It’s not every day that you'll get a speaker with mounting hardware and grilles included, right? Well, you get all this plus a durable construction as well as an outstanding performance with the Rockford Fosgate R165X3.
Anyone who’s got a vehicle would be willing to have every audio component within it working perfectly, right? When it comes to getting the best, however, not everyone would be as willing to go that extra mile and do what it takes.
Getting the best speaker requires you to invest quite a lot of time and effort not to mention you'll need the part with some of your cash depending on what you like. By putting a lot of hours of research, we’ve arrived at one of the best 6.5-inch car speakers in the market- the Rockford Fosgate R165X3 review.
Comin in a build quality that’s way better than what you’ll be getting in most speakers and a performance that’s above average, the Rockford Fosgate R165X3 might just be what you’re looking for.
Today, we’ll be taking a look at both the design and build quality as well as the performance of this set of speakers. Without further ado, let’s get started and find out whether or not it’s really the best for you, shall we?
Out of the box, you’ll be getting a pair of these speakers each of which is black in color. Each of them will come along with grilles, mounting hardware to set each up in place without much of a fuss as well as a high pass crossover.
The speakers are black in color and from the looks of it, it's a 3-way speaker as it's got the mid-range, the woofer, and the tweeter all being handled by one driver. The overall build quality seems sturdy but we are yet to find out about that shortly.
Being a 6.5-inch speaker, it will definitely be a perfect replacement for your stock installed speakers, right? Even so, it’s everyone’s desire to get a kick for their buck if they are going for an upgrade. Let’s have a look at the key things that make this speaker a worthy upgrade.
If you’re doing your upgrade for the first time, then you should really pay close attention to this. Being a 6.5-inch speaker, it’s neither too large nor too small and it’s probably going to be the same size as your factory installed speakers.
The nominal diameter of the midrange is 6.5 inches whereas the mounting depth of the same is 2.15 inches. The tweeters on the other hand measure only 0.5 inches in diameter.
As for the overall dimensions of the Rockford Fosgate R165X3, it’s 8.3 inches x 16 inches x 4 inches and it weighs only 4.6 lbs.
Whereas each of these speakers will be easy to have in place, they won’t be any good if they can’t keep up a consistent outstanding performance over a long time. In order to ensure that it gives you both quality sound and at the same time last long, the woofer, the mid-range and the tweeter are of an ideal build quality.
A silk dome pole mounted piezo tweeter and midrange
For the tweeter and the mid-range, you’ll be getting silk on either. For the production of high frequencies, it is always best to have a softer material on the tweeters and silk just so happens to be quite the thing. With silk, the production of the high frequencies will be clear and loud enough
Whereas the tweeter and the midrange tend to take care of the higher frequencies, the woofer, on the other hand, handles the lower frequencies which is where you have the bass.
To pump out a good bass, you’ll need the cone to be both lightweight and rigid. With vacuum polypropylene for the cone, bass production will be at its best since it is reputed for being one of the best materials you could use on a cone for both the component and coaxial speakers.
Besides just pumping out an outstanding bass, polypropylene is synthetic which renders it one of the most durable cone materials there are in the market.
In order to back up the outstanding performance of the cone, this sub has a surround that’s made of rubber. As far as flexibility and durability are concerned, rubber tends to be perfect when either is taken into consideration.
The rule of thumb in the selection of the surround material is that the more flexible it is, the better the bass dissipation. In addition to being flexible, having rubber for the surround means that your speaker will last longer since rubber will not be affected by extreme temperatures or moisture.
The complexity involved in the installation process goes hand in hand with whether or not a speaker is of the perfect size.
Since the Rockford Fosgate R165X3 is a coaxial speaker with the tweeter, the midrange and the woofer being handled by the same driver, the installation will be pretty simple. As a matter of fact, it will be quite straightforward since you most probably will just have to replace the ones you have installed in your vehicle with a pair of these.
Most people would choose to do the installation in their doors which should be quite simple and you'll also have a better soundstage. You could install it in your dash but you'll have plenty more to do.
An added advantage you get with this set is that it will come with mounting hardware that includes screws and the wires to set it up. You won't have to go around looking for screws that fit or a wire gauge that is of the required size.
This is probably one of the most important things when it comes to picking out a speaker that will give you a good performance.
For a component speaker, I'd say that 45 watts for the RMS and 90 watts for the peak are quite outstanding. The RMS is basically the continuous power with which the speaker runs and it is recommended that you observe this range. Using anything above the recommended RMS rating to play music with your speaker may result in you getting sound distortions or even worse, damaging the voice coil completely.
Besides the power rating, there are other features that greatly determine how good a sound you’ll be getting from your speakers such as the sensitivity and the impedance rating.
The sensitivity is yet another thing you need to pay close attention to if you want a speaker that’s going to give you a sound that’sabove average.
Basically, anything that’s above 88dB is what you ought to go for. Considering this speaker comes with 91dB sensitivity, you’ll be using less power to get a loud and clear sound. Taking into account the power handling capability of this speaker, you’ll pretty much be getting the best of the highs and the lows.
One of the reasons as to why most people tend to prefer component speakers to coaxial speakers is that component speakers isolate the high frequencies and the lows.
Though coaxial speakers are easy to install, not most of them will be ideal for delivering the highs and the lows. What if I told you that this subwoofer has got what it takes to deliver just the right sound quality? Well, hard as it may seem to believe, the high pass tweeter crossover will work just fine.
What the tweeter crossover does is that it directs the higher frequencies to the tweeter. Being a 6dB high pass filter, you'll have the perfect soundstage and music experience regardless of where you'll have the speakers installed.
Since you’ll be working with a 3-way coaxial speaker, the sound quality will be way better as compared to what a 2-way crossover will give you. Adding a high pass crossover to all this, the Rockford Fosgate R165X3 will be unmatched by any other coaxial speaker in its class.
Yet another thing that makes this speaker worth every penny is that it comes with grilles included in the package. Setting up a speaker without grilles to cover it up can be quite dangerous since the surround and the cone can be easily damaged.
With the grilles present, the Rockford Fosgate R165X3 is basically protected from any physical damage which could easily occur if you install it in the doors. Besides just protecting it from damage, grilles also add on to the aesthetics of the speaker hence you get a better looking and long-lasting speaker.
Besides the grilles, you'll also be getting mounting hardware. This package includes screws as well as a 16AWG speaker wire that is 30 feet long. With the two of these at your disposal, setting things up should not be much easier.
Even with the mounting hardware included, it is not always guaranteed that setting up your speaker will be easy. It’s highly recommended that you seek professional assistance if anything proves difficult to avoid going wrong, damage the speaker and at the same time, save yourself the time and trouble of installation.
The frequency response is basically the range of frequencies within which the speaker can output sound effectively. Since this speaker has got both the high frequencies and the low frequencies being handled by the same driver, you need to keep on the frequency response.
Unlike component speakers, coaxial speaker systems do not handle the bass at a very low frequency. With the Rockford Fosgate R165X3having the lowest frequency as 52Hz, the low-frequency bass will be handled reasonably well and you will, without doubt, have an outstanding midbass frequency.
As for the higher frequencies, this speaker can be able to attain a maximum of 20kHz which is also the maximum possible frequency of sound that the human ear can make out.
Considering that this is a3-way component speaker and not a two-way component speaker, I’d say that the frequency response will pretty much work well with this speaker.
Besides the power handling, the sensitivity and the build quality of the different speaker components, the nominal impedance is yet another aspect that needs to be paid close attention to.
The rule of thumb when it comes to the impedance is basically the lower it is, the better of the performance will be. Impedance and power go hand in hand in the sense that with a low impedance, your speaker will be able to utilize the amount of power that's supplied to it.
With the nominal impedance being 4 ohms on the Rockford Fosgate R165X3, it should be enough to utilize as much as the RMS as possible to give out an outstanding bass.
We’ve already had a look at all there is to know about the Rockford Fosgate R165X3 and I think that we can both agree it’s one of the best coaxial speakers in the market today.
The build quality is outstanding and unmatched by most speakers in its class. At the same time, Rockford has ensured that the performance is also the best you could get for your money. As far as durability is concerned, the components are definitely built to last; with the rubber surround and a polypropylene cone, there’s no way this speaker will get damaged easily.
As for the overall design, it's an easy to install the coaxial speaker. Considering it’s got the mounting hardware coming along with it as well as a speaker grille, you can easily replace your factory speakers with it easily.
All in all, as much as it’s an outstanding speaker, just ensure you pay close attention to the measurements before spending your cash on it.
User-friendly = 70/100
Performance = 80/100
Durability = 80/100
With quality and durable material construction, top of the line power handling, impedance, and sensitivity as well as easy installation procedure, the JL Audio C2-650X is guaranteed to take your vehicle's audio system to a whole new level.
As far as brands go, JL audio happens to be one of the best in the market. Being so, it should be expected that the performance should live up to the brand’s reputation, right?
6-1/2-inch coaxial speakers are normally what most people have in their vehicles and whereas a quick search on the internet will bring you hundreds of results, not all of these are the best. By putting a lot of time and resources in looking for the best, we’ve arrived at the best from JL Audio- the JL Audio C2-650X.
Coming in one of the best build qualities and designs, this speaker might just be the missing piece of the puzzle in getting the best audio experience from your vehicle. We’ll be taking a look at an in-depth review of this speaker and by the time we’re done, you’ll know both the merits and demerits of having this speaker in your vehicle.
Enough with the introductions already; let’s get started with our review right away, shall we?
Unlike what most people think, there’s a lot you need to take into account when shopping for a car speaker from the build quality to the performance. In addition to this, a good enough speaker should be able to work exactly how you’d love it to. Well, here’s why you should go for the JL Audio C2-650X.
Right out of the box, you’ll be getting these speakers in a pair of these speakers. Included in the package is also a user manual that should guide you in how to go about in installing the speakers. Besides just the speakers, JL Audio has also included some screws as well as option speaker grilles all of which we’ll take a look at later on.
Each of the speakers is black in color and will definitely add on to the aesthetics of your vehicle and maintain an outstanding performance. Being a 2-way coaxial speaker, you’ll have the tweeters in the middle of each and the woofer will be all around the tweeters.
You will also be getting JL Audio badge which you can attach on to the grille to add on to the aesthetics of the speaker in your car
Starting with the most basic of speaker performance and probably what everyone looks into first when shopping for a car speaker, I’ve got to say that this one holds up quite well.
Just like in any other speaker, you basically have to pay attention to the peak and the RMS to take into account. The RMS power is the continuous power range that the speakers will observe. With the RMS, music playback will be clear and considering the 15-60-watt RMS range you’ll be getting from each of these speakers, the sound will be punchy as well.
Whereas the RMS is what the speaker can run on continuously without damaging the voice coil or giving you any sound lags or distortions, the peak power voltage, on the other hand, is past the 60 watts.
The maximum you can get on the peak is 100 watts and the speaker can only be able to handle this for a few seconds before falling back to the RMS range.
Though it might be quite tempting to keep up the peak power for a loud bass, I strongly advise against it. If you have to handle anything above the RMS, you should consider getting an amplifier and most preferably a 4-channel amp. This should be capable enough of powering up your speaker without blowing them up.
The peak and RMS are not all that determines whether or not a speaker is good enough to have installed in your vehicle. Let's have a look at how the impedance of theJL Audio C2-650X holds up.
The impedance is measured in ohms and basically goes hand in hand with the power handling capabilities of the speaker.
The impedance basically determines the amount of power that your speaker is going to take in from either your head unit or your amplifier if you have one installed. The rule of thumb regarding the impedance is that the lower it is, the greater the amount of power the speaker is going to take in.
With the nominal impedance being 4 ohms on the JL Audio C2-650X, it will basically be able to utilize a substantial amount of power that you supply to it. As compared to an 8-ohm speaker, a 4-ohm speaker will take in about twice as much power and as far as speakers are concerned, a 4-ohm impedance is considered the best.
When we talk about a speaker's efficiency, the next thing that should come to mind is the sensitivity of the speaker.
Most people tend to get mixed up when it comes to the relation between the sensitivity, power handling, and the impedance rating. Well, let’s clear this all out and also get to know how the JL Audio C2-650X holds up.
The sensitivity is 91dB. Considering the lowest possible sensitivity that’s guaranteed to give an above average performance is 88dB, the 91dB rating will not disappoint you.
The sensitivity basically determines how the volume will be on your speakers. With a higher sensitivity rating, the speakers are able to hold up quite well since even at a high volume, the sound will be clear- no distortions or lags whatsoever.
At the same time, even while handling your music at high volume, the speaker will utilize less power as compared to what one with a lower sensitivity rating will be able to utilize.
We know that coaxial speakers have got both the tweeter and the woofer being handled by the same driver, right? This basically means that the high and the low frequencies will be coming from the same place.
The advantage of coaxial speakers and the reason most people choose to go for these is the ease of the installation. Unlike component speakers, you won’t have to install the tweeter and the woofer separately. As a matter of fact, if you’re lucky enough, you may simply install the speaker in place of your stock installed speakers.
Out of the box, you’ll be getting a set of screws as well as optional speaker grilles. Alongside these is also a user manual which will make it easy to get everything in place.
You may either set up your speakers in the doors or alternatively have them on your dash. If you’re doing it for the first time, it may be a little difficult and it may be necessary to seek professional assistance.
With the speaker grilles, you can cover up the speakers to keep them protected from any imminent damage that they may be exposed to. This way, you’ll have the speakers maintain their original build quality for the longest time.
Speaking of build quality, let’s take a closer look at how good the construction materials really are, shall we?
Besides the power rating, impedance and the efficiency, the build quality and material construction also do play a huge role in determining how good a speaker is. Let's start off by taking a look at the cone construction.
An injection molded mica-filled polypropylene cone.
For the production of a clear, loud and deep bass, you’ll definitely want the cone to have the best build quality.
The cone basically needs to be hard and rigid in order to make this possible which is why poly is the recommended material to have for the cone. With an injection molded mica-filled polypropylene cone, it will be more rigid as compared to just using poly alone. The bass, on the other hand, will not let you down.
Besides its top of the line performance, the cone's construction is also designed to last which is definitely a plus for you.
Butyl rubber surround material for the best bass dissipation.
Whereas the cone might be sensitive enough for the production of an outstanding bass, the surround should also match up to the cone’s quality. Upon doing so, the speaker’s performance will simply be unmatched.
With the surround being butyl rubber, the flexibility will be outstanding and since it's got a large surface area, it will dissipate the low frequencies effectively.
Other than just being flexible, another added advantage of having a butyl surround is one of the most durable in the market. Since it’s made of rubber, it will stand up quite well to extreme temperatures as well as moisture. This renders the JL Audio C2-650X a good enough speaker to have in your car regardless of the prevailing weather conditions.
A silk-dome tweeter- the best high-frequency output.
Besides the surround and the cone that take care of the lower frequencies, you’ll need to pay close attention to the tweeter as well.
With the JL Audio C2-650X, you’ll be having ¾” silk dome tweeters. The tweeters are coaxially mounted in the middle of the speaker and they’ve got a silk dome diaphragm. This results in the tweeters delivering a smooth, extended response as well as on and off axis.
Another added advantage of getting these speakersis that the tweeters are small in size which minimizes their protrusion hence allowing each of the speakers to fit perfectly in most factory grilles.
Speaker dimensions and weight
As for the measurements, each speaker measures 14 x 8.2 x 5.2 inches. Though they’ll fit most vehicles, you should go ahead and take the measurements on your vehicle just to be safe. They’re also pretty heavy since each weighs 4.8 pounds. You also may or may not need a mounting adapter to have them in your installation location.
Since this speaker will be handling both the high and the low frequencies, it’s important that it is able to take care of either effectively.
The frequency range is basically the Hertz range that the speakers can be able to put out and this has to be within the range of human hearing (between 25Hz and 20kHz). For a coaxial speaker, the lower range of the frequency is normally not as low as what you’ll get on component speakers but it should be low enough to give out a decent bass.
On the JL Audio C2-650X, you’ll play your music between 59 Hz and 22kHz. Though the 59Hz is not that low, it should be low enough to get an outstanding mid-bass as well as decent low frequencies. The higher range of the frequency response is 22kHz.
We’re almost done with our review of the JL Audio C2-650X. From all we’ve seen about it regarding the performance, it’s definitely worth every penny.
