Pioneer SP-BS22-LR Andrew Jones Home Audio Bookshelf Loudspeakers (Set of 2)
|Model Name||Andrew Jones|
|Speakers Maximum Output Power||80 Watts|
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- ANDREW JONES. From speaker designer Andrew Jones comes a collection of speakers that bring professional-quality sound to your living room. These highly-acclaimed bookshelf loudspeakers deliver on sound, creating an immersive listening experience.
- HOME LISTENING. Whether you use them as stereo speakers or part of a multi-channel home theater system, these speakers can handle 80 watts to deliver wide frequency response and sophisticated sound quality, regardless of the source.
- CURVED DESIGN. These speakers utilize a true curved cabinet design. Not only aesthetically pleasing, this stiffer design reduces standing sound waves inside the cabinet, resulting in high-performance and exceptional sound quality.
- FEEL THE BASS. A structured surface over the 4-inch woofer with oversized magnets improves rigidity and bass accuracy. A vented pole piece also improves 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, we’ve engineered a custom wave guide. Increasing tweeter efficiency, together a 6-Element Complex Crossover, allows the SP-BS22-LR’s play louder using less power.
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The job of the cross over 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 cross over made up of a single capacitor and inductor. The Pioneer SP-BS22-LR utilizes a sophisticated 6 component high quality cross over. The reasoning is simple: we do it because it’s one more way of insuring high quality sound that makes its presence known.
There are many challenges designing and manufacturing a woofer capable of delivering true bass performance. In the SP-BS22-LR, we’ve 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.
To widen the sweet spot of the 1-inch High Efficiency Soft Dome tweeter, we’ve engineered a custom wave guide. Increasing tweeter efficiency, together with newly designed crossovers, allows the SP-BS22-LR’s play louder using less power.
Whatever your system, the SP-BS22-LR Compact Speakers are ready to step it up with authentic audio reproduction to bring your listening experience to the next level.
|SP-BS22-LR Andrew Jones Designed Compact Loudspeakers, re-engineered for 2012||SP-C22 Andrew Jones Designed Center Channel Speaker, re-engineered for 2012||SP-FS52 Andrew Jones Designed Floorstanding Loudspeakers, re-engineered for 2012||SP-T22A-LR Add-On Enabled Speakers for Dolby Atmos|
|Structured Surface Woofer||4”||4”||5-1/4”||4”|
|1" High Efficiency Soft Dome Tweeter||✓||✓||✓||1/2"|
|6 Element Sophisticated Crossover||✓||✓||8 element crossover|
|Power Handling||80 Watt||90 Watt||130 Watt||80 Watt|
|Sold as a Pair||✓||✓|
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Pioneer SP-BS22-LR Andrew Jones Home Audio Bookshelf Loudspeakers. From speaker designer Andrew Jones comes a collection of speakers that bring professional-quality sound to your living room. These highly-acclaimed speakers delivers on sound, creating an immersive listening experience. 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. FEATURES: 80 watts delivers wide frequency response and sophisticated sound quality. Curved-cabinet design reduces standing sound waves inside the cabinet. Structured surface over the 4-inch woofer with oversized magnets improves rigidity and bass accuracy. A vented pole piece also improves bass response from the same size woofers in previous models. 1-inch High Efficiency Soft Dome tweeter. 6-Element Complex Crossover. DETAILS. Dimensions: 7-1/8” x 12-9/16” x 8-7/16”. Weight: 9 lbs 2 oz.
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The Elacs sounded good in the sense of being extremely clear, with tiny details audible and a sense that you weren't missing a single thing except subwoofer-level bass. However, the Elacs were, to my ears, "neutral" to a fault. They didn't engage or excite me... regardless of volume or material, the hairs on my arms didn't stand up like when I listen to my big standing speakers (I have the 8" RP-280F Klipsch Reference Premier towers on a nice amp in another room). Though impressed in my head with the Elac's sound, after testing a variety of music I didn't find myself eager to keep playing more. I also tried some music and games and, once again, they were detailed, complete, and competent. A little bass, blended in almost so you had to think to notice it. Especially on sale, they'd probably be good hobby-level studio monitors... "Clinical" might be the right word, not meant in a negative way. Just not what my ears were seeking.
The Pioneers, in contrast, were surprisingly warm and engaging. Not trying to exaggerate -- to be clear they were far short of, say, my big towers (or my tower's bookshelf-sized brothers which are also at a much higher price than the Pioneers). But this is one of the most reasonably priced speaker sets to ever give me goosebumps. They made my wife and I turn and smile at each other and we had to turn up the volume and try more songs. I also found the Pioneers to be more flexible. For my application, the speakers would be only a few feet from my ears at moderate volume and I found these to sound much more "natural" (not like an artificial speaker), and with a wider sweet spot, than the bulkier Elacs. Always found myself angling and moving my head level to get center-stage on the Elacs.
My real hangup with the Elacs was something most of you won't care about, but led me to something you might care about in the Pioneer. Packaging. The drivers in the Elacs have a MUCH nicer and more complicated mounting system and in general a much more premium fit/finish/look than the Pioneers -- on cabinet alone, the Elacs make the Pioneers look like garage sale home-mades. The Elac's drivers are not perfect circles but are custom-fitted shapes with finished trim and premium small hex head screws, and fancy hard metal mesh over the tweeters. I wanted to port the drivers, bass ports, and internal crossovers/fill to a home-made enclosure and the Elacs would have required woodworking beyond my skill. So I saw the Pioneers with their basic circular mounts and easy, exposed screws and made the switch. My Elacs were a $150 sale buy and the Pioneers were $95.
