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I did a similar A/B comparison with the first generation Pioneer series bookshelf and the Polk M40s. Polks won handily. I thought the Pioneers looked cheap and plastic (and the Polks looked cheap and plastic, but not quite as cheap). perhaps they have improved the look of the Pioneers in the new series, I have not seen them up close and personal. in terms of sound quality, I had very similar impressions!
Anyway, i also returned the Pioneer speakers and kept the Polk m40s...which now sit unused in my basement, replaced by a set of Def Tech SM450s!
Set up #1: EMP e5ti, e5Ci, and EMP e5Bi surrounds, Outlaw LFM1 Plus sub, EMP 10i10i sub
Set up #2: Def Tech SM450, CLR2002, SLS Qline surrounds and Klipsch 12wD sub
Set up #3: Philharmonics- BMR in a 2.0 system, music only