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Rating 4.7 out of 5 stars with 272 reviews

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Hifi Audio at Incredible Price

    Posted
    Austinbirdman

    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.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The Best -- Hands Down!!!

    Posted
    Melanic1

    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!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great sound and power

    Posted
    TrueReviews20
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    GENERAL 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. SOUND 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. "CON" 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.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Decent speakers for the money

    Posted
    Anonymous
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    I purchased these speakers using a price match to an online competitor and overall I was content with the sound, but not quite happy. I noticed right away that these speakers are 6Ohm vs. 8ohm which means they might require a bit more power than most speakers. I paired these with the matching center speaker, a set of pioneer surrounds, and a pioneer 7.1 receiver (although using a 5.1 setup), all in a relatively small room. The speakers output decent sound, but are overall tonally flat. I might even say lifeless. That's not necessarily a bad thing as some people don't want their sound output colored by the speakers. However, I prefer a more "bright" sound. Also, it proved difficult to get appropriate volume levels out of these speakers. That could be a function of receiver settings, although I did set the speaker output to 6Ohm. Lastly, the speakers sound great at the midrange but seem to roll off quickly in the upper and lower ranges. I wouldn't call the lower end muddy, but there isn't the tightness and definition I was hoping for. I returned these and purchased the Polk Monitor 40s which have a higher sensitivity, more range, a slightly brighter sound and cost roughly the same. I would recommend these to someone who is looking for a excellent midrange speaker at a good price that doesn't color the audio output. If you have the higher and lower ranges covered well via other means, these are a great addition to a home theater for a good price. However, if you're looking for a set with full dynamic range and excellent sound quality throughout, I would look elsewhere.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    My ears are pleased !

    Posted
    Steve
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    Bought these as the surround speakers after I previously purchased the matching floor standing models from the Andrew Jones series by Pioneer. True that my comparison is really apples to oranges, because I came from a HTIB system that was several years old. After I purchased a modern receiver and the front floor standing models, I decided that I HAD to have the other models from this series. They are incredible, the clarity at high volumes is beautiful, the range is remarkable for a speaker of this size in my opinion. Assuming proper placement from a nearby wall (the venting ports face rearward) they do produce decent lows even. I purchased these on a black Friday sale that could not be beat. But planned on purchasing them before hand at full retail price! I would certainly not discourage anyone from getting the full set of the Andrew Jones series. Room acoustics play a major role in sound quality, so again could be apples to oranges, but a friend of mine has some very large (very expensive) speakers made a by some company that rhymes with "blipche", and we both agree that my system it's more clear at obnoxious volume levels than his. There are most likely fancier/better speakers out there, but I'll go out on a limb here and say that, at this price point, these cannot be beat!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Boxy resonance

    Posted
    MadSquabbles
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    I fell into the hype of these speakers and I'll be returning them tomorrow. I'm upgrading from some cheap old polk T15's and everyone swore that the b22's are better. At the store I picked the t15's over the b22's because of the boxy sound I heard from them a few years back. I figured since they're on sale for $77 why not try them out, plus I grabbed the center channel for $67. My main use is for near field with my PC for gaming. I've got 4 polk hooked up to an old Yamaha receiver that I had retired since it doesn't have HDMI inputs. These sound good enough for me. I got the upgrade bug so I grabbed the b22's and got a shock of disappointment as they had the same resonance I heard way back. Maybe it's just my ears that vibrate at the certain frequency these things hit - I can't eat cerals with hard marshmallows, Adelle songs make me mad because I can hear a squeaky sound in her voice that enrages me, and I suffer from allergies year round. Maybe all this make me not able to enjoy the b22's like so many do. I tweaked the heck out of my EQ and found that 250Hz is where the resonance occurs. I turned it down but sound quality degraded with it. Maybe if I'd take the time to tweak more I'd be able to find the sweet spot, but I've already found it with the t15's and, like I said, are good enough... plus I bought those jokers for $39 a pair during two different sales!

