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I spent some time listening to the towers (the ones with three 5¼ in them) in BB's listening room the other day. I closed the doors to keep out ambient noise. They also had some Polks with 5¼ and some Klipsch icon series or something. They were both more expensive than the $199 pair of Pios. I selected the Pio 1020k for the AVR in stereo mode. It was difficult to do any kind of listening comparison, because the Pios were so much weaker. Several db's. Both the Polks and the Klipsch were much more sensitive. The bass was also very weak in the Pios. The bass sounded much fuller and nicer on the (admittedly more expensive) Polks. The Klipsch were very sensitive, and were loud and bright. To put it nicely, they did not sound very refined.
Anyway, the Pioneers could not get loud enough for my taste, even with the Pioneer 1020 at 0.00 db. Kind of turned me off. I don't think these things could keep up with my subs.
Anyway, in the Pioneer's favor, the Polks had a kind of forward or in your face kind of image which I didn't get with the Pioneers. The Pioneers seemed more laid back. They were not fatiguing like the Klipsch.
So the sound was not bad, (although something still seemed to be lacking) but the bass was very weak, and I don't know how well it would integrate with my subs. It's not that the sound was bad--it had a bit of a refined sound to it--it's just that there was simply not enough sound. Perhaps my 1120K would drive them a bit louder than the 1020k?
Anyway, can't complain about the price, and at normal listening levels they sound great for the price. I just don't get the impression that these speakers can really rock out.
Many speakers can sound not too bad at moderate listening levels. The real good ones can play clean and detailed, at louder levels too.
These speakers suck too much juice. I would have to use many more watts to get the kind of dynammic listening levels that I want.
I can get some Boston CS226's with dual 6½ for close to the same price that might work better for me. They are taller too, and the Pioneers are a little on the short side. Don't think they would get up to ear level.