best 6.5 car speakers

The Top 7 Best 6.5 Speakers Of 2019

In this guide we introduce you to the best 6.5 car speakers available today. Why?  Well, when looking to upgrade your car audio, perhaps one of the simplest places to begin is by replacing your factory 6.5 inch speakers.

Why you may ask?

Because they are comparably the cheapest upgrade to make, as well as arguably the easiest - given your car's existing factory installed speakers are typically of this size and, as such, making installation relatively easy.

But, before we continue, it's important to note there are two sub categories of 6.5 inch speaker - coaxial, and component.

If you are interested in knowing the difference between the two, please click here; but to summarize:

Component speakers are basically a kit comprising of separate components: typically a woofer, tweeter and mid-range. Their pros are: superior sound quality, and more room for customization.

Coaxial speakers on the other hand contain all such components, but within the one unit - basically the same type as the existing factory speaker likely already in your car. As such they are less expensive, and also very easily fit in the place of your existing speaker.

With that out the way, let's dive straight into our selection of what we consider to be the best 6.5 car speakers for quality and value, available today.


Comparison Table


Review of our top picks for best 6.5 car speakers

Infinity REF-6522IX - Our Top Choice

Infinity REF6522iX

Infinity REF6522iX

Infinity is a brand synonymous with high quality audio equipment, and the Infinity Reference 6522IX speaker is no exception. With an RMS power output of 60 Watts, the speaker does a great job of producing crisp mids and highs.

The 1" edge-driven, textile dome tweeters do a good job of producing clean highs, whist being equipped with a level control, allowing you to adjust the brightness level to your personal taste. They can also be swiveled and aimed to your liking.

The Infinity REF-6522IX's also feature a patented Plus One+ Injection-Molded Polypropylene woofer cone which, due to it's larger than usual surface area, theoretically produces more low-frequency punch.

Bass wise, these speakers have a relatively limited low end bass range at 53Hz, but still produce good bass for the price range. Generally speaking, you shouldn't be buying any 6.5-inch speakers with bass as the primary focus.

As far as mounting goes, the REF-6522IX’s allow some level of installation flexibility, as the speakers can be fitted in openings ranging from 6.5" to 6.75". Installation itself, while not necessarily difficult, may require a little patience. Also note that the speakers should work fine with almost all factory or aftermarket stereos.

Technical Details

  • Design: 2-Way Coaxial
  • Power Range: 60W RMS / 180W Peak
  • Frequency Response: 53Hz - 21,000Hz
  • Sensitivity: 93 dB
  • Impedance: 3 Ohm
  • Mount Depth: 2-1/16 inches
  • Warranty: 1 Year

Pros

  • Excellent reproduction of sound with beautiful mids and highs
  • Powerful! Impressive 60-watts RMS power coupled with high sensitivity and low impedance
  • Flexible installation

Cons

  • Limited frequency range focusing on mids and highs
  • Carry a slightly more premium price tag

Bottom Line

Arguably the best sounding of the lot, as the higher price tag would suggest. If you're willing to shell out a little more, these speakers are a great choice and unlikely to disappoint.

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BOSS Audio CH6530 - Best Budget Speaker

Boss Audio CH6530

Boss Audio CH6530

BOSS Audio produces great speakers consistently, and these are some consistently great speakers. BOSS’ cutting edge design allows the CH6530 speakers to absolutely thrive, producing great sound while staying unbelievably durable. 

With a cone made from polyurethane, these Boss Audio speakers are like a great defense in football - they might bend, but they will never break.

This is only further complimented by the rubber used throughout the speaker design. Rubber allows for even more bending in the speaker, and gives it a surround sound feel.

BOSS’ voice coils help these speakers to stay temperature resistant, as well, while their piezoelectric tweeters allow for crisp, loud highs.

The only blemish on these speakers is their slightly narrow frequency range. 100 Hz unfortunately mutes all sub bass frequencies, and even some lower non-sub frequencies.

And the 18 kHz does keep the highest high band out, but this can be a good thing. With powerful tweeters, the 20,000 Hz range can be tough on the ear.

