Pros Excellent Quality for it's price range - I like the black finish and metal grills
Cons Center is too big, clunky and they could have made the bottom of the center so it wouldn't be round on the bottom. It comes with rubber 'stoppers' but they aren't attached so you have to position them yourself which takes some fiddling around with.
Summary This is a great speaker set up.
I actually have only 2 bookshelf speakers, my fronts are the floor standing ones which are a little more pricey but definitely worth it.
Bought this after having owned a Yamaha htr6240bl with alternate speaker package as it came from the shelf with no warranty left at a local retailer.
I have 3 ferrets and they soon figured out how to turn the yamaha subwoofer into a hiding place for their toys (don't worry they don't chew cables like rodents do).
That's when I bought the SW-8 subwoofer, only to soon find out it was part of a whole set. Afterwards I bought the BS speakers as my surrounds and then I got the FS speakers and the C21 center.
Son of a nun with H****s, that baby is HUGE!!!!
So yeah, then I come home with the C21 only to find out that my tv stand couldn't slot this puppy.
That's when I also had to go back on the market looking for a good and affordable stand; one of those where I could hang up my 40" Samsung and put the C21 underneath the tv.
Found a nice Z-line tv stand and got that about 2 weeks ago.
Oh, but now the couch and coffee table don't match so will have to upgrade those too and now that I have the pioneers I'm starting to get very interested in upgrading the Yamaha receiver for the Pioneer 1021-K...
Wish I had a tree that grew money!
Pros Easily the most listenable of the systems compared in review.
Cons Center part too imposing but.....
Summary Sub woofer at 80Hz is amazing!
One can so easily forget about the sound system and simply enjoy the movie.
Highly involving natural sound.
Pros Clear Quality
Sound great at high or low volume
Cons They aren't tiny, but to me that is a small sacrifice for sound
Could use a bit more sub for full volume
Summary All in all, these sound closer to premium high dollar speakers than budget. The center channel is really strong and voices are crisp and clear for movies. I got the towers instead of the bookshelf for the front, a good choice if you crank music on it too, probably not necessary for movies and surround sound. The bass is better than I expected for an 8" and seems to be about right set at 80-90 Hz with this setup.
The cabinets are really solid and as an engineer I know that helps get the most out of the speakers.
The flat black actually makes them disappear more in a room than shiny speakers (less likely to clash with your furniture), so even though they are bigger than the minis, they look pretty nice and don't take over the room. At first I thought the rounded box on the center channel was odd, but it allows you to angle it up nicely which worked out well since I had to place them low and wanted to angle them up a bit. It comes with 2 rubber pieces to set it on which actually work fairly well (but make sure you notice them in the packaging and don't throw them out like I almost did!).
You can get these at Best Buy so if you believe the bad customer service comments about pioneer go there. Check online though for their packages, costs vary by package and it is actually 50 bucks more if you buy the 6 pieces together than if you buy 5 plus the sub?!?!? I got the 5 piece with the towers instead of the bookshelves for the front and added the sub separate and it ran $470 for the 6 pieces.
Pros I love the speakers. Much, much better than any HTiB, and generally better than anything near its price range. If you must have a full 5.1 now, this is it. Admittedly, however, the Energy Take Classic is much more wife-friendly. Put in her favorite musi
Cons The size, of course.
Summary I have two questions actually:
1) I have a Pioneer VSX - 1020 K. I auto calibrate and then manual calibrate from there using an SPL and Disney's WOW disc. Should the speakers be set to "large" or "small?" The auto calibrate chooses Large. I think they sound better and more accurate with a small setting and an 80hz crossover. I know, subjectively, it doesn't matter -- but just curious because the cnet review set it at 90 hz.
2) Suggestions on which wall mounts or speaker stands to use on these beasts in the rears? Right now they are resting on end tables but I want them about 2 ft higher.