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    got these because of my hearing loss

    Posted
    mobilesniper
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    I have a moderate hearing loss due to my age. As a result i hear some frequencies perfectly and others i can't here at all without cranking up the t.v. My grandson who takes care of me has a mild hearing loss from being in combat; as a result turning up the t.v. or surround sound (at least real loud) hurt HIS ears. As a result i started looking for good quality speakers to go with my new yamaha receiver, as a result this is one of the pairs my grandson recommended for my hearing loss because they had exceptional response on the frequencies i needed. to be sure these would be right, he bout me one pair to go behind the chairs (at least to try) and they sounded great, and i noticed i could hear better without turning it up as loud. then he bought me a set for the front of my system, and now i hear perfectly with these two sets and my subwoofer. i no longer need to turn the t.v. up loud and hurt my grandson's hearing (at least what is left of his hearing) while being able to hear clearly myself. I'm glad he got me these speakers and subwoofer, and i cannot wait until he replaces my center speaker. i would definitely recommend these to anyone with hearing loss needing a speaker with a WIDE range of frequency response.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    good bookshelf speakers

    Posted
    scottxray
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    These speakers are part of Pioneers Andrew Jones designed set for 5.1 or 7.1 . These bookshelfs are pretty large and as such have great response and pretty good bass on their own. Although I bought the tower speakers for my fronts, the bookshelfs may be a better fit if you need a smaller system. There is one problem that I would say you need to be aware of and is the reason I don't give them 5 stars. The speakers are larger ( as I said), about 16" tall by 8 wide by 10 deep. However, they also do NOT have any socket or fixation point on the bottom or top. There is a port on the REAR of the speakers, so you cannot mount them on a wall unless your mount can keep them far enough off the wall to not affect the response of the system. Also you will need to come up with your own mount as there is no fixation point on the rear either So a Stand of some type is a necessity and the base of that needs to be large enough to accomodate the speakers size. The speakers sonic response is outstanding and a perfect match for the center channel and sub so 4 stars is still justified. I do recommend them.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    My First Bookshelf Speakers, Starting Off Strong!

    Posted
    RobertHarlan
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    Wanted to make a serious upgrade from my soundbar, and after much research decided to make my own 3.0 stereo system (which grew into a 3.2 stereo system). Every review I read about this speaker and the rest of the line of Andrew Jones speakers said that these speakers would give you the most performance for your money. Several weeks ago I visited Best Buy and listened to this speaker in comparison to 3 other brands that were on display. The other 3 brands were more expensive, but the Pioneers more than held their own against them. I finally splurged on this, the Pioneer center speaker and 2 Pioneer subwoofers, along with a Denon receiver. Ever since, I've been enjoying wonderful sound while watching Blu-rays and television. I'm no audio expert, not yet, but I honestly do feel that my money couldn't have been better spent. Maybe other speakers can outperform this center speaker, and the other speakers in the Pioneer line, but you would have to spend quite a bit more just to top these. The quality of the speakers and the affordable price makes these a steal. Do yourself a favor, save your money and buy these and get more for your money that you did end up spending.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Practically imppossible to beat for the price

    Posted
    jg14
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    The Andrew Jones designed Pioneer speakers have been discussed all over the internet recently and for good reason. I bought them because of all the buzz so I could hear them myself and I wasn't disappointed. The BS22LRs are far better than they should be at their price point and offer an amazing value for the quality of sound. The highs are just a bit soft (in a good way), but they are extremely clear and the midrange is also very clean and natural sounding. For their size, they produce a very wide stage and perform very well even when pushed hard (I ran them in 3 systems ranging from 30W to 200W). I've listened to a lot of speakers and own a few that are far more expensive than these, and these still please me every time I listen to them. The appearance (with grills on) is a bit plain, almost unattractive to me, but the sound quality they offer easily offsets that for me. They won't replace high end bookshelf speakers well above this price range, but they are absolutely worth a listen.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent speakers

    Posted
    mpai
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    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: http://forum.audiogon.com/cgi-bin/fr.pl?vscnd&1367787674

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Very interesting product.

    Posted
    PonMan
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    After reading about these in the Audio Magazines I thought to just buy a pair and listen to them. Upon first listening I head a very good soundstage. Then I noticed that the speakers reacted differently when there was a cable change, or equipment change. I tweaked my system until I was satisfied with the speakers performance. I used Dynaco ST70 Modified, and an Anthem Amp 2 Hybrid amp with an Marsh preamp and various gear. The SP-BS22's surprised me with a wonderful soundstage which was wide and deep and the height was almost as good as my 63" Apogee Centaur Major Ribbon Speakers. Dynamics were actually very good but not as good as my main speakers. Of course I used 2 Dali Acoustic Suspension 12" subwoofers which blended very well with them. I was amazed in all areas except the weight of the vocals and certain instruments In My Opinion. Someone looking for a great speaker for the bedroom or office should look at these as they are a wonderful product. Soon I will compare them to my Spica TC50's which were 3 times the price about 20 years ago and I still own a pair.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Impossible to beat for the money!

