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Infinity Primus P162

Single bookshelf speaker (Black grille)

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Our take on the Infinity Primus P162

by Loren Barstow
Infinity

Why choose bookshelf speakers?

Bookshelf speakers may be small in size, but they can deliver surprisingly big sound. Some ultra-compact models even fit on a desktop. Most are right at home in tight spaces like shelves, so they're usually good choices for your home theater's rear channels. For the best performance, try placing bookshelf speakers on solid speaker stands to help the sound really "open up." If you want full bass impact, add a powered subwoofer and enjoy punchy sound that's as deeply satisfying as that of floor-standing speakers.

The Infinity Primus P162's rich, detailed sound makes it a great choice for music and movie lovers alike. Use a pair of these speakers in a stereo setup to enjoy pinpoint imaging and a wide soundstage from your favorite tunes. Or, if movies are your thing, you can use Primus P162s as part of a home theater system for dynamic and enveloping surround sound. All of the speakers in the Primus line are voice-matched, making it easy to assemble a complete system to fit your needs and budget.

The speaker's cabinet houses a 3/4" tweeter for the highs and a 6-1/2" woofer to handle the midrange and bass. Both drivers are made from Infinity's exclusive Metal Matrix Diaphragm™ material. This super-tough material uses an aluminum core to add rigidity to the drivers for clean, accurate sound, even when you crank up the volume.

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Recommended center channel: Infinity Primus PC350.

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Highlights:

  • sold individually
  • video-shielded
  • bass-reflex
  • frequency response 49-20,000 Hz (±3dB)
  • 8-ohm impedance
  • sensitivity 90 dB
  • handles up to 150 watts
  • 3/4" MMD™ tweeter
  • 6-1/2" MMD woofer
  • black woodgrain vinyl finish
  • 5-way binding posts
  • 8-3/16"W x 14-7/8"H x 11-1/16"D
  • warranty: 5 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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Features and Specs
Enclosure Bass Reflex
Video Shielded Yes
Tweeter Type Dome
Tweeter Size (inches) 0.75
Midrange Size (inches) ---
Woofer Size (inches) 6.5
Woofer Composition M.M.D.
Woofer Surround Rubber
Power Range 10-150
Sensitivity 90 dB
Impedance (Ohms) 8
Frequency Response 49-20k Hz
Connector Type 5-way post
Bi-amp Inputs No
Height (inches) 14-7/8
Width (inches) 8-3/16
Depth (inches) 11-1/16
Weight (pounds) 16.1
Mounting Bracket Included No
Recommended Stand Height (inches) 24
Parts Warranty 5 Years
Labor Warranty 5 Years
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What's in the box?

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  • One 2-way bookshelf speaker
  • Black cloth grille (removable)
  • 4 Self-adhesive rubber feet
  • Owner's Guide
  • Warranty sheet

Our Product Research Team

At Crutchfield, you'll get detailed, accurate information that's hard to find elsewhere. That's because we have our own in-house Product Research team — they open the box, verify contents, check the owner's manual, and record dimensions, features and specs. We stay on top of new products and technologies to help people make informed choices.

Driver Technology
Enclosure Design
Connections
Mounting Options

Driver Technology

Metal Matrix Diaphragm (M.M.D.): Derived from the C.M.M.D. material used in Infinity's flagship Cascade series, M.M.D. features a stiff aluminum core, anodized on both sides for increased strength and rigidity. M.M.D. transducers conduct sound faster than paper, polypropylene, and Kevlar, pushing unwanted resonances beyond the operating range of the transducer. M.M.D. drivers deliver crystal-clear, distortion-free sound from dynamic digital sources, even at high listening levels.

Woofers: The 6-1/2" M.M.D. cone woofer offers extremely accurate midrange response for cleaner, more realistic sound. For a smoother response and improved durability, the woofer uses rubber surrounds.

Tweeter: The speaker has a 3/4" M.M.D. dome tweeter that offers superior stiffness and damping compared to traditional metal domes.

Waveguide: The P162's tweeter utilizes an acoustical waveguide to deliver, more even high frequency response, no matter what part of the room you're in.

Crossovers: The speaker features a 2-way crossover system with crossover frequency at 3000Hz. The crossover has a 24dB/octave slope.

Voice-Matched: The P162 is voice-matched to all the speakers in the Primus line, so a complete matching system can be built.

Enclosure Design

Grille: The speaker comes with a removable cloth grille with a rigid plastic frame.

Connections

5-Way Binding Posts: The 5-way binding posts will accept bare wire, pin connectors, spade connectors, banana plugs, and dual banana plugs.

Mounting Options

Rubber Feet: The speakers come with 4 rubber self-adhesive feet for each speaker to help secure them in place to prevent slippage and vibration.

Wall Mounting: The optional B-Tech heavy duty side-grip wall-mounting bracket (121AM40B, sold separately) can be used to wall mount the speakers.

