Originally Posted by automaton
Wow, that would suck, and BBuy has only themselves to blame for its failure-- sales staff don't know anything about the speakers, except that they're not as loud as the Klipsch and Polks that they're next to. When I first started shopping, the sales guys gushed about the Polk/Klispch and told me they didn't know anything about the Pios except how cheap they were.
And, they were never connected correctly on the sales floor.
I went to my local BB to see them in the flesh (or laminate I guess) last weekend. They were just "out" in an aisle (literally sitting in the aisle, not even on a shelf like the others) connected to a AVR I couldn't see because it was in a box along with some Polk and I think some low end Klipsch. The salesman came over and turned them on for me, but they were connected to a sub (not the Pio sub) that seemed to be dominating the aisle, I couldn't hear much from the speakers. Not that I expected much, seeing the towers were at one end of the aisle, the bookshelfs about 3/4 down towards the other end and that sub was turned up too high.
He did seem to recognize why I was looking at them though, he mentioned interest has been picking up and "the word is getting out". He didn't try to push me into Magnolia or towards Polks or Klipsch.
As I wait for my Reward Zone money from the TV to hit my account (which will probably go towards the speakers), I had a couple question to the owners out there.
1) I haven't seen anyone bashing the build quality on this thread, are they really that good? One concern I have is that even the similarly priced Polks have a 5-year warranty on them, while the Pio's have 1. Usually that isn't a good sign, but I didn't not notice any red flags in this thread.
2) I am looking to spend around $500 for an AVR. Any suggestions that perform well with these? Really, HDMI 1.4 and about 4 HDMI inputs are all I really need. Everything else is pretty negotiable. I don't need a lot of legacy support. Some room to grow would be nice, but I know pre-amps aren't very common at this price point. Networked is nice, but nothing a laptop and an HDMI cable can't get past. I just wasn't sure if some AVRs performed better with these 6 ohm speakers than others. Or I am completely incorrect in thinking that would be an issue? I also wasn't sure of what to make of the relatively low sensitivity. 85 dB for the BS41? I've looked at a lot of speaker specs over the past month and don't remember much variation from the 89-90 mark at these price points. Or am I misinterpreting the specs to think that is a hurdle?