The build quality is not only compatible with most cars but it’s also sturdy, easy to fit and from what we’ve seen, it is built to last
I believe that by now you know whether or not this is good enough a speaker to have in your car. Whether you need a replacement for your stock installed unit or simply need a quick upgrade, it’s just the right one for you.
The installation is quite simple if you know what you're doing and at the same time, it does not compromise the performance. With the quality construction, you'll be getting on the different components, the sound quality will not disappoint you.
Finally, regarding the fit of the JL Audio C2-650X, you should be keen on the dimensions; you ought to be certain that it’s going to fit in place before making your purchase. Don’t spend your cash in vain- you deserve the best.
When it comes to cars, we may disagree on a lot of things but one thing that we’ll all agree on is the fact that good music will always be the best companion anytime you hit the road.
Though there are quite a lot of speakers out there, getting the best car speaker for bass without subwoofer is no easy task and you’ll have to do a lot of looking in order to get one that suits you best. It’s all about getting a car speaker that will pump enough bass as per your preference and one thing’s for sure- it’s close to impossible to pump a good bass without using a subwoofer.
Taking into account the odds of getting the best is quite slim, I’m ready to let you in on a little secret of mine- how to get exactly what suits you best. We’ll be taking a look at the #1 buying guide as well as a product listing of the top 10 of 2018.
Rather than reading all through, go ahead and have a quick look at 3 of our recommended car speakers for bass.
Pioneer TS-A6976R A-Series 6" X 9" 550W 3-Way Speakers
JBL GTO629 Premium 6.5-Inch Co-Axial Speaker
Kicker 40CS54 5.25" 2-Way Speaker Pair
First of all, before we take a look at the top 5 speakers for bass, it's important that you, first of all, have utmost knowledge of how to go about choosing one.
Let’s start with the most obvious- the speaker size.
Though most people tend to overlook the speaker size, it is, as a matter of fact, one of the most important things when it comes to the selection of a car speaker. Whether you need one for bass or not, the size is always important.
Before you settle on the speaker size you want, you’ll need to take a lot of things into consideration with the most important being where you’ll be installing them.
As far as the size is concerned, the best car speakers for bass will be either 6x9 inches or the 6.5-inch speakers. The 6.5-inch speaker is larger than the latter and it is also the most popular choice among buyers as well as manufacturers. The main reason for this is that most of the stock installed speakers measure 6.5 inches.
Replacing your stock installed speakers with new ones may require a lot of modifications. If you’ll be doing this on your own and for the first time, it’s probably best if you go for the 6.5-inch speakers the reason being they’ll easily fit in place in your car’s interior.
As I’ve already stated earlier on, it’s all about getting a car speaker that be able to operate just the way you’d love it to. Think of it this way; for a person who loves listening to hard rock, getting a stronger bass on their speakers is more critical as compared to someone who loves listening to blues music.
For an audio enthusiast such as you, you’d love to get the best possible result from what you listen to. It is therefore important to get a speaker that evolves so that you’ll be able to play pretty much whatever you like.
Yet another thing to take into account is the type of speaker you’re after. This should not be a problem at all since there are only two types to choose from here: either the component speakers or the coaxial speakers
The coaxial speakers are meant for anyone who’d want a quick upgrade and an easy time using them. If you’re on a budget, these are also the speakers you should go for. Coaxial speakers feature only the tweeters and the woofer all of which are handled by the same driver. They’re also smaller in size and in most cases, they will fit in place of your stock installed speaker location perfectly. As for the performance, they handle the low-to-mid frequencies as far as the bass is concerned.
An alternative to the coaxial speakers are the component car speakers which are by far the better option to have in your vehicle. Unlike the coaxial speakers, component speakers have the woofer, the tweeter the crossover all of which are handled by separate drivers. If you choose to settle for these, you'll have to place the different drivers in a different location which, of course, will be a little bit harder to do. Once you get them in place, however, they'll give you the best soundstage and of course the same goes for the bass quality.
We probably should’ve started off with the power rating which is one of the key secret ingredients to getting a speaker that will blow your mind when it comes to the bass.
For the power rating, you’ll have the RMS and the peak to worry about but since you don’t want to blow your speakers with too much power, let’s focus on the RMS.
The RMS or rather the continuous power handling of a car speaker is what you’d expect your speaker to operate at normally. The higher the RMS is, the more power your speaker can handle and the better the bass you’ll be getting from it.
Impedance is normally measured in ohms and it goes hand in hand with the power rating on a car speaker. For the impedance, the rule of thumb is normally the lower it is, the better off you are.
For the best car speaker for bass without subwoofer, you should work on getting one that’s got an impedance that’s as low as 4 ohms or even lower than this. The lower the impedance is, the greater the amount of power it will be able to channel into the speaker.
The frequency response is basically the range of frequency that is audible to the human ear. Since we’re talking about the bass, it’s best that you focus on the lower end of the scale.
Since we’ll be able to make out anything between 20Hz and 20kHz, the best speaker for bass should have the lower range at about 30Hz. With this, you’ll definitely be able to get an outstanding bass quality.
Regardless of whether you’re getting a component speaker or a coaxial speaker, the frequency response shouldn’t be overlooked whatsoever.
Ever wondered what converts the power supplied to the speaker to the speaker’s performance? Well, it’s all about the sensitivity. Since we’re talking about speakers, performance is what determines how loud the speakers will sound with respect to the amount of power supplied to them.
The level of sensitivity on a car speaker is measured in decibels. If you get anything above 88dB, then you should definitely settle for that speaker; anything above this is even better. The benefit of having a car speaker with a high level of sensitivity is that you won’t have to worry about getting a distorted sound or lags at a high volume.
Even though you may have the best power rating, sensitivity, and frequency response, it's not the best car speaker for bass without subwoofer yet if the material construction is not good enough.
The voice coil is the part of the speaker that takes in all the power, then with the aid of the magnet converts this to the sound you really enjoy.
Since we’re concerned about the bass, the power level is bound to be high on any speaker that’s good on the bass. If the voice coil is not of a good enough quality, it may heat up too much and get damaged which is why you should only go for the high-temp voice coils. these can be able to take in quite a lot of power before blowing up. From the speaker specifications, you should be able to know whether or not you’ll be dealing with a high-temp voice coil.
The cone is yet another thing to take into consideration. For an outstanding bass, you should go for a cone that’s rigid and at the same time lightweight. With these two aspects taken into account, the level of sensitivity and flexibility of the cone will simply be the best since it will be able to register even the slightest motion.
Polypropylene should do the trick when it comes to rigidity and lightweight. Even better, you could go ahead and get a speaker that’s got a blend of poly and a metal such as mica.
Around the woofer cone is the surround. The surround is what brings about the vibrations and sound production. In this case, you’ll be needing something that’s as flexible as possible such that it can easily be set in motion by the cone.
Some of the most common speaker surround materials you'll get in the market include rubber, paper or foam. Of all these, however, rubber just so happens to be the best of the best. The reason for this is that besides having possibly the best level of flexibility, the rubber will retain its original form even when exposed to extreme temperatures and moisture.
Something else you’ll need to pay attention when taking a look at the cone is the surface area. The larger the surface area, the better the bass transmission you’ll get from it which is yet another reason you should choose rubber over most of the other surround materials.
Now that we know exactly what to look for if we want the best, it’s time to move on to the second section of our review; let’s take a look at 5 of the best car speakers on the market.
It’s a coaxial speaker hence it shouldn’t be difficult to set up and fit in most cars. As for the power rating, it should be enough to deliver a decent bass quality
Starting off our list is a pair of coaxial speakers from Polk audio; I have to say, if you're all about getting a kick for your buck, then this pair should definitely do the trick.
One of the things that most people dread when it comes to car speakers is going wrong on the installation. In most cases, setting up a new set of speakers is quite a hassle but when it comes to the Polk Audio DB651, the fact that they’re coaxial speakers means that it won’t be a hassle to set them up at all.
As for the physical configuration of this set of speakers, each one of them is a 6.5" speaker with a mounting depth of 2-5/16 inches. Taking this into account, it should not be a problem to set up in place of your stock installed unit.
We’ve already seen how important this is as far as getting a decent bass quality is concerned. Now, considering you’ll be getting 120 watts for the peak and 360 watts for the RMS on both the speakers, you’ll undoubtedly be pumping out quality bass from each of them.
For the power handling, you should always be keen to supply just the right amount of power to your speakers. The trick to doing this is observing the continuous power handling- you don’t want to blow your pair now, do you?
Both the cone and the surround are of high quality; the installation is simple and you’ll also be getting loud and clear sounds even at high volume levels.
Pioneer has been around for quite a long time and is renowned for giving us some of the best audio products. Let’s have a look at the Pioneer TSA1676R and find out whether or not is indeed the best car speaker for bass without subwoofer you should go for.
The greater the power handling is, the more you’ll be able to get from your speaker. In this case, you’ll be getting 90 watts for the RMS power and an outstanding 550 wats for the peak power.
The secret to getting a quality bass is paying attention to the RMS which in this case is probably more than enough to give you an outstanding bass. For the peak, though it’s as much as 550 watts, you should be keen not to use anything above the RMS for a long time to avoid damaging the voice coil.
The speaker weighs only 7.35 pounds and measures 14.4 x 11 x 5.4 inches. Considering it’s a 6” car speaker, it shouldn’t be a hassle to have in place at all.
Being one of the most important things that determine how good the bass quality is, it's always important to pay close attention to the cone.
In the case of the Pioneer TSA1676R, you'll be having the multilayer mica matrix cone which is both durable, lightweight and rigid. This, in the long run, ensures that you get the best quality sound and for the longest time possible.
Besides the bass being quite outstanding, the surround you’ll be getting on this speaker is a lightweight polymer surround.
With the level of flexibility on this speaker, you’ll definitely be getting one of the best possible bass qualities in your car.
They come along with a manual to set everything up and regarding the size, they’ll basically give an easy drop-in installation and pack quite a lot of power for their size as well
Another reputed brand that’s reputed for having some of the best car speakers is kicker and, in this case, you’ll be getting the Kicker 40CS54.
Let’s take a look at what it packs under the hood, shall we?
The faster you can have it in place without much of a fuss, the better off the speaker is for you. The unit you’ll be getting is a 5.25” 2-way speaker which is definitely a remarkable choice as far as factory upgrades are concerned.
You can easily swap your stock installed speakers for a pair of this without having to do a lot of modifications.
There is also a reduced-depth basket which allows for fitment into almost any vehicle.
As I’ve already stated earlier on, when it comes to the bass, the greater the power rating, the better off you are.
For the continuous power, the speaker has 75 watts that should definitely be enough to deliver a decent bass quality. The peak, on the other hand, is 225 watts.
Though it might be tempting to exceed the RMS for a window-rattling bass, you should not keep up the peak for a long time since you could end up with a distorted sound or even worse a damaged voice coil.
With the 4-ohm impedance, they’ll channel quite a lot of power for a quality bass. The 6-1/2 inch size is a perfect replacement for your stock speakers and the crossover component guarantees utmost clarity of sound.
We’re almost done with our best car speaker for bass without subwoofer review and coming up second last is the JBL GTO629. Let’s see what it’s got in store for us, shall we?
Being one of the most troubling things when it comes to setting up car speakers, it’s always important that the installation process be as easy as possible since most people prefer to do this on their own.
Being a 6.5-inch speaker with a mounting cut out diameter f 5-1/16 inches, an external diameter of 6-1/4 inches and a mounting depth of 2 inches, it should be easy to set up.
Other than compensating for the undersized wires you’ll get in most of the cars today, the 3-ohms ensures that you get to channel as much power as possible. The greater the amount of power you channel the better the bass quality you’ll get.
Now here's something you'll not be getting on just any coaxial speaker. The high-quality crossover component on this speaker makes it possible for the lows to be directed to the woofer and the highs, on the other hand, go to the woofer.
With the isolation of the sound frequencies, you’ll definitely be getting a kick for your buck and the best bass obviously.
Since the cone highly dictates how the nature of the bass you get will be, it's important that it be of an outstanding quality. It is because of this that you'll have the Carbon injected plus one woofer cone which is larger than average hence moves more air and in the long run, creates more bass.
There’s a tweeter crossover included to eliminate frequency overlap, the cone is made of quality polypropylene and being coaxial speakers, the installation will be easy considering there are grilles included.
For the cone, you’ll be getting a vacuum cone made of polypropylene which is both lightweight and rigid. Owing to the fact that it’s made of polypropylene, the bass transmission will be loud and clear enough.
On the speaker is an integrated high pass 6dB crossover for the tweeter. This allows for the high frequency sounds to be transmitted by the tweeter alone and leaves the lows exclusively for the woofer.
Since the frequency response is between 52Hz and 20kHz, you’ll definitely be getting both outstanding highs and lows.
For the sake of a loud and clear sound, the speaker comes with a 91-dB sensitivity. This should be enough to ensure that you get loud and clear bass as you deserve. You won’t have to worry about any distortions in your sound or any lags whatsoever.
Also, it is worth mentioning that with a 45-watt RMS power on each speaker, the high sensitivity, and the high pass filter, this would be an upgrade worth every penny.
To ensure that you get the most from the 45-watt RMS, the impedance is an outstanding 4-ohms. This makes it possible to channel as much power as possible hence the production of the best sound quality.
Now that you’ve got utmost knowledge in choosing the best and 5 speakers to choose from for the best bass, it’s time to wrap things up.
One thing that I’ve got to say is that getting one is no easy task and even with the buying guide and 5 of the best to choose from, it still lies upon you to realize what you really want. The greatest reason for being disappointed in your car speaker is rushing into purchasing one without paying attention to the details.
All in all, you owe it to your car to give it the best sound system; start off by selecting the best car speaker for bass without subwoofer right now.
Truth be told, factory speakers aren't really what we'd like to listen to for long which is why most people are faced with the need to step up their game at some point. If you're looking to upgrade your sound system with the best 6.5 car speaker , then you're definitely at the right place.
I know what you’re thinking, “everything about car audio system is confusing” right? Well, I do agree with this fact but even so, believe it or not, we're here to fix this.
In this article, we'll be taking a look at both the buyer's guide as well as a product listing of the top 10 6.5 car speakers each of which will definitely give you a kick for your buck. Our review focuses on getting everything for everyone- whether you are a newbie or an audiophile, we've got just the right car speaker for you.
How about we cut the dilly dally and get started right away?
It may take some time before you are completely done with our review which is why we feel obliged to present to you 3 of the best among our recommended top 10 choices of 2018.
Infinity PR6500CS Primus 6 1/2" Component Speaker System
Pioneer TS-A1686R A-Series 6.5" 350-Watt 4-Way Speakers
New Rockford Fosgate R165X3 6.5" 180W 3 Way Car Audio Coaxial Speakers Stereo
In the first section of our article, we’ll be taking a look at the key things you ought to take into account from the overall speaker system to much more detailed info.
When it comes down to this, you simply have got 2 choices- the component speakers vs the coaxial speakers. The truth is that depending on the one you’ll get your hands on and your music preference, either system may work just fine for you.
Personally, I’d like to refer to the coaxial speakers as a quick fix. If you’re looking for a quick upgrade, then you should probably go for this set of speakers reason being that there’s only a slight difference between these and your factory installed speakers.
Now, this is one thing that raises a lot of eyebrows. If it's an upgrade, then it definitely has to be worth the money. Besides this, it also does need to give a better sound as compared to the stock unit.
There’s quite a lot that determines the sound quality you’ll be getting ranging from the type of coil used to the type of surround and even the magnet on the speaker. For now, however, let’s look at the sound experience.
A basic coaxial speaker is normally two-way or simply put has got both the tweeter and the woofer handled by the same driver. Taking such a speaker, the high frequencies and the lows will be coming from one opening hence it will take some pretty much detailed construction to get these isolated.
The good news is that you can get a set of coaxial speakers that’ll deliver the sound just the way you like it. On the other hand, the good component speakers are just as many as the inferior ones and you should be keen not to fall for the latter.
Sound imaging and staging on full range speaker systems are good but not good enough to qualify as audiophile-grade speakers.
To make the sound experience better, some full range speakers will have a crossover on them. This simply separates the high frequencies from the lows hence giving you a much better soundstage than the average coaxial.
