Thursday, March 31, 2011

Pioneer TS-A6874R 6x8 3-way Coaxial Car Speaker Review

Car stereo technology is continually improving. The stereo receivers and speakers are looking and sounding better than ever. Even the car manufacturers are jumping on the bandwagon. Not only do they offer the standard package, most are also offering upgraded packages. If you find yourself wanting better sound or just replacing some bad stock speakers, there are many options for you. For review today is the Pioneer TS-A6874R 6x8 3 way co-axial speaker system. If you are one who has a standard stock stereo and speaker package, these budget minded speakers could be a good option for you.

Their features and specs include:

Size 6" x 8" Max.

Music Power (Nominal) 350 W (40 W)

Cone Material Carbon Graphite-Aramid IMPP

Frequency Response 30 Hz to 30 kHz

Sensitivity (1 W/1 m) 90 dB

Impedance 4 Ω

Crossover Frequency ―

Mounting Depth 2-3/8"

Cut-Out Dimensions 5-1/4" x 7-1/2"

Quality and components of the Pioneer TS-A6874R was on par for its price point. The packaging was cheap, but the molded Styrofoam held the speakers perfectly. They appeared sufficiently protected. The magnet, stamped basket, and cone structure were well put together. The same is also true for the pole structure, which included the midrange and tweeter. I also liked the included speaker wire with the appropriate sized connectors already crimped on. This made wiring the speakers simple. They did not come with any grill covers, so these speakers were designed to be mounted in the stock factory location. They would then utilize the factory protective grill.

Sound quality was slightly better than I was expecting at their price point. War- Lowrider, had good resolution and vocals. It was a tad edgy at times, and bass extension was ok. On Guns N Roses- Every Rose Has A Thorn, the acoustic guitar was crisp and a tad edgy. Vocals were a bit warm, and smooth. The kick drums were tight. With a separate midrange and tweeter, it was a tad edgy at times. But with most stock locations being down in the door or rear deck, it more than likely would not sound so. And while the low end extension was there, and good, it was a bit muddy at times and not quite what I was used to hearing. The resolution and performance was not what you would have from a high end pair of component speakers like my reference Alpine Type-X SPX-13Pro, but they did sound good. And keeping in mind their $99.00 MSRP, they actually did perform good.

The Pioneer TS-A6874R is a good option for those either replacing their blown factory speakers, or are looking for a bump in quality over their standard stock speakers. And with an MSRP of $99.00, they are a good buy. The build quality is also sufficient enough that you should get years of use. Based on their design, quality and performance, and price, they have earned our Value Award. For more info and complete specs, check out their website at: