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post #1 of 24
Thread Starter 
I am about to purchase a pair of the Pio Andrew Jones bookshelves, which seem to be an amazing bargain. I have three questions, though.

1. These speakers seem to have no real competition at this incredibly low price point ($130-odd for the pair). Am I missing something?

2. Apparently these speakers are not magnetically shielded. Any problem if they are a couple of feet either side of a Plasma?

3. Can anybody recommend some inexpensive but aesthetically pleasing stands for these? I generally find cheap speaker stands to be pretty ugly, but I don't want to spend more than I'm spending on the speakers themselves!! A lot less, in fact.

4. I can get a good deal on a Denon 1513--will this drive the Pios well? I am just starting in my knowledge of ohms etc! smile.gif

I know the 1513 is missing Audyssey, but since I plan to use it with only the Pio pair and soon the matching center speaker or maybe the sub instead, I'm thinking I can get away with it (by the time I can afford the rest of the 5.1 setup I plan to invest in a far better receiver.)

Any help would be greatly appreciated!
Edited by StevenA01 - 1/17/13 at 10:38am
post #2 of 24
Polk m30 are often on sale for around 100/pr and the Infinity primus p163 also around 100/pr (new egg and fry's, respectively). those would be int he same class (better or worse, according to YOUR muscial taste). IF...IF you can get the Def tech SM 350/450 for around 180/pr, as some have reported recently from new Egg...that speaker is a step better than the three mentioned.
I didn't like the series one pioneer speakers very much, but have heard the series 2 is improved!
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post #4 of 24
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Originally Posted by StevenA01 View Post

I am about to purchase a pair of the Pio Andrew Jones bookshelves, which seem to be an amazing bargain. I have three questions, though.

1. These speakers seem to have no real competition at this incredibly low price point ($130-odd for the pair). Am I missing something?

2. Apparently these speakers are not magnetically shielded. Any problem if they are a couple of feet either side of a Plasma?

3. Can anybody recommend some inexpensive but aesthetically pleasing stands for these? I generally find cheap speaker stands to be pretty ugly, but I don't want to spend more than I'm spending on the speakers themselves!! A lot less, in fact.

4. I can get a good deal on a Denon 1513--will this drive the Pios well? I am just starting in my knowledge of ohms etc! smile.gif

For a real tight budget - the BS22 Pioneer speakers is my top choice for under $150 a pair
TigerDirect has them for around $99 a pair

You do not need shielded speakers for a plasma

Look for speaker stands here
http://www.standsandmounts.com/speakerstands.aspx

Also, Amazon has stands -
however if you are looking for stands - you can consider the Pioneer FS52 tower speakers
for around $200 a pair at TigerDirect
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/search.asp?keywords=pioneer+speakers

The Denon will drive the Pioneer speakers - Also check www.ac4l.com for refurbish receivers.
Edited by zieglj01 - 1/17/13 at 11:42am
post #5 of 24
Thread Starter 
Wow, you guys are so helpful, thank you!!!

Elihawk, thanks for the info on alternatives--I'll take a look. I have a strict budget this time around, so I think that rules out the Def tech, unfortunately, but thanks for the link!

Zieglj01, thanks for the info on stands and shielding. The towers push my measly budget too far, I'm afraid, but I'm thinking of moving the bookshelves to the rear when I can afford towers for the fronts.

Is TigerDirect a well-regarded dealer? The price is certainly right! smile.gif As it happens I am indeed planning to buy the refurbished 1513 at ac4l.
Edited by StevenA01 - 1/17/13 at 12:09pm
post #6 of 24
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Originally Posted by StevenA01 View Post

Is TigerDirect a well-regarded dealer? The price is certainly right! smile.gif

As far as buying Pioneer speakers - I have not heard of any major complaints, and they do
ship fast. There seems to be some mixed feelings about the company.

Some people have received price matching from Best Buy.

Your option/choice and decision.
post #7 of 24
Thread Starter 
Just what I needed to know. Thanks again!
post #8 of 24
Tigerdirect has them for the following

Fronts: $99 each
Center: $69
Rears: 89 pair

Best Buy will price match that and you won't pay the $50 in shipping. I'm looking at whether I want to get this setup too.
post #9 of 24
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by garrickb View Post

Tigerdirect has them for the following

Fronts: $99 each
Center: $69
Rears: 89 pair

Best Buy will price match that and you won't pay the $50 in shipping. I'm looking at whether I want to get this setup too.

Thanks! With that shipping cost, Best Buy seems like my best bet.
post #10 of 24
Thread Starter 
Hmmm, just taking a look at the Infinity Primus P163 and the Polk M30s, per Elihawk's suggestion, and the Infinity in particular are incredibly cheap on Amazon. Can anybody tell me what sonic differences there are between them and the Pio Andrew Jones? Is one better for music/vocals, other better for movies/dialogue, and the like? Movies are important but I'm most critical when it comes to music.

EDIT: After further reading, I'm sold on the Pios once and for all (unless anybody's able to change my mind!)

