Infinity Reference R162

Bookshelf speakers

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A compact speaker with a big voice

When it comes to speakers, Infinity knows their stuff. They should —  they've been building high-performance loudspeakers for over 45 years. Their Reference R162 bookshelf speakers take Infinity's long-standing design expertise and combine it with the latest technology to deliver impressively big sound from a sleek, compact enclosure. Each cabinet features a 6-1/2" woofer for deep, powerful lows and clear mids, plus a 1" dome tweeter for crisp, extended highs. The Reference R162's room-filling, full-range sound make them a great choice for both music and home theater systems.

High-tech CMMD™ drivers for exhilarating performance

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Infinity Reference speakers owe their open, natural sound to Infinity's patented Ceramic Metal Matrix Diaphragm driver material. CMMD combines layers of ceramic with a stiff metal core for crystal-clear sonic performance. It's strong and durable, yet incredibly lightweight and responsive to the audio signal, providing the accuracy needed to hear your music just the way it was recorded.  

The R162s' 1" CMMD dome tweeters deliver crisp, sparkling highs. Their Advanced Waveguide design provides better high-frequency dispersion for smooth, seamless sound across a wide listening area. You'll enjoy outstanding clarity and definition, even when listening in a less than an optimal location.

The speakers' tight, responsive bass and dynamic midrange come courtesy of Infinity's 6-1/2" CMMD high-output woofers and tuned-port enclosures. Infinity carefully computer-optimized the crossover networks, as well as each driver's position within the cabinet to ensure the most  precise, natural, and stable imaging and soundstaging possible.

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Build a complete Reference system

The Infinity Reference R162s will fill just about any room with rich and well-defined sound. Use a pair to create a high-quality stereo system, or use them with Infinity's RC263 center channel speaker and RS152 surround channel speakers  to create a stunning Reference home theater system. And don't forget to add the perfectly matched Reference SUB R10 powered subwoofer to get deep, accurate bass in the mix.

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Product Highlights:

  • frequency response: 49-22,000 Hz
  • sensitivity: 88 dB
  • impedance: 8 ohms
  • recommended amplifier power: 20-150 watts
  • CMMD (Ceramic Metal Matrix Diaphragm) driver technology for accurate, low-distortion sound
  • 1" CMMD tweeter with Advanced Waveguide for smooth, detailed high frequencies across a wide listening area
  • 6-1/2" CMMD high-output woofer for powerful, low-distortion bass
  • bass reflex (ported) design
  • computer-optimized driver positioning and crossover network integration for accurate sound and lifelike imaging
  • gold-plated five-way binding post speaker terminals
  • black woodgrain vinyl finish
  • 7-7/8"W x 15-1/2"H x 12-1/8"D
  • weight: 17.6 lbs. (each)
  • warranty: 5 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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.

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Infinity R162

Written By cap893, Delaware on Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Harman also owns the Revel high end speaker brand - a lot of technology from the Revel line has tricked down to the Infinity Reference speaker line. I have owned countless speaker brands over the course of my life but these are something special. The sound from the speakers is holographic - truly superb. You won't be disappointed in any of the speakers in Infinity's new Reference line of speakers. Please do yourself a favor if you are considering new bookshelf or floor standing speakers and give these speakers a listen. I guarantee you won't be disappointed.

Pros: Extremely neutral sound. Speakers throw a wide and deep soundstage - holographic. You don't need artificially created sound effects like Dolby Pro Logic II or DTS with these speakers.

Cons: Plain jane black enclosure - doesn't matter for something that sounds this good.

Infinity Reference R162

Written By Mark, Wellesley Is, NY on Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This little speaker exceeds expectations. The top end clarity does not have an equal that I am aware of.

Pros: value and clean clear sound

Cons: nil

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What's in the box?

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  • 2 Bookshelf loudspeakers
  • 2 Grilles
  • 8 Self-adhesive rubber feet
  • Owner's Manual

Features and Specs

Enclosure Bass Reflex
Video Shielded No
Tweeter Type Dome
Tweeter Size (inches) 1
Midrange Size (inches) N/A
Woofer Size (inches) 6.5
Woofer Composition CMMD
Woofer Surround Rubber
Power Range 20-150
Sensitivity 88 dB
Impedance (Ohms) 8
Frequency Response 49-22K Hz
Connector Type 5-way post
Bi-amp Inputs No
Height (inches) 15-1/2
Width (inches) 7-7/8
Depth (inches) 12-1/8
Weight (pounds) 17.6
Mounting Bracket Included No
Recommended Stand Height (inches) 28-30
Parts Warranty 5 Years
Labor Warranty 5 Years

Product Research


2-Way Speaker Design: The Infinity Reference series R162 bookshelf loudspeaker utilizes a two-way speaker design with a single 1" CMMD tweeter that features an advanced image control waveguide and one 6.5" CMMD high-output woofer for natural, balanced sound.

Advanced Image Control Waveguide: The R162's tweeter utilizes an advanced image control waveguide to deliver, more even high frequency response, no matter what part of the room you're in. The unique geometry of this waveguide delivers remarkable high frequency detail, imaging, and natural balance at nearly any listening position in a broad range of acoustic environments.

CMMD Technology: Infinity utilizes Ceramic Metal Matrix Diaphragm (CMMD) technology in the tweeter and woofer that is much stiffer with more damping than standard metal speaker diaphragms.

  • For the tweeter, CMMD technology offers superior stiffness and damping compared to traditional metal domes, that provides a significant boost to the high frequency range.
  • For the woofer, CMMD offers exceptional pistonic operation over the entire usable range of the driver, completely eliminating unwanted coloration and distortion of the sound.

Bass Reflex Cabinet: The Infinity Reference series bookshelf loudspeaker utilizes a bass reflex enclosure with a rear-firing port for greater efficiency and bigger bass response. The Infinity 162 employs a extremely low resonance enclosure, so you hear the music exactly as it was intended. The R162 features a black wood grain vinyl cabinet that matches almost any decor. The speaker comes with a removable black cloth grille with a rigid plastic frame.

Binding Posts: The 5-way binding posts will accept bare wire, pin connectors, spade connectors, banana plugs, and dual banana plugs. The speaker's binding posts are color-coded (red/black) for easy identification between positive and negative.

Mounting Options: The Infinity R162 comes with four self-adhesive rubber feet for each speaker to help secure them in place to prevent slippage and vibration. The rubber feet add approximately 0.1875" to the overall height of the speaker. There are no threaded inserts or keyhole slots on the back panel of the speaker for wall-mounting. However, you can use the optional PinPoint heavy duty side-grip wall-mounting bracket system (121AM40B, sold separately) to wall mount the speakers.

Placement: For best results, place the speakers 6' to 8' apart and angle each speaker toward the listening position. Position each speaker so that the tweeter is approximately at ear level. Generally, bass output will increase as the speakers are moved closer to a wall or corner.

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