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Pioneer SP-BS41-LR 130 Watt RMS 2-Way Speakers (Pair) (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

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  • Crossover Type-2-way;Maximum Frequency Response-20 kHz; Physical Characteristics-Form Factor-Bookshelf; Physical Characteristics-Weight (Approximate)-10.25 lb.;
  • RMS Output Power-130 W;Impedance-6 Ohm; Physical Characteristics-Height-13.8;
  • Driver Type-1 Dome Tweeter, 5.25 Woofer; Crossover Frequency-2.50 kHz; Physical Characteristics-Width-7.9;
  • Minimum Frequency Response-55 Hz;Sensitivity-85 dB; Physical Characteristics-Depth-8.7;
  • Oversized magnets for powerful bass
  • Superior crossover design for full-spectrum clarity
  • Curved cabinet donstruction designed to reduce vibration
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Pioneer
  • Model Number: SPBS41LR
  • Color: Black
  • Speaker Type: Bookshelf

Product Description

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-bs41-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.

Product Information

Product Dimensions 8.7 x 7.9 x 13.8 inches
Item Weight 10.2 pounds
Shipping Weight 24 pounds
Manufacturer Pioneer
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Item model number SPBS41LR
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4.6 out of 5 stars 85 customer reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #204 in Electronics > Home Audio & Theater > Speakers > Bookshelf Speakers
Date first available at Amazon.com September 12, 2011

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By Dan Lebryk TOP 100 REVIEWER on December 14, 2011
How can speakers this inexpensive sound this good? Sometimes life just isn't fair.

These Pioneer SP-BS41-LR (what a horrible name) were purchased to replace a pair of old Klipsch Kg 1.2 speakers that cost three times as much new. The price on these Pioneers was just too good to pass up, and I wanted something new.

The Pioneers have a very similar sound to the Klipsch speakers. A nicely balanced speaker that leans a bit toward clear clean highs and controlled lows. The big difference with the Pioneers comes in imaging; these speakers have much better defined image than my Klipsch speakers. They sound better farther off axis than the Klipsch. These are pleasant easy to listen to speakers. They sound great at low volume, something a lot of speakers have trouble with. Of course turned way up, they continue to output excellent sound, never sounding strained.

Andrew Jones designed these speakers. Jones worked for KEF and Infinity before joining Pioneer in 1994. The clear clean highs is a trademark of Infinity, Klipsch, and KEF, so these Pioneer speakers come by that trait honestly from Jones' design.

The speakers come with a nice instruction manual. These are rear port two way bookshelf speakers. The manual says for optimum performance, they should be 2 feet from a wall and not placed in a corner. They will still work fine on a shelf, against a wall, or in a corner (the manual goes into detail about corner placement to maximize response), but the sound won't be optimal.

These are well constructed speakers. The enclosure is satin black wood veneer (I read somewhere this is supposed to be vinyl, it is really wood veneer). I really like the design of the sides; it is rounded and tapered at the rear.
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I ordered these without hearing or seeing them ever in person because they are designed by Andrew Jones, and he is awesome. I am completely satisfied with this purchase and must admit these speakers are a steal at this price. I like them more than the Polk R and M series, as well as the Sony 6000 series towers that I was considering. These speakers do a great job at the bottum end frequencies and would serve well for a situation where a sub wasn't possible. If your a heavy metal fan the double bass drums sound great through these, crisp and deep without being boomy.

The highs are among the smoothest and beautiful I've heard. Pioneers' 1" "soft dome" tweeters have no harshness the them, and there a pleasure to listen to, especially after the JBL Mylar-Titanium tweets in my car. The cymbols in rock songs have a smooth almost fluid type feeling to them, and with 110 Watts / channel I have not yet been able to coax any harshness out of them.

In my opinion the exeptional response of these speakers starts in the beautiful curved cabinets, which reduce standing as well as interfering waves.

These speakers really shine in Battlefield BC2, which has great sound effects. gunshots are not muffled or made boomy like many speakers would, yet they can still be felt at volume.

I have a modest kenwood 5.1 receiver and can only imagine how good a nicer model would sound, But I can not recomend these speakers enough! Having had them for about a week, I now would be willing to pay double if I ever had to replace them.

Note: take dimensions into account as these are bigger than what many other manufacturers call "bookshelf" speakers, unless you have a huge bookshelf these are more likely set next to the TV, or on a stand type speakers.

Conclusion: Buy them.
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Having read the good reviews on these speakers on this and other sites, I decided to order a pair. For me, these speakers had one distinct purpose - to replace a pair of much-loved Wharfedale Diamonds 10.1's in my garage before the Phoenix Summer Heat cooks 'em to death.
Well, having hooked these speakers up and after a 36 hour break-in period I can say that they far exceed my expectations: These speakers are very neutral, transparent, and just the right bit laid-back, but still with a good amount of 'sparkle'.

High's are somewhat rolled off, but that suits me just fine because they're not fatiguing. There's plenty of enjoyable, sparkling high's coming from the soft dome tweeters.
Mids are crystal clear, if somewhat 'nasal' in the upper mid range, maybe a crossover at 3200Hz instead of 2500Hz would have been produced a fuller midband? Not sure, and it's not a big deal, mids sound great overall and I'm nitpicking here.
Bass is pretty darn phenomenal for a speaker this size, and has to be heard to be believed - very well done.

All in all these Pioneers sound very much like the Wharfedale's they're replacing, but at roughly one third the cost. I do hope the Pioneers will survive the summer heat in my garage, that will be the ultimate test:)

One thing to consider is that all that bass response comes at a price: Reduced speaker sensitivity and impedance, which means you need some good electronics to drive these speakers to sound their best.

Bottom line - I think Pioneer has a winner here, sure - there are certainly better speakers out there, but not at this or twice the price of these. I'm not really a big fan of anything Pioneer, but any company that makes speakers like these at this price point deserves my enthusiastic praise, since they up the competition by bringing the latest audiophile technology and design to a much broader market.
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