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Pioneer SP-BS22-LR Andrew Jones Designed Bookshelf Loudspeakers
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- Highly acclaimed and award winning series of speakers
- RF Molded Curved Cabinets to reduce internal standing waves
- 4” Structured Surface Woofer with oversized magnets and vented pole piece for improved bass response
- 1” High Efficiency Soft Dome Tweeter for smooth high frequency reproduction even at high volume levels
- 6 Element Complex Crossover perfectly blends audio between the woofer and tweeter for greater accuracy
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- 4" Structured Surface Woofer
- 1" High Efficiency Soft Dome Tweeter
- 6 Element Sophisticated Crossover
- 80 Watt Power Handling
The Bookshelf Loudspeakers
High quality home audio doesn't have to break the bank. As proof, Pioneer introduces the SP-BS22-LR bookshelf speakers. Whether you use them as stereo speakers or part of a multi-channel home theater system, their ability to handle 90 watts the SP-BS22-LR's deliver wide frequency response and sophisticated sound quality regardless of the source.
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.
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. Pioneer has brought their high-end expertise and passion to the creation of this affordable bookshelf speaker.
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.
The Inside Story
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. Most speakers use an extremely simple, low-cost crossover made up of a single capacitor and inductor. The Pioneer SP-BS22-LR utilizes a sophisticated 6-element, high-quality crossover. The reasoning is simple: because it's one more way of ensuring high quality sound that makes its presence known.
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, improving bass response from the same size woofers in previous models.
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.
Highly acclaimed and award winning series of speakers designed by world-renowned speaker engineer Andrew Jones. The SP-BS22-LR bookshelf speakers were designed to offer extraordinary performance and remarkable sound quality for music and home theater at an affordable price.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.Read more ›
Luckily, the ever-dependable UPS delivered the replacements in an immaculate box. I pulled out the new pair and everything was in order. Now I had a chance to listen to them properly.
Wow. I was thrilled. For less than $100 a pair (when Amazon has them on sale, which is frequently), you simply cannot buy a better bookshelf speaker. (Okay, I've read that the Micca MB42Xs are great, too. But I haven't heard them, and the indications are that the Miccas are, at best, equal to the Pioneers.)
These Pioneer's are definitely not studio monitors. If you want the most neutral speaker, that might not be ideal. But for everyday listening, that's probably a good thing. (All speakers have their own character, after all.) 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 them less fatiguing for long listening. The midrange is excellent. To a certain extent, I could hear the subtle "boxiness" in some male vocals on these speakers that a few reviewers have dinged the BS22s for.Read more ›
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Lots of sound for such small speakers. Heavy and very well constructed.Published 1 day ago by Jimmy
These speakers are unbelievable for the price. The ranges are all very clear -- top, middle, bottom. I can't believe how great the sound they put out is. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Amazon Customer
These sound great for the price. I don't think you can find better speakers in this price range unless you buy them used. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Amazon Customer
We bought these speakers as part of the 5.1 system but I just wanted to review these bookshelf speakers because of all the time we took to mount them! Read morePublished 5 days ago by MO
Very good sound for the price. I match these with the Andrew Jones Subwoofer. Great, simple stereo sound.Published 5 days ago by Joe
Very overrated. Returned speakers to Amazon. After reading quite a few reviews on these speakers I was convinced they were going to be much better than they were. Read morePublished 9 days ago by gary
Outstanding speakers! Ok, let me qualify that, you won't find many speakers that will perform as well as these in this woofer size and price range. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Waslost1