Originally Posted by sid369 View Post
I want floor standing speakers. Space is not an issue the room is 22x19 and carpeted and opens to the kitchen. It has to look nice though wife likes the piano black finish.
Originally Posted by N2AUDIO
That's a pretty good size listening area. Not knowing what your budget is for speakers, I think the PSB Image Series or the JBL Studio L Series might suit you well. I owned the JBL Studio L 890 a few years back, and they were, without a doubt, one of the best floorstanding speakers I've owned. They weren't piano black (black ash vinyl instead), but they were the most dynamic speaker I've heard. They each weighed about 60lbs, with TWO 8-inch woofers, a 4-inch midrange, a tweeter, and a super-tweeter. Check them out on JBL's website. If it wasn't for the fact that my listening area is only 12 x 10 (converted a spare bedroom into a HT room), I never would have sold them. You can pick them or the Studio L 880s (each with dual 6-inch woofers) up for a decent internet price now that the series has been out for a while. Getting piano black speakers may run you a premium, but I understand about the WAF (wife acceptance factor)!
I have Around the same Listening area and have the JBL ES Studio Series and Sound Great; Front ES80BK, Surround ES10BK, Center Channel ES25CBK and Subwoofer Klipsch RW-12D; I always love the Sound of the JBL Speakers, Of Course Speakers and Sound is a Matter of Preferences.
Also you can BI-AMP the Front Speakers and Have 7.2 + BI-AMP on this Receiver, That was my main reason to buy this Receiver, I’m still believe That my Yamaha RX-V1065 / 7.2 Sound Better in certain ways, But You Cannot find Better deal on a 9.2 Channel Receiver; a 9.2 Channel Yamaha 2020 cost $1600 and the 3020 $2000.
Probably this is too late for You, But may Help somebody else looking Speakers for this Pioneer Receiver
Since these Speakers are not a new Model you can find it at a really good price and probably you can still find the whole Studio ES line like I did.
I start with the Front Towers and liked so much the sound that I order the Center Channel to have even sound especially in Dialog, then I order the 4 book shelf for Surround and finish with 7 JBL Studio ES series.
I bought the Center Channel and Surround Speakers in Amazon at a really Good Price,
I didn’t get my Front Towers in Amazon I get it at Fry’s on sale for $138 each, but if you wanted Amazon is the best price right now, Fry’s put these Front Speakers on Sale Really often and I was watching for the Sale.
JBL ES80BK 3-Way, Dual 6 1/2" Floor standing Speaker – Black $199/ each /FS
JBL ES10BK 3-Way, 4" Bookshelf Speaker - Black (Pair) $149 / Free shipping
JBL ES25CBK 3-Way, Dual 5 1/4" $170 / Free shipping