Originally Posted by alphaiii
On a side note... did anyone else notice the differences between the picture on the hometheatermag blog and the one in the engadget article? If not, look again and pay attention to the size of the towers, center, and small bookshelf relative to the SP-BS41-LR...
The centers, towers, and bookshelves in the htmag blog actually look to be the S31 series speakers that are not sold in the US, but are available in the UK (not sure where else).
In any case, I would speculate that a part of the reason Pioneer could keep the cost of these speakers so low is that they already had a cabinet design to work with (from the S71 and S31 lines available in the UK).... just adjusted dimensions to work with the drivers that were selected.
Scroll down to see the S31 and S71 product lines...http://www.pioneer.co.uk/uk/products.../overview.html
I was the product planner on these new speakers (SP-BS21, SP-BS41, SP-C31, SP-FS51, and the SW-8 Subwoofer). The 3 Series speakers are not part of the same line. I know this may seem a bit confusing. The 3 Series speakers were designed and built buy our folks in Europe and Japan. The Models I listed above were designed and planned by the folks here in Long Beach, Ca. (Myself and Andrew)....
We took the cosmetic direction from the 31 speakers (Which is why they look similar), however we made some changes (Metal Grill instead of cloth, much larger cabinet, much lower price, etc...). Also there are no shared drivers. We designed the drivers in these new models from the ground up (Andrew) as well as the crossover in Long Beach.
My job was to create the line-up, control price, packaging, etc. I like to say that Andrew made them sound great, I made them $89.00 (BS21). I can honestly tell you that we did tons of comparisons to other brands costing as much as 4 times the price and these speakers are hard to beat.
There are several reviews scheduled to come out over the next month or so.
Some unique attributes about the speakers are RF Molded curved cabinets, oversized magnets for improved bass response, 6 element crossover (BS-21), 7 Element on the FS51, 5-way binding posts, 1" soft dome tweeter. The center channel to me is the shining star at only $79.00... Also the SW-8 subwoofer at $139.00 is really hard to beat at even twice the price...
Sorry if this sounds too much like a pitch.. Just really proud of these...
Also, I can assure you that Andrew is very proud of these.. Andrew has often said "$70,000 speakers should be easy to make sound great, $89.00 speakers on the other hand are very difficult make sound great". (I kept pestering him about every extra penny he spent).
Take a listen for yourself...
If you have any questions I am sure Andrew will respond personally on this forum... (I will ask him Monday Morning). He loves talking.....
Director Product Planning