Where you install your set of coaxial speakers will also play a big role in determining the type of soundstage you get. Installing them at the rear may not be that thrilling. The dash, on the other hand, may be good but unfortunately not good enough. If, however, you install the speakers in all the car doors, you'll create an outstanding soundstage. With you in the middle and one speaker at the driver’s seat and the other at the passenger seat, you cannot have any other better way for an ideal sound visualization.
One of the best things about full range speaker systems is that it's not a hassle to have them in place. If you're lucky, the set of component speakers you get may have a perfect fit for the installation location of your stock speakers.
Still, at the installation, you should know that this is not necessarily a walk in the park. The best-case scenario is that all you'll have to do is detach the stock speakers from where they're installed, unplug the wiring and replace them with the coaxial speakers.
Installation may be quite easy after all, right? Well, as much as it may dampen your thrill to say this, today’s installations may require you to even remove the door panel, the window and probably do some drilling and filing.
Also referred to as separates due to the fact that the different drivers operate separately. Just as it is the case for the coaxial speakers, component speakers too, don't all emit the same sound quality even when they are made by the same brand.
Unlike full range speaker systems, there is no scenario whatsoever where it will be a walk in the parks and you sure as eggs will have to break a sweat to have these in place.
First off, different vehicles have got different designs. This eliminates the possibility of things being easy for you if that was the case in the past. The coaxial speaker systems only require you to install a pair of speakers at least but when it comes to the component speakers, you’ll have tweeters as well to worry about.
Since these speakers are always meant to outdo the stock installed speakers, they may have some tweaks done to them. This may make fitting them in the stock installation location difficult and here’s where the hard work really comes in.
Having the woofers in place is probably the hardest part. For the tweeters, you can have them anywhere in the vehicle. The most advisable location should be anywhere at ear level. This way, the low frequencies will not seem to come from a single direction. With the woofers at the doors and the tweeters at your desired location, you’ll definitely have the best travel companion.
For the crossover, you can pretty much have it installed anywhere. Most people would prefer to have it on the dash since this is the easiest possible location to have it and you won't need to do a lot of modifications. Other than the dash, you can also set this up in your doors which should be easy especially if you'd like to have the tweeters in the door as well.
For the best experience, you could get component speakers that have swiveling tweeters. The best thing about these is that you can them set up in any location and then turn them at any preferred angle so that the lows get to reach you perfectly. There are also the detachable tweeters which can easily come off just in case you’d like to use them in another vehicle
Now here’s the interesting part. Most people who go for the component speakers probably know how much bang they got.
If you want something that’s completely out of the ordinary, then you should get yourself a set of this. The different drivers are handled separately which means that there’s no way that the sound frequencies will overlap.
The woofers take care of the low to mid frequencies whereas the tweeters handle only the high frequencies. Installing either of these in the most suitable location should give you the best sound imaging and sound staging; doing otherwise, on the other hand, will leave you with second thoughts about getting them.
Despite the quality of the woofer and the tweeters, the crossover in the component speaker system has quite a huge role to play as far as sound quality is concerned. The crossover basically acts as a frequency police in the sense that it ensures the highs go to the tweeters and the lows to the woofer.
Now you do know the type of speaker system you’d like to have as an upgrade to your vehicle, it’s time to have a look at the major things you should consider before you put your cash on the line. Some of the things we took into account include:
Let’s have a look at each, shall we?
The power rating on a car speaker simply comes down to two things- the peak and the RMS. The latter is the continuous amount of power that the speaker observe without getting damaged. Th RMS is measured in watts and unless it is exceeded, your speakers will perform amazingly well. You should also know that even if the RMS on a speaker is indicated as a constant value, it does not run on this amount of power at all times. Think of the RMS as a range of power measurement.
Whereas the RMS is the continuous power threshold that the speaker observes, the peak, on the other hand, is above this. The rule of thumb is that the peak has to be double the RMS which is also the case with most car speakers. It, however, does not have to be this way, provided the speaker only achieves the peak for a few seconds and then falls back to the RMS, you're safe.
What happens if the power is way beyond the peak?
In such a case, you may probably have supplied too much power than is needed for your set of speakers. The worst-case scenario is that the speakers may get damaged completely.
If continuously run on an amount of power that is greater than the RMS, you are bound to experience sound distortions or lags. Repairing the speakers may be an option for the latter but the truth is that this is not a guarantee the speakers will be as good as they were hence you may need a replacement soon.
The frequency response is basically the range of frequencies within which the speaker is capable of outputting the sound.
In most speakers, both component and coaxial speakers, this range has to be within normal range of human hearing i.e. between 20Hz and 20kHz. This, however, does not mean that all speakers have to observe this frequency range. Most coaxial speakers actually cannot play as low as 60Hz but on the upper end of the scale, most speakers will handle the high frequencies quite well.
When choosing the best 6.5 car speaker based on frequency, you should mainly observe the lower end of the scale for the best results. Unlike the higher frequencies, the lower frequencies are quite hard to achieve.
Impedance and a speaker’s power rating normally go hand in hand. The lower the impedance rating on a car speaker, the greater the amount of power it allows to go through.
The best car speakers will normally come with an impedance rating of 4 ohms which is considered as the line that sets apart the high-end car speakers from the low-end car speakers. If you get a car speaker with a 2-ohm impedance rating, then you should definitely check it out.
When connecting speakers to give you the lowest impedance rating, you should be keen when connecting them in parallel. When connected in parallel, the impedance rating of the combined speakers will normally be lower than that of the individual speakers.
If this goes lower than what your amplifier or head unit can actually handle, you may end up blowing your equipment.
In a leman's term, the sensitivity of a car speaker is what tells you how effective the speaker will be when converting power or rather watts to volume.
Sensitivity on a car speaker is normally measured in decibels (dB) and the higher the decibel rating on a car speaker the louder your speakers are going to get at a given amount of power from the amp.
Other than just dictating the type of speaker, car speaker sensitivity does affect the type of stereo or car amplifier you should get. It is because of this that you should, first of all, get your set of speakers before getting the amp or stereo especially if you are doing a full upgrade to your music system. The reason for this is so that you can be able to get your speakers to achieve their maximum potential by supplying them with just the amount of power that they need.
The higher the sensitivity rating on a car speaker the louder it will play at a certain amount of power wattage. Taking, for instance, a speaker with an impedance rating of 81 decibels, the amount of volume it produces will be moderate as compared to a speaker with a decibel rating of 84. At the same time, you'll need more power to get them playing at 84dB.
Now here’s something that you should be keen on when selecting 6.5 car speakers. Even though you may be having the best power handling, sensitivity and impedance on your car speaker, having a poor material construction will underutilize all these outstanding features.
Let’s have a look at some of the things you should consider as far as construction is concerned.
If you’ve ever wondered what gives your car speakers that punchy bass that you love so much, well, the magic all happens because of the cone.
So as to give out the best bass, it's important that the cone is made from both stiff and lightweight materials which in most cases is polypropylene. Polypropylene is normally used due it's outstanding capabilities of not only being stiff and lightweight but also due to the fact that it can stand up to extreme temperatures and moisture quite well if blended with other materials such as mica.
Alternatively, treated paper does provide an excellent sound as well and is just as durable
The surround is normally what is around the cone. Depending on the type of the surround you have, the bass quality will vary.
This is basically what connects the speaker to the basket and should be flexible enough to allow for free movement of the woofer and at the same time strong enough to direct and dominate the cone. This is basically what determines how far the cone moves.
Surrounds can be made of rubber, cloth or foam. Foam is quite flexible and produces quite a good sound quality for long since it retains its original form. On the other hand, as compared to rubber, the foam is not as durable when it comes to extreme temperatures and moisture.
The sound coil or rather the voice coil creates a magnetic field in conjunction with the amplified signal sent to the speaker. While working with the permanent magnet and other speaker parts, the coil converts electrical signals to mechanical energy which results to sound.
It is important that the coil has a large surface area for efficient heat dissipation. A voice coil that is heat resistant, on the other hand, will prolong the overall speaker life.
The tweeters are basically what takes care of the low frequencies. just like the woofer, it is important that the tweeter construction be outstanding as well.
For the cone, it is important that the tweeter is made from a soft material such as silk. The reason for this is that silk is able to produce the sound effect at high frequencies. Silk tweeters are designed for high power handling and to add extra stiffness, they can be blended with synthetic materials.
Whereas metals on tweeters are meant to produce a sharp sound, textiles, on the other hand, smoothen out things. In a nutshell, depending on the type of music you like, it's important to consider the type of material construction you'll need on your tweeter.
You also need to consider other features such as power handling and the type of magnet used in which case neodymium magnets are the best for the latter.
Moving on to the second section of our article, how about we take a look at 10 of the best car speakers in 2018- definitely the best way to get your favorite set of speakers.
Starting off our top 10 list is something for anyone who’s looking to do their first upgrade. With the boss audio BOSS Audio CH6530, you’ll be enjoying much more than just easy installation and set up; let’s find out what it packs under the hood.
Power ratings: being one of the most important things that dictate how good your sound will be, the power rating on this speaker is an outstanding 150 watts of RMS per pair and double the amount for the peak. This should definitely be enough to give you a decent bass.
Considering this is a 3-way coaxial speaker, you’ll be getting pretty more than just a woofer and a tweeter. On the BOSS Audio CH6530 is a 1-inch dome tweeter which is then backed up by a ½ inch piezo tweeter. With this combination, the speaker can focus quite well on isolating the sonic frequencies when it comes to producing the lows
Quality material construction:
Unlike in the past when foam wasn’t expected to last that long, it’s not the case in today’s speakers. With recent advancements in the foam surrounds, they are guaranteed to last for at least 8 years. The one you’ll find in this set of speakers allows for optimal speaker mobility and at the same time has the damping effect.
aluminum voice coil
if you're looking for something with a high-temperature threshold, then this is definitely it. This renders the speakers quite efficient even when supplied with a high amount of power.
Poly injected cone
On the BOSS Audio CH6530 is a polyurethane cone which is one of the most resilient and flexible at the same time. Whereas it can be used in a number of applications, it allows us, in our case to enjoy maximum flexibility for great sounding speakers
We mainly focus on including on our list products that’ll meet everyone’s needs. If you’re willing to spend a little bit extra to get the best sound, then this set of speakers is definitely for you. Well, here’s what qualifies this as one of the best 6.5 car speakers.
For the best heat radiation, the speaker employs the new dynamic cooling technology. This prevents the speaker from overheating even when supplied with a huge amount of power.
New inline phasing technology: to get more than what an average component speaker will offer you the new inline phasing technology ensures that you get a wider signal imaging.
The woofer features:
The Image DynamicsIDQ65CS feature a fiber matrix paper cone whose rigidity and sensitivity ensures that you get the best bass. Around the cone is a parabolic rubber surround; this just so happens to be one of the most flexible and durable surround materials you could get on any speaker.
For the best production of the highs, this set of component speakers boasts a 28mm hand coated soft silk dome. The tweeter also comes with a removable faceplate with grille assembly and an aluminum voice coil for the best heat dissipation.
Despite the outstanding features of this speaker, it comes in a slim design than normal (thanks to the ultra-neodymium motor assembly) and yields more excursion than what you’re used to. definitely worth every dime.
Back to the coaxial speakers already. Coming next on our list is a coaxial speaker set that’ll definitely blow your mind starting with the design to the performance. Let’s have closer look at now, shall we?
Starting with the power handling. The R165X3 has got an RMS of 45 watts which is average as far as giving you decent highs and lows is concerned. For the peak, you’ll get double the RMS (90 watts). Provided you don’t run it exclusively on the RMS, you’ll get nothing but the best from this set of 4 coaxial speakers.
½” silk dome piezo tweeter- despite the fact that the construction process is breathtakingly difficult, piezo tweeters are renowned for producing outstanding highs without the use of a crossover to isolate the sonic frequencies.
Compliant to the CEA-2031- since this speaker is compliant with the CEA-2031, the power rating is verified as being legitimate for portable speakers inclusive of which is the Rockford Fosgate R165X3.
The speaker dimensions- if you’re looking to replace your current set up with this set of speakers, you should be keen on the dimensions especially if you want to use the same installation location. The speakers measure 16 x 8.6 x 8.5 inches which should be able to fit in most vehicles though you may have to do a few modifications on your own.
Now I’m sure as eggs that this component speaker will definitely get you interested. Don’t let the fact that this is one of the speakers with the smallest dimensions fool you, it packs quite a lot under the hood.
The sensitivity: being one of the things that determine how good a volume you get, the frequency response on the Infinity Primus is an outstanding 93dB. This should be enough to ensure the amount of power you get is optimally utilized to give you the best music experience which leads us to the next point- the power handling capabilities.
Power rating: regardless of which type of speaker you get, you shouldn’t be mean on this whatsoever unless you are on a budget. The RMS is 70 watts whereas the peak is 280 watts. Coupled up with the sensitivity, you’ll definitely enjoy yourself with this set of speakers.
Considering this is a component speaker, you'll be enjoying the best sonic isolation since the highs and the lows are isolated to give you a better soundstage. The lowest frequency is at 53Hz and the highest is at 21kHz
If you're looking for something that won't be a hassle to have in place but at the same time give an outstanding sound, go ahead and get yourself a set of this coaxial speakers.
First off, you’ll be getting 4 speakers out of the box which if installed properly will give you quite a good soundstage.
The RMS rating on this pack of 4, 3-way car speakers is 60 watts and they all amount to a total of 120 watts. The peak, on the other hand, is 180 watts amounting to a total of 360 watts when you put all of them together.
The impedance rating. Working hand in hand with the RMS and the peak is a 2-ohm impedance. Provided you have an outstanding head unit, the JBL GTO638 will channel as much power as possible to ensure that you get the loudest and the best highs and lows.
With the Mylar-titanium composite dome tweeters on each of the 4 speakers, the resonation of the dome is low as compared to when Mylar is used alone. This makes it possible for the production of high frequencies.
Know to be one of the best brands in the market today, JBL has never disappointed us, I think we can both definitely agree on this. Even so, let’s take a quick peek at the JBL GTO638 and see if it really is worthy of the JBL brand, shall we?
Plus one cone: to deliver the best bass, the woofer has got the patent-pending plus one cone technology. With about 30% greater surface area than other competing models, the bass will definitely not disappoint you
True 4-ohm topology: the low impedance voice coil on this speaker extracts more power from your amp as compared to higher impedance coils. To ensure this speaker channels as much power as possible from your amp or head unit, it provides an optimum 2-ohm load.
Built-in crossover network: with the built-in crossover network with advanced high and low pass filters, the JBL GTO638 creates a smooth transition between the tweeter and woofer. The end result is that you’ll get impressive mid-range vocals.
Out of the box, you'll be getting a three-way coaxial loudspeaker. This will prove to be a perfect fit if your installation location lies between 6 ½ and 6 ¾ inches which is why you should be sure of what your vehicle measures.
Most preferably, go ahead and pull out the speakers that are already installed then take their measurements before you place your order.
In total, this pair of 3-way coaxial speakers weighs 4.95 pounds and measures 10 x 9 x 8 inches. It will be a breeze to set up considering it has got the intermount III mounting system from JBL.
The next one on our list is the Rockford Fosgate R165X3. When it all comes down to searching for the perfect replacement for your factory installed speakers, this set of 2 might just do the trick.
Don’t let the fact that it only comes in a set of two dampen your expectations of what it’s capable of. Each of the speakers has got a nominal power rating of 45 watts and double the peak. This makes it quite convenient to work with since the bass will not be compromised.
Speaking of the bass, this speaker comes with a vacuum polypropylene cone. This is both stiff and lightweight for the best bass output.
An integrated high pass crossover: to take care of the high frequencies effectively, you’ll have an integrated high pass crossover on the R165X3. This ensures that the highs get to the tweeters quite conveniently.
A silk-dome pole mounted the piezo tweeter. Other than just delivering clear and soft highs due to the fact that it is made out of silk, these piezo tweeters are not only cheap to come up with but have minimum resonation as well.
As for the sensitivity, it’s got 91 dB of these which means that it will fully optimize the power to give you a louder than average volume.
