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Infinity Reference Speakers: RS152 Loudspeakers (Pair) $130, RC252 Center

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I bought an RC253 center (sadly no room for the giant RC263) and two R253 towers during the last sale, quite happy with them so far. Now feeling tempted to add the R12. The $170 price-point looks consistent with the last few sales, though the R12 did drop to $160 in August 2019. Of course I'm probably better off negotiating for a 20% off coupon on chat than waiting to see if they match their old sale price for the R12 in some future sale.
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Depends who you ask but Infinity will cost you more, whether it's worth the price you would have to listen to both to find out.

I would point out the Jamo package was Voted Best Buy home theater system for 2018-2019 by EISA

https://www.soundandvision.com/co...-citations

They Jamo package without the sub for $379, adds even more value to it.
The only downside is that if you don't like the Jamo sound signature, I think you have to pay to ship it back unless you are willing to sell locally. The same with other speakers.
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I upgraded my Polk Monitor 50's and CS1. Bought (2) R263 and the matching RC263. Ordered on Feb 3rd and arrived on Feb 9th from the previous sale. No damage on the RC263 box. Both R263 boxes had holes/cuts on them but no damages to the speakers themselves. The only caveat is that the R263 speaker grill cover pins had bends on them. The pins are metal so you can use a plier to slowly straighten them but do be careful.

Big is an understatement. The center alone dwarfs my Sony receiver. That TV is 75". Sound is so much clearer and more weight than my previous setup.

The huge cylinder in the corner is an old SVS 25-31CS powered by a plate amp I put in a wood storage box lol. I also have a Jamo J12 I purchased last year when it was posted here in SD.
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Quote from supermanrob :
Most likely the R263 and the R162 but I think the 263's are sold out.
These pop up regularly so you have to be quick next time it does.

I would suggest skipping "Atmos" at this level.
The money would be better served adding it to a good sub, $500-700 range.
Look for a sale on SVS, Monolith or even HSU.
The R12 sub right here in this sale is VERY good.
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I upgraded my Polk Monitor 50's and CS1. Bought (2) R263 and the matching RC263. Ordered on Feb 3rd and arrived on Feb 9th from the previous sale. No damage on the RC263 box. Both R263 boxes had holes/cuts on them but no damages to the speakers themselves. The only caveat is that the R263 speaker grill cover pins had bends on them. The pins are metal so you can use a plier to slowly straighten them but do be careful.

Big is an understatement. The center alone dwarfs my Sony receiver. That TV is 75". Sound is so much clearer and more weight than my previous setup.

