Best 6×9 Speakers – An Expert’s Review & Mega Guide

I’m going to get straight to it, choosing the best 6x9 car speaker takes more than just the brand name or the amount of money you’re going to pay for it. as a matter of fact, these two should be the last thing in your order of priorities. 

But how do you really get the best then?

Well, this is where we come in. We’ll be giving you the best upgrade options you could possibly get in the market- imagine how good of an experience it would be to get an outstanding performance from a speaker that’s amazingly easy to set up.

Let’s get started by taking a look at the best of the best in 2018.

Comparison chart.

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How about you, first of all, have a look at the comparison chart below before taking a look at the detailed reviews, it surely would save you a great deal of time.

How & why did we settle for our top 30 list?

Just as it is the case when it comes to other audio components for your car, there are hundreds of options for you to choose from and there’s no way you can get the best via just a quick search on the web.

Considering how much trouble it would be for you to do all the hard work by yourself, we put our review team into action. We’re basically car audio enthusiasts who’ve had a great deal of experience when it comes to car audio systems for a long time and we deemed it suitable to classify the speakers in 3 categories- the budget speakers, average priced and the premium-quality speakers.

Well, after spending hours of research on some of the best eCommerce websites going through customer review, product features and adding our own first-hand experience with 6x9 speakers, we came up with this top 30 list.

Each speaker we’ve reviewed has also been put to test in different environments to determine how good a sound quality you can be able to get when you use it in your vehicle and trust me, you won’t be disappointed whatsoever.

Here’s what we came up with:

Top 30 6x9 car speakers 2018- an in-depth review

Budget-friendly 6x9 speakers

Are our reviews really as good as we say they are? I guess it’s about time you find out. Let’s kick start our review with the standard 6x9 speakers.
These are meant for you if you’re on a budget but at the same time would like a better performance than your pre-installed speakers

1. BOSS Audio MR690 350 Watt (Per Pair), 6 x 9 Inch

BOSS Audio MR690 350 Watt 6x9 Speaker

BOSS Audio MR690 350 Watt 6x9 Speaker

Now here’s yet another car speaker from Boss audio- the BOSS Audio MR690. Boasting to be one of the few marine-grade car speakers that are really outstanding and as good as they claim to be, the package comes in a pair of two.

They’re corrosion free and suitable for use in even the harshest environments. In addition to this, the material construction is worth every penny and the same goes for the audio performance.

First impressions & package contents

It’s one of the many full-range speakers with a 2-way configuration which is probably what you have as your ALREADY INSTALLED speakers. They have an oblong design and each of the speakers in the pair you’ll be getting out of the box has got a white protective cover.

Both the tweeter and the woofer are handled by the same driver which we’re yet to find out whether or not should be good enough for you to have in your vehicle.

You’ll also be getting a pair of grills as well as magnet covers which should come in handy if you do want your pair of speakers to last as long as possible.

Build quality & design.

We’ve already established that it’s a marine-grade car speaker but there’s more to it than just this; let’s see what more it’s got to offer us:

  • Polyurethane woofer cone – resilience, flexibility and utmost durability all in one. By using this on the cone, the speaker is capable of taking in a lot of power to give you deep lows and at the same time, the cone will remain intact without being detached from the woofer.
  • A rubber surround – the cone cannot work quite as well if it’s not backed up by a high-quality surround and in this case, you’ll be having rubber which gives it utmost flexibility. The impermeability of rubber and endurance to moisture makes it a worthy material on this marine-grade speaker.
  • High-tech mylar tweeter – the mylar tweeter is reputed for a wider variance of sound modifications and channel handling. It also does have plastic poly for the cone hence won’t tear or rip easily even under abnormal frequency changes.
  • An aluminum voice coil – being corrosion resistant, low density, non-magnetic and non-ignitable, it is able to perform equally as well in high tension and high compression environments.
  • Water resistant capability – most aspects in its construction deem it ideal for use near water. The components are coated to prevent corrosion in humid as well as salty environments.
Audio specifications

It surely does have one of the build qualities but is the audio performance really as good as its construction? It’s about time we found out.

  • 4-ohm impedance –low and definitely what defines an outstanding car speaker. With this low an impedance, power usage will be enough to pump up the speakers even if you’ve got them directly wired to your head unit.
  • 60Hz-20kHz frequency response – in the case of the frequency response, you’ll be getting quite decent lows though they’ll not necessarily be audiophile-grade. As for the highs, you’re going to enjoy these considering the premium construction of the mylar tweeters.
  • 92dB sensitivity – there’s no better way to get a loud and clear sound other than the 92dB impedance rating which also does use up quite a little amount of power despite giving out high volumes and utmost clarity.
  • 175 watts RMS per pair – the continuous power handling for each pair is 175 watts whereas the peak power is 350 watts. These two basically back up every other audio aspect to give you an audio experience that most people only dream of.
What we liked about it
  • Water resistance for utmost durability.
  • A wide frequency response range for both quality highs and lows.
  • The durable and high-quality woofer and cone design
  • An aluminum voice coil gives you quality performance even under stress.
What we didn’t like
  • You need to be really sure they’ll fit in your vehicle prior to buying them
My recommendation

If you want something that will not compromise on the audio quality even in the harshest environment, this pair should definitely do the trick.

Besides just boasting its ravishing looks, they won’t give in to humid and salty environments and they do come with protective grilles to keep them intact and protected against physical damage.

2. Pioneer TS-A6996R A-Series 6" X 9" 650W 5-Way Speakers

Pioneer TS-A6996R a-Series 6 Inch X 9 Inch 650W 5-Way Speakers

Pioneer TS-A6996R a-Series 6 Inch X 9 Inch 650W 5-Way Speakers

Being in the A-TS series of the pioneer speakers, the Pioneer TS-A6996R will be giving you quite the kick for your buck since as compared to most speakers in its class, it’s got a performance unlike any other.

The TS-A series will be giving you a better bass as well as a dynamic mid-range which, as compared to your factory-installed speakers will give a much greater value for your money and most probably better than any other full-range speaker.

Besides just having an outstanding sound quality, the speaker does boast a design that’s one of a kind as it’s not only built to last but it’ll be giving your vehicle a whole new look.

design and build quality

Yes, it's a 6x9 speaker and despite its simple design, it is one of the few 5-way coaxial speakers you'll get in the market.

This means that you’ll be getting more than just a single woofer and a tweeter. At the end of the day, the highs, the lows and the mid-range frequencies will be more pronounced in this bad boy.

  • There’s also a highly rigid Multilayer Mica Matrix cone structure. This ensures there is a wide sound dispersion hence giving you a deeper bass.
  • The tweeters being the soft-dome type, on the other hand, are meant to give you a better range of the mids and the highs which is unlike anything you'll be getting from the stock installed speakers in your vehicle. The tweeters also do come with a waveguide which ensures that you get to have an optimized sound even at high volumes
  • The speaker also does feature a cooling basket which means that the heat management Is checked and that no matter how much power you supply to it, it’s not going to be at the risk of blowing.
  • The dimensions are 14.3 x 11.1 x 5.5 inches and it weighs 8.9 pounds. It’s important that you check the dimensions of your vehicle to ensure it fits before making your purchase.
The performance
  • Being one of the key features that dictate whether or not a 6x9 car speaker really is worthy of being installed in your car, the power handling of a car speaker should not be overlooked whatsoever. It is because of this that the Pioneer TS-A6996R comes with a peak power of 650 watts. This is more than enough to get the bass going loud and clear regardless of the music genre you’re listening to.
  • Besides the high power-handling, there’s also a 93dB impedance that gives you a loud and clear sound but at the same time utilizes less power.
  • Yet another thing that caught our eye on the Pioneer TS-A6996R is the frequency response. I’ve got to say that for a coaxial speaker, 20Hz-20kHz is really, really outstanding since it outdoes most of the speakers you’ll get in the market. It’s simply a favorable choice for both audiophiles and anyone who just wants a first-time speaker upgrade

To spice things up, even more, there is a mesh grill that is fully covered hence keeping your speaker protected at all times. Considering you'll most likely be installing this in your door, the mesh grill will come in handy and you won't have to worry about any imminent physical damage on your speakers

What we liked about it
  • The 93dB sensitivity rating gives you a clear sound even at high volumes.
  • Includes a fully covered mesh grill for protection against physical damage.
  • Being a 5-way coaxial speaker, there’ll be no sound interference whatsoever
  • A high-power handling and outstanding frequency response for the best sound quality
What we didn’t like
  • It doesn’t really fit in all vehicles and you may need to make some adjustments to the installation location if you’re upgrading from stock speakers.
Should you get these?

The Pioneer TS-A6996R surely does have a better audio quality than most and it will definitely be a worthy upgrade to any factory-installed speakers. It gives a high volume and there is no frequency overlap. Its design quality, besides just observing the aesthetics contribute to its durability and the production of a high sound quality.

Do give it a try for a whole new music experience.

3. Rockford R169X2 6 x 9 Inches Full Range Coaxial Speaker, Set of 2

Rockford R169X2 6 x 9 Inches Full Range Coaxial Speaker, Set of 2

Rockford R169X2 6 x 9 Inches Full Range Coaxial Speaker, Set of 2

Don’t let its simple design fool you, this pair of Rockford R169X2 6 x 9 full range speakers have got more to it than meets the eye.

