The name Infinity has been associated with innovative speaker designs for three and a half decades. In that time, the company has created unique speaker systems that propel their passion for lifelike music reproduction to high levels. As a leading manufacturer of high fidelity audio products for both the home and automobile markets, Infinity has forged technologies other companies try to emulate.
Attaining accurate music and cinematic audio reproduction is a daunting task. But with unlimited resources in time and money it can be attained. To take the difficulty level up a notch, try getting the same great results out of a small and inexpensive speaker package and it seems almost impossible. However, Infinity gave their design team the mission to build the first compact home theater ensemble worthy of their name, and the designers responded with the Total Speaker Solution, TSS-750.
The TSS-750 system looks much like other budget satellite systems. There are four small, identical satellite speakers for each corner of the room, a wide center channel and separate subwoofer. They are available in either an extruded and anodized aluminum or a charcoal finish to match most any decor. But an unobtrusive design isn't the only thing the TSS-750 has going for it. The loudspeakers have drivers that are derived from the same Ceramic Metal Matrix Diaphragm (CMMD) technology found in renowned high-end Infinity product lines. All the loudspeaker drivers in the TSS-750 feature Infinity's proprietary Metal Matrix Diaphragm (MMD) that are manufactured by anodizing both sides of an aluminum core to a specified thickness. The end result is a rigid cone with low mass, capable of reduced distortion and improved smoothness throughout the entire frequency range. Each satellite in the TSS-750 system includes a 3.5-inch MMD woofer and 0.5-inch MMD tweeter. The center channel has dual 3.5-inch MMD woofers surrounding a similar 0.5-inch MMD tweeter.
The separate subwoofer also shares an elegant design and power to match the satellite and center channel speakers. A built-in 150 watt amplifier powers a side-firing, 10-inch, MMD coated woofer in a moderate size bandpass enclosure with rear panel controls. A power switch is joined by a phase and LFE switch as well as volume and crossover frequency dials conveniently positioned.
Installation/Setup/Ease of Use
The folks at Infinity were kind enough to send me four Total Solution floor stands for the TSS-750 satellite speakers. If I were looking to add this theater system to my home, I would probably consider mounting the satellites to the wall or placing them on bookshelves and forego the added expense of speaker stands. But after I put the stands together and screwed the speakers down, the beauty and functionality of the TS stands became apparent. They match the speakers anodized aluminum finish perfectly and their simplistic good looks accentuate the design. Each stand positions the speaker 36 inches off the ground to optimize the home theater experience. They have heavy bases to keep the speakers upright even when carpet crawlers become overly curious, and a hollow shaft to conceal speaker wires inside the stand.
Once I had the satellites situated, I added the center channel to the system, which found a home atop my television. Infinity includes in the mix a center channel cradle with rubber feet and a rubber top that makes aiming the center channel quite easy. All the speakers have conveniently accessed gold-plated binding posts which made connectivity painless.Read more about the TSS-750 home cinema system on Page 2.