Note that these are the larger and highly acclaimed BS41 bookshelves, which are not available nearly as often as their smaller BS21 brethren. These are a great deal if you're building a HT on a budget and can live with the larger size and looks.
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My budget home theater consists of three C21s for the left/center/right channels. (At the time I purchased, NewEgg did not offer the BS41s.) Still, it is something to consider, because you can get two C21s for the same price as two BS41s - but the C21s provide two woofers per unit instead of one.
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Also, floorstanding 51s versus bookshelf 41s for the L/R of a theater system?
Floorstanding should give you a little better lows and mids. If you have the room I'd go for the floorstanding.
Looking at the specs, I think the power rating is wrong on one as the bookshelves claim 130W RMS vs the floorstanders rating of 130 W max. I'd imagine they use the same tweeter and woofer so probably need to check another site to verify the specs.
The newer models are out (C22, BS22) with removable grills. But I prefer the non-removable grill, plus they did not release a replacement for the BS41 (which is a fantastic bookshelf speaker).
That is interesting - I didn't know Pioneer was changing the design. Seems like a lot of people these days like speakers with no grills, so the new models might appeal in that respect. Although, maybe those folks don't have kids, because unprotected speaker cones probably wouldn't last long in my household. One reason I bought the Pioneers with the metal grills was for the protection. Between my kids and their friends, I didn't feel like returning from work to find a hole in one of the speaker cones.
how does the subwoofer compare with the Polk psw-10? I've been waiting for that to go back to $89, but would buy this if they are comparable.
I have this Pioneer sub, and it sounds pretty good. I bought it mainly for movies, but until I get my basement finished, it has only been used for music. That said, it sounds good but lacks the really deep notes, and won't shake your neighbors house. I have little kids and wasn't looking for that kind of rumble, and so far I'm happy with the purchase. I can't comment on the Polk you mentioned. Imo, if your room is large, you may be better off with the larger speaker.
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