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Pioneer SP-BS22-LR Andrew Jones Designed Bookshelf Loudspeakers

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Bookshelf Loudspeakers
  • RF Molded Curved Cabinet
  • 4" Structured Surface Woofer
  • 1" high efficiency soft dome tweeter
  • Gold 5-way binding posts
  • 6 element complex crossover
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Product Specifications

Style: Bookshelf Loudspeakers
Brand NamePioneer
Speaker TypeBookshelf
Color NameWood
RMS Power Range - Amplifiers80 watts

Technical Details

Style: Bookshelf Loudspeakers
  • Brand Name: Pioneer
  • Model: SP-BS22-LR
  • Color Name: Wood
  • Speaker Type: Bookshelf

Product Details

Style: Bookshelf Loudspeakers
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 7.1 x 12.6 inches ; 9.1 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 20.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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  • ASIN: B008NCD2LG
  • Item model number: SP-BS22-LR
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (521 customer reviews)
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  • Date first available at Amazon.com: July 20, 2012

Product Description

Style: Bookshelf Loudspeakers

From the Manufacturer

Andrew Jones Deigned Bookshelf Loudspeakers

High quality home audio doesn't have to break the bank. As proof, we'd like to introduce you to the new SP-BS22-LR bookshelf speakers from Pioneer. Whether you use them as stereo speakers or part of a multi-channel home theater system, with their ability to handle 90 watts the SP-BS22-LR's deliver wide frequency response and sophisticated sound quality regardless of the source.

Pioneer SP-BS22-LR Andrew Jones Deigned Bookshelf Loudspeakers
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70 Years of Audio Firsts

These speakers come with a remarkable pedigree of over 70 years of Pioneer audio heritage and industry firsts. Like every speaker Pioneer builds, these are engineered to offer incredible design and amazing sound quality. But then that's exactly what you'd expect from speakers designed by internationally renowned speaker engineer, Andrew Jones. As Pioneer's Chief Speaker Engineer, Andrew has designed some of the world's finest loudspeakers, some costing as much as $80,000. Now he has brought his high-end expertise and passion to the creation of this affordable bookshelf speaker. And while the price is considerably lower than some of his other efforts, the expectation and delivery of accurate sound reproduction are the same.

Thinking Out Of The Box

Typically you'll find most bookshelf speakers not only come in a box, they are a box. And while that might be better for production costs, it isn't better for sound reproduction. The SP-BS22-LR speakers utilize a true curved cabinet design. So besides the aesthetics being considerably more pleasing, this stiffer design reduces standing sound waves inside the cabinet, resulting in high-performance and exceptional sound quality.

As you look at them, you'll also notice the unique speaker grills. They're beautiful and elegant in their own right, but not for their own sake. They protect the speakers, but are also removable if you prefer to see the drivers themselves.

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The Inside Story

Crossover: The job of the crossover in a speaker is to break the audio signal into low, high, and sometimes mid-range frequencies. It's an important job, and it uses circuitry like inductors and capacitors to accomplish it. Much of the competition uses an extremely simple, low-cost crossover made up of a single capacitor and inductor. The Pioneer SP-BS22-LR utilizes a sophisticated 6-component, high-quality crossover. The reasoning is simple: because it's one more way of insuring high quality sound that makes its presence known.

Woofer: There are many challenges designing and manufacturing a woofer capable of delivering true bass performance. In the SP-BS22-LR, Pioneer has added a structured surface to the 4-inch woofer. By doing so, not only is rigidity improved, so is bass accuracy. Engineers have also vented the pole piece, again improving bass response from the same size woofers in previous models.

Tweeter: To widen the sweet spot of the 1-inch High Efficiency Soft Dome tweeter, Pioneer has engineered a custom wave guide. Increasing tweeter efficiency, together with newly designed crossovers, allows the SP-BS22-LR's play louder using less power.

Audio Artistry By Andrew Jones, Chief Speaker Engineer Pioneer Electronics (USZ) Inc.

Whatever your system, the SP-BS22-LR Bookshelf Speakers are ready to step it up with authentic audio reproduction to bring your listening experience to the next level.

