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Pioneer's Atmos standmount speaker rules the roostThe Pioneer SP-EBS73-LR is, hands down, the very best sounding bookshelf speaker we've heard in its price class.
[NOISE] If you've been looking at buying a new home theater set you will have heard the word Atmos bandied around a few times. While it's not really ready for prime time as they say they have produced the first set of Atmos ready speakers we've seen in the [UNKNOWN] offices And they're damn good. And not because of Atmos. The Pioneer SP EBS73LR, a stand mount speakers that can be used to surround [UNKNOWN] fronts and they do really well in both instances. These Andrew Jones designed speakers are $749 US and challenge my favorite B&W 685S2 speakers for sound quality as well as build quality. The Pioneers feature two concentric mid-tweeter arrays, with one designed to fire at the ceiling for [UNKNOWN] side effects. Given that the [UNKNOWN] material at the moment is pretty dreadful, we were relieved to find out that they work great with normal soundtracks and music too. These are excellent performers, very detailed, but without the bass response compromises that usually means. Bass is supple and expressive. These are not bright, but there is a slight treble bump, which means they sound best with the orchestral music or vocals, but less good with harder-edged material. If you're looking at a set of speakers that scream. Audiophile quality! But don't want to mortgage your house, then the Pioneer SP-EBS73 are very highly recommended. [INAUDIBLE] This is Ty Pendlebury for cnet.com.