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Harman releases new high-end Infinity Reference Series loudspeakers

updated 04:37 pm EDT, Wed August 6, 2014

New speaker models for home use in five configurations, including bookshelf and on-wall units

Harman has released a new set of loudspeakers called the Reference Series under its Infinity brand. The new lineup includes five types of speakers, in nine different configurations, to fit the needs of consumers. Each of the speakers are powered by the company's transducer technology, called the Ceramic Metal Matrix Diaphragm (CMMD).

The process of CMMD gives "an ideal stiffness-to-weight ratio" through at the use of ceramic surfaces and aluminum cones. Because of this, the frequency resonance is up and out of the pass-band range of the drivers. The series features two-way and three-way designs. The three-way speakers use a flat-piston CMMD, while full-range speakers use a one-inch CMMD tweeter.

"More than 45 years ago, the Infinity brand blended aeronautical-based design with state-of-the-art audio technology. It turned heads even then," said Harman Lifestyle Division President Michael Mauser. "Now, Infinity has returned with the all-new Infinity Reference series of loudspeakers destined to, once again, redefine [the] listening experience with Ceramic Metal Matrix Diaphragm cone technology and our most advanced waveguide to date."

The new Infinity Reference series contains subwoofers, floor-standing models, bookshelf speakers, central channel units and on-wall surround sound speakers. Most of the speakers come in two sizes, to give consumers a chance to design the sound signature in the room they are placing them in. Each speaker is has a black wood grain finish, with all fasteners hidden.

The wall-mounted RS152 contains Hemispherical Soundfield Technology, which allows the sound to achieve balanced coverage in a 180-degree listening hemisphere. Harman states the speaker is best utilized in surround-sound applications, or multi-channel music within a home. The price tag for the 5.25-inch speaker is $500.

Two center channel speakers are available with the RC252, a 2.5-way dual 5.25-inch speaker, and the RC263, a three-way dual 6.25-inch unit. The speakers are said to be "harmonically matched" to the other speakers in the series, offering flexible placement and configurations. Pricing for the RC252 is $350, with a bump to $500 for the RC263.

Harman offers two subwoofers in the Infinity Reference line, the SUB R10 200-watt 10-inch unit and the SUB R12 that sees a power bump to 300 watts and a 12-inch speaker. Each subwoofer contains a fiber-composite driver combined with a digital amplifier, as well as a tuned-port. The price tag for the SUB R10 is $500, while the SUB R12 jumps to $600.

The floor-standing speakers, the R253 and R263, are priced at $900 and $1,000, respectively. Both speakers feature three-way designs, with the R253 containing dual 5.25-inch drivers and the R263 housing dual 6.25-inch drivers.

Bookshelf speakers in the Reference series contain 5.25- or 6.25-inch speakers with a two-way design. Pricing for the 5.25-inch RS152 starts at $400, while the 6.25-inch RS162 is $500.

by MacNN Staff



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