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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
This review is from: Onkyo HT-RC560 7.2-Channel Network AV Receiver
Pros: Good price when on sale. Wireless networking.
Cons: One line display. Doesn't show speaker setup on display. No EQ for speakers. No saving speaker levels/setup for each input. Runs really hot. Difficult setup for first connecting to network. Remote inputs are a bit laggy.
Other Thoughts: For $300 this is a decent receiver. Onkyo has, however, made some cutbacks in features over even lesser receivers in recent years. My Onkyo TX-NR509 has a 2 line display, shows a little picture of the current speaker configuration on the display. Both of those display features were removed for this model HT-RC560.
I was disappointed that this receiver doesn't save your configuration for speaker levels for each input. I like to have my subwoofer level higher for movies than music, but once you set the speaker levels they remain the same for all inputs. No EQ for speakers, as well. Even the cheapest entry model Yamaha receiver includes EQ for all speakers.
The sound quality is about par with my 509, which I think is a strength of the Onkyo receivers. Just be careful, as the RC560 runs hot, as does most Onkyo receivers. I think this excessive heat is what kills the HDMI boards, so running a fan on it is a good idea.