Technical Details

  • Design: 3-Way Coaxial
  • Power Range: 150W RMS / 300W Peak
  • Frequency Response: 100Hz - 18,000Hz
  • Sensitivity: 90 dB
  • Impedance: 4 Ohm
  • Mount Depth: 2.125 inches
  • Warranty: 3 Years

Pros

  • Well built and durable
  • Great overall sound

Cons

  • Narrow frequency range
  • No sub bass frequencies

Bottom Line

Incredibly durable, great sounding speakers, the BOSS Audio CH6530 speakers are fantastic, although best paired with a subwoofer when used for bass heavy music.

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Rockford Fosgate R165X3 Prime

best 6.5 speaker

Rockford Fosgate R165X3

The R165X3 is Rockford Fosgate's Prime Series 6.5-inch, 3-Way, 45 Watt coaxial speaker.

​​​Made of a stiff, vacuum polypropylene cone, with rubber surround, the speaker produces and clean punch, managing quick transitions from one note the next, along with producing a powerful sound output overall.

​​The R165X3 also includes a 1/2" Silk dome pole mounted Piezo tweeter and midrange, which produces rich, clear, mid and high-frequency sounds. The included integrated tweeter crossovers feed each driver providing accurate music reproduction.

​​As you might expect, the bass can sometimes be a little underwhelming, as with any speakers in this class and price range.

​​All-in-all, these make a solid replacement set for your factory speakers. They also easily fit in most stock locations.

​​The package also includes cool looking grilles, as well as mounting tools for ease of installation.

​Technical Details

  • Design: 3-Way Coaxial
  • Power Range: 45W RMS / 90W Peak
  • Frequency Response: 52Hz - 20,000Hz
  • Sensitivity: 91 dB
  • Impedance: 4 Ohm
  • Mount Depth: 4 inches
  • Dimensions: 7 x 11 x 8 inches
  • Warranty: 1 Year

Pros

  • Good bang for buck
  • Crisp and clean sound

Cons

  • Significantly larger mounting depth than other speakers in class
  • Limited frequency range

Bottom Line

Bottom Line: Quality sound at this price range, producing rich, clean mids and highs - accurately.  Great choice for an affordable upgrade of factory speakers.

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Pioneer TS-A1675R

Pioneer TS-A1675R

Pioneer TS-A1675R

The A-series is Pioneer's popular mid range series of speakers which include the TS-A1675R (as well as the hugely popular 6x9-inch TS-A6995Rs reviewed here).

These 3-way coaxial speakers make use of light, water-resistant material, and include a multi-layer Mica Matrix cone design which helps minimize distortion, as well as providing a fairly clean bass sound - even at higher volumes.

An additional strength of the TS-A6995R is it's frequency range, from 35Hz to 31,000Hz - it's quite a wide range in comparison to other speakers of it's class.

Also, like the JVC CS-J620's reviewed above, they have a shallow mounting depth, allowing for a fairly non intrusive installation in your car doors.

All-in-all, they are not super powerful, but sound great, and at excellent value. Powered by an amp, they will sound even better.

Technical Details

  • Design: 3-Way Coaxial
  • Power Range: 50W RMS / 300W Peak
  • Frequency Response: 35Hz - 31,000Hz
  • Sensitivity: 90 dB
  • Impedance: 4 Ohm
  • Mount Depth: 1.75 inches
  • Dimensions: 13.5 x 3.5 x 7.5 inches
  • Warranty: 1 Year

Pros

  • ​Good value mid level speakers
  • Wide frequency range
  • Shallow mount allowing for non intrusive installation

Cons

  • bass still fairly weak

Bottom Line

Good speakers overall, and a very popular choice as a factory replacement, as well as being decent in their own right.

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JVC CS-J620

JVC CS-J620

The JVC CS-J620s are a pair of affordable speakers (the cheapest of our picks) which, at the very least, will certainly outperform your factory speakers. The speakers 30 watts RMS power range is on the low end, but is balanced out by a relatively high sensitivity of 92 dB.

​​The 1" Poly-Ether Imide balanced dome tweeter does a decent job of producing highs, while the Mica cone and Hybrid, Rubber and Cloth surround manages the mids and lows about as well as you can expect from a speaker of this price.

