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Speaker Bar Systems


Published: 12/06/2013

As new TV’s get thinner their internal speakers are getting inferior. Meanwhile, Canadians are also shifting away from space consuming home theatre-in-a-box systems yet they want quality sound but in a smaller package. Pioneer Electronics (Canada) Inc., raised the bar with the Fall Canadian introduction of the Speaker Bar system (SP-SB23W), and has become a hit with consumers as demand exceeds supply in the last two months. Pioneer’s Speaker Bar is uniquely designed by legendary speaker engineer Andrew Jones to deliver excellent full-range sound from a small, simple solution audio package.  Made for consumers who care about audio quality, the Speaker Bar features a composite wood curved cabinet, six individual speakers, six amplifiers (independent for each speaker) and an eight-channel active digital crossover network.  The combination of features offers a multitude of benefits to listeners including exceptional sound quality reproduction, wider off-axis response, higher power handling and increased dynamic headroom. Pioneer’s Speaker Bar comes with an optical cable and wall mounts for convenient set-up and is currently available across Canada with a suggested retail price of $449.99.

Designed for Sound

  • Composite Wood Cabinet– Unlike most speaker bars in the market that are made of plastic, Pioneer’s Speaker Bar uses a composite wood cabinet enclosure that offers far better control of the speakers because of its resistance to unwanted resonance.  The unit uses a specially designed RF molded curved enclosure that can withstand the “flexing” that occurs when the speakers are in use, especially at high volume levels, resulting in highly improved audio reproduction.   
    • Six Speaker Design – The Speaker Bar features six individual drivers, four custom 3-inch woofers, and two 1-inch soft dome tweeters.  The arrangement of speakers produces a wide dispersion pattern, enabling open, more spacious stereo imaging even in larger sized rooms.  The woofers feature a vented pole piece to achieve improved bass response to enhance both cinematic and audio listening.  The 1-inch soft-dome tweeters are encased in a custom “wave guide” enclosure for increased output sensitivity and controlled dispersion of high-frequencies.   


  • Individual Amplifiers for Each Driver – For optimal audio output, Pioneer’s Speaker Bar uses six individual amplifiers to power each independent driver.  Each amplifier produces up to 28 Watts of power (1kHz 1% THD @ 4 Ohm) to obtain increased dynamics and better overall “headroom” at any volume level.      
  • Active Crossover Network – The integrated amplifiers in the Speaker Bar are complemented by a matching active crossover network for increased sound quality.  Utilizing an active crossover enabled Andrew Jones to use higher order filter points (speakers’ cutoff frequencies and steeper roll-off slopes [a.k.a. attenuation]) to achieve improved audio transitions between the woofers and the tweeters, resulting in improved speaker response, vocals and off-axis listening. 
  • 6.5-inch Subwoofer – The Speaker Bar includes a matching wireless subwoofer featuring a 6.5-inch driver tuned to 42 Hz (-10 dB) to provide low bass frequencies.  The subwoofer is powered by a built-in 50 Watt amplifier (50Hz 1% THD @ 6 Ohms) and the output level can be adjusted from the convenience of the included Speaker Bar remote.
  • Additional Features – The Speaker Bar features Dolby Digital® Decoding and three sound modes including music, movies and dialogue.  Dialogue is a late night mode that optimizes dialogue conversations and significantly reduces “loud” passages, making it ideal for late night viewing.  For added convenience, the unit also offers built-in Bluetooth® connectivity to enable wireless music streaming from a smartphone device as well as a learning mode to respond to the user’s own remote control. 

About Pioneer Canada

Pioneer is a preeminent manufacturer of high-performance audio, video and computer equipment for the home, car and business markets and is celebrating 75 years of innovation in the consumer electronics industry. It all began with a passion for music that Pioneer founder Nozomu Matsumoto hoped to share with the world. He started Pioneer in 1938 as a specialty speaker company, building products out of his garage. Today, Pioneer’s Home Entertainment and Business Solutions Group continues Matsumoto's enthusiasm, developing award-winning audio and video home theater products including A/V receivers, Blu-ray Disc® and DVD players, and speakers. Long-standing partnerships and collaborations with the creative community have provided Pioneer unique insight in its quest to capture the purity of a movie or musical artist’s original vision into its broad range of home entertainment products. The company’s brands include Pioneer® and Elite®.

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