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Pioneer SP-BS22LR 4" Andrew Jones-designed 2-Way Bookshelf Speaker Pair

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Overview
The acclaimed Andrew Jones-designed home theater speakers from Pioneer sound great and re-define the expectations of budget audiophiles everywhere!
Highlights
  • 2-way design with 4" woofer and waveguide-loaded dome tweeter
  • Curved cabinet design eliminates resonances
  • Sophisticated 6-component crossover design
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250-656
Weight: 20.3 lbs.  
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Pioneer SP-BS22LR 4" Andrew Jones-designed 2-Way Bookshelf Speaker Pair

Andrew Jones, Chief Speaker Engineer for Pioneer, loves a challenge. When the company tasked him with designing a new line of home theater speakers that combined exceptional performance and entry-level price point, he created a sensation.

The SP-BS22LR is the bookshelf speaker / rear surround speaker for the current incarnation of that line - showing that Pioneer has not rested on its laurels but continues to tweak and perfect its designs. The grills are now removable, but the remarkably accurate and natural timbral balance remains, as does the surprising bass output of the 4" woofer.

SP-series home theater speakers from Pioneer are a revelation in quality for the shoestring-budgeted enthusiast and perform as well with music as they do with movies!

Specifications: • Frequency response: 55 Hz - 20 kHz • Nominal impedance: 6 ohms • Sensitivity: 85 dB/2.83 V • Maximum input power: 80 W • Crossover frequency: 3 kHz • Dimensions:  12-9/16" H x 7-1/8" W x 8-7/16" D



Product Specifications
  • Input Rating6 ohm
  • Woofer Diameter4"
  • Configuration2-way
  • ColorBlack
Pioneer SP-BS22LR 4" Andrew Jones-designed 2-Way Bookshelf Speaker Pair
  • BrandPioneer Electronics
  • ModelSP-BS22-LR
  • Part Number250-656
  • UPC012562906119
  • Product CategoryBookshelf Speakers
  • Unit of MeasureEA
  • Product Rating
    (7 Reviews)
  • Weight20.3 lbs.
  • California Prop 65

    Warning: California residents only. Please note per Proposition 65 that this product may contain chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm.

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Reviews

Pioneer SP-BS22LR 4" Andrew Jones-designed 2-Way Bookshelf Speaker Pair
Pioneer SP-BS22LR 4" Andrew Jones-designed 2-Way Bookshelf Speaker Pair is rated 4.8571 out of 5 by 7.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Took a chanceAll the hype about how good these sound for the money........believe it.Run mine on a 9 watt SET tube amp and they are impressive.Even more so with a little Dayton 8" powered subwoofer.
Date published: 2014-04-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible valueAs a subscriber to Stereophile, I've become accustom to reading reviews of megabuck speakers. I was surprised to see a review of a speaker selling for around $130.00 dollars a pair in this magazine as they are very selective in determining which products merit full fledged reviews. After reading the review, and learning that they were designed by Andrew Jones, the same engineer who designed Pioneer's TAD line of speakers, I visited a local retailer to give them a listen. They sounded boomy in the store but I could tell that with a little adjustment these would sound really good so I moved them out from the wall a couple of feet and then magic!I was already aware of a terrific deal on a 12" subwoofer at Parts Express and decided to purchase these speakers along with the sub for my office. Approximately $260.00 for both! I connected my laptop's speaker out to an Adcom stereo amplifier rated at 50 wpc via a 3.5mm jack to RCA adapter. The sub is connected to the amp's speaker level outputs and the SP-BS22LRs are connected to the sub per the instructions furnished with the sub.Placing the speakers in my office took a little while to find the optimum distance from the back wall in order to tame the rear firing port. Too close and they sound 'boomy' and muddy. Too far and the bass falls off. In the end these speakers are 60" apart, 20" from the back wall with the tweeters aimed at my chair which is about 40" from each speaker.At first 'Listen' I thought the speakers sounded flat, as in lifeless. Over the next few days they seemed to grow on me. They began to sound fuller with improved upper mid-range. (Did my ears adapt or did they need some break-in time?) The treble is laid back and not overly bright, which is OK by me because they are non-fatiguing. Listening for hours left me wanting more. I can't classify this speaker as easily as I have others. They're neither overly warm or cool. Neutral to slightly warm is what comes to mind. They image well. When listening to Janis Joplin sing 'Cry Baby' from the Pearl CD, her voice was front and center. The depth of stage and sense of air is not as well fleshed out as with my main system and the top-most frequencies are absent. But these cost 1/40th the cost of those full range floorstanders. They remain composed with no signs of compression even at high volume. They can play at decent volume, plenty loud for my small office. Just don't expect to rattle the walls. These are bookshelf speakers after all.Without the subwoofer these speakers reach down into the lower octaves better than there diminutive size would indicate. I crossed the sub over at 60hz which seems to be about where the SP-BS22LRs begin to roll-off. These speakers have a mid-range already much better than any speaker in its class that I've listened to, and exceptionally good bass response for its size, so I was surprised at how the addition of the sub seemed to add reinforcement to these frequencies.The build quality of these speakers is very nice. In fact, I've never seen a speaker in this price range with any where near this kind of quality.Anyone on a tight budget looking to get the best bang for their buck should look into these. They represent a nearly unbeatable bargain.
Date published: 2014-03-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from But is it the best buy?These days seem to be the time for the High End to discover cheap speakers that while no where near the ultimate in performance, are still enjoyable to listen to. After reading a review of these I had to hear for my self. I should mention that, for me, speakers are accessories. Headphones are my primary choices, such as the Sennheiser 600, the AKG701 and the Audio Technica ADH-AD900 . But there are times when I like to be free of the cord. Also, I hasten to mention that while I am definitely an audiophile in the strict sense of the word, I am far from possessing "golden ears". Neither am I a "bass freak", finding my listening satisfaction in the mid range and up, where the music is contained, of course. Anyway, having bought a pair of the Dayton Audio B652s, I had to give these a try. The reviews sum it up well. They don't do anything to offend and are more than adequately satisfying to listen to. If you find them bass lacking, add a sub woofer with the money you saved by not spending much more for the main speakers. These are good speakers, I could listen to them contentedly. But not as much so as with good headphones. However, my conclusion is the Pioneers are not worth the extra money compared to the B652s. They sound so much like the Daytons. Their chief advantage is real wire connectors instead of the spring loaded toy things on the Daytons. The differences, that I hear, are slightly less sensitivity than the Daytons and a slight rise in the mid range output from the Pioneers, giving them a slightly "fuller" sound. For those interested in such matters, the other components used were a Rega Apollo CD player, a Headroom Micro headphone amp doing duty as a preamp and a akitika upgrademydynaco (formerly a Dynaco120) power amp. I can't say everyone will find these Pioneers to their satisfaction, but they are good speakers and should not be avoided because, like the B652s, "they can't be any good at that price". Recommended in an absolute sense, but not relative to what you can get for much less. Buy the Dayton Audio B652s and save.
Date published: 2014-03-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from More than I expectedThese speakers have surprised me with their range and responsivness. The product description on the web page is no exaggeration.
Date published: 2013-09-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good small speakersI bought these for my old fm receiver and they suit the purpose well. They got good reviews on various audio websites. For bookshelf speakers they work well.
Date published: 2014-02-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great sound in small form factorI bought these bookshelves for my dad for Christmas and when I hooked them up to test them out I was thoroughly impressed!Their range is great and even at loud volumes the sound doesn't degrade much at all. When I installed these with a new amp for dad he insisted on watching a "Straight No Chaser", which is an Acapella group, and was blown away by what he had missed previously listening to it on the television.For mid level home theater usage I think these would make great side and rear surrounds, I'm thinking of ordering more!
Date published: 2014-03-24

