Infinity P363BK 6.5" 3-Way Passive Floorstanding Speaker (Black)
Infinity has competitive gear at nearly every price point, but the shining star in the bang-for-buck category is the P363. Sporting a prominent but well-behaved midrange, well extended bass and treble, and exceptional soundstage performance, it is an incredible performer, coming in a close second to the Paradigm Monitor Series 7 for 2/3 the price. With a comparably wide soundstage, and only slightly more noticeable grain, the P363 punches well above its sticker, sounding closer to most speakers double what Infinity asks. Its presentation is noticeably bigger and better separated than the cheaper speakers listed here, as well as showcasing more accurate positioning cues and a generally more refined note presentation than most speakers costing under $1200 a pair. They scale very well with better equipment, too, and like the Monitor Series 7, the P363 can be used as surrounds to support higher end front speakers in the event that you decide to upgrade. On the whole they aren't quite as refined as the Series 7, but for 2/3 the cost they come respectably close. If you want a taste of high end sound, but can't stretch for the Paradigms, the P363 delivers most of their performance for a very reasonable price; keep an eye out for sales, too, as they have been seen on newegg.com and at Fry's Electronics for as low as $200 for a pair.