Pioneer TS-Z65CH

Speaker Re­view

Pasmag (Canada) - - Tr. -

ecently, Pioneer launched a new mar­ket­ing cam­paign called “Hear More.” The cam­paign pro­motes aware­ness of two new se­ries of speak­ers: the Z se­ries and the bud­get-friendly, nextgen­er­a­tion D se­ries. They were kind enough to send me a pair of the new Z se­ries 6.5-inch com­po­nents, known as the TS-Z65CHs. The Z se­ries speak­ers are in­tended for peo­ple who de­sire high res­o­lu­tion ac­cu­racy, great tonal bal­ance, and clar­ity at any vol­ume. The Z se­ries speak­ers were de­signed in Pioneer's To­hoku fa­cil­ity in Tendo, Ja­pan - the same fac­tory that pro­duces the highly ac­claimed Car­rozze­ria prod­ucts sold in Ja­pan. Pioneer claims a no-com­pro­mise ap­proach to the de­sign and man­u­fac­tur­ing of the Z se­ries, glean­ing from nearly 80 years of ex­pe­ri­ence. The good news is that it all comes at the very rea­son­able price of $400 USD.

The midrange/woofer is built on a stamped steel frame with an over­sized 15.2-ounce fer­rite mo­tor. The large mag­net was cho­sen specif­i­cally to en­hance the low fre­quency out­put of the driver for more re­al­is­tic mid-bass. The cone of the midrange is an exclusive com­bi­na­tion of Twaron aramid fiber and cel­lu­lose in a dual-layer con­fig­u­ra­tion, with a match­ing dust­cap. Twaron is a syn­thetic para-aramid fiber that is very strong, heat re­sis­tant and rigid when woven into a cloth ma­te­rial. First in­tro­duced com­mer­cially in 1987 by a Dutch com­pany, the high-tech ma­te­rial is used in a wide ar­ray of ap­pli­ca­tions, from aero­space to au­to­mo­tive, and even body ar­mor. When used as a speaker cone ma­te­rial, the re­sult is a very stiff, yet in­cred­i­bly light­weight cone that can move a lot of air while re­tain­ing ex­cel­lent high fre­quency def­i­ni­tion. The sur­round is formed from butyl rub­ber and the meta-aramid spi­der con­trols and cen­ters the two-layer cop­per voice coil. Grilles are also in­cluded in the box if needed.

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