Infinity Reference R152 2-Way Bookshelf Speakers Reviews

by admin on October 18, 2014

Infinity has been relatively quite in the home theater speaker world for several years. In fact, in recent years their primary focus has seemed to revolve around their budget Primus speaker line-up. So it was a surprise when they introduced their new reference line-up of speakers.  In their reference line, Infinity offers two bookshelf models, theInfinity-Reference-2-Way-Bookshelf-Black R162 and the R152. The Reference R152 speakers which retail for $349/pair are the smaller of the two models.

The Infinity Reference R152 speakers have great high’s, mid’s and low’s. Their bass extension is surprisingly good for their size.

Infinity Reference R152 Features & Design

As the smallest member of the Reference Series, the R152 packs a powerful punch. The heart of this compact bookshelf speaker is the 1″ (25mm) CMMD high-frequency driver mated to our advanced waveguide.
This combination provides seamless integration with the woofer and smooth coverage across a wide listening area. The 5.25″ (130mm) CMMD woofer works in conjunction with the tuned-port enclosure to provide powerful, deep bass response that will make your music and movies come alive.

The cabinets of the 152’s  are slightly tapered on the left and right sides. Similar to the curved cabinets of the Polk RTi A1’s, this doesn’t just add visual interest to the speakers, but it probably also helps to limit sound resonance inside the cabinet . Turn the speaker around and you’ll see two gold plated five-way binding posts and a port at the top.



List Price: $349.95 USD
New From: $490.00 USD In Stock
Used from: $777.39 USD In Stock

R152 Specifications:

  • 2-way 5.25″ (130mm) bookshelf loudspeakers
  • Proprietary Ceramic Metal Matrix Diaphragm (CMMD) technology
  • 5.25″ (130mm) CMMD high-output woofer
  • 1″ (25mm) CMMD tweeter with advanced image control waveguide
  • Frequency response: 60Hz–22kHz
  • Sensitivity: 87dB
  • Recommended amplifier power: 20–125 Watts
  • Nominal impedance: 8 Ohms
  • Dimensions H x W x D: 13-1/2″ x 6-7/8″ x 9-3/16″ (343mm x 175mm x 233mm)
  • Weight: 12.8lb (5.8Kg)

One thing you’ll notice right away about the Reference R152s is the striking design of the tweeter. Infinity’s reference line features a 1″ tweeter mounted within a new wave guide design. One of the purposes of this design is to help with high frequency dispersion. Visually, the tweeter has an elegant futuristic appearance that compels you to run these with the grills off . Honestly, I don’t think I’ve ever said a tweeter on a speaker looked good, but the tweeter on the R152’s look pretty slick. Seated below the 1″ tweeter sets the 5 1/4″ woofer.

Infinity-Reference-R152-tweeter

Conclusion

I have to give Infinity a lot of credit for what they’ve done with their Reference R152 speakers. They have a dynamic sound quality, spacious imaging area and deeper bass than they should rightly have. While these are perfect for surround speakers, I don’t think it would be out of the question to use these as front mains in a small or medium sized room. This is the first speaker from their new reference line that I’ve had the pleasure of listening to, but if this is any indication of how well the rest of the speakers in this line sound, I can’t wait to wrap my ears around them.

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