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Infinity Primus P163

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by Kristen Schaub
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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.

With Infinity's Primus P163, you get the real deal — rich, detailed sound and a price tag that won't leave your wallet empty. It's all thanks to a combination of Metal Matrix Diaphragm® driver technology and a low-resonance enclosure. You'll hear sparkling high frequencies and detailed midrange from any type of music, at any volume level. And for a compact bookshelf speaker, the bass might just surprise you. So sit back, relax, and enjoy the lifelike vocals and robust instrumentals that this speaker has to offer.

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Exclusive Infinity Metal Matrix Diaphragm drivers
The Primus P163 features Infinity's exclusive Metal Matrix Diaphragm ("MMD" for short) driver technology in both the 3/4" tweeter and 6-1/2" woofer. These MMD drivers consist of a stiff aluminum core, anodized on both sides for increased strength and rigidity. The result is extremely fast, extremely accurate response, so you'll hear distinctly cleaner, more realistic sound, even at higher volume levels.

Build a complete Primus® system
The Infinity Primus P163 will fill just about any room with dramatic and well-defined sound. Use a pair to create a high-quality stereo system, or add it to Infinity's P363 floor-standing speaker and PC351 center channel speaker to create a stunning Primus home theater system. And don't forget to add the perfectly matched PS38 powered subwoofer to get deep, accurate bass in the mix.

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Highlights:

  • frequency response 49-20,000 Hz (±3dB)
  • handles up to 150 watts
  • sensitivity 90 dB
  • 8-ohm impedance
  • Metal Matrix Diaphragm® drivers minimize distortion
  • 3/4" MMD dome tweeter
  • 6-1/2" MMD woofer
  • magnetically shielded for safe placement next to older tube TVs
  • bass-reflex (ported) design
  • black woodgrain vinyl finish
  • 5-way binding posts
  • 8-3/16"W x 14-15/16"H x 11-1/8"D
  • weight: 16.1 lbs.
  • 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) N/A
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) 14-15/16
Width (inches) 8-3/16
Depth (inches) 11-1/8
Weight (pounds) 16.1
Mounting Bracket Included No
Recommended Stand Height (inches) 22-26
Parts Warranty 5 Years
Labor Warranty 5 Years
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What's in the box?

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

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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.

6-1/2" Woofer: 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.

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

Acoustical Waveguide: The P163's tweeter utilizes an acoustical waveguide to deliver, more even high frequency response, no matter what part of the room you're in.

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

Voice-Matched: The P163 is voice-matched to all the speakers in the Primus line, so a complete matching system can be built.

Magnetically Shielded: The Infinity Primus bookshelf loudspeaker is magnetically shielded for safe placement adjacent to your television.

Enclosure Design

Wood Grain Vinyl Cabinet: The Infinity P163 features a black wood grain vinyl cabinet that matches almost any decor.

Bass Reflex Design: The Infinity Primus bookshelf loudspeaker utilizes a bass reflex enclosure with a front-firing port for greater efficiency and bigger bass response.

Low Resonance Enclosure: The P163 employs a extremely low resonance enclosure, so you hear the music exactly as it was recorded.

Grille: The speaker comes with a removable black 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.

Color-Coded: The speaker's binding posts are color-coded (red/black) for easy identification between positive and negative.

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 PinPoint 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

Great Book Shelf Speakers

Written By Gus, Cascade, ID on Wednesday, August 20, 2014
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I hadn't bought small speakers except for surround. I ordered these with a Marantz M-CR610 receiver. I am very impressed. The sound is crisp and clear with clean highs and lows even at high volumes. Their sound easily fills my 24x32 garage.
Pros:
Quality, size and sound. Plus they were on sale.
Cons:
None yet.
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5 out of 5

P163 ........ NICE

Written By MikeF, Fulton, NY on Wednesday, August 13, 2014
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Very nice speaker. I wanted something small, but would put out some nice sound. I use in my garage and sometimes back yard events.. Very fast delivery.
Pros:
Areas without much room for floor speakers. Very portable!
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4 out of 5

Perfect replacement

Written By Thomas, Gilbert, az on Sunday, August 03, 2014
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Purchased the Infinity Primus P163 speakers as replacement left/right front speakers since the original ceiling speakers were not giving us the sound we wanted. The sound is great from these inexpensive speakers and we are pleased with them.
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5 out of 5

Primus P163 Speakers...