Luckily for me, not only were the Pioneers perfect for my custom project with their more old-fashioned cabinet design, I was pleased and surprised how much better they suited my taste. No knock on the Elacs which no doubt many people might prefer or have better ears to appreciate subtle qualities, but if words like "warm", "energetic," and "engaging" describe what you enjoy in a speaker, I would recommend trying a pair of these before you invest in the more expensive Elacs which are closer to $300 outside a sale... or before you try just about anything over $100!
CONTEXT since sound is so subjective:
- Elacs and Pioneers tested with same music, powered by same amp (Audio Engine N22, class AB amp) with same fat-gauge cables
- Both tested at desktop listening range and across the room (Pioneers also later tested once drivers/crossover circuits ported into a home-made enclosure above a bed, in which they still sound awesome playing ocean noise at night and music as a morning alarm!)
- Both tested with CD-quality lossless audio and a few 96/24 lossless tracks, plus random Blurays and PC games. PC >> USB 96/24 DAC set to full quality with no software enhancements >> 3.5mm cable >> N22 amp >> 12ga home-made wiring >> speakers
- My favorite home speakers are Klipsch Reference Premier, I've had a variety of cheaper theater and car audio from brands like Harmon Kardon, AudioEngine, Sennheiser, etc. On most systems, I find myself leaving crossovers and bass adjustments at neutral (or bumped just enough to hear the sub kick in) and treble neutral or just a notch above neutral. I have a variety but my favorite test tracks are mostly classic rock.
- Tested both speakers with and without various subs I have around the house
- Included a photo of my custom overhead enclosure in case you were curious but my observations were made with the original cabinets.
- Elacs: much nicer looking/built, heavy and serious looking, crystal clear, neutral and 100% competent. Don't notice highs or lows, subtle and blended. No fatigue except sometimes forget they're playing. Very oddly-shaped (though nicely-made) driver enclosures if you are the .00001% of people wanting to steal hardware for a home design.
- Pioneers: warmer, hairs on arms stood up, wanted to listen to more! Bass has a little more "presence," more noticeable than Elacs, still well blended/balanced. No fatigue from tweeters. Acceptable looking, curve case is eye-catching, but definitely lower-tier fit and finish and not space efficient though smaller/lighter than Elacs. Vinyl wrap about on par with way more expensive Klipsch Reference Premiers, both are subpar vs. Elac's tight finish. Easy to steal Pioneer's guts for another cabinet.
END. WHAT I SOLD / KEPT:
I wouldn't have complained owning the Elacs at $150 sale/pair but got lucky to get the $95 Pioneers... To my surprise, the Pioneers are my kind of speaker! Even vs. my steal on the Elacs, these are STILL a steal.
I think the lesson here is clear: you don't need huge or even medium speakers for a great listening experience, even for stereo listening, and getting speakers that are too big is more likely than the opposite. Start with something smaller than you think you need. Pay a bit more for the subwoofer. The wonderful thing is that you don't have to sacrifice aesthetics. I think it's probably the case that if you get something that looks like the appropriate size, it will also have the appropriate output. Get a decent amplifier, and use good source material.
These speakers even have decent bass on their own, but a subwoofer gives that amazing depth you simply can't get without a large driver. But you only need one!
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Carácter: Neutro, sin enfatizar en particular ningún rango de frecuencias.
Sonido general: Sonido natural, con buen balance y rango de frecuencias muy amplio, excelente para escuchar cualquier tipo de música.
Agudos: Presentes y bien definidos pero suaves, no hay cansancio al escucharlos por horas.
Medios: Impresionantemente naturales y fieles, los mejores que he oído en productos de cualquier rango de precio.
Graves: Muy buenos sin ser excelentes, aunque debo decir que difícilmente encontrarás mejores graves en bocinas de este tamaño.
Crossover: A los 3kHz impecable integración del woofer y el tweeter, imperceptible transición entre graves y agudos.
Respuesta de frecuencia: Plana, una de las mejores gráficas de respuesta de frecuencia que he visto, desde abajo de los 60Hz hasta casi los 20kHz se mantiene prácticamente horizontal, esto difícilmente lo encontrarás en cualquier otra bocina sin importar su precio.
Sensibilidad: 85dB/2.83V/m. Baja eficiencia pero se compensa subiendo un poco más el volumen.
Potencia: 80watts, suficientes para llenar de sonido un ambiente 20m2
Calidad: Excelente calidad en acabados, gabinete, componentes y por supuesto sonido.
Valor precio: El mejor valor por tu dinero, no encontrarás otro producto que te dé más por tu dinero.
Información útil antes de comprar
Carácter: Más enfocado a aplicación musical que para efectos sonoros de un teatro en casa.
Sonido general: Sonido suave bajos agradables y naturales, no es muy explosivo ni ruidoso, es más bien afinado, preciso y natural.
Tamaño de bocina: 8 pulgadas.
Rango de Frecuencias: De 38Hz a 150Hz
Crossover: Ajustable de 40Hz a 150kHz.
Control de fase: De 0° y 180°.
Potencia: 100watts máximo, suficientes para llenar de sonido un ambiente 20m2
Calidad: Muy buena calidad en acabados, gabinete, componentes y por supuesto sonido.
Valor precio: El mejor valor por tu dinero si lo que ponderas es el sonido natural, por encima del ruido y las explosiones.
I was also looking for speakers that weren't too big and that were minimally designed. Again, these really fit the bill. They don't stick out or look tacky.
I would definitely recommend these to anyone looking for affordable but high quality speakers for their home.