Pioneer SP-T22A-LR Add-on Speaker Reviews

by admin on May 2, 2016

Andrew Jones has been leading the charge over at Pioneer for several years now. In recent years Andrew Jones has worked earnestly with Pioneer to design affordable speakers that don’t skimp on sound quality. For the most part they’ve acheived a great deal of success. Because of this we were eager to get our hands on a pair of the Pioneer SP-T22A-LR Add-on Bookshelf Speakers.
Pioneer SP-T22A-LR Add-on Speaker
The SP-T22A-LR is an add-on speakers for the Dolby Atmos setup in your home. And yes, it is designed by Andrew Jones. If my memory serves me right, this is the last Atmos speaker modules designed by Andrew Jones before he left for Elac. The body of the bookshelves share the same design elements as the  SP-BS22 which include a 4-inch structured woofer with a 1-inch soft dome tweeter. Peek at the top of the SP-BS22A-LR and that’s where you’ll notice the difference.


List Price: $199.99 USD
New From: $199.99 USD In Stock
Used from: $160.00 USD In Stock

Features
The main design features of this Atmos speaker modules comprise of a 4” structured surface woofer, a ½” high efficiency soft dome tweeter that sits right in the middle of the 4” woofer. It is very light compared to my hefty KEF R50 Atmos modules. Doing a side-by-side comparison tells you the difference in size. David vs Goliath literally. Now let’s get to the point. Is this any good when it comes to Dolby Atmos reproduction? Read on then…

What makes a good Atmos module?
Don’t let the small “footprint” fooled you, this new Atmos speaker modules with the concentric driver design does indeed crank out quite a “forceful” sound (at higher frequency). This is because there is an internal filter in the speaker design to crossover at 180hz. Any form of LFE below that will be channelled to the subwoofer to avoid “drowning” the higher frequency effect. For those uninitiated, the “height-layer” sensation for these Atmos modules, regardless of make and model have one thing in common – i.e. higher frequency sound emitting from the tweeter will be directed towards the ceiling and bounce the sound energy to the main listening position (MLP). That’s how the “sensation” of height is created using these Atmos speaker modules or those tower speaker with built-in module sitting atop (Pioneer also have another model that comes with both the main and Atmos module combined).

Pioneer’s second offering is a new Dolby Atmos speaker module designed to fit on top of your existing speakers. If you already own either the SP-BS22-LR bookshelf or the SP-FS51 tower speaker, the SP-T22A-LR’s fits both like a glove. The curved cabinet of the T22A matches the profile of both speakers perfectly. Priced at $199, the SP-T22A’s  also feature a 4-inch woofer and a 1/2-inch center mounted tweeter angled at 10 degrees.

Conclusion

Overall, these speakers have an excellent dynamic quality. They do well with mid-range frequencies and produce active detailed high frequencies. Value wise, I don’t think you can beat them. Pioneer’s crazy for only charging $100 for these so if you’re in the market for cheap good sounding speakers (and who isn’t) I’d suggest giving these a try before Pioneer comes to their senses.



List Price: $199.99 USD
New From: $199.99 USD In Stock
Used from: $160.00 USD In Stock

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