Pioneer Wins Big at the 2005 dB Drag World Finals

Competitors Scott Owens and Kyle Witherspoon are Victorious in SPL Competitions With Use of Pioneer Subwoofers and Amplifiers

Using Premier SPL subwoofers and amplifiers from Pioneer, competitors and Edge Audio team members, Scott Owens and Kyle Witherspoon rose to the challenge at the 2005 dB Drag World Finals in Cleveland, OH this past weekend, defeating their opponents.

“This is a great achievement for me, the Edge Audio team and Pioneer,” said Owens. “The Pioneer gear and their technical support have really contributed to these victories. My main focus this year was the dB Drag Finals, making sure the car and the equipment would hold up. As expected, the TS-W5000SPL subwoofers held up like I knew they would and the amplifiers absolutely cranked out the power I needed.”

Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. is no stranger to the arena of sound pressure level (SPL) competitions. Before winning at the 2005 dB Drag World Finals, Owens and his F-250 were already a force to be reckoned with in the world of SPL competitions. Owens' recent accomplishments include an Extreme 5+ world record (176.6dB), loudest dB drag in the MECA X3 class (176.2dB) and an IdBL “Highest Ever” (179.0dB), all at the 2005 Spring Break Nationals. He also holds 6 world champion titles and is a 2004 USAC Legal B&K world record holder (176.3dB).


Owens and Witherspoon achievements this past weekend include:

  • Owens is the undisputed world champion in the Extreme 5+ class with a SPL of 178.0 decibels
  • Witherspoon is the new world champion in the Extreme 2 class with a SPL of 173.8 decibels

“The bar continues to be raised every year, partly because of Team Edge Audio's performances in the past,” said Keith Burnett, vice president of product planning for mobile entertainment at Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. “With the team’s commitment to competition, they were obviously up for the challenge and impressed us all with these wins, and for that we congratulate and thank them for their hard work. These accomplishments demonstrate Pioneer's engineering capability of building quality equipment that can outperform other products in the market.”

Owens' 2002 Ford F-250 SPL vehicle houses 13 Pioneer Premier TS-W5000SPL subwoofers powered by 52 amplifiers, 72 16-volt Turbo Start batteries and three Ohio Generator 285-amp alternators. With more than 115,000 watts of power, this system, constructed from the frame up by Owens, produces a sound pressure level above 170 dB.

Witherspoon competes with a 2004 Scion xB that holds two TS-W5000SPL subwoofers powered by eight PRS-D5000SPL amplifiers, 24 Kinetic batteries and three Ohio Generator 250-amp alternators, producing more than 24,000 watts of power.

Pioneer's Mobile Entertainment Divisionis the leading manufacturer of audio, video and information products for in-car use. Its focus is on the development of new digital technologies including audio video, navigation and satellite radio, while maintaining its strong heritage in products for car audio enthusiasts and competitors. The company markets its products under the Pioneer and Premier brand names. When purchased from an authorized dealer, consumers receive a limited warranty for one year with Pioneer products and two years for Premier electronic products.