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This review is from: JBL Studio 180 6.5" 3-Way Floorstanding Speaker
Pros: Great bass response. Unique design that looks good with grilles on. Provides a great sound stage. Great price on these.
Cons: A bit unstable on carpet. Unique design that looks weird with grilles off.
Other Thoughts: These speakers are great for 2 channel stereo, providing plenty of bass response. Also great in a home theater set up. Couple these with the Studio 120c center channel, which is also a great speaker, and you have a fantastic front 3 speakers. The deep, rich sound the studio 180's put out is exceptional at this price range. The price I paid is so low for such quality sound that I probably should have bought a second pair. Don't waste more money on the 190's, as they both share the same frequency response. I also have the Infinity Primus P363's and the JBL Studio 180's are better.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Pioneer SP-FS51-LR Floorstanding Speakers Pair
Pros: Low price for the pair. I actually like the metal grille design.
Cons: 6 Ohm and not very sensitive. Don't sound good without some EQ tweaking. These stand very short.
Other Thoughts: For the price, these are acceptable. I'm not understanding those who claim these are the best speakers you can get under $4-500. That's just ridiculous.
I wouldn't recommend these with an Onkyo receiver for two reasons. These aren't sensitive speakers, plus they are 6 Ohm. This will make an already hot running Onkyo receiver run even hotter. You have to turn the volume up quite a bit higher to achieve the same volume level as most other decent speakers. Second reason to avoid these with an Onkyo receiver is the lack of manual speakers EQ. These speakers sound dull and lifeless unless you make some fairly substantial EQ adjustments. The bass is weak, but can be boosted with EQ adjustment. Same for the dull treble response. If you have a recent Denon or Yamaha receiver, you can get these to sound fairly decent, but certainly not great.
Do note that these are very short, probably the shortest florstanding speakers I've ever seen. This could be good or bad, depending on your situation. Just looks odd to have small towers, yet the matching center channel is rather large in comparison.
Overall, get these if you are on a super tight budget and don't own an Onkyo receiver. These aren't going to WOW you, but you can make the necessary adjustments to make them sound better. Again, if you don't own an Onkyo receiver or even low end Pioneer.
This review is from: Pioneer SP-BS22-LR Andrew Jones Designed Bookshelf Loudspeaker Pair
Pros: Cheap price when on sale. Decent cabinet quality.
Cons: These don't do well in lows, mids or highs. Inefficient, with a poor sound stage.
Other Thoughts: Not exactly sure why there are a lot of glowing reviews on these. I guess it's those people who have been listening to their 5w LCD TV speakers. These bookshelf speakers, as well as any of the speakers in this line, aren't very good at all. These are weak, inefficient and offer up a very limited sound. Compare these even to the low end Monitor 30 Series II speakers and the difference in sound quality is rather drastic. Little 4" woofers with a dull tweeter equals a dud. Get these for garage speakers only. Having these in the main part of the house would be embarrassing.READ FULL REVIEW