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Pioneer TS-W304R

Champion Series 12" 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-W304R 12" 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 keeps the cone under control so this sub sounds great in either sealed or ported enclosures.

A tough 6-layer voice coil allows the TS-W304R to handle up to 300 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.

Highlights:

  • 12" 4-ohm subwoofer
  • injection-molded polypropylene cone with treated foam surround
  • power range: 50-300 watts RMS (1,200 watts peak power)
  • frequency response: 20-220 Hz
  • sensitivity: 95 dB
  • mounting depth: 5-5/16"
  • sealed box volume: 1.25 cu. ft.
  • ported box volume: 1.50 cu. ft.
  • 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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IMPP
Surround Material
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Foam
Ideal Sealed Box Volume (cubic feet)
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1.25
Ideal Ported Box Volume (cubic feet)
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1.5
Port diameter (inches)
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3
Port length (inches)
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7
Free-Air
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No
Dual Voice Coil
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No
Sensitivity
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95 dB at 1 watt
Frequency Response
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20 - 220 Hz
RMS Power Range (Watts)
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50-300
Peak Power Handling (Watts)
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1300
Top Mount Depth (inches)
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5 5/16
Bottom Mount Depth (inches)
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N/A
Cutout Diameter or Length (inches)
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11 1/16
Vas (liters)
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77.88
Fs (Hz)
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28.6
Qts
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0.7
Xmax (millimeters)
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4.7
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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  • One 12" Woofer
  • Eight 1-1/8" Self-tapping screws
  • Instruction manual (English/ French/ Spanish)
  • Warranty information

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Features
Specifications

Features

IMPP Cone: The Pioneer TS-W304R 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-W304R offers great performance using either a sealed, ported, or bandpass enclosure.

Sealed Box Volume: The sealed box sizes recommended by Pioneer range from 0.85 cu/ft to 1.75 cu/ft. Within this range, the ideal recommended size is 1.25 cu/ft.

Vented Box Volume: The vented box sizes recommended by Pioneer range from 1.25 cu/ft to 2.0 cu/ft. Within this range, the ideal recommended size is 1.5 cu/ft. The recommended port diameter is 3" and the length varies with enclosure size; 7" long with the 1.5 cu/ft enclosure, 8" long with the 1.25 cu/ft enclosure, and 5.5" long with the 2.0 cu/ft enclosure.

Bandpass Volume: The bandpass box sizes recommended by Pioneer range from 0.7 cu/ft to 1.1 cu/ft (per chamber). The ideal enclosure has a 0.9 cu/ft sealed rear chamber and a 0.9 cu/ft ported front chamber. The minimum recommended size has a 0.7 cu/ft sealed rear chamber and a 0.7 cu/ft ported front chamber. The maximum recommended size has a 1.1 cu/ft sealed rear chamber and a 1.1 cu/ft ported front chamber. The recommended port diameter is 3" and the length varies with enclosure size; 4" long with the 1.8 cu/ft enclosure, 4.5" long with the 1.4 cu/ft enclosure, and 3.5" long with the 2.2 cu/ft enclosure.

 
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5 out of 5

Pioneer TS-W304R

Written By Jerry, Fresno,CA on Friday, April 04, 2014
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I love them they sound great
Pros:
Hit hard, easy use
Cons:
None
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4 out of 5

Rainbows

Written By Rex, Fayetteville, AR on Thursday, October 17, 2013
 
I bought this sub in a 1.4 cubic foot, sealed box with a matching pioneer amp that puts out 400 watts rms at 4 ohms. I installed it in my crew cab f350. I was looking for a home theater sound. Not loud bass, just powerful and full sounding. It sounds great, hits all the ranges pretty well, and sounds good at low or high volume. I listen to mostly rock and this sub integrates seamlessly with the highs (after a little tweaking of the low pass crossover). I pushed it with some Paul Wall to it's limit and it sounded smooth all the way up. For filing out the sound stage and normal hip hop listening, I couldn't be happier. I had a 10 inch kenwood sub that was very punchy, no depth of sound. This sub for seems like a great buy compared to that one. It's a very "middle of the road" speaker as far as loudness and sound quality but the price is very much on the low end. Great value ratio if you ask me. Good looking sub, too. Doesn't look cheap, surround material doesn't look like foam rubber.
Pros:
Smooth, clear, deep, not punchy, very even across the range in an appropriate sealed box, inexpensive
Cons:
Really high bass is a little "muddy" but we're talking HIGH bass. I set my crossover at 250Hz and it sounds excellent for my application. And I'm in the cab with it so muddy sound is very obvious.
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5 out of 5

Quality

Written By Michael D, Carbondale, PA on Monday, July 22, 2013
 
I currently have this in a small box enclosure with plenty of polyfill, being pushed with ~300RMS, maybe closer to 250. Let me tell you, this thing bumps pretty nice. Put in a bigger box, maybe pick up a second one of these, it's all you'd ever want for your car as long as you're not trying to shake the cars two lanes over.
Pros:
Build quality, tight response, low end response
Cons:
high bass can sound slightly muddy
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4 out of 5

Decent Sub

Written By Anonymous, Gulf Shores, AL on Thursday, July 11, 2013
 
Ok I have only had this sub a few days but seems to be a pretty nice sub. I have it installed in a single slot ported box and its ok nothing special. I have hooked to a Kicker Cx300.1 and it does a good job doesn't get hot or anything. I think with break in time the speaker will sound better and better as I have heard they do. I am curious of how it will sound in a sealed box different obviously but just curious how much different. I am only running a single sub not a pair .
Pros:
Looks, sound and tight sounding
Cons:
haven't had it long enough to tell
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1 question already asked

What watt amp would be best for this sub? [ chance  Dec 21, 2013 ]
1 answer
  • You will want to look for an amp that will provide around 300 watts RMS at 4-ohms. For information on comparing two or more models I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone or online chat. They will be able to help determine the differences and help you make the best choice for your system and your budget. [ Jeff Staff  Dec 21, 2013 ]

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