Summary: I ordered the Pioneer SP-FS51-R speakers on 10/7/2013. They arrived by UPS ground on 10/17/2013. Talk about your slow boat!! The speakers arrived in the original packaging. Nothing extra, the picture of the speakers right on the box. Don't expect if they come by ground UPS leaving your new speakers sitting in front of the door with the ability to grow legs before you get home. Luckily for me I was home the day of arrival.
Summary: These sound pretty good for the price but there's something that I have to get off my chest about the new Pioneer products; I'm 44 and a lifelong Pioneer user. I've owned many pieces over the years, both at home and in my car and I even still have my 12" woofer home stereo speakers that I got at Service Merchandise back in the late-80's.
Summary: I have the curse of champagne taste on a beer budget. Luckily, these speakers sound amazing and cost less than a generic HTIB. Very good speakers. I am running them with the C21 in a 3.0 setup. Music sounds musical. Movies sound amazing, and dialogue comes through crystal clear. In my small apartment, there is plenty of base without a sub, at least for my taste (and my neighbors' tastes, I suspect).
Summary: You are not going to mistake the sound from these speakers for a live performance. For that, you go with audiophile speakers that cost 10 to 50 times more. But these speakers are damn tight and clean throughout the whole range. My setup: FS51 front, BS21 rear, C21 center and Polk PS505 subwoofer. Everything from Norah Jones to Bach sounds fantastic. And so do 5.1 movies. But I'm using it mostly for listening Internet radio off my Yamaha Vx473.
Summary: I havent actually tried these out yet but I just ordered them bran spankin new on Newegg.com for 80 dollars off till the 8th of october. Thats a STEAL for these things. Best day of my life. Amen.
Summary: just received them today, been listening to them for an hour. Seriously impressed. Can't wait to hear what they can do after the break in... I've heard 36 hour to season them. I'm no audiophile but these sound amazing, better than I could have hoped. Nice work pioneer! .... 2 days in and just can't say enough about these speakers. Replaced a 1000 watt surround system with these and a half decent receiver, size really does matter.