Bookshelf Speakers

Pioneer S-2EX Monitor-sized Speakers

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Introduction

My first introduction to high end audio was back in college. During my freshman year (1975) I came into contact with a kid across the hall from me who owned a Pioneer tape deck. I remember well the wooden side panels and dancing dials. Even though I can not remember the model, I remember that it was able to record on CrO2 tape for the highest fidelity. Does anyone else remember those tapes? Over the years, I have owned a Pioneer CTF-650 tape deck and at least one Pioneer CD/SACD player. But even back then, I knew that Pioneer was really only mid-fi. In fact, Pioneer was competing with JVC, Technics, Sansui and others in the entry to mid level equipment market place.

Sure, today the Elite series is pretty good, but I still can't shake the feeling that it is just on the upper end of the mid fidelity crowd. My perception started to change when I met Andrew Jones (formerly of KEF) at CEDIA this last year. He gave me a brief history of the company and its goal of creating a completely new high end audio speaker family. He and his team (TAD, the Technical Audio Devices group) were given a free hand by the company to produce true audiophile grade speakers and they came up with the EX series. Andrew also reminded me that Pioneer has been making speakers for over 65 years, so a lot of experience has gone into making these speakers. Their experience and effort seems to have paid off.

Pioneer makes speakers too, and they are very good. Here, we review their model S-2EX, which are monitor-sized, which means they are too big to go on a shelf, but not floor-standing.

Specifications

  • Design: 3-way, Ported
  • Drivers: One 1.4" Beryllium Dome Tweeter, 5.5" Magnesium Cone Midrange, 7.1" Carbon Composite Woofer
  • MFR: 34 Hz - 100 kHz
  • Sensitivity: 86.5 dB
  • Nominal Impedance: 6 Ohms
  • Crossover Frequencies: 400 Hz, 2 kHz
  • Power Handling: 200 Watts
  • Dimensions: 22.3" H x 11.4" W x 16.8" D
  • Weight: 61.8 Pounds/each
  • Finish: Dark Teak Wood Veneer
  • MSRP: $6,000/pair USA
  • Pioneer Electronics