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Wish these would go back to the sale prices they had last year. About $20 cheaper for all the speakers. Currently have the R162 and RC263 and very happy with both. Need the R152 for rears now
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Had a deal alert on the r253, thanks!
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Wish these would go back to the sale prices they had last year. About $20 cheaper for all the speakers. Currently have the R162 and RC263 and very happy with both. Need the R152 for rears now
I had the RS152 pair and was relatively disappointed. They are nowhere near the sound field and quality of my R162 pair. Actually, I ended up giving the RS152 set away to a friend...

My recommendation is to buy another pair of R162 for your rear surrounds. IMHO, they hit way above their weight class and are worth the extra $30...
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They are literally the exact same speaker as the 162 just in a smaller enclosure. As side surrounds they should be bass managed below 100HZ or so anyways. Short of using free standing speaker stands mounting either as side surrounds might be a bit difficult but the 152's would be the better of the 2 for that even at 9 inches deep and 13 inches tall.
No, they're not. They have a different driver, a different size cabinet, and the crossover would have to be different, as well. The budget for these speakers is going to be different given their different price points. They might have similar sound in a lot of ways, but cutting corners and smaller drivers can make the world of difference.

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I own the R162 and recommend them at this price. I'm hoping to compare them with my JBL 530 speakers soon. I think if you're looking for tower speakers around $400, this is the very best deal available, as well.
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No, they're not. They have a different driver, a different size cabinet, and the crossover would have to be different, as well. The budget for these speakers is going to be different given their different price points. They might have similar sound in a lot of ways, but cutting corners and smaller drivers can make the world of difference.
Agreed one time I cut a corner and my coach made me run the whole lap again!
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Agreed one time I cut a corner and my coach made me run the whole lap again!
Except you're not cutting any corners going with the same design, exact same tweeter and a slightly smaller yet exact same woofer as an effects speaker. As to any crossover difference it would be only to scale for the slightly larger driver not a different design. Had both. Been inside both. They're the same. If we were talking as a main L&R speaker in a slightly larger room with a longer seating distance and maybe no subwoofer then yes definitely spend the added few dollars for the 162's. As effects speakers which is what the recommend was in anything other than maybe a larger dedicated HT space there'll literally be no difference in their performance.
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No, they're not. They have a different driver, a different size cabinet, and the crossover would have to be different, as well. The budget for these speakers is going to be different given their different price points. They might have similar sound in a lot of ways, but cutting corners and smaller drivers can make the world of difference.

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I own the R162 and recommend them at this price. I'm hoping to compare them with my JBL 530 speakers soon. I think if you're looking for tower speakers around $400, this is the very best deal available, as well.
I missed your edit. I've had both but as an effects speaker there's other considerations than just the 30 dollar price difference. The original poster I was responding to intimated that they were not the same design and used superior parts in the 162. That's incorrect. Yes, it's a larger enclosure with a slightly larger woofer but that will be minimized for this particular use as an effects speaker. I agree with the tower recommend at this price point. I also agree with the 162's over the 152's if used as mains in a medium or larger sized space at higher listening levels. In a small space at average listening levels bass managed there'll be almost no difference.
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I missed your edit. I've had both but as an effects speaker there's other considerations than just the 30 dollar price difference. The original poster I was responding to intimated that they were not the same design and used superior parts in the 162. That's incorrect. Yes, it's a larger enclosure with a slightly larger woofer but that will be minimized for this particular use as an effects speaker. I agree with the tower recommend at this price point. I also agree with the 162's over the 152's if used as mains in a medium or larger sized space at higher listening levels. In a small space at average listening levels bass managed there'll be almost no difference.
As the original poster to whom you were originally responding, here are three points to consider:

1. I was not intimating anything regarding comparable parts between the two models. You inferred that I was. My comments were directed towards my subjective opinion that the R162 has superior sound and is worth the extra $30.

2. AverageJoeAudiophile has no posts for the RS152. (At least none that I have can find or have ever read) Please post the link to that 'ringing endorsement' and I will be happy to read it.

3. The Infinity RS152 speakers are 7-7/8" inches deep (not 9" deep) and have a rear firing.5.25" CMMD woofer sealed enclosure. The R162 have a front firing 6.5" CMMD woofer with tuned-port enclosure.

Perhaps you completely missed the S in the RS152? The person to whom I originally responded referenced R152 but I clearly stated RS152, in case anybody might also be considering that option.

Regarding the R152 (not S) vs R162 debate, there are two reasons a person may prefer the R152: Money available and Space available. For you, space was a consideration. At the end of the day, happiness with speakers is completely subjective. If you are happy with the R152, then... Great!

IMHO: RS152 < R152 < R162
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So I have the R162 + the RC263 + RS152. The RS152 are fine for surrounds. They have two of those impressive waveguides which provides a great sound stage assuming you system is calibrated right. Keep in mind folks that the Front L, R, & C channels are 70% or more of your systems output. Thusly they have the largest impact on sound. The thing I like about the RS152 aside from the dual tweeters, is the placement flexibility. Bookshelf speakers need space ,but surround speakers don't and they're designed with that in mind.
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I had the RS152 pair and was relatively disappointed. They are nowhere near the sound field and quality of my R162 pair. Actually, I ended up giving the RS152 set away to a friend...

My recommendation is to buy another pair of R162 for your rear surrounds. IMHO, they hit way above their weight class and are worth the extra $30...
I was disappointed that I got the 162 because they were much bigger than the 152. Thanks for making me feel better about my choice
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So I have the R162 + the RC263 + RS152. The RS152 are fine for surrounds. They have two of those impressive waveguides which provides a great sound stage assuming you system is calibrated right. Keep in mind folks that the Front L, R, & C channels are 70% or more of your systems output. Thusly they have the largest impact on sound. The thing I like about the RS152 aside from the dual tweeters, is the placement flexibility. Bookshelf speakers need space ,but surround speakers don't and they're designed with that in mind.
I have the same exact set up as you. I converted my living/dining room into a movie room and these speakers have filled the large area nicely. I know i'm not suppose to, but i have the RS152 in the rear and i'm thinking about buying another pair for the sides. But i would have to upgrade to a 7.2 receiver.
I agree with you, the surrounds do the job. I think some people want the same levels all around them.They want the sound of the footsteps behind them to thump their walls.

Would it be silly for me to get another set of the RS152s for the side?
Right now i have 162s front , RC263, the RS152 in the rear and a 10 inch sub that i'm satisfied with.
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