Can we assume your budget for speakers is between $100/pr
and about $150/pair? Can you spend more than that?
Consider these -
It has been vaguely implied that the Pioneer can be a bit power hungry.
Other information we need to make a judgement on the choices you presented -
- What are the Dimensions of the Room this equipment will be in?
- What other Equipment will you use with the speakers? Amp? CD Player? Computer? Turntable? Other?
- What is the absolute most you can spend on Speakers?
has some real bargains on Amp and Speakers, at least check out their options for B-Stock Speakers -
Given that most are Priced EACH, I suspect we are out of your price range. But worth a look.
Between the two speakers you put forward, I'm not sure. The Dayton have larger drives than the Pioneer, but the Pioneer seem to go a bit deeper, though the difference is small. The Pioneer have some critical acclaim due to design by Andrew Jones, but the Dayton tend to also have very positive reviews at Parts Express. The Dayton T652-AIR has the Air Motion Tweeter which are suppose to be very good.
Based on the places I checked, the Pioneer are more expensive.
Also be very careful, floorstanding speaker tend to be priced EACH not per pair. So, in reality based on the prices I found, you are comparing $140/PAIR speakers to minimum $340/pair speakers. That puts the Sony CORE Floorstanding
in your price range as they are about $320/pair.
If you can push to $500/pair, consider these -
Priced EACH, these are probably every decent speakers -
Consider these are very substantial discounts off the suggested Retail Price. These are now replaced by the Polk Signature Series.
Again, give us a clear statement of your maximum budget to give us some perspective to work with? Given the Pioneer are priced EACH, we have to assume your budget is about (more or less) $350/pair. Is that the limit, or can you go higher?
If you can raise a bit more money and push to $500/pr
or just a bit above, you can get into some very good highly rated speakers -
You get a lot of speaker in a Tower design, but for a fixed amount of money, you get a better speaker in a Bookshelf, consider that as an option.