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Pioneer TS-SW3001S4

Shallow-mount 12" 4-ohm subwoofer

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by Dominic Devito
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What's a component sub and why would I want one?

A component sub is simply a speaker that's designed to reproduce bass once it's installed in a compatible enclosure. Think about the impact of a movie soundtrack in a big theater or even in your own home HDTV setup. A component sub can add the same kind of power to the music in your car. And a car sub is not all about the boom that you hear on a street corner (although that's cool too) - you can pair a component sub with your choice of enclosure to get bass just the way you like it, from tight and punchy to fat and loose. And once you experience music in your car with a well-tuned subwoofer, you'll never go back.

Pioneer offers a great way to get exceptional bass in tight quarters. These shallow-mount TS Series subs feature a low profile, so you can put them in extremely thin boxes. They'll fit easily behind most truck bench seats while thumping just as hard as conventional subs.

Pioneer's Air Suspension Control System locks in air between the main cone and the internal drive cone, causing it to act like a spring. This eliminates the need for a spider structure, reducing the depth of the sub without sacrificing sound quality. The result is punch that goes just about anywhere.

The TS-SW3001S4 12" shallow-mount sub presents a 4-ohm load and handles up to 400 watts RMS. Pioneer reinforces the injection-molded polypropylene cone with basalt and carbon fiber for rigidity and responsiveness. The 3-layer surround sandwiches a layer of fiber between two layers of urethane to keep your bass under control. Pair this sub with a special low-profile enclosure from Pioneer to get the most out of this slender powerhouse.

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Highlights:

  • 12" 4-ohm shallow subwoofer
  • interlaced basalt and carbon reinforced IMPP cone
  • 3-layer urethane and fiber-woven radial surround
  • cast aluminum basket
  • Air Suspension Control System eliminates traditional spider structure
  • power range: 50-400 watts RMS (1,500 watts peak power)
  • frequency response: 20-230 Hz
  • sensitivity: 93 dB
  • mounting depth: 3-1/4"
  • sealed box volume: 0.5-1.0 cubic feet
  • ported box volume: 0.65-1.0 cubic feet
  • warranty: 1 year
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Features and Specs
Size
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12 -inch
Impedance
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4 ohms
Cone Material
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Basalt/Carbon Fiber IMPP
Surround Material
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3-Layer Fiber Woven
Ideal Sealed Box Volume (cubic feet)
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0.65
Ideal Ported Box Volume (cubic feet)
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0.8
Port diameter (inches)
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3
Port length (inches)
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10.5
Free-Air
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No
Dual Voice Coil
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No
Sensitivity
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93 dB at 1 watt
Frequency Response
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20 - 230 Hz
RMS Power Range (Watts)
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50-400
Peak Power Handling (Watts)
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1500
Top Mount Depth (inches)
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3 1/4
Bottom Mount Depth (inches)
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N/A
Cutout Diameter or Length (inches)
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10 1/8
Vas (liters)
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19.9
Fs (Hz)
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35.1
Qts
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0.74
Xmax (millimeters)
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5.8
Parts Warranty
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1 Year
Labor Warranty
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1 Year
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What's in the box?

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  • 12" Subwoofer
  • 8 Self-tapping screws (length=1-1/4")
  • Instruction manual
  • Warranty sheet

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Features
Specifications

Features

Shallow Mount Woofer: Pioneer's "Shallow-Mount" subwoofers are designed to provide wider installation options for a broad range of vehicles. They can be mounted behind or under the seats of many vehicles. Although they have a compact design, these woofers still deliver the same big-bass performance of a full-size subwoofer.

Double Cone: The subwoofer features an interlaced Basalt/Carbon Fiber reinforced IMPP (injection molded polypropylene) double-cone woofer. The volcanic-rock fibers create a cone that is lightweight, rigid, well damped, stable in temperature extremes, and more environmentally friendly.

Surround: The double cones use a dual three-layer, fiber-woven, "M"-shaped radial surround to attach to the basket and form the Air Suspension System. This design keeps the voice coil centered, even under high power, for clear and powerful bass.

Air Suspension System: Typical subwoofers use a spider to control the woofer cone's excursion. The Air Suspension System, formed by creating a sealed air space between the double cones, effectively replaces the spider, providing superior design and performance characteristics. It provides excellent linearity and clear bass with low distortion.

Voice Coil: The TS-SW3001S4 has a 3" aluminum, 6-layer long voice coil wound onto a Phenol Resin Coated Glass Cloth bobbin. This design higher efficiency and sensitivity than conventional designs to provide powerful, tight bass.

Magnet: The woofer has a high-power strontium magnet.

Basket: The woofer has a one-piece, die-cast aluminum basket. The basket utilizes its rigid spokes to hold the top and bottom sides of the motor structure securely, effectively minimizing any undesired output loss.

Pole Yoke Design: The woofer's vented and projected pole yoke design allows for better heat dissipation, increased power handling and greatly improved linearity during large excursions by expanding the magnetic field.

Specifications

Recommended Sealed Box Volume: The sealed box sizes recommended by Pioneer range from 0.5 to 1.0 cu/ft. Within this range, the ideal size recommended by Pioneer is 0.65 cu/ft, so this is the enclosure recommended by Crutchfield.

Vented Box Volume: The vented box sizes recommended by Pioneer range from 0.65 to 1.0 cu/ft. Within this range, the ideal size recommended by Pioneer is 0.8 cu/ft, so this is the enclosure recommended by Crutchfield. One 3" diameter x 10.5" long port should be used with the 0.8 cu/ft enclosure.

Single Reflex Bandpass Volume: The bandpass box sizes recommended by Pioneer range from 1.0 to 1.6 cu/ft. Within this range, the ideal size recommended by Pioneer is 1.2 cu/ft, so this is the enclosure recommended by Crutchfield. The 1.2 cu/ft enclosure should have a sealed chamber volume of 0.6 cu/ft and a vented chamber volume of 0.6 cu/ft. One 3" diameter x 6" long port should be used with a 1.2 cu/ft enclosure.

 
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5 out of 5

Amazing Shallow Mount Subs!

Written By exum23, Walla Walla, WA on Monday, July 02, 2012
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I purchased two of these subs for my dodge ram 2500 standard cab truck. There is literally no space behind the seats of that truck, with those subs and shallow mount boxes I lose no leg room. I paired these subs with a JBL 700 watt amp and they sounds amazing. Clean deep bass, I have nothing bad to say about these subs. They handle anything i throw at them.
Pros:
Clean Bass, Very Shallow, handles deep bass
Cons:
wasnt free
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1 question already asked

Will these fit in a tundra crewmax 2008 without losing leg room? It's almost impossible to find a properly spec box to fit behind the seats without having to move them up a click or two. Any info would be great! [ Zbogie  Jan 04, 2014 ]
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  • You will want to contact an Advisor by phone or online chat to discuss installation in your vehicle. They will be able to pull up your vehicle and see what info we have. If it does not fit, then they will also be able to discuss other options with you. [ Jeff Staff  Jan 04, 2014 ]

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