Written By Wayne C., Hawaii on Thursday, July 10, 2014
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Recently purchased the P363,PS 410 sub and was considering the P163 for back fill for two channel stereo set-up.Was surprised by overall midrange balance and power load with P363 and sub.The truth is how they sound... Strong performer simple as that!! I let them scream with Blue Ray movie Non-Stop...SOLID SLAM.....
Pros:
The break-in really makes the difference,the midrange performance is the key!
Cons:
N/A
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5 out of 5

Infinity shelf speakers

Written By Flatlander, NW Burb Chicago,IL on Thursday, July 03, 2014
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I had to reluctantly get rid of my floor speakers so I was not about to give up on all around sound quality. These speakers were purchased because, mainly they had a fairly decent review. The price was right.
Pros:
For my old ears, these speakers have a great all around highs and lows sound and volume without distortion.
Cons:
Can not think of anything bad about these.
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5 out of 5

High value

Written By AndyR, Albuquerque, NM on Monday, June 09, 2014
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As many of the others said, the P163s are well-made and sound great. For the money, they can't be nitpicked. I am completely happy with the purchase. I got a garage setup with only 35w/channel RMS and I believe these speakers could sound even better with a good high-powered amp.
Pros:
Bargain
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5 out of 5

Love 'em

Written By Christopher M., Connecticut on Sunday, May 11, 2014
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I run these speakers as my front sound stage. I feel they have great sound, the highs and mids are clean and crisp. I'd definitely buy them again.
Pros:
 Price  Looks  Sound
Cons:
 None at the moment
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5 out of 5

Primus P163

Written By Scott, Winston Salem, NC on Saturday, May 10, 2014
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I finally had to replace my Cerwin-Vega speakers that I have had for over 25 years. It appears that speaker technology has improved considerably. The Primus P163 delivers a full range of crystal clear music at a fraction of the wattage that I pumped into my old speakers. I never had a single complaint about my Cerwin-Vegas and it appears that I'll be able to say the same about the Infinity.
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5 out of 5

Great sounding speakers

Written By PaulM, Henderson, NV on Friday, May 02, 2014
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For our room & setup, these get 5 stars, especially at the price point. I also put them on a set of stands, Sanus SF-26 which really made them sound great.
Pros:
Price Appearance Performance
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5 out of 5

Infinity Primus P163

Written By motive, Colorado on Sunday, April 27, 2014
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I was pleasantly surprised at the quality sound these speakers are capable of given the great price. Even at higher volume levels they have a clean natural sound.
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4 out of 5

Infinity Primus P163

Written By rod, Charlotte, NC on Sunday, April 20, 2014
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Nice complimentary speakers for your surround system. Great sound. And not too big or too small.
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5 out of 5

Very good speaker

Written By Jimmy, San Angelo,Tx on Sunday, April 13, 2014
 
Very good speakers for the money. I don't think you can beat them for the money you spend. They work perfect in my small bedroom with a subwoofer. Just ordered the PC251 to match for 3.1 system. That is all I need since the room is small. Came in a timely manner also. No regrets buying them.
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5 out of 5

These speakers rock!!

Written By Teri B, Fort Lee, NJ on Thursday, February 20, 2014
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I am extremely please with these speakers having owned Infinity speakers for the past 20 years. Sound is clear, cabinet fits anywhere and the price cannot be beat. These speakers offer the same quality of sound as more expensive and popular brands. I'm very happy and would recommend them to anyone on the market for speakers.
Pros:
fantastic sound; not boomy or tinnish. close to real sound as possible.
Cons:
don't know of any
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4 out of 5

Bass is a bit muddy

Written By Peter, New Hampton, NH on Sunday, January 19, 2014
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Decent speakers considering the cost but the bass, while strong enough, lacks the tight definition that I have loved in my previous Infinitys
Pros:
Overall performance, size, and bang for the buck
Cons:
Bass is a bit boomy
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5 out of 5

More than I bargained for!

