Pioneer SP-SB23W Speaker Bar System - Photo Profile

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Pioneer SP-SB23W Speaker Bar Photos

Pioneer SP-SB23W Speaker Bar System Package
Photo of Pioneer SP-SB23W Speaker Bar System Package. Photo © Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

The Pioneer SP-SB23W consists of a Sound Bar (Pioneer refers to it as a Speaker Bar) and Wireless Subwoofer. As a supplement to my review of the SP-SB23W system, the following is a series of photos that give you a closer look at its features, connections, and accessories.

To start off, on this page is a photo of the entire system, with its included accessories and documentation (click on the photo for a larger view).

The system consists of a soundbar (speaker bar) unit and wireless subwoofer. Also shown in the photo are the remote control and the detachable AC power cords for both the sound bar and wireless subwoofer and included digital optical cable (on the left side of the subwoofer), as well as the included remote control, rubber feet, and user manual.

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Pioneer SP-SB23W Speaker Bar System - Accessories and Documentation

Pioneer SP-SB23W Speaker Bar System - Accessories and Documentation
Photo of Pioneer SP-SB23W Speaker Bar System - Accessories and Documentation. Photo © Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Here is a much closer look at all of the accessories and documentation included with the Pioneer SP-SB23W sound bar/wireless subwoofer package.

Starting on the left and right side of the photo are the two provided detachable power cords for the sound bar (speaker bar) unit and subwoofer (they are both identical so it doesn't matter which you using to power the sound bar or subwoofer).

In the center of the photo, starting at the top and moving down, is the included credit card-sized wireless remote, two rubber feet (used to support the sound bar (speaker bar) when mounted on a shelf or table, a digital optical cable, 3.5mm stereo audio cable, and Remote Control.

Laying underneath the remote, rubber feet, and digital optical cable is the included printed user manual.

It is also important to note that the sound bar (speaker bar) can be wall mounted, but mounting screws are not provided.

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Pioneer SP-SB23W Speaker Bar - Sound Bar Unit - Front and Rear View

Pioneer SP-SB23W Speaker Bar - Sound Bar Unit - Front and Rear View
Pioneer SP-SB23W Sound Bar System - Photo of both the front and rear view of the sound bar unit. Photo © Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Here is a three-way composite photo of the sound bar (speaker bar) unit of the SP-SB23W system that shows both the front and rear. The top photo is a front view with the speaker grill on, the middle photo is the same front view, with the speaker grill off, and the bottom photo shows what the sound bar looks like from the rear.

The sound bar is made of medium density fiberboard (not plastic) with a Black Ash Vinyl finish. The dimensions are 35.98-inches (W), 4.05-inches (H), and 4.74-inches (D).

Behind the front facing speaker grill, the sound bar houses six speakers, that includes two 3-inch midrange/woofers and one tweeter grouping for each side.

Each speaker and tweeter is powered by its own dedicated amplifier (6 x 28 watts).

Also, there is a set of onboard controls and led status indicators mounted in the center, facing the listener. These will be shown in closer detail in the next photo of the report.

On the bottom photo is a look at the rear of the SP-SB23W sound bar section. The provided connections are housed in the left and right side of a center recessed compartment, and the permanently attached keyhole wall mounting brackets are just to the left and right side of the connection compartment. Extra wall mounting screws must be purchased separately. Also, no wall-mounting template is provided, so you have to eye-ball it.

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Pioneer SP-SB23W Speaker Bar - Controls

Pioneer SP-SB23W Speaker Bar - Controls
Pioneer SP-SB23W Speaker Bar Sytem - Photo of the onboard controls on the sound bar unit. Photo © Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Here is a look at the onboard controls on the top of the sound bar (speaker bar) unit of the Pioneer SP-SB23W System.

Starting on the left side (top row) is the power/standby button, followed by the system volume down (-) and volume up (+) controls and the source selection button.

Moving down to the bottom row, on the left is listening mode selection button and status indicator which lights up in the following manner: Music (blue), Movie (red), Dialog (green), followed by the source indicator lights (analog, digital, Bluetooth)

Finally, on the far right is the Bluetooth Pairing/Remote Control Learn button.

Note: All these buttons (except for the Bluetooth pairing button) are also duplicated on the provided wireless remote control.

