Pioneer TS-W3003D4 Review

Product Name:Pioneer TS-W3003D4 12-Inch
Size:12 Inch
RMS Watts:600 Watts
Peak Watts:2000
Impedance:Dual 4-Ohm

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Pioneer TS-W3003D4 Review

Pioneer Ts-w3003d4  review: 12″ 2,000-watt Champion Series pro Sub-woofer

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Pioneer is a Japanese corporation founded in 1938 and it is focused on production of digital entertainment products. This company has introduced many revolutionary products on the market and they are always trying to implement the latest technology in each of their products.


Pioneer subwoofers are one of the most sought after car accessories today. The Pioneer Ts-w3003d4  is one of the many good examples of Pioneer subwoofers.


Pioneer Ts-w3003d4 belongs to the so-called Champion Series Pro subwoofers. As the name suggests it was designed for people who truly want to enjoy listening to music in their car. Of course, the subwoofers can be very helpful when it comes to communication too because people today often use their audio systems to take phone calls from their mobile devices. This is something that most people don’t consider but truly does make a difference.


The basic idea of the creators of this interesting car subwoofer was to create a subwoofer that can produce powerful, clear and loud bass. It can withstand about 2.000 watts of max power with up to 600 watts of RMS. These numbers are very impressive especially if we were to compare them with the performance of subwoofers from other manufacturers that belong to this same category.


Another thing that makes the Pioneer Ts-w3003d4  so attractive is the simple installation process. This car subwoofer comes with a dual 4 ohm voice coils designed for a 2 or 8 ohm configuration. There is information on Wiring configurations on this page.  Also, there is wiring diagrams in the instruction manual. There is a link at the bottom of this article.


Many people love Pioneer products because of the unique designs they have. Even a car subwoofer produced by Pioneer can be easily recognized among other subwoofers. The Pioneer TS-W3003D4  for example, is improved compared to its predecessors. The designers were looking for a way to improve linearity and they have come up with a dial spider design. This solution has not only improved the linearity, but it has also improved the overall appearance of this device. Furthermore, for this particular model, Pioneer has decided to use a significantly larger pole that comes with thicker and more durable wire. This move has allowed more precise bass. The reinforced basket is here to provide better durability while the larger magnet allows this subwoofer to create more powerful bass.


Although the range of sizes of car subwoofers varies from 8 to over 20 inches, Pioneer has decided to stick to the most popular sizes.  As the name suggest, this is a model with maximum music power of 2000 watts. The sensitivity is excellent and requires low power to create great amount of sound. It has a sensibility of 96 dB.


Finally, it comes in a IMPP composite seamless cone with dual-layer elastic polymer surround.




Here is a link to the owners manual. It has a useful mounting template and also gives you dimensions for building a box if you so choose.

This speaker will pair well with the Pioneer GM-D8601 amplifer .  This amplifier will put out 500Watts RMS at 2 Ohm impedance. This come in just under the 600 watt max RMS of the Pioneer TS-W3003D4 subwoofer. This amp will also do 800 watt RMS at 1 Ohm Impedance.

If you want to run two TS-w3003d4’s the GM-D9601 Amplifier would be a perfect match. It will do 1200 Watts RMS at 1 ohm x 1.


The TS-W3003D4 from Pioneer is a great subwoofer for the price. Get yours Today!

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  • Dominic says:

    hi.recently bought that sub and am kinda new to this ohm watt or impedance jargon.I have 2 amps i can afford and both are Digital Star Sound first one is the SSA-R-6200.1D its a class D Digital Monoblock with 600watts RMS @ 1ohm and the second one is SSA-S1D-5800 class D Monoblock with the following specs 5800w Peak 550 watts RMS 1 CH @ 4ohms and 900 watts RMS 1 CH @ 2 ohms of the two which one would you recommend.thanks

    • Jiggawatz says:

      Hi Dominic, The TS-W3003D4 is a Dual 4-ohm subwoofer. This allow the sub to run at either 8-ohm or 2-ohm. Depending on how it is wired.

      It is imperitive that you use both voice coils or you will damage the Subwoofer. With that being said if you have just one of these subwoofers you will need to find an amplifier that will put out 2 or 8 ohm. I am not familiar with the starsound brand but it seems that the 6200 is only 1-ohm so i would not suggest that one. However you could run the 5800 Since it has the capability of 2 ohms.

      You will want to be careful since the RMS power rating is quite a bit more than what the Pioneer subwoofer is rated for.

      At the bottom of the article i recommend an amplifier for this subwoofer. from what i can tell its only about 10 or 20 dollars more.

      Thanks for reading and let me know now if there is anything else i can help with.

      • John says:

        Which pioneer amplifier would you recommend to power 2 pairs of TS-A1676S speakers and one TS-W3003D4 subwoofer. I would like 1 amp to power all of these.