Well, other than the obvious fact that the installation will be a walk in the park, the Rockford R169X2 is a new generation of factory replacement speakers. You'll be getting a kit included simplifying the installation as well as other mounting hardware which we'll look at closely later on.

Is it really worth having in your vehicle? Let’s find out…

Rockford R169X2- first impressions

Upon unboxing your package, you'll get a pair of these two-way speakers. Also included in the package are all the essential gear you'll be needing: there are the 15' speaker wires each of which has a female quick-slides on one end and a tinned bare wire on the other, 8-speed clips, 8 1-1/4" screws and obviously an installation manual.

Build quality and design

Moving on to what the speakers really are about, let's take a look whether or not it has a good enough build quality before taking a look at the reason you should trust it to give you the best music at all times.

  • A vacuum polypropylene woofer cone – I could not emphasize enough on the significance of the woofer cone. With the woofer being the largest part of any coaxial speaker, it's important that the cone is of a superb quality which is why due to the lightweight and rigid nature of the vacuum polypropylene woofer cone, the bass won't disappoint you.
  • A rubber surround for the woofer – surrounding the cone is a flexible and durable rubber surround. This is able to stand up quite well to extreme weather elements such as high temperature and moisture and in addition to this, it will hardly succumb to damage from dust the rubber. The same is also quite flexible to allow for the free motion of the cone.
  • Silk-dome flush mounted tweeter – for the high frequencies, the silk-dome flush mounted tweeters will conveniently propagate them. No other better way to get clear and high-quality highs.
  • An integrated high pass crossover – there’s also a high-pass crossover that ensures the high frequencies are exclusively handled by the tweeters. This way, there’s no frequency overlap whatsoever, you can always depend on the 6dB high pass crossover for quality sound production.

In addition to the above-mentioned specs, the speaker has got a stamped steel basket design as well as grilles both of which function to protect it against any imminent physical damage

Does it really have a good enough audio quality?

The performance should be equally as good as the design and build quality, right? Don't just take my word for it, however, do have a look for yourself.

  • 90 dB sensitivity – the rule of thumb basically is the higher the sensitivity is, the better of the sound quality and with as much as 90dB, then you'll be enjoying high volume with optimal power utilization and no sound distortions whatsoever.
  • 48Hz – 20kHz frequency response – for the frequency response, considering there’s a high pass crossover on this speaker, I’d say you’ll be getting the best possible highs and lows you could possibly get from any other speaker in its class.
  • 65 watts RMS and 130 watts peak power – most importantly, the power rating on a car speaker should not be overlooked which is why this 65-watt RMS will be giving you a decent sound quality. Though not really audiophile-grade quality, it’s a worthy upgrade.
  • 4-ohm impedance – with the low 4-ohm impedance, it’s able to channel as much power as possible and get the music going quite loud.
What we liked about it
  • Includes a high pass crossover for the best highs
  • The quality woofer and tweeter construction for a long-lasting and ideal performance
  • It comes with speaker grilles and installation gear for easy setup.
What we didn’t like
  • The low frequencies are a little wanting and you may have to get a subwoofer for these
Are they really worth it?

They do boast an elegant design and are definitely better than most stock-installed speakers; so yes, you should definitely get these.
You’ll be getting a kick for your buck with these and regarding durability, they’ll definitely serve you for quite some time.

4. Rockford Fosgate R169X3 Prime 6 x 9 Inch 3-Way Full-Range Coaxial Speaker

Rockford Fosgate R169X3 Prime 6 x 9 Inch 3-Way Full-Range Coaxial Speaker - Set of 2

Rockford Fosgate R169X3 Prime 6 x 9 Inch 3-Way Full-Range Coaxial Speaker - Set of 2

Is there more to it to the Rockford Fosgate R169X3 besides just boasting to be from one of the best car speaker brands there are in the market?

I’ve got to say that this speaker will not dampen your expectations whatsoever. The material construction of both the cone and the woofer is going to tune up the audio quality of your vehicle. In addition to this, it’s also durable and the overall performance is outstanding.

The best part about the package you’ll be getting is that it comes in a pair and being a coaxial speaker, setting either of these up shouldn’t be a problem whatsoever.

Let’s have a look at what you should be expecting from this set of speakers.

Material construction

For the build quality, it’s all about getting something that will last for long and have equally as good a performance as it did when you started using it. Bearing this in mind, here’s why you should try out the Rockford Fosgate R169X3

  • It’s got a vacuum polypropylene cone which is basically what determines how good a bass quality you’ll be having. Considering polypropylene is hard and rigid enough, bass production will be at its best. Polypropylene also happens to be quite durable when it comes to exposure to elements such as dust and water hence giving you a long-lasting performance.
  • Around the polypropylene cone is a rubber surround which, as far as flexibility is concerned, it’s just got the best. With optimal vibration, sound dissipation will be at its best- you could say that this is good enough a coaxial speaker for any audiophile.
    An added advantage to having rubber on this is that it also stands up quite well to extreme conditions as well as dust.
  • For the tweeters, you’ll be getting silk-dome pole mounted Piezo tweeters and the same material construction goes for the mid-range as well.
  • In addition to the outstanding tweeter, midrange, and woofer, this speaker also does come with grilles and mounting hardware included. This, coupled up with the fact that it's a coaxial speaker makes the installation process much simpler and dependable even for a first-timer.
Overall performance- does it really have what it takes?

Even with the best design, you won’t be enjoying your car speaker as much as you should if the performance is not good enough.

That being said, here’s how the Fosgate R169X3 holds up.

  • Boasting a 65-watt RMS, it does offer more power than you'll be getting from most speakers in its class. Though it may be tempting to surpass the RMS when playing your music, I strongly advise against this as it could blow your speakers. For the peak, it's an outstanding 130 watts which comes in handy especially when playing deep bass music such as hip hop, dubstep or even rock
  • There’s a high pass crossover included in the design. This basically directs the high frequencies to the tweeter and the mid-range driver leaving the lows to be handled by the woofer exclusively.
  • The frequency response is between 47Hz and 20kHz hence you get to have both decent highs and lows
  • For the sensitivity, you’ll be getting 90dB which is above average as far as full-range speakers are concerned
What we liked about it
  • It’s got mounting hardware already included out of the box
  • Quality polypropylene cone and rubber surround for durability and high-quality sound
  • It’s got an integrated tweeter crossover for high-frequency isolation.
  • 65 watts for the RMS hence high volume and clarity altogether
What we didn’t like
  • It’s not really the best choice for audiophile-grade bass quality
Should you get it?

If you’re looking for something that’s better than your factory installed speakers, then you should definitely get these while they’re still in stock. The speakers offer both decent highs and lows which is most definitely more than what most factory installed speakers will give us.

On the other hand, if you’re looking for audiophile-grade sound, then these will most likely disappoint you but at the end of the day, they’re easy to install and affordable as well.

5. 6” x 9” Car Sound Speaker (Pair) - Pyle PL6984BL

6” x 9” Car Sound Speaker (Pair) - Pyle PL6984BL

6” x 9” Car Sound Speaker (Pair) - Pyle PL6984BL

I’m guessing that your mind is already blown with the few 3-way speakers we’ve taken a look at but there’s their much better performing siblings, the 4-way speakers

These, as expected, give you a much better sound quality and in the case of the Pyle PL6984BL, you’ll be having speakers that look great and at the same time give you just as good a sound quality all the time.

How about we find out whether or not this is a worthy upgrade for your car audio system? 

First impressions & design quality.

Right out of the box, you’ll be getting a pair of the Pyle PL6984BL coaxial speakers and their look will definitely blow your mind. The blue color is ravishing and being 4-way 6 x 9 speakers, you’ll be having more than just the tweeter and the woofer.

You’ll also be getting wires, mounting hardware and grilles all of which will make the installation process a walk in the park.

As for the design quality, here’s what you should expect:

  • A non-fatiguing rubber surround – even with the tiniest knowledge in speaker design, then you're definitely aware of the importance of the surround and the production of high-quality sound. In the case of this pair of speakers, you'll be getting a non-fatiguing rubber surround. This allows for efficient bass production and unlike most of the other surround materials, it will retain its original state for a long time which means high-quality music for you.
  • A durable poly-injection cone – as for the woofer cone, there's more to the blue poly-injection cone than just it looks. Being hard and rigid, bass production will definitely be at its best as it allows your music to resonate at full power.
  • 1-1/2” film-dome mid-range – as expected from a 4-way coaxial speaker, there’s a mid-range present in this one as well. Being a 1-1/2” neodymium mid-range, you’ll definitely be having a good experience with the vocals in your music
  • 1” film dome tweeter – besides the mid-range there's also a film dome tweeter which gets the high-frequency audio loud and clear
  • 2/4 piezo tweeter – finally, to complete the 4-way functionality of this speaker, there is the piezo tweeter. These are reputed for allowing the speakers to reach a high level of performance and at the same time give you a sound that’s completely natural.
  • A powerful 50 oz magnet – yet another feature that is worth pointing out on this speaker is that you’ll be getting a 50 oz magnet structure for the woofer. This is strong enough to give you a sound quality that’s above average.

Besides the above-mentioned features, you should also know that installation shouldn't be difficult as the speaker to come with wires and mounting hardware. Also, being 6 x 9 speakers, they should be able to fit most vehicles as well.

The speakers also do have speaker grilles right out of the box with which you can cover them up to protect them against physical damage- get to enjoy that high-quality sound for as long as possible.

