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.