Once again, people equate sound quality to cost of the speaker. It's funny. People become so emotionally defendant of products they've spent their own money on, that they are quick to judge and dismiss anything else as a better product, especially if it costs less.
I did extensive testing of the Pioneer SP-FS51-LR, Polk Monitor 70's, and Klipsch KF-26's. I tested these all in two different locations, my home, and a friend's home. I found the Polk's to be too bright and harsh with average mids. The Klipsch had a better midrange than the Pioneers and Polks, but again they were very harsh with their exaggerated highs. The Klipsch might've been even brighter than the Polks, but it was difficult to tell.
The Pioneers had a very warm and comfortable sound, and had much better stereo imaging than the Polks. We must've spent hours trying to find the sweet spot for the Polks, but failed to find positions that created to imaging equal to the Pioneers.
After testing all three sets of speakers, we decided the Pioneers gave us the best listening experience. We returned the other pairs, and picked up the matching center and bookshelve speakers.
It's always a bit frustrating to see people so quick to judge a product based off of looks and price alone. People love to relate quality to cost.
I do wish I could pull the grills off of the Pioneers though. I don't find them as ugly as others might, but then again, I usually have the lights off when I'm using them.