Pioneer Unveils Affordable Atmos Speakers
Pioneer Home Entertainment introduced Tuesday two aggressively priced speakers designed to bring Dolby Atmos object-based surround sound to mainstream home theater systems.
Both speakers are positioned in the Pioneer line. The SP-T22A-LR add-on speaker will carry a $199 a pair suggested retail price. The add-on is designed to deliver height channels in an Atmos system by mounting on top of an existing flat-top floor-standing or book-shelf model and pointing up at the ceiling.
The other new addition is the SP-BS22A compact speaker (pictured at top) with elevation drivers built into the top. That speaker will run $299 a pair, Pioneer said.
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Both speakers were designed by acclaimed speaker designer Andrew Jones, Pioneer said. The SP-T22A-LR add-on module has a concentrically mounted 4-inch woofer and 0.5-inch tweeter angled up at a 10-degree angle. Pioneer said the speakers, which can handle up to 80-watts of maximum power, are designed for placement on top of most flat-top speakers.
The SP-T22A-LR add-on speaker is an enclosed top-firing concentric driver which includes 4-inch woofer and 1/2-inch tweeter intended to be paired with Pioneer’s SP-BS22-LR compact speakers, SP-FS52 floor-standing speakers and the SP-BS21-LR and SP-FS51 models for Atmos surround delivery.
The new models join other Atmos-ready speakers in the company’s assortment including an Elite floorstanding speaker priced at $699 each and a bookshelf speaker that runs $749 a pair. Both of those models include top-mounted elevation drivers.
All of the speakers can be used with Pioneer audio/video receivers equipped with Atmos decoding.
By Greg Tarr
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