Edited by StevenA01 - 1/17/13 at 1:27pm
post #11 of 24
Pioneer bs22 has the smallest driver (4 inch woofers) and aren't very sensitive, so you need to make sure your avr has decent power!
The infinity p163 has the biggest driver (6.5) and will likely hit the lowest. Also pretty sensitive...however, some say the speaker pulls some at 4 ohm, which means it can strain an underpowered AVR!
The Polk m30 has 5.25 inch drivers and decent sensitivity. Some say a little bright...
I have heard all three and own the polks (m40)...but if I could do it again, I would pick the p163s!
post #12 of 24
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Originally Posted by StevenA01 View Post

EDIT: After further reading, I'm sold on the Pios once and for all (unless anybody's able to change my mind!)[/B]

The so called little Pioneer 4" woofer is not a wimp - and they are not real hard to drive - I own them
and I have tested them in a 20 X 30 open room - and they can get real loud with an average receiver.
They have good clean tight bass that goes down low, where some other speakers with larger woofers
start to roll off earlier than the Pioneer BS22 speakers. >> They can take a lot of power, and will not
easily burp or break-up. They are not harsh or edgy sounding >> and also have a good midrange and
treble, with nice/clean detail. They can handle both music and movies.

I am not the only one that has tested then in big open spaces, and have driven them hard.

I have owned Infinity Primus, Polk Monitor and Klipsch speakers, Plus some other budget speakers,
and my choice is easily the Pioner BS-22 speakers.
Edited by zieglj01 - 1/17/13 at 8:52pm
post #13 of 24
Thread Starter 
All good food for thought, thanks to you both!
post #14 of 24
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Originally Posted by zieglj01 View Post

For a real tight budget - the BS22 Pioneer speakers is my top choice for under $150 a pair


You do not need shielded speakers for a plasma

Do you need shielded speakers near an LCD TV? Thanks.
post #15 of 24
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Originally Posted by Jim McC View Post

Do you need shielded speakers near an LCD TV? Thanks.

No
post #16 of 24
When and where would you need shielded speakers then?
post #17 of 24
Shielded speakers came into popularity back in the days of electron tube TV's. This is because of the way those TV's work. They basically shoot electrons toward the screen surface, and when you place a strong magnet near the screen, the magnet attracts all the electrons to that point distorting the image and colors. Since modern TV's such as LCD, LED, and Plasma don't use this method of operation, you don't have to worry about magnetic interference.
post #18 of 24
I have 4 BS 22's, front height and rear center surrounds. They are perfect in my 9.3 setup. You cannot come close audibly at this price point.
post #19 of 24

Hey Dave, what are you using with them for left, right and center?  The Andrew Jones towers and center?  Thanks!

post #20 of 24
Wondering if the BS22 speakers can/should be used in an actual bookshelf position or would they need to be on stands?
post #21 of 24
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Originally Posted by ainsworth View Post

Wondering if the BS22 speakers can/should be used in an actual bookshelf position or would they need to be on stands?

the name bookshelf speakers is kind of a misnomer. a bookshelf in general is a terrible place for a speaker.
post #22 of 24
OP - you should at least step up to the 1613. Not only will you benefit from room correction, but Dynamic EQ if you listen at low to moderate levels.


Check the "official Denon XX-13" thread for more info.

From Batpig:
AVR-1513 (5.1 @ 75w/ch) - $249 msrp

PRODUCT PAGE LINK

* 5 amp channels rated at 75 w/ch (8ohms)
* 4 HDMI inputs (3 rear / 1 front) + 1 HDMI output (but no ARC support)
* 2 analog audio inputs, 2 assignable digital audio inputs (1 optical / 1 coax), NO component video
* NO analog > HDMI video conversion
* NO front panel USB input, but has a stereo mini-jack (1/8") input for iPods etc.
* NO Audyssey or auto setup features
* NO networking (but does have AM radio unlike higher level models)
* Spring clips for all 5 channels instead of speaker binding posts


AVR-1613 (5.1 @ 75w/ch) - $399 msrp

PRODUCT PAGE LINK

* 5 amp channels rated at 75 w/ch (8ohms)
* 5 HDMI inputs (4 rear / 1 front) + 1 HDMI output (w/ ARC support)
* Front panel USB input (supports iPhone/iPod direct connection)
* 2 analog audio inputs, 2 assignable digital audio inputs (1 optical / 1 coax), NO component video
* NO analog > HDMI video conversion
* Ethernet port for networking
--- Supports AirPlay, DLNA, Pandora, SiriusXM, Flickr, and internet radio streams
--- Can be controlled by smartphone / tablet with Denon Remote app (or 3rd party apps)
* Audyssey MultEQ + Dynamic EQ + Dynamic Volume
post #23 of 24
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Originally Posted by ainsworth View Post

Wondering if the BS22 speakers can/should be used in an actual bookshelf position or would they need to be on stands?

They sound OK. If you listen to loud music, you're much better off pulling them as far away from the back wall as possible - up to 2'. If you listen at low (not quiet, low) levels, they're fine.
post #24 of 24
Hi
What do you think/know about using a t-amp with the Pioneer SP-BS22-LR? I have a Topping TP20 and I'm looking for a new set of bookshelf speakers to go with it. This setup will be for music listening only, at responsible volumes, in a relatively small room. I favor clarity and crispness over loud volumes and tons of bass.
The reviews on these pioneers have been exceptional, as you all know, and getting them would be a no-brainer... Except I wonder if they are not sensitive enough at 87db. Also, I've been told to go for 8 ohms, while the pioneers are 6 ohms.
Any thoughts, experiences, comments, suggestions will be most appreciated.
Thank you very much in advance.
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