Ignoring whether your speakers are junk, or not, as I am not that up on speakers, I would say anyone who calls Pioneer Elite, junk, is either a clueless audio snob, or trying to sell you something.
Have you ever heard of the high end vs low end listening test? I may have put a link to it in the AVR FAQ. Basically, the people doing the test, some audio society, stacked the deck. They jacked a cheap CD player directly into one of the cheapest pro amps on the market. They used freebie type interconnects or something like that. They set it on a folding chair or something like that.
On the other side, some "high end gear." Fancy cables. Fancy rack. Etc.
Speakers were the same in both cases, setup in the same way. I believe they did their best to level match the test.
No one could reliable tell the two systems apart. Even if the test was flawed a bit, surely such different systems would have been obviously different to audio enthusiasts actively trying to hear a difference?
I should point out that if Pioneer Elite was junk, in my opinion of what that would imply, is that the system would sound obviously bad. You would noticed this even if blindfolded, etc.
Come to your own conclusions