AER Advance Engineering Research, Inc. Pisces PB-651 V2.0 Bookshelf Speakers

3/5 (4 Reviews)


Product Description

"Compact Hi-Fi monitor speaker with high technology and high quality. This perfect cabinet made with massive 25mm MDF baffle and real wood veneer. The minimum diffraction versitale mounting tweeter and low noise design to provide the excellent acoustic power dispersion and super bass." This is from the owners manual


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Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by XMarlinX a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: February 12, 2009

Bottom Line:   
The speakers came in form-fitting not loose peanut packing. In removing them from their box, I could smell the oil used on the wood veneer. Very pleasing experience. The physical appearance of the speakers is excelllent.

I have used these with sand and gravel filled stands. They are power by MA-500 monoblocks. The two sources I have used are a NAD tuner and Oppo CD/DVD player.

The sound stage is broad and deep. The placement of voices and instruments is precise. The bass extension is adequate. The mids are particularly smooth.

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2008



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by tbonner1 a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: September 15, 2008

Bottom Line:   
I burned in the Pisces for 150 hours before serious listening. Here is a capsule review for the new version 3.0:

Treble
Smooth and laid back.

Midrange
Clean, full and lush tending toward a bit(and I do mean a bit) of warmth.

Bass
Good pitch definition. On most music the Pisces v.3 went deep enough and I did not feel the need to turn on the subwoofer for most music listening.

Focus and Soundstage
A strong point of this design. Wide and recessed soundstage. The speakers disappear within the soundfield and the listener is unable to point to where the sound emanates, just like a good (Magna) planer speaker. This a a trait of the best speakers and it emulates listening to acoustic music live without amplification. Wide dispersion provides a big image and you do not need to sit on axis, a real advantage.

Dynamics
The new design adds more dynamic range. The 3.0 version sounds better at low listening levels and with less power.

Comparison to older models
Here is a link to my original review of the older version:

http://www.audiocircle.com/circles/index.php?topic=11917.0

In that 2004 review, one of my criticisms of the older design was that they needed too much power to sound best. I said “Better bring a big amp”. It is nice to know the AER engineers listened and the new upgraded model is more efficient and can be driven easily with a common medium size amplifier.

Version 3.0 also has bi-wire capability lacking on the originals which gives them flexibility many audiophiles require. I recommend you do get rid of the solid gold plated straps that tie the high and low banana posts together on the back and bi-wire them for the cleanest sound.

Conclusion
The new AER's combine the modern and well made Hi-Vi Research drivers with a superbly crafted real rosewood (not vinyl) cabinet. They remain an incredible bargain, looking and sounding far more expensive than their modest price. It is nice to see they have chosen to evolve, fine tune and improve this great design (also used by the B&W 805) rather than start over.





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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2006

Price Paid:    $250.00

Purchased At:   online



Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Nathan17 a Casual Listener

Date Reviewed: January 20, 2008

Bottom Line:   
Beautiful cabinets. The appearance of these little speakers is genuinely delightful--tasteful, expensive-looking veneer wood grain, an interesting and effective shape, and a futuristic look with the grills off. Well-packaged for shipping. Arrived in excellent shape. I had to deal with a rattling in the tweeter mount before I could listen to these. It wasn't too difficult to fix, but it sobered me to the truth that these are very low-cost speakers. I immediately began to imagine a better tweeter design. I mounted these on the matched stands, filled with stand. The immediate and lasting impression has been: not bad for $200, but not so good either. There is a little more openness and detail than the old BA A-40s that these replaced, but there is less musicality and depth. Honestly, these are "not bad," but they are also a little thin sounding, especially up top and at bottom. I have tried them at different places in different set-ups, and they have found their happiest home in the kitchen, where they are plenty loud and the listening is not critical.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Casual Listener

Product model year:   2006

Price Paid:    $200.00

Purchased At:   Ebay



Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by hi_fiman a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: April 11, 2007

Bottom Line:   
In a word, they look way better than they sound. Most musical program was muddy sounding and lacked and detail whatsoever. All music and video benefited greatly with the use of an equalizer, but the sonic detail were elusive at best.

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2006

Price Paid:    $200.00

Purchased At:   ebay




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