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Pioneer TS-W254R

Champion Series 10" 4-ohm subwoofer

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by John Pollard
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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's Champion Series subs give you impressive performance without breaking your bank account. The TS-W254R 10" subwoofer sports a rugged cone made from injection-molded polypropylene for rigidity without added heft. The sub's seamless cone design increases efficiency and reduces distortion, while its treated foam surround helps keep the cone under control so this sub sounds great in either sealed or ported enclosures.

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A tough 6-layer voice coil allows the TS-W254R to handle up to 250 watts RMS. The stamped basket features a magnet cover for added protection, while extra venting helps to cool the sub's interior to protect against thermal breakdown. This sub's classic look will fit right in with any vehicle.

To drive this single subwoofer, we recommend a mono amplifier rated between 200 and 375 watts RMS at 4 ohms. For more information, please refer to our article on How to Match Subwoofers and Amplifiers.

Highlights:

  • 10" 4-ohm subwoofer
  • injection-molded polypropylene cone with treated foam surround
  • power range: 50-250 watts RMS (1,100 watts peak power)
  • frequency response: 20-220 Hz
  • sensitivity: 93 dB
  • mounting depth: 5"
  • sealed box volume: 0.80 cu. ft.
  • ported box volume: 1.10 cu. ft.
  • warranty: 1 year
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Features and Specs
Size 10 -inch
Impedance 4 ohms
Cone Material IMPP
Surround Material Foam
Ideal Sealed Box Volume (cubic feet) 0.8
Ideal Ported Box Volume (cubic feet) 1.1
Port diameter (inches) 3
Port length (inches) 7.5
Free-Air No
Dual Voice Coil No
Sensitivity 93 dB at 1 watt
Frequency Response 20 - 220 Hz
RMS Power Range (Watts) 50-250
Peak Power Handling (Watts) 1100
Top Mount Depth (inches) 5 1/16
Bottom Mount Depth (inches) N/A
Cutout Diameter or Length (inches) 9 3/16
Vas (liters) 68.003
Fs (Hz) 33.5
Qts 0.62
Xmax (millimeters) 4.7
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year
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What's in the box?

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  • One 10" Woofer
  • Six 1-1/8" Self-tapping screws
  • Instruction manual (English/ French/ Spanish)
  • Warranty information

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Features

IMPP Cone: The Pioneer TS-W254R features an IMPP (Injection Molded Polypropylene) woofer cone. This process of cone molding assures a uniform cone thickness for superior linearity and clarity.

Voice Coil: The woofer's 6-layer, long voice coil design allows expanded piston motion for better linearity, improved power handling, and more bass impact.

Extended Pole Yoke: The extended pole yoke expands the magnetic field, improving linearity during large woofer excursions.

Vented Pole Yoke: The vented pole yoke allows air circulation within the motor structure to ensure better heat dissipation, thus improving the power handling capacity.

Terminals: The heavy duty spring compression terminals will accept pin connectors, single banana plugs, and bare wire up to 10 gauge.

Specifications

Enclosure Compatibility: The Pioneer TS-W254R offers great performance using either a sealed, ported, or bandpass enclosure.

Sealed Box Volume: The sealed box sizes recommended by Pioneer range from 0.65 cu/ft to 1.25 cu/ft. Within this range, the ideal recommended size is 0.8 cu/ft.

Vented Box Volume: The vented box sizes recommended by Pioneer range from 0.9 cu/ft to 1.5 cu/ft. Within this range, the ideal recommended size is 1.1 cu/ft. The recommended port diameter is 3" and the length varies with enclosure size; 7.5" long with the 1.1 cu/ft enclosure, 8.5" long with the 0.9 cu/ft enclosure, and 6" long with the 1.5 cu/ft enclosure.

Bandpass Volume: The bandpass box sizes recommended by Pioneer range from 0.45 cu/ft to 0.8 cu/ft (per chamber). The ideal enclosure has a 0.6 cu/ft sealed rear chamber and a 0.6 cu/ft ported front chamber. The minimum recommended size has a 0.45 cu/ft sealed rear chamber and a 0.45 cu/ft ported front chamber. The maximum recommended size has a 0.8 cu/ft sealed rear chamber and a 0.8 cu/ft ported front chamber. The recommended port diameter is 3" and the length varies with enclosure size; 5.5" long with the 1.2 cu/ft enclosure, 6" long with the 0.9 cu/ft enclosure, and 5" long with the 1.6 cu/ft enclosure.