​​Bass is definitely lacking in the set though which, again, is not particularly surprising for a 6.5-inch speaker in general.

​​Another feature of this speaker is the shallow mount, which certainly helps in making installations about as pain free as possible.

​​Additionally, pre-arranged holes in the speaker allow for flexible mounting options. And if minor modification is required, the speaker package includes screws and mounting tabs.

​​Black ABS Composite Grills are also included.

​Technical Details

  • Design: 2-Way Coaxial
  • Power Range: 30W RMS / 300W Peak
  • Frequency Response: 35Hz - 22,000Hz
  • Sensitivity: 92 dB
  • Impedance: 4 Ohm
  • Mount Depth: 1.72 inches
  • Dimensions: 13.4 x 7.6 x 3.6 inches
  • Warranty: 1 Year

Pros

  • Cheap and very affordable
  • Shallow mount allowing easy installation

Cons

  • Average sound quality, even if still a major improvement on stock speakers

Bottom Line

These are the cheapest speakers on our list, make a great factory replacement as the sound relative to price is quite good - just don't expect a whole lot of bass.

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Kenwood KFC-1165

Kenwood KFC-1165

Kenwood KFC-1165

The Kenwood KFC-1165 is another 2-Way speaker which makes for a solid replacement for old factory speakers.

​Built from a polypropylene woofer with treated cloth surround, and a 1-inch balanced dome tweeter, with technical stats identicalto JVC CS-J620, with 30W RMS / 300W Peak power, a frequency range of 35Hz to 22,000Hz and a sensitivity of 92 dB.

​It's also another shallow mount unit, with a mounth depth of 1.69 inches, and a similar price point of around $22.

How do they compare to their JVC counterparts? They are pretty similar in quality and sound output - either pair makes an excellent, low risk, replacement speaker for your existing factory set, fitting into the factory slots with relative ease.

Choosing between the two essentially comes down to brand preference if nothing else.

​Technical Details

  • Design: 2-Way Coaxial
  • Power Range: 30W RMS / 300W Peak
  • Frequency Response: 35Hz - 22,000Hz
  • Sensitivity: 92 dB
  • Impedance: 4 Ohm
  • Mount Depth: 1.69 inches
  • Dimensions: 13.2 x 3.5 x 7.5 inches
  • Warranty: 1 Year

Pros

  • Affordable budget pair from a reputable brand

Cons

  • Average sound quality, even if still a major improvement on stock speakers

Bottom Line

The Kenwood KFC-1165s make a great low price alternative to the factory speakers, that will provide decent and clear, if not remarkable, sound.

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Kicker 43DSC6504 - Best 6.5 for Bass

Kicker 43DSC6504

Kicker 43DSC6504

Covered in acoustic foam, the Kicker 43DSC6504 speakers are a great set of 6.5” inch speakers.  With a huge frequency range and solid build, these speakers pack a punchy sound. 

Fans of these speakers are quick to note that the bass sound is impressive for speakers of this size. Normally you’d be looking at middling, muddy sound - not here. The Kicker 43DSC6504 speakers begin to pick up at 40 Hz, which is about the middle of the sub bass frequencies.

This picks up the 60 - 80 HZ transients in most kicks and 808s, while the acoustic foam keeps the sound from rattling. Without needing help from subs, you can expect this speaker to make most modern music bounce.

Unfortunately, the same can’t be said for the highs - they are fine, but they’re not quite as crisp as the bass. The 20 kHz range can get grating at higher volumes, which is something to note.

This is true of most speakers of this size, though, and can be offset with an EQ on whatever audio system you’re using fairly well.

Technical Details

  • Design: 2-Way Coaxial
  • Power Range: 60W RMS / 240W Peak
  • Frequency Response: 40Hz - 20,000Hz
  • Sensitivity: 90 dB
  • Impedance: 4 Ohm
  • Mount Depth: 1.68 inches
  • Warranty: 1 Year

Pros

  • Great sounding and surprisingly punchy bass for a 6.5

Cons

  • Highs can be a little grating at times

Bottom Line

Packing punchy bass sounds, the Kicker 43DSC6504 speakers are amazing for 6.5” speakers. They punch far above their weight class, even if they can get a bit annoying at higher volumes.