 
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5 out of 5

Rich sound

Written By Henry, Arlingotn, VA on Friday, February 24, 2012
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These speakers bring to life many details that I've been missing. If you like thumping bass, consider adding a subwoofer. I listen to a lot of Jazz and the imaging by these speakers are great and all I need. These speakers are great and the price Crutchfield has on them is a no brainer. I'm using them as desktop speakers. They're oversized for desktop speakers ... more like bookshelf or stand speakers, but I have a big desk and so it doesn't really matter The clearness to the sound is awesome and cannot be beat for the price.
Pros:
Clarity
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5 out of 5

Infinity Primus P162

Written By Jeff S., Collierville, TN on Monday, February 13, 2012
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I bought the Infinity Primus P162 speakers about two months ago and I'm really enjoying them. Hooked them up to my home theater system and they really sound good. They've added both depth and clarity (and VOLUME) I've been missing for a long time (just had the (4) little satellite speakers, center speaker & subwoofer before). I own Infinity home theater speakers as well as car speakers and have found their products to be admirable. I definately recommend these speakers.
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5 out of 5

Infinity Primus 162

Written By WillieC, Ann Arbor, MI on Saturday, February 11, 2012
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I've been a fan of Infinity speakers for a very long time. I purchased a pair of Reference 2000.1s, along with a BU-2 subwoofer nearly twenty years ago and have since sworn that I would only replace them with another pair of Infinitys. I shopped around when it came time to buy new speakers, but decided to stay true to my word. I must admit I was a bit hesitant to buy speakers without listening to them first, but I trusted Infinity to deliver a quality product. I have no regrets in doing so. I purchased a pair of the P162s along with a PC350 center channel from Crutchfield, and kept my old BU-2 sub. I received them yesterday, set them up in the same locations that the 2000.1s were in, and put them to the test. I was amazed! The P162s deliver crisp, clear highs and mids, along with nice deep bass response, even at low volumes. I haven't tried them without the BU-2, but who what's to. I highly recommend these speakers to anyone who wants great sounding bookshelf speakers at a great price.
Pros:
Great sound, great price, great service. What else could one ask for?
Cons:
Haven't found any yet.
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5 out of 5

Infinity Primus 162

Written By TW, Naples, FL on Tuesday, February 07, 2012
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Great speakers with good range. I set them up in my bedroom for TV and movies. I think they will do well even without a Sub Woofer.
Pros:
Great sound and range and price.
Cons:
Just a little on the large size for bookshelf speakers. But no big deal.
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4 out of 5

Infinity Primus P162

Written By Chris, Santa Clarita, Ca on Friday, February 03, 2012
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Pretty amazing value. Bass response wasn't as strong as I had hoped for but is better than the cheap speakers they replaced. Gotta ad a sub now. The high end is great.
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Infinity P162 Speakers Excellent Tonality for the dollars

Written By GaryJ, Cherry Hill, NJ on Wednesday, February 01, 2012
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Don't let the price fool you. The Primus line of Infinity brand speakers are nothing short of excellent especially when considering the cost to value ratio. These speakers compete with brands triple the price. I purchased these speakers to meet my sound mixing needs. As a full time musician and videographer, I appreciate the accuracy of tone these speakers putout. From previous purchases, I own a home theater speaker system comprised completely of Infinity Primus speakers and have been so pleased.
Pros:
Consistent manufacturing. Quality made and attractive looking cabinets.
Cons:
None
3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Very Good Rock-N-Roll Speakers

Written By Ron M, San Antonio, TX on Thursday, January 26, 2012
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I was surprised by the range and overall fidelity of these speakers. I have them in a samll "workout" room. I drive them with 60 watts of continuous power and push the high frequencies with a separate graphic equalizer. Crank up anything from Aerosmith to ZZ Top.
Pros:
Small size, overall frequency response.
Cons:
The speakers do not "ATTACH" the recommended floor stand. They simply rest on top.
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Surprising sound for it's size.

Written By Jeff, Asheboro, N.C. on Thursday, January 26, 2012
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I bought these speakers as an addition for a low power tube amp kit that I put together. Wow,was I am surprised at the bottom end, (bass) and the treble was not harsh, just sweet-easy to listen to. I purchased another pair along with two Infinty 362 tower speakers while they are on sale. I'm sure there are better speakers out there for critical listening, but for the money and sound that I here in these, I will continue to enjoy for a long while.
Pros:
Good sound, great price, doesn't take a lot of space
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5 out of 5

Excellent speakers for the money

Written By Michael, Arlington, VA on Sunday, January 22, 2012
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Thanks to an great recommendation by a Crutchfield salesman, I purchased these speakers which turned out to be a fine set at an excellent value.
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5 out of 5

Infinity Primus P162

Written By Emmanuel, Canoga Park, CA on Saturday, January 21, 2012
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Great bookshelf speakers on a budget; clear and crisp sound specially when matched with a sub.
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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3 out of 5

Infinity Primus P162

Written By mart, Lakewood, NY on Saturday, January 21, 2012
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I didn't expect to get much bass from them, which was ok, but I did expect to get great highs, which was not there. For the money, I would have to say they are average.
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5 out of 5

Suprised!

Written By JerryK, Brodhead, WI on Wednesday, November 02, 2011
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Very well suprised with the sound of these speakers. The bass response is quite exceptional for a speaker of this size. I'm using them as surround sound speakers and they have done nothing but add to the whole home theater system easily out performing the Pioneer speakers they replaced. It's a whole new experience!! As far as playing music with these speakers within the system.....FANTASTIC!
Pros:
Price, quality, and power handling capabilities from a bookshelf speaker. Great sound on a budget. Why spend more?
3 out of 4 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Great Value!

