Pioneer Speakers: Are they any good? [Our Review]

Pioneer is a Japanese corporation founded in 1937 by businessman Nozomu Matsumoto, when he first introduced the Pioneer A-8 dynamic speaker to the world.

Through its 80 years of existence, Pioneer has continuously developed and improved upon car sound devices with the goal of enhancing their customer’s sound experience.

Pioneer offers additional car devices such as the GPS navigation systems and also a series of home entertainment systems, which include TV and DVD players.

pioneer car Speakers review

Pioneer became an all-round brand, offering many types of products.

The company wants to be the number one option in consumers’ homes, and this desire drives them to provide nothing but the best, constantly improving on their products in terms of technology and ease of use.

Let's have a look at their current lines of product and then I'll review four of their most popular models to see if they live up to their reputation.

Pioneer Speakers Series

  • ts- e
  • TS-A
  • TS-G
  • ts-q
  • separate component
  • Custom-fit speaker

The TS-Q-level is a component series which offers a 2-way separate speaker system and one 2-way separate custom fit speaker.

ts-q pioneer serie review

Pioneer Speakers Reviews

1. Pioneer TS-A1676R

Replacing your old speakers with Pioneer TS-A1676R speakers won’t cause you any regrets. 

These budget-friendly speakers are one of my recommendations as the best 6.5 car speakers you can get.

Specifications:

  • Sensitivity: 90 dB
  • RMS: 50 Watts
  • Peak Power: 320 Watts
  • Frequency Response: 32-40,000 Hz
  • 2way/3way/4way: 3-way 

These speakers are easy to install with little to no modifications necessary; you don’t even have to drill holes.

The units fit well into most speaker sockets.

Re-wiring potentially needs to be performed on older model cars.

EDITOR'S RATING:

Pioneer TS-A1676R review

Once you have performed the replacement process you will immediately be able to hear the dynamic and sharp sounds.

When you have experienced the sound changes, you will agree that these speakers provide an improvement when compared to your previous experience.

These speakers don’t have the bass sound of a specialized woofer; however, it still produces excellent high, mid and low ranges.

Unfortunately, the speakers cannot handle 50 watts of power as stipulated. Once 50 watts of power is supplied, the sound quality begins to deteriorate.

Furthermore, the speakers require careful handling and the supplied grilles aren’t very strong.

When installing these yourself, you potentially need to use your car’s old factory grills alongside the new ones.

Pros

Cons

2. Pioneer TS-G1645R

These full-range speakers are the 6.5" model from the TS-G Series. I like the 2-way design, which usually provides with better SQ than 3-way setups.

Specifications:

  • Sensitivity: 80 dB
  • RMS: 40 watts
  • Peak Power: 250 watts
  • Frequency Response: 26-27,000 Hz
  • 2way/3way/4way: 2-Way 

The volume these speakers produce is impressively loud, even while using lower volume settings.

These speakers work surprising well with your stock head, so you may not even need an amplifier.

EDITOR'S RATING:

Pioneer TS-G1645R review

The sound you hear and the frequency response is exceptional; you can distinguish the finest sounds with little to no distortion.

This system also means you can listen to basic rock music, because the speakers provide a substantial amount of bass.

You should take note that additional devices such as subwoofers are needed if you’re someone who wants to experience a significant amount of bass.

If you need to prevent distortions and allow for more optimal and quality sound, bass blockers are needed.

The set includes:

Hardware

Wires for installation

Grille cover

This should cover all you need in an average installation, but customized projects may require additional material.

Pros

Cons

3. Pioneer TS-A6886R

If you’re looking to replace and improve on your factory speakers or your current set is blown, then the Pioneer TS-A886R is a speaker you should consider. These 6x8 inch speakers belong to the TS-A line and come in a 4-way design.

The whole TS-A line is one of my go-to choices and I've endorsed it many times as some of the best car speakers.

Specifications:

  • Sensitivity: 91 dB
  • RMS: 60 Watts
  • Peak Power: 350 Watts
  • Frequency Response: 28-39,000 Hz
  • 2way/3way/4way: 4-way

It’s designed to provide the best product quality and sound without any background static.

You can hear this when switching them on, because these speakers improve on other Pioneer products in terms of clarity and vibrancy of sounds.

EDITOR'S RATING:

Pioneer TS-A6886R review

The rubber seals around the speakers mask distortions so you can enjoy even loud music without irritation to your ears.

These speakers handle power in an exceptional manner, so you can connect them to an amplifier for without concern of blowing the speakers.

You’ll hear quality bass sounds; however, it’s not enough to provide a kick.

Depending on your preferences, additional devices such as amplifiers and subwoofers may need to be installed as well.

Pros

Cons

4. Pioneer TS-D1330C

The speaker’s response frequency is beyond expectation. You’ll hear it when playing drum cymbal sounds; the sounds are sharp and clear.

Specifications:

  • Sensitivity: 88 dB
  • RMS: 35 Watts
  • Peak Power: 180 Watts
  • Frequency Response: 37-44,000 Hz
  • 2way/3way/4way: 2-Way 

With a few alterations needed to install the speaker, it will easily fit into most car speaker sockets.

EDITOR'S RATING:

Pioneer TS-D1330C review

You can then experience the improvement in terms of:

Sound quality Customized settings via equalizers and crossovers

These features enable you to create a setup exactly in line with your personal sound requirements.

You may need to take some time to break in the system, but it will be well worth it.

Pros

Cons

Final Thoughts 

Leveraging 80 years of experience, Pioneer succeeds at creating good quality products inside the "affordable" bracket. While I wouldn't call it "the best brand in car audio ever" they definitely offer good products at good prices, so they're worth a try.

Alex Meyer
 

Alex Meyer is a 26-year-old Certified Automotive Technician with over 10 years experience as a mechanic and car audio installer. He shares his knowledge at Gear4wheels.com

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