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Pioneer SP-SB23W Speaker Bar - Audio Connections

Pioneer SP-SB23W Speaker Bar - Audio Connections
Pioneer SP-SB23W Speaker Bar System - Photo of Sound Bar Audio Connections. Photo © Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Shown on this page are the audio-only input connections provided with the SP-SB23W system, which located on the left side of the recessed compartment on the rear of the sound bar (speaker bar) unit.

Starting on the left are a set of RCA-type analog stereo inputs, followed by a Digital Optical audio input.

These inputs can used to connect audio from sources, such DVD players, cable boxes, etc... that have these types of connections. Also, if you have a portable audio player that uses 3.5mm audio connectors, you will have to get a 3.5mm to RCA Y-Adapter to connect it to the SP-SB23W.

Finally, on the right side of this photo is the SYNC button. This is used to pair the soundbar (speaker bar) unit with the provided wireless subwoofer. If the LED indicator just to the right of the SYNC button is has a solid glow, then the two units are communicating properly.

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Pioneer SP-SB23W Speaker Bar - Power Connections

Pioneer SP-SB23W Speaker Bar - Power Connections
Pioneer SP-SB23W Speaker Bar System - Photo of Sound Bar Power Switch and Receptacle. Photo © Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Here is a close up look at the power receptacle and the main system power switch.

It is important to note that even though there is power on/standby button located on the front of the sound bar/speaker bar and also on the provided remote control, the main power switch shown here must be in the on position in order for the power/standby and other functions of the system to work.

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Pioneer SP-SB23W Speaker Bar System - Wireless Sub - Front, Bottom, Rear

Pioneer SP-SB23W Speaker Bar System - Wireless Sub - Front, Bottom, Rear
Pioneer SP-SB23W Speaker Bar System - Photo of the front, bottom, and rear viewsof the wireless subwoofer. Photo © Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Shown on this page is a view of the front, bottom, and back of the wireless subwoofer that is provided with the Pioneer SP-SB23W Sound Bar Speaker System.

The subwoofer has a black wood finish on the front on and rear and has a front facing port (left photo). However, the actual 6.5-inch bass driver is located on the bottom (middle photo).

The subwoofer is a Bass Reflex design that has, in addition to the downfiring driver, is supported by the mounted port to enhance low-frequency response. The subwoofer incorporates a 50-watt amplifier.

Also, as you can see in the photo of the back portion of the subwoofer, there are no audio input connections or adjustment controls, there are only an AC power receptacle and a SYNC button.

The subwoofer receives both its audio input and control setting signals wirelessly via Bluetooth transmission technology from the SP-SB23W's sound bar unit. The subwoofer is on permanent standby and only activates when a sufficient low-frequency signal is detected.

It is also important to note that this subwoofer will only work with the SP-SB23W sound bar unit, or other sound bar units designated by Pioneer.

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Pioneer SP-SB23W Speaker Bar System - Remote Control

Pioneer SP-SB23W Speaker Bar System - Remote Control
Pioneer SP-SB23W Speaker Bar System - Photo of the provided remote control. Photo © Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Here is a photo of the wireless remote control provided with the Pioneer SP-SB23W System.

Starting on the top left is the ON/Standby button, and on the top right is the Source Button.

Moving down to next row are Volume Down (-), Mute, and Volume Up (+) buttons.

Moving closer to the center of the remote are the Volume controls and playback control buttons for Bluetooth sources.

Moving down further, and on the left side of the remote, is a set up separate volume controls for the Subwoofer. These controls allow you to balance the subwoofer level against the main volume level depending on the subwoofer placement or your own bass level preference. Once you have set it to the level you prefer, the main volume control will change overall volume level for the entire system, keeping the relationship between soundbar (speaker bar) and subwoofer levels constant.

Finally, on the bottom of the remote are the mode selection buttons - from left to right they are Music, Movie, Dialog.

Final Take

As you can see from this photo profile, the Pioneer SP-SB23W consists of a soundbar (which Pioneer refers to as a Speaker Bar) and wireless subwoofer.

This system is very easy to set up and is designed provide better sound for your TV viewing experience. The sound bar can be placed on a shelf or mounted on a wall (which is preferred) above or below a TV. Its approximately 36-inch width physically and sonically complements TVs with 32 to 47-inch screen sizes.

For more details on the features and specifications of the SP-SB23W, as well as an evaluation of its performance, read my accompanying Review

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