Written By DaveO, Denver CO on Friday, January 17, 2014
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I'm using these as recording studio monitors in a fairly small space. These are being used for final mixdown rather than track recording. As such, I need them to be accurate, yet supply a certain polish to the sound. These Infinity speakers have been ideal. Especially surprising is the bass response. For such a small bookshelf speaker, they really provide depth and punch in the low end. I imagine they would make fantastic home audio speakers, probably really great in a home theatre application. They were a really good value, too!
5 out of 6 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Great little speakers

Written By RayFromAway, Marlboro, MA on Friday, January 17, 2014
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These are really excellent small speakers. I bought them on sale, and think they are the best speaker for the price I could have found.
Pros:
Natural sound, good detail, even bass response.
Cons:
None
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Great speakers

Written By bj, Tulsa, OK on Monday, January 13, 2014
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Excellent speakers love them and got them at a great price
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5 out of 5

Good Speakers

Written By JimS, Marion, MA on Saturday, January 04, 2014
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They sound great! A good value. They replaced a pair of Infinity CS3007 speakers, and I am more than satisfied. The Crutchfield shipping and customer support was, as always, excellent.
Pros:
Good sound. Good value.
Cons:
None
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3 out of 5

Disappointed

Written By Anonymous, New York, NY on Tuesday, December 17, 2013
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it's a small little cabinet speaker doesn't seem to have a power that I would have wanted. Also clarity did not seem to be at a tight spot
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5 out of 5

Awesome!!

Written By Valerie, Citrus Heights, Ca. on Wednesday, December 11, 2013
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Great speakers for the price.. Worth every bit of it.
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

Big Bang for a few bucks

Written By Jason, Trophy Club on Thursday, November 07, 2013
 
I bought 4 of these puppies for my rear and side surround sound speakers. I couldn't be happier. They provide a great range and have the power available to really pump out the music. In addition, I'm lucky enough to have a 2 zone receiver and I installed a switch capable of singling out the side speakers. Now during sports games (specifically college football), I can play my school's fight song on the sides while the game continues on the mains. Even with the mains at a good volume, the sides come out crisp and clear. Infinity did a great job with the entire Primus line.

Wait for sales if you can - I got mine for $99.99/ea rather than the $139.99 listed.

My System: Yamaha A720 receiver (7.2) P363 mains (2) PC351 center P163 side/rear (4) Polk PSW111 subs (2)
Pros:
Clarity, design, quality construction. Decent base from a midrange speaker.
Cons:
Banana plugs in the back would be nice. (I'm reaching here - there is really nothing wrong with these babies!)
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5 out of 5

Wow!

Written By Tim, Mpls.,Mn. on Sunday, September 22, 2013
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Great speakers. I installed 6in a 1000 sq ft room and 4 in 600 sq ft. Sound is very good. Running all on mono. Good buy.
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4 out of 5

Infinity Primus P163

Written By BobJ, Kauai, Hawaii on Sunday, August 04, 2013
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I usually listen to music out on our covered deck just off the living room. I have a pair of PSB CS1000's mounted on the outer beam of the deck facing the living room. I bought a pair of Infinity Primus P163's to place in the living room near open windows that face the deck in order to provide better surround to the listening experience. They seem to be built very solid and are quite efficient at producing a lot of sound for the wattage going to them. They are strong in the midrange and highs. The bass is lacking but I guess that is to be expected for a speaker in this price range. There is a big difference in sound quality between the P163's and the PSB CS1000's (which cost 3 times more), especially in the bass. The P163 would be a good speaker for a standard setup that includes a powered subwoofer.
Pros:
Solidly built, crisp midrange and highs.
Cons:
Lacking in bass.
3 out of 4 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

awesome speaker

Written By bob, altoona,pa on Tuesday, June 11, 2013
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this speaker sounds awesome after it breaks in,tones are clear and smooth.i use this speaker for my summer time fun outside during holidays,pool time and grilling time.with the sound this speaker puts out I think the whole neighborhood appreciate.
Pros:
what can I say it is a infinity.
Cons:
none
2 out of 3 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

infinite sound

Written By edoubleg, ChicagoLAND on Tuesday, June 11, 2013
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Sound as they sould, like speakers. I have not "let'um loose" to see what they can handle, but work very well as my front surrounds. Hoped for a richer bass, but as others say they will soften up and pitch down a bit.
Pros:
great size, great sound
Cons:
none
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Infinity Primus P163 "Best bang for the buck!"

