I recently read some rave reviews about the Pioneer SP-PK52FS Andrew Jones 5.1 Home Theater Speaker Package. Some reviewers claim this system is worth at least double what it sells for ($549.95 for 5.1 system without receiver), and sounds just as good, if not better, than other speakers selling for more than twice its price.
However, some reviewers had reservations about the subwoofer that comes with this Pioneer package. They felt that it doesn't deliver quite enough punch, and recommend to buy the HSU STF-1 subwoofer instead.
(1) Is there something better than this Pioneer system for around the same price? One person I spoke with suggested the following alternatives. How do they compare?
- BIC Venturi DV84
- BIC Venturi DV64
- Pure Acoustics Supernova 5 F
(2) Is the HSU STF-1 my best option given my budget? I know there are cheaper alternatives that would still be better than the anemic sub that comes with the Pioneer system. But so many people rave about HSU subwoofers that I am reluctant to consider anything else.
(3) BONUS QUESTION: Can you recommend a receiver for my new home theater? (Does it matter if the receiver is a different brand from the speakers?)
In case you're not familiar with them, these are the speakers:
.... and this is the HSU STF-1 subwoofer that I am considering buying in place of the one that comes with the Pioneer speaker package:
Edited by SubWoofer, July 31 2014 - 10:14 AM.