I know…we’re not supposed to be blinded by just the brand name. Even so, pioneer has definitely earned the praise of being one of the best in the market as far as car audio systems are concerned. That being said, let’s see what qualifies this as the best 6.5 car speaker for you…
The RMS power rating is an outstanding 60 watts per pair and 30 watts per speaker. As for the peak, you’ll be getting 350 watts per pair and 175 watts per speaker. For both the high frequencies and the lows, this might just be the perfect pair for your vehicle.
A paper cone: though you may be skeptical about this, you’ll be surprised by the response time you get from the cone on this speaker. The sound is warm without any distortions and are definitely meant for anyone who’s looking for entry level speakers
A foam surround: around the cone is a foam surround which besides being flexible will retain its original form for quite a long time. working hand in hand with the cone, the foam surround does contribute a lot to the clarity and the bass
Tip: for the bass, you may consider getting a subwoofer since as much as the highs and mids are outstanding, the bass is sadly not for everyone
Component speakers are normally associated with an outstanding soundstage due to the frequency separation with the aid of the crossover, right? Well, does the JBL GT7-6C really have what it takes, let’s find out, shall we?
For the power handling, you’ll be getting 100 watts of RMS per pair and the peak, on the other hand, will be an outstanding 300 watts. Both of these should serve you quite well as far as the high and low frequencies are concerned.
Speaking of the frequency, the frequency response is between 50Hz and 20kHz. Considering this is a component speaker system, this range will suit you quite well as far as frequency isolation is concerned.
The cone is the polypropylene plus one cone which has got a larger than average surface area for the delivery of a better bass. Around the cone is a foam surround which is renowned for retaining its original design for quite some time but you need to be careful when it comes to moisture exposure nonetheless.
For the tweeter, you'll be getting 1-3/16" PEI edge-driven dome tweeter. The utilization of this design enhances the sound dispersion for the delivery of natural-sounding highs.
Well, so far so good, we’re on the last speaker on our list and truth be told, this has definitely been one outstanding review of the best 6.5 car speakers. To cut to the chase, let’s see what the Pioneer TS-A1676R does have for us, shall we?
It’s not in vain that pioneer is known to be one of the best especially from the prowess employed in the design of their speakers.
The surround: For the Pioneer TS-A1676R, you’ll be getting a lightweight elastic polymer surround whose optimal flexibility ensures that you get the best bass.
Heat-resistant voice coil: to push the speaker to its limits, the voice coil is heat resistant to withstand high input power so as not to compromise the sound quality.
A multi-layer mica matrix cone: for this cone, the surface is meant to maintain the rigidity of the cone whereas the other layer beneath the mica utilizes light and water-resistant materials that are just as sensitive as it is durable.
The nominal power rating on this speaker is 50 watts whereas the RMS is 320 watts. If you’re looking for something that is guaranteed to give you a kick for your buck, this is definitely it.
The physical appearance:
This speaker comes with a set of 2 weighing only 5 pounds and measures 6.2 x 1.8 x 6.2 inches. The mounting depth is 1.75 inches. You should, therefore, pay attention to these before you decide to spend your money on this set of speakers.
Now we pretty much have all that we need to get the best 6.5 car speaker, we can definitely agree to the fact that choosing a new speaker can be quite confusing.
If you’re doing it for the first time, things are even much more difficult and it is because of this that we’ve come up with the buying guide and product listing.
As a matter of fact, we strongly believe that with our product listing and the buying guide, you have all the tools you need to get your hands on exactly what you need. Even though you need to pay attention to every feature, you should pay extra attention to the power rating since doing otherwise can easily damage the speaker.
All in all, we hope that you enjoyed reading it just as much as we did enjoy reviewing the top 10 and we do wish you the best in getting exactly what you need.
One of the most thrilling experiences and probably the best for most is getting to have a car sound system that works just as you desire it to. Truth be told, it won’t be easy at all for you to get such and you’ll have to do a lot of searching to get the best.
To save you both the time and the hassle it would take for you to find the best, we’ve narrowed down your options to only a single coaxial speaker- the JBL GTO939.
If you are looking for a quick upgrade to your current car audio system, then this is definitely the speaker for you. from the installation to the listening experience, the JBL GTO939 will definitely give you a whole new experience.
That being said, how about we delve into taking a look at what this set of coaxial speakers has got in store for us?
Here are some of the features the JBL GTO939 packs under the hood that’ll definitely blow your mind…
First off, we can both agree to the fact that one of the most frustrating things when it comes to upgrading the car audio systems can be the installation procedure. The installation package of this car speaker includes a pair of 6 x 9-inch coaxial speakers.
In most cases, the coaxial speakers will perfectly replace the factory installed speakers. If you’re lucky enough, all you may be needed to do is unscrew the mounting bracket of the factory speakers detach the wiring from the stock installed speaker. This should be followed by unmounting the factory installed speaker and replacing it with the JBL GTO939 car speaker. This can be done in a jiffy.
Regarding the installation location you prefer, you may be needed to do much or less work but as we all do know, the easiest way to go would simply be to replace the stock speakers with these ones.
If you want to install these in a new location other than where the stock unit was, you’ll definitely have a lot more to do. Something else that you should have in mind is that regarding the type of vehicle you have, the level of installation complexity you’ll experience will vary. As a matter of fact, you may or may not have to do some extra drilling, filling and a few other modifications to get it to fit. The best casescenario is that it’ll perfectly replace the stock unit even without the mounting brackets which we will look at in a while.
Unlike the coaxial speaker systems that have got the different drivers handled separately, this one has got all the tweeter and the subwoofer being handled by one driver. You’ll be getting a single set with two speakers which should be enough to give you a way better experience that you did get from the factory speakers.
Here’s something you won’t get in a full range speaker system every day- a dedicated crossover. Crossovers are normally popular with the component speaker systems and it is one of the advantages they have over most coaxial speakers.
If you want something that’ll give you a kick for your buck, then you should definitely consider getting yourself this pair since each of them comes with a 12dB/octave high-quality crossover component.
This just works in the similar way the crossovers in the component speakers do- directing the high frequencies to the tweeters and the low frequencies to the woofer. If you install the speakers in a perfect location, you’ll definitely create an outstanding soundstage and get the most out of the isolated frequencies.
A piece of advice:
Considering this is a coaxial speaker system with a built-in crossover, it is simply designed to work in the best way possible by the manufacturers. I, therefore, strongly recommend that you don’t consider doing modifications by addition of an external crossover since this will simply interfere with the speaker’s internal wiring system.
The power handling capabilities are one of the most important things in a car speaker since it plays quite a big role when it comes to the overall sound quality.
Let’s have a look at how good the JBL GTO939 really is, shall we?
If you know even the tiniest bit of speaker power then you've probably heard of the root mean square. The Root Mean Square is simply the continuous amount of power with which the speakers operate. As a matter of fact, the greater the RMS is, the better off you are.
In our case, the JBL GTO939 has got an outstanding 200 watts of RMS which also makes it one of the best in the market. This simply means that you’ll be getting the best bass since the bass quality is normally determined by how high the RMS power is.
Besides the RMS, there is also the peak power. Whereas the RMS is the continuous power level with which the speakers are run, peak power, on the other hand, is a power level greater than the RMS that the speakers are allowed to achieve for only a few seconds.
The rule of thumb is that the peak power is double the RMS but this not always the case since, for the JBL GTO939, the peak is 300 watts. This, as it turns out is quite ideal when it comes to delivering both outstanding highs and lows.
I greatly advise that for the best experience, especially if you are upgrading your whole car sound system, you, first of all, purchase the speakers. Having done so, go ahead and match these speakers to a suitable head unit. This way, you'll get the most out of the speakers.
You should be keen to observe the RMS range since if you happen to exceed this, you may damage the speaker and have to worry about repairs or worse enough, a replacement. Simply put, as much as you may be having one of the best with you, utmost maintenance is necessary to keep it this way.
If you happen to exceed the RMS threshold for even a few minutes, you’ll be overloading the speaker which could in the end result to sound distortion, lagging or even worse damaging the speaker.
We’ve already seen that for the coaxial speakers, the tweeters and the woofer are handled by the same driver, right? How about we now have a look at each of these individual drivers starting with the tweeters?
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The tweeters are normally dedicated to handling the high frequencies. in most cases, these frequencies are greater than 2000 Hertz. Whereas all tweeters may be able to produce all the high frequencies that are input to them from the head unit, the quality normally varies which is where the material construction of the tweeters comes in.
The best cone material you can get on a tweeter is normally soft hence when it comes to the production of the clear highs, the sound won’t be too ear piercing.
For our tweeters, you’ll be getting the edge-driven soft dome tweeter design. This allows for the production of high quality and clear highs.
The soft-dome tweeter design increases the power handling threshold of the tweeter and at the same time reduces sound distortion at high frequencies. the edge-driven feature of the tweeters also allows for better dispersion and allow for a lower crossover frequency for better imaging.
Besides the dome on the tweeters, there is also the voice coil. This is oversized which makes it quite convenient when it comes to heat dissipation.
The bigger the surface area the voice coil has the better off are the chances of your tweeters lasting longer since there will ideal heat dissipation. If the voice coil becomes overheated, the odds of it getting damaged are quite high and as far as repairs go, it’s not easy to repair one and you, in most cases may be forced to purchase a new sound system.
Dual-level tweeter volume adjustment-customize your highs.
Other than just having a soft dome backed up with an oversized voice coil, another mind-blowing feature on the JBL GTO939 is the adjustable tweeter volume.
This feature is meant to compensate for the low and the off-axis mounting position or the road noise. You can set the output of the tweeter from 0 to +3 decibels.
Besides the tweeters, a full range car speaker has got a woofer. The woofer simply determines how good the bass quality is going to be by converting the low frequencies from the head unit to the sound.
For the best bass quality, you should strive to get a woofer whose cone is rigid and at the same time flexible. This way, you'll not have to worry about the cone coming apart and at the same time, it will have an optimal motion for the production of high-quality sound.
In the JBL GTO939, you’ll be having a carbon-injected plus one cone. As compared to other cones, this one is slightly larger in size. This means that they have a greater range of motion which in turn moves more air. In the long run, you end up with an above-average bass quality.
Keeping the voice coil cool is probably the best way to ensure that you get to enjoy your set of speakers for as long as possible. Normally, besides the speakers heating up from the electricity passing through them, the surrounding environment does contribute to the buildup of heat within them.
To take care of this, JBL included a vented magnet assembly. This helps keep the magnet cool which in turn increases the reliability of the speakers from greater power handling. At the same time, this eliminates power compression which could distort the speakers sound.
Here’s something you’ll not be getting every day- a carbon composite non-magnetic frame. This is used in the JBL GTO939 so as to resist warping even when the speakers are mounted on an uneven surface.
This is unlike anything you’ll find in most speakers as the non-magnetic carbon composite aids in controlling the magnet’s energy and deliver it to the voice coil instead of wasting it as heat.
To make things even more interesting, the plastic does not resonate hence contributing highly to the high levels of accurate sound you’ll be enjoying
Besides the power handling, something else that determines the quality of sound you get from your speakers is their sensitivity.
For the JBL GTO939, you get an outstanding 94 decibels of sensitivity.
Something you need to know about sensitivity is that it works hand in hand with the power capabilities of a car speaker. Normally, the higher the sensitivity, the better off you are. Higher sensitivity levels allow you to play your music at higher volumes at an outstanding quality and simultaneously use lower amounts of power.
The average amount of sensitivity for a coaxial speaker is around 88dB. If you’re lucky enough to get anything above this as is the case for the JBL GTO939, then you should definitely settle for those speakers.
Along with the pair of JBL speakers, you’ll be getting mounting brackets for each of these. This simply allows you to have the speakers fit in place and at the same time the mounting brackets protect the speakers from any physical damage.
The mounting brackets that come with the JBL GTO939 will prove quite useful but on the downside, they may not fit in place of the stock speaker installation location. In such a case, you’ll need to drill the screw holes yourself to have them fit perfectly.
The impedance rating on a car speaker normally has a great impact on the power handling of the speaker. Think of the impedance and power as being inversely proportional.
The greater the impedance, the lower the amount of electricity it allows to flow through to the speakers but the lower the impedance the higher the amount of electricity it allows to flow through from the head unit to the car speakers
With 4 ohms on the impedance of our speakers, you'll be getting quite an outstanding performance considering it has got an RMS of 200W. this level of impedance makes use of every watt that comes from your head unit and also compensates for the substandard speaker wiring you may get in most cars.
Simply put, at the end of the day the 4-ohm impedance is a great boost to the overall sound of your vehicle’s audio system.
Finally, let’s take a look at how the frequency response on the JBL GTO939 really is. First off, you should know that the frequency response is the range of frequency that is audible to the human ear and this just is anything between 20Hz to 20kHz. Even so, it’s quite seldom to get a coaxial speaker that’ll observe this.
Too low a frequency for the bass is rarely used in music and most coaxial speakers will only function at 80Hz and above. For our JBL speakers, the frequency response is between 46Hz and 21kHz. This is enough to be able to handle both the highs and the lows in all music genres conveniently.
Q: does the bass hold up at a high volume?
A: yes, though if you want a really good bass you should consider getting subwoofers.
Q: what is the RMS rating on these speakers?
A: this is 200W continuous power and 300 watts for the peak
Q: what is the ohm rating on the speakers?
A: 4 ohms
Coming to the end of the JBL GTO939 Premium 6 x 9 Inches Co-Axial speaker review, we can both agree that there’s a lot you’ll be getting from this pair of speakers. From the construction design to the power handling, it will definitely be worth every dime.
Just like the other components in your audio system, proper maintenance precautions are needed for these speakers. Don't, for instance, exceed the power handling capabilities.
As far as setting it up is concerned, the user manual comes along with the package and so does a pair of grilles each for the two individual speakers. In overall, you should definitely try it out if you’re looking for an upgrade; all the best!
Normally, upon purchasing a new vehicle, you’ll get the factory installed car speakers but will these really give you the music experience you crave?
If you’ve ever thought of bringing some serious audio power to your vehicle, then you should definitely consider the Pioneer TS-A6995R. This coaxial speaker will definitely give you a kick for your buck which makes it probably the best replacement for your stock installed speakers.
Today, we’ll be taking a closer look at what this speaker packs under the hood. So just sit back and relax because I’m about to bring in the noise.
Let’s get started with our review, shall we?
One of the most annoying things when it comes to the installation of new speakers in your vehicles is the difficulty you may face. As a matter of face, though most people only assume that this is the case when setting up component speaker systems, the same goes for the coaxial too.
In the case of the Pioneer TS-A6995R, you’ll be doing a replacement of the stock speakers. This means that you’ll have to take out the speaker in your doors and in their place, have the new Pioneer TS-A6995R 5-way speakers.
The best thing about having coaxial speaker replacement is that you can install them on either your front or rear car doors regarding whichever set up you are comfortable with.
As much as making a replacement for your stock speaker might be easy, it is recommended that you, first of all, be sure of the dimensions. These speakers measure 14 x 6 x 11 inches. This should be able to fit in most vehicles. Just to be safe, however, you should probably take out your stock speakers and measure them first before buying the Pioneer TS-A6995R.
How good the bass quality is normally determined by the nature of the surround.The more elastic the speaker surround is the better the bass quality is. In this case, you’ll be getting an elastic polymer speaker surround.
As far as flexibility is concerned, this one just so happens to be one of the best since besides just being a flexible polymer, it is also lightweight. As a result, the surround is able to move the cone freely back and forth which in turn results in the production of quality bass.
The elastic polymer also does have a high sensitivity which means that even the slightest sounds will be registered thus giving you acute accuracy and clarity of all your music.
Another benefit you get from having an elastic polymer surround is its uniqueness of having shape retaining properties. Unlike most of the surround materials, you'll get on other coaxial speakers, the polymer will not sag no matter how long you use it.
It also handles high temperatures quite well- something else that makes it worth every penny.
Besides just the construction design, power handling is also quite important when it comes down to choosing coaxial speakers.
If you want a decent bass on all your music genres, then you should only focus on getting something that has an outstanding power handling capability. In the case of the Pioneer TS-A6965R, the nominal power or rather the RMS is an outstanding 80 watts.
The RMS is the amount of constant power with which the speaker is run without the speaker getting damaged in any way. As long as you observe the RMS power handling capabilities of the Pioneer TS-A6965R, you won’t be experiencing any sound distortions or lags in your music. On this speaker, you’ll be getting 200W of RMS per pair and 100W for each individual speaker.
