The 6 Best 6×8 Component Speakers In 2019

Overview

It's no secret that car manufacturers generally take a frugal view when it comes to investing in a car's audio capacity.  Speakers tend to suffer the brunt of this 'stinginess', as factory fitted speakers are almost always manufactured with low-quality materials and without too much concern around your enjoyment of quality sound.

Among the various size of available speaker, 6x8 inch speakers can be a perfect size-for-size swap for various cars which are already fitted with 6x8 inch factory speakers, saving you the hassle of having to resize the mounts to accommodate the slightly wider and more common 6x9 inch speaker size.

For those of you in the market for this type of speaker, in the following guide we take a look at some of the best 6x8 speakers on offer today.

Comparison Table

A Rundown Of The 6 Best 6x8 Speakers Available Today

Rockford Fosgate Punch P1683

Rockford Fosgate Punch P1683

Always producing top quality speakers as this price point, Rockford Fosgate generally appears in the Top 10 of car speakers, so it’s no surprise to find them featured in the best 6x8 speakers category with their Punch series speaker. For forty years they have been an authoritative brand in the car loudspeakers, providing car amps, subs, and speakers at a good, mid-range price point.  

The Punch P1683 is a 3-Way speaker consisting of an injection molded mineral filled polypropylene cone, butyl midrange rubber surround, and a PEI dome tweeter. These components combine to produce a sound that is not too heavy on the bass, but that delivers well in the mid to high speaker ranges; if heavy bass is not critical, but clear sound is, then these are a great pair of speakers.

With a power range of 65 watts RMS and 130 watts peak, and a frequency response of 65 Hz to 24k Hz, the Punch P1683 is a high grade replacement speaker aimed at those requiring great sound quality to replace the factory stock standards. Combined with a sensitivity rating of 90dB and a 4 Ohm impedance, the speakers produce a superb, crisp sound - particularly the highs.

The P1683 includes a patented Flex Fit basket, ensuring compatibility with the original speaker locations by using slots instead of single screw sized holes. Furthermore, an integrated concealed crossover adds to the polished appearance, and helps save installation time by eliminating the need to mount any black boxes.

Allowing the speaker the capacity to be a good fit in a bigger range of vehicles, the Multi-OEM Adaptor lets full-range or round speakers to fit into most OEM openings. The Vertical Attach Surround Technique increases significantly the effective radiating cone area by up to 25% for the same model speaker, without adding complexity in installation. The PEI dome tweeters emit a softer, less harsh sound than their aluminum counterparts.

An amp will definitely improve the sound, but it is not essential. With great efficiency, the speakers operate off of 15 to 25 watts from your head unit, without losing any of the sounds, mids, vocals, bass etc, proving that quality sound from a 6x8 speaker is possible without breaking the bank.

The set includes the two speakers, integrated high-pass crossovers, and the mounting hardware.

Technical Details

  • Design: 3-Way
  • Power Range: 65W RMS / 130W Peak
  • Frequency Response: 65Hz - 24,000Hz
  • Sensitivity: 90 dB
  • Impedance: 4 Ohm
  • Mount Depth: 2.28"
  • Warranty: 1 Year

Pros

  • Bass level is adequate, without being loud. Highs and lows are equally powerful clear and clear, with a cool mid-range level
  • Excellent replacement for the original factory speakers
  • Good price point

Cons

  • ​The bass may not be heavy enough for some audiophiles

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Pioneer TS-A6886R

Pioneer TS-A6886R

The Pioneer TS-A6886R is a uniquely 4-way 6x8 speaker that many users consider some of the finest budget speakers available in this size. For a 6x8 speaker, the sound is surprisingly well-balanced for a speaker so reasonably priced.

With deep mids, great highs, clear vocals and punchy bass - despite their size, they definitely don’t sound muddy. Pioneer TS-A6886R's also boast the widest frequency range of all the speakers we've reviewed in this class (28Hz - 39kHz). As these are 4-way speakers, and thus equipped with an extra driver known as super-tweeter, this expanded audio range results in clearer, more natural sound, so you’ll hear the details that were inaudible on the factory fitted speakers you have been using. With a higher than usual sensitivity at 90dBs, they are also fairly loud in comparison to some of the other speakers in this range.

The cone design is multi-layer mica matrix, ensuring optimum sound reproduction and responsiveness. The lightweight elastic polymer surrounds ensure high sensitivity. The heat resistant voice coil enables heat dissipation and durability, withstanding high input power. Running them without an amp already sounds better that the original factory fitted unit - With an amp, the sound is simply amazing, at the price point.

Technical Details

  • Design: 4-Way
  • Power Range: 60W RMS / 350W Peak
  • Frequency Response: 28Hz - 39kHz
  • Sensitivity: 90 dB
  • Impedance: 4 Ohm
  • Mount Depth: 2-3/8"
  • Warranty: 1 Year

Pros

  • Wide frequency range
  • Feature an additional supertweeter
  • easy to install

Cons

  • Average bass

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Rockford Fosgate Prime R168X2

Rockford Fosgate Prime R168X2

For those of you looking for a slightly more affordable equivalent of Rockford Fosgate's Punch P1683, the Prime R168X2 is Rockford Fosgate's budget alternative: 2-way, full-range speaker primarily aimed at those simply after better sound quality than the mediocre factory fitted standards.