The Pyle PL6984BL performance.

As already mentioned, the performance of this speaker is just as good as the design and build quality. Let’s start by taking a look at the power handling capabilities.

  • 200 watts RMS and 400 watts peak power – for coaxial speakers, this level of power output is most probably more than enough and by getting this from the pair, your music experience will be outstanding.
  • A high-temperature ASV voice coil – for the voice coil, you'll be having a high-temperature voice coil which increases both the performance and efficiency of a heavy-duty play time through lower weight and higher operating temperatures.
  • 4-ohm impedance – the 4-ohm impedance does compensate the undersized wiring that's found in most cars today which ensures that there is an optimized usage of both the RMS and the peak power
  • 92 dB sensitivity – for the sensitivity, with 92 dB being above the average recommended level, the music will be running loud and clear even at a high volume
  • 50Hz-20kHz frequency response – with this frequency response, this 4-way speaker ensures that there is complete isolation for the highs, the lows and the mids hence giving you a good audio experience.
What we liked about it
  • It’s got installation hardware included in the package.
  • Being a 4-way speaker, the sound quality is far much better than what standard coaxial speakers will give you.
  • Includes grilles that offer protection against any physical damage.
  • Quality material construction for a loud and clear sound
What we didn’t like
  • Strictly observe the RMS rating since you may get sound distortions by doing otherwise.
Should you get these?

If coaxial speakers are your thing, then I’d definitely recommend these to anyone as a perfect upgrade or replacement to any factory-installed speakers.

The build quality and design aesthetics are just as good as what you get when you're playing your favorite audio tracks and in addition to this, the installation process is quite easy since you'll most probably be replacing your stock-installed units with these.

6. Kenwood KFC-6965S 6 x 9 Inches 3-Way 400W Speakers

Kenwood KFC-6965S 6 x 9 Inches 3-Way 400W Speakers

Kenwood KFC-6965S 6 x 9 Inches 3-Way 400W Speakers

With a lot of options to choose from when it comes to car speakers, it’s admittedly difficult for you to get one that’ll get the music in your car going just right. Well, for starters, the Kenwood KFC-6965S doesn’t give you one but you’ll be getting a pair of 6x9 speakers.

But…

We all know it’s not all about the numbers or size in the world of car speakers hence it’s of utmost importance that we do take a closer look at what this pair from Kenwood has in store for you.
Here’s what you’ll be paying for…

Construction and design

Right out of the box, you’ll be getting a pair of speakers which come along with a protective grill and mounting hardware. As for the build quality of the speakers, here’s what you’ll get.

  • A lightweight and rigid polypropylene woofer cone. Being what determines how good a bass quality you'll be having, this cone ensures that you get to enjoy every bit of the bass in your music- whether you're listening to dubstep, rock or hip-hop, you won't be disappointed whatsoever.
  • Besides the woofer, there is also the polyetherimide cone for the tweeter which ensures that the high frequencies are more pronounced. To spice things up, even more, there is a ceramic super tweeter that ensures you get more detail in your music.
  • As for the dimensions, each of these measures 9 x 6 x 6 inches and it’s important to take both the internal and external measurements of the installation location before buying these. The top mount depth of each speaker is 3” hence you should check on this too.
Audio Performance- does it have what it takes

To back up the construction and build quality, the performance of this pair of 3-way speakers will not disappoint you and here’s why:

  • 30-22,000 Hz for the frequency response: as mentioned earlier on, the design is composed of a tweeter and a super tweeter both of which handle the high frequencies and then there’s the woofer for the lows.
  • Power handling: Moving on to the power handling which also does play a huge part in determining the bass quality, each pair has an RMS of 45 watts and 400 watts for the peak. Unless you have an amplifier, you shouldn’t surpass the recommended RMS rating to avoid damaging the voice coil.
  • Impedance: Backing up the RMS and peak power is the impedance. The rule of thumb is that the lower it is the better the sound quality since the speaker gets to utilize as much power as possible. With 4 ohms being the impedance in the Kenwood KFC-6965S, you’ll surely get a sound quality that is above average and obviously better than what most car speakers have to offer.
  • 92dB sensitivity:There’s also the 92dB sensitivity which is above the recommended 88dB average rating of an ideal car speaker. With the high sensitivity, the speaker gets to achieve loud and clear volume even at a reasonably lower power rating.
Installation

As mentioned earlier on, the speaker comes with a grille out of the box. These, besides securely holding the speakers in position to give them utmost protection from physical damage which is quite essential considering you'll most likely install them on your car doors. Installation is also quite easy and straightforward considering these are coaxial speakers.

What we liked about it
  • Includes grille covers for protection and easy installation.
  • It’s got 45 watts for the RMS and 400 watts for the peak
  • 30 – 22,000Hz frequency response for better highs and lows
  • Quality woofer, tweeter and super tweeter construction for an outstanding sound quality.
What we didn’t like
  • You might have to make some adjustments to fit the grille perfectly
Who should get this?

Kenwood KFC-6965S to anyone who’s looking for a quick upgrade that’s easy to install and set up and at the same time get a fairly decent sound quality that’s better than stock installed speakers.
The flip side of the coin to getting this pair of speakers sadly is that the sound gets shrill sometimes and their installation could be a little difficult especially for a first-time user. They're not audiophile-grade speakers but considering their build quality and performance, they'll give you a kick for your buck.

7. BOSS Audio R94 500 Watt (Per Pair), 6 x 9 Inch, Full Range, 4 Way Car Speakers

BOSS Audio R94 500 Watt (Per Pair), 6 x 9 Inch, Full Range, 4 Way Car Speakers

BOSS Audio R94 500 Watt (Per Pair), 6 x 9 Inch, Full Range, 4 Way Car Speakers

So far so good, with yet another speaker from BOSS Audio, you could say that this is definitely one of the best brands in the market, right?

In the case of the BOSS Audio R94, you’ll be getting a coaxial speaker only that in this case, it comes in the 4-way configuration that should be a really huge leap forwards as far as your vehicle’s audio is concerned. Let’s see how good all the 4 audio drivers really hold up, shall we?

Package contents and first impressions.

After unboxing your shipment, you’ll find within the box containing the BOSS Audio R94 a pair of the 4-way coaxial speakers. Along with these are also a pair of speaker wires for each speaker and mounting screws as well as custom tooled grilles.

Build quality & design.

The tweeter, the woofer, and the mid-range are all handled by the same driver and they work amazingly well which isn't probably the case with your OEM speakers.

Here’s the secret behind their functionality.

  • A poly injection cone – the woofer's outstanding performance is mainly credited to the cone it's got. The cone is able to allow for a great deal of flexibility and at the same time it's really durable and you get to have great sounding speakers that'll last you a really long time.
  • Butyl rubber surround – since the cone wouldn’t work optimally just by its own, there is a butyl rubber surround all around it. this, as it turns out is really flexible and does allow for free movement of the woofer cone hence a loud and clear enough bass.
  • An aluminum voice coil – with the capability of an elevated temperature strength and fatigue properties that are credited to the voice coil, the woofer will be able to take in a lot of power without giving in to damage.
  • Polyimide cone for the mid-range – the cone on the mid-range, which might be subject to fluctuating frequencies between the tweeter and the woofer, is made of polyimide for heat and fire resistance hence utmost durability.
  • Piezo tweeter design – as compared to conventional tweeters, the piezo tweeters are resistant to overloads that could end up destroying most high-frequency drivers. This makes them usable without a crossover due to their electrical properties.
Audio performance- is it really good enough?

The design’s quite outstanding in all aspects, right? but is the sound quality as good as you would like it to be? Let’s find out.

  • 250 watts RMS & 500 watts peak power –this, as expected basically means that the BOSS Audio R94 will be channeling quite a lot of power to give you a way better music pump than what you got in your speakers. It might be tempting to push them beyond the RMS but only do so if you’ve got an amp.
  • 50Hz – 20kHz frequency response – the woofer, the midrange and the tweeter all boast a quality build quality and design which deems them suitable for utilizing this frequency response quite well. You’ll be getting more detail than ever before.
  • 92dB sensitivity rating – to get the music pumping loud and clear, this speaker does have a 92dB sensitivity rating even from low-powered stock head units.
  • 4-ohm impedance – the impedance is low and with the recommended impedance on a car speaker for the production of quality sound being 4 ohms, you’ll basically have your home audio system in your vehicle while hitting the road.
What we liked about it
  • High sensitivity for a loud and clear music.
  • It's got a high-quality build that gives you high-quality music for a really long time
  • 250 watts RMS rating ensures that you enjoy the pump in your music at all times.
What we didn’t like
  • They’re not guaranteed to fit in all vehicles hence it’s important to check on the size.
Should you really get these?

Other than just boasting to be from a reputed brand, this pair of BOSS Audio R94 speakers are built to last, do have a high-power handling capability and should be easy enough for DIY installation.

The speakers should definitely be suitable if you want to step up your car audio from OEM speakers; they’ll be worth every penny.

8. Car Speakers | BOSS Audio CH6930 400 Watt (Per Pair), 6 x 9 Inch, Full Range, 3 Way

Car Speakers | BOSS Audio CH6930 400 Watt (Per Pair), 6 x 9 Inch, Full Range, 3 Way

Car Speakers | BOSS Audio CH6930 400 Watt (Per Pair), 6 x 9 Inch, Full Range, 3 Way

They boast a really unique and attractive design, are easy to install and they’ll give your music a pump unlike any other.

