There is much debate over whether a three way speaker offers any advantage over a two way. Are three way speakers such as the Pioneer TS-A6966R better than your typical two way? The answer is, it depends! First lets look at what the main differences:
The main difference between two way and three way speakers is the addition of the mid-range. Two ways offer woofer bass and a tweeter while three ways offer the same plus a mid range. Why does any of this make a big difference? Audio signal is directed from head unit to the amp (if installed), through a crossover and sent to the corresponding “speaker” Tweeters handle the highs, Woofers handle the lows or bass and the mid-range handles the mid sounds.
Better Sound Quality
If you look just on the surface you would think the more drivers a speaker has the better the sound quality, since each driver handles a different frequency level. To an extent this is true, but there are still other factors you need to consider since some two ways outdo three ways and some three ways are better than five ways (five drivers). What many people fail to understand is the fact that cabinet design, speaker match and how well the crossover is tuned will play a big role in ultimate sound quality.
With all that being said how do the Pioneer TS-A6966R stack up? They offer great sound at a fantastic price point. Customers who have purchased and installed these speakers find the highs, lows and mids are equally clear and precise. They work well with or without a powered amp behind them and are simply unbeatable for the price range.