Pioneer Enhances Sound Quality, Power Handling and Cosmetics in Popular TS-A Speaker Line-Up

Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc., the largest speaker manufacturer in the world, today introduced its 2002 TS-A speaker line up, improving on sound quality, power handling and cosmetics. The line of 21 speakers with nine new models is geared to mainstream consumers who want their car stereo systems to have the same excellent audio quality they listen to at home.

The TS-A line employs a tweeter/midrange diaphragm made of foamed Pearl PolyCarbon (PPC). The PPC cone is an exceptionally light material that efficiently produces high-frequency sound. The foamed PPC cone is extremely rigid like a foamed IMPP cone, with low mass, which results in exceptional sound quality while maintaining high sensitivity. Twelve new speakers from the line offer increased power handling for better reliability with a maximum power handling as high as 300 watts. Aesthetics of the new speakers were enhanced with pearl white cones that stand out against the protective grill, revitalizing the look of any door or rear deck where they are installed.

"As the leading speaker manufacturer, Pioneer continues to research and test new materials to provide customers with the best possible sound quality available,? said Michael Townsen, vice president of marketing for mobile entertainment at Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc.

The new TS-A speakers will be available beginning January 2002 with a price range from $70 to $120. The line-up includes nine Pioneer models (TS-A6867, TS-A6857, TS-A1767, TS-A1667, TS-A1661, TS-A1357, TS-A1057, TS-A4667 and TS-A4657) and three Pioneer Premier models (TS-616, TS-615 and TS-515). Current models of the TS-A line include the TS-A6995, TS-A6975, TS-A6975, TS-A6965, TS-A5713, TS-A1365, TS-P462, TS-A4103 and TS-A1250.

Pioneer's Mobile Entertainment Division is the leading manufacturer of audio, video and information products for in-car use. The company markets its products under the Pioneer and Premier brand names. Its focus is on the development of new digital technologies including visual/audio, navigation, and satellite radio, while maintaining its strong heritage in products for car audio enthusiasts and competitors.