The peak power of the speaker is an outstanding 600 watts on each of the pair and 300W on each of the speakers. This is normally a threshold above the RMS that the speakers are allowed to exceed a few seconds.
When it comes to the power handling capabilities, you need to observe the power handling of the head unit. For the best performance, especially when you are doing an overall upgrade of your speaker system, you should, first of all, get the speakers and then get a head unit that'll match up to the speakers’ performance.
A speaker’s sensitivity is what determines how loud the speaker is going to sound in relation to the amount of power that’s provided to it. An easy definition of sensitivity is the ability of a speaker to convert the power provided to it to sound.
Speaker sensitivity and power rating work hand in hand in the sense that the higher the sensitivity is, the less power you’ll need in order for you to get to play your music at high volume.
In our case, we’ll be having a sensitivity of 92dB which happens to be higher than the recommended sensitivity measurement of 88 dB. With as much as 92dB of sensitivity, you won’t be needing too much power to get an outstanding sound output from these.
Even though sensitivity tends to compromise the woofer on some areas, it’s not the case in the Pioneer TS-A6965R.
For instance, the manufacturers may need to lighten the woofer cone to some degree so as to improve sensitivity. Upon doing so, you may have to put up with sound distortions momentarily. To take care of this, the TS-A6965R has got the multilayer mica matrix cone that despite being light is quite rigid hence giving you acute accuracy.
Speaking of the multilayer mica matrix cone, let’s take a closer look at it on our next point, shall we?
As much as the surround is quite essential for the production of quality bass, the cone material is one of the greatest determinants of a quality bass. Let’s have a look at how good this speakers cone is, shall we?
For optimum sound production from the cone, you’ll need to have material that’s both rigid and at the same time light. As a matter of fact, as compared to other outstanding materials that you’ll get on other cones such as polypropylene, multilayer matrix is 30% lighter.
In addition to being lighter, it’s sensitivity is second to none and the same goes for accuracy and clarity which is far much better than most of the speakers in its class.
Also, despite the fact that the cone is light, it is able to handle high power levels that would otherwise damage the cone. The multilayer matrix is also high-density in structure and cuts down the flexing in order to produce a richer mid-bass response.
Whereas the surface of the multilayer mica matrix cone is able to maintain the superior rigidity and internal loss of the cone, the back, on the other hand, utilizes the light and water-resistant material.
The voice coil is one of the most delicate components of a coaxial speaker system. That being said, it is important to also point out the fact that we also overlook its significance when purchasing our speakers. For the Pioneer TS-A6965R, be getting probably one of the best.
let’s see what it’s got in store for us, shall we?
One of the major problems which are also what leads to the damage of most speakers is the coil's heat dissipation. With high amounts of power being supplied to the speakers, the coil, on the other hand, will need to be able to get rid of the excess heat as much as possible.
In our Pioneer TS-A6995R speakers, you’ll be getting an RMS power rating of 100W and a peak of 300W for each of the speakers. With such an amount of power, you should definitely expect an outstanding bass and if you really love a booming bass, then the voice coil is going to get quite hot.
Whereas some coils are blackened so as to increase the rate of heat dissipation, this one is a high-temperature voice coil. This is a heat-resistant voice coil wire that ensures there is utmost heat dissipation and at the same time adds to the durability of the coil. This is able to withstand the high-power input which in turn allows you to get the kind of bass you like.
If you want your heat voice coil to last longer, then you should observe the power rating of the speakers. Repairing the coils can be a hassle and it's not always a guarantee that the speaker will perform as good as it did.
Voice coils on a speaker are what causes the cone to move hence producing the sound from the speakers and it is best that you try your best to keep them in their original state. Think of it as the key element of the speaker.
Besides the power rating of a coaxial speaker, the impedance rating is one more thing that determines how good a sound you’ll be getting.
For the Pioneer TS-A6965R, you’ll be getting 4 ohms.
Normally, the rule of thumb is that there needs to be a correlation between the impedance rating and the power handling capabilities of a coaxial speaker. Simply explained, speaker impedance is the resistance that any speaker is able to give to the current and voltage that’s being applied to it. As a matter of fact, it is referred to as speaker resistance in by some experts.
Any speaker that’s rated 4-ohms on the impedance is basically considered as being a high-end speaker. This, in turn, needs a lot of power in order to produce a decent sound which is where the 100W RMS comes in.
It is always important that you keep your speakers safe from any physical damage, right? Well, one of the ways you can do this is by including a nice fitting grille to them.
In most cases, the aftermarket speakers you purchase will not come with the speaker grilles and sadly, you have to look for these on your own. This can be quite a hassle and it’s not always the case that you’ll be getting perfectly fitting grilles.
For thePioneer TS-A6965R, you’ll be having a new grille design right out of the box. The grille is designed to protect the tweeters and the mid-range assembly but not the whole speaker. It is really important that you be careful when you’re around the speakers not to damage them in any way.
The top and bottom of the grille cover are open leaving the rest of it vulnerable to potential damages. As for setting things up, you'll just need to have the screws in place and you're good to go, it'll fit in place quite perfectly.
Based on the installation location of your factory installed speakers, you may be needed to increase the size of the installation opening when replacing your stock installed speakers with this one.
Normally, a coaxial speaker is composed of just the woofer and a pair of tweeters. Besides this, however, there are other variants. These normally have the midrange driver that complements the woofer and the tweeters.
In the case of the Pioneer TS-A6995R, you’ll not be getting a 2-way, a 3-way or a 4-way, you’ll be getting a 5-way 6” x 9” coaxial speaker. The tweeters simply take care of the high frequencies, the mid-range driver handles the frequency range that’s neither too low nor too high (about 250 to 2000 Hz).
The soft dome midrange/tweeter driver makes use of a waveguide enclosure. This design is able to have both the mid and high frequencies projected in a wide and uniform dispersion pattern. The end result of this dispersion is that you get to have a smooth on and off axis response.
Within the diaphragm is a fiber that is optimized to balance both rigidity and lightness. This way, it is able to achieve outstanding sound propagation with high sensitivity, speed as well as responsiveness. The magnet on the Pioneer TS-A6995R enhances drivability of the diaphragm so that the sound is reproduced with outstanding power.
Simply explained, the frequency response is the frequency range within normal human hearing within which a speaker is able to play music.
As a normal rule of thumb, this is between 20Hz and 20 kHz. In the case of these pioneer speakers, you’ll be able to play any music notes that lie between 27Hz and 37kHz quite comfortably. This allows you to enjoy music from the tweeters, the midrange driver and the woofer equally as good.
Normally, a coaxial speaker will not play much below a frequency of 80Hz.You should, therefore, consider getting a subwoofer to compliment this pair of coaxial speakers if you'd like to have an outstanding sound quality.
The tweeters are exclusively dedicated to the high frequencies i.e. above 2000 Hertz. The mid range driver, on the other hand, will handle about 300 to 5000 hertz whereas the woofer can handle the low frequencies.
Other than just having the tweeter, the midrange, and the woofer, there is also the super tweeter included. Similar to the way having a subwoofer in your system is going to boost the low frequencies, a super tweeter will greatly boost the performance of the mid-band and the treble as well.
The super tweeters will be able to produce frequencies that a normal tweeter cannot be able to produce even as low as 6Hz. This way you’ll get a higher resolution in overall in your music. You may actually be surprised by the high detail you’ll be getting on the bass.
Also, regarding the quality construction of all the drivers on this coaxial speaker, you’ll definitely see the value of every dime you spend on it put to use.
It's now time to wrap things up and all I can say that the Pioneer TS-A6995R is one of the few component speakers that'll offer you an above average performance. Simultaneously, this pair of speakers will be a bargain for your money.
With the outstanding power handling, the fact that it’s a 5-way coaxial speaker and state-of-the-art quality construction and design enough qualifies it as a high-end speaker.
Just like you would do when making any upgrades to your vehicle’s sound system, it is important that you be keen on the dimensions. You may be needed to expand the stock installation location a little bit. Also, since the grille doesn’t cover the whole front-facing end of the speaker, be careful not to damage it.
Weighing the good against the bad, this is definitely worth spending your cash on.
One of the best upgrades you can possibly get for your vehicle is a set of speakers. Despite there being quite a lot of truth in this, it is not that simple to get the best. As a matter of fact, if you really do want to have something that'll be worth your dime, you should definitely be ready to spend both time and cash.
What if I told you that by the end of this review you’ll know exactly what to look for if you want the best? in this section, we’ll delve into looking at the best component speakers under 300.
What you should get from these should definitely be worth every dime. You should, therefore, focus on looking at the details and before taking into account what brand name the speaker bears among other minor things. Without further ado, how about we first get started with the buying guide?
Before moving on to the buying guide and the product reviews, how about you have a quick look at 3 of our best products- this will definitely save you quite a lot of time.
Rockford Fosgate T165-S T1 Power 6.5-Inch Component Speaker System
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Focal Access 165 A1 6.5-Inch 2-Way Component Speaker Kit
The first part of our review is important both for the music enthusiasts just as it is for you if you are looking for your first upgrade. We’ll be having a look at everything there is to know about a component speaker and why you should get one.
Let’s get started right away, shall we?
What makes a component speaker system as good as it is the crossover. The component speaker systems normally have the high frequencies and the low frequencies isolated such that the tweeters get to take care of the highs whereas the woofer gets to handle the low frequencies.
As it turns out, this is what you will expect from just any basic crossover. When it comes to getting the best component speakers under 300, however, your crossover may have separated bands of the high, mid and low frequencies. These different frequency bands feed the different drivers in your sound system i.e. the tweeters, woofers, and subwoofers.
What would happen if you did not have a crossover in your sound system?
Think of a crossover being some kind of audio cop that is able to direct the high frequencies to the tweeters, the midrange to your woofers and the low bass frequencies to your subwoofer. If the crossover is absent, then this will result in a messy sonic jam. Your midrange and subwoofer may end up having too much of the same frequencies such that too high notes may be produced by the latter which was not meant to be the case.
There are basically two types of crossovers- the active ones and the passive ones. The latter does not need any power so that they can be able to filter out the signals as needed. For the active crossovers, however, you'll be needing both power and ground connections. As much as this may seem to be a hassle, the active crossovers will give you more flexibility as well as fine-tuning control over your music.
Active crossover systems
A crossover is considered as an active one only if each of the drivers present has got its own channel of amplification.
The active crossover systems work in such a way that the power present is increased just as is the dynamic range of the frequencies i.e. from the softest sounds all the way to the loudest ones. You will also be able to control the tonal response of your system over the whole audio spectrum.
Active crossover systems will normally be wired in between the receiver and the amp such that all of the unwanted frequencies are eliminated before the amplifier get to boost them and lose energy. This way the amplifier can only be able to focus on the frequencies that it is meant to handle.
For the active crossover systems, there is a volume control on each of the channels so that you can have each of the sounds on the different drivers in balance.
In the best component speakers under 300, you may find other sound processing features such as an equalizer that allows you to easily tweak the sound to your personal preference
As much as the active crossovers may be quite beneficial, the only disadvantage is the connection and setting up of the ground and turn-on connectors. You’ll normally need +12 volts for the ground connectors
Passive crossover systems
The second type of crossover systems are the passive crossovers. Unlike the active alternatives, you do not need to hook these up with a power source to get them working. On the other hand, these are of two types; the component crossovers and the in-line crossovers.
Let’s have a closer look at each, shall we?
What the passive component crossovers do is that they intercept the signal as it comes from the amp. They are simply a small network of capacitors that are installed near the speakers and they normally will come set at their optimal performance levels.
The best component speakers under 300 is most preferably one with component passive crossovers since the installation is easy.
From the amp, a full range signal will exit after which it is then sent to this passive crossover where the signal is separated with the highs going to the tweeters and the low notes are handled by the woofer. Most o these will normally have a tweeter setting that you can use to turn down if it may seem too loud for the woofer.
Considering that a passive crossover will be filtering the signals that are already simplified, there will be wastage of quite a lot of power. The unwanted signals will then be removed in form of heat.
Something else that you should know about the component crossovers is that since the speakers normally change their impedance levels when playing. This also does alter the crossover point of the passive crossovers which in turn leads to an inconsistent sound definition.
The in-line crossovers are normally connected before the amplifier. These normally are cylindrically shaped with the RCA connectors on each end so that all you have to do is plug one into your amplifier inputs.
The in-line crossovers normally ensure that you do not waste time and energy amplifying the signals that you are not interested in. Besides just saving on energy, another benefit that you get from the inline crossovers is that they are easy and inexpensive to install which makes it easy to sharpen the sound quality of your component speaker system.
Sadly, you cannot be able to adjust the frequency of an inline crossover and in addition to this, they work differently with different amps. That being said, if you get yourself a component speaker system with this crossover, you should be certain that it’ll be able to play just exactly as you want it to.
Besides the crossovers, the component speaker systems also consist of the tweeters and the woofer. Let’s have a look at each one of these, shall we?
On any speaker system, the woofer is what is able to make sure that you get the best lows which in this case is the bass.
It is not every day that you’ll get a speaker that’ll be able to produce low notes exactly as you want it to. regardless of whichever speaker system you are getting, the woofer should best be constructed using material that is stiff and at the same time lightweight.
A good example of a woofer cone material you should look for in the best component speakers under 300 is one made of polypropylene. Even better, this can be a blend of poly and other materials such as mica which gives an even better bass quality due to the fact that it is stiffer.
Though they are not as good as polypropylene and other synthetic materials, woven fabric materials are also an option. At the end of the day, you should go for something that is able to stand up to extreme temperatures and moisture.
Ensure that you get the best highs.
Despite having an outstanding crossover, you owe it to yourself to get the biggest kick of your money. This is why when getting the best component speakers under 300, you should ensure that the tweeter is made of soft materials.
Most preferably, it should also be constructed of poly, textile blends or even silk so that you only get a refined sound quality.
We all have our different tastes and preferences in music, right? Taking this into account, some tweeters are constructed with harder materials. Such will normally have metals, graphite or ceramics which ensure that you get both a bright and snappy high.
Swiveling or pivoting tweeters
Other than just having a perfect set of tweeters on your component speakers, their positioning does matter as well.
You may have the frequencies set right but since their positioning is not correct, you may end up disliking the resulting sound quality. For a better soundstage, the tweeters should best be at ear level or rather aimed towards the ear.
On the contrary, you may be forced to install the tweeters on the doors. This way, you can be able to point them towards your ears and get to enjoy all the low frequencies.
With the tweeters right where you need them to be and the woofer installed correctly, you’ll end up having an outstanding soundstage. Another reason you should take your time when should take your time when shopping for a component speaker system.
Other than the swiveling tweeters, there may also be the detachable tweeters, these come in handy if you want to use the tweeters in either a different position or for more convenience, in a different vehicle
The surrounding material
An outstanding cone should be complemented by the best surround. The surround, just as the name implies is the material that's the cone. It indeed does perform a vital role since it is what allows the cone on your woofer to move freely.
Depending on the material you have, the quality of your bass varies. In most cases, for the best component speakers under 300, you’ll get rubber for the surround. This is the best considering overall performance and durability since rubber will be able to move freely hence flexibility is not compromised as the cone will reach its optimal performance. Also, rubber is durable since it is able to stand up quite well to extreme temperatures as well as moisture.
Match up your component speaker to the car.
Match it up with the radio head unit
Getting an outstanding component speaker is ideal, right? What will give you an even better performance and sound experience is getting a speaker system that matches up to your current head unit.
Different head units have got different levels of power handling. These are normally broken down into two categories i.e. low powered and high-powered stereos. The low powered stereo systems normally have at most 15 watts RMS of power per channel. The high-powered stereos, on the other hand, have got 16 watts or more of RMS on each channel.
Considering the power handling of your head unit, you should match the low-powered stereos to high sensitivity component speakers and vice versa.
Here’s a tip for you if you want the best:
If you are getting an entire upgrade to your speaker system, you should first get the best component speakers under 300 and then you can get a head unit that measures up to this.
Ensure the speakers are compatible with your car
Something else you need to greatly consider is that the speakers are 100% compatible with your car. First off, ensure that they are a perfect fit. The woofers, for instance, will be going in the doors hence you should ensure that the mounting depth and width is enough.
