Would you buy a pair of "giant killer" bookshelf speakers from Pioneer?

Discussion in 'Audio Hardware' started by soundboy, Sep 27, 2010.

  1. soundboy

    soundboy Forum Resident Thread Starter

    That's what I am reading these being labelled as. Designed by Andrew Jones, who also designed Pioneer's ultra expensive TAD lines of audiophiles speakers....


    Btw, they're available at your local Best Buy.
  2. gener8tr

    gener8tr Forum Resident

    Vancouver, WA USA
    Bookshelf? Those look like Walkman speakers to me :)
  3. soundboy

    soundboy Forum Resident Thread Starter

    In my original post, I neglected to mention their price....MSRP $200.00/pair
  4. JBStephens

    JBStephens "LOL" is NOT a punctuation mark.

    South Mountain, NC
    From the Best Buy website -

    Base sound?

  5. Gary

    Gary Nauga Gort! Staff

    At least they have a soft dome tweeter which should eliminate or limit shrill highs.
  6. Feisal K

    Feisal K Active Member


    Having said that, if I were looking for desktop speakers (which is what they look like, in that pic there) I would give them a listen. You might need a subwoofer to go with them though...

    they also look like they are part of a 5.1 system
  7. LeeS

    LeeS Audio Research Fan

    Support a real audio company and buy the $200 AudioEngine speakers.
  8. Grant

    Grant A Musical Free-Spirit

    Best Buy won't know what hit 'em!
  9. Vidiot

    Vidiot See It in Dolby Vision!

    Hollywood, USA
    I can haz base? [​IMG]
  10. misterdecibel

    misterdecibel Bulbous Also Tapered

    Not really a fair comparison for either product, since the AE2 is a near-field powered speaker with a 3" woofer and the Pioneer is a passive box with a 5 1/2". The Pioneer's box likely displaces 4-6 times as much volume as the little AE.
  11. jgarnet

    jgarnet Active Member

    Audiophiles just cant accept that mass market companies can turn out good products at unbeatable prices. Unless it is handbuilt by 12 blonde virgins and then polished with the holy waters of Lourdes and sells for $4000, it must be rubbish right!
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  12. Grant

    Grant A Musical Free-Spirit

    The proof is in the listening. I'll have to find a way to hear these puppies first. $200 is a lot of money these days.
  13. Gary

    Gary Nauga Gort! Staff

    I have small Kef speakers that sound great. They cost way under $200.00 plus tax. I prefer to hunt in stereo stores, flea markets, etc.

    Don't need them. I don't care about your 12 blonde & holy water speakers. :D

    I still like the old Minumus (sp?) 7 Radio Shack speakers for computer speakers. :)
  14. SBurke

    SBurke Nostalgia Junkie

    Philadelphia, PA
    Can you post a link to the article?

    Compared to a more expensive speaker, what does Pioneer do to these to cut the cost?
  15. Robin L

    Robin L Musical Omnivore

    Fresno, California
    Cat Scratch Fever

    NO! I haz TT!

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  16. Robin L

    Robin L Musical Omnivore

    Fresno, California
    Ah Put Uh SsssPell awn Ya, Be—Cause you're myyyyy—un . . .

    I find that I get better results with yard sale speakers and a skyclad full moon ritual involving 13 faux-blond non-virgins rubbing Rakija into the wood veneers.

    Both more cost effective and, ultimately, entertaining.

    PS: I still like Paradigm Atoms.
  17. Gary

    Gary Nauga Gort! Staff

    I have those (or the next one up.... don't recall) in the upstairs stereo! They're pretty good!
  18. Robin L

    Robin L Musical Omnivore

    Fresno, California
    Over Easy?

    Titans? Have them paralleled to a pair of DCM TF-350s cause that turns my Kenwood KR 9600 into a 300 watt [into 2 ohm] monster that also doubles as a cooking stove!

    But seriously—one can easily find a clean used pair of Titans for less than the asking price of the Pioneer speakers.
  19. 5-String

    5-String Forum Resident

    Sunshine State
    Giant killers? Who has heard those? Where are the reviews?
  20. Metralla

    Metralla Joined Jan 13, 2002

    San Jose, CA
    That makes them worth an audition.
  21. LeeS

    LeeS Audio Research Fan

    I missed the part about Andrew Jones. That alone does make it worth an audition.
  22. soundboy

    soundboy Forum Resident Thread Starter

  23. RoyalScam

    RoyalScam Luckless Pedestrian

    The "base" will be mighty boomy if they're coupled to the table they're sitting on as in the picture.
  24. krlpuretone

    krlpuretone Forum Resident

    Grantham, NH
    Yeah, and exactly what giant is being killed?
  25. PhilBiker

    PhilBiker Formerly Philip Hamm

    Northern VA, USA
    I'll bet they sound good.

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