        Secondly, what’s the best quality speaker wire in the market right now. I would like to have the best quality speaker wires for my car sound system.


        • Jiggawatz says:

          Hi John, I would recommend the GM-D9605 amplifier from Pioneer. The TS-A1676S speakers are rated at 50watt RMS at 4 ohm. The GM-D9605 amplifier has the capability of producing 4 x 75 watt at 4 ohms. Also, it will push 600 watts RMS at 2 ohm to the TS-W3003D4. This is a pretty good match. The amplifier has low and high pass filters and also comes with a remote bass knob.

          As for the wiring, pioneer recommends the wire size to be the same for the power and ground wires. (So do I). They recommend 8 AWG for under 7 foot run. 6 AWG for under 11ft and 4 AWG for under 20 ft. I would recommend going with the 4 AWG to future proof your wiring in case you want to switch it out later you already have the larger wire.

          I would also recommend going with a wiring package like this one. It comes with everything you need to install your speaker, subwoofer, and amplifier. It comes with the recommended (by pioneer for the GM-D9605) 100A inline fuse.

          Here is a link to the owners manual for the GM-D9605 amplifier. You can look this over before buying.

  • Paul says:

    can you let me the connections for the above amp and sub? thanks…

  • James says:

    Can 2 of these subs handle being parralleled twice and go into a 1 ohm load at the amp at 1100 watts? It’s mono amp. So being they are 600 watt rms. Would that put 550 watts per speaker from the amp?

    • Jiggawatz says:

      Hi James,

      Technically yes. They should be able to handle this setup. Make sure your amplifier is capable of handling the 1 ohm load. Let me know how they Sound.

  • Verlon Farris says:

    Can a pioneer gm-d9601 2400watt give 600rms to 2 ts-w3003d4?

    • Jiggawatz says:

      The Since each TS-w3003d4 is a Dual Voice Coil subwoofer this means that each sub can be either 2 ohm in parallel or 8 ohm in series. As a pair of 2ohm subwoofers wired in parallel you will have 1 ohm. As a pair of 2 ohm subwoofers wired in series you will get 4 ohm. As a pair of 8 ohm subwoofers wired in parallel you will get 4 ohm. As a pair of 8 ohm subwoofers wired in Series you will get 16 ohm. So our final options would be to run @ 1 ohm, 4 ohm, or 16 ohm. The gm-d9601 that you mention runs at 1200 watt rms at 1 ohm 800 watt rms at 2 ohm and 500 watt RMS at 4 ohm. Since we have two 600 watt subwoofers our needed wattage would be 1200 watts. In order to run 1200 watts on the amp we need to be at 1 ohm. So a parallel to parallel configuration is your best bet. Hope this helps.

  • hamzath says:

    Pioneer TS-W3003D4 12-Inch how can mach ampli

    • Jiggawatz says:

      I recommend and amplifier in the article. It is the GMD8601 from pioneer. Running at 2 ohms it pushes 500 watt RMS . This is just below the 600 watt RMS rating of the subwoofer. You may want to look at an amplifer that does closer or a little over 600 watt RMS @ 2 ohms. But you will be safe with the GMD8601. Thanks

  • Nooby says:

    Hey, i am new to all this and have connected one tsw3003d4 with a gmd8601. One thing i noticed is when i play loud bass, it sounds good and makes car shake a bit, but then the subwoofer starts to make an electric smell. Where should the gain be set, i really want to take advantage of the power of this sub but im too scared to blow it. Also recently, i just bought a different box which sounds a bit better and can go a bit lower, but in those low notes i notice the subwoofer making a wavy kind of distorted bass. I notice it happens when the car moves.

    • Jiggawatz says:

      Could you tell me how you have your sub wired to the amplifier? This will make a big difference and could also ruin your speaker or amplifier.

      • Nooby says:

        It is wired at 2 ohms.

        • Nooby says:

          Bought a new box and noticed that the smell changed, i think the old box smelled weird, i have the gain at normal.

          • Jiggawatz says:

            Glad to hear it may have been just a funny smelling box.

            For the gain, you should check your preout voltages of the head unit and match that to the gain on the amplifier. For example if the head unit has 2v preout then you would set the gain on the amplifier to normal. Pretty sure the normal gain setting on the 8601 is 2v. There is also one labeled H. This one is 4v. Let me know what head unit you have and I can help. Thanks.

          • Nooby says:

            So i have the pioneer deh150mp and read that it has 1 Set of 2V preamp outputs. So im guessing gain is at normal. ONE thing that i did notice though, is that with this new box, the lower bass sounds like its kind of distorted, not sure if thats the word i should be using. I noticed this more as the car moves.

