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Pioneer Elite® SP-EFS73

Dolby Atmos® enabled floor-standing speaker

Item # 130EFS73

Want to take your home theater experience higher? It's easy when you have Pioneer's Elite floor-standing speakers...

Want to take your home theater experience higher? It's easy when you have Pioneer's Elite floor-standing speakers...

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About the Pioneer Elite® SP-EFS73

Reach new home theater heights with Pioneer Elite and Dolby Atmos

Want to take your home theater experience higher? It's easy when you have Pioneer's Elite floor-standing speakers and Dolby Atmos surround sound. Designed by world-renowned speaker engineer Andrew Jones, the Elite SP-EFS73 towers are ready to deliver a new and more thrilling home theater experience with Dolby Atmos soundtracks. Not familiar with Dolby Atmos? This new home theater technology creates a "height" layer above the listener for more immersive and realistic surround sound.
Pioneer Elite SP-EFS73 speaker with grilles removed

Front- and vertical-firing drivers allow the Elite SP-EFS73 floor-standing speaker to create a three-dimensional listening experience with Dolby Atmos soundtracks.

Reach new home theater heights with Pioneer Elite and Dolby Atmos

Want to take your home theater experience higher? It's easy when you have Pioneer's Elite floor-standing speakers and Dolby Atmos surround sound. Designed by world-renowned speaker engineer Andrew Jones, the Elite SP-EFS73 towers are ready to deliver a new and more thrilling home theater experience with Dolby Atmos soundtracks. Not familiar with Dolby Atmos? This new home theater technology creates a "height" layer above the listener for more immersive and realistic surround sound.

When Pioneer visited our Charlottesville headquarters recently, they brought along their latest Elite home theater speakers, as well as Mr. Andrew Jones himself. When he demoed these towers for us in our large, acoustically challenged product training room, they projected a huge, room-filling front soundstage and placed effects overhead with pinpoint accuracy. Just as importantly, as Mr. Jones showed us, they sounded terrific with music — a major design goal of his from the beginning. In our humble opinion: Mission accomplished!

The SP-EFS73's outstanding clarity and powerful sound make it an ideal choice for front speakers in your Dolby Atmos home theater. Use them with Pioneer's Elite SP-EBS73-LR bookshelf speakers in back. You can count on these Atmos-enabled speakers to make your movies and music come alive. Complete your Elite home theater system with the matching SP-EC73 center channel and SW-E10 powered subwoofer.

Bounce sound off the ceiling for enhanced surround effects

How do they work? Along with their forward-firing drivers, each speaker features a built-in two-way driver on top of the cabinet. These drivers are angled facing up and feature controlled dispersion, so they can reflect sound off of your ceiling and back down to your listening position. And by using identical drivers for both the top and front positions, the SP-EFS73 creates an exceptionally seamless, multi-dimensional space that puts you inside the action. 

Arriving on time for better sound

CST Transducer

The Elite CST driver places its tweeter at the center of its midrange cone for maximum clarity.

Conventional speaker designs typically place the tweeter and midrange in different locations on their front baffles. This physical separation means the sound from each driver reaches our ears at slightly different times, creating an effect that can smear subtle details and reduce intelligibility. Pioneer's Elite floor-standing speakers take a different approach.

The key to the SP-EFS73s clear, detailed sound is its CST (Coherent Source Transducer) Concentric Driver. This sophisticated design starts by placing a 1" soft dome tweeter directly in the center of a 4" aluminum cone midrange. Aligning the tweeter and midrange in the same axial and vertical plane ensures that all of the frequencies arrive at your ears at precisely the same instant. This eliminates timing distortion to provide more coherent sound.

To further enhance clarity, the CST driver combines a horn-shaped ring around the tweeter plus a specially curved midrange cone. Together, they create a smooth, continuous surface that acts as a waveguide, precisely controlling sound directivity into the room. This dramatically reduces interference between the midrange and tweeter for seamlessly integrated mids and highs.

