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Comparing a tower speaker with multiple drivers and a full sized cabinet to a bookshelf is never a fair game. I have owned the Pioneer bookshelves (bought them, returned them to Best Buy) and I just couldn't make them sound good and I felt the bass was poor and muddy. In my opinion they had lots of inaccurate bass, decent midrange and not very good highs.
Now, all EMPtek speakers have EXCELLENT midrange, are purposely light on the bass and have decent and slightly recessed highs (and the highs can be EQ'd to sound pretty damn good). The EMP can be described as a very detailed and accurate speaker and doesn't try to hit lows that some budget speaker can, but poorly.
If you were determined to have a theater with no subwoofer, the Pioneers towers are the way to go...but even then you miss alot of low content. Sounds like you are looking at subs, so IMHO, the EMP bookshelf speakers x 5 (I am pretty sure you can get a odd number of bookshelves by special request, otherwise, the smaller center would be second best) and the SVS sub is going to give you a great system at that price range!
Set up #1: EMP e5Ti, e5Ci, and EMP e5Bi surrounds, Outlaw LFM1 Plus sub, SVS NSD SB12 sub, Marantz Slimeline 1504 AV receiver
Set up #2: Def Tech SM450, CLR2002, SLS Qline surrounds and EMPtek10i10i sub, Denon 1910 AV receiver
Set up #3: Philharmonics- BMR in a 2.0 system, music only, Yamaha RXV-363 AV receiver