Written By Charles, Canon City, CO on Thursday, October 20, 2011
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Hooked up as the 'B' speakers on an older Kenwood KR-V7070 receiver with some large floor standing AR speakers on the 'A' line. The P162s added a whole new dimension to my music. A really good value for the high quality of the sound. I love 'em.
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5 out of 5

Outstanding

Written By YG, Stamford, CT on Wednesday, October 19, 2011
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I just got six of those and set everything up. The sound quality is great!! excellent value.
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5 out of 5

Infinity Primus P162

Written By Bob T., Abbottstown, Pa. on Thursday, October 13, 2011
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A few months ago I bought my first pair of these P162's. I bought at the same time a Yamaha RX397 receiver that was suggested as a good pairing in an ad from Crutchfield. The gear was to update some of my tired old stuff in my basement Rec-Room. I was very impressed with both components.The speakers sound great! In my opinion they perform similar to speakers 2 or 3 times their price range. I was so impressed by them that as soon as they were back in stock I ordered another pair to put on the "B" stereo channel of my main unit upstairs(A Dennon receiver also purchased from Crutchfield) Wow! I love em! The price, 5 year warranty, and crutchfield service, how can you go wrong?
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5 out of 5

Great value for money!

Written By PrasadL, Kansas City, MO on Wednesday, October 12, 2011
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I used to be Audiophile and used Infinity HI-End speakers long time ago. So when I wanted to replace my home theater speakers I selected these and hopped for the best because of low price. Boy I was not disappointed. They sound excellent. Make sure to buy good matching stands. I always preferred bookshelf speakers on stand instead of full cabinet speakers because I believe excessive cabinetry muddy the sound.
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5 out of 5

Excellent

Written By Joel, Puerto Rico on Tuesday, September 13, 2011
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This speakers have a crisp sound and detailed. Good bass power and excellent on the hi sounds.
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Infinity Primus P162

Written By Big Daddy, Bradenton FL on Monday, August 15, 2011
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These are GREAT book shelve speakers using a 100 watt multiplex great sound, do not distort when turning up the volume. Great value for the price and as always the packages arrived with in 4 day, packaged with no damage to contents and as always the satisfaction of Crutchfield and warranty of infinity speakers. Thanks Tim for all your help
1 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Infinity Primus P162

Written By Herb, Raleigh, NC on Friday, June 24, 2011
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Ordered a pair of P162 on June 21 and they arrived on June 23--hats off to Crutchfield. My initial impression of the P162 is very positive. I am powering them with an old Pioneer receiver and am pleased with the sound quality. At $170 per pair with free shipping, the P162 are a great value
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Primus P162

Written By Chuck, Ga. on Monday, June 20, 2011
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Even though these are being replaced with the P163, I still felt the need to review this speaker for those of you that may be on the bubble about buying a pair. For my money, and ears, they are a steal! I have a pair connected as a B set with the P362's as my A's in a stereo music listening application. They are about 1/3 the size, a bit more subdued sounding than their larger siblings, but the overall musical performance is excellent. The bass is exceptional, the mids and highs are smooth with no signs of the harshness common in many speakers at this price. A true bargain to my ears and wallet!
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Great Small Speaker

Written By Mike, Meade, KS on Monday, June 20, 2011
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Great small speaker. I have 3 pair of these in my 30X30 garage with a Denon 3803 receiver and a DCM Sub. I enjoy listening to music when I work in my garage and they have great sound that fills the whole garage. I have them placed about ear level when I am standing. Would highly recommend them and they are at a great price through Crutchfield.
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5 out of 5

awesome

Written By keef, Orange, CT on Monday, June 20, 2011
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hooked speakers up to my second "nostalgia system": Marantz 2226B (refurbed by irebuildmarantz.com, 15 year old Marantz cd changer SE; Mapleshade speaker cable, Kimber PBJ interconnect. There is NO OTHER speaker for $169 PAIR better in the world. (I am an audio junkie CONSTANTLY researching equipment...LOL). Stereophile class C when they were STILL only $350...
2 out of 3 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Infinity Primus P162

Written By EarlE, Saint Louis, MO on Monday, April 04, 2011
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I'm very pleased with this speaker. It's larger than most bookshelf speakers,
but that's what I was looking for. I have paired it with a Klipsch RF 42-II, to good
effect, The Klipsh is a bit brighter on the high end, the Infinity mellower for
music and stronger on the bass end of the spectrum. The two are very
compatible. Only thing, the Infinity, even at its regular price, was less costly. At
Crutchfield's discounted price, it's a clear winner.
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5 out of 5

amazing deal, amazing sound

Written By jon m, big lake, mn on Wednesday, March 23, 2011
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This is the second time i've bought these speakers. Simply put, they rock!
amazing sound, detail, clarity, and surprising bass. Any small-medium room
will be blown away by the power of these speakers. Add a powered subwoofer
to the mix and it's all you'll ever need (surround sound enthusiasts excluded)

Beyond that, crutchfield's staff represents the pinnacle of customer service and
product knowledge. Fast & free shipping, great service, mega bang-for-
buck...your perfect shopping experience has arrived!
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5 out of 5

Excellent Clarity and Transparency

Written By Greg C, Cranston, RI on Saturday, March 19, 2011
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I recently purchased these speakers along with an Onkyo Tx-8555 2 channel
stereo receiver and primarily use the system for vinyl playback in a small room.
I am very pleased with the performance at a price that is really a steal! These
speakers have great transparency and do an excellent job reproducing high
frequencies. Acoustic guitar reproduction is amazing - very musical and
detailed. Regarding the bass response, you can certainly add a sub if you want
to enhance the low end, but the speakers will produce an adequate amount of
bass for most listeners. I challenge you to find a better bookshelf speaker at
this price point.
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Great speakers