The huge cylinder in the corner is an old SVS 25-31CS powered by a plate amp I put in a wood storage box lol. I also have a Jamo J12 I purchased last year when it was posted here in SD.
Just upgraded an older HK 7.1 setup with Polk S55 and have been waiting on them to go back on sale to start buying the other speakers.
How does everything compare to the Monitor 50s?
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Every time these go on sale I stop by to read all the discussions so I can feel a little more happiness. I have this setup and have zero complaints. People say to crossover at 80 but I Have mine set at 60 and they sound great to me. Keep in mind the towers have a very nice bass response but they're not moving a whole lot of air so the sub is essential for movies or extra rich bass tracks if you want to feel silky smooth notes or rumbles in the jungles.
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I keep missing the deal on the 263 towers. Is it worth waiting or just get the 253?
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I picked up an R12 subwoofer on the last sale and have been very impressed with it. The R12 is much more punchy and detailed than the Klipsch R-12SW I had. I found a good deal on a new SVS PB-2000 that will be delivered on Friday. The question becomes do you think two R12's would sound better than an single PB-2000? Total cost for the two R12's - $280 (I had a coupon code for the first one), cost of the PB-2000 - $590 after taxes. Since they have free returns, maybe I'll just pull the trigger on another R12 to test them out. The two R12's are less than half the price of a single PB-2000. The other option would be to use an R12 and the PB-2000 although I have heard people say you should match dual subs if possible. I don't want to spend $1,200 for dual PB-2000's.
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Little different but used to have infinity reference all around in my old car. They sounded great, but lacked bass. Didn't matter because they offset my w6. Very clean and crisp sound. No issues with speakers ever in 5 years and I would blast my music.
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Quote from zdoar :
Here are a few things to consider about these speakers and brand, based on tons of reading and online research I've done over the past few months. Admittedly, I moved from not knowing about this brand to having a 3.x setup with them, then 5.x and now 7.x. Obviously, that's based on my impressions so YMMV.
  • The RC263 is a behemoth of a speaker. It's powerful, has nice bass to it (although it could benefit from a dedicated sub) and delivers clear sounds. It's really of insane value given its price. As mentioned, it's HUGE. make sure you account for its size on all dimensions before making the purchase. Take the measurements and verify it fits your media console or can comfortably sit on top of it. Some people suggested hanging it on a wall, but that sounds too obtrusive too given its size. Here's a review from the fantastic site "Audio Science Review" (link [audiosciencereview.com]): "The Infinity RC263 has excellent objective measurements for a budget center speaker. They have tried hard to hit key aspects of good sound in a horizontal center speaker within a very tough budget. So unless you can afford to spend a ton more, the RC263 makes for a very good center speaker in a home theater, augmented by a subwoofer"
  • The R162 (I have 4 of those) are amazing for their price. It's really a great speaker. Review [audiosciencereview.com](quote: "The Infinity R162 definitely seems to have benefited from good design. Whether on purpose (to sell better in showroom) or not, the elevated highs are a bit of an issue but fortunately that cam be tamed with equalization. The rest of the performance both objectively and subjective is very good and not at all that of a cheap junk speaker"). Once I got the R253 I actually felt that the R162 are of less value, but given their size they are still great. I use them for surround channels (L/R and back L/R. I put them on "PERLESMITH Universal Floor Speaker Stands 26 Inch for Surround Sound" for $70/pair).
  • The R152 are supposed to be little brother of the 162. They are smaller, but I don't know if its worth buying those when you can get the R162 for a few $ more.
  • The R253 tower (I own 2 of those) are fantastic. Review [audiosciencereview.com]: "The Infinity Reference 253 is one hell of a package. You couldn't build one quarter of it for what they are selling it for right now. The new measurements show excellent performance, sans two bits: a dip around 2 kHz and too much treble energy. Both were easily fixable with EQ". That review also reports an issue with the tweeter range, but it's unclear whether that was a one-off or not. I couldn't hear issues with my unit, but I'm far from being an audiophile, and I don't own the relevant equipment to measure the sounds, as was done in the review. I'm happy with my units, to be clear.
  • The R263 are supposed to be even better than the 253. They are slightly bulkier, so I didn't get/hear them.