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Pioneer SP-BS22LR 4" Andrew Jones-designed 2-Way Bookshelf Speaker Pair

Why did they catch FIRE?

Can anyone help me with a question about setting a pair of these on fire? I have an onkyo HTR only pushing 40wpc ( front speakers are the only ones powered..so that would be 20 watts to each correct?) and a varible ohm allowance. I had the volume up quite a bit, I smelled it first but could not see anything, next thing I know flames are coming out the back, and front of the speakers. Needless to say after the shock of seeing my front two speakers on fire ..... I shut the system down and put the fire out( no damage to my system thank God). What could have cause this? I'm a firefighter and still cannot figure out what caused it. I have a really old pair of speakers attached to them now and can crank it up with no fire (LOL which is a good thing) Iam kind of shy about buying another set of speakers to hook to this system. Oh its a 2005 era system 5.1 HTR. Is there anyone that can explain it and take away the shyness; I really want to upgrade my system cause I'm in a new house with lots more room and could use some more power and clairity.thanksPat the fireman...LOL, still makes me laugh when I think about it.
Asked by: step
The only thing that can make a speaker catch fire (short of lighting it on fire) is overpowering. You mention they were up "quite a bit" which tells me they were simply overpowered and the crossovers or voice coils got too hot.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2013-01-08

Are speaker wires included?

If they are, what are their AWG and length?
Asked by: Terry989
These do not include speaker wires.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2013-01-17

How can I mount these to a wall?

I just picked up a pair of these bookshelf speakers, and they sound phenomenal. I bought them for a second office system, but I now realize they would be best as rear-channels in my HT. Is there any way that they can be mounted to a wall? (Speaker stands will not work in my space.) Any advice appreciated.
Asked by: imageflood
You will likely have to drill into the cabinet in order to mount these to the wall. I would recommend the smarter speaker wall brackets below.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2013-02-05

What do I need to power up these babies?

I want to hook up my laptop to these speakers with a standard jack pin. What kind of amp would I need? I am not sure about the ohm-wattage relationship. I would like to have something with a smaller footprint but I might consider getting a receiver for future expansion. But then again I do not want to set these speakers to fire with a 100wpc output. Something like a small t-amp without a hiss would be nice. Any recommendation/experience?
Asked by: Bithoven
There are many small amplifier options that will work for these. Our Dayton DTA-1 or the Lepai LP-2020A+ will also work well.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2013-04-04

What type of connection do these speakers use? Do they directly accept speaker wire?

Asked by: Texasso
These use binding posts and will accept standard bare speaker wire.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2014-01-20

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