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Pioneer Stage 4 TS-C172PRS

PRS Series 6-3/4" component speaker system — also fit 6-1/2" openings

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Our take on the Pioneer Stage 4 TS-C172PRS

by Buck Pomerantz
Pioneer

Why install component speakers?

A component speaker system gives you the best possible performance from your car audio system. A system consists of separate woofers, tweeters, and crossovers, each designed to cover one specific range of frequencies. As separate components, the woofer can move freely to deliver more powerful performance, while the tweeter can be custom-mounted in a better spot up closer to your ears, revealing a whole new world of detail. Separate crossovers are far superior to the simple filters wired into full-range speakers, so the components work together for smoother, more focused sound.

Pioneer Stage 4 PRS Component Speaker System

Pioneer PRS Series component speaker systems deliver superb sound with a wide open soundstage, so you'll hear your music faithfully reproduced and in perfect balance throughout your car's interior. Pioneer designed these component speakers as part of their Stage 4 System, along with the DEX-P99RS receiver, PRS Series amplifiers, TS-S062PRS midrange speakers, and the TS-W252PRS subwoofer, to deliver uncompromised sound quality in your vehicle.

Three-layer cones for tough bass

Multi-layered cone material

Multi-layered cone material

The TS-C172PRS component system features a 6-3/4" woofer with an exceptionally rigid cone made from polypropylene, Aramid fibers, and glass fibers. The woofer's lightweight micro-fiber surround — Pioneer calls it "artificial suede" — holds its shape even when the speaker's driven hard, so you'll enjoy strong, accurate performance. An aluminum center plug improves sound dispersion and dissipates heat for a longer life.

Cutaway view of PRS tweeter

Cutaway view of PRS tweeter

Wide high-frequency performance

Each 1-1/8" polyester soft dome tweeter features a sealed chamber that extends its frequency response much lower than the typical tweeter, for a better transition from the lows to the highs. The lower crossover point also helps to open up the sound as more sonic details are broadcast from the tweeter.

The TS-C172PRS system includes outboard 2-way crossovers built with audiophile-grade components to ensure the highest fidelity. You can choose between two tweeter levels to adjust for the most natural sound in your vehicle. Pioneer put decades of car audio experience to work in creating these components, so power them up with a suitable Pioneer PRS amp and enjoy stunning sound quality as you drive.


Pioneer's Stage 4 System

Check out all the products in Pioneer's Stage 4 System, including receiver, speakers, subs, and amps.


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Highlights:

  • component speaker system includes two 6-3/4" woofers, 2 tweeters, two external crossovers, and two woofer grilles
  • 3-layer woofer cone (glass fiber, polypropylene/Aramid fiber, Aramid fiber)
  • artificial suede (micro-fiber) surrounds
  • 1-1/8" soft dome tweeters
  • 2-way external crossovers with 2-level tweeter control
  • 4-ohm impedance
  • 5-50 watts RMS power range (200 watts peak)
  • frequency response: 25-35,000 Hz
  • sensitivity: 89 dB
  • includes adapter brackets for 6-1/2" openings
  • depth: 2-11/16"
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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Features and Specs
General
Speaker Size
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6 3/4
Design
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2-way
Tweeter Design
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1-1/8" Dome
Tweeter Composition
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Tetron
Woofer Composition
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Aramid/Poly/Glass
Woofer Surround
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Artificial Suede
Parts Warranty
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1 Year
Labor Warranty
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1 Year
Specifications
Sensitivity
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89 dB
Frequency Response
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25 - 35k Hz
RMS Power Range (Watts)
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5-50
Peak Power Handling (Watts)
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200
Impedance (Ohms)
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4
Top-mount Depth (Inches)
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2 11/16
Bottom-mount Depth (Inches)
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2 15/16
Cutout Diameter or Length (inches)
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5 1/2
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What's in the box?

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  • 2 Woofers
  • 2 Tweeters with 20" speaker wires attached
  • 2 Crossovers
  • 2 Woofer grilles
  • 2 Grille mounting rings
  • 2 Woofer mounting adapters
  • 2 Tweeter surface-mount cups
  • 2 Tweeter factory-mount cups
  • 2 Metal flush-mount clamps
  • Two M3 x 6mm Machine screws
  • Four 1/2" Self-tapping screws
  • Eight 3/4" Self-tapping screws
  • Twelve 1" Self-tapping screws
  • Eight 3/8" Screws
  • 8 Speed clips
  • Instruction manual
  • Warranty information

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Woofers
Tweeters
Crossovers

Woofers

IMX Woofer: Pioneer's proprietary 3-Layer IMX (Injection Molded Matrix) cones are rigid yet lightweight; they significantly reduce mid-to-low range distortion and reproduce a natural sound stage. The woofers' set screw terminals accept bare wire up to 12 gauge.

Mounting: Out of the box the TS-C172PRS's woofers are designed to mount in a standard 4-hole 6-3/4" opening. The included adapter brackets allow the woofers to mount in standard 3-hole 6-1/2" and Ford style 4-hole 6-1/2" applications. When top mounting the woofer, the bracket is attached to the bottom of the flange; to bottom mount the woofer, attach the bracket to the top of the flange.