Brand/Service/Delivery:
  • When in stock, they ship super fast - you get it in 3-4 days. Don't think twice - order as IT WILL GO OOS soon.
  • When things go OOS and backordered, some have us waited ~6 weeks with very poor and conflicting communication from Harman Audio reps regarding the status of orders.
  • Many report packages arriving banged up. Mine missed a few inches of cardboard. However, I haven't read on someone who got a banged up product. Definitely take photos of the boxes once you get them, instead you need to report an issue.
  • HA have a 30 days return policy. I haven't tried it, but it sounds good on paper.
  • Some people report getting coupons codes for a small discount after contacting HA support and complaining about issues with past orders. YMMV.
Good luck!
Absolutely good info. If I may ask, why dont i see many reviews about Infinity Ref or in general home theatre speakers reviews on youtube or other places.
Jamo who go on sale almost at same times have definately reviews full of all praises on youtube and other places...
In the level that i am thinking to return RC263/R253/RS152/R12 setup and get almost half price Jamo... since I am new and may not be even able to appreciate the diff in tech/quality.
Any suggestion with that thoughts?
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Quote from aapkaapnaanuj :
Absolutely good info. If I may ask, why dont i see many reviews about Infinity Ref or in general home theatre speakers reviews on youtube or other places.
Jamo who go on sale almost at same times have definately reviews full of all praises on youtube and other places...
In the level that i am thinking to return RC263/R253/RS152/R12 setup and get almost half price Jamo... since I am new and may not be even able to appreciate the diff in tech/quality.
Any suggestion with that thoughts?
A lot of those web reviews of speakers, etc, are a result of the manufacturer sending the reviewer the speakers to review at no cost/on "loan".
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Quote from zdoar :
Here are a few things to consider about these speakers and brand, based on tons of reading and online research I've done over the past few months. Admittedly, I moved from not knowing about this brand to having a 3.x setup with them, then 5.x and now 7.x. Obviously, that's based on my impressions so YMMV.
  • The RC263 is a behemoth of a speaker. It's powerful, has nice bass to it (although it could benefit from a dedicated sub) and delivers clear sounds. It's really of insane value given its price. As mentioned, it's HUGE. make sure you account for its size on all dimensions before making the purchase. Take the measurements and verify it fits your media console or can comfortably sit on top of it. Some people suggested hanging it on a wall, but that sounds too obtrusive too given its size. Here's a review from the fantastic site "Audio Science Review" (link [audiosciencereview.com]): "The Infinity RC263 has excellent objective measurements for a budget center speaker. They have tried hard to hit key aspects of good sound in a horizontal center speaker within a very tough budget. So unless you can afford to spend a ton more, the RC263 makes for a very good center speaker in a home theater, augmented by a subwoofer"
  • The R162 (I have 4 of those) are amazing for their price. It's really a great speaker. Review [audiosciencereview.com](quote: "The Infinity R162 definitely seems to have benefited from good design. Whether on purpose (to sell better in showroom) or not, the elevated highs are a bit of an issue but fortunately that cam be tamed with equalization. The rest of the performance both objectively and subjective is very good and not at all that of a cheap junk speaker"). Once I got the R253 I actually felt that the R162 are of less value, but given their size they are still great. I use them for surround channels (L/R and back L/R. I put them on "PERLESMITH Universal Floor Speaker Stands 26 Inch for Surround Sound" for $70/pair).
  • The R152 are supposed to be little brother of the 162. They are smaller, but I don't know if its worth buying those when you can get the R162 for a few $ more.
  • The R253 tower (I own 2 of those) are fantastic. Review [audiosciencereview.com]: "The Infinity Reference 253 is one hell of a package. You couldn't build one quarter of it for what they are selling it for right now. The new measurements show excellent performance, sans two bits: a dip around 2 kHz and too much treble energy. Both were easily fixable with EQ". That review also reports an issue with the tweeter range, but it's unclear whether that was a one-off or not. I couldn't hear issues with my unit, but I'm far from being an audiophile, and I don't own the relevant equipment to measure the sounds, as was done in the review. I'm happy with my units, to be clear.
  • The R263 are supposed to be even better than the 253. They are slightly bulkier, so I didn't get/hear them.

Brand/Service/Delivery:
  • When in stock, they ship super fast - you get it in 3-4 days. Don't think twice - order as IT WILL GO OOS soon.
  • When things go OOS and backordered, some have us waited ~6 weeks with very poor and conflicting communication from Harman Audio reps regarding the status of orders.
  • Many report packages arriving banged up. Mine missed a few inches of cardboard. However, I haven't read on someone who got a banged up product. Definitely take photos of the boxes once you get them, instead you need to report an issue.
  • HA have a 30 days return policy. I haven't tried it, but it sounds good on paper.
  • Some people report getting coupons codes for a small discount after contacting HA support and complaining about issues with past orders. YMMV.
Good luck!
R162 is really a good deal for $160. They seemed to scale up with good amplifiers even further. I was also impressed with R12 sub for home theater use. i had one of the inside plastics (porting) fall off in one R162 speaker, so sent both speakers to Harman. They will replace with new ones at no charge). Their warranty support is really good. Communication was no trouble and only through email. When ordering new, R12 order took some time ~ 2 weeks. Overall i am impressed for the price they sell.
Granted, i love my Elac Debut Reference more. But they are >$500.
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