Originally Posted by csgamer
Infinity p363 compared favorable against revel f52? Wow, I need some more details.
I owned p362's, sold due to a move. I owned 2nd gen pioneers for a short while, I prefer the infinity. In fact, contemplated buying them again, but decided to up my budget, was actually thinking about revel f12's.
I have to say though, the boston 360 that was recommended in this thread does look better in the pictures IMO compared to the infinity p363, sound wise I don't know. If one doesn't want to listen for themselves, then my vote goes to the infinity primus.
Yes, in my well treated room, everyone who has auditioned and compared them against my Revel F52s would put them at about 70% of the F52s. Myself included. Keep in mind their pedigree. They are owned by the same parent company, Harman International. I'm guessing some of the technology and engineering has made its way down to the P363s. Frequency response on the P363s are extremely good for high end speakers let alone ones that are only a couple hundred dollars for the pair.
Since the speakers share the same pedigree, the sound is similar. They are a fairly neutral speaker, which I like. They lack the refinement of the Revels, but still are great speakers. High are clear, mids are smooth and bass is well controlled. The crossovers do an exceptional job of integrating the drivers as one cohesive speaker instead of a collection of drivers in a box. The transition of frequencies between the drivers is smooth. It lacks the depth of and expansiveness of the soundstage that the Revels have, but they do disappear in the room when I close my eyes and just listen. It's hard to compare the two really as they are more similar than they are different. The Infinity does everything the Revel does, just not as well. The Revels are the clear winners in every aspect, but not by nearly the margin the price would indicate. Remember, the Infinity is less than 5% the cost of the Revels. I'd say 70% the performance of the Revels for 5% the cost is a favorable ratio.
I can tell you I'd buy the Infinity over the other $2K - $3K speakers I auditioned when I was first looking into nice speakers. Off the top of my head, I know I listened to DefTech, B&W, Vienna Acoustics and Thiel. I actually did like the Thiels and would get them over the P363.
Sorry for the incoherent blabbering and lack of structure in my post. Trying to get some work done at the same time as posting this.