Tweeters

Soft-Dome Tweeter: The TS-C172PRS component set includes two 1-1/8" soft-dome tweeters with dual neodymium magnets (total weight 0.75 ounces). Pioneer extends tweeter performance to a lower frequency than is typical, creating fuller midrange fidelity and clear, accurate vocals.

Mounting: The tweeters can be flush-mounted using the supplied metal clamps. The supplied plastic mounting cups allow you to surface mount the tweeters in an aftermarket location or mount the tweeters in a factory tweeter location behind a factory installed grille. The surface mounting cups let you position the tweeters at one of two angles, approximately 45° or 15°. Once installed, the tweeters do not swivel.

Tweeter Mounting Dimensions:

  Factory Mount Angled Surface Mount Flush Mount
Mounting Height N/A 1.627" (15° angle)
1.872" (45° angle)
0.587"
Depth 1.464" Screw depth 0.632"
Frame Diameter 2.257" 2.159" 2.17"
Cutout Diameter N/A N/A 1.77"

Crossovers

Passive Crossover Network: The TS-C172PRS features an audiophile-grade outboard passive crossover module for each woofer/tweeter combination. The crossover modules are 2-way with a crossover point of 1,900 Hz and 12dB/octave slope.

Crossover Connections: The gold-plated set screw input and output terminals will accept bare wire up to 12 gauge. Note: No speaker wire or quick slides are provided with the speakers.

Tweeter Level Control: The crossover provides three tweeter level output options; -3 dB, 0 dB (flat), and +3 dB.

Mounting: There are four supplied self-tapping screws for mounting the crossovers in your vehicle.

Crossover Dimensions:

  • Width: 5.25"
  • Height: 3.625"
  • Depth: 3.5" (plus wire thickness)
 
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5 out of 5

Great Mibass. Tweeter Not Bad.

Written By sirbOOm, Atlanta, GA on Tuesday, June 17, 2014
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One of my midbass speakers blew within the first few hours of playing (started rattling, at least) but Crutchfield is replacing it. I am installing these along with the 3" midrange in a 2014 Silverado. Bench testing confirms a DIYMobileAudio.com member comparison report that these are indeed excellent midbasses. They are capable of more bass than most midranges, though allowing them to go below 70 Hz tends to muddy up the upper-end vocals when at higher volume. I suspect this is why the crossover transitions to the tweeter around 2,000 Hz. I compared these to Audison Voce speakers and they are more bass capable and warmer but perhaps with slightly less detail potential in 2-way form (though the right installation will likely mitigate this). I think that because the tweeter is crossed over so low in the passive crossover that it can get a bit stressed but I am running these active with a processor and have been exploring the 4,500-6,500 range with good results. The tweeter is a very pronounced dome behind a few bars for a grill. These aren't well protected and, as such, are not suitable for an exposed door installation or anywhere where your hands/arms may be or an installation in a vehicle that transports little kids where it won't be behind any sort of grill.

Have I heard better speakers? Yes. For the price (with the 3" midrange free from Crutchfield), brand new? Unless we're talking raw drivers, no. Don't see these in competitions but... whatever.
Pros:
Warm sound Great bass capability Beautiful crossovers (paperweights for me, though)
Cons:
One woofer blew in first few hours (replaced by Crutchfield) Crossovers should be three-way for the 3" midrange Tweeter crossover point ideally just a little higher
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5 out of 5

Amazing clarity.

Written By CG555, Ebina, Japan on Saturday, June 07, 2014
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Where to begin? Well these components replaced a set of Polk MMs, which weren't bad for their price, but they never had me feeling like I could stay in my vehicle for no reason except to listen to music.

These Pioneers, after installing them and giving them a sample, 2 hours later (not really realizing it) I was quite floored by their clean sound. No matter what genre of music I sent to them, they continued in providing aural ecstasy. I'm sure if I had my vehicle setup for SQ they would shine even more. My car is pretty much gutted out as I use it on circuit and as my daily driver, these are real music to my ears.

If you're on the fence about picking these up, I can honestly say I doubt you will be disappointed.
Pros:
Build quality Sound quality
Cons:
Some might say the price, but I can't say that. Sometimes you do get what you pay for. For myself, this is one of those times.
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5 out of 5

component excellence

Written By jc, 03301 on Thursday, December 26, 2013
 
The best sound you will ever get will be from component speakers with the use of crossovers -period
Pros:
You cant go wrong with pioneer quality...
Cons:
you will want to spend more time in your vehicle than seems normal to others.... people might begin to talk!!
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5 out of 5

Sound quality

Written By billy, Alexandria, VA on Saturday, February 16, 2013
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This is not a technical review. If you are looking at speakers for this price you probably know what you're buying. I was looking for sound quality and this is probably the most impressive product I have ever heard hands-down. I'v been going through all of the songs I thought I knew and re-listening to the details I'd never heard before. Set up with Pioneer DEH-80PRS deck & Helix amps/Helix sub.
Pros:
Sound quality, design, materials
Cons:
none
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1 question already asked

Does anyone know the power handling of the woofer alone? Considering this set in an active configuration. [ Dan  Jul 16, 2014 ]
1 answer
  • We have not received any answers from other customers on your question. I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They should be able to help answer your question. [ Krissy Staff  Jul 18, 2014 ]

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