Even though its, Pioneer has finally released its budget line of Andrew Jones Atmos speakers.
While the company released somehigh-end Atmos speakers earlier in the year they have now been supplemented by the budget SP-BS22A-LR compact speakers and SP-T22A-LR add-on modules.
is a surround sound standard that incorporates height information and is available on some new Blu-ray disks. It requires a new receiver and either add-on modules or ceiling-mounted speakers for fronts, rears or a combination of both.
The SP-BS22A-LR speakers incorporate a top firing concentric driver which includes 4-inch woofer and 1/2-inch tweeter in addition to a traditional front-mounted 4-inch woofer and 1-inch soft dome. They are available now for $299.
If you already have a pair of the excellent SP-BS22-LR speakers, then you should be interested in the SP-T22A-LR. These are add-on modules designed to sit flush on top of Pioneer's budget speakers, or even those of another brand.The SP-T22A features the same 4-inch woofer and 1/2-inch tweeter of the standalone speakers and likewise are designed to bounce information off the ceiling. They are more expensive than the $129 stand mounts, likely due that concentric driver, at a suggested retail price of $199.99 a pair.
At the moment Klipsch, Onkyo and Pioneer are the only high-profile companies to announce Atmos speakers but if you're looking to add an Atmos receiver to your setup then the SP-T22A add-ons might be the cheapest way -- and possibly the best based on Andrew Jones' track record -- to upgrade your existing speakers.
Australian and UK pricing and availability have yet to be announced.