This pair of chaos extreme BOSS audio speakers have quite a high-power handling and other amazing audio specifications to handle anything you throw at them. They also do have a high-quality build which, besides being long lasting does work with the audio performance to give you a sound quality that most people only dream of.

First impressions

Inside the package you’ll be getting, there will obviously be a pair of the BOSS Audio CH6930. Each of the speakers has got a 3-way configuration hence in addition to a tweeter and a woofer, you’ll also be getting a mid-range driver.

Also included in the package is a pair of speaker grilles which could be used to offer protection against any physical impact hence increase the longevity of your speakers.

Well, let’s move on then and see what these two bad boys pack under the hood.

Build quality and design

Each of the speakers has got a stamped steel basket design to hold together all the other components. For the measurements, the tweeter size is 0.75" whereas that of the mid-range is 2", the mounting diameter is 8.66" and the mounting depth is 3.125". With these dimensions, it's definitely going to fit into most vehicles.

For the material construction, here’s what you get:

  • Poly injection cone - it’s got a high level of resilience, one of the most durable woofer cone materials and also blasts amazing shape-retaining properties. With its application in the chaos extreme speakers, you get to have great sounding speakers and high longevity as well.
  • Aluminum voice coil – with an aluminum voice coil, this speaker is capable of working perfectly well even under high-stress levels. No matter how much power you supply to it, you won't have to worry about blowing the voice coil whatsoever.
  • Piezo tweeters – whereas most high-frequency drivers may be easily destroyed by overloads, the piezo tweeters are resistant to this and can be used without a crossover. This, being unlike anything you'll get on OEM speakers is, even more, the reason you should get a pair of the BOSS Audio CH6930
  • Rubber surround – with its amazing level of flexibility to allow for easy movement of the cone and outstanding durability, the rubber surround gives you a high-quality music and for a really long time.
  • Polyimide dome mid-range – to offer an outstanding transition between the high frequencies and the low frequencies, this speaker comes with a polyimide dome for the mid-range which is both durable and renowned for its outstanding audio.
Audio specifications

For the audio quality, you'll definitely be blown away. The peak power is 400 watts per pair hence you get 200 watts for each of the speakers which are quite a lot for a coaxial speaker. This, however, is not all, here's more:

  • 4-ohm impedance – an impedance as low as 4 ohms should be ideal to get the sound just right even when running on low-powered stock head units and considering the voice coil is aluminum, the speakers will be able to handle quite a large power input.
  • 92dB sensitivity rating – all the speaker components come with a 92dB sensitivity which makes it possible for you to enjoy high volume and utmost clarity in your music
  • 50Hz – 20kHz frequency response – with as wide a frequency response range as this, the high frequencies will be taken care of ideally owing to the fact that there are piezo tweeters included. The lows on the other hand, though not really audiophile-grade should be loud, clear and fairly deep.
What we liked about it
  • An aluminum voice coil for elevated temperature strength
  • Piezo tweeters that are resistant to overloads and offer quality highs
  • Included speaker grilles for protection against physical damage.
What we didn’t like
  • Might not fit in some vehicles and a little adjustment may be needed
Who should get these?

With regard to the high-quality performance they do have, they'll be a worthy upgrade to any factory speakers out there. They do come with speaker grilles which protect the woofer, tweeters and the mid-range driver from imminent physical damage.

9. Infinity REF-9623ix 300W Max 6" x 9" 3-Way Car Audio Speaker

Infinity REF-9623ix 300W Max 6" x 9" 3-Way Car Audio Speaker

Infinity REF-9623ix 300W Max 6" x 9" 3-Way Car Audio Speaker

Designed to deliver the signature infinity sound in any vehicle, these speakers boast a build quality unlike any other.

One of the features that make this stand out from most of the coaxial speakers in its class is the fact that you get an oversized Plus One woofer cone. But the thing is, as far as car audio systems are concerned, you'll each component to compliment the other and jointly deliver a high-quality sound.

We’ll pretty much be looking at what it packs under the hood, how you should best use it and what you’ll be getting from the whole package.

Let’s start with the design…

Construction and build quality

From the package, you’ll be getting a pair of the Infinity REF-9623ix coaxial speakers and they do come with speaker grilles as well. Also included in the package is a pair of spacers, 8 mounting screws and speed clips, a foam mounting tape and an owner’s manual.

  • Plus one woofer cone architecture – starting with the woofer cone, you’ll be working with the unique and reputed Plus One woofer cone. This cone is unlike any other considering it’s oversized hence giving you a larger surface area for the production of a higher bass output. That’s not all however since it also enhances the mid-range performance hence the vocals of your music will be quite outstanding.
  • Adjustable tweeters – though they are not the much-praised silk-dome tweeters, the textile edge-driven tweeters on these speakers will give you a smooth and distortion free sound quality at all times. Irrespective of the power output level, you’ll not be disappointed whatsoever.
    Still, at the tweeters, it's worth pointing out that they do have an adjustable output level control of 0dB or +30 dB which, based on the installation location makes it possible to optimize the system linearity.
  • Optimized frame hence an easy fit – even the best car speaker won’t be any good if it won’t be fitting perfectly in your vehicle, right? For the Infinity REF-9623ix, the speaker is available in a range of standard sizes all of which feature a compact design that makes it possible for you to fit them in almost any vehicle with hassle-free installation.
  • Includes a pair of speaker grilles – in addition to the fit, there's also a pair of speaker grilles that cover the speakers fully. Considering you'll be replacing your present speakers with these, it's important that they are protected from any imminent damage.

Installation should be quite easy considering you’ll be having the manual and most of the equipment you’ll be needing to set it up such as the foam mounting tape and the mounting screws- definitely worth having even for a first-time upgrade.

Is the performance really good enough?

To back up the design and clearly amazing aesthetics, you’ll be getting top of the line audios from this pair of speakers. Let’s start with the power handling.

  • 100-watt RMS and 300 watts max power – for an upgrade from your OEM installed speakers, these are definitely worth getting. The RMS should deliver a high-quality bass and working hand in hand with the plus one woofer cone, it’s going to be one of the best bass qualities you could get from a speaker
  • 94 dB sensitivity – the higher this is, the better of a speaker it is to work with, right? The high sensitivity rating gets the sound going loud and clear with no distortions whatsoever and at the same time utilizing a really small amount of power.
  • 46Hz-30kHz frequency response – well, it’s a 3-way car speaker and for a coaxial speaker, I’d say that this frequency response is ideal for quality highs and lows.
  • 3-ohm impedance – in order to utilize as much power as possible to give you the best music experience, the RMS and peak will be utilized in the best way possible.
What we liked about it
  • A plus one woofer cone for high-quality bass production
  • The frame size is optimized for a perfect fit.
  • Speaker grilles are included for protection against physical damage.
  • It’s got mounting hardware for easy installation
What we didn’t like
  • If you want a really punchy bass, you should complement these with a subwoofer
Should you really get these?

Truth be told, I’d rate these as above average car coaxial speakers though not really the best that money could buy but what you should get for a quick and better upgrade.

The design is outstanding and it’s got a good longevity. The installation manual is present and you also get to have all the gear you could possibly need to put it all together.

10. BOSS Audio BRS69 120 Watt, 6 x 9 Inch, Full Range, Replacement Car Speaker

BOSS Audio BRS69 120 Watt, 6 x 9 Inch, Full Range, Replacement Car Speaker

BOSS Audio BRS69 120 Watt, 6 x 9 Inch, Full Range, Replacement Car Speaker

This one definitely lives up to its brand name. Don’t let the simplicity in its design blind you. You’ll be getting quite a punch from your music.

It’s a coaxial speaker with minimal installation demands and obviously a perfect replacement for you stock-installed unit. For the performance and durability, it does ensure that you get a quality music experience for as long as possible.

A closer look at the BOSS Audio BRS69:

The package you’ll be receiving of the BOSS Audio BRS69 has got only a single speaker which you could set up alongside an already-installed speaker. This is important to know if you’d like to have a pair of these installed in your vehicle.

Being a 6 x 9 speaker, it should be able to fit in most vehicles, right? Nonetheless, you should have in mind that the mounting diameter is 5.852” and the mounting depth is 3”

That being said, let’s have a look at how good the material construction is…

  • Polypropylene woofer cone – if you do love a deep bass, then this speaker is definitely meant for you. The cone is lightweight and rigid to get the bass going just the way you like it even when wired up directly to the head unit.
  • Foam surround – so as to ensure the cone works perfectly well, there’s the foam surround. this boasts amazing shape retaining properties. This gives the cone utmost flexibility regardless of whatever you throw at it
  • An aluminum voice coil – for these to have an elevated temperature strength and fatigue properties for an increased performance even under high stress, they’ve got an aluminum frame built into them. This way, they’ll be working under lower-weight aluminum and operate at higher temperatures.
  • A stamped basket frame – for the frame, it’s a stamped steel basket frame that keeps everything intact once you have it installed. You may want to get this speaker some grilles to add onto the protection against any physical damage.
Audio specifications

Unless a speaker’s audio performance is good enough, even the best design won’t really mean anything. Does this speaker have what it takes? Let’s find out, shall we?

