Tubes with Infinity IRS Betas


I have always ran my mid/high panels on my Betas with a krell Fpb400cx. A friend let me borrow A pair of Primaluna Prolouge 6 Amps with Kit-120 tubes. They sound really nice but I am not sure if they are powerful enough for the Job. I have a line on a nice set of Vtl 300 deluxe mono blocks. I quess my question is what would I gain with the extra power. I listen at maybe moderate levels at best. 
rvito
The IRS line was um, problematic. The crossovers were designed empirically through trial and error, amplifiers be damned. Here's the measurements from Stereophile:

https://www.stereophile.com/content/infinity-irs-beta-loudspeaker-measurements

It's not so much the power as the wavering impedance curve with a low of 1 Ohm, far lower than most tube amps recommend, and the wavering  interacts poorly with tube amps, in the sense you won't hear a flat response anymore.

I might suggest you see if anyone has produced a better crossover for these speakers. If so, I bet they fixed the impedance issues. Otherwise, stick to beefy SS.
One tube amp designed specifically for problematic low impedance loudspeakers is the Music Reference RM-200. It even has a 1 ohm tap! 100w/ch from a pair of KT-88 or 6550 tubes/ch.
I recommend a new set of x-overs from dstechlabs.com (Fort Lauderdale, FL). 
SS amps like the big Threshold Class A mono’s with preferably ARC tube mono’s driving the mid/high panels is a well worn path. I recall Arnie Nudell voiced the IRS speakers with ARC tubes up top. The key is you need powerful ss amps to drive the bass towers, and reasonably powerful tube mono’s to drive the mid/high panels. Basically the more power, the better.
One solution for such an impedance curve is a set of ZEROs (www.zeroimpedance.com) which will put the Betas in the range that most tube amps can handle.


We were an Infinity dealer, everything except IRS
the Big CJ Premier 1 had the needed gruntbut sounded even better with an Acoustat amp driving the low end
as Melbguy says

imo more problematic is integrating the bass towers into the room and not ending up with a seriously screwed up sense of depth
i always took the Opus 3 depth of image LP with me when setting up..

oh ya, I still do !!!!

have fun
great speakers
rvito
Tubes with Infinity IRS Betas
When they were first shown in Australia many moons ago at the Amada Conference Room Artarmon, the importer Ceto from Audio Excellence gave the old propaganda speech before playing them.

In that speech before we listened he said after conversing with Arnie Nudell, many will ask why we have the big Audio Research mono blocks on the bass and the (just as big) Threshold monoblocks on the mids and highs.

It was because of the IRS Beta’s impedance curve, it sounded better this way in the mids and highs and the bass was still in control with the tubes on them, with the tubes on the mids and highs there was a distinct lack of hf extension, air and dynamics.

https://www.stereophile.com/images/archivesart/988BETAFIG1.jpg

This is what was said on Stereophile with VTL300’s on the mids and highs " with a rising output impedance with frequency will produce a sound that is much mellower in the treble"
You don’t want this as this is what we got with the AR’s on the mids and highs

And what they got with the Mark Levinson on the mids and highs
" Mark Levinson No.20.5 amplifiers produced a sound from the Betas possessing considerably more HF energy than the VTL 300 tube amplifiers".

I would suggest a good powerfull solid state with high Class-A ability, not the Krell plateau biasing class-A, I’ve never thought that system sounded like it should of.
But set class-A like the user adjustable Class-A Gryphon Antillion or the bigger Pass Labs XA series


Cheers George
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@georgehifi, You said it yourself "many moons ago"...let’s say customer A has a nice used pair of Beta’s, a fully refurbed Threshold S/500 Series II (of which you’re very familiar) and a 2nd hand ARC Reference 110 with new NOS tubes, where are you going to put the tube amp? Obviously on the mid/high panels. Today, refurbs and better NOS tubes offer performance gains which surely allow a fresh baked look at amplification options on old legends like the IRS Betas.
A tube amp with a low output impedance, like the Music Reference RM-200 Mk.2. But is 100w/ch enough power?
I often wonder if they are worth the hassle and what would I replace them with. I would like to pick up the Vtl 300’s and give them a try but I have concerns there as well. I know they are long in the tooth and worry about reliability issues. I spoke with bea at Vtl and although pleasent to talk to the vibe I got was they really don’t care about past Products they would rather promote the new which I get but with a daughter in college my budget won’t allow it at this point.I love my Infinity speakers of which I have the Betas of course and the Gammas, Ren 90’s, Kappa 9. I cannot seem to find much information or opinions on the Vtl's. 
You said it yourself "many moons ago"...let’s say customer A has a nice used pair of Beta’s, a fully refurbed Threshold S/500 Series II (of which you’re very familiar) and a 2nd hand ARC Reference 110 with new NOS tubes, where are you going to put the tube amp?
Wouldn’t change anything, if fact back then our hearing was far more acute, still remain the same, as that downward sliding impedance curve
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This would still knock the HF out of the tube amps, on the Threshold s/500 things will remain flat out to 20khz.
And the Ref110 should cope still with the bass tower impedance, it doesn’t go below 5ohms on the Stereophile graph.

Cheers George
Not so much coin to put a Threshold into the mix
for grins.....