Written By majog, Northern NY on Thursday, May 30, 2013
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These speakers are amazing. Crisp clear tones from both lesser receivers and higher end amps. I had an older blown speaker that was pretty middle of the road. What a difference they made when I replaced them. Even when the amp is cranked up there is only minimal distortion and when I am out in the yard can enjoy music from my living room with the windows open. On my upstairs surround receiver they rock a movie. Liked them so well I bought 2 more.
Pros:
small, crisp clear sound, easy to connect, excellent value
Cons:
a bit heavy for their size (could be a plus), need to be off the floor for maximum effect and sound quality.
4 out of 4 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Infinity Primus P163

Written By vma, seattle,wa on Thursday, May 30, 2013
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Excellent bookshelf speakers, using them with my Onkyo TX 8050 receiver and C-7030 CD player.
Pros:
sound, looks, build quality.
Cons:
none
4 out of 4 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Excellent speaker

Written By Gary D., Michigan on Tuesday, May 28, 2013
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Exceptional sound using with my old Denon AVR.
Pros:
None
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5 out of 5

Primus P163's

Written By Beastn, St Louis, MO on Saturday, May 11, 2013
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I have a 7.2 setup consisting of all Primus speakers. I recently replaced the P163's with the P363's towers as mains. If your game is listening to 2 channel stereo go with the 363's. They're a full range tower and deliver the lower frequencies the P163's cannot. However, if you have a quality sub go with the P163's! You can purchase 4 of these badboys cheaper than a pair of 363's. Pair 4 of these with the PC351 center and a sub and you will have a quality 5.1 setup. I'm currently using the P163's as surrounds and they are great fit in that position as well.

*Note My P363's are not broken in yet so I may hear a distinct improvement in the future over the P163's. However, since I have the 80hz and below frequencies being handled by my subs I doubt that will be the case.

Other info (equipment): Yamaha RX-A810 receiver, Velodyne SPL-1000. Klipsch RW-12, Primus P143's as surround backs.
Pros:
Excellent sound for the money
Cons:
Not wall mountable.
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

nice little speaker

Written By AdamG, Pittsburgh, PA on Friday, April 26, 2013
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A nice little speaker to go with my little 2.1 set up (Denon AVR-1913 and Infinity PS38 powered sub. The speakers play the sounds clearly and don't get distorted if I crank up the volume. Picked them up on sale for something like $85 each. Well worth it IMHO.
Pros:
Prices and clairity
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

Tower sound, bookshelf size

Written By Miked, New Jersey on Monday, April 15, 2013
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When paired with my Polk subwoofer I am experiencing great sound and clarity. I upgraded from some old Kenwood 3-ways and can't be happier. For the money, these were a great buy. Very satisfied!
Pros:
Great bang for the buck. Clean, powerful sound. Great for my small room.
Cons:
None yet
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Great Speakers

Written By The Classicist, Denver, CO on Sunday, April 14, 2013
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Great speakers at a great price. As a classical music fan, I was looking for speakers with clarity and detail, and these really exceeded my expectations. A real upgrade in sound at a very reasonable price.
Pros:
Great sound at a great price. You can spend far more but for a modest sound system these are can't miss speakers.
Cons:
Bigger than I expected for a bookshelf speaker.
3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Great bookshelf speakers

Written By Preston, Woodland, Washington on Wednesday, March 27, 2013
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These make a great completion to my system. I have Primus floor standing and the Primus center channel. The addition of these makes going to the movies not needed.
Pros:
Easy to setup and easy to use high quality.
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

infinity p163

Written By pat c, st petersburg, fl on Monday, March 25, 2013
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great sounding speakers, excellent value, attractive appearance.
Pros:
great sounding speakers, would highly recommend
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5 out of 5

Infinity Primus P163

Written By Dan, Oregon on Saturday, March 23, 2013
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I'm using these along w/ Infinity Primus PC251 to listen to music/watch movies in my computer room. They have a very nice accurate sound.
Pros:
build quality reasonable price sound
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5 out of 5

Primus P163 Bookshelf speakers

Written By Kathy S, Milwaukee, Wi on Wednesday, March 20, 2013
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Just received my speakers yesterday - I am blown away by the sound these bookshelf size speakers put out. I'm a bass lover so I tested them out with some 70's Santana. I was ECSTATIC to find out they performed almost as well as my tower speakers and I actually had some bass to spare. Sound is clean and full. I would recommend these speakers to anyone wanting big speaker quality in a smaller, lighter package.
Pros:
Full sound with more than adequate bass. Not "tinny" sounding like a lot of bookshelf speakers I've heard.
Cons:
Pretty tall for a "bookshelf". I have them on matching wooden plant stands that I was going to give away - glad I didn't
8 out of 8 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

