Originally Posted by Ab Liquor
do you think that the pioneer bookshelf would be better then the def tech bookshelfs as far as clarity goes?
No. But. The goal here is to get something that is going to match well with your receiver. Those DefTech SM350's are gonna want every bit of 200 watts. I drove my SM55's ( similar to SM450 but newer ) with my XPR-5 ( 400w/channel ) and they handled the power quite well. The Pioneer speakers are good for the money but, pay more, and you can get something better. The DefTech will be better but they cost more too. Those discounts on them now just make them a FANTASTIC deal right now even though they are last year's stuff.
Also keep in mind that the rated sensitivity on the Pioneer is 85 dB and the DefTech is 91 dB. What that means is that you'd have to double the amplifier power TWICE on the Pioneer to achieve the same volume level as the DefTech. Couple that with the rated power of 80 watts for the Pioneer and 200 for the DefTech and that means that the DefTech will be capable of putting out WAY more volume.
I've heard the Pioneer in a noisy store showroom and they were ok but there were no DefTech hooked up to compare. The one thing about DefTech is that they were designed ( bi-pole ) primarily for home theater use, movies. I think they are decent for 2-channel music but a lot of DefTech owners agree they are better for movies. I rarely listen to 2-channel music but have a lot of multi-channel DVD Audio and BD Audio that are up to 7 channel for music. I'm extremely happy with movie and multi-channel music performance. If I just want to listen to a pure 2.0 track, then I will just use the DefTech SM55 for that through the receiver and not use the amplifier.Edited by jevans64 - 1/28/13 at 7:28pm