When looking at speakers, a common thing to wonder is what are you getting for your extra money. While bother the Pioneer BS22 and Dayton B652-Air are considered “good for the money” and “budget” speakers, the Pioneer speaker costs twice as much.
I will use this post to help explain what exactly you’re getting for twice the money.
To the ear, there is a noticeable difference between the two speakers. Its not particularly subtle or nuanced, a typical listener will prefer the sound of the Pioneer BS22’s. I would go so far as to say that once you’ve heard the Pioneer Bs22 speakers, listening to the the Dayton B652-Air speakers becomes unacceptable.
So I’m willing to say it, the biggest thing you get from upgrading from a pair of Dayton B652-Airs to a pair of Pioneer BS22s is that you’ll gain an appreciation for quality audio and you won’t want to go back.
That’s not to say that the Dayton B652-Air’s are not worthwhile speakers. I take them around to parties and anywhere a pair of speakers would be appreciated. However, the Pioneer BS-22’s have a permanent place in my home theater.
Taking a look at the frequency response curves, its easier to see that the Pioneer speakers are far flatter than the Dayton B652-Airs. This makes a huge difference when listening to music. A wiggle of 2 dB in either direction versus 5 dB is easy to hear.
The other differences you’ll find are the Dayton’s are slightly smaller, the Pioneer’s weigh more, the Pioneer’s have nicer connections, and the Dayton’s come with speaker wire.
All-in-all, both of these speakers are good at their price point. The Pioneer BS22’s are a far superior speaker and will make the difference in price well worth it to upgrade.