163 Infinity bookshelve speaker

Written By Denise K, Lake Worth, Fl on Thursday, January 31, 2013
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I currently use them for my back surround system. I use a 1912 Denon and all Infinity speakers purchased from Crutchfield. The best customers service in biz........
Pros:
Sound is awesome once they are broken in around 40 hours
Cons:
none
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5 out of 5

Infinity Primus P163

Written By STEVEP, ROCHESTER HILLS,MI on Friday, January 25, 2013
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Great speakers far superior to the polk audio that they replaced. Sound has perfect clarity and a natural tone that the polk audio speaker could never reproduce.
Pros:
Excellant build quality, sound is muiltdimensional.
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

Sounds great!

Written By Dave/the painter., Lafayette, CO. on Tuesday, January 15, 2013
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Initially these were very bright and, for me, can dominate a bit instead of fitting in. However, over time I found they mellow out and soon take their place providing beautiful music or wonderful dialogue, sound or effects when watching movies. I look forward to many years of enjoyment with these cabinets.
Pros:
Nice price for the quality of speaker system involved.
Cons:
None so far.
3 out of 4 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Infinity Primus P163

Written By Wayne, Sauquoit, NY on Thursday, December 27, 2012
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Nice speakers with great sound. These are used mostly for music connected off an older Kenwood receiver in a sun room 12x14. They really crank and the music is nice and clear. I would highly reccomend them and the price is very afforadable. Of course great customer service from Crutchfield as always!!!
Pros:
Great speaker
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

Great bang for the buck

Written By Mike, Dallas, TX on Wednesday, December 12, 2012
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Got these on sale for $172 for the pair delivered. I had bought the matching center channel speaker several months ago and it was time to replace the aging bookshelf speakers with 12" woofers. I was concerned about loosing those big woofers, but with a sub woofer it's not a problem. Tighter, brighter sound than the old speakers. Some people complain that these are overly bright, especially at high volumes. I'm older and have experienced some high end hearing loss, so the extra hi end is welcome. For others, it's a simple matter to attenuate the hi's, but you can't manufacture them if they are not there to begin with.
Pros:
Good clear sound and plenty of it (93dB sensitivity). Are they an audiofiles dream? No, But they sound WAY better than you would expect at this price. Infiniti makes a great bang for the buck speaker.
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

Infinity P163 from JAG

Written By James A G, Wilmington, De on Monday, December 10, 2012
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Excellent speaker especially at this or any price I have purchased 8 Infinity speakers over the past 3 years
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Solid Product

Written By Frank S, New York on Tuesday, November 13, 2012
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They came quickly, carefully packed, and very easy to set up. They were a bit larger than I imagined, although they were the size advertized. They have a good clear sound and they are plenty loud enough. They're built well and look sharp. I'm very happy with them.
Pros:
great sound
Cons:
a bit larger and bulkier than I might have liked.
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Infinity Primus P163

Written By Anonymous, Dallas, TX on Friday, November 02, 2012
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I have multiple speakers in a retail environment. These speakers more than fit the bill. The bass isn't booming, but adequate. The sound reproduction is excellent for our needs in an upper end shop where the customer experience is paramount.
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5 out of 5

Sounds great

Written By Russell, Mechanicsville, Va on Sunday, October 21, 2012
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I have these speakers paired with 2 Polk subs driven by a Yamana integrated amp. They sound fantastic! Big, clear, accurate sound from such a small speaker. Definitely a best buy.
Pros:
Bang for the buck. They sound better than many speakers costing much more.
Cons:
Absolutely none.
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5 out of 5

still breaking in

Written By Jon, Zephyrhills,FL. on Thursday, October 11, 2012
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First, this is for those that seem to have no clue as to the RED and BLACK cap plugs in the binding posts are removable. All you need is a small jewelers screwdriver or a small pocket knife to pry between the cap and binding post edge. Then you can insert your banana plugs. DUH!!. Anyway, my wife and I are impressed thus far on the tonal quality and play back response. A tad brighter than Polks but these will mellow in about 40 to 50 hours. We really like these Infinitys.
Pros:
Midrange and lows are excellent
Cons:
a tad bright but will soften with time.
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4 out of 5

Great speaker, poor binding post plate option!

