Pinnacle PN5+ Floorstanding Speakers

PN5+

User Reviews (11)

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Tall Paul   Audio Enthusiast [Aug 06, 2012]

Picked-up a free pair from Craigslist. One woofer was cracked, but repaired from the backside so almost can't' see. Wow. Best speaker at the best price.

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4
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4
Gary Tillotson   AudioPhile [May 30, 2012]

I own restored Magnepan MgIII and three pairs of Pinnacle P 5+ because arguably tthere is nothing better under $4000. Pn5+ does not need bass assistance for most music. Awesome and sadly never equaled because they almost full range. I question the ears of those adding a sub or alternate choice. Every time I try A/B of reviewers other choice I think they are tone deaf including folks at Pinnacle who refuse to consider remaking the Pn5+

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5
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5
igk   Audio Enthusiast [Sep 30, 2003]
Strength:

Great sound field. Fills entire room easily, especially for such a small speaker. Surprisingly good low range. The great bass output made me forget about getting a small sub to fill out the low end.

Weakness:

not much for the price.

i recently picked up a set of these older speakers from an online auction. i originally needed a small pair to use as rears in a home theater set-up, but after hearing how good they sounded, i ended up using them for my bedroom. i had looked into the similar sized Paradigm Atoms and PSB mini's before buying these, and i really thought that these pinnacles did more than compete. such great range, from low bass, to nice mids. i really enjoyed listening to jazz with them. Overall, for the price, i dont' think you can beat these speakers. I don't think they are from as well known a manufacturer as the Paradigm or PSB that i compared them to, but the sound is definitely just as good. I'd buy them again!

Similar Products Used: Paradigm Atoms, PSB Mini, Athena bookshelves. Currently using Tannoy Mercury bookshelves with NAD 3020 amp in living room. Have used Boston Acoustic A70 previously.
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5
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4
MaxxC   Audio Enthusiast [Mar 04, 2003]
Strength:

Still able to compete very favorably with Paradigm Atoms, PSB Alpha Minis and other sub $200 giant killers. With patience you can still find these occasionally on ebay for under $75.

One might wonder why Audioreview has a listing for a $150 minature bookshelf speaker that was produced in the late 1980's from a relatively obscure speaker company? Because these speakers were true giant killers in their day, that easily dusted the likes of Bose 301's, Acoustic Research AR17 and Advent Baby's which were "The" bookshelf speakers to own at that time. I still have a copy of the original review, that drew me to this speaker, that was printed in Stereoreview in 1986. Stereoreview stated that the PN5+ with the exception of the base response sound "amazingly" similar to their reference speakers which cost over 20 times as much. I honestly can't do a fair A/B comparison to my current bookshelf's; Edge Audio 502D (now Aperion Audio) which won a 2002 Audioreview, reviewers choice award. In 2000 a frisky 3 year old nephew of mine cranked the Yamaha 2020 (100 watts per channel) to Maximum volume while I was in the shower and I guess you know the results. I sent the speakers back to Pinnacle in upstate New York for repair. Unfortunatly the original tweeters were not available so they replace them with "upgraded" tweeters which don't sound nearly as good. The PN5+ was one of those rare products that just got it right. Pinnacles subsequent replacement speakers; PN6 and PN8 as noted in many reviews simply did not compare to these wonderful minimonitors (7.0"-7.0"-11.0")

Similar Products Used: Acoustic Research AR17, Bose 301 Series II, Advent Mini, PSB Alpha Mini, Edge Audio 502D, Realistic Minimus-7 and Polk R10
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5
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5
Doc Netherly   Audio Enthusiast [May 07, 2001]
Strength:

incredible value

Weakness:

none for price.

An audiophile friend of mine recommended these to me something over 10 years ago. Just got through taking them down to a retailer to test them side by side cause I wanted to upgrade. Put them next to Boston Acoustic CR 8's and 7's. The reatailer couldn't believe how good the sound was from these little old ( and I mean old) guys. There was not enough diff for me to buy the Bostons. Even tried em against the vrm-50. Yes, I want the vrm's, but I am still amazed at how well these little gems do. Think I'll try to find a place to listen to some newer model Pinnacle's.

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5
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5
Ed A.   an Audio Enthusiast [Mar 02, 1998]

Decade old speakers, I just picked up a pair for $85.00. They're pretty phenomenal for that price. You need significant power, but they sound very clear, especially the mid's, and the bass is astonishing for a tiny speaker with a 5.25" woofer. Worth checking out when comparing inexpensive new speakers.

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4
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Matt   an Audio Enthusiast [Jul 10, 1998]

I first bought these from a discount mail order house to use as surround speakers, but once I got them hooked up and gave them a real listen, I was amazed! The imgaing wasn't the best in the world (come on, this is a $90 set of speakers!), but the overall frequency response and tonal balance was much better than most of the ones I'd heard for even a couple hundred dollars more. the low end scared the crap out of me when I turned it up- as I had a pair of decent 10" 3 ways that I was comparing them to and these Pinnacles easily outplayed them! I ended up teaming these with a 12" sub and a good crossover, which I now use for my main speakers in my college dorm.

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4
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john tiong   an Audio Enthusiast [Feb 24, 1999]

I heard these speakers, selling for about RM1,100, when I was setting up my first system. I did not find their imaging abilities particularly good for the price. But they were very well balanced tonally and responded well when driven by powerful amps. Their built quality was superb.

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4
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Al   an Audiophile [Sep 29, 1998]

When I first saw the 5+ for half price $99.00 a pair that sparked me. Then looking at the specs and hearing them, well should I say anymore! These are some of the best Small Bookshelf Speaker point blank! When paired with a system that I've been proud of: Adcom-GFA-1 200wpc Amp, Caver-M-400 200wpc Amp, Harmon Kardon Preamp, Monster Cable with other names: Awia, Nakamichi and many other things I was truly pleased. I even turned my sister on to them, (She is a beginner Audiophile) and had them paired to a Technics 40wpc receiver. If you can find them.....Get a pair!

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5
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Park   an Audiophile [Mar 28, 1999]

I'm very disappointed with the performance of the Pinnacle 5+. I purchased the 5+ for a small room, and found the sound to be washed out with a mushy and shallow midrange. Bass response is dull, and imprecise. I've heard boom box speakers with less sound coloring, better tightnes, and clearer vocals. This speaker runs best at a low volume so that it's sound is bearly detectable.

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2
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