Tight, dynamic bass

The SP-EFS73's three long-throw 5-1/4" aluminum cone woofers supply tight, articulate bass that blends in precisely with the CST driver. The woofers' integral aluminum dust caps add to the stiffness of the drivers, reducing cone breakup for greater accuracy. Three rear-firing ports extend bass performance, but keep it tight and tuneful.

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Product highlights:

  • Dolby Atmos® enabled floor-standing speaker
  • 3-way design:
    • front-firing CST (Coherent Source Transducer) Concentric Driver with 4" aluminum cone midrange and 1" soft dome tweeter for clear, accurate mids and highs
    • three front-firing 5-1/4" aluminum woofers with inverted dust cap for tight, dynamic bass
  • vertical-firing CST driver with 4" aluminum cone midrange and 1" soft dome tweeter for precise Dolby Atmos sound effects
  • designed by world-renowned speaker engineer Andrew Jones
  • frequency response: 38-20,000 Hz
  • impedance: 4 ohms
  • sensitivity: 86 dB
  • maximum input power: 140 watts
  • over-sized magnets and vented pole piece for improved bass response
  • curved cabinet sides to eliminate internal standing waves for cleaner sound
  • bass reflex (ported) design (included foam port plug allows optional bass fine-tuning)
  • quad 5-way gold-plated binding posts (one pair each for the main front-firing and vertical-firing "height" driver arrays)
  • black wood-grain vinyl finish
  • 9-3/8"W x 39-5/8"H x 10-9/16"D
  • weight: 35.3 lbs. (each)
  • warranty: 2 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • MFR # SP-EFS73

What's in the box:

  • Floor-standing Dolby Atmos-enabled loudspeaker
  • Large grille (installed)
  • Small grille (installed)
  • Base
  • 4 Spikes
  • 4 Screws
  • Operating Guide

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Features & specs

General
Enclosure Bass Reflex
Finish Wood-grain vinyl
Color Black
Tweeter Dome
Tweeter Size (inches) 1
Midrange Size (inches) 4
Woofer Size (inches) 5.25
Woofer Composition Aluminum
Woofer Surround Not given
Built-in Powered Sub No
Dolby Atmos Drivers
Video-Shielded No
Connector Type 5-way post
Bi-amp Inputs No
Parts Warranty 2 Years
Labor Warranty 2 Years
Specifications
Power Range 140
Frequency Response 38-20k Hz
Sensitivity 86 dB
Impedance (Ohms) 4
Subwoofer Amp Power ---
Height (inches) 38-5/8
Width (inches) 9-3/8
Depth (inches) 10-9/16
Weight 35.3 lbs

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Features

Dolby Atmos-Enabled: Designed by world-renowned speaker engineer Andrew Jones, the Pioneer Elite SP-EFS73 floor-standing speaker employs state-of-the-art Dolby Atmos technology bringing new life to movie and music soundtracks. The Elite floor-standing speaker from Pioneer is equipped with a vertically-firing Dolby Atmos-enabled driver. To maximize the performance capabilities of Dolby Atmos, the Elite floor-standing speaker utilizes a Dolby-enabled top-firing concentric driver that uses Pioneer's Coherent Source Transducers (CST) technology to achieve the highest performance for the most accurate, uniform sound. In concert with Dolby Atmos, the CST driver fires sound upwards and reflects the sound off the ceiling for an heightened overhead surround sound experience. System requirements needed for Dolby Atmos are as follows:

  • Equipment Requirements: In addition to a Dolby Atmos compatible speaker setup, you must have a Dolby Atmos compatible receiver, and Blu-ray Disc Content encoded for Dolby Atmos (all sold separately).
  • Room Requirements: The listening room ceiling should have a horizontal flat hard surface (for audio reflection) and a height of 8' to 14'.
Note: Learn more out Dolby Atmos here.

3-Way Speaker Design: The Pioneer Elite SP-EFS73 floor-standing speaker features a true three-way design with a two-way CST driver for the highs and mids, plus three 5.25" bass woofers for the low frequencies. That's in addition to the Dolby-enabled top-firing concentric driver used for Dolby Atmos.