Written By Ernie Mink, Thornton, Colorado on Tuesday, October 09, 2012
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I love the Infinity Primus speajer lineup, but the worst decision they EVER made was to go to this horrific binding post plate with color plastic caps, preventing the consumer from using a banana plug in the standard, preferred conventional way by pushing it snugly into the center hole on the all metal post. Plastic is NOT a good idea in any connection, and is cheap to begin with. So I took my Primus speakers and had the connection binding post plates switched out by an authorized speaker Infinity dealer, since they also appear to use machine rivet inserts to attach the plates instead of the standard preferred screws, which is also a unwelcomed proprietary decision I hate. I read the Inifnity forums and other technical home theater forums all the time, and there are literally hundreds of people who HATE these new binding posts on the Infinity Primus speakers. Other than that, they are fiver star speakers with incredible crisp clear sound. So five stars for sound, but I had to reduce the overall raing to 4 stars because the plates on the back are horrible!
Pros:
Excellent sound and design
Cons:
Infinity binding post plates are a horrible design! They need to go!
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5 out of 5

Great Value

Written By Joshua J, Minneapolis, MN on Friday, September 28, 2012
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Growing up listening to movies and music through my JBL Soundgear 3030, I have always held Harmon International products in high regard. When it came time for me to finally assemble my own home theater system, I was expecting no less from these Infinity speakers. I've created a system of 4 P363's towers, 2 P163's bookshelfs, a C351 center, and a PS312 sub, all powered by a Harmon/Kardon AVR3650. Being a bargain hunter, I waited for these to go on "sale" to obtain the best price (well this side Black Friday sales prices).

I have had the speakers hooked up for about two months now, and all I can say is WOW! The sound reproduction and tonal quality is incredible. Everyone has their own opinions on what sounds good, but ultimately the quality of the sound comes down to the quality of the receiver and the quality of the speaker components. I've utilized various mediums ranging from music, movies and video games, and in each medium, even with works I know quite well, comes alive- whether connected via HDMI, fiber optic or composite. There are qualities to the sound that I did not know existed- that is how incredibly clear the sound is. I would definitely recommend these speakers to someone looking to obtain the best sound for the price, while still having a high quality product.
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5 out of 5

Infinity Primus P163

Written By mak1313, Ohio on Wednesday, August 29, 2012
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Combined with a PC351 and set of P363's along with a Klipsch sub 12 I have superb quality sound that rivals any system!
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5 out of 5

GREAT SOUND

Written By Alan, Springfield, IL on Saturday, August 25, 2012
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The P163 speakers are everything I thought they would be and more. They absolutley sound fantastic. The highs are clear and the mid's are clear and not muddled. I'm sorry I waited so long to purchased these. I'm not worried about the base since I already have a Boston powered subwoofer.
Pros:
great highs and mid's range.
Cons:
none
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5 out of 5

Perfect Sound

Written By Wes, Knoxville, TN on Monday, July 23, 2012
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I recently bought this P163 to replace a broken P162. (it fell off the shelf from 7 feet up and broke) Other than an new black face instead of the silver face it has the same great sound of Infinity! Clear vocals from anywhere in the room unlike some high end speaker. I use them as rear speaker to my Primus front PC351 and front left and right P363 towers with a primus 10inch sub. I have had this setup for a year and a half now and no fad in sound with crisp vocals,mids and house shaking lows for a great price! If i set my Yamaha to Large in the rear, no doubt the speakers can handle power too! They can get loud and would act geat as a smaller room front if you let them. This speaker will not let you down.
Pros:
Great sound,value and style.
Cons:
I wish it wasn't so deep and front heavy for an average shelf depth. FYI a door slam is what knocked mine off the shelf. A couple of small L braces and screws solved that.
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5 out of 5

Infinity Primus P163

Written By Mike, Longmont, CO on Tuesday, July 17, 2012
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Bought a pair when they were on sale and I was very happy with the sound and feel of these speakers. Perfect size for my setup. I would definitely recommend them!
Pros:
Size & sound.
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5 out of 5

Great Speakers

Written By TG, Lynchburg, VA on Thursday, June 28, 2012
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Excellent speakers for the money. I have them in my kitchen as my "B" speakers and just bought another pair to replace my main front speakers. They have great sound and you can't beat the sale price of $85/ea. I previously had Bose 301 bookshelf speakers and I think these are just as nice.
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5 out of 5

Great bookshelfs

Written By Eddie, Atlanta, GA on Thursday, June 21, 2012
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They accompany the P363 very well and sound great. I like these speakers.
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5 out of 5