Most preferably, it is better if you detach the speakers that are currently installed, measure them after which you can then place your order. You can also look around for the measurements in online sources or contact the manufacturer for more information regarding the measurements.
Installation of component speaker systems.
One of the downsides of component speaker systems is that it may be quite a hassle to have them in place. If you are doing it for the first time, it may be quite difficult if you have a manual as well. The woofers normally go to the doors, the crossover to the dashboard and the tweeters at the most convenient position regarding your preference.
Since you may not be able to do this on your own, you should go ahead and sought out the aid of a professional to have this done for you. Yes, you may be forced to spend a little cash on the installation but you’ll have it done perfectly by an expert.
Moving on to the second section of our review, how about we take a look at 10 of 2018’s most reputed choices? Let’s list them down, shall we?
If you are looking doe the best, then the Focal Access 165 A1 will definitely give you a kick for your money. Let’s take a closer look at what it packs under the hood, shall we?
Considering that the power handling is one of the most important things you ought to consider and also what determines how good or bad a speaker is, it packs an outstanding 60 watts. With such an RMS backed up by a 92-dB sensitivity, it will definitely be outstanding on both the volume and sound quality. The peak power is 120 watts which are quite ideal as well
When it comes to the construction, both the cone and the surround just so happen to be the best. The latter is made of braided glass fiber; considering that this is quite rigid, the bass will be outstanding. The butyl surround, on the other hand, is quite flexible just as it is durable.
For the tweeters, they are aluminum inverted dome tweeters which deliver a wide soundstage and utmost accuracy. Besides this, the aluminum inverted technology gives significance rigidity and at the same time lowers sound distortion.
For the crossover, you’ll be getting a 12/12dB/octave (5kHz) separated Access crossover. This ensures that the sound bands are not compromised whatsoever. With the polypropylene capacitors, you'll be having distortion-free dynamics.
For any audiophile, this set of component speakers will definitely be worth every dime. Let’s find out why, shall we?
Starting with the construction, the Rockford Fosgate T165-S T1 boasts the vertical attach surround technique. This gives the speaker about a 25% more effective cone which is far much better than the others in its class. As a result, you get to have an improved efficiency and output capability
Another unique feature you’ll be getting from this set of component speakers is the new flex fit basket. This utilizes holes and slots which is not the case in the traditional speaker mounting holes. Due to this, it is much easier to fit the speakers in OEM openings and have a more secure fit.
The crossover is one of the parts of a component speaker system that dictates how good or bad the sound quality will be. In order to conveniently separate the mids and the highs, it is able to mimic the musical accuracy with close to perfect accuracy.
For the tweeters, the integrated DDC mounting technology provides the most secure fitting of the same and to make things even better, the installation of the tweeters is quite easy.
For the cone, you’ll be getting the injection-molded carbon fiber polypropylene cone material which, as it turns out, is one of the best since it’s durable just as it is flexible.
There’s nothing as settling as getting the best travel companion, right?
Well, to ensure that you’ll be having a whole new musical experience, we present to you the ESK-165.5. starting with the design quality, this component speaker comes with a water repellent pressed paper cone. Other than being inexpensive and delivering an outstanding bass, it will stand up quite well to moisture. You’ll also be getting a V-cone for the best off-axis response and utmost clarity in mid-high frequency detail
For the power handling, the speakers have got 300 watts for the peak which allows for quite a huge threshold above the 100-Watt RMS power without damaging the speakers.
The surround is butyl rubber hence as far as durability is concerned, you won’t have to worry about damage from extreme temperatures and moisture. Besides just being durable, the butyl rubber is quite flexible which makes it quite ideal when it comes to the production of quality bass.
A neodymium magnet is one of the ideal types of magnets as far as getting outstanding highs on tweeters is concerned, right? Well, this one’s got just that- utmost strength and detailed highs.
Moving on with our list, we’ve got the Alpine SPR-60C coming fourth. Let’s have a closer look at what it packs under the hood, shall we?
The power handling is one of the most important things when it comes to sound production, right? To ensure that you get to have the best listening experience, this component speaker has got a peak power of 330W and an RMS of 110W. Both of these will greatly contribute to ensuring that you get close to perfect sound quality.
For the tweeters, you’ll be getting them in flush mountable enclosures. These allow the tweeters to pivot for the sake of front stage imaging. the backplate holds the tweeters in place and uses plastic tabs hence you should be careful not to break these.
For the cone, the Alpine SPR-60C has got the hybrid layered-pulp cone. The best thing about this is that it cuts down on the overall price of the speakers without compromising the sound quality whatsoever.
Wrapping things up, you’ll be getting an outstanding 4 ohms on the impedance and backed up by the 110 watts of RMS power, this is just the perfect speaker for everyone.
We’re nearly past halfway done with our review and one thing’s for sure- the JBL GTO8608C is a component speaker like no other and will definitely give you a bang for your buck. Here’s what you ought to get from it.
Starting with the construction design, this component speaker has got a rubber surround around the cone. This ensures that there is utmost flexibility and in addition to this, the surround is quite durable as well since it will hardly be affected by extreme temperatures and moisture.
For the tweeters, you get a Mylar-tweeter with a large voice coil which is what you’ll also get in high-end home audio speakers. The benefit of having this is that it is both lightweight and not shortchanged on the strength. Besides being strong, it simultaneously has increased power handling and reduced distortions at high output levels.
The woofer does have the JBL-exclusive Plus one cone technology that gives the cone more surface area as compared to other models. By covering a larger surface area, the speaker provides a higher efficiency as well as a better bass response.
So as to ensure that all the sound waves go exactly where they are meant to go to, you’ll be getting a computer-optimized outboard crossover. This simply ensures that the high frequencies get to the tweeters and the lows and mids go to the woofer.
For the installation, the JBL speaker comes with the I-mount tweeter system. This makes it quite easy for you to flush-mount or surface mount the tweeter. Other than just making it easy to mount the tweeters, the I-mount also does make it simple for you to angle the tweeters and lock them at the most suitable angle for optimum imaging and response.
So far so good, we’re past halfway done with our product listing and we are doing good so far. Let’s take a look at the 165 V20 – Focal.
First off, besides from being manufactured by one of the best brands, this component speaker boasts to have quite an outstanding power handling. The 20-watt RMS power and 140W for the peak power guarantees an outstanding bass as far as quality music is concerned.
Moving on to the tweeters, you’ll be getting the aluminum/magnesium inverted dome tweeters. This kind of tweeter is renowned for producing an accurate sound and in addition to this, you get to have a deep soundstage for the best experience.
For the crossovers, you’ll be getting a 2-way separate crossover. Each of these handles each pair of the woofer and tweeters. Either is 6/12 dB/Oct (4.5khz) for the best sound band isolation.
With this JL audio 7.7” coaxial speaker system, you’ll definitely be getting the best deal there possibly is. For starters, it’s an outstanding 7.7” coaxial speaker system and since a speaker is as good as its size, this one will not compromise on the sound whatsoever.
Despite just being large in size, the speaker comes with a power handling of 70 watts. This ensures that you get an outstanding bass. Other than just having an outstanding power handling, this set of component speakers has got a 4-ohm impedance. Working hand in hand with the RMS power, it is definitely the best choice if you’re all about the details.
As for the construction, the cone is injection-molded mica-filled polypropylene cone. This is engineered with a dust cap for a smooth upper-end response.
As for the surround, you’ll be getting a synthetic optimized rubber surround. Besides just being flexible, this I known to be outstanding for marine duty UV-resistance.
The tweeters also are formulated to withstand UV and salt-spray exposure. Other than just this, they just so happen to have a silk dome which, as far as quality and detailed highs are concerned, are just the best.
For an outstanding bass, the speaker has been constructed with neodymium magnet. An added bonus to the construction is that you’ll be getting a permanent grille that ensures optimal high-frequency.
If you want to have possibly the biggest kick for your buck, then you should definitely consider taking a look at this set of speakers.
Here’s what it packs under the hood:
First off, for the power handling, you get an outstanding RMS power of 150 watts. This is unlike any other RMS power you can get from a component speaker system since it allows you to play quite a booming and clear bass.
For the impedance, you’ll be getting 2 ohms which, working hand in hand with the RMS power guarantee utmost clarity on the sound.
Being a 2-way component speaker system, you’ll be getting two tweeters and two woofers. Shifting our focus to the tweeters, it’s worth pointing out that not only will you be getting two of these each of which will play outstanding highs, but you’ll get the mounting hardware too. It’ll definitely be no hassle to set up your tweeters.
Looking for the best component speakers under 300, then the Infinity Kappa 60.11CS will definitely be worth every penny.
First off, starting with the power handling, the component speaker has a peak power handling of 540 watts per pair and 270 watts on each speaker. For the RMS, you’ll be getting 180 watts per pair and 90 watts on each of the speakers.
The impedance of the speakers is 2 ohms which, working hand in hand with the power capabilities of the speakers will definitely produce the best highs, mids, and lows.
As for the sensitivity, this set of component speakers has got 93 decibels of this. With this, coupled up with the power handling capability of the speaker, you won’t be needing too much power to have a decent bass and at high volume.
For the cone, you’ll be getting a carbon injected glass fiber cone material; the plus one cone technology offers more cone surface area than you’ll get on any other ordinary woofer.
Around the cone is a rubber surround. This gives the cone utmost flexibility making it the best in the production of quality bass. In addition to being flexible, the rubber will stand up quite well to extreme temperatures as well as moisture hence you get to use it for quite some time.
Summing up our review, we have another outstanding product from Rockford- the Rockford Fosgate T1650-S. let’s have a look at what it packs under the hood, shall we?
First off, the power handling is just outstanding. It has an RMS of 80 watts and for the peak, you’ll be getting as much as 160 watts. Working with these, you'll definitely enjoy the best highs, lows, and mids.
For the sensitivity, each pair has got 88dB of these. Considering that you’ll be working with 80 watts of continuous power and 160 watts on the peak, you won’t have to worry about using too much power in order to achieve higher volumes in your music.
The nominal impedance of the speaker system is 4 ohms. This, as it turns out, will come in handy quite well since you’ll be getting acute accuracy and clarity on the sound considering that the power handling is outstanding as well.
The speaker system also includes an external crossover which isolates the high frequencies to the tweeters and the lows, on the other hand, are handled by the woofer. This way, you end up with the best soundstage and musical experience.
Focal Access 165 A1 6.5-Inch 2-Way Component Speaker Kit
Rockford Fosgate T165-S T1 Power 6.5-Inch Component Speaker System
ESK-165.5 - Hertz 6.5" 300W Peak 2-Way Component Speaker System
Alpine SPR-60C 6.5" Car Audio Component System (Pair)
JBL GTO8608C 6-Inch x 8-Inch/5-Inch x 7-Inch 2-Way Component System
165 V20 - Focal 6.5" 70W RMS Polyglass Series 2-Way Component Speakers System
JL AUDIO 7.7" COCKPIT COAXIAL SPEAKER SYSTEM
CL-61A.2-25 PRO - CDT Audio Classic 2-Ohm 6.5" 2-Way Component Speakers
Infinity Kappa 60.11CS 6-3/4" component speaker system
Rockford Fosgate T1650-S Power 2-Way 6-1/2" Car Audio Component Speaker System
Coming to the end of our review, we can concur that there is no shortcut when it comes to getting an ideal set of component speakers. You need to be ready to invest both the time and money needed to get the best.
Just as it is the case when shopping for any vehicle accessory, it is quite important that you pay attention to details for the component speaker systems. The tweeter and woofer construction should be of good quality and the crossover as well ought to be ideal.
All in all, music preference is entirely a personal taste and you owe it to yourself to get the best component speaker. With 2018’s top 10, you should definitely get the best component speaker.
Car audio systems have been around for almost as long as we have had cars moving around and based on quality, they all come at different prices. What if I told you that you could have the best cheap sound systems for cars and at the same time an outstanding performance from the same?
When it comes to getting an upgrade, most of us will go for either the component speakers or the full-range, which is okay. Nonetheless, there is more to it than just the component and coaxial speaker systems.
In this section, we’ll be taking a closer look at what lies behind the car sound system and more so, we will also have a look at how you should go about when it comes to setting them up. Before we get started, one thing that you should have in mind is that the car speaker systems are ever evolving. Simply put, what you have today or rather what you consider to be the best today may not necessarily be the best in the next few years.
Even though the subject of a vehicle’s audio system may seem to be pretty complicated, there are 3 basic components that each system should include.
The head unit or the car head unit, as some refer to it, is a must-have on any vehicle. Think of this simply as the heart of your car audio system. The head unit is also referred to as the receiver or simply as the radio and as compared to what we had a few years ago, the receivers we have nowadays are much more complex.
When it comes to functionality, here are the three major sections that you’ll be getting in your car head unit:
Ever wondered what lets you choose what you want to hear, that music genre you are so much in love with, well, it all happens in the head unit.
The car head unit in most cars includes the standard FM/AM tuner that lets you choose the radio station your line. Considering the radio stations can get a little bit boring at times, there may be a CD/DVD player on your vehicle that lets you play exactly what you want to listen to.
Thanks to modern technology we, nowadays, do not have to worry about where to carry a bunch of CDs or DVDs in our vehicle since we have much better ways of storing our media.
By simply having an iPod or your smartphone with you can have as much as a thousand songs to listen to. even better, you can also have a USB stick and also use your car head unit just as conveniently.
Besides the source, something else that you really need to appreciate on the head unit is the preamp.
Ever wondered what happens when you make all the sound adjustments to getting it just exactly as you want it? Well, this can be credited to none other than the preamp. From something as simple as making a volume adjustment to tweaking the equalizer.
Included on the preamp is also the balance, the fader, the source selection as well as the tone adjustments that work in coordination with advanced crossovers.
The signal that comes from the preamp is normally of low voltage. In order to boost this, you’ll need an outstanding amplifier in your vehicle. Before the sound is sent to the speakers, the amplifier converts the audio signal from the preamp to a higher signal that is then sent out to the speakers.
In most cases, the factory install head unit is not always the best and as compared to the stock installed speakers, getting a new sound system is much better.
Here’s why you should go for a new head unit:
If you want a better sound quality than you are getting, you should definitely go for an upgrade. Other than just being louder, the best car head unit delivers a richer, cleaner and a more detailed sound quality.
The preamp should also have enhanced controls which will allow you to get that sound quality you desire.
Other than just having a better sound quality and the ability to make a number of adjustments, your upgrade should also expand your playback options.
Here's what you can get from the best car head units that you won't get in the stock head units:
Among the above-listed upgrades, you should take into account, one of the most important you should watch out for is smartphone support. Considering most people have these nowadays, it should be among your top priorities.
This is one of the most important things to take into account when looking for the best cheap sound system for cars. If you want a more sophisticated unit than the one that is stock installed, you should definitely be ready to spend more and also do plenty of research and vice versa.
Depending on how much you are willing to spend, the ease of use, durability, and complexity of your head unit will vary. Most preferably, you should get a head unit with a touchscreen display. Besides making it easier for you to see whatever you are doing, it also is much easier to adjust and control the stereo.
This is also something that, even though not necessarily a big deal, can be considered for the sake of convenience. You can go for a full color animated display whose color schemes you can customize. The display should be high tech and if you want an outstanding listening experience, you’ll want a car head unit that flashes to the beat.
Being able to play around with the equalizer is quite alright, but what if you want to have an even much better experience when it comes to sound adjustments?
The best car head units will normally come with features such as digital time correction or parametric equalization included on them.
What an equalizer does is simply allowing you to be able to customize the sound of your vehicle in such a way that you get exactly what you want to listen to. In more advanced equalizers, there is parametric equalization which allows you to set your desired amount in decibels by which a given frequency can be delivered.
You can also be able to determine the width or the center of this frequency as well
Other than just being concerned about the sound quality, you ought to also take into account how flexible your radio head unit is. It should for instance, besides just having an auxiliary input, also have USB connections as well as audio and video outputs which will allow you to be able to connect to external music players.
Wouldn’t it be disappointing if you’d have to worry about your head unit being compromised all the time? Tell, to take care of this, you could go for one that has got a detachable faceplate. If you are using one with a touchscreen display, the best car head unit you can possibly get is one with a touchscreen display.
For the installation of a new head unit, you first have to know how your factory installed stereos are mounted. This can either be with spring clips, bolted to the dash or mounted using a rail system in the dash.
