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Pioneer SP-PK52FS 5.1 Speaker System and VSX-822-K A/V Receiver

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Introduction to the Pioneer SP-PK52FS 5.1 Speaker System and VSX-822-K A/V Receiver

Pioneer. Few brands in consumer electronics are as recognizable and respected. Pioneer has been and remains a leader in myriad aspects of audio and video, from cars to home theater, to personal audio. And while Pioneer is often one of first brands I recommend for A/V receivers, it has not been at the top of my list of speaker manufacturers. It's not that I would have ever steered someone specifically away from Pioneer speakers (believe me there are some brands I would steer people away from). Rather, I was ambivalent.

In recent years though, Pioneer has brought Andrew Jones of KEF and TAD fame, on board as chief speaker designer, and tasked him with designing a family of high-value, high performing, budget speakers. His first iteration, last year's 51-series speakers, was a critical success.

For this review, I tested a full 5.1 home theater package including the budget VSX-822-K A/V receiver. I admit, I was most excited to get the chance to review the speakers though, and I was expecting a lot from them. Their predecessors were very highly regarded and the specs and data from Pioneer indicate that this new set should be an improvement over the previous incarnation. Together with the VSX-822 receiver, there is potential for a game-changing $1000 range budget system. I am a sucker for a big bang/buck ratio. I couldn't wait to get started!

PIONEER SP-PK52FS 5.1 SPEAKER PACKAGE AND VSX-822-K A/V RECEIVER SPECIFICATIONS

VSX-822-K Audio Video Receiver

  • Design: 5.1 channel A/V Receiver
  • Codecs: Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD MA and all related surround formats; MP3, WMA, AAC, Apple Lossless, 192kHz / 24-Bit WAV & FLAC via USB and Network; iPod digital audio; HDMI SACD 2-ch
  • Power Output: 80 W/ch RMS @ 8 Ω, 20-20,000Hz, ≤ 0.08% THD
  • Video Connections: HDMI v.1.4 (6 in, 1 out); Composite (2 in, 1 out)
  • Audio Connections: 1x Analog Audio input; 2x Digital Audio inputs
  • Other Connections: USB 2.0, iPod (USB + Video); Headphone; front A/V; Ethernet
  • Dimensions: 6.7" H x 17.2" W x 13.5" D
  • Weight: 19.6 Pounds
  • MSRP: $379.99 USD

SP-FS52 Floor-standing Speakers

  • Design: Bass-reflex 3-way Tower Speaker
  • Drivers: One 1" Tweeter, One 5.25" Midrange, Two 5.25" Woofers
  • Sensitivity: 87 dB (2.83V)
  • Crossover Frequency: 250 Hz, 3 kHz
  • Nominal Impedance: 6 Ohms
  • MFR: 40-20,000 Hz
  • Power Rating: 130W max
  • Dimensions: 35.2" H x 8.9" W x 10.6" D
  • Weight: 25.8 Pounds/each

SP-BS22 Bookshelf Speakers

  • Design: Bass-reflex 2-way Bookshelf Speaker
  • Drivers: One 1" Tweeter, One 5.25" Midrange
  • Sensitivity: 85 dB (2.83V)
  • Crossover Frequency: 3 kHz
  • Nominal Impedance: 6 Ohms
  • MFR: 55-20,000 Hz
  • Power Rating: 80W max
  • Dimensions: 12.6" H x 7.1" W x 8.4" D
  • Weight: 9.1 Pounds/each

SP-C22 Center Channel Speaker

  • Design: Bass-reflex 2-way Horizontal Center Channel Speaker
  • Drivers: One 1" Tweeter, Two 4" Midrange
  • Sensitivity: 88 dB (2.83V)
  • Crossover Frequency: 3 kHz
  • Nominal Impedance: 6 Ohms
  • MFR: 55-20,000 Hz
  • Power Rating: 90W max
  • Dimensions: 18.1" H x 7.1" W x 8.4" D
  • Weight: 13.4 Pounds

SW-8MK2 Powered Subwoofer

  • Design: Down-Firing, Ported Enclosure
  • Driver: One 8"
  • Crossover Frequency: 38 – 150 Hz Adjustable
  • MFR: 38 – 150 Hz
  • Power Rating: 100W (50 W FTC)
  • Dimensions: 12.2" H x 14.2" W x 12.2" D
  • Weight: 20.3 Pounds
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  • MSRP: $549.99
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