So I think everyone knows that Pioneer decided to shitcan the Premier line and consolidate the top end offerings in the Stage 4 line. They introduced Stage 4 at CES, and of course most people on here are now familiar with the venerable DEX-P99RS deck. Unfortunately, the rest of the Stage 4 product lineup is virtually unknown. I’m sure releasing a ultra premium priced product in this economy has had an effect, but also Pioneer has done a seemingly piss poor job of promoting it, especially when it comes to the drivers. Frankly I would not be surprised if the Stage 4 line is discontinued, with the P99 becoming just the top deck in their standard product lineup.
So anyway, I’ve had the P99 deck for most of a year now, and I’ve been curious about how the drivers would perform with it. I happened upon a good deal on the 2-way component set and separate midrange and went ahead and pulled the trigger. Since there is so little information on these, I’ll try to be as detailed as thorough as I can be in my critique of them, but I will also take my time and form an opinion of them after extended listening, so if you’re expecting to read through and come to a conclusion in a few short posts, you might want to revisit this thread in a few weeks. Also, since they are new drivers, I want to allow for a break-in period.
I’ll also be upfront and state that while I am still learning much and I try to be a critical listener, I’m not heavily experienced when it comes to reviews, nor have I auditioned large numbers of high end/reference systems to become a well-seasoned evaluator. I’ll also avoid using gray descriptions (such as “airy”) and any technical phenomena that may occur that I don’t fully understand (like cone breakup, comb filtering, etc). I do plan on soliciting the opinions of experienced locals that can offer a more critical review of them, and I’ll publish their thoughts as they are available. I’ll also state that I’ve only briefly heard the preceding Premier PRS comps in an over the top show vehicle, where they frankly sounded like ass, so I won’t attempt to make any comparisons to them.
Enough chatter and on with the review…