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EX Speakers
EX Overview

     The first step in the painstaking development of Pioneer’s premium speaker series is the creation of an outstanding concentric tweeter/midrange speaker driver. Cutting-edge TAD technologies allow the driver to reproduce exceptionally accurate audio. Every element has been crafted using only the highest-quality materials, ensuring that all frequencies of this wide-range driver are always precise and laser-sharp, boasting extraordinary liveliness and delicacy. Add in the Neodymium magnet’s tremendous strength and the result is fluent and consistent sound at a superior level of true-to-life detail, close your eyes and be swept up in a world of sonic perfection. Only the very best speaker components were considered for Pioneer’s audio masterpiece: the EX Series.

     It’s no surprise that TAD (Technical Audio Devices) speaker engineering is incorporated into these reference-class drivers. They were crafted with extreme precision by TAD experts, and adhere to their rigorous standards. The tweeter diaphragm is composed of
Beryllium metal, which is extremely light and rigid. This has resulted in an ultra strong tweeter diaphragm with perfectly solid piston performance to ensure that all sound direct and reflected arrives at the listening position with identical timbre, the EX Series employs TAD’s exclusive CST (Coherent Source Transducer) driver technology. The Beryllium tweeter is mounted in the center of the magnesium midrange driver, allowing the sound directivity to be precisely controlled at all frequencies. The resulting aligned sound delivery is extremely smooth and coherent. Unlike conventional drivers, the problems with phase and off-axis frequency response have been totally eradicated.

Pioneer S-7 EX

The S-7EX matching center speaker for the S1EX and S-2EX features a 1 3/8in, (3.5 cm) Beryllium tweeter for pristine sound and almost perfect reproduction of high frequencies up to 100 kHz used in DVD Audio and SACD formats today.  The tweeter is mounted in the center of a 5 1/2" (14cm) magnesium midrange driver allowing the sound directivity to be precisely controlled at all frequencies. The resulting aligned sound delivery is extremely smooth and coherent. Unlike conventional drivers, the problems with phase and off-axis frequency response have been totally eradicated. Two  7-1/16 in. (18 cm) Aramid / Carbon composite shell woofers handles the bass.  The unique one-piece construction of the cone and center cap that was created for the EX Series bass driver, combined with the improved rigidity of the aramid fiber structure, produces a much stiffer and more rigid construction. Unwanted cone resonances are pushed beyond the bass driver’s operating range, allowing the cone to accurately pass the coil movement on to the air and significantly improve the accuracy of sound reproduction. With the tweeter/midrange and bass drivers perfected, an equally ingenious enclosure must be created to provide them with a stable base. The EX Series’ cabinets are crafted from multiple layers of laminated MDF, ranging from a minimum of 30 mm up to a generous 100 mm, to ensure that they remain inert. Along with the curved baffle and radius edges, these enclosures help create an amazingly realistic stage with exceptional clarity and focus.


Retail  $5,500 ea  Closeout $2499 ea.  Shipping $249 to most locations, quote required.
                      

Technical Audio Devices Laboratories,Inc. grew from the sprit to discover technologies to perfectly recreate the pure sound of life performances with uncompromising craftsmanship. We have inherited our philosophy from Bart Locanthi, recognized across the globe as the ultimate sound technologist-who believed that genuine technology is true to the basic and that genuine technology places greater importance on sound quality than on technology for its own sake. At TAD, we are honing our technology to create equipment that reproduces musical sounds that evoke both the energy and impact of life music.
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     With the tweeter/midrange and bass drivers perfected, an equally ingenious enclosure must be created to provide them with a stable base. The EX Series’ cabinets are crafted from multiple layers of laminated MDF, ranging from a minimum of 30 mm up to a generous 100 mm, to ensure that they remain inert. Along with the curved baffle and radius edges, these enclosures help create an amazingly realistic stage with exceptional clarity and focus. ABD (Acoustic Balance Drive), allows us to calculate the influence of the cabinet’s vertical standing waves on the speaker frequency response, taking into account bass drivers and port locations. Using this software, the port and bass drivers of the EX Series are placed in the best position to cut this influence to a minimum. This new technology allows the first vertical standing wave to be totally canceled and the influence of the second one to be significantly reduced. The result is precise and dynamic bass with no low midrange coloration.

     The flagship EX Series has been created by a talented network of high-end audio specialists consisting of only the very best TAD and Pioneer engineers from around the world. They have each added their individual expertise to co-create this first-class model of audio excellence. In addition, Andrew Jones, chief engineer of TAD, acted as sound advisor to ensure the success of this ambitious project.

