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Harman Refreshes Infinity Primus Series Speakers

by October 22, 2010
Infinity Primus P143 Bookshelf Speaker

Infinity Primus P143 Bookshelf Speaker

Harman International Industries, Incorporated (NSYE: HAR), recently announced a color refresh for the Infinity Primus Series of home theater loudspeakers. Designed to deliver sound with heightened realism, the Infinity Primus Series is back and boasting a brand-new look – this time in a sleek, industrial black color. The home entertainment system features seven speakers and three powered subwoofers, which are sold separately and can be combined to customize the ultimate experience for music lovers and home theater buffs alike.

From the discrete bookshelf music system to a stunning home theater experience, there is the perfect Infinity Primus system to fit any room. Each of the three powered subwoofers can complement the entire line of Primus loudspeakers, providing heart-stopping bass for the ultimate home theater experience at home. The speakers are equipped with Infinity’s proprietary Metal Matrix Diaphragm (MMD) technology for accurate, distortion-free sound. Together, the system boasts captivating sound unparalleled to anything in its class.

The Infinity brand has long been known to deliver home theater systems that are engaging, powerful and realistic. The Primus series is designed to embody that refined technology 40 years in the making at an affordable price. Home entertainment enthusiasts can truly experience the sound, and they can do so in a brand-new color – with the refreshed, sleek and sexy look through the Infinity Primus line’s latest update

"Performance, simplicity and design are the hallmarks of Infinity speakers. We ensure every product maintains those key ingredients whether we are updating the technology, design or color."

- Christopher M. Dragon, director of Consumer and Field Marketing, HARMAN International

Pricing and Availability

The Infinity Primus Series is refreshed in a new black color and is available now. The suggested retail price for the lineup ranges from $109.99 to $549.

  • P143: 2-Way 4” Bookshelf/Satellite Loudspeaker
    Suggested Retail Price: $109.99
  • P153: 2-Way 5-1/4” Bookshelf Loudspeaker
    Suggested Retail Price: $129
  • P163: 2-Way 6-1/2” Bookshelf Loudspeaker
    Suggested Retail Price: $159
  • P253: 2-Way Dual 5-1/4” Floorstanding Loudspeaker
    Suggested Retail Price: $249
  • P363: 3-Way Dual 6-1/2” Floorstanding Loudspeaker
    Suggested Retail Price: $379
  • PC251: 2-Way Dual 5-1/4” Center Channel Loudspeaker
    Suggested Retail Price: $219
  • PC351: 3-Way Dual 5-1/4” Center Channel Loudspeaker
    Suggested Retail Price: $299
  • PS38: 8”, 150-Watt Powered Subwoofer
    Suggested Retail Price: $329
  • PS410: 10”, 300-Watt Powered Subwoofer
    Suggested Retail Price: $449
  • PS312:12”, 400-Watt Powered Subwoofer
    Suggested Retail Price: $549

 

About HARMAN
HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets – supported by 15 leading brands, including AKG, harman kardon, Infinity, JBL, Lexicon and Mark Levinson. The company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 20 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 11,000 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported sales of $3.4 billion for the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2010. The company’s shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol NYSE:HAR.

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JerryLove posts on October 23, 2010 09:40
KEW, post: 761113
I guess the good news is, for someone on a budget - they could buy a pair of these, a piece of mdf, liquid nails, and borrow a jig saw to add bracing and end up with some outstanding speakers without much investment.
Assuming it's like their prebious models, the intereior compartmentalization is pretty odd too: with the mid-bass drivers in seperate (and apparently differently volumed) spaces.

I wonder if better bracing would essentically make these the same as the next model up. From what I've seen when I looked: Infinity is using basically the same MMD then CMMD drivers throughout their line; bracing and cabinet and crossover is where the differences come in.
KEW posts on October 23, 2010 09:12
Alex2507, post: 761120
The 360 had a black wood grain vinyl finish. The 362 was similar but with a silver front and a silver grill. I think the industrial black may be painted MDF.

Well, if they get a decent plain black finish, that would be a step up. I just don't care for Black Ash.
I suspect Infinity might actually see a reduction in production costs. Hopefully this means they could continue their legacy with this as an inexpensive entry level product for some time.

You are right, they must be making good money with there current product. Probably a bigger reason not to add bracing is these might outperform and undercut some of Infinity's own more expensive products!
Alex2507 posts on October 23, 2010 03:16
gmichael, post: 761018
They changed them from black to industrial black?

The 360 had a black wood grain vinyl finish. The 362 was similar but with a silver front and a silver grill. I think the industrial black may be painted MDF.

jinjuku, post: 761023
Is the refresh strictly cosmetic?

Seemingly.

Is the Primus line still able to hold it's own?

At that price point what else is there in the floorstander arena?
Not to mention the street price. Has anybody ever bought a pair at retail?

gmichael, post: 761018
I don't understand why Infinity doesn't spend a little time designing some inexpensive strategic cabinet bracing and increase cost accordingly.

Infinity is making money with them the way they are at this price point.
KEW posts on October 23, 2010 01:09
Assuming this is sonically the same as the P362, I don't understand why Infinity doesn't spend a little time designing some inexpensive strategic cabinet bracing and increase cost accordingly. They do everything else so well that the cabinet resonance becomes a glaring design flaw.

For their price they are a good recommendation as budget floor-standers, but if you got rid of some of the cabinet resonance in the mid to upper bass range, they would really be the one to beat!

I guess the good news is, for someone on a budget - they could buy a pair of these, a piece of mdf, liquid nails, and borrow a jig saw to add bracing and end up with some outstanding speakers without much investment.
yepimonfire posts on October 23, 2010 00:58
good, i hated the ugly silver finish, polk did the same thing with their monitor series. thank god.
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