Pioneer EX Series Speakers Feature Advanced Design

At the Consumer Electronics Show today, Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. announced a new line of premium speakers constructed with award-winning design technology that brings the high definition audio experience to life. The EX Series consists of floor-standing, compact monitor, center loudspeakers and a subwoofer: S-1EX, S-2EX, S-7EX and S-W1EX. These industry-leading speakers, when combined with PureVision plasma display and a Blu-ray Disc player bring a new dimension of quality to the home theater experience.

Established as a speaker manufacturer more than 65 years ago, Pioneer continues to offer a reference class audio product that will exhilarate even the most discerning audiophile. The EX Series was developed using Technical Audio Devices' (TAD) 30 years of professional speaker expertise. The renowned design technology includes a beryllium diaphragm tweeter mounted concentrically within a magnesium coned midrange driver and the groundbreaking Precision Curve cabinet design that functions to enclose the listener in a "virtual sphere" of pure 5.1 surround sound perfection.

"This speaker series is the result of proven engineering and design efforts previously only found in our flagship TAD Model 1 speaker, but now available for consumers seeking a best-in-class product that can deliver superb, natural sound in their home entertainment center," said Andrew Jones, director of speaker engineering for Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. and TAD Home Audio. "From their advanced driver design and cabinet construction to their precise audio reproduction capability, these speakers do more than offer dynamic sound for movies and music, they deliver an experience."

Superior Speaker Construction for Superior Sound at Home

The EX Series Speakers' captivating sound is a direct result of the specialty construction and high-quality materials used in their making. The loudspeakers feature TAD's exclusive concentric tweeter/midrange speaker driver that ensures accurate, consistent sound all around the speaker for uncompromised audio throughout one's entire listening area.  The midrange cone is composed of lightweight and strong magnesium and the tweeter dome is made of vapor-deposited beryllium. Beryllium, the lightest strongest metal, allows the tweeter to deliver outstanding performance to well beyond the frequency limits of conventional tweeters.

The bass driver cones feature one-piece cone/dust-cap construction from a sandwich of woven aramid fiber and carbon fiber that increases the driver's strength and significantly improves its sound reproduction capability. This driver also employs a neodymium magnet and large diameter voice coil that greatly increases the unit's power handling capability.

The tweeter/midrange and bass drivers all feature an "air-flow designed" basket frame that allows free airflow behind the cone and around the voice coil preventing sound distortion for a captivating audio experience.

All three pairs of loudspeakers offer an impressive 200 watts of total power.

Innovative Cabinet Design

Extensive research was conducted in the development of the EX Series Speaker cabinets. Each cabinet is crafted from multiple layers of curved, laminated MDF. Pioneer's Precision Curve Design makes them inherently sturdier and more rigid than flat panel counterparts. The curved enclosures resist the sound generated from within the cabinet to decrease distortion and deliver uncompromised sound. In addition, the products feature Perfect Time Alignment Design, where the front baffle surface is curved with a 3m radius that, along with a backward slope, ensures perfect time alignment of sound delivered to the listener from all the speakers in a multi-channel system, resulting in the ideal audio experience.

The S-1EX, S-2EX, S-7EX and S-W1EX will be available in March 2006 at the suggested prices of $4500, $3000, $3800 and $1700, respectively.

Pioneer's Home Entertainment Division is a leading manufacturer of plasma televisions and monitors, DVD players and DVD recorders, A/V receivers, CD players and CD recorders, speakers and other audio and video accessories. Its focus is on the development of new digital technologies including Digital Network Entertainment. The company markets its products under the Pioneer and Pioneer Elite brand names. When purchased from an authorized dealer, consumers receive a limited warranty for one year with Pioneer products and two years with Pioneer Elite products.