Written By TimM, Maine on Saturday, March 19, 2011
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I have owned the Infinity Primus p152 and loved them and purchased the p162
to complete a surround sound system. They sound great and are big enough to
pack a good punch and not too big to overwhelm the room.
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5 out of 5

Great for the investment

Written By G512GA, Pleasant Ridge, Mi. on Saturday, March 12, 2011
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I bought these for monitor speakers on a TV. They're running through a low
amperage Sony 100 watt stereo that I may run a iPod or iPhone through for
acoustic wallpaper. They handle the MP3 files nicely in addition to the news or
Jeopardy soundtrack material while we're eating dinner. Their definition is actually
quite good. I could imagine they'd be wonderful with a sub-woofer in a 5-1 or 7-1
set-up. I'm confident you'd have to pay a lot more to get only a little better for
speakers no larger than these are. Worth every penny. Give them listen.
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5 out of 5

Infinity Primus P162

Written By John S, Miami on Monday, March 07, 2011
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Excellent speakers. I'm using them as monitors in my home studio. I had bought some
Sony B-3000's and wasn't happy with them, they were less than a $100 a pair so I
guess I got what I paid for. These are much better, all the instruments are clearly
distinguishable, not like the Sony's where everything was muddled together. I wouldn't
use them on my main stereo, (I have JBL LX-55's there) but for monitors, or for a smaller
stereo or for TV speakers they would be an excellent choice.
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5 out of 5

Fabulous quality at a great price

Written By JohnK, Portland, OR on Tuesday, February 15, 2011
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I've been using the P162s, trying them out in a couple of different rooms for
about a week now, and I'm truly thrilled by their performance. The front port
appears to allow for more flexibility in placement than other speakers I've
used, and the sound is clean, open, and uncolored. The price is amazing for
what I consider to be true audiophile quality sound. You'll want to use a
subwoofer with them, but that's true of practically any speakers. A serious
bargain.
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5 out of 5

Great

Written By rich r, Brick, NJ on Monday, February 07, 2011
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I got these a month ago and am using them for rear surround speakers and they are
great. The sound from them is exceptional. They add so much more to my surround
setup.
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5 out of 5

Infinity Primus P162

Written By mgtr, Melbourne Beach, FL on Saturday, February 05, 2011
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I have a couple pairs of Athena bookshelf speakers, with which I am well pleased. I
wanted another pair to replace some crummy speakers I was using on one system, but
they aren't made anymore. These infinity speakers have about the same specs, and the
price is right.
I am happy with the speakers, they sound great.
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5 out of 5

Great Sound from Compact Speakers

Written By RichD, Minneapolis, MN on Friday, February 04, 2011
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What a great set of compact bookshelf speakers! I'm amazed at the sonic quality
of these gems. Crystal clear highs and excellent mid-range. Might want to add
a powered subwoofer to enhance the bass. Don't hesitate to add these to your
system. Crutchfield service is A+.
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5 out of 5

Excellent sound

Written By Jerome, Chester on Wednesday, February 02, 2011
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Sound is fabulous. Added a Yamaha sub-woofer and classical, Jazz and rock all sound magnificent.
Speakers are a bit bulky if you're thinking of shelf speakers. They won't fit on most shelves,but that's the only drawback. Great price, great sound!
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5 out of 5

BUY BUY BUY!

Written By SteveP, HamptonRoads, VA on Saturday, January 29, 2011
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All I can say is awesoooome! I recently purchased the Onkyo TX-8555 2 ch stereo
receiver and was running some old school Sony 3 way floor speakers. The sound quality
was so so and I was a little disappointed with the receiver at first. I figured I needed a
speaker upgrade and boy was a happy with the upgrade to these Infinity's. Great mid
bass sound and excellent mids and highs. I really love some low end bass sound to my
music and these speakers aren't designed for that so I will be adding a powered
subwoofer to complete my system. Don't get me wrong though... these speakers do
pack good punchy bass but can't really handle lower end bass about 40hz and below.
Buy Buy Buy these bad boys and with the price cut... you can't beat it!
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5 out of 5

Great Speakers

Written By Rick L, Chesterfield Mo. on Wednesday, January 26, 2011
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Easy hookup, great sound.
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5 out of 5

Perfect Sound

Written By CheapTechie, Corpus Christi, TX on Sunday, January 23, 2011
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I use these as the rear surround sound speakers with my system and Infinity
tower speakers in the front.

I love these because of the extra bass the 6.5" woofers provide. Having bass
coming through the whole surround system like that makes a big difference.
Plus, these are exceptionally clear with very crisp sound.

I would definitely recommend these to a friend!
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5 out of 5

Well balanced sound at a great price

Written By Mike, Holland, MI on Friday, December 24, 2010
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After doing a lot of research for speakers that would work for a home theater system but
still be good for music, I decided to go with these for both main and rear speakers. I have
to say they are a great choice.

The sound is very even and balanced across the audio spectrum and they have very
good bass for a bookshelf speaker. By combining them with a reasonably priced
subwoofer and the PC350 center channel speaker, I have a system that gives clear,
effortless sound. The home theater performance of these is satisfying and effective. For
music, they give me smooth, clean sound that is easy to listen to.

If you are looking for some bookshelf speakers for music or some surround speakers for a
home theater system, these are an excellent choice for almost anyone. And if you have a
smaller room like mine (less than 2000 cubic feet, in my case), they are also extremely
functional main speakers.

And the price/performance ratio on these are great. There is no doubt these are an
excellent value.
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5 out of 5

The Best out there !!!