For a bolted stereo, it’s quite easy to remove it from the dash and this may be done after you pry the plastic from the dash in most cases.
One with springs, on the other hand, needs you to have a pair of DIN tools with you; insert these in the holes on either side of the radio till you hear a click. You should then spread the tools apart slightly and pull out the radio.
For car head unit with a rail system, you may find these in some bolted stereos or those with springs as well. Once you remove the bolts or clip the springs, you can then slide the radio off the rail. In some cases, the rail may interfere with the new stereo’s chassis and may have to be removed.
The next step should be quite easy since it involves unplugging the factory stereo.
In order to set up the new head unit, you should reverse the process of removing your stereo from the dash. You’ll need to connect the new stereo to the factory harnesses of your vehicle.
Depending on the type of head unit you’re installing, the process may be different but what holds is the fact that the factory wires should be plugged in while paying attention to their color coding.
Soldering and crimping may be necessary in some cases as well though you don’t always have to do this.
We’ve already established the fact that the head unit is one of the most important parts when it comes to upgrading your car’s entire sound system. As much as this is true, it wouldn’t be any good is the complimentary speakers did not much up to your high-quality car head unit.
If you want the best cheap sound system for cars, here’s what you should always look into when selecting the speakers.
Component vs coaxial speaker systems
Normally, your vehicle will come with the stock installed speakers but are these really the best? let’s find out, shall we?
The speakers that you got installed on your doors when you bought your vehicle are the coaxial or rather the full-range speakers as some like to refer to them. The coaxial speaker systems will normally have the woofer and the tweeters being handled by the same driver.
On the other hand, an alternative to the coaxial speakers are the component speakers. These ones are more complex when it comes to the design and their functionality. The component speakers have the tweeters and the woofers being handled by different drivers. Then, there’s the crossover which handles the frequencies; it simply sends the high frequencies to the woofer and the low frequencies to the tweeters.
There is no definite way of knowing which is exactly the best car speaker system to have between the two, it’s rather a matter of personal opinion.
If you’d like a speaker system that’s easy to install, then you should go for the full range speakers. On the other hand, if sound quality is your #1 priority, then you should get yourself the best component speaker.
Other than just the full range and the coaxial speakers we are used to, there are also the two way and the three-way speaker systems. These ones normally have the midrange included in them and more so, they have an extra set of tweeters and woofers which definitely give an outstanding sound quality.
Other than just having to choose between the two different speaker systems, you should also take into account the speaker size.
Before you commence on your shopping, go ahead and gather a little bit of information on the best car speaker system that’ll suit your needs. In order to do this, you should, first of all, consider the system that's already installed in your vehicle.
For instance, you should consider the mounting depth and width of your current units. This way, you’ll know exactly what will be able to fit in your vehicle. For ultimate accuracy, you should remove the speakers and measure them since most shops may end up selling a speaker that’ll not fit in your vehicle.
Other than just measuring the size of the speakers, it's also important to take into account the year and model of your vehicle. This way, it will be possible to know whether or not a speaker will fit in your vehicle.
Now that you know what speaker system to go for and the size and configuration of the same, go ahead and look into the power handling capabilities of your speaker.
So as to get the most out of your speakers, you should strive to ensure that they are able to handle the power provided by your head unit or external amp. If anything, go for the head unit that’ll be able to optimize the power.
When it comes to power handling, it's important that you, first of all, settle for a speaker after which you can then go ahead and select a head unit that’ll provide the amount of power enough to run the speakers.
Power handling is normally measured in relation to the Peak and the RMS. The RMS is the amount of power the speakers run on constantly and is basically what makes the best car speaker systems stand out. The peak, on the other hand, is greater than the RMS though it is only achieved by the speakers for a few seconds.
The sensitivity level is the amount of power the speakers need in order to put out a certain volume level. Sensitivity and power handling are normally inversely proportional and are one of the key things that makes quality speakers stand out. The higher the sensitivity, the lower the amount of power you’ll be needing.
So as to know the best level of sensitivity to look for in a speaker, you should, first of all, take into account the amount of power the head unit provides.
Just as it is the case in power handling, you should also get the speakers first and then get yourself a head unit that’ll match up to the speaker’s sensitivity level.
As far as getting an upgrade to your car’s sound system, it is important that you strive to get yourself the best car subwoofer.
When you think about a subwoofer, the next thing that comes to mind is a really bone-shaking bass quality. Despite this being one of the major things most people look for when making their purchase, there is actually more to a car subwoofer than just this.
Taking this into account, how about we shed some light on exactly what you should look for when it comes to making your purchase?
A subwoofer mainly works with the low frequencies. the size of a subwoofer determines how loud and low the sub can go. The size is simply directly proportional to the quality of the bass; the bigger the sub, the greater the amount of bass is produced.
Still, at the size, you should take into consideration the amount of space that you have in your car. If you want to have a really big bass, then the best car subwoofer for your car should be large as well.
You may also need to take into consideration whether or not you’ll be needing an enclosure and what type of the same which brings us to the next point.
Do you need an enclosure for your sub?
Despite the physical size of the subwoofer being important, the enclosure is also important. The enclosure is simply a box in which you’ll have the subwoofer placed. There are three commonly used types of enclosures- the sealed boxes, the ported ones and the bandpass enclosures.
Let’s take a look at each one, shall we?
If you’d really love to experience that deep bass in your music and at the same time want to avoid that scratchy bass, then you should go for a sealed enclosure. The sealed enclosures not only will give a deep bass but it will at the same time have utmost clarity as well as accuracy.
If you have a smaller sub in a sealed enclosure, you’ll definitely enjoy the bass much more than having a larger sub in an open enclosure. The reason for this is that with the open enclosures, there will be the production of a somewhat rattling sound which, we can both agree, is definitely not something we'd like to hear while driving.
Everyone’s taste in music is entirely different, right? Well, as much as a subwoofer in a sealed enclosure will provide a deep bass, it is not entirely the best if you want to experience a higher volume, then you should go for the ported ones.
Rather than having a deep bass as is the case in sealed enclosures, ported enclosures have a louder bass that’s boomy as well though it is short-handed on the accuracy.
As for the size, a ported box is slightly larger and as far as efficiency is concerned, you won’t be needing that much power to get the bass you desire as compared to sealed enclosures.
A compared to the ported, enclosed and open enclosures where the sound is played directly via the area of listening bandpass produces the sound via the ports. For a bandpass, the speaker front releases the sound into a chamber that is then turned up with a port.
What the port does is that it eliminates or rather prevents the high frequencies of the music from passing out of the enclosure so that you only end up with the lows which are the bass.
Though this may be achieved by a crossover that only focuses on the low frequencies, it won’t be as good. This is so because the bandpass has got a deep bass extension that can’t be achieved conveniently by a crossover.
A booming bass goes hand in hand with power- the greater the boom you want, the more power you should give to your speaker.
Just as it is the case with the car speakers, you should pay attention to the RMS. The best car subwoofer should have a balance between the RMS and the sensitivity which brings us to the next point.
We’ve already had a look at this. In subwoofers as well, the sensitivity level goes hand in hand with the power rating.
Sensitivity is normally expressed in SPL i.e. Sound Pressure Level. This refers to how much power the sub will require in order to give a certain volume level. If the SPL rating on your sub is high, then you don’t need much power to get a deep bass.
Before purchasing a sub, have a look at the power rating of your head unit so as to know whether you’ll go high or low on the sensitivity.
If you won’t be doing a lot of modifications in your sound system, then you should go for a speaker with a single voice coil. On the other hand, dual voice coils are for anyone who wants ultimate flexibility in their sound system.
Most subs will come with a single coil connected to the cone. For the dual coils, you’ll have these connected to a common cone.
Frequency refers to the range of sounds that a sub can produce. Normally, most manufacturers design their subs to be within the normal range of human hearing. If you want the best car subwoofer, you should focus on the lower end rather than the maximum it can be able to achieve.
One thing you should know is that besides the sub, the type of enclosure, among other variables will determine the nature of the frequencies produced.
This is normally measured in ohms and works in relation to the power rating. Most subwoofers will come with a 4-ohm impedance rating and a single coil. Alternatively, you can get 2 8-ohm dual voice coils.
You should greatly consider the power rating of your head unit such that you only end up with the perfect bass.
Most of the aftermarket speakers you’ll buy will not come with wires which is why it is important to know which wire gauge is the best for you to purchase. Normally, you’ll need to pay close attention to the thickness of the wires.
The wire thickness is normally determined by the American Wire Gauge number. The lower the gauge number, the thicker the wire is. The gauge numbers for speakers run from 12 to 18 in multiples of 2
The thick gauge wires, either 12 or 14 are recommended for long wire runs. The speakers should also have a high-power application and be of low impedance at the same time- this can be 4 or 6 ohms.
Short wire runs of less than 50 feet of speakers that are connected to 8-ohm impedance will do just fine with a 16-gauge wire. The 16 gauge wires are normally cost-effective and quite easy to work with.
It is important that you have in mind the optimal length of wire that you need for your speakers. In order for you to figure this out, you should simply measure the length of your head unit to your speaker installation location. For the sake of error correction and connectivity, you should add a few extra inches to the measurement you end up with.
These are normally the speakers with or without connectors. In most cases, the wires you’ll buy will have connectors at the end. Just in case this is not the case, you should get at least one connector for one end of your wire.
Moving on to the second section of our review, let’s have a look at some of the major components that’ll give you the biggest kick for your buck.
Being the most important equipment when it comes to upgrading your car sound system, the radio head unit or rather the receiver should be the best. let’s take a quick look at 3 of the best budget head units, shall we?
Starting us off on our list is one of the best from pioneer. Let’s take a look at what the Pioneer DEH-150MP does pack under the hood, shall we?
Starting with the display, you’ll be getting a single line, multi-segmented LCD display with an LED backlight that is 35% larger than what you are normally used to.
For security purposes, the receiver has got a detachable faceplate. If you’re not close by, you can always detach it from the rest of the head unit. Other than just having a detachable face plate, the head unit is remote controlled which makes its operation far much easier.
In order to ensure that you get to have the best time possible, you’ll be able to have all your digital songs on the go either in MP3 or WMA formats. Besides the formats, you can also use a CD, iPod or any other portable media player. There is also an advanced sound retriever that enhances the audio production almost close to 30kHz.
Another one from pioneer is the Pioneer DEH-X2800UI. Just like the above receiver, this one too does have a detachable faceplate hence as far as security is concerned, this one will definitely be something worth your money. Besides just being detachable, the face plate does have an anti-rust design for utmost durability.
Does have the USB auto switch which is something you’ll not be getting in just any head unit. This allows the user to choose whether the head unit uses the phone as an audio source or just charges up the device.
For ultimate convenience, it features a USB direct control of your iPod, iPhone as well as USB so that you can get access to music on Android devices that are 4.0 or later.
Other than just being able to play a variety of music formats and on different devices, the head unit has got new cosmetics that feature a sleeker and more open and accessible display. This way, you get a larger display with plenty of metadata to be displayed at the face of the receiver.
The last one our list is the BOSS Audio 508UAB and it’ll definitely be worth every dime. Here’s what you’ll be getting from it…
First off, it plays quite a number of media inclusive of which is CD, USB, SD, MP3, WMA, AM/FM as well as digital media from smartphones and other mp3 players. The inputs to the stereo are USB/SD/AUX while the outputs can be either the front or rear amps or even both of these.
To give you the best sounds, it's got a 50-watt x 4 max power, balance/ fader/ bass/ treble, and preset built-in equalizer. Something else that you should know about this head unit is that you can use it hands-free with Bluetooth to make and receive calls. There is also Bluetooth audio streaming to play and control music apps such as Pandora and Spotify wirelessly.
There is also a wireless remote present. This allows you to easily and conveniently control the head unit when need be just from the palm of your hand.
besides having the best car radio head unit, it is important that you do have the best speakers as well. Here’s what you should look for when it comes down to this.
If you want something that’ll be easy to install and at the same time get to give you an outstanding sound quality, this is definitely it.
The speaker is a 6.5” coaxial speaker which means that it will be able to fit in most vehicles. The mounting depth is 1-23/32” and it is recommended that you take the measurements in your vehicle to be certain that this upgrade will be compatible with your vehicle.
For the power handling, it’s got an RMS of 30 watts and in addition to this, the peak power handling is 300 watts. Coupled up with a sensitivity of 92dB, this speaker system will definitely give you an outstanding sound quality.
The JVC CS-J620 comes with a rubber surround all around it which in turn gives it utmost flexibility for the best sound quality. Speaking of sound quality, it is worth mentioning that the tweeter is the balanced dome type which contributes to the low price of the tweeter and at the same time does not compromise on the highs.
If you want an even better sound quality, then you should definitely go for the Pioneer TS-A1606C. First off, this is a component speaker system and gets the highs and the lows due to the separated woofer and tweeters.
For the power handling, the RMS is 60 watts whereas the peak is 350 watts. This makes the speaker an outstanding choice for playing your music at a relatively high volume without compromising on the sound quality.
Something else that is definitely worth pointing out about this woofer is that it comes with a multilayer mica matrix cone. This is much lighter as compared to polypropylene cones which are used by most people which makes the sound quality more accurate.
The tweeter, on the other hand, is a soft dome which makes the highs quite pronounced and accurate as well- definitely worth every dime.
Another one from pioneer is the Pioneer TS-A1306C. let’s see what it packs under the hood, shall we?
First off, the surround is an elastic polymer. This just so happens to be the best in a budget component speaker since it will offer utmost flexibility and durability at the same time. this simply ensures that you get to enjoy an outstanding sound quality for the longest time possible.
The peak power handling is 300watts per pair and the RMS is an outstanding 150 watts. Even though you can make maximum use of the RMS, it is highly recommended that you observe 10-75 watts of RMS per channel.
There is also a passive crossover network which ensures that the highs and the lows are clearly distinguished. In the long run, you can customize the sound quality just as you want it.
The cone is multilayer mica matrix that is lighter than what you’ll get in most cones which in turn contributes to the outstanding sound quality you’ll be getting.
If you are looking for the best cheap sound system for cars, these three will definitely step up your audio performance.
To get us started on getting the best car sound system, we have the CT Sounds Bio 1.0. let’s have a closer look at what it’s got in store for us, shall we?
Starting with the power handling, it has an RMS of 150 watts and a peak power handling of 300 watts. As far as getting a decent bass is concerned, this subwoofer will definitely be worth every dime you spend on it. As for the sensitivity, it’s got 87dB of these; combined with the power handling, you’ll definitely enjoy your music.
For the design, it has got a foam paper surround which just so happens to be one of the best since it won’t be affected by temperature extremities.it also does have a steel basket frame which definitely does add on to the durability.
Another one that’ll definitely give you a kick for your buck is the Kenwood KFC-W3016PS. Here’s what you’ll be getting from this subwoofer:
First off, as far as getting a booming bass is concerned, the KFC-W3016PS will definitely do the trick. With as much as 400W on the RMS and an outstanding 2000W for the peak power handling, it’s bound to deliver an above-average performance.
For the cone, it's got textured polypropylene which is about to give a clear and sharp bass. This is then backed up with the rubber surround that'll offer both utmost flexibility and performance.
One more thing that’s worth taking note of about the cone is that it is extra-long and with the tough rubber surround, it will be optimally accommodated. This ensures that you get just the perfect sound which in turn makes this subwoofer the best travel companion.
One more subwoofer that’ll you won’t regret spending on is the Planet Audio AC8D. starting with the sensitivity and the resonating frequency, you’ll be getting 85dB and 39Hz respectively.
The sensitivity ensures you won’t be needing too much power to get a decent bass whereas the resonating frequency, coupled up with the sensitivity ensures the bass is clear.
The cone is polypropylene which is both stiff and ensures that the bass, no matter how high will be clear. At the same time, it is important that you observe the power rating which brings us the next point.
Having an outstanding RMS of 600 watts and a peak power of 1200, you’ll definitely have more than enough to play your favorite tunes.
The surround is foam which, despite being cheap is quite durable and more so, it provides quite an outstanding sound quality.
Ending up with the best cheap sound system for cars can be quite difficult, don’t you agree?
We all do know exactly what to look for when it comes to giving our cars an upgrade, right? All that’s left now is for you to go out there and look for the components that’ll ensure your sound system gets to reach its optimal potential.
