For the longest time, two companies have basically dominated the car audio industry – Infinity vs Pioneer. Both of these audio powerhouses are pretty solid brands with some really impressive speakers under their belts. To choose between them is to essentially decide which kind of listening experience to go for: little bass and more realism (Pioneer) or high volume and spectacular highs and mid-range sound (Infinity)?
Here, we decided to give you a complete guide and overview of what exactly sets these two distinct types of listening experiences and brands apart. We did the research here to settle the debate. Infinity vs Pioneer Car Speakers – which one’s better? Read on to find out what we chose!
The Witness: Pioneer
In this corner, we’ve got Pioneer speakers! Now, what sets Pioneer speakers apart is their widest frequency response – basically, these speakers can hit as low as 35 Hz and as high as 31k – which is actually about 14k above the range of human hearing. The wider the frequency range, the more realism you will get. This frequency range is wide enough to let you experience different beats of your music, be it bass-heavy or sharp music chunks. That being said, Pioneer speakers can do well in a variety of applications.
Pioneer is pretty straightforward in their product line – their forerunner products in their A-Series are the TS-A6885R, TS-A6965R, TS-A6975R, TS-A6985R, and TS-A6995R 6″ x 9″ 5-Way Speaker. The size and the configuration obviously vary depending on which model you get; the TS-A6995R for example is absolutely the best out of Pioneer’s 6 x 9 speakers. It comes in a 5-way configuration with a tremendous level of performance that gets you pumped up.
Pioneer A-Series speakers come in various sizes, including but not limited to 6 X 8,6-1/2″, 5-1/4″, and even 4″ x 6″ to cover various applications and budgets. And that’s what we love most about them.
Pioneer speakers are pretty affordable. At around $100 at most, the price isn’t anything to sneeze at. The set of speakers linked to above is about $50, which is very reasonable for anyone looking for a solid set of speakers that doesn’t break that bank. However, you can find plenty of Pioneer speakers at higher price tags – from $100 up into the $200 range. However, some of our favorites were reasonably priced and less fancy (Above).
No doubt, the sound quality produced by these speakers is above par – no complaints. However, It varies quite a lot depending mainly on the type of speakers you’ve purchased – admittedly, component speakers are undeniably better in terms of sound quality when compared to full-range speakers. However, coaxials are pretty less expensive and much easier to install.
The Witness: Infinity (Sharp Music)
Infinity is another iconic brand in this industry. They have many years of experience under their belts, and their car speakers are among the best-selling car speakers on the market.
Infinity speakers, mainly Reference X-Series provide a fantastic audio experience, and there is very little to complain about concerning their sound output.
Their well-balanced frequency range makes them a great option for whichever genre of music you listen to, so you don’t have to fool with your receiver’s EQ settings every time you change your playlist or tracks. Our only complaint was that Infinity speakers generally lack low-end frequency, which will significantly impact bass fullness and depth.
However, if you’ve got a subwoofer installed in your car, you won’t need to worry about that at all, as the sub(s) can cover the bass that these speakers lack.
The power handling ratings aren’t the highest available, but they don’t need to be because of the high sensitivity, which is actually the best part about all Infinity speakers; bar none. With that being said, these speakers will sound great running off a factory stereo, but they’ll really shine when driven by an aftermarket receiver or outboard amplifier.
Just like their pioneer counterparts, these speakers come in a variety of designs, sizes, and configurations.
Infinity car speakers are very affordable. With most of their speakers under $70, you can get a really decent set of speakers. However, if you’re a hard-to-please audiophile and high-quality sound is high on your list of requirements, then you’ll need to shell out some extra bucks to get a high-end set of component speakers. Don’t get me wrong here, Infinity full-range speakers sound great, but not as great as components.
Though Infinity car speakers have a narrow frequency range than many of the speakers we’ve reviewed, they still thrive in mid-bass and their highs are pretty clear even at high volume levels. If you’re looking for ground-pounding bass, I’m afraid Infinity speakers aren’t going to do you any good. However, with any product, some love it and some aren’t too contented with it.
And although we consider this to be a great product, and we do recommend it, we also recommend you to opt for speakers with wider and deep frequency response, unless you’re adding a subwoofer to your sound system – which can cover a low-frequency range where these speakers are lacking – and thus creating a well-balanced sound output.
Now that we’ve talked about Infinity vs Pioneer, and the different listening experiences you get with each one of them, it’s time to decide which one is the winner. The contest eventually became pitched between the best-selling car speakers from each brand – TS-A1675R by Pioneer and Reference 6032cf by Infinity, which were apparently the best examples of their respective brands. Both of them are excellent choices for those seeking a new set of aftermarket speakers and both of them had their ups and downs.
We came up with two different decisions: actually, both brands offer awesome speakers at competitive prices. Pioneer has a wide frequency range and can hit deeper notes whereas Infinity lags a bit behind in terms of frequency response but really shines when it comes to sensitivity rating. That being said, the A-series speakers by Pioneer offered much richer and full bass due to the rigid, yet lightweight speaker materials and the widest frequency range as well as a high sensitivity rating.