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This review is from: Pioneer SP-BS21-LR Bookshelf Loudspeakers Pair
Pros: Price I paid: 70$. Lowest price ive seen it: 40$. To sum it up thats between 20$-35$-50$("normal price") per speaker, as they come in pairs. For this price, these speakers are PHENOMENAL.
The average consumer buys HTIB sets, and these speakers blow them out of the water in terms of clarity, range of sound, power, even looks.
Ive owned these speakers, played them past the break-in period, and they only sound better the more i listen to them
i consider myself a rookie audiophile, and these speakers sound worlds better than both my previous HTIB setup and my computer speakers (harman kardon soundsticks)
the highs are nice and warm and not at all harsh or overly bright, the mids have a nice full sound, and the lows are incredibly punchy for those modest sized tweeters. if this is for a home theater setup, youre going to want to add a sub nonetheless. but for computer speakers, i listen to all sorts of music, rhcp, edm, the black keys, liquid tension experiment, gustav holst, michael jackson, telefon tel aviv. these speakers are more than enough for all genres.
additionally, the build is very sturdy. i can understand why people are prone to disliking the metal grills, but these speakers feel incredibly solid over all, metal grills and all. the semigloss black wood looks elegant, and the pioneer logo isnt intrusive at all.
Cons: my only quip with these speakers is that they are not wall mountable, making it a hassle to use them as rears or surrounds. ive read about people drilling holes in them to mount them, but i could never trust myself to do a neat job with that
Other Thoughts: just started getting into high fidelity audio.
i currently have these hooked up to a topping tp41 (albeit a little underpowered for these speakers) => fiio d03 => optical out on my computer. i have to say, theyre replacing a pair of harman kardon soundsticks III, and although i was actually a fan of the soundstick aesthetic, and its lack of distortion at full volume, these speakers sound phenomenally better. the highs were so harsh on my soundsticks, its incredibly noticeable when comparing the two speakers side by side. theyre awfully big, impossible to mount without drilling into (no thanks), but they look elegant, very solid, and they sound amazing. i plan on replacing them with audioengine monitors sometime in the future, but im already contemplating buying another pair at this price to create a 7.1 setup for my game room upstairs, and eventually adding the towers as either fronts or rears, buying a center, and a subwoofer. i love everything about these speakers. im a college student living in an apartment and i can easily turn up the volume loud enough to get noise complaints, and thats with a 25wpc 8ohm amplifier. i can only imagine the kind of sound theyd pump out with my receiver at home. wholly recommend these speakers, especially if youre audio-noobs/looking for budget friendly entry level audiophile sound. at 50$ you really cant lose here. the only cons here are the lack of mounting capabilities. it makes setting them up as surround/rear speakers somewhat difficult. and if you plan on using these in a small space/as computer speakers, id recommend keeping them pointed at you, around eye level. theyre significantly directional. unrelated to this topic, i know people love the cheap little lepai amp, but topping t amps are great, they feel incredibly solid, the brushed steel looks very elegant, and if you can find a good deal on one, theyre a great steal (i got my tp41 for 50$ during christmas eve sale.) if not, even with a lepai, for under 100 bucks youve got yourself a computer system that beats 90% of the "computer speakers" out there.