As long as I'm ranting about stuffing loudspeaker cabinets with multiple drivers and complicated crossovers, I thought I'd include one of the most collectible, yet mediocre-sounding speakers I've come across - the 3-way, 6-driver Pioneer CS99A. These are magnificent-looking speakers with emerald cloth folded beneath intricate lattice grills, laminated walnut cabinets, and the drivers - paper and wool fiber - inviting, warm, cozy. I've read that these have a 5-way crossover and I've also read that they have a 3-way crossover - any info to clear this up would be helpful. - Update - Anonymous commented and confirmed a 5-way crossover. Thanks!
How did they sound? Not so great. They were fine, and perhaps I could have given them a more objective review had I not been lured in by their looks and the sheer number and size of the drivers. I had a similar experience talking to a girl at a bar many years ago, but that's another story for another day. Maybe it's just me, but I can't seem to get a satisfying amount of bass from Pioneer speakers. Prove me wrong - please - send me in your picks for Pioneer speakers that provided the same THUMP as JBL. I'd like to be proven wrong on this one.
If you have any photos or stories about your Pioneer CS99A speakers, please leave a comment or email me.
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