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Pioneer SP-FS52 vs Polk T50: Which Floor Standing Tower Speakers are Better?

Our home entertainment systems are often the focal point of the home. It’s not just about enjoying movie night. A good speaker set can enhance music and games. It’s now easy to pick up professional-grade speakers for a great price.

Two examples of this are the Pioneer SP-FS52 vs Polk T50. Today, we are going to compare these speakers’ features to decide which is the better buy. We will include a comparison chart and some pros and cons to help make our choice.

Pioneer SP-FS52 vs Polk T50

Let’s start with what the Pioneer SP-FS52 and the Polk Audio T50 have in common.

Pioneer SP-FS52 vs Polk T50

Quick Glance

We will recap all of the Pioneer SP-FS52 and the Polk Audio T50 specifications in the following comparison chart.

Name
Pioneer SP-FS52 Home Audio Andrew Jones Designed Floor Standing Loudspeaker, Black
Polk Audio T50 150 Watt Home Theater Floor Standing Tower Speaker (Single) - Amazing Sound | Dolby and DTS Surround
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Pioneer SP-FS52 Home Audio Andrew Jones Designed Floor Standing Loudspeaker, Black
Polk Audio T50 150 Watt Home Theater Floor Standing Tower Speaker (Single) - Amazing Sound | Dolby and DTS Surround
Size
10.7 x 8.9 x 35.2 inches
8.75 x 9.25 x 36.5 inches
Weight
25.8lbs
20.35lbs
Speaker Type
Floor standing
Floor standing
Design
Curved cabinet, oversized magnets, vented pole piece
Wide dispersion drivers, MDF cabinet
Drivers
3 5 ¼ structured surface woofers
1 6 ½ inches mid/woofer, 2 6 ½ inch bass radiators
Tweeter
1 inch
1 inch
Maximum Input Power
130W
150W
Frequency Range
40Hz – 20KHz
38Hz – 24KHz
Crossover
8 component high-quality crossover
2 way
Nominal Independence
6 Ohms
6 Ohms
Binding Posts
5-way
5-way
Warranty
1 year
5 years parts and labor
Prime status
-
Name
Pioneer SP-FS52 Home Audio Andrew Jones Designed Floor Standing Loudspeaker, Black
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Pioneer SP-FS52 Home Audio Andrew Jones Designed Floor Standing Loudspeaker, Black
Size
10.7 x 8.9 x 35.2 inches
Weight
25.8lbs
Speaker Type
Floor standing
Design
Curved cabinet, oversized magnets, vented pole piece
Drivers
3 5 ¼ structured surface woofers
Tweeter
1 inch
Maximum Input Power
130W
Frequency Range
40Hz – 20KHz
Crossover
8 component high-quality crossover
Nominal Independence
6 Ohms
Binding Posts
5-way
Warranty
1 year
Prime status
-
Name
Polk Audio T50 150 Watt Home Theater Floor Standing Tower Speaker (Single) - Amazing Sound | Dolby and DTS Surround
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Polk Audio T50 150 Watt Home Theater Floor Standing Tower Speaker (Single) - Amazing Sound | Dolby and DTS Surround
Size
8.75 x 9.25 x 36.5 inches
Weight
20.35lbs
Speaker Type
Floor standing
Design
Wide dispersion drivers, MDF cabinet
Drivers
1 6 ½ inches mid/woofer, 2 6 ½ inch bass radiators
Tweeter
1 inch
Maximum Input Power
150W
Frequency Range
38Hz – 24KHz
Crossover
2 way
Nominal Independence
6 Ohms
Binding Posts
5-way
Warranty
5 years parts and labor
Prime status

Speaker Types

The Pioneer SP-FS52 and the Polk Audio T50 are floor standing, tower speakers. These taller speakers make the sound clearer as it is closer to ear-level

The Tweeter

The tweeter is one of the most important parts of a speaker in terms of the range of sounds. Tweeters can have a diameter of 0.75 inches to 1.5 inches. Most speakers have a 1-inch tweeter, just like the Pioneer SP-FS52 and the Polk Audio T50.

Nominal Independence

The Ohm, which measures how much power to draw from an amp is only really a concern if you are going to connect to other speakers with a huge difference in Ohm. Most speakers are either 4, 6 or 8 Ohm. The Pioneer SP-FS52 and the Polk Audio T50 are 6 Ohm speakers.