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Pioneer SP-FS52

Introducing the new SP-FS52 Floor Standing Speakers from Pioneer. Designed with uncompromising attention to detail, these speakers are ideal for home theater systems, offering remarkable audio quality from any source. Using three 5-1/4 inch woofers with oversized magnets for powerful bass, these speakers deliver the kind of high performance and exceptional quality that makes for a stunning music and home theater experience. A very complex crossover design and a 1" soft dome tweeter deliver detailed natural sounding highs.  With curved cabinet design, not only are the SP-FS52 Floor Standing Speakers aesthetically more pleasing, so is the entire listening experience. The high-performance and exceptional sound quality is the result of this stiffer design, which reduces standing sound waves inside the cabinet.
Pioneer SP-BS22-LR

High quality home audio doesn’t have to break the bank. As proof, we’d like to introduce you to the new SP-BS22-LR bookshelf speakers from Pioneer.  Whether you use them as stereo speakers or part of a multi-channel home theater system, with their ability to handle 80 watts the SP-BS22-LR’s deliver wide frequency response and sophisticated sound quality regardless of the source. Typically you’ll find most bookshelf speakers not only come in a box, they are a box. And while that might be better for production costs, it isn’t better for sound reproduction. The SP-BS22-LR speakers utilize a curved cabinet design. Besides the aesthetics being considerably more pleasing, this stiffer design reduces standing sound waves inside the cabinet, resulting in high-performance and exceptional sound quality. Whatever your system, the SP-BS22-LR Bookshelf Speakers are ready to step it up with authentic audio reproduction to bring your listening experience to the next
level.  Absolute Sound review coming soon, read the teaser here.
4” Structured Surface Woofer, 1” High Efficiency Soft Dome Tweeter, 6 Element Sophisticated Crossover,  80 Watt Power Handling

Retail $129 / pair



Pioneer SP-C22

Introducing a remarkably affordable center channel speaker from Pioneer, the SP-C22. Watch any movie on a home theater system, and the center channel speaker is where 50% of the soundtrack comes from, including the majority of the dialogue. It keeps the sound anchored to the action on-screen. The new Pioneer SP-C22 speaker does the job in stunning fashion utilizing dual woofers in a full-sized cabinet for enhanced vocal performance. If you want your entertainment as real as it gets, the SP-C22 is one of the most important speakers you can own. The SP-C22 utilizes a true curved cabinet design resulting in a stiffer cabinet wall. This reduces standing sound waves inside, resulting in high-performance and striking sound quality. Elegant speaker grills do double duty by also doing a superior job of protecting the drivers. The SP-C22, a genuine beauty in the service of exceptional audio reproduction. Whatever your system, the SP-C22 Center Channel Speaker is ready to step it up with authentic audio reproduction to bring your entertainment experience to the next level.

Two 4” Structured Surface Woofers, 1” High Efficiency Soft Dome Tweeter, 6 Element Sophisticated Crossover, 90 Watt Power Handling

Retail $99 ea
Quantity is for each speaker, please add two to cart for a pair.
Pioneer SW-8 MK2

Nothing in this price category gives you a deeper appreciation for quality bass like the new SW-8MK2 Subwoofer from Pioneer. Fire up your favorite movie, then buckle up, sit back and let its powerful 100-Watt amplifier bring you right into the experience with room-shaking, earth-quaking realism. Its vented enclosure means extended deep, clean, bass performance. Phase and frequency controls allow for customized set-up. High- and low-level inputs mean flexible installation.

100-Watt Amplifier, 8” Driver, Vented Enclosure for Extended Bass, Crossover Adjustment

Retail $159 ea
Pioneer SP-PK52FS

Andrew Jones Designed 5.1 Channel Speaker Package

Package Includes SP-FS52 Floor-standing Loudspeakers (two total), SP-BS22-LR Bookshelf Loudspeakers (1 pair), SP-C22 Center-Channel Speaker and SW-8MK2 Powered Subwoofer. 
Read the CNET review.

Retail $629 complete package
Pioneer SP-PK22BS

Andrew Jones Designed 5.1 Channel Speaker Package

Package Includes the SP-BS22-LR Bookshelf Loudspeakers (2 pair) , SP-C22 Center-Channel Speaker and SW-8MK2 Powered Subwoofer

Retail $449 complete package
These speakers come with a remarkable pedigree of over 70 years of Pioneer audio heritage and industry firsts. Like every speaker we build, these are engineered to offer incredible design and amazing sound quality. But then that’s exactly what you’d expect from speakers designed by internationally renowned speaker engineer, Andrew Jones. As Pioneer’s Chief Speaker Engineer, Andrew has designed some of the world’s finest loudspeakers, some costing as much as $80,000. Now he has brought his high-end expertise and passion to the creation of this affordable bookshelf speaker. And while the price is considerably lower than some of his other efforts, the expectation and delivery of accurate sound reproduction are the same.

Shockingly good, affordable, home theater speakers by Andrew Jones.
Pioneer speakers designed by Andrew Jones

Three 5-1/4” Structured Surface Woofers, 1” High Efficiency Soft Dome Tweeter, 130 Watt Power handling with 8 Element, Sophisticated Crossover network,  Speakers Sold Individually

Retail $129 ea