Experience lush audio with these Pioneer SP-BS22-LR bookshelf speakers that feature 80W maximum power handling for crisp, robust sound. The curved cabinet design helps minimize vibration for exceptional performance.
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Hifi Audio at Incredible Price
Posted by: Austinbirdman from: Austin, TX on
Believe the hype. These are simply awesome speakers for the price. Their musicality equals or excels many speakers in the $350 and up price range. In a blind test with two very good and highly rated bookshelf speakers, the Ascend Acoustics CBM-170 and the Axiom Audio M30v2, these held their own, even sounding better in certain areas. They have a beautiful, highly listenable neutral sound a bit on the warm side. They have to be the best or among the best bookshelf speakers sold in-store at Best Buy - and for the price, possibly some of the best speakers anywhere.
The soundstage is a bit smaller than you'll find on some (not all higher priced Hifi bookshelf speakers - it was just a bit smaller than the Axioms - but they still have a perfectly good soundstage. Where they really shine is in the mid-range: eveyrthing from violin and piano through rock and folk vocals. The response is fast, the coloration basically neutral, with almost no reverb out of the box, so that the speakers essentially disappear. New sounds emerge on well recorded material, especially background vocalists, who acheived a clarity I'd never heard before on my Ascends or Axioms, both speakers I really love. These Pioneers avoid the pitfalls of so many $200 and under speakers: excessive highs and boomy bass. Instead, the Pioneers round off a bit on the very high end, casting a warm element to the tuning while avoiding the bright sibilance that plagues bargain, boom-box style audio. Despite the size of the enclosure and four-inch woofer, these deliver perfectly good, musical bass. The Axioms and Ascends both give a fuller spectrum with more bass, but they also cost around $400. The Pioneers don't seem to reach the claimed low end of 55 Hz, but they deliver enjoyable musical bass in a medium-sized room, and sound fantastic and full in a near-field listening situation. If I hadn't been listening to them side by side with the other speakers, I would have found the bass surprising, enjoyable, and more than enough. Also, there are plenty of mid-priced or low-priced speakers that may push it a bit lower on the bass end, but that will mess up in more egregious ways, with strident highs, big gaps in the mid-range, and nothing comprable to the overall smooth, neutral warmth of the Pioneers.
These are probably best suited for music in a living room or smaller setting, as fronts or surround speakers in a Home Theater set up (fronts if you have a sub), or for near-field monitor listening. Paired with a digital t-amp, these would create the ultimate pc audio speaker, no sub needed. They are a great introduction to audiophile, hifi speakers - but they're more than that. These are so good, they will cause many listeners to rethink their $300-500 bookshelf speaker dreams.
26 out of 26 found this review helpful.
Impossible to beat for the money!
Posted by: VirginiaMom from: on
I was looking for speakers for my son to cart off to college - his money, so definitely was on a budget. Found a thread online that was discussing the first version of these speakers and how great they were. While reading that thread, someone posted that the new version had just been released. I headed to BB to listen to both (the new ones were not even hooked up yet - just were sitting on the shelf). The salesman kindly agreed to connec the new speakers, and we were able to listen to both, side by side. The originals were very good, but these new ones were just amazing. Tempted to buy another pair for my BF as it is such a good value! Highly recommend these speakers for solid mains.
27 out of 33 found this review helpful.
The Best -- Hands Down!!!
Posted by: Melanic1 from: on
I read the reviews on these speakers, and I watched some YouTube videos of them being demonstrated, compared, and sound-tested, including a video where the speaker's engineer, Andrew Jones, described the process and the components used to produce this amazing outcome.
These speakers are absolutely amazing irrespective of price-point, and that is not just talk. I have only had them for about 3 hours which means that they aren't even "burned in" but I am telling you that that fact just makes me sweat with anticipation about how much better the sound will become over the next few days.
I have had quite a few systems over the last 35 years and many different speaker combinations. Today I have a Pioneer Tuner Control Amp and the separate Power Amp with the equalizer and bass boost. I tried Polk T15's along with my Pioneer floor speakers, rear channel surround sound speakers and the center channel speaker, and they sounded very good at first. But after a few days I noticed that something was missing with them or either just not quite right no matter how I tried to tune them with the equalizer. That's when I started looking at the reviews for the Pioneers.
Well, this morning I returned the T15's and bought the BS22's and I am just blown away with what I got for my money. First of all, Best Buy price-matched Amazon at $99. Then they gave me another $9.00 off that price which means I walked out of there with these incredible babies for $90.00.
They are balanced, harmonic, and I can hear every instrument and every nuance in the music I've listened to so far. The bass is just right, the midranges just seem to pick you up and allow you to float, and the highs keep you interested but they don't tire you out.
