Pioneer Hi-Res Audio Build-Off

Connecting creativity and car audio, Pioneer provided four of the country’s top car audio shops with a blank canvas to create a rolling soundstage for their Sound Build-Off competition.  Each build would be judged on sound quality and craftsmanship, to ensure an even playing ground each shop received a 2017 Toyota Highlander SE and a set list of products to use. Split into two different groups, the shops would either be using the new Pioneer Z series or D series speakers which were designed to deliver next level of sound quality by reproducing music that is closer to the original performance.

Meet the Teams

Z Team

Sound Warehouse
Proline  

Vehicle: 2017 Toyota Highlander SE 
Wheels & Tires: Volk TE-37 Ultra 20" x 8.5" Michelin Premier LTX 255/50/20 

Head unit:  AVH-2330NEX Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatible
Full range amplifier (qty 1):  GM-D8604 100 watts RMS x 4 (front/rear speakers) 
Subwoofer amplifiers (qty 2):  GM-D8601 800 watts RMS at 1 ohm (one per subwoofer) 

Front speakers (qty 1 pair):  TS-Z65CH 6.5” 2-Way Component System
Rear speakers (qty 1 pair):  TS-Z65F 6.5” 2-Way Coaxial System

Subwoofers (qty 2):  TS-Z10LS2 10" Single 2 ohm voice coil

For more pictures of the Sound Warehouse build click HERE

For more pictures of the Proline build click HERE

D Team

Audio Source
Soundz Good 

Vehicle: 2017 Toyota Highlander SE 
Wheels & Tires: Volk TE-37 Ultra 20" x 8.5" Michelin Premier LTX 255/50/20 

Head unit:  AVH-2330NEX Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatible
Full range amplifier (qty 1):  GM-D8604 100 watts RMS x 4 (front/rear speakers) 
Subwoofer amplifiers (qty 2):  GM-D8601 800 watts RMS at 1 ohm (one per subwoofer) 

Front speakers (qty 1 pair):  TS-D69C 6 x 9" 2-Way Component System
Rear speakers (qty 1 pair):  TS-D65F 6.5" 2-Way Coaxial System
Subwoofers (qty 2):  TS-D12D4 12" Dual 4 ohm voice coil

For more pictures of the Audio Source build click HERE

For more pictures of the Soundz Good build click HERE


After all of the dust had settled, these four shops brought their vehicles in for judgment day at the M.E.S.A Summit in Broomfield, CO. The craftsmanship of all four installs was outstanding but at the end of the day there can only be one winner. After listening for sound quality the judging panel ultimately gave the win for the Z build to Sound Warehouse from Utah and the D build winner going to Audio Source from Indiana.  If you would like a chance to check out these builds all four vehicles will be touring across the country, follow Pioneer on Facebook for the latest info. 

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