Floorstanding Speaker, Pioneer S-71

The pioneer S-71 (2000 euro, pair price) defeated tonally to a completely different page than the KEF and the Canton, and she sounded warmer, yes even darker than the already rather cosy Quadral Platinum.

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Pioneer work

Long it was rather calm; to pioneer in the stereo segment the Japanese were better in their plasma TVs, surround or Blu-ray on the gas pedal. But already, introducing the G-clef electronics series underscore tradition manufacturer’s claims, in the upscale two-channel Division again stir with 2006. Managed mainly through the subsidiary company TAD for the speakers (see AUDIO 9/07), which more than sit up left with beryllium tweeters and coaxial technology.

The S-71 is the latest addition to this specialist force working mainly in France, and it is sold again under the better-known brand names pioneer. With 2000 euro the list price for the narrow, satin lacquered columns is extremely moderate, especially when taking into account the technology used: A coaxial chassis consisting of a small titanium dome, to be installed in a 13 cm cone chassis capton, accepts only medium and higher tones from 300 Hertz.

Reminds wouldn’t the solution from KEF, a former KEF Chief thinker for the chassis technology responsible records the construction at TAD with Dr. Andrew Jones. The Central sound membrane, which serves the high notes at the same time as sound leadership and to keep constant the angle over long distances, consists of Kevlar aramid fibers in woven and hardened, otherwise better under the brand name known. Especially elaborately built the Japanese French co-production the casing: the bass reflex channel sits in the bottom of the box on a stable metal plate, which also adds stability. So that no standing waves in the housing slow down the bass and queasy the tonality, there are internal resonators in the volume which reliably eliminate unwanted vibrations.

Great cinema

The pioneer was tonally to a completely different page than the KEF and the Canton and she sounded warmer, yes even darker than the already rather cosy Quadral. This naturally meant that she performed no miracles to score fidelity and detail representation in Gershwin’s Piano Concerto, for more on an overall homogeneous and wonderfully closed idea emphasized. Their rich base combined them with more pastel tones with a room while not expansive but well dimensioned and especially precisely drawn.

Competition clearly over, she moved in the deep bass: none of the sleek competitors such oratorical AWE could hurl the sweependen down bass notes on Yellos ‘The Expert’ in the room, with a powerful drive, she remained also rhythmic and dynamic just behind the all-powerful Quadral. Jazz Rock – Gladys Knights “God Bless The Child” (“Before Me”, Verve) – their gentle pace came much better displayed than in vocal classical music, Wagner’s “Lohengrin” (Bychkov) about, where she composed on a certain pressing just the choirs and looked not much about the subtleties in the ingenious instrumentation.

What remains? For the potential owner of pioneer the task, powerful, one to look at the same time rather slender-sounding amplifier. And then, hear, hear, hear.

Pioneer S-71

Manufacturer Pioneer
Price €2000.00
Rating 83.0 points
Test procedure 1.0

Technical data and test results

General data
Dimensions (W x H x D) 26.0 x 111.5 x 27.5 cm
Weight 24.0
Surfaces Paint
Color Black
Technical characteristics
Bass principle Two-way bass reflex
Number of ways 3
Working principle of full Active
Connections BI-wiring
XLR connectors
Space adaptation
Surround complementary.
Laboratory characteristics
Maximum volume upper value 103 dB
lower cut-off frequency (-3dB) 48 Hz
Lower cut-off frequency (-6 dB) 33 Hz
Nominal impedance (audio) 4 ohm
Warm analog tuned sounds large, adult and deep.
Installation difficult, something dark, no resolution wonder.
Bass quality 80
Bass depth (bass Foundation) 80
Attention to detail (precision) 80
Dynamic 80
Maximum level (vitality) 75
Neutrality 80
Imaging 105
Spatial (airiness) 90
Processing Very good
Sound judgment very good 83
tested in issue: 6 / 10