Written By Dave G., Waynesboro,PA. on Tuesday, December 21, 2010
 
I don't know how to describe how good these speakers truely are. They are studio
monitor quality and I know without a doubt Infinity is onto something with their Metal
Matrix Diaphragm. These are a cut above Polk and Bose. I have had both and these
reveal things so clearly you will forget your listening to speakers. These are the most
musical speakers you can buy right now and for the price you will feel like you stole
them! Get a pair and you will see.
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5 out of 5

Exceptional Sound for the Cost

Written By WildBill, NJ on Friday, December 03, 2010
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I replace a JBL matched surround 5.1 set with this Infinity mix, using the P162's as my
front L/R speakers, the Infinity PC350 for the Center and Infinity P152's as the surrounds.

The JBL set were new and the ones with the very small speakers and I found out the
hard way you get a very small sound out of very small speakers, guess no real surpirse
there.

As front L/R the Infinity P162's are outstanding, crisp highs, solid mid-range and clear
base, they are not huge but deliver a big speaker sound and matched with the others
made it feel like I had just bought an entirely new audio system, I heard things I have
never heard before with these, but the most important aspect is how well balanced they
are giving what I will call a true surround effect, you feel in the sound field like at a
theater.

It does not matter if you are playing at a low volume or rocking the house down, the
speakers stay true and while not very technical, just sound fantastic. I used to only fire
up the home theater to watch movies, now I find I have it on for most TV watching, they
just add that much to the experience.

Not sure I could be any happier, they sound great and look great.
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5 out of 5

very good

Written By N, Syosset, NY on Thursday, December 02, 2010
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love 'em. I created a small simulation to find out how flat the response of the speaker is and i was amazed by the quality. at this price it was steal
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5 out of 5

What I was looking for.

Written By Greg B., Tariffville, CT on Thursday, December 02, 2010
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Hello Everyone,
I have had these Infinity P162's for about two weeks now.
I was looking for main stereo speakers that I could reasonably use without a subwoofer.
It was a difficult decision between these and the Boston Acoustic CS 26. Either would be a
good choice but without a subwoofer, I am glad that I chose these Infinities for the low end. I
have not had the volume over 50 yet (half way) but with the 90db sensitivity that is plenty loud.
No problem with distortion and the low end is fine...no need in the near future to buy subs.
These are not small, they are 15" high and plenty heavy but that is what I would expect for a
solid sound. If you want smaller, look at the Boston Acoustics CS26 or the Klipsch B20.
I am very happy with these so far. I put them on homemade 30" speaker stands. For the price, I
think I made the right decision.
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5 out of 5

Infinity Primus P162

Written By Mark K, West Milford NJ on Sunday, November 28, 2010
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nice speakers-great sound,small footprint
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5 out of 5

Infinity Primus P162

Written By RonL, Lafayette, In on Sunday, November 21, 2010
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After I placed an order for a pair of the Infinity P 162's, I was surprised at how quickly they
arrived at my door. They sound full and lifelike and I could actually hear things that I never
noticed on my old Mini-Stereo System, such as certain voice parts. I can hear symbols on
certain tracks where I couldn't before. If you're on a tight budget like me, but would like very
much to hear what's on that cd, buy a pair of these speakers. And if you've got money
coming out of you're ears, buy them anyway...you'll be glad you did.
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5 out of 5

Infinity Primus P162

Written By JimD, Eaton, Oh 45320 on Saturday, November 20, 2010
 
I purchased a pair of Infinity P162 speakers and found them to look and sound great.
As usual, Crutchfield had the best selection and price of anyone, which is why I continue
to make Crutchfield my first and last stop on the web whenever I look to purchase audio
or video equipment online or in the stores. Free shipping, fast turnaround, free support,
why go anywhere else?
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5 out of 5

Great but can use a mod

Written By TJE, Panama City Fl on Thursday, November 11, 2010
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This is a good sounding speaker for the price, I bought 8 of them, plus a pair of 362s and a
pc350. However their performance can be greatly improved by lining the inside of the
cabinet with two layers of roofing seam tape and then a 1/2" layer of quiet brace, both can
be found at home depot for cheap. Its amazing the reductions in vibrations and reflections
this simple, yet time consuming, modification makes. While it may void your warranty,
thats a small price to pay for bass that is much tighter and highs that are not nearly as
fatiguing. Infinity puts great drivers in the Primus line, but the cabinet is the weak link in
performance. Still, even stock, these are a good speaker for the money.
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5 out of 5

Infinity Primus P162

Written By Ken R., buffalo n.y. on Tuesday, October 19, 2010
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I purchased these speakers to replace my 5 year old infinity primus
150,s. the 162,s have a lower bottom end with a fuller sounding mid
range. I think for the money these speakers for their sound and build
quality can't be beat, even at a higher price range.
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5 out of 5

BEST for the money!

Written By Aaron L., Arlington, WA on Monday, October 18, 2010
 
These have GREAT sound and capability for the cost investment. I have them running stereo off of the B channel on a high end amplifier and they'll take whatever I can dish out. (I have 2 Yamaha s15e concert monitors stereo on the A channel) Keep in mind, P162s have 6" woofers so they aren't going to sound like 15" woofers in the low end, they are AWESOME on my system as I use them for midrange/high end sound to compliment the s15e monitors. These would also work great as mains on any system and they REALLY can handle alot of wattage, cleanly!

