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Great Speakers, Great Price,
This review is from: Pioneer SP-BS21-LR 80-Watts RMS 2-Way Speakers (Pair) (Electronics)
I think the title of my review says a lot. These are very good sounding speakers, much better sounding then their price tag. I have had a lot of budget priced speakers over the years and can say that these by far sound the best. The sound coming from them mimics a much higher priced speaker system both budget priced and high end. I have never had a $1,000 plus pair of speakers before so could not compare directly to how they would sound compared to this. Based on the reviews I have read from professionals who have there is not as many compromises in sound as you would expect.
The big difference with these is that the sensitivity is only 84db. Higher end systems, and a lot of budget priced ones have higher sensitivity. I have some Klipsch Quintets that are around 90db so they play louder at equal volume, but the sound is not as good. I have found I do not play these louder on my receivers volume level then I do other speakers I have owned. Volume is only good though if the speaker sounds clear and clean when you get there. The Klipsch's could be a little harsh with high notes and make you want to turn them down a bit. These speakers make you want to turn them up without the sound becoming distorted or harsh.
I have paired these with the center channel speaker from pioneer, SP-C21. The center speaker has 87db of sensitivity which you would think might require lowering the volume level. I have found the extra sensitivity for the center is a big plus for movies since a lot of sound comes from there. I have kept my center volume level at 0db on my receiver and it sounds great in tandem with these speakers. Once you have four of them, a subwoofer, and the center you will get a great sounding home theater system. I already have a Klipsch sub I use and it matches well so if you have a decent sub then there is no reason to buy the Pioneer one. I actually have my crossover set around 90 to 100hz but 100hz usually sounds better to me. This might seem high for the listed frequency range of the speakers but 100hz is actually recommended in the manual and seems to sound best. I think they would sound good down to 80hz but keeping it higher puts less of a load on the speakers and receiver. Since these speakers are less sensitive it helps to keep it higher so you can get that extra volume you might need without taxing the equipment.
As stated above these are outstanding speakers for the prices you can get them at. If you are looking to upgrade save your cash on higher priced systems and get these instead. I know I am going to be satisfied with them for years to come.