Product Description

Created by world-renowned speaker engineer Andrew Jones and completely re-engineered for 2012, the sp-Bs22-Lr bookshelf speakers offer extraordinary performance and remarkable quality to deliver a phenomenal music and home theater experience.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

I didn't look at the dimensions when I ordered it so it was much bigger than I expected, but it sounds and looks great. Read more ›
Very impressed with these I only wish they could get a bit louder without clipping, but the sound quality is so amazing for the price I don't even care. I've told people I… Read more ›
sound is really nice so much better than the old Sony speakers i had...Go great w/ my 7.1 set up... Really nice sound for HD movies (what I mainly use my set up for) and… Read more ›
Great floor standing speaker for the price. The sound is nice and clean, fills the whole room without breaking out the big amps! Read more ›
Can't complain here. Fantastic design and sound is very strong and not distored. Read more ›
I…I don't drive the speakers very hard -- probably no more than a quarter volume. the sound is pretty bright but works good in my space since I have wall to wall carpet. Read more ›
The speaker can't be beat for its price. The bass is outstanding and deep, perfect for bass-heavy music like EDM. The sound really took me by surprise, and I'm expecting it… Read more ›
All my previous…The sound produced by the AJ subwoofer is very smooth and subtle and blends so well with the rest of my speakers it can be easy to forget it's even there. Read more ›
I'm using them in a stereo set up for a 50" Panasonic plasma monitor that…Separation, clarity, and bass are all outstanding for a speaker with such a small footprint. Read more ›
I need to hear the motion 10 hybrids with the air motion tweeter again to compare to these but I do know I like the midrange better and the bass is deeper despite having… Read more ›
I…This particular subwoofer was easy to install, I just ran a single male-male RCA cable from the low-level input on the back of the sub to my receiver's subwoofer-out jack. Read more ›
But still, it is rather anemic. I think the notion of the sub was good, once upon a time, perhaps in the previous generation. I don't think it is presently competitive with… Read more ›
Like the Pioneers, it performs way better than its price point. At its $300 list price, it is a decent acquisition; at its current Amazon price of $129, it is a steal. Match… Read more ›
It is still working on old speaker configuration. For this price it is a good product. Read more ›
I would call these a "must buy" for anyone remotely interested in good sound. For the retail price, these are an amazing deal, and if you get them on sale so much the better. Read more ›
I have to say, this little monster adds a sonic depth as I've never heard before. For the price it is excellent, and even feels underpriced. The design is sleek and matches… Read more ›
I watched the video of its…For a 20 foot X 45 foot condo open plan living space home theatre setup, the price was great the size non-intrusive and the sound incredible! Read more ›
Andrew Jones has designed…The quality of sound for the price is truly outstanding and these speakers have become recommended by Stereophile magazine as a top budget choice. Read more ›
I am thrilled I bought them. Bass and highs are perfect . With my 100 watt pioneer amp. Read more ›
Every single one of the speakers sounds great. The treble is so crisp and clear without a hint of sibilance. Bass with the subwoofer is smooth and powerful, yet blends… Read more ›
For the total cost of this system im blown away, the towers are the perfect height and have a very surprising amount of bass for only a…Also, the highs are extremely crisp. Read more ›
Very capeable for a home A/V system front…The Highs are crisp and there is enough bass to carry you through daily viewing or Movies in HD quality, but improved with my sub. Read more ›
For instance: People who r building their…I m using it with jamo surround, center which have good treble and definitive technology pf 12tl subwoofer which has deep bass. Read more ›
Now I have all the mids in the world and it…A far more impressive bass response (each speaker is nearly 2x the size of my old sub, roughly 9x7x13) and crystal clear highs. Read more ›
Bought these book shelf speakers to replace the two front energy take speakers in my ht setup, which are great small speakers but did not hold up well playing music. I got… Read more ›
The setup was very simple. I used the RCA 16 gauge speaker wires with the Monster Quick Connect II Banana Plugs. Read more ›
Great sound...easy to set up..... Read more ›
I got two pairs of these along with the SP-C22 and the SW-8MK2 for a sweet 5.1 setup. I hooked them up to my new Onkyo TX-NR636 and they sound great. Read more ›
Since this is my first time using a sub I was surprised how subtle of adding it was at first but as time has gone by I found now I…What a nice 2.1 setup for my office. Read more ›
