Pioneer TS-A6995R | Side by side comparison | Car Speaker Review
Normally, upon purchasing a new vehicle, you’ll get the factory installed car speakers but will these really give you the music experience you crave?
If you’ve ever thought of bringing some serious audio power to your vehicle, then you should definitely consider the Pioneer TS-A6995R. This coaxial speaker will definitely give you a kick for your buck which makes it probably the best replacement for your stock installed speakers.
Today, we’ll be taking a closer look at what this speaker packs under the hood. So just sit back and relax because I’m about to bring in the noise.
Let’s get started with our review, shall we?
Here’s what makes Pioneer TS-A6995R is the best
One of the most annoying things when it comes to the installation of new speakers in your vehicles is the difficulty you may face. As a matter of face, though most people only assume that this is the case when setting up component speaker systems, the same goes for the coaxial too.
In the case of the Pioneer TS-A6995R, you’ll be doing a replacement of the stock speakers. This means that you’ll have to take out the speaker in your doors and in their place, have the new Pioneer TS-A6995R 5-way speakers.
The best thing about having coaxial speaker replacement is that you can install them on either your front or rear car doors regarding whichever set up you are comfortable with.
As much as making a replacement for your stock speaker might be easy, it is recommended that you, first of all, be sure of the dimensions. These speakers measure 14 x 6 x 11 inches. This should be able to fit in most vehicles. Just to be safe, however, you should probably take out your stock speakers and measure them first before buying the Pioneer TS-A6995R.
Elastic speaker polymer surround.
How good the bass quality is normally determined by the nature of the surround.The more elastic the speaker surround is the better the bass quality is. In this case, you’ll be getting an elastic polymer speaker surround.
As far as flexibility is concerned, this one just so happens to be one of the best since besides just being a flexible polymer, it is also lightweight. As a result, the surround is able to move the cone freely back and forth which in turn results in the production of quality bass.
The elastic polymer also does have a high sensitivity which means that even the slightest sounds will be registered thus giving you acute accuracy and clarity of all your music.
Another benefit you get from having an elastic polymer surround is its uniqueness of having shape retaining properties. Unlike most of the surround materials, you'll get on other coaxial speakers, the polymer will not sag no matter how long you use it.
It also handles high temperatures quite well- something else that makes it worth every penny.
Outstanding power handling capabilities.
Besides just the construction design, power handling is also quite important when it comes down to choosing coaxial speakers.
If you want a decent bass on all your music genres, then you should only focus on getting something that has an outstanding power handling capability. In the case of the Pioneer TS-A6965R, the nominal power or rather the RMS is an outstanding 80 watts.
The RMS is the amount of constant power with which the speaker is run without the speaker getting damaged in any way. As long as you observe the RMS power handling capabilities of the Pioneer TS-A6965R, you won’t be experiencing any sound distortions or lags in your music. On this speaker, you’ll be getting 200W of RMS per pair and 100W for each individual speaker.
The peak power of the speaker is an outstanding 600 watts on each of the pair and 300W on each of the speakers. This is normally a threshold above the RMS that the speakers are allowed to exceed a few seconds.
When it comes to the power handling capabilities, you need to observe the power handling of the head unit. For the best performance, especially when you are doing an overall upgrade of your speaker system, you should, first of all, get the speakers and then get a head unit that'll match up to the speakers’ performance.
A speaker’s sensitivity is what determines how loud the speaker is going to sound in relation to the amount of power that’s provided to it. An easy definition of sensitivity is the ability of a speaker to convert the power provided to it to sound.
Speaker sensitivity and power rating work hand in hand in the sense that the higher the sensitivity is, the less power you’ll need in order for you to get to play your music at high volume.
In our case, we’ll be having a sensitivity of 92dB which happens to be higher than the recommended sensitivity measurement of 88 dB. With as much as 92dB of sensitivity, you won’t be needing too much power to get an outstanding sound output from these.
Even though sensitivity tends to compromise the woofer on some areas, it’s not the case in the Pioneer TS-A6965R.
For instance, the manufacturers may need to lighten the woofer cone to some degree so as to improve sensitivity. Upon doing so, you may have to put up with sound distortions momentarily. To take care of this, the TS-A6965R has got the multilayer mica matrix cone that despite being light is quite rigid hence giving you acute accuracy.
Speaking of the multilayer mica matrix cone, let’s take a closer look at it on our next point, shall we?
Multilayer mica matrix cone
As much as the surround is quite essential for the production of quality bass, the cone material is one of the greatest determinants of a quality bass. Let’s have a look at how good this speakers cone is, shall we?
For optimum sound production from the cone, you’ll need to have material that’s both rigid and at the same time light. As a matter of fact, as compared to other outstanding materials that you’ll get on other cones such as polypropylene, multilayer matrix is 30% lighter.
In addition to being lighter, it’s sensitivity is second to none and the same goes for accuracy and clarity which is far much better than most of the speakers in its class.
Also, despite the fact that the cone is light, it is able to handle high power levels that would otherwise damage the cone. The multilayer matrix is also high-density in structure and cuts down the flexing in order to produce a richer mid-bass response.
Whereas the surface of the multilayer mica matrix cone is able to maintain the superior rigidity and internal loss of the cone, the back, on the other hand, utilizes the light and water-resistant material.
Heat-resistant voice coil
The voice coil is one of the most delicate components of a coaxial speaker system. That being said, it is important to also point out the fact that we also overlook its significance when purchasing our speakers. For the Pioneer TS-A6965R, be getting probably one of the best.
let’s see what it’s got in store for us, shall we?
