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Pioneer has a few pounders still out there
Feb 10, 2008
Review by biscuitfarmer
Rated a Very Helpful Review
I have been a HUGE car audio fanatic for the last ten years. Ever since I was capable of driving, I have had a desire to blast my speakers at levels that werent fit for anyones ears. This has led to thousands of dollars in purchases, countless maxed out credit cards, and eventually led to a huge interest in the car customization business in general.
Recommend this product?
Over the last ten years, I have done countless installs on my own vehicles, my friends vehicles, and customer vehicles after I started up my own customization business in 2000, which eventually would be put out of business, by the economy crushing September 11th. Porous
Since the time September 11th, I have still maintained a great deal of side business, including work done for a local shop on a need basis. I now perform the majority of my installations as more of a hobbyist than for income. This affords me the opportunity to try out the latest equipment and improve the car customization scene within the state of Alaska.
While I don't particularly have much good to say about Pioneer, this is probably one of their best speakers for hard hitting bass. The speaker is 3,000 watts of max power that slams in any vehicle as long as you have an amplifier that is powerful enough to handle it.
The major issue with this speaker however is that many that purchase it think that they can have power with pleasure and the reality is that they simply cannot. When you are purchasing speakers, you have to decide whether you want it to be loud or crisp. There really isn't a best of both worlds method for car audio unfortunately. If you have a speaker that is rated for higher wattage, it works best when it is loud. When you have a speaker with lower wattage, it will handle best when you are just doing your daily listening. It is because of this that you really have to make that determination ahead of time.
With these Pioneers, they are excellent for the hard hitting bass. They have great response rates and can handle most any bass extreme. But if you want clarity, especially at lower sound levels, you are going to be horribly disappointed. The speakers are great, but they really don't allow for the crisp hits that you would expect with most lesser wattage subs. These speakers are meant for nothing more than power and the car rocking thump.
While I have never seen one of these speakers blown out, typically a 3,000 watt speaker has a limited lifespan. Those that purchase subs like this, generally like to blast them whenever they can. If you are looking for this speaker to last a long time, I'm sure you will be disappointed. However, these subs are made pretty solid, so if you take care of them and don't constantly slam on them, they will most likely last you a few years without any real issues. Just make sure that you aren't always trying to max them out and you should have a moderately long lasting sub.
Unfortunately, these speakers aren't the most attractive. Pioneer really didn't do that great of a job making these speakers show quality that you generally expect to see with the higher end speakers. The lettering makes the speakers look cheap as if they were made overseas and brought in as a fake replacement for Pioneer. I think they could have done a lot more work in this area, but regardless, they have a great bump to them and work just fine. The appearance should have very little bearing on your willingness to purchase this product.
If you are going to run this sub, I would suggest running it alone. For most people this single sub is more than enough power to blow away anyone in the neighborhood. However, if you have to have more than one of these, then make sure that you either have two separate boxes or one very large ported box so that you have adequate airspace for the speakers to get a good amount of power.
Along with the speakers you are going to need a capacitor as well. If you don't have one of these, you can pretty much assume that your lights are going to dim and that you could potentially kill your battery. This of course is bad thing and is one of the reasons why you should consider having a gel battery as well. Another great option would be to have a line driver. While these aren't the most popular installs, it would help to get better clarity and performance from the subs. With a simple setup there is no way that you will ever get enough power to run these subs, so you need to do whatever you can to increase the ability to run them.
And of course, make sure that you dynamat the hell out of your car. If you even forget a small area, these subs hit so hard that they are going to rattle your trunk like crazy. If you have an aftermarket spoiler, make sure that it is solid and lightweight. If you have a heavy spoiler, it will most likely be ripped off over time as the speakers will undoubtedly weaken the attachment point. I have lost two spoilers in this manner, so lets be smart about this one.
Sensitivity: 89 dB
RMS Power Range : 1000 Watts
Peak Power Handling: 3000 Watts
Impedance: Dual 2 Ohm
Low Frequency response: 18 Hz
High Frequency Response: 700 Hz
Diameter: 12 Inch
Premier 12" Champion Series PRO Subwoofers
Powerful design to deliver deep, impactful bass
IMPP Cone with Carbon Fiber/Glass Fiber Reinforcement
Air Suspension System allows use in extremely small enclosures
Wide-Roll, 3-Layer Fiber Woven Aramid Radial with Honeycomb Cloth Surround
Dual 4-Layer, Long Voice Coil
Copper Voice Coil
Phenol Resin Coated Glass Cloth Voice Coil Bobbin
Projected Pole Yoke with Vented Pole
Double Stacked (110oz) Magnet Construction
Aluminum Die-Cast Rigid Chassis Basket
1-Piece Rubber Gasket
Integrated Single-Sided Silver Compression Wire Terminals
Recommended Enclosure: 0.50 ~ 1.0 Cubic Feet
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Amount Paid (US$): 180
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