All in all, they're a great set of speakers, and I'm happy with them, but if you already have a nice sounding setup, you may not notice any improvement aside from better… Read more ›
When I first hooked it up it sounded a bit boomy and mushy but once I set up my speakers for the room, eq'd everything, placed the sub on an isolation layer, in the right… Read more ›
Loudspeaker? Loud is one thing but what good is loud if it isn't clear. Should have been called "crystal speaker", because that's how clear the sound is. Read more ›
sound quality is great, clear n loud..makes sunday football so much better, very satisfied with this speaker! matches well w my pioneer subwoofer. Read more ›
Small to medium sized and a full range of crisp clear sound. I have not gone to full volume with these but I have not noticed any distortion. More than what I was hoping… Read more ›
These…They will not play deafeningly loud, but set-up properly and played at a comfortable volume, there is some real magic in the midrange, and imaging is astounding. I… Read more ›
For the money, it's really…The tweeters are very smooth and loud and the 4" driver performs better than many 6.5" sets I've heard...even in the bass department. T… Read more ›
I don't feel cheated, as though…You will find no better sound anywhere near this price, and for many people the small size is a huge plus, right along with the small price. Read more ›
A little heavy on the bass but otherwise sound great and a good size. Read more ›
Finally I was able to listen to music like the good ole days. It's perfect for medium size room. Read more ›
Might be too bright in room with hardwood/tile. Bass is amazing for the size. I'm about to order another pair for surround duty. Read more ›
The tweeter is nice and crisp while the woofers fill the room nicely. My living room is a decent size 20x16 and it fills the room with enough sound even at low levels. Like… Read more ›
1. Not good for medium size rooms (I tested it in a 25' x 20' room) 2. Not enough bass Read more ›
In the BS22s, there's a subtle bit of upper-high roll-off, as noted in some reviews, but that makes the speaker sound a bit "warmer" and makes…The midrange is excellent. Read more ›
Fantastic sound and an exceptional value since I picked these…It's amazing how much bass these put out, along with a smooth midrange & highs that are clear and not shrill. Read more ›
They give you very clear mids and lows. Only thing I could complain about is the highs aren't as crisp as what you would find from Klipsch. Read more ›
After switching to the pioneers floor standing…The pair of old sony had a 7 inch woofer, so the bass was decent, but the mids and highs were not as good as the pioneers. Read more ›
The relatively low efficiency of these speakers (~85 dB), made them seem less lively during a-to-b switching, but cranking the volume up revealed a sweeter midrange and… Read more ›
Compared to that set up, this one is not as loud, which I completely expected moving from floor to bookshelf speakers, but the Pioneers are much more detailed with great… Read more ›
It's as good or better than some…The center speaker is very important in a home theater system for picking up TV dialogue and this Andrew Jones design does a great job. I… Read more ›
This is a real flaw, IMO. There are two problems with the design. First, the hole in the posts is simply too shallow to accommodate standard banana plugs. Read more ›
And low volume performance, something some people overlook, still provides as…They are well designed and can cover a frequency range of 50 HZ all the way up to 20 KHz. T… Read more ›
Once I added the sub I couldn't believe how a…The sub completes the speakers wonderfully, it's a nice small size, beautiful design and most importantly sounds amazing! S… Read more ›
They sound excellent. A very well designed speaker demonstrating using relatively inexpensive parts to create something that sounds beautiful. I have listened to all styles… Read more ›
With the Pioneer SPBS22-LR, the rear speaker pair of this surround system, Jones succeeded beautifully in designing a speaker that brings the fun back to music listening at… Read more ›
They do sound a bit more veiled in comparison to the S30s, but they also have more heft (in…The S30s are very clean and well controlled, in addition to being well balanced. Read more ›
Especially considering they are two way and not three way. They seem to respond very well to equalizer settings and make it easy to dial in the sound profile you like best. I… Read more ›
They sound much…I'm not sure where the bass is coming from in these not-too-large rounded rectangular boxes, but it's full, rich, and tightly controlled -- not boomy. T… Read more ›
I have it hooked up to a…I can set the speakers on the unit to not play the lower frequencies and control the low end to my heart's desire with the controls on the sub. E… Read more ›