Coherent Source Transducer (CST) Technology: The Pioneer Elite floor-standing speaker utilizes Coherent Source Transducer (CST) technology for its tweeter & midrange drivers, plus its Dolby-enabled top-firing driver assembly. This unique driver design dramatically reduces interference between the midrange and tweeter, precisely controlling sound directivity at all frequencies and ensuring that direct and reflected sound arrive at the listening position with identical timing and timbre. It does all this with a 1" tweeter positioned centrally at the apex of the 4" midrange driver. Unlike a coaxial driver, which positions its high-frequency driver further forward of a larger cone, the CST concentric design eliminates audible time domain errors that cannot be avoided when drivers are not aligned on the same axial or vertical plane. The CST drivers are mounted in there own individual enclosure, isolating them from the pressure waves in the main enclosure.

  • 1" Tweeter: The 1" soft-dome tweeter delivers smooth, extended response and is positioned in the center of the aluminum midrange driver. A matching horn around the tweeter seamlessly integrates both drivers and creates a continuous surface for the expansion of sound waves.
  • 4" Midrange: The 4" aluminum midrange cone exhibits true pistonic action and eliminates break-up within its range of operation. Its cone profile has been optimized for both midrange performance and waveguide directivity. The midrange cone terminates in a double-roll surround designed to minimize wave front disruption while also allowing maximum excursion of the midrange cone.
  • Neodymium Magnets:  Driving both transducers (tweeter & midrange) are dual Neodymium magnets that provide powerful and stable flux fields in their gaps.

Three 5.25" Bass Woofers The 5.25" aluminum cone and dust cap of these bass drivers ensure true pistonic action, eliminating break-up modes within their operating range. A large diameter vented pole piece allows unrestricted airflow under the dust cap, reducing unwanted noise caused by turbulent air. An oversized magnet ensures greater bass control, while a 1.5" long throw voice coil improves power handling for full, dynamic bass.

Triple Bass Ports: The Pioneer Elite SP-EFS73 floor-standing speaker features a Bass Reflex cabinet design with three rear firing ports for greater efficiency and bigger bass response.

Curved Cabinet Design: The cabinet of the floor-standing speaker is designed with gently curved sides to eliminate standing waves encountered in typical square-box designs. The tower speaker delivers big sound with a small footprint, and is engineered to be tall, but not wide or deep, for easy placement and precise imaging when you're sitting or standing. The black-finished cabinet integrates perfectly with contemporary and traditional interiors, while a small footprint allows flexible placement in the room.

Gold-Plated Binding Posts: The Pioneer Elite SP-EFS73 floor-standing speaker is fitted with two sets of gold-plated binding posts. One set is used for the "front-of-cabinet" drivers, while the second set is used solely for speaker's Dolby-enabled top-firing driver. Make sure to make the appropriate connections between the speaker and your AV receiver. The binding posts will accept bare wire (up to 10AWG), pin connectors, spade connectors and banana plugs (single or dual).  The speaker's dual sets of binding posts are not bi-ampable or bi-wireable.

Note: Click here for the Dolby Atmos Home Theater Installation Guidelines.

Floor Spikes: The included spikes will help stabilize the SP-EFS73 if the speaker is placed on thick carpet. However, we do not recommend using the spikes if you have wood, tile, stone or linoleum floors, because the spikes may damage the floor. You can adjust the height of the spikes so that all four spikes firmly contact the flooring underneath the carpet. The spikes add 1" to the overall height of the speaker.

Placement: Whether the speakers are used in the front or rear surround channels, the tweeter (which is in the center of the midrange driver on the front of the speaker) should be positioned near ear level and the loudspeakers separated a distance approximately equal to the listening distance. Angling the loudspeakers inward towards the listener seated in the center will improve the image stability for non-central listeners. Close proximity to a side or rear wall will enhance the bass performance, although too close (particularly a corner location) and the bass may be unnaturally high and image performance may be degraded. Best results will be obtained when the loudspeaker is placed approximately 2 feet from the wall. If a corner location is unavoidable, try to position the loudspeaker so that the distance to the rear wall is not equal to the distance to the side wall.

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