Good Speaker

Written By Richard, Oklahoma on Tuesday, May 22, 2012
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These speakers sound great. I ordered four of them along with the center channel PC350. They are lacking in the bottom end but with my sub they sound great. One of them had a bad voice coil but I called Crutchfield and they immediately shipped a new one out and sent the UPS label to return the old one. I have them crossed over at 80 hertz and that seems about perfect. My subs are homemade 18 inch in 12 cubic foot boxes pushed with an old Hafler amp and they sound great together. For the price you can't go wrong.
Pros:
Great mids and highs.
Cons:
No bottom end but not a prob with a sub. Bad voice coil on one but every now and then a speaker squeaks by on QC.
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5 out of 5

Fabulous Value

Written By JohnK, Portland, OR on Monday, May 14, 2012
 
I have the P162's which I believe are very similar to the current P163. After buying a pair, I quickly purchased 2 more for another room in my house. As I understand their process, Infinity's products benefit from several things: they are the product of computerized modeling, extensive testing, and in general, a scientific approach to giving accurate sound - rather than trial and error and tuning by ear. In addition, Infinity seems to be very good at taking technology that was developed for their high end speakers, and deploying it to their more affordable lines fairly quickly. I am very happy - using the P162's with a nice subwoofer and Audyssey equalization, I have been thrilled with the results, even though I replaced a pair of very nice towers with these bookshelf models, saving a great deal of space when doing so.
Pros:
Tremendous value. Crisp, accurate sound.
Cons:
It would be nice if these were also offered in finishes other than black, although I have no complaints about how the black ones look. But, much the same way Henry Ford brought transportation to the masses with a product that came in only one color, Infinity makes excellent sound available at a truly bargain price.
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5 out of 5

five star product, i`am completely satisfied , with this set of speake

Written By John, phoenix az. on Sunday, April 29, 2012
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very good set of speakers, i`am really impressed with the sound, from such small speakers.
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5 out of 5

Infinity p162 Bookshelf Speaker

Written By Mark, Teaneck, NJ on Thursday, March 15, 2012
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I have been an advid hometheater enthusiast for many years. I own a set of B&W 602 speakers,i paid $600, and was used to better than average sound. The infinity speakers blew these speakers away with more clarity and wider sound field. The B&W was an oversized speaker and had a lot of bass. These speakers come close to the bass of a much larger speaker. I am very happy with this purchase and may get the floor stander p362. The only other speaker that may be even a greater bargain in the HSU HB1 MK2 speaker that costs $150 each and got rave reviews.
Pros:
Clarity and loudness of sound. You can hear details that my other speakers could not pick up. Can drive these speakers with little watts. You will have to pay three times as much to get better sound.
Cons:
None.
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5 out of 5

Infinity Primus P163

Written By gajohnb, Mt Airy, GA on Monday, February 20, 2012
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For the price these speakers are a steal. They are nearly full range and pretty powerful for such a small package. How is Infinity not losing money on these? They compare sonically to speakers costing ten times as much, such as those by PSB, Revel, Paradigm, Thiel, and others.
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5 out of 5

Very impressive

Written By CharlesN, Kentucky on Monday, February 13, 2012
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It has been quite some time since I bought new speakers. I have had these speakers a little over a week and have been very impressed with them. They have sounded great with movies and music. The highs and mids have sounded especially clear. Base is adequate but a sub is still needed. I managed to pick them up on sale and think they were a steal at the price i paid.
Pros:
Wonderful mids and highs. Heavy. Looks.
Cons:
Low tones could be better. Price if not on sale.
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5 out of 5

Noone's breaking in your house - it's just the speakers

Written By RichardJ, Brooklyn, NY on Monday, September 12, 2011
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I'm no official audiophile, but since my cousin Jim took me to two HT tradeshows I now know what a Class A $125K system sounds like. Curse him for showing me how great it can be! Oh I have seen the light! They have these demos showcasing systems that test limits of the human ear.

Long story short, I was watching some HD movie where glass shattered & I found myself wincing a bit from the clarity - It was awesome! I have five P163 bookshelves, and the C351. Their mids & highs are superbly crisp, vocals are so true you forget speakers are there & the lows are wonderful too. Love my lows (like Flo- Rida) as I already have a powered sub for the heavy stuff. Explosions are very full & lifelike - not at all muddled.

