It's a Pioneer Christmas for the car audio world today, as Pioneer has announced a boatload of new speakers, amplifiers and subwoofers. The TS-A line of speakers start at $65 and are optimized for compressed audio like MP3. In the amplifier realm, the new GM line (GM-3300 through GM-7300) are priced from $100 to $200 and promise strong audio, while the PRS line is a bit pricier ($200+) and uses ICE technology to maximize efficiency and decrease power usage and heat generation. Two new subwoofers, the PRO line TS-W3001D4/2 and TS-W2501D4/2 are 70% smaller than previous generations but pack more beat than ever. All this gear is used by Pioneer's record-breaking audio teams that have pushed over 180dB out of their vehicles. Their moms must be proud.
"Optimized" for MP3? WTF does that mean? Roll off the high end so you can't hear the nasty assed compression artifacts from Soulseek snagged songs? Absolute antithesis of this; the 96Khz/24 bit DVD-Audio-playing head unit I just put in. Not many DVD-As out there but I can always roll my own from vinyl, SACDs and safety masters.