One of the major problems which are also what leads to the damage of most speakers is the coil's heat dissipation. With high amounts of power being supplied to the speakers, the coil, on the other hand, will need to be able to get rid of the excess heat as much as possible.
In our Pioneer TS-A6995R speakers, you’ll be getting an RMS power rating of 100W and a peak of 300W for each of the speakers. With such an amount of power, you should definitely expect an outstanding bass and if you really love a booming bass, then the voice coil is going to get quite hot.
Whereas some coils are blackened so as to increase the rate of heat dissipation, this one is a high-temperature voice coil. This is a heat-resistant voice coil wire that ensures there is utmost heat dissipation and at the same time adds to the durability of the coil. This is able to withstand the high-power input which in turn allows you to get the kind of bass you like.
If you want your heat voice coil to last longer, then you should observe the power rating of the speakers. Repairing the coils can be a hassle and it's not always a guarantee that the speaker will perform as good as it did.
Voice coils on a speaker are what causes the cone to move hence producing the sound from the speakers and it is best that you try your best to keep them in their original state. Think of it as the key element of the speaker.
Besides the power rating of a coaxial speaker, the impedance rating is one more thing that determines how good a sound you’ll be getting.
For the Pioneer TS-A6965R, you’ll be getting 4 ohms.
Normally, the rule of thumb is that there needs to be a correlation between the impedance rating and the power handling capabilities of a coaxial speaker. Simply explained, speaker impedance is the resistance that any speaker is able to give to the current and voltage that’s being applied to it. As a matter of fact, it is referred to as speaker resistance in by some experts.
Any speaker that’s rated 4-ohms on the impedance is basically considered as being a high-end speaker. This, in turn, needs a lot of power in order to produce a decent sound which is where the 100W RMS comes in.
New grille design
It is always important that you keep your speakers safe from any physical damage, right? Well, one of the ways you can do this is by including a nice fitting grille to them.
In most cases, the aftermarket speakers you purchase will not come with the speaker grilles and sadly, you have to look for these on your own. This can be quite a hassle and it’s not always the case that you’ll be getting perfectly fitting grilles.
For thePioneer TS-A6965R, you’ll be having a new grille design right out of the box. The grille is designed to protect the tweeters and the mid-range assembly but not the whole speaker. It is really important that you be careful when you’re around the speakers not to damage them in any way.
The top and bottom of the grille cover are open leaving the rest of it vulnerable to potential damages. As for setting things up, you'll just need to have the screws in place and you're good to go, it'll fit in place quite perfectly.
Based on the installation location of your factory installed speakers, you may be needed to increase the size of the installation opening when replacing your stock installed speakers with this one.
The tweeters and the midrange.
Normally, a coaxial speaker is composed of just the woofer and a pair of tweeters. Besides this, however, there are other variants. These normally have the midrange driver that complements the woofer and the tweeters.
In the case of the Pioneer TS-A6995R, you’ll not be getting a 2-way, a 3-way or a 4-way, you’ll be getting a 5-way 6” x 9” coaxial speaker. The tweeters simply take care of the high frequencies, the mid-range driver handles the frequency range that’s neither too low nor too high (about 250 to 2000 Hz).
The soft dome midrange/tweeter driver makes use of a waveguide enclosure. This design is able to have both the mid and high frequencies projected in a wide and uniform dispersion pattern. The end result of this dispersion is that you get to have a smooth on and off axis response.
Within the diaphragm is a fiber that is optimized to balance both rigidity and lightness. This way, it is able to achieve outstanding sound propagation with high sensitivity, speed as well as responsiveness. The magnet on the Pioneer TS-A6995R enhances drivability of the diaphragm so that the sound is reproduced with outstanding power.
The frequency response.
Simply explained, the frequency response is the frequency range within normal human hearing within which a speaker is able to play music.
As a normal rule of thumb, this is between 20Hz and 20 kHz. In the case of these pioneer speakers, you’ll be able to play any music notes that lie between 27Hz and 37kHz quite comfortably. This allows you to enjoy music from the tweeters, the midrange driver and the woofer equally as good.
Normally, a coaxial speaker will not play much below a frequency of 80Hz.You should, therefore, consider getting a subwoofer to compliment this pair of coaxial speakers if you'd like to have an outstanding sound quality.
The tweeters are exclusively dedicated to the high frequencies i.e. above 2000 Hertz. The mid range driver, on the other hand, will handle about 300 to 5000 hertz whereas the woofer can handle the low frequencies.
Other than just having the tweeter, the midrange, and the woofer, there is also the super tweeter included. Similar to the way having a subwoofer in your system is going to boost the low frequencies, a super tweeter will greatly boost the performance of the mid-band and the treble as well.
The super tweeters will be able to produce frequencies that a normal tweeter cannot be able to produce even as low as 6Hz. This way you’ll get a higher resolution in overall in your music. You may actually be surprised by the high detail you’ll be getting on the bass.
Also, regarding the quality construction of all the drivers on this coaxial speaker, you’ll definitely see the value of every dime you spend on it put to use.
It's now time to wrap things up and all I can say that the Pioneer TS-A6995R is one of the few component speakers that'll offer you an above average performance. Simultaneously, this pair of speakers will be a bargain for your money.
With the outstanding power handling, the fact that it’s a 5-way coaxial speaker and state-of-the-art quality construction and design enough qualifies it as a high-end speaker.
Just like you would do when making any upgrades to your vehicle’s sound system, it is important that you be keen on the dimensions. You may be needed to expand the stock installation location a little bit. Also, since the grille doesn’t cover the whole front-facing end of the speaker, be careful not to damage it.
Weighing the good against the bad, this is definitely worth spending your cash on.