I think the ideal speaker system for home theater and serious music would be the following:
Right Front: P162
Left Front: P162
Center: PC350
Right Surround: P152
Left Surround: P152
Right Rear Surround: P142
Left Rear Surround: P142
SUB: TSS SUB4000

If you get a capable receiver to run them (Harman Kardon, Denon, etc.), you'll be in heaven.

Enjoy!
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4 out of 5

Amazing Value for Money

Written By Andrew, Boston, MA on Thursday, September 23, 2010
 
I bought these as replacements for my bedroom system when the price dropped. As others have pointed out, they are very musical in their presentation. I immediately noticed a wider, better defined sound stage, a more palpable definition around instruments, especially percussion, and Infinity's trademark rhythmic slam which makes live performance especially involving.

The most impressive strength of these speakers is their natural sounding midrange, especially noticeable on voices. There is a good deal of bass for a speaker this size, but there is definitely an upper bass "plumpness" that speaker manufacturers put there to fool you into thinking there is more bass than their actually is.

If I have any complaint, it is with the tweeters. While they are remarkably clear with a wide dispersal pattern (excellent for voice clarity in two channel home theater), they do have a tendency to sound a little shrill and coarse with some material, especially badly recorded digital discs. The effect is worse at higher volumes.

That said, it is impossible to overlook the amount of quality sound these buggers put out for the current price. Their 90db sensitivity also means you won't have to spend a lot of money buying amplifier power. If you are looking for significant upgrade to a cheap bookshelf system (as I was), you won't be disappointed. If you are seeking a higher standard of sonic nirvana, be prepared to spend a lot more money.
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5 out of 5

priceless

Written By mark, haverhill massahusetts on Tuesday, September 14, 2010
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these speakers sound so deep and crisp its so amazing thought i would never say this but hey sound as good or better than my towers.
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5 out of 5

Great speakers, especially for the price.

Written By BT, Fishers, IN on Monday, September 06, 2010
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I have always been an Infinity fan. I have been out of the Home Theatre world for a while
and wanted to get my system back up to speed without spending a fortune. These
speakers are used for my fronts and they sound great. For music and HT I cannot be
happier. I have them crossed over at 80HZ and sending everything lower to my sub and
they perform very well even at low volumes they are very dynamic.

I am no audiophile, but I am very demanding of the equipment that I buy and these
perform beautifully. Thank you Crutchfield!
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4 out of 5

Stupid Walls

Written By CorryM, Grand Rapids, MI on Wednesday, August 25, 2010
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Great speaker, especially when it is on sale. Too bad it doesn't actually have the keyhole slots as referred to in the hand-on section for wall hanging......

[Editor's Note: Thanks for bringing this our attention, and we apologize for any inconvenience. We have confirmed you are correct, and have updated our website presentation.]
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5 out of 5

Infinity Primus P162

Written By Morris, Montgomery, AL on Tuesday, August 17, 2010
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Ordered four speakers and one had an internal defect where static was coming though the speaker with the sound. After checking every possible error on my end, I determined that it must be the speaker. Notified Crutchfield; who sent me return paperwork. Since I still had the original box, it was nothing to repack it and send it back via UPS, prepaid. I received another speaker within three days to complete the set. No questions asked. By the way, the four speakers blow me out of the room which is quite large. Totally satisfied.
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4 out of 5

Very "Musical"

Written By GeorgeE, Ft. Myers, FL on Tuesday, August 17, 2010
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I replaced Klipsch F-3's with the 162's because I have the matching subwoofer for the Infinity speakers, and my wife hated the sound of the Klipschses, but (luckily) LOVES the 162's. They are much more open, airy, they reproduce the sound stage (if the CD was miked right), and are just plain musical. I haven't had them long enough to go 5 stars.
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5 out of 5

Great Quality Speakers

Written By Scott, Richmond, KY on Thursday, July 15, 2010
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If your looking for a great deal on top quality speakers, order these asap. As others have said, you can hear things you've never heard before with these Infinity's. They have a great sound all by themselves. I would however suggest an Infiniy sub-woofer for a deeper bass in a surround speaker set-up. Infinity has always been top of line in stereo speakers and it's great to be able to hear them in my entertainment room. I hope to buy a pair of P152's for satellites, an Infinity center and a sub in the near future. The wife won't be happy.
P.S.-Crutchfeld's same-day shipping, super service and great pricing can't be beat anywhere....and I mean anywhere.
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5 out of 5

Very Satisfied

Written By Anonymous, Indiana on Monday, July 05, 2010
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I am very happy with this purchase. Bought a pair of P162's for our open floor plan on the main level. They are enough to fill the entire area and still sound crisp and accurate. I tried the Polk R150's before these and they did not hold a candle to the infinity's. Great price and fast delivery made this impossible to pass up.
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5 out of 5

Infinity Primus P162

Written By norman, dover delaware on Thursday, June 24, 2010
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These speakers are excellent in every way. The sound quality is just right and the size is perfect. The speed in which the were delivered was great . You guys are the best. Thanks.
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5 out of 5

cap over banana plug connector

Written By Steve, Denver, CO on Sunday, May 09, 2010
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These speakers sound excellent. They seem to be a great value for the price. No complaints so far.

I will say that my speakers had red and black plastic caps covering the banana plug openings on the 5-way bind posts. These caps are quite sturdy and it was not at all obvious to me that these are removable. If you want to use banana plugs, gently pry off the caps with something sharp. This was confusing because I did not see any mention of this in the user manual.
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5 out of 5

Infinity Primus P162

Written By Anonymous, California on Monday, April 19, 2010
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Just finished completion of a full Primus 5.1 system (28, 152 surrounds, 250 center, and 162's upfront).