 
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5 out of 5

Great Subwoofer

Written By allenbrad, new market, ohio on Wednesday, September 17, 2014
 
i have two of these subs in my single cab truck and they are the hardest hitting 10" i have heard out of a shallow mount. Do not port your boxes though! i had them sealed and it gave a way deeper bass before and i ported them and its not as deep. keep sealed they are better. the one sub has almost 180 hours and is still bumping strong
Pros:
great sound, lasts
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5 out of 5

Awseome

Written By John R, San Antonio on Thursday, October 03, 2013
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Good setup. Simple yet powerful. Cant complain for price and quality. Shipping needs attention. Box was literally destroyed and pieces were "loose" inside. Not the way I expected to get my electronics...not Crutch's complete fault but please add another later or details and secure the items better.
Pros:
Great sound for price, matched what I could afford and sounds the way I wanted.
Cons:
Packaging...
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5 out of 5

Pioneer TS-W254R

Written By Jradisrad, Micanopy, fl on Thursday, April 04, 2013
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These subs are great and hit hard with only a 400w pioneer amp pushing them
Pros:
Feel/look
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

Hard like The rent

Written By Anonymous, Alvin Tx on Saturday, March 02, 2013
 
I drive a Chevy Colorado Crew cab sounds good fills the the truck well I'm pushing it with a punch 600 no complaints from me
Pros:
Kills for trucks
Cons:
Nah
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1 out of 5

Buy something else

Written By Anonymous, Jacksboro TX on Tuesday, December 04, 2012
 
Bought 2 of these and sounded great for abought 20 minutes then i started to smell the burning smell shut off my radio for about a hour to let it them cool and turned my radio back on 5 minutes later it was fried thats what i get for getting subs from the local big box store i guess.
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5 out of 5

Pioneer TS-W254R

Written By Anonymous, Sterling il on Sunday, October 14, 2012
 
I have them powered with a directed audio 800 watt amp and they pound pretty good in my 99 Silverado extended cap.
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5 out of 5

awesome subwoofer

Written By drew, Turner, ME on Thursday, September 06, 2012
 
This woofer is awesome. iv had mine now for almost a year and im powering off a 800 watt amp, and it hasn't skipped a beat once. For the price of it, it is a great sub. i installed it with a custom ported box and it shakes my car to piece, i don't know how my car hasn't fallen apart yet. anyways, this is a great sub and would def recommend it to somebody who is knew to customizing their system.
Pros:
great subwoofer especially for the price, put it in the right box and it will blow your mind.
Cons:
the one con is that it doesn't kick as hard as i would like it to.
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5 out of 5

GreatnEntry level

Written By J0RDANB, San Diego, CA on Saturday, August 18, 2012
 
This is a great entry level sub. I ordered two of these and put them in my car hooked up to a 2-channel 800 watt Crunch Ground Pounder amp. These hit extremely well and i am satisfied with my purchase.
Pros:
easy to hook up, hit hard
Cons:
only single coil
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5 out of 5

Exceed Expectations

Written By J. Black, Hartford, CT on Sunday, June 17, 2012
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Not a bad Subwoofer at all . Build quality was good, the terminal connections on the sub are easy to use, and after a break in period, it hits just as hard as my old PowerBass L-10D. I am running 240 W RMS to it.

The only thing is it doesn't play as low. I think that has more to do with my enclosure-size, so I really can't ding the sub for it. Im right at the upper limit.
Pros:
Price
Cons:
None
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4 out of 5

Pioneer TS-W254R

Written By got em', st louis mo on Wednesday, February 29, 2012
 
i think they are ok for 10s i would preffer 12s but i got a really good deal on them from a buddy i have been running these for about 4 months on a 1400 watt amp and a capacitor and they sound even better with the capacitor but all in all they are way better then the old plastic ones
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