Rockford Fosgate R169X3 review – Pros, Cons and Verdict
What if I told you that you could tune up your car’s music system to its full potential? Well, even though this may sound somewhat of a cliché, it’s exactly the reason as to why I'm writing this review down. Whether you are traveling for a long distance or a drive to a nearby grocery store, music just so happens to be the best companion you could get.
In this section, we’ll be having a look at the Rockford Fosgate R169X3 Prime 6 x 9 Inch 3-Way Full-Range Coaxial Speaker. If you want to give your vehicle an upgrade for the first time, this would definitely be the perfect replacement for your factory installed speakers.
We’ll be looking at both the design, the performance and the durability, move on to the pros and cons regarding the customer reviews. Well, without further ado, let’s get started, shall we?
What makes it the best coaxial speaker system?
Moving on to the main agenda, it’s time to have a look at what makes this one of the best replacements for your factory installed speakers.
Polypropylene cone design
As far as the design quality is concerned, the Rockford Fosgate R169X3 Prime will not disappoint you when it comes to both durability and performance. The cone is made out of polypropylene which, if you happen to know a thing or two about speakers, is the best you could get.
Taking into account that polypropylene is both lightweight and rigid, the sound quality is not compromised and the same goes for the physical quality of the cone.
The bass will be excellent as the lows will clearly be distinguished via the cone without any sound distortions or lags. If you want an upgrade from your currently installed speakers, then you should definitely consider having a look at the Rockford Fosgate R169X3 Prime.
An outstanding rubber surround
Other than the vacuum polypropylene cone, the rubber surround won’t disappoint you as well. The cone and the surround simply work hand in hand and if either of them is shortchanged, then the overall performance of the speaker is bound to disappoint you.
Taking this into account, Rockford incorporated a rubber surround on this 6x9 speaker. As far as flexibility is concerned, rubber won’t disappoint you whatsoever. Something else that’s amazing about rubber is that when it comes to durability and tolerance, it won’t give in to extreme temperatures as well as moisture as compared to its alternatives such as paper or fabric.
Silk dome tweeters.
You need perfect lows in your speaker system right? Well, if you're looking for the best way to get these without going through the hassle of installing a component speaker system on your vehicle, then you should definitely try out the Rockford Fosgate R169X3 Prime.
Other than being one of the best 6x9 inch speakers for bass you could possibly get for your money, it just so happens to have the best tweeters meaning that the low frequencies will be just as good.
With the silk dome pole mounted piezo tweeter, you’ll get perfect highs owing to the fact that silk is one of the best due to its smooth texture. Though the tweeters will not possess that acute sharpness on the lows, the balance they’ll have with the woofer will definitely blow your mind.
Something else that makes these speakers stand out from the rest is the fact that the tweeters employ the piezo technology. Such tweeters are seldom used on speaker systems but when they are the main advantage they come with is cutting down on the overall cost of the speaker and you don’t necessarily need to have a crossover. On this speaker, you not only get the piezo tweeters but there’s also the crossover that makes the sound twice as good.
Other than the tweeter and the woofer, something else that’ll definitely capture your attention on this 3-way coaxial speaker system is the mid-range.
Whereas the tweeters are pronounced on the highs and the woofer conversely pronounced on the lows, the midrange audio frequency sound is between 160 hertz- 5.2 Kilohertz. Think of this simply as what makes the human voice more pronounced or that of musical instruments such as a saxophone.
As compared to the 2-way coaxial speaker’s systems, the frequency slope on the 3-way speakers is balanced owing to the fact that the frequency is output in the most natural way to the human ear. With this in your vehicle’s audio system, you won’t have to worry about having to tweak the settings upon switching to different music genres.
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An integrated tweeter crossover
I know what you’re thinking…Aren’t crossovers only in component speaker systems?
Well, the truth is they are mostly found in component speaker systems and it’s not every day that you’ll be lucky enough to get one on a coaxial speaker system. As far as coaxial speakers are concerned, this one just so happens to be one of the few that come with a tweeter crossover.
As compared to using a coaxial speaker without a crossover for the tweeters, using this one ensures that all the highs are played exclusively by the tweeters hence leaving all the lows and mids to the woofer and the mid-range respectively.
The power handling.
Among other things, the power handling capabilities of a car speaker should not be overlooked whatsoever. For the power handling, you’ll have to worry about the peak voltage and the RMS rating.
The RMS is the amount of power the speaker plays at normally whereas the peak voltage is a momentary threshold that the speaker is allowed to get to for a few seconds. For the Rockford Fosgate R169X3, you'll get an outstanding 65 watts for the RMS which should be loud enough to play decent highs, lows, and mids.
As it is the case in most coaxial speakers, the peak is double the RMS-130 watts which should be enough for you to play almost any music genre comfortably.
Truth be told, even though the stock power unit may be low, the difference in sound quality between these as an upgrade and your previous speakers will blow your mind.
Grilles and mounting hardware included.
Installing a speaker can at times be quite a hassle especially if you are doing it for the first time. To give you the easiest time possible as you do your installation, the Rockford Fosgate R169X3 has the mounting hardware included in your shipment.
the grilles ensure that your speakers are protected from any form of physical damage or shock and with the mounting hardware, you’ll be able to have it in place in a jiffy.
Despite the mounting hardware being included for you, it’s not giveth that everything will fit perfectly in place and you may need to securely have them in place using say an adhesive back foam tape.
The size and dimensions.
With performance and construction design set aside, let’s have a look at the size and dimensions that the speaker comes with. Being a 6x9 coaxial, 3-way speaker system, it weighs only 6.6 pounds which should be easy to install and have in place.
The dimensions, on the other hand, are 16.5 x 11.5 x 5 inches. Though it will fit in most cars, you should be keen on the measurements of your vehicle before you consider using these as an upgrade to your current speakers. The mounting depth is 5 inches which you should also be keen on to ensure you get a perfect fit.
Frequently asked questions
Q: what is the power rating of the speaker?
A: the RMS is 65 watts and the peak voltage is 130 watts
Q: do the speakers need a resonance chamber as in woofers?
A: you could have one but you don’t necessarily need one
Q: how is the sound quality?
A: the highs and mids are outstanding but the bass response is a little bit lacking.
Coming to the end of our article, it’s time to weigh out the good and the bad you’ll be getting from these speakers. Music taste is an entirely personal opinion and taking this into consideration, the Rockford Fosgate R169X3 Prime may just be one of the few coaxial speakers you could use for any kind of music. If you want that punchy bass or those pronounced highs and outstanding mids, this is definitely the speaker for you.
Coming in a set of two, it’ll be a good enough upgrade for your factory installed speakers. All in all, ensure you take your vehicle's measurements to verify their compatibility and most importantly, observe the power handling capability after making your purchase to keep them up and running for the longest time.