- nominal power: 30 watts
- peak power: 160 watts
- impedance: 4 ohms
- sensitivity: 91 dB/W/m
- frequency response range: 30 – 30,000 Hz
- unit weight: 2 lbs
- unit dimensions: 6.5 x 2.25 inches (diameter x depth)
- warranty: 1 year (applies to purchase from Amazon.com)
- user manual: click here
- wireless: no
- battery life: n/a
- signal range: n/a
Pioneer is a well-known brand in the audio world with many products that became top-tier both in home hi-fi and car sound systems. This same quality and dedication is reflected in their marine line of products. Pioneer offers three speaker models — two 6.5” and one 8” coaxial drivers. The TS-MR1640 is the mid-level marine speaker in this line-up. This 2 way coaxial model features a 6.5” woofer and a 1 1/8” dome tweeter mounted on the same axis.
The woofer’s cone is made from Injection-Molded PolyPropylene (IMPP), a reliable material in tough environments. PolyPropylene is the material of choice for many companies because it allows for careful control of design parameters, has great internal damping, and the consistency from one unit to the next is the best it can currently get.
The tweeter in The TS-MR1640 features magnetic fluid, which keeps the rest position of the voice coil very stable cool. In layman’s terms this translates to very low distortion and crystal clear treble.
Power: 7/10 – With a 30 Watt nominal power rating, the TS-MR1640 may seem somewhat weak. However, with a high sensitivity of 91db/W/m these marine speakers will not demand a lot of power from your Head Unit, giving the upper volumes much more potential. These Speakers aren’t the best choice to be throwing massive parties with, but you won’t be disappointed when you turn the volume up. The peak power is rated at 160 Watts, this means that when a snare drum gets louder in a rock song, for example, these speakers will handle it with ease. Having a high ceiling peak power makes speakers sound balanced even with high intensity sounds within a song, and also significantly reduces the chance of unit failure in the long run.
Aesthetics & Style: 4/5 – The speakers feature a white cone/frame and black surrounding trim. It’s hard to go wrong when you put elements in contrast. They’ll blend very well in most white/cream boat hulls. The front grille bears the Pioneer logo and looks like a propeller, a nice theme for a marine speaker.
Portability & Convenience: 4/5 – With mounting holes at the 6 1/8” and 5 5/8” diameter marks, installing these marine speakers will be very easy. They are also pretty shallow at 2 ¼”, so fitting them in pretty much any cabinet won’t be an issue. The speakers include 8 screws and 8 mounting washers, but be aware that no cords or connection terminals are included, but that’s fairly standard with higher quality audio products.
Durability: 4.5/5 – the IMPP material of the cone is also has excellent waterproofing and humidity/heat resistance. The frame of these marine loudspeakers is made from reinforced Acrylonitrile-Elastomer Styrene Glass Fibre. The fancy sounding material will protect the magnetic circuit from the environment and will keep its white color even if exposed to long term direct sunlight.
Warranty: 3/5 – All Pioneer marine speakers have a 1 year warranty. It’s a little short compared to the 5 year or even lifetime warranties that other weatherproof audio products feature, but at least you’ll be protected from a possibly defective unit.
Price: 9/10 – The TS-MR1640’s are discounted nearly 50% currently on Amazon, and you’re getting a great product for under $100.
Amazon Average User Rating: 4.7/5 – You can read the Amazon.com reviews here
Bottom Line: 8.1/10
Pioneer’s TS-MR1640 marine speakers offer a great value per dollar with features seen mostly in more expensive products like gold plated terminals and tweeters with magnetic fluid for example. One thing we really liked is that Pioneer offers a frequency response graph in the user manual. This graph is measured with the speaker in the air, which is why the bass response starts falling after 100Hz. When the speaker is mounted in your boat, though, the back of the cone is isolated from the front and this will significantly increase the bass output of the speaker.