Paying attention to the details, above all else, is what you should do. Having done this, you can then go ahead and account for other variables such as the price of the component you’re interested in.
All things considered, the music system of your car does deserve to be at its very best and more so, for the longest time possible. As compared to getting a component speaker a full range speaker is much better if you want less work in replacing your factory speakers which is why today we'll be looking at the BOSS Audio BRS69.
Even though it may sound somewhat unlikely, this speaker is bound to offer you more than you think. From the design quality of the performance, it'll definitely blow your mind.
The music taste is an entirely personal opinion hence your best does not necessarily have to be someone else's best. As much as this is true, the BOSS Audio BRS69 is definitely one of the few that will be best suited for almost any music genre. Let's take a look at what it's got in store for us, shall we?
Moving on to today's main agenda, let's delve into looking at why you should make this your audio driver...
Even though most of us may be thinking that the sound is all that matters, the fact of the matter as far as car speakers are concerned is that they'll be no good if they aren't durable.
Whether you have a pair of headphones on or have a booming woofer, the cone is one of the components whose significance should not be overlooked whatsoever. As much as you may go for cheaper alternatives to polypropylene, they won’t be as good since poly is not only rigid but is also light at the same time. With this, you get to have utmost clarity of sound and more so it is just as durable.
So as to ensure that the sound is delivered in the best way possible, there is a 1-inch aluminum voice coil beneath the polypropylene cone.
Moving on from the cone, there is a foam surround all around it. Well, truth be told, the foam surround is not the best you could get and as compared to rubber which is used in most cases. None the less, here's why you should go for this speaker:
1.First off, the foam surround is much more flexible as compared to rubber which means that sound delivery will be much better with foam. In general, the efficiency of your woofer will be more as well.
2.Secondly, the foam surround is cheaper as compared to rubber which means that you'll be paying less for this speaker than you would for a similar one with the only difference being the rubber surround on the latter.
Another added benefit is that with foam, you won't have to worry about the rings of the surround of your speaker sagging. When the rubber sags, it makes the voice coil rub against the magnet which can distort the overall sound quality to a great degree.
Another added advantage of using the foam surrounds is that they don't harden as compared to rubber. The hardening of rubber may result in it cracking in which case you'll have to replace it which can be quite a hassle.
The frequency response is simply the normal range of human hearing or rather the frequency of which we as humans can make out the sound. Normally, the range is between 20 Hertz which are the very low bass tones and 20,000 hertz which is the highest possible treble.
If you're lucky to get such a speaker or anything that is close to this, then your musical experience will undoubtedly be life-like.
For the BOSS Audio BRS69, the frequency response is between 50 and 20,000 Hertz which is definitely enough to have both the bass and trebles clearly produced and distinguished from each other
Anyone who knows the tiniest bit about car speaker systems knows that power handling is one thing that should not be ignored. Let’s see what the BOSS Audio BRS69 brings to the table, shall we?
Starting with the RMS, you get as much as 60 watts. This is the maximum amount of power that should be supplied to the speaker without damaging it. If you happen to exceed this, then you’ll have to deal with distorted sound or sound lags.
As for the peak, this is as much as 120 watts (double the RMS as is the case in most coaxial speaker systems). The peak is the maximum amount of power beyond the RMS that the speakers are allowed to reach for a few seconds then recede back to observing the RMS level.
If your speakers were to play for even a few minutes on the peak, then you probably would have to budget for new ones.
Other than the RMS and the peak, the sensitivity is another thing that determines whether or not a speaker will be good enough for you. Think of the sensitivity as what dictates how good the volume of the speaker will turn out to be.
The higher the sensitivity, the better the performance of the speaker and the lower the amount of power it uses. In this case, you get an outstanding 84 decibels on the sensitivity. When it comes to sound production, this will perform quite well with the 60 watt RMS rating.
On a car speaker, you can either have a stamped or a cast speaker. The former is normally more expensive to come up with. It is normally aluminum molded into the desired shape of the basked.
For the stamped basket, which is what you’ll be getting on the BOSS Audio BRS69, steel is shaped manually into the basket’s shape. As compared to the cast basket, you get to save some extra cash when purchasing the speaker and in the case of the BOSS Audio BRS69, it may just be as strong and durable as compared to its cast basket counterpart
When it comes to impedance, it can be quite confusing as to what you should go for and what you shouldn’t. simply put, impedance does not work in the same way as sensitivity when it comes to power. With a lower impedance on your speaker, it means that more power will easily flow via the speaker.
In the case of the BOSS Audio BRS69, you'll be more than lucky using it since it can handle 4 ohms which are not something you'll get every day on your speaker. Working hand in hand with the sensitivity, you'll undoubtedly have the best sound experience.
Even though a speaker may meet your exact needs when it comes to delivering the sound, it would be quite disappointing if it were cumbersome to have in place perfectly. Worse enough, they won’t be any good if they wouldn’t fit in place at all.
Being the average size for the coaxial car speakers, they are the 6x9 inches as already pointed out in the description. The BOSS Audio BRS69 package will come in a pair each of which measures 8.9 x 3.5 x 11.8 inches. You should closely pay attention to this.
Besides the dimensions, each of the speakers weighs 4.2lbs which should be more or less than your factory installed the speaker.
Speaker installation can be quite a hassle especially if you are doing it for the first time and even much more annoying if you’re having component speakers installed. If you’re looking for a first speaker upgrade, then this one is definitely it since it may just perfectly fit in place of the factory speakers.
As for the mounting screws, these are quite large. You could use the 8-32 or for an even better fit, the 10-32 could be used. If you choose to use washers, smaller size screws such as 6-32 or the 4-40 will definitely give you a perfect fit
Q: what is the ohm rating on the speakers?
A: 4 ohms
Q: can I get grille covers for the speaker?
A: yes, you can get these at Advanced Auto Parts
Q: do I have to use a plastic mounting ring?
A: only if the speaker doesn’t outfit the ring
Wrapping up our review of the BOSS Audio BRS69, all that can be said about this speaker is that it’s definitely a worthy upgrade or replacement to your current speaker system.
Starting from the fit and ease of installation to the power handling and sound quality, you have more than enough reasons to go for it over any other speaker.
As mentioned earlier, your music taste is entirely a personal opinion which is why you should take your time to look into every detail of this speaker regarding its performance before getting it.
All in all, from an expert’s point of view, this speaker will definitely be worthy of every dime you spend on it- you deserve the best.
Just as it is the case in any system in a car, the speaker system can also be tuned up in such a way that it attains its optimal performance. Most vehicles will normally come with the factory speakers already installed in them which in most cases are not the best to have since they are made of low quality or rather inferior material.
In some cases, your speaker system might end up producing distorted sound in which case you may also need to get an upgrade. The real issue, however, comes in here you need to choose which speaker system you want to install or upgrade your current system.
What if I told you that in a short while, you’ll have the utmost knowledge on exactly what to look into? What if you had all the options you could possibly have before you made your purchase? Well, let’s cut to the chase no and move on to looking at the details when it comes to car speaker components.
As mentioned earlier, the main reason for replacing your car speakers is so that you can get to have a better performance so that the overall sound of your music, right?
Another reason as to why most people go for an upgrade is so that they can get to meet their specific interests. For instance, whereas some people may love a speaker system that produces the deepest bass, others may lean more towards a system that gives a sharp treble.
Some people, on the other hand, based on their taste in music genres may prefer to go for a speaker that delivers a more luxurious environment. Whichever reason you have for going for a new speaker system, you just need to get the best and your good to go.
When it comes to the speaker system, you can only choose from two options. What makes the two different is that they have different driver components. The driver is normally the central component of a speaker or rather what transforms the electrical frequencies into sound.
Each of the speaker systems have their own advantages and disadvantages from which, based on your personal preference can decide whether or not to have installed in your car.
Let’s have a closer look at each one of them, shall we?
As compared to the full range speaker systems, the component speaker design is aimed at giving you the best possible sound quality you could get. From a component speaker, you’ll get a separate woofer, the external crossovers as well as the tweeters. All of these are connected to work with each other.
Other than the component speaker, another aftermarket speaker you’ll get is the coaxial speaker. The coaxial speakers, unlike the component speakers, have got the tweeter installed into the frame. Though the sound quality is outstanding, it is unfortunately not the best.
Most people will normally go for the coaxial because it’s easier to set up but on the downside, the combined design of the woofer and teeters means that the sound will only be coming from one opening. This, as it turns out tends to compromise the overall sound quality and the speaker does not get to its full potential.
Component speakers will normally come with the woofer and tweeters installed with separate drivers controlling them. The benefit of having this is that you can spice things up much more by introducing a crossover which will ensure that each of the speakers performs better individually.
The best part about having a component speaker system installed in your car is that you can have the tweeters installed where they’ll offer the best quality. You can definitely install them anywhere in your car but not all positions will offer as good a sound quality as having them installed at ear level or as close as possible to ear level.
As much as having tweeters alone installed, the frequency may not be enough regarding your preference. Taking this into account, you should consider getting a super tweeter should take care of this
All in all, just ensure they’re high up in your vehicle so that you get to exhaust their higher frequencies even better since the higher the frequency, the more directional it is. Upon using them with the crossover units, you can be able to have the super tweeters receive the highest frequencies hence there is a lossless range of highs.
One more thing that you should know about the super tweeters is that they can produce ultrasonic sounds i.e. above the normal range of human hearing. Their lower ends, on the other hand, is higher than 2000 hertz which is what the regular tweeters will handle.
Another important feature of a component speaker system is the crossover network. The crossover on a component system comes separately with the teeters and the woofer. The crossover is simply hat decides the frequencies that get to the woofer and the frequencies that get to the teeters.
Higher frequencies simply get to the tweeter and the lower ones get to the woofers. You can have the crossover simply tucked in your dashboard and you’re good to go
When it comes to the woofers, you can simply have them replaced in the position where you had the factory installed ones installed which most preferably should be at the doors.
Provided you have the tweeter and the woofer installed without any physical interference between the two of them. Doing this will ensure that there are more resonant lo frequencies and a better foundation for the detailed highs.
When it comes to the full range speakers, the frequencies are split between the tweeters and the woofers. On the component speakers, however, the tweeters and woofers are dedicated to both the high and low ranges.
Everything is then sent to a set of mid-range speakers. As compared to having the woofers and tweeters alone installed, the mid-range speakers are by far better when it comes to detail.
For the midrange, the audible spectrum will fall between 300 and 5000 hertz so that there will be an overlap between the midrange and the tweeters
As far as choosing a speaker system is concerned, the component speakers are far much better than the coaxial or rather the full range speaker systems. Here are some of the added benefits you get from the component speaker systems.
As compared to the coaxial speaker systems, the component speakers function using independent drivers. This means that there’ll be better clarity. Other than this, the sound visualization is made much between especially owing to the fact that the high and low frequencies are separated.
Upon having the tweeters at the correct position, you’ll have the raised sound stage which gives you the concert experience or something close to a three-dimensional sound effect.
There’s a huge difference in the sound when you have the crossover network present and when it is not installed. With it installed, the woofer and tweeters will be able to focus on their assigned frequencies independently. The woofers will play the lows whereas the tweeters play the highs.
Having the crossover point defined, there won’t be a strain on any of the drivers hence they’ll be playing exactly what they are meant to play- no frequency overlap whatsoever.
The installation location for the factory speakers is normally on the doors which are also the case for the full-range speakers. The fact that these are below your results to the sound hovering below you as well hence you don't get as good a soundstage.
When it comes to the component speakers, however, the tweeters are elevated to a position you deem most suitable. This, in addition to them being more directional, ensures that you get the best sound quality from them.
Comparing the coaxial speakers and the component speakers, the latter are able to handle more power which makes them usable with an external amplifier. What an amp basically does is boost the highs, the lows, and the mids.
If on the other hand, you do not want to add an amp to your component speaker system, ensure that the deck power and your system match up quite well to give you the best.
Despite the advantages, you should be ready to spend a little bit more than you would have on the full range speaker systems. The installation process is also not that simple and it may take some time to do it perfectly.
Moving on to the second type of speaker system, we have the full range speaker system. These are basically meant for anyone who is doing speaker installation for the first time. As a matter of fact, it is what you will get in most of the factory installed audio systems so as compared to the component speaker system, they are more available.
The main difference that sets the component speakers and the full range speakers apart are that whereas the component speakers have different drivers, the full range speakers are handled by the same driver. This, in turn, has the frequency originating from the same place.
As compared to the component speakers, the fact that the frequency is originating from the same place on the full range speakers results to most of the frequencies getting lost in translation. This means that there will be less clarity and detail.
The simplest full range speaker system normally comes with the woofer to produce the highs and mounted on the woofer are the tweeters which take care of the higher frequencies. Other than these, there are other models that come with the mid-range drivers installed in them too as well as the super tweeters.
These are easy to install and more so, you can easily fit them in the location of your factory speakers
Coaxial speaker systems are more or less similar to the factory installed units. The main advantage is that if you choose to have these installed, you don’t have to go through the hassle of doing so as it is the case in component speaker systems. You can simply replace your stock speakers with them in a jiffy.
The coaxial speaker systems are also cheaper as compared to coaxial speakers. Considering that both the tweeters and the woofers are handled by the same driver, fewer resources are used when constructing them which automatically makes them cheaper.
If you’re considering to replace speakers in your vehicle, especially low in your door, you should have the full range speakers installed with the pivoting tweeters. Owing to the fact that tweeters give a directional frequency, you can point the swiveling tweeters towards you so as to get a higher soundstage.
An outstanding feature to settle for whether you are using coaxial speaker systems or the full range speaker systems, detachable tweeters can be used effectively If you’ want to install them in a different vehicle.
As far as speaker systems and speakers are concerned, the material from which they are constructed does matter. Other than dictating how durable the speaker will be, the material from which it is constructed determines the quality of sound that you will be getting.
Let’s have a look at what type of material is good for what part of your speaker.
Starting with the tweeters, we all know that they are responsible for the highs, right? So as to have them performing at their best, manufacturers normally use soft materials while constructing them. In most cases, you’ll have them constructed of poly, silk or some textile brands. This way you’ll get a highly refined sound.
Nonetheless, your best is not everyone’s best and we’ve all got our different tastes in music. Taking this into account, you should consider the nature of sound you like. Only go for the tweeters with a soft material construction if you don’t like the highs bright and crispy, otherwise, go for those with hard materials such as ceramic, graphite or metal.
Whether you have a full range speaker or a component speaker, it is important that you get the best low notes from your woofers. So as to make this possible, you’ll need to have the best material on them which in this case is something that’s both stiff and lightweight. If it’s too loose, it may detach from the woofer and if it’s too heavy, the sound quality will be distorted.
Taking this into account, manufacturers will normally make their speaker woofer cones mainly out of synthetic films like polypropylene. This can be mixed with other materials such as mica which makes it stiffer and at the same time yields a more accurate bass response.
An alternative to polypropylene are synthetics that are coated with metals such as titanium and aluminum or oven fabrics. These too, are lighter and stiff at the same time and the best part about having them on your woofer is that they stand up quite well to heat, moisture, and cold.
Something else that’s quite vital when it comes to speaker construction is the surround. The surround is basically what allows the woofer cone to freely move and give you that bold bass you desire. Just as it is the case in tweeter material construction, the woofer too does need to have a durable construction.
The best surround you’ll get in most cases is rubber. Since rubber is flexible, it will allow for enough expansion hence the sound quality gets better regarding the rubber used in the construction.
Something else that you should be keen on is how durable the surround is. Without overlooking the sound quality, make sure that the surround stands up quite well to extreme temperatures as well as humidity.
It’s not about how loud you can play your music but it’s more of whether or not your speaker system is going to offer you exactly what you need. Choosing a speaker system for your vehicle all comes down to either the component speakers or the full range coaxial speaker system.
If you’re after a simple upgrade or the current system is not at par with your standards, you’ll eventually have to go for an upgrade. When the times comes to do so, there will be a variety of shapes and sizes all of which will have their strengths and weaknesses.
If you need a deeper bass, pay attention to the subwoofers, if otherwise, have a closer look at the tweeters; or perhaps you love a specific music genre. Regardless of whatever you’re into, just ensure that you get the best by paying attention to even the tiniest detail.