Over the years, the speakers made by Sony, Pioneer, Yamaha, and other big Japanese manufacturers have ranged from the cheapest trash imaginable to some big-bucks high-end speakers that are excellent (and super-expensive). Sony currently makes speakers for under $100 that you probably wouldn't want to listen to, and they also make $30,000 speakers that you would love.
Going by the brand name is seldom a good idea, but that is even more true with these big companies. There are a few brands I trust to put out a good product, like Vandersteen and PSB, but companies that can match their track record are few and far between.
The big companies certainly have the engineering resources to put out good products when they choose to do so.
I remember some floorstanding Pioneer speakers I listened to in a recording studio in the 1960s that had built-in multiple power amplifiers and were incredibly good-sounding. They actually were three-way speakers with three separate power amplifiers in each speaker. They were about $2500 per pair though, which was more than I spent to buy my new 1967 Ford Cortina. I bought some Wharfdale speakers I could afford.
Originally Posted by SpotcheckBilly
Somehow a certain speaker in a manufacturers lineup exceeds all expectations, and it's often not the most expensive or largest in the group. It seems that this is the case with the BS41. I recently purchased a pair through Amazon.com for $144. The BS41's larger and smaller brothers are more deeply discounted because they are less popular.. I strongly suspect the BS41 is stealing their thunder. Perhaps that's due to the extremely positive reviews in the press and the word-of mouth going around on the street
Some folks will dismiss them out of hand because they come from Pioneer ...too bad for them. You owe yourself a listen.