  • 4-ohm impedance – lower is always better when it comes to the impedance and with it being 4 ohms, in this case, the BOSS Audio BRS69 offers you optimal power utilization and does not subject your speaker to the risk of blowing the voice coil.
  • 50Hz to 20kHz frequency response – a dual cone speaker design is not something you do come across every day, right? but with this being the case for the BOSS Audio BRS69 and with such a wide frequency range, the lows a
  • 84dB sensitivity rating – though this isn't really the best sensitivity rating you could get on a car speaker, it surely is going to give you an audible sound without any distortions. You might, however, want to get an amplifier if you want to push it a little bit.
  • 60 watts RMS power – the continuous power handling is 60 watts which should be enough to power up the speakers to give you a fairly loud, audible and quality sound.
What we liked about it
  • Quality material construction for quality sound production.
  • 4-ohm impedance for optimal power utilization.
  • A wide frequency response range for detailed highs and lows
What we didn’t like
  • Be sure to double check the dimensions to ensure it fits; otherwise, you may need to do a few adjustments.
Should you get these?

Looking for a quick and simple upgrade or replacement car speaker? This one’s definitely meant for you. It boasts a balance between the build quality and performance and DIY installation is quite easy. Getting this will definitely be worth every penny.

11. 4) New Kicker 41DSC6934 D-Series 6x9" 720 Watt 3-Way Car Audio Coaxial Speakers

4) New Kicker 41DSC6934 D-Series 6x9" 720 Watt 3-Way Car Audio Coaxial Speakers

4) New Kicker 41DSC6934 D-Series 6x9" 720 Watt 3-Way Car Audio Coaxial Speakers

Now here’s something that caught my attention- a pack of 4 speakers. Well, for starters, these are definitely more than enough for one vehicle; well, you could say that they’re audiophile-grade coaxial speakers, right?

But here’s the thing…

Besides just getting 4 speakers out of the box, is there more to these? Will they over you as good a performance as you deserve? I guess its time we did find out what these speakers are really about. Let’s have a closer look at them, shall we?

First impressions and package contents

As already mentioned, you'll be getting 4 coaxial speakers in your package but in addition to this, there are also 4 red plastic connectors, 8-speed clips, 8 self-tapping screws, 2 grilles as well as speaker wires. Each one of these will come in handy during the installation process which should be quite simple considering there's an installation manual.

The build quality

Each and every detail in the design of this speaker is meant to give you a long-lasting performance and have you enjoying every note of your music.

  • A thin-profile design – so as to ensure there is minimal protrusion of the tweeter, it is only 13 mm in size. This makes it easy to set up almost anywhere without having to make any additional modification son the installation location.
  • Polyethylene-naphthalate domed tweeters – still at the tweeters, their dome design should give you clear and natural highs and consider you'll be getting 4 of these speakers, the soundstage will definitely be outstanding.
  • A high sensitivity motor structure – the woofers have this motor structure which delivers an increased volume output even though you may be having low-powered factory head units. You could also boost their performance with an amplifier for a better music experience.
  • Polypropylene woofer cone – as for the woofer cone, being stiff and lightweight as polypropylene is, the low-frequency sounds will be handled just the way you like it.

The installation process should be quite simple since you’ll be getting the installation gear included. You also do get the grilles which cover up the speakers to protect them from any imminent physical damage. You get to use them for as long as possible.

Audio performance
  • 180 watts RMS & 720 watts peak power – with a power rating being as high as 180 watts for all the 4 speakers, you're definitely going to enjoy the lows equally as well as the highs. With regard to the material construction, you'll be begetting from these, there’s no way you could go wrong as far as the audio quality is concerned.
  • 30 Hz – 20kHz frequency response – the wide frequency range will be giving you a really good soundstage and with the sound quality from all the 4 speakers being outstanding, I'd say that these speakers would definitely be worth every penny.
  • 92 dB sensitivity rating – the high sensitivity rating ensures that you get to enjoy loud music with minimal to no distortions even while using a low-powered radio head unit.
  • 4-ohm impedance –for the impedance, 4 ohms should channel enough power from your head unit to power up the speaker which in turn should get the music going just the way you like it.
What we liked about it
  • A high sensitivity motor structure for loud and clear music.
  • Comes in a pack of 4 for loud and high-quality music.
  • Easy setup and installation considering you'll get the essential installation gear
What we didn’t like
  • Be sure to check the dimensions of your vehicle, though it fits most, it doesn’t fit all vehicles
Should you really get these?

It’s not every day that you’ll get a pack of 4 speakers right out of the box and with this being the case with these kicker speakers, you’ll be getting twice as good a performance as you were with your ORIGINAL speakers.

They’re easy to set up and do have a thin profile hence DIY installation should be a walk in the park. The material construction is also outstanding and with an audio quality is above average, I’d recommend these to anyone looking for a major coaxial speaker upgrade.

12. Polk Audio DB691 6-by-9-Inch 3-Way Speakers (Pair, Silver)

Polk Audio DB691 6-by-9-Inch 3-Way Speakers (Pair, Silver)

Polk Audio DB691 6-by-9-Inch 3-Way Speakers (Pair, Silver)

we’re really close to being done with our reviews and I’m sure you’ll agree with me when I say it’s been quite a good one. We’ll now be taking a closer look at the Polk Audio DB691.

With these, you’ll be getting a better imaging, a sharp detail, a really good frequency response and material construction. With the audio quality being as good as the material construction, you won’t have to worry about any distortions whatsoever.

Moving on to the main agenda, let's see what this pair of speakers has in store for us.

The package contents.

For anyone who really does love music, there’s nothing as breathtaking as opening up a brand-new set of speakers and I’m pretty sure the experience will be much better with this set of speakers.

Here’s what you get in the box:

There’s obviously a pair of the Polk Audio DB691, 2 grilles, 2 bottoms mount brackets, 8 self-tapping screws, 8-speed clips as well as an owner's manual.

The build quality & design
  • Poly/mica composite cone – with the cone on the woofer being one of the best you could possibly get on any coaxial speaker, there will be a smooth roll off as well as a quick response at both high and low volume due to its lightweight and stiff nature.
  • A durable butyl rubber surround – to give the cone the best level of flexibility, you’ll be getting a rubber surround. Well, besides just increasing the bass response, it’s also going to increase the lifetime of the speakers since it’s impermeable to air and stands up quite well to high temperatures as well as moisture.
  • A silk-polymer composite dome tweeter – if you want to experience those rich, clear and natural highs, then you should definitely settle for this speaker since it’s got one of the best tweeters. The tweeter also does have a neodymium magnet which is reputed for its high longevity and outstanding performance.
  • It conforms to marine certification standards – to add icing on the cake, this speaker is marine certified and therefore suitable for use in a lot of different applications even in the harshest environments.
Audio quality

A speaker is only as good as the nature of the sound you’ll be getting from it, right? That being said, let’s find out whether or not this speaker really is worthy enough of being installed in your vehicle.

  • 125 watts RMS – starting with the continuous power handling, you’ll be having quite a huge pump from your music. Since this power will be pushing the high-quality woofer and tweeters, these speakers are definitely going to be a huge upgrade.
  • 4-ohm impedance – for the impedance, the lower the better and with 4 ohms being the recommended impedance rating on any well-performing speaker, it’s bound to channel just the right amount of power to pump up your music exactly the way you want it.
  • 93dB sensitivity rating – with a sensitivity rating that’s as high as 93dB, the Polk Audio DB691will be giving you utmost clarity for your music even at a high volume which is just what you’ll be needing in your vehicle.
  • 35Hz – 22kHz frequency response – the frequency response range is quite wide. The lows will be giving you just the right amount of bass whereas the highs should be loud, clear and natural regardless of the music genre you’re listening to.
What we liked about it
  • These speakers are marine certified hence utmost versatility
  • Durable butyl rubber surround for high longevity even when exposed to sunlight and moisture
  • High sensitivity for a clear sound even at high volumes.
What we didn’t like
  • it’s not guaranteed to fit in most vehicles, you might need to do some slight adjustments
My recommendation

It’s not every day that you’ll come across a speaker that got both an outstanding performance as well as durability, right? with this being the case for the Polk Audio DB691, it’s definitely going to be worth every penny.

Installation is also quite simple and ought to be a walk in the park even though you’re doing it for the first time though you may be needed to do some slight adjustments in your vehicle which makes it worth every penny.

13. JBL GTO939 GTO Series 6x9 300W 3 Way Black

JBL GTO939 GTO Series 6x9 300W 3 Way Black

JBL GTO939 GTO Series 6x9 300W 3 Way Black

You might be in the market for new speakers- possibly a replacement of your stock speakers or an upgrade to speakers that you’ve been using for a long time.

Well, if this is so, then the JBL GTO939 should do the trick. Other than the fact that they should be easy to install regarding their coaxial design, they boast a far much better features then what your OEM speakers have for you. It has got the Plus one woofer cone, ideal power handling capabilities and won’t be difficult to install and set up.

Let’s have a closer look…

The package contents.

I’ve got to say, the packaging of the JBL GTO939 is quite simple. Inside the box will be 2 JBL GTO939 speakers and in addition to this, there are 2 protective grilles and there is also an installation manual.

Definitely nothing too complicated for you to handle and it should be easy enough for DIY installation, right? That being said, let’s move on to taking a look at what more this pair has got to offer us.