The 162's replaced some well used Sterling Series by Infinity, which served well for over a decade.

The 162's improve the sound in such a way that it has caused me to "re test drive" some CD's to hear them in a new light. I am back to 2ch listening which is a testament to the bass response of the 162's.

Be patient with the break-in period and you will hear the sound stage improve.

My last 162 was a "scratch/dent" (yes there were dents). The dent is not noticeable from the shelf but the sound is noticed throughout the 12 x 18 room.

The Primus experience has been excellent. The affordability of the line and the tonal quality is amazing. One may spend more, of course, but I have money left over to purchase music and spend on more family essentials.

Crutchfield and the Primus line is a great partnership for your entertainment dollar.
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5 out of 5

Natural, Neutral Speakers

Written By Anonymous, Northern California on Sunday, February 21, 2010
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I got these speakers to replace some smaller speakers that were not filling my medium sized listening room with sufficiently full sound. I'm using the P162's on 26" stands in stereo set-up and am very satisfied. After about 30 hours of breaking-in the speakers sound full-bodied without a bass bump or treble emphasis. The mid-range is particularly accurate. I listen to vocal jazz, orchestral and chamber classics... the speakers handle these genres beautifully. Earns my highest recommendation for quality and value...
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5 out of 5

Good Surrounds

Written By kwanglog, Chapel Hill on Tuesday, January 26, 2010
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Use them as rear surrounds with P362 and PC350. Quite satisfied. May try them out
as fronts in a smaller room in the near future.
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5 out of 5

Infinity P162

Written By Collin, Kansas on Tuesday, December 29, 2009
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I purchased the P162's to replace my surround speakers that always seemed to
sound a bit "thin" and just couldn't reproduce the low tones needed for a home
theater system. These are quite the upgrade; I can't believe the sound that comes
out of these speakers. I use them primarily as home theater surrounds but they
also sound great with stereo music.
For a two-way bookshelf speaker, they have very full range and clarity. If you plan
on using these primarily as stereo speakers and still want to hear/feel the lows,
I would strongly recommend a subwoofer. I listened with and without a sub; with
the subwoofer they sound like full-size speakers.
The depth of the cabinet is the only real negative aspect I can find; if you have them
against a wall as surrounds, they stick out quite a bit. Considering how good they
sound, I can let a bit of obtrusiveness slide. If you have the space, they are certainly
a great-sounding speaker for the money. I read several expert reviews before
purchasing and they all said the same thing; for the price (or even twice the price),
you won't find a better speaker. I would recommend these speakers to anyone.
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4 out of 5

Working fine

Written By Claudia, Chicago on Saturday, November 28, 2009
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I give these a four because to my ears the sound doesn't fill my modest living room-dining room quite the way I had hoped for. But I like the quality of the sound, the size of the box and its unassuming look.

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5 out of 5

great value

Written By ty, Los Angeles, CA on Wednesday, October 07, 2009
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I'm not much of an audiophile so my opinion isn't worth much but they sound pretty good to me. For me they're nice, quality speakers to replace the cheapos I've had since high school. Heavy, good construction, simple but attractive. I went with the 162s because of several very positive reviews in high end a/v magazines- the reviewers were really impressed with the performance for the price (and that was when these were over $300 a pair!). Check out the reviews then check out these speakers.
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5 out of 5

Amazing Quality, Amazing Value

Written By Frank, Chicago, IL on Thursday, July 23, 2009
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I have quite a few various sizes of Infinity Primus speakers. This is the 2nd pair of P162s that I have purchased through crutchfield (actually have had them for half a year already, but my review for the older ones with the silver grill isn't appearing anymore so why not plug them again?) and Both the speaker quality and price are just outstanding. I have them on about 2-3 hours a day for music (my others are part of my home theatre) and the range you get out of these will blow anything else away anywhere near this price. I would recommend them when they are full price, so when they are discounted as they almost always are through Crutchfield, I have to add "highly" to the recommend. And Crutchfield has continued to be so good with their shipping and service that its become standard and I almost forget to mention it.
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5 out of 5

Infinity Primus P162

Written By Frank, Las Vegas, NV on Friday, July 10, 2009
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Great sound, Great price, Fast shipping. No Cons.
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4 out of 5

Infinity Primus P162

Written By chunk, Seattle, Wa on Friday, June 19, 2009
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Nice speaker, Great sound for the price. This is my fourth set of Infinity's and my only complaint on any of them is there ability to handle sustained power over longer periods of time. the mmd or cmmd technology they employ though nice sounding has nothing on there old polypropylene design in there older speakers. They handled power much better and delivered the same crispness and clearity but you could drive them at much higher power levels. But for the price, they still deliver a lot of bang!.I assume there higher price speakers can still handle some juice however.But for the budget minded consumer who wants top notch sound at a reasonable price. GO FOR IT!!
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4 out of 5

Infinity Primus P162

Written By Clark, PA on Thursday, May 14, 2009
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Speakers sound great, suprisingly good base for a 2 ways speaker with 6 1/2 inch woofer. Speaker grill design is odd in that it is spaced about 1/4 " from speaker body and doesnt match my primus 250 tower speakers in appearance.

