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Pioneer Home Theater Speakers, great prices @ TigerDirect - SP-BS22-LR $90/pair, SP-C22 Center $70, SW-8MK2 $90, SP-FS52 $100

hikingmike 81 January 24, 2013 at 09:53 AM in Home & Home Improvement (10) More TigerDirect Deals
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UPDATE: Amazon matched price, then TigerDirect matched free shipping. Take your pick.

Well-reviewed Andrew Jones designed Pioneer home theater speakers for great price at TigerDirect.

I have seen several threads about a couple of the speakers but I decided to put them together in one thread. These prices are as good as I have seen in current searches and better than even the previous models that are still out there. They may not be as good as the deals in the fall when they cleared out the old models though. It's just the best I see right now by far. For those not familiar, I'd say these are a very high end budget line if that makes sense. Way better than the tiny speakers you usually see in packaged home theater systems but not pro speakers.

TigerDirect links:

Bookshelf pair SP-BS22-LR [tigerdirect.com] $90
Center SP-C22 [tigerdirect.com] $70
Subwoofer SW-8MK2 [tigerdirect.com] $90
Floorstanding (tall) SP-FS52 [tigerdirect.com] $100
I had to login and go to checkout to see the prices. My checkout image: http://img4.imageshack.us/img4/5629/tigerdirect2.png

Amazon links:
Bookshelf SP-BS22 - http://www.amazon.com/Pioneer-SP-...372&sr=1-4
Subwoofer SW-8MK2 - http://www.amazon.com/Pioneer-SW-...372&sr=1-2
Center SP-C22 - http://www.amazon.com/Pioneer-SP-...372&sr=1-3
Floorstanding (tall) SP-FS52 - http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/...slickdeals

Best Buy has the bookshelves at $40 higher, the center at $30 higher, the subwoofer at $70 higher, and the floors at $25 higher!

By the way, newegg had some good deals on Pioneer home theater speakers lately but they no longer carry them (previous models discontinued and new models not carried).

You can still see all the old models along with the new at Pioneer's site - http://www.pioneerelectronics.com/PUSA/Home/Speakers/Home+Theater+Speakers
Old model......New model
SP-BS21-LR...SP-BS22-LR
SP-C21..........SP-C22
SW-8.............SW-8MK2
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Last Edited by hikingmike January 25, 2013 at 06:16 AM

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Just a heads up for those thinking the reviews from the previous set automatically apply. The center channel on the new set has smaller speakers, and many are saying the results are not nearly as good. Still, this is an OK price, if not a fantastic price.

I have the FS51s and C21 in my home theater. They are amazing.
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Don't know about the center channel specifically, but most of the reviews suggest the updated model bookshelf speakers and floor towers are improved.
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i watched the bs22 speakers for a while at tiger direct and they've been at $90 for a while.
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Will bestbuy price match td?
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Will bestbuy price match td?
Yes, I purchased the floors and center at Best Buy in December and they PM'd tigerdirect during checkout. BB's price match website says: "Valid for purchases made between October 7, 2012 - November 17, 2012 and November 27, 2012 - January 31, 2013" so it looks like the deal is still good!

Speakers sound fantastic, btw!
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Just a heads up for those thinking the reviews from the previous set automatically apply. The center channel on the new set has smaller speakers, and many are saying the results are not nearly as good. Still, this is an OK price, if not a fantastic price.

I have the FS51s and C21 in my home theater. They are amazing.
I have several of those previous generation speakers. Two BS-41 speakers in my workshop/home office. Three C21 speakers in my basement home theater acting as front L/C/R channels. And BS-21s in my son's room connected to an old receiver. For the price/quality I have been happy with them. The metal grills of the previous generation were a selling point in my household, where things tend to get mysteriously broken (kids). These newer models might be nice for persons who like the look of exposed speakers - because the cloth grills are easily removed. Although it is too bad the larger BS-41 and center channels sizes are no longer offered.
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Quote from mgeoffriau View Post :
Don't know about the center channel specifically, but most of the reviews suggest the updated model bookshelf speakers and floor towers are improved.
Absolutely incorrect. The new line is actually a cheapened down version of the previous line.
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Absolutely incorrect. The new line is actually a cheapened down version of the previous line.
LOL what? Based on what information?
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Quote from mgeoffriau View Post :
LOL what? Based on what information?
They made the center channel woofers smaller and it doesn't sound as good. The did away with the 5 1/4" bookshelf speakers and now only offer the small, 4" model. The grilles on these are very cheap. Thin fabric with small plastic posts that are very easy to break. Just like anything else now days, Pioneer cut some corners with a new model line. Speakers still sound about the same, at least the ones that weren't changed, but now the towers are sold individually, where as the previous towers were sold as a pair. Just another way to raise the price. Thumbs down on the new line.Frown
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Yes, I purchased the floors and center at Best Buy in December and they PM'd tigerdirect during checkout. BB's price match website says: "Valid for purchases made between October 7, 2012 - November 17, 2012 and November 27, 2012 - January 31, 2013" so it looks like the deal is still good!

Speakers sound fantastic, btw!
Awesome, do you think $70 for the center speaker is a good price?
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Awesome, do you think $70 for the center speaker is a good price?
Keep in mind the center channel is the most important speaker in your home theater. With that being said, Pioneer really screwed up by actually reducing the size of the center channel. Baffling why they would do this, but with 4" woofers, it's now undersized sound wise. The previous center had 5 1/4" woofers, which matched the size of the tower woofers, as well as the bookshelf speakers. Now you get 4" woofers for the center and the bookshelf speakers? Dumb move.Confused
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Quote from MIX MASTER ICE View Post :
They made the center channel woofers smaller and it doesn't sound as good. The did away with the 5 1/4" bookshelf speakers and now only offer the small, 4" model. The grilles on these are very cheap. Thin fabric with small plastic posts that are very easy to break. Just like anything else now days, Pioneer cut some corners with a new model line. Speakers still sound about the same, at least the ones that weren't changed, but now the towers are sold individually, where as the previous towers were sold as a pair. Just another way to raise the price. Thumbs down on the new line.Frown
I see. Not a lot that concerns me there. I'm running a 2.1 system so the center channel or bookshelf speakers are not an issue. Grill material doesn't matter to me (and I think the new ones look nicer anyway). Most of the reviews mention that the FS52 is a better performer than the FS51 (specifically the highs).

I don't know what the FS51's sold for originally, but I got my FS52's for $200 total and I'm more than pleased with them at that pricepoint.
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Yes, I purchased the floors and center at Best Buy in December and they PM'd tigerdirect during checkout. BB's price match website says: "Valid for purchases made between October 7, 2012 - November 17, 2012 and November 27, 2012 - January 31, 2013" so it looks like the deal is still good!

Speakers sound fantastic, btw!
Quote from MIX MASTER ICE View Post :
Keep in mind the center channel is the most important speaker in your home theater. With that being said, Pioneer really screwed up by actually reducing the size of the center channel. Baffling why they would do this, but with 4" woofers, it's now undersized sound wise. The previous center had 5 1/4" woofers, which matched the size of the tower woofers, as well as the bookshelf speakers. Now you get 4" woofers for the center and the bookshelf speakers? Dumb move.Confused
hmmm... that does sound like a dumb move Mad camel camel camel had it for $60 back in november. I just picked up 2 FS52's and they say you should always match your front 3 speakers? Just not sure if $70 is a good price to bite at, I have that $5 bb rz credit they sent in the mail and a bunch of BB gift cards. Suggestions please ty!
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