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Great Speakers, Very Affordable!
on March 23, 2015
[3/23/2015, 3 days of ownership]
Whilst I am unable to comment on the durability of these speakers, I would like to review the rest of them, as I have had them installed for 3 days now, and have had a decent level of experience with them and different ranges of audio to test how they perform. I will update this review in 3 months time, and then again in a years time to give updates on the quality, durability and to see if anything has changed over the time.
These speakers are phenomenal and are available here on amazon for a bargain of a price. They can be found at Crutchfield.com for $79.99 instead of the $43.50 that I picked them up here on Amazon, which is a significant difference, however I do believe that when bought here on Amazon, these do not come with any warranty or support from Pioneer, as Amazon is not a certified retailer of their products, so that, coupled with the glorious customer support and free mounting brackets if needed, from Crutchfield, may be worth it in your situation. You must decide what's best for you. For me, however, it was price mostly.
Firstly, I installed these in my 2003 Honda Civic EX Coupe, in the front doors. They fit without any brackets or modifications, however a small bracket wouldn't go unnoticed I'm sure. But they fit pretty well without anything extra. Coupled with some Metra Speaker Connector Harnesses, the installation for these was a total breeze.
The cones are made of a nice durable-feeling foam-like material that feels like it would last for a long time and provide a very crisp "oomph" to audio. The speaker surround is made of a nice rubbery material (polymer I believe), that is firmly adhered to the speaker frame and the cone. The magnet had a some nice weight to it, and the spider feels as if it is made from a very solid woven fabric-y material. The tweeter placed in the center is very simple, yet effective and seems to be mounted solidly. The grill included with the speaker is nice, but in my particular case, without modifying the door panel for my vehicle, it's useless, as you cannot leave it on, and regardless, you wouldn't be able to see it anyway, but it does look nice, however it doesn't cover the entire cone of the speaker, just a strip across the tweeter in the center. It's open on the top and the bottom.
For specifications, I purchased the 6 1/2" speakers, which are 3-way speakers. They have a 50W RMS power, with a maximum nominal value of 300W.
Frequency Response: 35Hz to 31kHz.
Impedence: 4 Ohms
They have a mounting depth of 1 3/4" and a cut-out dimension of 5".
As far as audio quality, these things are amazing. They aren't quite at enthusiast level, but I would wager that they hold their own in the mid-tier or so of car audio speakers. I have them connected to a Pioneer DEH-X3500UI head unit that has a built-in MOSFET 50W RMS amplifier, which really brings these speakers to life. I installed these speakers in the front door panels of my vehicle, and installed Rockford Fosgate 6x9" Primes in the rear deck, so when I speak of the audio quality, keep into consideration, that these aren't the only speakers I'm hearing. I also have two factory tweeters installed in the door pillars of my vehicle that I was able to keep wired up with the help of some Metra Speaker Connector Harnesses.
These speakers give a satisfying and crisp "punch" to your audio, regardless of taste in genre. The 3-way channels in them really brings out a bunch of different ranges of sound. They don't have the most amazing bass in the world, but they do have just a little bit of a kick to them, but not much, and as such, I would not recommend these for a rear installation, where you'll be needing some real ass to the sound. The tweeters do a great job of bringing out the highs and the mid of the music and the woofers do their job of keeping everything connected. There really isn't much I can complain about with these speakers, as they operate exactly as I had expected. They aren't for any record-breakers, but they will deliver a very nice audio quality, for a very affordable price. I would highly recommend these to anyone looking to replace those pesky factory speakers.
[8/24/2015, 5 months after ownership]
Alright, after having had these bad boys in my car for 5 months (and a day to be exact), I think I can safely say that I am certainly happy with my decision. These are absolutely perfect for the front doors of a car such as mine (2003 2-door Honda Civic). They provide the right amount of low-end, while giving the mids their due and bringing out the highs with the little center-mounted tweeter.
They still perform as well as they did when I installed them and everything operates just fine. I still have no amp connected to any of my speakers, although I will be purchasing a subwoofer to install into the trunk soon. These are perfect for some "punch" to your car audio experience. By no means would I consider them audiophile quality, but they are lightyears ahead of the stock speakers you'll find in your factory car. They do, however, cause my windows, or something inside of the door panels to rattle a bit when they're putting out bass, which is a bit frustrating, but that has nothing to do with the speakers and everything to do with the poor sound dampening of the doors in my car instead.
Still a solid purchase.
[5/10/2016, 1 year, 2 months after ownership]
Still working great, no issues whatsoever. I would still recommend these.