The build quality and design
  • Vented magnet assemblies – for any speakers, it is of utmost importance to keep the voice coil as cool as possible and in this case, this has been achieved by the vented magnet assembly. This keeps the air circulation optimal hence even when taking in a high amount of power, the voice coil will still remain intact
  • Edge-driven soft dome tweeters – in order to increase power handling and at the same time reduce high-frequency distortion, this tweeter design has been used. They also do have better dispersion technology and allow for a lower crossover frequency hence giving you a better imaging. This way, you get to have better vocals and clarity in your music.
  • A carbon-composite non-magnetic frame – meant to avoid warping of the JBL GTO939evne when mounted on uneven surfaces, you’ll be getting a carbon-composite frame. The fact that the frame is non-magnetic makes it possible to control the magnet’s energy and deliver it to the voice rather than wasting it as heat.
  • Plus one woofer cone technology – for the cone, you’ll be getting one that’s slightly larger as compared to other cone designs in its class. By being able to radiate more air, this cone should have a better low-frequency response.
  • Rubber surround – around the cone is a rubber surround that is flexible hence allowing optimal mobility of the woofer cone
Audio specifications

Moving on to the performance, this is definitely an all-around coaxial speaker and here’s why you should get it:

  • 100 watts RMS- the RMS power rating on each of the speakers is 100 watts and with the two working together, you get to have 200 watts for the RMS which. If you opt to use an amplifier, you should observe 25-300 watts for the power range.
  • 94 dB sensitivity rating – as for the sensitivity, you’ll be getting a great sound without overdriving the audio system. As a matter of fact, even with moderate power driving them, the sound quality will be quite outstanding.
  • 45 – 21,000 Hz frequency response – in order to compensate for speaker placement variations, the higher end of the frequency range is over 20kHz hence you get to deliver more of the full-range frequency for a great sound quality
  • 2-ohm impedance – with the impedance being as low as 2 ohms, the speakers will channel as much of the RMS as possible hence giving you high-quality sound in the long run.
What we liked about it
  • Boast the plus one woofer cone design for better lows
  • Vented magnet assembly to keep the voice coil intact.
  • A wide frequency response range for the best highs and lows
  • An adjustable tweeter level to compensate for low and off-axis mounting positions
What we didn’t like
  • You should be keen on the fit since it’s not guaranteed to fit on every vehicle
My recommendation

I’d say that this is meant for anyone who’s looking for a quick and good enough upgrade. The frequency response is outstanding, it’s got an adjustable tweeter level, boasts the plus one woofer cone design and it’s amazingly easy to install and set up.

14. JBL GTO939 Premium 6 x 9 Inches Co-Axial Speaker - Set of 2

JBL GTO939 Premium 6 x 9 Inches Co-Axial Speaker - Set of 2

JBL GTO939 Premium 6 x 9 Inches Co-Axial Speaker - Set of 2

It’s a set of two coaxial speakers each of which comes with a 3-way configuration and based on the way it held up in our series of tests, it’s definitely worthy of our top 30 reviews.

This is not just your ordinary 3-way car speaker since it has got a dual-level tweeter volume adjustment which is not all that it’s got for you. The highs and the lows are ideal and the same goes for the design. But, don’t just take my word for it, do have a look at the detailed specs it’s got below.

The build quality & design

The packaging is quite simple since you’ll only be getting a pair of the GTO 939 loudspeakers, 2 protective grilles and a single installation manual that guides you in setting everything up; but there’s more to it than just these.

  • A carbon injected plus one woofer cone – starting with the woofer cone, these speakers have got a plus one woofer cone design which is renowned for giving out more bass due to its large surface area as it moves more air. As compared to other 6 x 9 speakers, this pair is definitely going to give you an outstanding music experience.
  • Soft-dome tweeters - for the tweeters, the JBL GTO939 features soft dome tweeters that have got oversized voice coils that ensure there is great heat dissipation which means they get to take in more power without blowing up and in the long run give you smooth and fatigue-free highs
  • Vented magnet assembly – as for the woofer, there is a vented magnet assembly that helps cool the voice coil and add on to increased reliability from a high-power handling hence reduce power compression that can result to sound distortions if not checked
  • An adjustable tweeter level – in order to compensate for the low and off-axis position you may have possibly mounted it at and also compensate for road noise, the tweeter output can be adjusted from 0 to +3 decibels
The performance- is it really good enough

We’ve seen that it’s got quite a design and not anything that you can get from any stock installed speakers but is this just it or is there more to the JBL GTO939 than just the design.

Well, here’s what you get for the audio quality specifications:

  • A dedicated 12dB/octave crossover – the better the isolation of the high and low frequencies is, the better the music experience you’ll be getting. In the case of the JBL GTO939, you get to have a high-quality crossover component for the best sound possible.
  • 3-ohm impedance – for the impedance, it’s really low which means optimal power utilization and considering the high RMS level, it’s definitely a worthy upgrade for your car audio system.
  • 50-200W RMS – with the maximum RMS level being 200 watts, you may even wire them up directly to the head unit. As for the peak power, you get to have an outstanding 300 watts which, I’m sure you’ll hardly need considering the high RMS power rating.
  • 94 dB sensitivity – in order to give you a loud and clear sound all the time, the speaker has got a 94dB sensitivity rating. This is above average and definitely yet another reason for these to be a worthy upgrade
  • 46Hz-21kHz frequency response – as for the frequency response, it holds up quite well for both the highs and the lows and considering there’s a crossover included, the sound quality will, with no doubt be outstanding.
What we liked about it
  • Includes 2 protective grilles to keep the speakers safe from any physical damage
  • High power handling for a high-quality bass
  • Includes a crossover for complete frequency isolation
  • There’s a dual level tweeter volume adjustment hence suits your music taste quite well.
What we didn’t like
  • You might need to do a little modification for a perfect fit.
Who should get these?

Whether you’re looking for a first upgrade or just want to take your car audio to a higher level, these speakers are one of the best you could get.

The detail in the construction and the prowess in the performance definitely outdoes most speakers in its class, don’t you agree?

15. Alpine SPS-619 6x9" Coaxial 3-Way Type-S Speaker Set

Alpine SPS-619 6x9" Coaxial 3-Way Type-S Speaker Set

Alpine SPS-619 6x9" Coaxial 3-Way Type-S Speaker Set

Optimized for high sensitivity and power handling, this pair of the Alpine SPS-619 will be giving you a really good definition even when you’re using a low-powered ration head unit.

The type-S series of the Alpine speakers come in a wide range of sizes and in this case, you'll be getting a 6x9 3-way speaker that'll definitely be a worthy upgrade to your current audio system.

Here’s a closer look:

First impressions

The packaging is quite simple and similar to what you ought to expect from most manufacturers today. You’ll be getting a pair of coaxial speakers with a 3-way configuration, a user manual and some of the essential installation gear included as well.

That being said, let’s have a look at its anatomy.

Design and build quality.

For this pair to be able to work perfectly well with your already installed head unit and also be a worthy replacement for your stock installed speakers, it’s built quality is one of the best. It includes the following:

  • A butyl rubber surround design – starting with the surround of the speaker, the fact that it is rubber alone should be enough to tip you off on the high longevity of this speaker. Besides just being able to stand the test of time, rubber is one of the most flexible materials and it’s going to ensure optimal motion of the cone that pushes more air for a really good bass.
  • A tuned poly/mica cone – the cone, in this case, is a blend of mica and polypropylene which, due to its lightweight and rigid nature will be durable, flexible and just what you need for a high-quality bass.
  • Silk dome tweeter and mid-range – being a 3-way car speaker, you definitely get more than just the standard woofer and tweeter design. With the addition of a silk dome driver to the tweeter that has a similar construction, the two will not only be durable but they’ll also handle a lot of power and being extra stiff, they’ll improve damping.
  • Swivel tweeter design – the tweeter has got a swivel design that makes it possible to point the tweeter to a specific direction and get the soundstage you desire.
Audio specifications

To back up the design, here’s all the technical information behind the working of this speaker you ought to know about:

  • 85 watts RMS & 260 watts peak power – for a coaxial speaker, this amount of power rating is quite high 85 watts should be enough to pump up the music just the way you’d like it. As for the peak, I’d recommend that you only go past the RMS with an amplifier
  • 4 ohms for the impedance – even with a low powered head unit, 4 ohms for the impedance should be enough for you to channel just the right amount of power for a really good sound quality. You could wire this up to an amplifier for a much better experience
  • 90dB sensitivity rating – gets the music going loud and clear and the best part about it is that it uses up quite a small amount of power. The 90dB sensitivity is above the recommended sensitivity threshold for coaxial speakers which should be more the reason for you to get these.
  • 65Hz – 23kHz frequency response – for an improved output and sound quality of your vehicle on both the high frequencies, the lows and the mids, the Alpine SPS-619 comes with a really wide range of frequencies and considering it’s got a swivel tweeter, there’s no way you could go wrong with these.
What we liked about it
  • A swivel tweeter design for a better soundstage
  • High power handling hence works well with low powered stereos
  • 90dB sensitivity for clarity at all volumes.
What we didn’t like
  • Doesn’t come with an installation manual to set everything up
My recommendation

It’s one of the few quick upgrades you could count on to step up the audio qualities of your vehicle without necessarily having to wire it up to an amp or going through a tedious installation process.

So, here’s my take…

I’d pretty much recommend these to anyone looking to get a first-time upgrade that won’t disappoint whatsoever as far as the audio quality is concerned.

