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Infinity Reference R162

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Our take on the Infinity Reference R162

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.

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

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

Mark, Wellesley Is, NY

What's in the Box:

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

Infinity Reference R162 Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(8 Reviews)

Solid Speaker

Casual Listener Who Appreciates Quality from iowa city, IA on 2/24/2016

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I'm very much enjoying these speakers, which replaced a pair of 30 year-old Infinity bookshelf speakers, and were purchased with a new Yamaha Natural Sound 100w per-channel receiver. The highs and lows are well defined, although I could use a bit more mids. A graphic equalizer would address that, I'm sure, but they're nearly impossible to come by in quality units these days. Perfect for serious music of all sorts in a mid-sized living room. Get towers if you want to shake windows with a ton of bass. But these mate well with a quality amplifier for clean, satisfying sound at "normal" listening volumes and across a range of musical categories. I'm confident they'll become "warmer" with time and use.

Pros: Relatively compact size (though they are by no means a "small" bookshelf style speaker. Excellent build quality, as you'd expect from Infinity. Very good range.

Cons: Perhaps slightly less satisfying in the middle ranges. But again, that's likely down as much to the source of the signal as to what the speaker is doing with the signal it's getting. For the modest price point, these are an excellent buy and will likely last the decades that their predecessors did.

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DGeogre from Layton, UT on 2/7/2016

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At this price point is was very difficult to find a speaker capable of out performing the Infinity Reference R162. Overall build quality and performance are considerably better that other brands in the same price range. I am using these in an average size room and the performance and listening experience is outstanding.

Pros: Very clean overall frequency response for a compact bookshelf speaker. The 1" CMMD tweeter provides exceptional high-frequency response and detail

Cons: Lows are somewhat lacking but it this was expected in a bookshelf speaker of this size. I supplemented my system with a powered sub-woofer to solve this problem.

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Keith from Crete, IL on 1/21/2016

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Awesome speakers! They sound really nice. They sound natural. The highs are nice and clean and the lows are good as well. I am using these in my bedroom which is about 10'x13'. In this room there is no need for a subwoofer although if you are going to use them in a larger room you will need a sub. I also have a pair of Infinity Alpha 20's and the R162's are a step above the Alpha's.

Pros: nice sound , price is right especially now that they are on sale

Cons: none

Excellent speakers

BobD from New Jersey on 1/12/2016

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I'm very pleased with these speakers. I'm not an audiophile, but I like what I like. In my family room I have a traditional 5:1 speaker setup that I use for both audio and video ('home theater'). All Infinity speakers except JBL subwoofer. My rear surround speakers were actually small floor speakers on stands that used to be my main front speakers in an old setup in another home - I had paired them with my larger floor speakers. (Old days of floor speakers vs. towers.) Unfortunately they reached end of life with some deterioration, and it was time to replace them. I wanted something similar - better and larger than just average bookshelf speakers. I have to set my speakers in the rear corners of the room, along the same wall as seating, so it's not the ideal audiophile arrangement and I want to hear those speakers vs. just sensing vaguely that they're there. Although these speakers are smaller than what I had (but larger than the other Reference bookshelf model). When I set these speakers and set them up, I used the automatic configuration on my Sony receiver to balance everything, and all I can say is Wow! I enjoy a variety of things with these speakers - classic rock, alternative rock, classical, movies, sports on tv - They all sound great. Sometimes I feel like I'm in a concert hall now. These speakers really helped to fill out the sound in my room.

Pros: Crutchfield's price - definitely the best I found. The clarity. How they mated with my other Infinity speakers though they are about 20 yrs old.

Cons: I wish other finishes had been available besides black - not quite fitting the decor of my room, but I'm making do. The quality of the speakers outweighs this.

Amazing Speakers

Matt from Pennsylvania on 1/1/2016

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The great reviews on the Infinity R162 and other speakers in their Reference line are well deserved. I have had dozens of speakers in my home from big name and smaller ID makers and these bested everything I've heard. Note: I have tried models from $300 to $1500. I highly suggest you give the Infinity Reference line a try. A pair of R162 speakers paired with a Yamaha RX-V379 is as good as any system I have heard in my fifteen years as a Hi-Fi hobbyist. I know there must be better speakers but be prepared to spend much more to acquire them. The R162 offers too notch sound for an incredible price (even at msrp).

Pros: Highs and mids are without equal anywhere near this price range.

Cons: Bass is solid and super tight but not best in class in terms of extension. If you want super deep bass you should add a sub. I do not use a sub in my music only system and I have no desire to add one. My music is mostly classic rock and pop.

Incredible - Sound & Vision was Spot-On

Steve from Eureka, California on 12/7/2015

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I purchased the Infinity R162 to replace a 12-year-old pair of Infinity Alphas that were damaged by an amplifier failure. After several visits to audio stores in the SF Bay Area, I still had not yet made a purchase of new speakers. After reading the solid review by Sound & Vision magazine on the Infinity R162, I decided to give these speakers a try. I am blown away by how good they sound. These speakers do an amazing job on re-producing the sound of pianos...and you know how hard it is to find a speaker that makes a piano sound good. I listened to Joni Mitchell's "Blue" and "Court and Spark" and was amazed at how good the Infinity's sounded on both piano and vocals. I also listed to Steely Dan's "Alive in America" as well as "Meddle" by Pink Floyd and "Lonesome Crow," a vintage album by the Scorpions. The Infinity R162s sounded terrific with all of these CDs, and I found myself listening to music non-stop the entire weekend!! I had listened to a lot of bookshelf speakers before purchasing these Infinity's, and they outshine pretty much everything I listened to, regardless of price. In fact, the only speaker I can truthfully say gave the Infinity's a real challenge were the Bowers and Wilkins model CM6 S2, which cost $2,000. And, these speakers are not fussy about placement. I have them inside of a narrow bookcase with very little clearance for the rear port and they sound outstanding.

Pros: Incredible sound and price. Very efficient. I am running them with an inexpensive Denon AVR 1613 receiver and they have plenty of volume. Lower bass extension is impressive. You will not need a sub unless these speakers are used in a home theater.

Cons: None!!! They are well-built and like all Infinity products, should last a long time.

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cap893 from Delaware on 3/11/2015

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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

Mark from Wellesley Is, NY on 3/10/2015

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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


Hands-on research

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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Q & A

Customer Q&A

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Why did you buy this?

I chose these speakers because I currently have another pair of Infinity speakers and I am well pleased with them. Another reason is because of the reviews that other people wrote about them. [ Keith  Jan 08, 2016 ]

3 questions already asked

The worst place to put a rear-ported bookshelf speaker is . . . on a bookshelf, right on top of a wall. Typically, you want at least 24 inches between a back-ported speaker and the wall behind it. But tastes vary, so experimentation with speaker placement is worth your while. But instead of music, play someone's speaking voice, say, your favorite newscaster, actor or actress, delivering their lines with as little reverb as possible. If possible A/B the two speaker stereo sound with that of a single center speaker. Now issues of early reflections, imaging, etc. will be much easier to hear. [ MICHAEL  Nov 14, 2015 ]
no, these are conventional speakers that need to be wired to a power amplifier [ gerald  Oct 16, 2015 ]
No. Nor are they powered. [ G.  Oct 16, 2015 ]
eleven and three sixteenths inches [ gerald  Jul 17, 2015 ]
Mine are just about 11 3/16" deep without the grill. Even with the grill they appear to be under 12" deep. [ G.  Jul 17, 2015 ]
I removed the Grille and it measures to 11 1/4 inches [ JOHN H  Jul 17, 2015 ]