Moving closer to a wall, the sound fattened up a bit, which sometimes even improved things, and never marred the overall tight and focused approach. The Infinity P142 also performed very well at high volumes, exhibiting little breakup. This, of course, occurred when the speaker had good quality power driving it. Average power sources sounded very below average at normal volumes, let alone high ones. Overall, the P142 offers a very balanced, musical approach, with well-timed, crisp bass that blends wonderfully with the fantastic top end. Its flaws never hinder the enjoyment of the music, or affect its coherence in any way. When combined with its very affordable price, the P142 delivers one of the highest value propositions in the category.
• The P142 provides a very well balanced, musical, listenable presentation that keeps its focus over all types of material.
• The P142's midrange offers some qualities more often found in higher end models, with very good detail, speed, and liquidity.
• The P142 plays loudly with little breakup.
• The P142 offers a modern cosmetic profile with its silver grills and baffle, but with enough conservative touches to keep its appeal down the middle.
• The P142's midrange occasionally seemed a bit lightweight.
• The P142 sounded just a shade too crisp in the high end, depending on the recording.
• The P142 needs good quality power to perform its best.
• The P142 only comes in a Black finish.
The Infinity P142 really packs a serious punch. It provides a combination of speed, coherence, transparency, and dynamics that make listening to all types of music a pleasure. It invites you in and pleases in a multitude of ways, while offending in none. Its flaws, even on an absolute basis, don't register very often and easily get swallowed up in its overall sonic palette. The speaker looks good, too, and offers some welcome ergonomic touches. For the money, it ranks as one of the very best in its category. Infinity has done its name proud with the P142.
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