Summary: I liked its size. I deliberately bought it for its small size. It fits in well with my TV on top of my fireplace. It is good for surround sounds, but not enough for stereo hifi. It is accurate, but it sounds thin, not spacious. I think they are a little too small to produce dominating sound. There is better deal with the same amount of money.
Summary: These speakers are pretty solid for the price paid ($195) around X-mas. I am using them as front L/R satellite speakers in a surround system. I would say, as mentioned in other reviews, that the midrange is definitely the best quality of these speakers. It is neutral and very natural sounding with almost all types of music.
Summary: Finally got these hooked up for music and TV but with no subwoofer. I am no audiophile but the sound is great. Clean sounds for classical music and base range is well defined and not at all muffled. A bit pricey but I think the audio quality makes it worth it. Appearance is very run of the mill but I'll rather have great sound than funky design. Addition Jan 2011: hooked up a Wii for the kids. Very nice rich sounds that make gaming an exciting experience.
Richard C. Drew "Anaal Nathra/Uthe vas Bethod..., Amazon
10 October 2010
Summary: I have an Onkyo AV receiver / distribution amp powering a room full of speakers and two subs. Since I did not have 11 matched speakers and two subs just lying around, I put together a hodge-podge system. I slowly purchased some new speakers and new sub. My primary speakers are a pair of Sony SSF-6000 Floor Standing 4-way Speaker that bracket my TV. My main rears are a pair of dated Fisher's (in other words, OLD and cheap.
Pioneer S-31B-LR compared to Ascend CBM-170 Loudspeakers
Health Junky, Amazon
5 October 2010
Summary: For this product review, I directly compared these new Pioneer speakers with my Ascend Acoustics CBM-170 speakers. I used the exact same setup, the same music, amp, room layout, etc... All I did was change the speaker wires from the Ascend's to the Pioneers. If you don't know Ascend, they are an online speaker builder who make some top-notch product at really good prices. There were pro's and con's to both, so I will get into some of them.
Summary: I built a nice 7.1 home theater system around an old pair of Cerwin-Vega speakers that I have had laying around since college. Ever since I added the subwoofer to the system, the 8" woofers on the CV's were a bit overkill for my living room. When the cat decided to tear a big hole in one of the woofer cones, I took the opportunity to update my system by replacing the oversized CV's with Pioneer S-31B-LR bookshelf speakers.
Summary: I replaced my slightly larger, fairly expensive Cerwin-Vega speakers with these Pioneer S-31B bookshelf speakers. While the S-31's were smaller than the speakers they replaced, the sound certainly wasn't. The Pioneers handled highs and lows quite admirably, sampling both hard rock/heavy metal and classical music quite well. Hard Rock is good to identify the low end and tolerance for range, while classical is excellent to test subtle highs and clarity.
Summary: I installed these as my Right and Left front speaker on my surround sound system. Wow was my first reaction. While I'm not an expert the difference from the stock Sony speakers that came with the system and this is noticeable to even my 10 year old. With volume both high and low the sound quality difference is amazing. They are very attractive and look very sturdy. I used my previous universal wall mounts that worked just fine.
Summary: I received some wisdom in speaker design that says small speakers can have deep bass or high sensitivity, but not both. Will Pioneer prove me wrong? These speakers designed to satisfy music as well as movie lovers, the new Series 3 range of audiophile speakers combines a smart, slim design with precise sound reproduction. The Series 3 models feature a rounded enclosure, which increases rigidity and prevents unwanted sound from enclosure diffraction.
Kort "Art, Music, Book & Movie Enthusiast", Amazon
21 September 2010
Summary: This is my first set of high-end bookshelf speakers and I am impressed. The Pioneer S-31B-LR-Ks deliver a quality of sound I've only experienced with larger speakers up to this point. For comparison, I have quality Cambridge Soundworks 2.1 systems hooked up to my home computers and some decent Philips and JCV compact stereo systems w/speakers. The MicroWorks II Speaker System system on my main computer has served me well for several years and is my reference point.