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This review is from: Pioneer SP-C21 Center Channel Speaker Single
Pros: clear and clean sound, cover the whole vocal range evenly. I can now understand movie dialogs without subtitles (being a NNS).
Cons: large size, had to remove the slim drawer from my TV stand to make room for it. I measured before purchasing so it's just an acceptable trade-off.
Other Thoughts: If you ever wonder about its unusual shape and size, it's meant to be used together with the FS51, or BS41 (they all have the same shape and size, just different in height/length), but that guarantees timbre match. You can even use two of these vertically for front LR. As similar to FS51 and BS41, the quality is superb for the incredible price. The sound is warm, the high is sweet, not too bright.
I don't use this as much as the FS51 for I mostly listen to 2Ch music, but watching movies is much more enjoyable as the voices are now much clearer at music-quality (comparing to the tiny center in my old Sony HT-DDW790 system)
This review is from: Pioneer SW-8-K 100W Powered Subwoofer Single
Pros: Good build quality, nice design. Set the volume half-way is enough to feel the thumping across my 20'x24' living+kitchen room (open floor). Plenty of connection options, able to use with my Sony receiver which only has hi-level output for its passive sub.
The bass is tight and smooth, putting it in a corner doesn't cause the sound to be too bloomy like my old passive sub. Volume control and crossover setting are crucial to fine-tune for a smooth blend with the fronts.
Pioneer customer service is very responsive. I submited a question about auto-off problem and got a response back in an hour. I use this sub with FS51 and C21.
Cons: The auto-off might be too sensitive. The outer woodgrain layer at one corner is not flushly trimmed, so I accidentally peeled it a little bit while moving it, super-glue fixed it quickly.
Other Thoughts: The front LED should be off when the sub is off, so if you set the switch to "Auto" and the LED keeps staying on after 10 minutes of shutting down the receiver, try to figure out the problem instead of covering the LED with tape, or you'll be wasting electricity and reducing the sub's lifespan.
To test whether it will turn off automatically, turn off the receiver. Set the sub's power switch to Standby, the LED will go off. if the LED is turned on again when you switch it to Auto, that means there's noise/signal in the line and that will prevent it from auto-off.
I got the auto-off problem until I either unplugged the receiver's power cable, or unplugged the speaker wire from the receiver. I accidentally solved the problem while moving the sub around to find the best spot. Turned out the speaker wire was running close to my Dell laptop, crossing its AC/DC brick. The noise from the brick triggered the sub' sensing circuit. I verified this by switching to Standby then to Auto, and everytime I hover the speaker wire over the Dell's brick, the front LED is turned on (while the receiver is off). Note that if the speaker wire is not connected to the receiver, or the receiver is not plugged into power, the brick's noise won't affect the sub. I guess the internal circuit of the receiver completes the wire into a loop and thus inducing the noise from the brick.