Pioneer Adds to Dolby Atmos-Enabled Speaker Line-Up

Pioneer SP-BS22A-LR (left) and SP-T22A-LR (right) Dolby Atmos Speakers
Pioneer SP-BS22A-LR (left) and SP-T22A-LR (right) Dolby Atmos Speakers. Images provided by Pioneer Electronics

Following up their initial round of Dolby Atmos-enabled speakers, the Elite SP-EFS73 and SP-EBS73, Pioneer has decided to add two more speaker options for Dolby Atmos setups, the SP-BS22A-LR and SP-T22A-LR.

What Dolby Atmos Is

For a quick review, Dolby Atmos, is an object-based surround sound encoding/decoding format that, for home theater, combines the traditional 5.1 or 7.1 channel horizontal speaker layout common in most home theater setups with height channels, which can be accessed via speakers installed in the ceiling, or via vertically firing speakers that bounce sound off the ceiling and back down to the listening area.

Just as with their first entries, Pioneer is taking the vertical firing, bounce sound off the ceiling, approach, which is more convenient to install, as it does not require cutting holes in the ceiling and running wires though a wall to reach ceiling speakers. However, it is important to point out that both a Dolby Atmos-equipped Home Theater Receiver and Dolby Atmos-encoded Content are required to take advantage of a Dolby Atmos speaker setup.

SP-BS22A-LR

The SP-BS22A-LR is a bookshelf-styled speaker that integrates both front firing and vertical drivers. The front drivers direct sound into listening area, while the vertical drivers project sound upward, reflecting off the ceiling and back down to the listening area.

The core features of the SP-BS22A-LR include:

- Front Firing Drivers For Main Channel: 1-inch Soft Dome Tweeter paired with a 4-inch front facing midrange/woofer

- Vertical Firing Drivers for Height Channel: Concentric speaker assembly contain a 1/2-inch tweeter and 4-inch mid-rage/woofer.

The vertical firing speaker enclosure has a 10 degree tilt.

- Frequency Response: Front - 55Hz to 20kHz, Height - 180Hz - 20kHz.

- Crossover Frequencies: Front 3kHz, Height 4kHz

- Impedance: 6 ohms

- Sensitivity: 85db

- Power Handling: 80 watts.

- Enclosure Design: Front - Bass Reflex, Height - Acoustic Suspension.

- Total Cabinet Dimensions (WHD): 7-1/8 x 14-5/16 x8 7.16 inches. Weight: 11.24 lbs.

- Suggested Price: $299.99 (pair) - Official Product Page - Price Comparisons Forthcoming.

SP-T22A-LR

The SP-T22A-LR is a compact vertically firing speaker that can used use to upgrade a non-Dolby Atmos speaker setup by being set on top of most current main channel speakers so that it can bounce sound off of the ceiling.

The core features of the SP-T22A-LR include:

- Vertical Firing Drivers: Concentric speaker assembly contain a 1/2-inch tweeter and 4-inch mid-range/woofer. The vertical firing speaker enclosure has a 10 degree tilt.

- Frequency Response: 180Hz to 20kHz.

- Crossover Frequencies: Front 3kHz, Height 4kHz

- Impedance: 6 ohms

- Sensitivity: 85db

- Power Handling: 80 watts. Acoustic Suspension.

- Total Cabinet Dimensions (WHD): 7-1/8 x 4-1/16 x 8-1/18 inches. Weight: 3.96 lbs.

- Suggested Price: $199.99 (pair) - Official Product Page   

Center Channel and Subwoofer Options

For assembling a complete speaker system, Pioneer offers up its SP-C22 center channel speaker, and its SW8-MK2 8-inch powered subwoofer, which I have reviewed previously as part of Pioneer's SP-PK22BS system.

For more details on the SP-C22 and SW8-MK2, read my entire Review and also check out my Photo Profile of the Pioneer SP-PK22BS speaker system.

Dolby Atmos-Enabled Home Theater Receivers

As of the post-date of this article, a sampling of Dolby Atmos-Enabled Home Theater Receivers that can be used with Pioneer's Dolby Atmos speakers include:

Pioneer VSX-1130 and Elite VSX-90

Denon AVR-X3200W and AVR-X4200W

Marantz NR1606 Slim-Profile Series

Onkyo RZ-Series

Onkyo TX-NR646 and TX-NR747

Onkyo TX-SR444 and TX-NR545

Yamaha AVENTAGE RX-850, RX-A1050, RX-A2050, and RX-A3050

Dolby Atmos-Encoded Blu-ray Discs

Some of the Blu-ray Discs released with Dolby Atmos-encoded soundtracks include; Transformers: Age of Extinction, Step Up All In, The Expendables 3The Gunman, On Any Sunday - The Next Chapter, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, Gravity: Diamond Luxe Edition, Unbroken, American Sniper Jupiter Ascending The Gunman, and Insurgent

Note: Dolby Atmos-encoded Discs can be played on most Blu-ray Disc players.

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