          • Jiggawatz says:

            I did check also and the head unit you have DEH150MP does have the 2v RCA Preouts.So the Normal Gain should be the one. The sound of the subwoofer is kind of hard to troubleshoot without actually hearing it. However, i do have another question. Do you know the Cu. Ft. of your enclosure. Both the new one and the old one. To large of an enclosure can actually cause sound quality issues. Also, with too much air space for the subwoofer to move around in it is easier to reach its max wattage capacity because there is less resistance and the subwoofer will move more freely. This can be bad if it is not designed this way.

  • Jake Eitel says:

    Hi there! I’m extremely new to the whole car audio scene, but I’m really looking to get into it.
    At the moment, I am currently running a 400 watt Kicker CRV with a Kicker 300 watt Mono block. It sounds great, but my sub broke the other day due to my girlfriend gouging a big hole in the middle of it (Yikes!)
    Anyways, I recently came across the TS W3003D4’s and considered buying a pair of 12’s.
    I am also going to buy the amp that was mentioned (Pioneer GM-D8601 amplifer)
    How should I wire these bad boys up? I have a 2000 Malibu, I’m not sure what the stock alternator ampage is, so I don’t want to over kill it.
    How about would I wire these two subs up to get the 2 OHM 500 RMS?
    Or should I do the parallel 1 OHM and run it at 800 RMS?

    • Jiggawatz says:

      If you are going to be running 2 of the TSw3003D4’s i would suggest getting the GM-D9601 Amplifier instead of the GM-D8601. This proves to be a better match. It will do 1200 watt RMS @ 1 ohm x 1. With the Two subs in parallel you will get 1 ohm. Since both subs are 600 watt rms each you will need approximately 1200 watts rms. I re read my review here and i realize that i suggested that you could run the GM-D8601 with two of these. While this is definitely possible, you will get more from your subs if you buy the bigger amplifer. I will be updating the post to reflect this.

      I am pretty sure your Alternator puts out 105 amp stock. You have to realize that this is the max output and will put out a lot less than that at idle. You may experience some dimming at idle but you should be ok overall. If you plan on adding a second amp for smaller speakers you may consider doing an alternator upgrade.

      Thanks, For reading.

  • Jawad says:

    Hi can you please advice I want to install 2 pioneer tsw3003d4 sub woofers which amplifier is best to connect these 2 subwoofer and also tell me do I have to install 2 separate amplifiers for each sub woofer.

    • Jiggawatz says:

      HI Jawad,

      You will not need two amplifiers for two of these. Here is a snipit from the Article. “If you want to run two TS-w3003d4’s the GM-D9601 Amplifier would be a perfect match. It will do 1200 Watts RMS at 1 ohm x 1”

      Thanks for reading.

  • Jawad says:

    I am also running 2 pairs of jbl gto938 speakers what is the best option to connect 2 tsw3003d4 sub woofers

  • Tlamelo says:

    HIi bRO,

    Do you think 2 pairs of Pioneer TS-W3003D4 12-Inch will match the below amp specs:

    ICE Power PS-6200.4 6200w 4channel Amplifier
    – rms @ 2ohm 200w x 4ch
    – rms @ 4ohm 150w x 4ch
    – rms @ 4ohm mono 400w x 2ch
    – rms @ 2ohm stereo 1550w x 4ch

    • Jiggawatz says:

      I would think the best way to wire them up with these specs would be to wire each single speaker parralel(since they have dual 4 ohm Voice Coils) this will make each speaker 2 ohm, then wire two speakers together in serie. This will give you two sets of speakers at 4 ohm. THen you can use the 4ohm mono 400w x 2ch on the amplifier. This should get you the closest to the 600w RMS the TS-W3003D4 is rated at. HOpe this helps.

  • Manny says:

    Will my 4 pioneer tsw3003d4 subwoofers set off car alarms and will they bang hard so u can hear me coming from the next block

    • Jiggawatz says:

      There are a lot of variables involved to answer your question. If set up properly with the correct wiring, amplifier, head unit, and enclosure four of these will be very loud. Set off car alarms? Well, this also depends. I suppose if the car alarms sensitivity was set relatively low and you were close to the vehicle then yes this is definitely possible. These are a very popular subwoofer for this price point.

  • Manny says:

    Are these subs really good and do they set off car alarms and that loud ppl can here me coming

  • Andy Troy says:

    hi..i have installed 2 12′ pioneer TS-w3003d4’s and i use the GM-D9601 amplifier to run them..can you tell me how to connect the sub correctly because it broke the GM-D9601 with big smoke.I connect the sub + with + and – with – is this correct.?so i d”ont know exactly how the amplifier burn can you help me.!

    • Jiggawatz says:

      Typically just hooking up your speakers wrong will not cause your amplifier to smoke unless you ran it for a while with messed up wiring. At what point did it smoke? Was it instantly or did it run for a while?

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