    Posted
    VirginiaMom
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    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.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    VERY Surprised !

    Posted
    beelzee

    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!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best speakers I've ever heard at this price!!

    Posted
    stwombly
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    I have nothing but great things to say about these speakers. I heard about these speakers on several audio web sites and all of the good things they say about these speakers are true. These speakers are very clear and musical. They are also extremely neutral. These speakers let you hear the music as it was intended to be heard. Yes, these are small speakers and have only 4" woofers, so they will not have the base extension of large speakers. But they go way deeper than you would think and they sound good doing so. This pair was purchased for my son who is learning how to produce music in college (Music Tech degree). He says they are much better than most of the studios at school, except for some of the best setups that cost many $1000's. These speakers are Highly recommended and I'll probably buy another set for myself soon!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Buy them as a back up.

    Posted
    BubbainSF

    I had sold my old Magneplanasr and my power amp because we are downsizing and they were 20 years old. I tried to listen to some KLH speakers that were spare for a bedroom system but, no clarity like I was used to hearing. I purchased from Best Buy a Yamaha RS300BL receiver but, the KLH's just didn't have it even with my REL sub woofer. I wanted to get something to tie me over until I could go all in on a pair of B & W 685S2's. The Pioneer's have been getting great reviews and for $129 for a pair not? I just hooked everything up tonight and threw rock, jazz and blues at them with the sub. Wow! These little speakers have a balanced sound and can play at a good level in a 14 x 18 room. Tight, clear and can go low enough for the sub to not take over the sound. You can't find anything at this price point that sounds like this. I can wait for the B & W's.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Sound & Great Value

    Posted
    oillogger
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    I was pleasantly surprised with these Andrew Jones designed speakers. There was no room for a sound bar since my 43" took up completely all of the room on top of my tall chest-a-drawers so I needed and alternative solution for better sound than the TV provided. So I went with a mini amplifier and some small bookshelf speakers that could be placed behind the TV. After much searching I decided to take a chance with the Pioneer SP-BS22-LR bookshelf speakers full knowing they were originally meant to part of an 5.1 system. They sound really good for their size. The only short coming as expected is the low bass frequencies which every small speaker cannot produce. The bass coming from the speakers also have a slight booming as expected from a 4" woofer. Overall the Pioneer SP-BS22-LR bookshelf speakers are really great sounding speakers currently at a really good price point.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Small Price, Big Sound

    Posted
    Barrycuda
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    I was curious about these little bookshelf speakers, as I was looking to upgrade my workshop sound system. I was surprised at the bottom end punch coming out of these little speakers. I'm running them with a Pioneer VSX-522 and a Polk subwoofer. They have a nice balance and natural sound which is unheard of at this price. Most low priced bookshelf speakers are either boomy or too tinny sounding in the midrange and highs. Andrew Jones did a great job designing these little gems. Give them some time to break in, at least 40+ hours, before judging them. As they break in, the clarity and detail starts to really come alive. They can play quite loud with out straining, and easily handle the 80 watts/channel of the VSX-522. I'm sure they would sound even better with a higher quality receiver than the VSX-522. I'm thinking about getting another pair for my home office!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great sound from these speakers

    Posted
    masterelectrician97
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    I bought these for my son who started college this year. His 2nd hand book shelf speakers went out on him shortly after he moved in. I purchased these online and had them put in will call at a Best Buy in his area. The only bad part was it took a week to get speakers shipped from a store that was less than an hour to son's store location. He says the sound quality is incredible and it rocks the whole floor of his dorm. He states the bass is great and they don't take up much room. His tastes in sound quality are very high, which makes me think I need to buy a pair for my teenage son (or maybe me). I have been a Pioneer fan for over 30 years and have never been let down. The other cool thing is that I was able to submit a personal message in the email notification to him. He was floored!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Incomparable for the price

    Posted
    CdBales
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    Being involved with audio equipment as my hobby for more than 40 years, I have always felt that the music is first and foremost. No one should have to spend incredible amounts of money to enjoy quality music in their home. These speakers are among the finest reproducers of MUSIC for their size I have ever heard or owned. Read the hi-end magazines, and the superlatives they apply to bookshelf speakers of this dimension usually cost anywhere from $350 to $1000 dollars. These Pioneers deserve those superlatives for a fraction of the cost. Can you BLAST them at rock concert levels? No. No small speaker can do that. But they will fill a good size room as long as they have a quality amplifier driving them. Just OUTSTANDING.

    I would recommend this to a friend