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Final Thoughts

We hope our rundown of some of the best 6.5 speakers available has helped you in your search for a quality pair of 6.5 car speakers.

Our overall favourite, and if quality of sound is the primary factor in your decision making process, we highly recommend the elegantly designed Infinity REF-6522IX for a truly satisfying music experience.

If instead you are looking for a high quality budget speaker - the BOSS Audio CH6530 is a speaker that certainly punches above it's weight and is our favourite budget pick.

If you are looking for a simple, cheap, entry level pair of replacement speakers, you can't go wrong with either JVC CS-J620 or Kenwood KFC-1165 speaker sets.

If you are looking for something with a little more quality, we recommend either the Rockford Fosgate R165X3 or the Pioneer TS-A1675R sets, for a good balance of sound and value.

Finally, if you're looking for some bass from your 6.5 speakers, you'll definitely want to consider the Kicker 43DSC6504.



Key Terminology

RMS

Audio companies generally advertise their products using terms like "MAX" or "Peak power".

Forget about all that. When we're discussing power, RMS is the only value that lets you make any sort of meaningful comparison between two products. Why is that?

Well, RMS stands for Root Mean Square. No math lessons here; this just means that RMS measures how much continuous power a component can handle safely.

Peak power is how high the system can go at maximum output, but it can't stay at that wattage for long without causing problems.

That's why devices that advertise "peak power" are being a little misleading. What's really important is sustained sonic output for an indefinite length of time.

RMS lets you quickly and easily compare power outputs between components.

This means a speaker with 200-watt MAX but only 60-watt RMS is less powerful than a speaker with 100-watt MAX and 80-watt RMS.

Range / Response

When we start talking about speaker range or frequency response, you might have a general idea of what we mean.

On the surface, it's pretty simple. Range is a measure of how much of the audible sound range the speakers can produce. It's measured in Hertz (Hz), with low numbers being long, deep tones (like the boom of a drum) and high numbers being shorter, sharp tones (like the singing of a bird).

Obviously, we're only concerned with the portion of the Soundwave we can hear. Human ears are capable of responding anywhere from 20Hz to 20,000Hz (or 20 kHz).

Range is a simple concept to understand, yet difficult to master. If you want to fully appreciate the implications of range and how it applies to audio equipment, you have to dive into some complex mathematics. That's beyond the scope of this article.

For now, just remember: Range is a useful way to measure how much of the audible spectrum a device can produce.

Please note - it doesn't tell you anything about the quality of that sound! Don't make a purchase based entirely on response.

Impedance

This fancy term just means how much AC resistance exists in the wiring of the speakers. Please note: Different frequencies can have different impedance values.

Generally, most loudspeakers will have resistance that ranges between 4- and 8-ohms. As long as your speakers have similar impedance to your amp, you'll be fine.

A higher impedance means that an amplifier will have to push more voltage to create the same sound quality. On the other hand, it also means a component can handle more juice without taking damage.

As long as you make sure these values are in alignment, you shouldn't worry too much about impedance.

Sensitivity

This isn't how fragile or delicate your speakers are; nor does it have anything to do feelings. This is a universal metric that simply tells you how much sound pressure (loudness) an audio device will create at a stated distance on a single watt.

What does this mean to you? The more sensitive your speakers are, the less power they require to produce the same amount of volume. Basically, it's translating more of that raw power into crisp audio goodness!

Depth

My first car was a 2005 Subaru WRX. I loved her, but she had very shallow door panels and it was a struggle to find speakers with a profile narrow enough to fit.

Depending on your ride, you'll have more or less room to work with as you build a stereo system. Make sure you don't make the mistake I did and assume depth is universal - you could save yourself some serious money and a lot of heartache. 

Work components around your car; don't work your car around components.

How much room will you need to mount the speaker in your vehicle? What's the difference between "top mount" depth and "bottom mount" depth?

Top-mount depth is how much room the top of the speaker needs from the point of installation. This is how far it 'juts' out into your car interior.

That means bottom-mount depth is how much room the bottom of your speakers need to clear the interior of your dash or panel.

For simplicity's sake, in our reviews we focus on the more commonly available measurement: top-mount depth.

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