The speakers are driven by my trusty 30 year old 20 watt analog receiver and replaced a set of 30 yr old 3 way speakers with 10" woofers. Thought I would really need a subwoofer, but will be fine in my small room without.
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4 out of 5

Very Good Speakers

Written By tx.jeff, Tyler, tx on Wednesday, April 29, 2009
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Extremley good buy for the price. Great bass and very good sound overall. I have as part of my Primus line up with a Onkyo 806 they are the perfect marriage. Almost have no need for a subwoofer. A 10" sub would be plenty for these bass pumping speakers.
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4 out of 5

Great value

Written By Greg, Portland, OR on Tuesday, March 31, 2009
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I currently have Denon components hooked up to a 10 year old combo of Klipsch bookshelves and a subwoofer. My wife and I wanted to get something smaller that still had good sound. We listened to other high-end speakers, but were not impressed. The audiophile reviews all said that the Primus 150's were fantastic for the money, so we decided to try out a pair of 162's. After breaking them in for a week, we compared them side by side with my Klipsch $440/pr bookshelves using the A/B channels on my stereo. The Infinity have a much cleaner sound; the Klipsch, because of the horn tweeter, have too much treble (we tried classical, jazz, pop and r&b for the comparison). The 162's, while not as efficient as the Klipsch, can handle a lot of power with the distortion we noticed with the other brand speakers. We are very happy and are now going to buy the Infinity sub to round out the set.
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5 out of 5

The reviews don't lie

Written By William, Millville,NJ on Thursday, February 05, 2009
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I was looking to treat myself to a new pair of quality speakers so I did a lot of research on the web. All the top stereo publications gave these little gems rave reviews, many calling them some of the best speakers regardless of price. With the days of auditioning stereo gear in a showroom a thing of the past, I ordered them online, knowing with Crutchfield I could send them back.They are fantastic speakers and they will be staying right here. The bottom line, awesome speakers under $200 a pair with free delivery to my door in less than 24 hours. Maybe we should put Bill Crutchfield in charge of getting our economy back on track.
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5 out of 5

Fantastic For Center Channel Use!

Written By Willis, SoCal on Wednesday, August 06, 2008
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I have a Studio Series speaker system setup. The center S-Channel speaker blew the dual 5-1/4" woofers and they wanted $132 for two new woofers, shipping/handling/processing and tax. No thanks. I found the Infinity P162 doing a Google search, as well the Crutchfield link and liked what I read. I took a chance that this non-typical-center-channel-speaker would work for me as a decent center channel replacement speaker until I purchase a whole new speaker system setup. How wrong I was! It fit PERFECTLY with the rest of my speakers! No need for a new speaker system. The speaker works extremely well as a center channel speaker. It now sits directly on top of my HDTV HDD recorder and there's NO electrical interference whatsoever, so the video shielding is very decent. It also has a better frequency response (a lot more low bass)and better power handling than the S-Center and other typical center channel speakers. It's just our luck Crutchfield sells this speaker unit as a single unit, rather than only in pairs! For this price, shipped to your house, you cannot find a better speaker at that price! Great frequency response, great power handling, good efficiency level, good accuracy and looks great, too. This line of Infinity speakers replaces the now ended economical line of studio-style speakers.
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5 out of 5

Very definition of

Written By Ken, Atlanta, GA on Tuesday, July 29, 2008
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I recently purchased a pair of these speakers to use in a 2-channel setup within a 11x13 listening room. I looked into more expensive speakers but found so many positive reviews, including those in audiophile publications, that I could not resist at least trying these speakers out. Crutchfield's generous 30-day return policy makes this a very low risk endeavor.
Got the speakers, set them up on their stands and gave them a few days to break in while I adjusted their location to get the best sound stage possible. What do I think?
Wow.
These little jewels are musical. Full of body and spirit! High frequency extension? Check. Low bass extension? You betcha. Mid-range depth and sound staging? And then some. You can certainly find better speakers...but I challenge someone to find a significantly better loudspeaker for stereo use for less than 3...maybe 4 times the price. I personally am using the money saved to continue upgrading other components. Sure, I'll replace these speakers in the future. But until then I'm going to keep listening and keep smiling.
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5 out of 5

Very good for music and movies

Written By Shreeram, Sunnyvale, CA on Saturday, June 14, 2008
 
I have been using Primus 160's in 5.0 setup along with a center C250 hooked up with Onkyo TX-SR505. The speakers are with me for past four to five years and still serving me very well. Over the years they have stood up to the clarity. Every guest who plays their favorite CD on it , is taken aback by its clear rendition. Be it country, jazz, rock (Eagles, Pink Floyd, Santana, Norah Jones, Peter Gabriel) to elaborate the samples. In Home theater application it really drowns you feeling satisfied. Polar Express the ride on top of the train, when it hurtles down towards the tunnel, Matrix Reloaded the first scene where Trinity make her entrance and many other scene that I cant recollect now.

Even enjoy my FM radio music on this, Classical, Smooth Jazz, and Rock

I guess all this performance is attributed to the really light and stiff material used in their MMD technology. Talk about handling volume, you can really crank these babies up. But civility towards my neighbors prevent me from doing that.

Thoroughly satisfied, with the price, and its ability to handle music and movies. The best speakers for this price range period. My dream system would be to expand the existing system with a pair of floor standing Primus 360 and two 12" subwoofers, keepin the theme of value for money in mind.
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5 out of 5

Excellent value

Written By Gerard, Rockland, New York on Wednesday, April 30, 2008
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Very musical, coherent treble to bass, good imaging. Used in my computer room where my previous favorites were Polk RT25i's. P162's best sounding for me; have had many different speakers since early 60's, I think $99 each with the usual excellent Crutchfield service makes for an excellent value.
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