The Pioneer SP-BS22 speakers do exactly what I want them to do no matter the music I have listened to. There may be some better speakers out there but for the regular price of $129.00 or the sale price that I got them for, it is going to be hard to justify paying more for any speaker because these sound so so sweet!
Pioneer has a winner in the bookshelf speaker category and the SP-BS22's should be able to defend their title for a long time to come!
10 out of 10 found this review helpful.
Great sound and power
Posted by: TrueReviews20 from: Orange County, CA on
I have a pair of these in a 360 sq ft theater room. I have these set up paired with the matching center and two floorstanding speakers (will be adding two more BS to get 7.1). Having spent a lot of money on a projector and screen money was very tight. These speakers came out on sale at frys which Amazon price matched and I decided to give BB a call to see if they would price match as well. They did. Got them same day with store pick up and I get points.
WOW. I paid around $400 for 1 Pair FS, 2 Pair Bookshelf, 1 Center. I have only 1 Pair of BS set up right now and I was blown away. I have a large room and needed great and BALANCED sound. these easily compete with a set worth twice its value. If you're not a hardcore audiophile and are looking to start somewhere this is it. Look no further. These BS and powerful and deliver very accurate sound. Watching action movies make you feel apart of the movie.
There size is large but if you want a good speaker you have to accept that. the annoying part about the size is that there is no mounting option. the speakers have no keyhole mount or pre-drilled holes. you have to put them on a shelf or buy and mount that uses tension to hold speaker in place. It may seem obvious that Bookshelf speakers to be placed in a bookshelf unit but that is NOT true. you need to leave at least 3-4" space behind the speaker to allow for the port to be unobstructed. Also, you dont want walls of a bookshelf impeding natural flow of sound. Best options are to install a shelf or buy tension speaker mounts that dont require drilling into the speaker.
FYI my setup is paired with Klipsch Reference 12 sub and Denon AVR.
7 out of 7 found this review helpful.
Great speakers for everyone!
Posted by: bquisp from: Chicago, il on
SP-B22-LR is a bass-reflex speaker with a 1" soft-dome tweeter and a 4" woofer, neither magnetically shielded—but both drivers are new.
It's impressive when a talented speaker designer such as Andrew Jones comes up with a quality speaker costing less than $200/pair. The sound is balanced, neutral, and involving, with no significant shortcomings. An excellent choice for the fiscally challenged music lover.
6 out of 6 found this review helpful.
Reasonably priced, good theater sound
Posted by: tomm from: on
I bought this speaker as part of a Pioneer 5.1 home theater system, after reading a favorable review in Home Theater. Sounds plenty good. This is my second set; when selling our previous home, the prospective buyer made the last set a condition of the home sale!
5 out of 5 found this review helpful.
Posted by: dakotia from: Iowa on
I have been wanting smaller speakers in my living and these are the right ones. The sound quality is great, the size is perfect and they really look nice.
5 out of 5 found this review helpful.
Posted by: mpai from: Ohio, USA on
I was always aware of the reviews that Andrew Jones designed loudspeakers get. But the problem is, all those speakers are in the >$5000 league, which I cannot afford.
Recently I had to build a small system for the family that could be moved from one location to another, depending on the occasion and kids moved. The speakers were the perfect fit for these needs, especially when it came to sound quality. Before this we tried a Samsung dock and it did not live up to our standards, since my family is used to listening to good sound on my main system. We got these speakers, a small digital amp, a iPod dock, a pair of interconnects and a pair of loudspeaker cables and we were all set. The sound is amazing for the size of driver per side. Just give these speakers about 35-50 hours of break-in time. Absolutely thrilled with the overall sound. Here is a link to our system:
5 out of 5 found this review helpful.
Excellent sound and build quality
Posted by: Andrew1200 from: Florida on
I bought these on sale for $99, I don't think anything else can even come
close to the clean open sound and imaging these little speakers have for
that price. I am using them with a Velodyne 12" sub in a 2.1 system for
both music and TV viewing in a second room system with a Dennon 100
WPC receiver. They seem to sound good with most any type of music and don't get harsh on the high end like some speakers do with hard rock. These little babies kick butt!
5 out of 5 found this review helpful.
VERY Surprised !
Posted by: beelzee from: texas on
having recvd' these as a gift recently i was somewhat taken aback with the small size. They feel solid and have very good gold-plated binding posts. I replaced some big name speakers with these little gems in a 4.1 stereo@ 90/wpc.Right out of the box they sounded rich and provided more bottom than expected from a 4'' woofer. Silk dome tweeter was a bit harsh initially, however has loosened up after a week or so.**THESE need at least 60-100 hours to 'break-in' so dont be surprised if they sound a little harsh right away. Patience pays off as they now sound quite good-comparable to speakers in the 300-400$ range ! Really!. They can take a lot of power and will go pretty loud if thats what you want. A neutral signature with a very wide soundstage--very very IMPRESSIVE little gems!