I believe the Primus received a C rating in '07 with systems that are $20K. I don't have $20K to spend on speakers, lest I be divorced. But Crutchfield is letting me live the $20K Class C dream at well under $1K! I almost feel guilty. So now I have extra cash to put towards another mid-life crisis, like buying a falcon (as in the commercial) Grab these speakers, can't get a better deal for the quality & they truly deliver!
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4 out of 5

Infinity Primus P163

Written By Eric W, Palm Beach County on Tuesday, July 26, 2011
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Nice speakers for the money. Nice crisp highs and mids. I was not happy with the bass responce so I had to order the PS38 amplified subwoofer. Much happier with this combination, but not having to purchase the subwoofer to get the sound responce I was expecting.
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5 out of 5

a great speaker with impresive pedegree

Written By Dave, Boston on Sunday, July 10, 2011
 
I am a sound professional, and I have used these speakers in many applications with great success. They are sonically transparent - you can't really believe you are listening to a loudspeaker. I was fortunate to know some of the people who designed them, and the people under Floyd Toole that develped the test procedures that led to these designs. Blind A/B tests of these speakers (the primus line) against a great many of the competition showed them to be sonically neutral - and invariably preferred over much more expensive speakers in a toatally blind test.

I do not work for Harman - but I admire many of their products.
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5 out of 5

Unbelievable

Written By VG, Lebanon, KY on Thursday, June 16, 2011
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I have been impressed with products before but never enough to actually write a review, so here is my first. Infinity must have made a deal with the devil because there is no way this kind of sound should be able to come from such a small package. I have these speakers about 9 foot high in a large room and feel the crisp bass through the floor. These speakers deliver ultra sharp highs and bone crushing bass with the clarity you only get from expensive floor models. If you are undecided on a pair of bookshelf speakers, look no further, UNBELIEVABLE.............
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2 questions already asked

It doesn't show a picture of the back of the speaker. Can you just easily connect it to a receiver via speaker wire? [ Ethan  Jun 28, 2014 ]
10 answers
  • As easy as pie Ethan!!~ Speaker wire is universal. It will connect just like an amplifier. Good luck, MCH. [ Mark   Jul 01, 2014 ]
  • This speaker has score post connectors supporting regular speaker wire or banana plugs [ CALLIE   Jun 30, 2014 ]
  • Yes. It has the screw type connectors [ PAUL   Jun 30, 2014 ]
  • Yes you can Ethan [ ROBERT   Jun 29, 2014 ]
  • Yes, of course. Connected very easily. [ ALEXANDER   Jun 29, 2014 ]
  • yes. absolutely. [ PAT   Jun 29, 2014 ]
  • YUP... [ ANTHONY   Jun 29, 2014 ]
  • The speakers have a 5 way post for connecting speaker wire. Simply insert the wire and thumb tighten the post, quick and easy. [ MARK D   Jun 28, 2014 ]
  • Yes, very easy to connect speaker wire to connectors on back of speaker. High quality connectors make set up easy. [ DANIEL   Jun 28, 2014 ]
  • Yes [ JOSE L   Jun 28, 2014 ]
what kind of receiver to use with these speakers ... or which receiver goes with these??? [ lezz m  Jun 28, 2014 ]
7 answers
  • Any reciever will work but im a person that uses high end receivers. I use a denon avr. It's rated for 120 watts rms. But also i only use these for my back speakers i rely on my tower speakers for the front. using them on the front with a powered sub you wont go wrong. The more true power your receiver offers will only help the speaker more. underpowering them will hurt worse in the long run. [ JEREMY S   Jun 30, 2014 ]
  • I would go with 100 w/channel. [ ANDREW   Jun 29, 2014 ]
  • Any Yamaha Receiver would work well. [ F RICHARD R   Jun 29, 2014 ]
  • I bought this receiver for a pair of those speakers: Onkyo A-9050 integrated amplifier with onboard DAC It is just an amplifier without "bells and whistles", it looks very elegant in my living room. I did a lot of research to match the speakers with the amplifier. The sound is very clear and loud. [ JUAN M   Jun 29, 2014 ]
  • In my case it is Onkyo TX-SR608. [ ALEXANDER   Jun 29, 2014 ]
  • These speakers will work with any receiver or amplifier with an 8 ohm output. I use them with a 40 year old Pioneer receiver and they work great. [ Paul   Jun 29, 2014 ]
  • I use a denon [ J   Jun 28, 2014 ]

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