Originally Posted by markus767
And as long as they "look" nice they have to sound nice too, right? Don't have yourself fooled by marketing verbiage.
What is the polar response of those speakers? When do they start to compress? How high are distortion levels at different levels? This is what makes a speaker sound good or bad.
At the stage of the hobby, I hope I'm past most of that
but none of us are immune to some form of upgrade bug
all you ask are fair questions.
if you want to read about previous Andrew Jones designs for Pioneer, I suggest you take a look at Stereophile who gave them an excellent write-up, perhaps Sound & Vision as well.
Absolute Sound has reviewed AJ speakers from Pioneer's upscale & very expensive TAD division. They've reviewed several TAD's & consider them some of best reference speakers, period.
I'm not 100% sure but I think Stereophile may have also written about TAD speakers.
But it's the same designer behind them.
I've never yet owned Pioneer speakers, so have no personal experience with them, being a Magnepan guy. But I've read enough about them to know they aren't thought of as compromised in some way. every review I've seen gives them high marks, especially at their price points.