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

167 of 185 people found the following review helpful By W. Jackson on July 5, 2013
Style Name: Bookshelf Loudspeakers
I didn't buy these here at amazon because I got them for $89.00 shipped from somewhere else. I'm still breaking them in, so this is just a preliminary review.

They have a lot of bass for such a small speaker, it's really amazing. I'm not a big bass fan, not the over emphasis of bass anyway, like so many speakers pride themselves on these days. I still miss the old acoustic suspension speakers with the real and tight bass. On some bass heavy material the bass is a little to much for me with the Pioneers, but right now I'm playing Ennio Morricone music, which is not bass heavy, and these speakers sound beautiful. I'm playing them in a room about 16x24 with a 12' gable roof, and they can fill that room with sound, and play pretty loud.

I'm using these speakers with an Onkyo TX-8255 Receiver, and have them on Sanus 24b 24" speaker stands with blu-tack between the speakers and the stand top plates. The 24" stands seem to be the perfect height for these speakers, as the top of the speakers are at about 36". I wouldn't use stands any higher than 24" with these speakers myself.

Update: 7-21-2013:

I've played the speakers enough for them to be broken-in, and I really like and am impressed with the Pioneer's. I will say that on some recordings they can sound amazing for a speaker of this price, but overall there seems to be to much emphasis on bass, like the speaker is trying to hard to sound bigger. I'm going to try the Fluance SX6 bookshelf speakers next to see if I like them better. I'll let you know how it goes.

Update 7-27-2013:

Just got the Fluance SX6 bookshelf speakers today, and have been listening to them all day. Although they aren't really broke in yet I'm already thinking about going back to the Pioneers.
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124 of 145 people found the following review helpful By Churchorganist50 on November 6, 2012
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I had a $300.00 pair of loudspeakers that passed my listening test nine years ago, but I have been noticing a drop-off in the highs the past few years. I play classical music of all types over my system, and wasn't sure if it was the speakers aging or my ears! I read countless reviews about the Pioneer speakers being so great for so little money, that I went ahead and ordered them. Even without the full 30 hour break-in period, I nearly fell on my can when I heard these at home the first hour! Already the string and wind instruments sound like they should, but the amazing thing is the width and depth of the soundstage is incredible. My previous speakers never sounded this good! I have been a regional symphony musician (double bassist) for 30 years.

I purchased these new, second generation Pioneer speakers as I had read that Jones even further worked on the tweeter lens and woofer structure. Try the Solti Mahler 7th on these and you'll be trying all of your best recordings on these speakers! I think the bass is clean and tight, and get tons of sound at half vollume from my ten year old 100 watt JVC receiver. The speakers are mounted three feet high, and the ports (in back) are about six inches from the wall. It is important to do this to help the bass and soundstage even further.

I ordered my speakers from Amazon on a Thursday, and was able to track them toward their delivery the next Monday. They were pack in an additional box and there were no signs of rough hadling. Oh, my previous pair of speakers that I though were so fine have a name that begins with a "P" and ends with an "M". Most of you will know who I mean.

Buy these Pioneers now!
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47 of 56 people found the following review helpful By hbsprite on February 1, 2013
Style Name: Bookshelf Loudspeakers
I consider myself a budget audiophile. I'm all about the best sound for the buck. I read reviews and waited until I saw a deal on these speakers (under $100 for the pair, shipped). I am using them as monitor speakers connected to my computer through a Lepai LP-2020A+ amp. I bought these because I was not as thrilled as I had hoped with my Dayton B652 Bookshelf Speakers.

I must say, these speakers blew me away when I first heard them. The Pioneers have very smooth treble and incredible bass for their size. I can listen to the Pioneers from 3 feet away all day and suffer no fatigue. The Pioneer's have a soft dome tweeter and a rear bass port and that makes all the difference in the world in speakers this size. I am amazed at the amount of bass these tiny 4" woofers put out. I've heard 6.5" speakers with less bass. Andrew Jones - you are an audio genius. Anyone can create incredible speakers with an unlimited budget, but it takes a true genius to do it for $100/pair.

1. Great Build Quality, love the wood grain and removable grills
2. Surprising Bass
3. Smooth highs
4. Nice, high quality binding posts in the back.
5. How often do you see a "real" crossover network in speakers this price?

1. Make sure you measure, these speakers are almost 9 inches deep. This depth really helps with the sound, but make sure you have room for them.
2. Imagine the sound these would put out with a 5 or 6.5 inch woofer!
3. The woofers look laughably small with the grills off. Do yourself a favor and keep the grills on!

In conclusion: these are incredible speakers - especially considering the price. They are great for an entry level audiophile. If you are smart and wait for a deal, you can easily find a pair of these speakers for under $100 that will blow speakers costing 4 times these out of the water.
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