Binding Posts

Professional-grade connectors on a speak ensure that the most sound information and power can reach the speaker. The Pioneer SP-FS52 and the Polk Audio T50 have 5-way gold/gold plated binding posts.

That is all of the features that are similar, so we will look at what makes the Pioneer SP-FS52 and the Polk Audio T50 different.

Differences Between Pioneer SP-FS52 and Polk T50

Appearance

Both of the tower speakers are black with a removable cover. There isn’t a great difference in their size, but you will notice it in the weight.

Polk Audio T50 Comparison

Pioneer SP-FS52

It’s a 10.7 x 8.9 x 35.2-inch speaker that weighs 25.8 pounds.

Polk Audio T50

This speaker is slightly finer at 8.75 x 9.25 x 36.5 inches. It weighs less at 20.35 pounds.

The Winner Is- The Polk Audio T50

Read next – Sony SSCS3 vs Polk Audio T50: Which Floor Standing Speakers are Better?

Design Features

Both have been designed to get the most out of the sound quality.

Pioneer SP-FS52 review

Pioneer SP-FS52

The speaker comes in an RF molded curved cabinet to reduce the internal standing waves. The combination of oversized magnets and the vented pole piece are ideal for a better base response.

Polk Audio T50

The drivers are widely dispersed, and the cabinet is made of furniture-grade MDF to reduce resonance and distortion.

The Winner Is- The Pioneer SP-FS52

Drivers

Generally speaking, larger drivers encourage more bass response.

Polk Audio T50 Review

Pioneer SP-FS52

It comes with 3 5 ¼ structured surface woofers.

Polk Audio T50

There are still 3 but one is a 6 ½ each mid/woofer while the other 2 are 6 ½ inch bass radiators.

The Winner Is- The Polk Audio T50

Read next – Pioneer SP-FS52 vs Polk T50: Which Floor Standing Tower Speakers are Better?

Frequency Range

The average human ear can hear from as low as 20Hz to around 20KHz, so you should ensure that your speakers are covering this sort of range.

Pioneer SP-FS52 comparison

Pioneer SP-FS52

The frequency range is from 40Hz to 20KHz.

Polk Audio T50

The range is greater from 38Hz to 24KHz.

The Winner Is- The Polk Audio T50

Crossover

A crossover is the part of the speaker breaks down the audio signals into different high and low frequencies and sometimes, the mid-range frequencies. More crossover components allow for better sound quality.

Polk T50

Pioneer SP-FS52

This speaker uses an impressive 8 component high-quality crossover.

Polk Audio T50

This speaker uses the more traditional 2-way crossover component.

The Winner Is- The Pioneer SP-FS52

Value for Money

You could spend thousands on speakers. Luckily, neither of these has such a steep price tag.

Pioneer SP-FS52 Home Audio Andrew Jones Designed Floor Standing Loudspeaker

Pioneer SP-FS52

The price is slightly more expensive but still well within the reasonable range. It’s a shame that the warranty is only 1 year.

Polk Audio T50

As well as being that little bit cheaper, you can also take advantage of a 5-year warranty on parts and labor.

The Winner Is- The Polk Audio T50

Pros and Cons

Finally, we will look at a few pros and cons of the Pioneer SP-FS52 and the Polk Audio T50 to get a complete picture.

Pioneer SP-FS52

Pioneer SP-FS52

Pros:

  • Awesome sound for all types of music
  • Great bass
  • Very simple installation

Cons:

  • They take a long time to break in and sound as they should

Polk Audio T50

Polk Audio T50

Pros:

  • You can enjoy a really great midrange
  • You can often find them on sale
  • The tweeter is better

Cons:

  • Not great as two-channel speakers

The Final Verdict

With regards to the appearance and design, we loved the Pioneer SP-FS52 and the Polk Audio T50. They sat nicely with our home entertainment systems and were definitely not intrusive. Looking only at the specifications, we preferred the Polk Audio T50, the drivers are larger, the frequency range is larger, and the longer warranty is appealing.

That being said, today’s overall winner is the Pioneer SP-FS52. This is because the overall sound was superior, particularly when it came to the bass. We felt that the Polk Audio T50 lacked that extra punch. In this case, the extra money was worth it for the Pioneer SP-FS52


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