16. Kicker 40CS6934 6x9 inch 3-Way Speakers

Kicker 40CS6934 6x9 inch 3-Way Speakers

Kicker 40CS6934 6x9 inch 3-Way Speakers

We’ve already taken a look at other kicker speakers and none of them has disappointed us so far. Is this one any different, will it live up to its brand name? and most importantly, will it going to give you as good an audio as you desire?

What makes this speaker special is the level of detail you’ll be able to make out once you have them installed since but you shouldn’t just take my word for it, do have a look for yourself at how much it has to offer.

Here’s every reason you should get this.

The package contents & first impressions

Right inside the box are a pair of 3-way car speakers and to cover these up for protection against physical damage are also a pair of grilles.

There're also self-tapping screws, 8-speed clips, speaker wires and an owner's manual all of which will make the installation process a walk in the park. But there is more to it than meets the eye with the Kicker 40CS6934

The design and built quality

As aforementioned, these speakers will be an upgrade from your factory installed pair. Every detained in the designed is meant to give you a really good music experience.

  • Polypropylene woofer cone – with the woofer being meant to handle the low frequencies or rather the bass, it's of utmost importance that the build quality is outstanding which is why the one on this one is lightweight and rigid. The cone, however, cannot work on its own which is where the surround comes in.
  • Polyester foam surround – in order to allow flexible and free movement of the woofer cone, the polyester foam surround pushes air well enough for a good bass. The foam surround is also renowned for having outstanding shape retaining properties for a long time
  • PIE balanced dome tweeters – the polyetherimide balanced dome tweeters are light, has got amazing shape retaining properties and most importantly it boasts high-temperature handling capabilities all of which make a good enough tweeter material for your highs.
  • Electric crystal motor for the tweeters – with these mechanics, the highs will be well pronounced and natural with no distortions.

The design of this speaker is meant to reduce the depth of installation hence making it possible for them to fit virtually in any vehicle. You’ll be getting an easy drop-in installation.

Performance specifications.

Even better than the design is the high-level performance of these speakers. With the specs listed below, you’ll definitely consider these a worthy upgrade of your vehicle.

  • 92 dB sensitivity – the rule of thumb normally is that the higher the decibel rating on a car speaker, the better the sound quality will be at a high volume. 92 is quite a lot and definitely better than what your stock installed speakers will have for you.
  • 150 watts RMS – for a full-range speaker, the power rating is quite outstanding. It surely will be loud enough for most music genres but if you want to pump it up a little bit, then you should get an amp or a subwoofer to boost the bass
  • 30 Hz – 20kHz frequency response – with the lows being as low as 30 Hz and the highest possible frequency being as high as 20,000 Hz, I’d say that you’ll be enjoying every bit of your music considering the build quality of all the audio drivers is above average.
What we liked about it
  • The quality woofer and cone design for high-quality sound
  • Easy setup and installation with all the installation gear included.
  • Reduced depth basket for an easy and optimal fit.
What we didn’t like
  • If you want a deep and punchy bass, you might need a subwoofer for this.
Should you really get these?

It’s from one of the best brands, the sound quality is great and the build quality is meant to last and simultaneously give you an optimal fit for all vehicles.

The installation process is fast and easy considering you’ll be getting an installation manual along with these. All these goodies should be reason enough for you to get your hands on a pair of the Kicker 40CS6934.

17.Rockford Fosgate Punch P1694 6-Inch x 9-Inch Full Range Coaxial Speakers

Rockford Fosgate Punch P1694 6-Inch x 9-Inch Full Range Coaxial Speakers

Rockford Fosgate Punch P1694 6-Inch x 9-Inch Full Range Coaxial Speakers

Yet another outstanding full-range speaker from Rockford is the Rockford Fosgate Punch P1694. I’ve got to say that from the design and build quality to the audio qualities, this speaker will not disappoint you whatsoever.

Other than the fact that it boasts a good design and performance, it also does come with mounting hardware right out of the box.

Being in the Punch line of full-range speakers, Rockford, yet again lives up to their name since you’ll be getting a clear sound and just the right amount of impact you’d like from your favorite music tracks.

First Impressions.

Once you unwrap your package, you’ll be feasting your eyes on a pair of the Rockford Fosgate Punch P1694 4-way speakers as well as a pair of grills for each of the speakers.

Also included in the package are 8 Allen-head self-tapping screws and 8 Philips- head self-tapping screws as well as 8-speed clips. There are also two speaker wires each of which is 12' long and has quick-slides on one end and a tinned wire on the other end

That being said, let’s move on to the build quality and design.

Rockford Fosgate Punch P1694- design and build quality

Well, if you’re looking for a simple yet above-average design, then you should definitely give this pair a shot.

  • A mica-injected polypropylene woofer cone – for the woofer, the mica-injected poly cone should be hard and rigid enough to get the ass going just the way you love it. As a matter of fact, the fact that it's got Mica added to it increases its sensitivity for the production of the best highs.
  • PIE dome tweeter – whereas the woofer handles the low frequencies, the polyetherimide tweeter and due to its lightweight, shape-retaining and high-temperature handling capabilities are what you'll just need for an outstanding sound quality.
  • Butyl rubber surround – around the woofer cone is a butyl rubber surround which as far as speaker surround materials are concerned, just so happens to have the best audio since from its high level of flexibility, it allows for the production of the best-quality bass.
  • VAST surround – similar to most of the Rockford car speakers, this one too does have the VAST surround system which gives you 25% more effective radiating cone area.
  • Built-in crossover – to add icing on the cake, there’s an integrated concealed crossover within the basket hence creating a cleaner look and at the same time gives you no trouble when installing the speaker system. The tweeter is basically meant for the PIE dome tweeter hence giving you some of the best highs.
  • Flex-fit basket frame – to make it easy to mount the speaker, it’s got a flex-fit frame that utilizes slots where applicable instead of using single screw-sized holes hence allowing you to slightly adjust the speaker even after you’ve already mounted it.
What about the audio specification?

We’ve seen that as far as the build quality is concerned, this speaker is definitely worth every penny. When it comes to the performance, this turned out to be quite outstanding and here’s why:

  • 91 dB sensitivity – the higher the sensitivity is, the louder the sound gets without any distortions in the audio quality. With 91 on the Rockford Fosgate Punch P1694, you’re definitely going to be getting an upgrade from your current system.
  • 75 watts RMS & 150 watts peak power –75 watts of RMS should be good enough to give out a quality sound. The peak, on the other hand, should be observed since keeping it up for long will distort the audio quality
  • 60 Hz – 24 kHz frequency response –being a 4-way speaker, this frequency response ensures that you get to enjoy the highs and the lows equally well
  • 4-ohm nominal impedance – for optimal power utilization, the impedance on this speaker is 4 ohms which basically means that it will be channeling enough power to give you quality sound.
What we liked about it
  • It comes with installation gear all of which make it easy to set up.
  • Has got a 4-way configuration hence handles all the frequencies perfectly.
  • The FlexFit basket design allows you to slightly adjust it once it’s mounted.
  • VAST surround hence an increased speaker effective radiating cone area
What we didn’t like
  • You might need an amp to boost the sound output on this.
Should you get it?

It's not every day that you'll get as good a coaxial speaker as this one so, yes, you should definitely try it out. A simple design with above average audio levels and it most probably will outdo most of the coaxial speakers in its price range.

18. 2) New Kicker 43DSC69304 D-Series 6x9" 360 Watt 3-Way Car Audio Coaxial Speakers

2) New Kicker 43DSC69304 D-Series 6x9" 360 Watt 3-Way Car Audio Coaxial Speakers

2) New Kicker 43DSC69304 D-Series 6x9" 360 Watt 3-Way Car Audio Coaxial Speakers

I know, I know, car speakers are not always about the brand but in this case, I think that for this one time we’ll have to give this pair of kicker speakers an exception.

Meant for anyone who's looking to get the perfect replacement for OEM speakers, the kicker D-series will definitely do the trick. In addition to having a perfect fit for most vehicles, these speakers are going to give you a clarity level unlike any other.

Being a 3-way design, high and low-frequency isolation will be more pronounced. As far as volume is concerned, they're going to work perfectly well with low-powered car radio head units. But all these are just but a tip of the iceberg.

Here’s more:

The construction and build quality

It’s not in vain that this should be an ideal if not the perfect replacement for your stock installed speakers. Right out of the box, you’ll be getting a pair of the 6 x 9 speakers, butt connectors, self-tapping screws, two 11” speaker wire and an installation manual.

  • A polypropylene woofer cone – each time you'll be enjoying that punchy bass from your favorite hip-hop or dubstep tracks, it will all be credited to the lightweight and rigid polypropylene cone. It also does have a large surface area which adds on to the production of an outstanding bass quality.
  • Includes a PIE dome tweeter and a supertweeter – being a 3-way coaxial speaker, it has got both the tweeter and the super tweeter both of which are ½”.
  • Thin-profile design - Considering this is a 3-way speaker, you would expect a little tweeter protrusion, right? Well, this is not the case in the Kicker 43DSC69304 since it comes in a thin-profile design which makes installation almost hassle-free with the zero to minimal tweeter protrusion. The top mounting depth is only 3-1/4 inches hence bound to fit in most vehicles.
  • Grilles included – right out of the box, you’ll also be getting a pair of installation grilles. These should protect your speaker against any physical damage considering you’ll most probably be installing them in your car doors.
Kicker 43DSC69304 performance

Moving on to the performance, I’d say that the sound quality will definitely be as good as the build quality which, as we’ve seen is quite outstanding.