With flat-black design and contrasting glossy silk dome tweeters, these are nice looking pieces of equipment, having many of the characteristic of high-end speakers. The vacuum-formed polypropylene woofer with rubber surround are housed in a stamped steel basket frame (a feature throughout the series) and have a very sturdy look and feel about them.  They are also quite easy to install.

Power handling ratings are on the lower end, with 55 RMS, and only 110 watts of peak power handling, which can result in distortion and clipping at particularly high volumes.  A fairly typical frequency response of 51Hz - 20kHz means they do lack a bit of bass, but they do manage to produce a good clean sound for the price.  A lower than average sensitivity rating, at 87dB, also reflects lower speaker loudness overall.  An amp would naturally help provide a boost, but is not crucial.

Ultimately though, if you are not looking to win competitions with your audio system, these are an bargain option, are indefinitely better than the factory speakers, can be effortlessly installed, and are an instant improvement as many satisfied customers can attest to.

The set includes the two speakers, integrated tweeter crossovers, and the mounting hardware.

Technical Details

  • Design: 3-Way
  • Power Range: 55W RMS / 110W Peak
  • Frequency Response: 51Hz - 20,000Hz
  • Sensitivity: 87 dB
  • Impedance: 4 Ohm
  • Mount Depth: 2.54"
  • Warranty: 1 Year

Pros

  • Overall sound quality is good
  • Great price point
  • Instant improvement on factory speakers

Cons

  • Low power-handling ratings can result in clipping at high volumes
  • Lacking in bass

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Kenwood KFC-C6895PS

Kenwood KFC-C6895PS

Kenwood has remained in the mix at the top of pile for decades, with some awesome products along the way, specialising in head units, subwoofers, amps and speakers for car audio. The KFC-C6895PS is a mid-range 3-watt oval coaxial speaker, and these are a great, cost-effective replacement for factory fitted equipment.

So, for a beginner car sound fanatic on a strict budget who doesn’t need too much bass, these are a good buy. The funky 6 x 8 paper cones, complete with a textured pattern, ensure clear sound, and the half inch ceramic tweeter deliver exquisite highs.

Team them with an amp for more volume – they will pump. With a max power of 360 watts, and RMS of 85 watts and 4 ohms impedance, these speakers will rock your vehicle. Only one reviewer noted that they lack a bit of bass.

Technical Details

  • Design: 3-Way
  • Power Range: 65W RMS / 130W Peak
  • Frequency Response: 65Hz - 24,000Hz
  • Sensitivity: 90 dB
  • Impedance: 4 Ohm
  • Mount Depth: 2-5/16 inches
  • Warranty: 1 Year

Pros

  • Easy install / fit
  • good clean sound

Cons

  • some complaints regarding bass

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Pioneer TSG6845R

Pioneer TSG6845R

Part of Pioneer's budget G Series range, the TSG6845R's clear, sharp sound and affordable price make this a popular speaker in it's size group. These loud 2-way speakers make a fine replacement for the factory fitted speakers in your car. The two-way design features a lightweight, but strong, Injected Moulded Polypropylene cone woofer which helps to prevent distortion and improve sensitivity. The Conex damper distributes deeper bass and higher power handling, with the Piezoelectric tweeter delivering great highs.

At 40 Watts RMS, power handling is on the weaker side, although peak power is still more than reasonable at 250 Watts.  None the less, for the average listener, as long as they are not being pushed too hard, performance is still satisfyingly crisp.

With a Frequency Response of 37Hz to 29 kHz and a 4-ohm impedance, the speakers perform quite well with the factory fitted head unit. Many reviews rate the ease of installation, with the speakers a perfect fit for many cars, and installation typically taking an average time of 30 minutes.

All in all, these are an easy, affordable set of replacements for your stock speakers.

Technical Details

  • Design: 3-Way
  • Power Range: 65W RMS / 130W Peak
  • Frequency Response: 65Hz - 24,000Hz
  • Sensitivity: 90 dB
  • Impedance: 4 Ohm
  • Mount Depth: 2-5/16 inches
  • Warranty: 1 Year

Pros

  • Good bang for buck
  • Easy to install

Cons

  • Not a whole lot of bass

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Pyle PL683BL

PYLE PL683BL

Pyle have a knack for making their speakers visually unique, and the PL683BL 6x8 inch speakers are no different in this regard, being a part of their Blue Label series. Making a great replacement for your factory speakers at a budget price, these 3-way triaxial speakers feature a blue poly injection cone and a non-fatiguing butyl rubber surround keeping the speakers secure on a 40 oz. magnet.  The cone supports a 1' neodymium film dome midrange, and 3/4" piezo tweeter working together to provide a 70 Hz - 20 kHz frequency response.

These speakers have a higher than usual power range of 180 Watts RMS and 360 Watts Peak, which in theory means they should handle higher power for longer periods of time. The speakers also have the highest sensitivity of our list, measuring at 91 dB. The result is a speaker that, for the price, produces decent bass, along with clear, if not outstanding, mids and highs.

All in all, these are decent speakers at a very affordable price. Note the speaker kit includes grills, wires, and mounting hardware.

Technical Details

  • Design: 3-Way
  • Power Range: 180W RMS / 360W Peak
  • Frequency Response: 70Hz - 20Khz
  • Sensitivity: 91 dB
  • Impedance: 4 Ohm
  • Mount Depth: 2.35''
  • Warranty: 1 Year

Pros

  • High power rating and sensitivity
  • Unique look
  • decent bass

Cons

  • some potential crackling at higher volumes

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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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