Conclusion: Before purchasing the pioneer mr2040 speakers i was able to compare them to the : kickers,alpine, infinity, kenwood and jl's. The pioneers had a very noticeable higher guilty sound over all the others, even at max volumn. And the price at sonic electronics is definitly easier on the pocket. I cannot rate durability because I just bought them, ask me about that next year. I will say they appear to be made very well. Yes I would recommend them.
Summary: I had this speakers every since 2008. I installed them in my front grill of my Van to get that block away sound. Never had any problems, they are loud and clear and it really helped giving my van that 2 or 3 blocks away sound. I had 2 but now I'm buying 4 more. You won't be disappointed.