  • A 4-ohm impedance – starting with the impedance, you'll be getting 4 ohms which are considered low enough to channel enough power for the production of a high-quality bass
  • 70 watts RMS and 360 watts peak power–as for the power handling these speakers can handle a continuous wattage of 70 watts and with the low 4-ohm impedance they've got, 70 watts should be enough to give you a decent bass. The peak, on the other hand, pumps up the music a little louder when need be though you should not operate on this constantly to avoid sound distortions or even worse, damage your speaker
  • 92 dB sensitivity – the higher this is, the better and since anything above 88 dB is deemed to be above average, 92 dB will blow your mind. The audio clarity and quality even at a high volume will not be compromised whatsoever.
  • 30-20,000 Hz frequency response–being a 3-way car speaker, this frequency response range gets the highs and lows running way better than what you’d get from most car speakers. The highs will be handled conveniently by the tweeter and the super tweeter whereas the lows will be handled by the woofer.
What we liked about it
  • It’s a 3-way speaker hence better handling for the lows and the highs
  • Easy installation considering it’s a coaxial speaker
  • Grilles included out of the box for protection against any physical damage.
  • Thin-profile design hence zero protrusion during installation
What we didn’t like
  • If these are your only speakers, you might need an amp to boost the volume
My suggestion

I’d recommend these to anyone who’s looking to get a quick upgrade from their stock installed units the installation process should be hassle-free owing to the fact that it’s got a manual.

The sound quality and construction is also top-of-the-line and at the end of the day, you'll be enjoying every music genre

19. Rockford Fosgate Punch P1692 6 x 9-Inches Full Range Coaxial Speakers

Rockford Fosgate Punch P1692 6 x 9-Inches Full Range Coaxial Speakers

Rockford Fosgate Punch P1692 6 x 9-Inches Full Range Coaxial Speakers

Yet another one from Rockford Fosgate is the P1692 but does it live up to its brand name? is it really worth having in your vehicle? Well, it’s about time we found out.

Right out of the box, you’ll be feasting your eyes upon the Rockford Fosgate Punch P1692. There is not much to the aesthetics- it’s the conventional 2-way coaxial speaker which is similar to probably what you already have installed in your vehicle.

The package also includes a flex fit frame whose significance we shall take a closer look at in a short while. Here’s what you’ll be getting from the Rockford Fosgate Punch P1692.

Design and build quality.

I always like to kick off each product review with the design and in this case, though the Rockford Fosgate Punch P1692 may seem like just a standard coaxial speaker at first, it’s built quality is one of a kind:

  • A mineral-filled polypropylene injection-molded cone. As mentioned earlier on, the best cone to have on any car speaker should be hard and rigid for a quality bass. Though polypropylene should be enough to give you a bass quality that most people only dream off, the cone on this one is mineral-filled as well which gives you a much better quality.
  • Around the cone is a butyl rubber surround. This, being adopted in the past years in the construction of car speaker surrounds will give you optimal bass dissipation due to its high level of flexibility. Besides just giving you a quality bass, the P1692 surround will definitely be a durable upgrade to factory speakers since rubber will stand up quite well to high temperatures, moisture as well as dust.
  • The VAST surround- still at the surround design, the fact that this one has got the Vertical Attach Surround Technique does increase the radiating cone area of the speaker. It also does save you from any complicated installation issues hence providing 25% more effective cone area radiation.
  • A PIE dome tweeter- this, also known as a polyetherimide tweeter boasts to be lightweight and also has got shape-retaining properties as well as high-temperature handling. All these make it possible for you to enjoy the best highs.
  • A flex-fit basket design. Where feasible, the flex fit frame will make use of the slots rather than using single screw-sized holes hence making it possible to slightly adjust the speaker when it’s mounted.
Audio technical

Backing up its design is a mind-blowing performance which is far much better as compared to what you’ll be getting from other speakers in this price range.

  • 70 watts RMS and 150 watts peak power. The latter, being the continuous power handling will keep the bass going loud and deep whereas the peak power, on the other hand momentarily achieves a loud and deep bass. Both of these basically qualify this speaker as the best replacement for your stock installed unit.
  • 60Hz-22kHz frequency response- with this, both the highs and the lows will be at their best and considering the quality of the cone and the tweeters, you’ll definitely be enjoying your music.
  • Build in tweeter crossover- to ensure that you get the best frequency isolation, there is a tweeter crossover included which ensures all the high-frequency notes are directed to the tweeter leaving the lows exclusively to the woofer.
  • 91 dB sensitivity. This gives you loud and clear music without any sound distortions or the risk of blowing up your speakers.
  • 4-ohm impedance- the lower the impedance, the greater the power utilization and with 4 ohms being the case for the P1692, the sound quality won’t disappoint you at all.
What we liked about it
  • Includes a flex-fit design for convenient installation
  • It's got a built-in tweeter crossover for high-frequency isolation.
  • Boasts the VAST surround for a 25% more radiating cone area.
  • Quality cone and woofer construction- durability and performance all in one.
What we didn’t like
  • Ensures that the speaker measurements are compatible with your vehicle before buying these
Should you really get these?

Considering the much that they’ve got to offer and the durable construction they’ve got, I’d definitely recommend that you get your hands on a pair of these.

Well, they’re also easy to fit in place and will obviously be a dependable upgrade to your OEM unit hence worth every dime. You should really give them a try.

20.Kicker DS693 6"x9" 3-Way Speakers (Pair)

Kicker DS693 6"x9" 3-Way Speakers (Pair)

Kicker DS693 6"x9" 3-Way Speakers (Pair)

We’ve taken a look at other kicker speakers and I’ve got to say, this one too is definitely worth trying out. It’s basically going to complete the music quality of your car and being a 3-way car speaker, it also is definitely better than your stock installed speakers.

The aesthetics are definitely mind-blowing and I'm sure you'll attest to that but are these really as good as they look? It's about time we found out.

Let’s take a closer look, shall we?

First impressions & design

First of all, let’s have a look at how the build quality really is before we move on to looking at how well it holds up when it comes to the music.

The package contents

Right out of the box, you’ll be getting a pair of the Kicker DS693 3-way speakers. Coming along with these are speaker grilles as well as any essential mounting hardware you’ll be needing to set everything up- considering these will possibly be a replacement for your stock-installed speakers, you’re definitely going to need these-.

There’s also a speaker wire included which save you the trouble of shopping for compatible wires in the set-up process.

Build quality and design
  • Heavy-duty voice coil – being one of the things that determine how good the sound quality is, the voice coil on this one is unlike anything that any other speaker in its class will offer you. Being heavy duty, it's going to handle high temperatures from high power supplied to them and at the same time it won't blow up.
  • Ribbed surround – for the surround, it’s ribbed which means better flexibility and a greater surface area hence free movement of the woofer cone. In the long run, you get to enjoy a decent bass quality regardless of the music genre you’re into.
  • PIE film balanced dome tweeter – this one has got a high-power handling, outstanding shape retaining properties and at the same time sees to it that the high frequencies are as natural as possible- just the way you like them.
  • Polypropylene woofer cone – this, being lightweight and rigid just so happens to be one of the best woofer cone materials you could get on any coaxial speaker. This, working hand in hand with the surround material ensures the bass is at its best.
  • A polypropylene dome mid-range – besides the woofer cone, the mid-range driver is also made of polypropylene which does ensure that the mid-frequencies and some of the highs are handled amazingly well.

When it comes to the installation, there's a user manual, speaker grilles to protect the speakers against physical damage, speaker connector wires, butt connectors, and 8-speed clips

The performance.

Besides just boasting a high quality and stylish design, this speaker also does have a performance that will blow you away.

Here’s why you should get it:

  • 70 watts RMS and 140 watts peak power – being the key determining factor on how good the sound quality will be, the RMS on this speaker is an outstanding 70 watts whereas the peak is 140 watts. With each of the speakers observing this, you’ll definitely be having a good time
  • 92 dB sensitivity – looking for high-volume music with zero distortions, then this speaker might just be what you’re looking for. At the same time, the speaker will be using less power to produce a high-quality sound.
  • 4-ohm impedance – as for the impedance, the 4 ohms will channel just the right amount of power to power up the speaker. The highs will just be as good as the lows and you might wire them up directly to your head unit with no need for an amp.
  • 30-20,000 Hz frequency response – being a 3-way coaxial speaker, it's expected that the frequency isolation is much better than what you'll get from stock-installed speakers, right?
What we liked about it
  • It includes installation gear for easy setup.
  • Heavy duty voice coils for a high-power handling.
  • Quality and reliable build for the best sound production
What we didn’t like
  • Though the lows and the mids are outstanding, the highs are a bit wanting.
Should you really get these?

The design is elegant, the build quality is above average and well, the performance is definitely one of the best. Though they are not specifically audiophile-grade car speakers, they’re undoubtedly a worthy upgrade if you’d like to step up from your stock installed speakers.

Top of the line 6x9 car speakers

If budget is not a problem and you’re willing to give your vehicle the best of the best, this section is exclusively meant for you

21.Morel Tempo Ultra 692 6"x9" component car speaker system

Morel Tempo Ultra 692 6"x9" component car speaker system

Morel Tempo Ultra 692 6"x9" component car speaker system