I give the TSS Home Theater System featuring the TSS 3-in-1, SAT750, and SUB750 a strong 4.5 out of 5 Stars.

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For an additional up-close look at the speakers discussed in this review, check out my Infinity Total Solutions Home Theater Speaker System Featuring The TSS 3-in-1, TSS-SAT750, and TSS-SUB750 Photo Gallery

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