Looking to upgrade your car’s audio system?
We’ve put together a roundup of the best 6.5-inch speakers on the market in 2019, paying special attention to their sound clarity.
The crystal-clear sound produced by these speakers is a definite upgrade from the sound quality that standard speakers provide.
- The Top-5 6.5 Speakers Designed for Clarity 2019
- 1. Infinity Kappa 60.11CS 2-Way Car Audio System – Best Frequency Response
- 2. JBL GTO609C Premium Speaker System – Best Overall Value
- 3. Infinity Kappa Reference 6030cs Two-Way Speakers – Good Power Rating
- 4. JL Audio C2-650X Evolution 2-Way Car Speakers – Premium Audio Speakers
- 5. Pioneer TS-A1670F 3-Way Car Speakers – Most Affordable Option
- How to Choose Which 6.5 Speakers to Buy
The Top-5 6.5 Speakers Designed for Clarity 2019
|Product||Peak Power||RMS Power|
|1. Infinity Kappa 60.11CS|
|270 Watts||90 Watts|
|2. JBL GTO609C Premium||270 Watts||60 Watts|
|3. Infinity Reference 6030cs||225 Watts||75 Watts|
|4. JL Audio C2-650X Evolution||100 Watts||60 Watts|
|5. Pioneer TS-A1670F||320 Watts||70 Watts|
1. Infinity Kappa 60.11CS 2-Way Car Audio System – Best Frequency Response
Infinity Kappa’s 60.11CS speakers have one of the best frequency response ratings we could find, going all the way up to 35kHz. This may sound like overkill, but it does ensure that high frequencies are unlikely to be distorted. They also have a good peak power rating that makes them safe with most amplifiers.
This is a solid speaker for listening to music that tends towards the higher end of the sound spectrum, and the design is durable.
JBL’s GTO609C 6.5-inch speakers are another offering that produces a clear and smooth sound for car stereos. They have the peak power rating you’d want if you have a powerful header or separate amplifier, and their high sensitivity produces a good volume with a lower power system.
That said, we’ve noticed some customers have found speakers that were defective out of the box. Thankfully, JBL does offer a solid warranty on their products.
3. Infinity Kappa Reference 6030cs Two-Way Speakers – Good Power Rating
For buyers who want to spend a little less on a set of quality speakers, Infinity Kappa also has the Reference 6030cs product. The 6030cs has the same high peak power rating as the 60.11CS. The main drawback is that these speakers have a narrower frequency response range, which means you’re more likely to encounter distortions at the extremes.
We’d recommend this for audio systems that don’t need to maximize their frequency range but need good peak power and superior clarity.
When it comes to audio speakers, you often must choose between a high-power rating, quality sound, or a long life span. It’s hard to find products that can do all three of these things, but JL Audio’s C2-650X manages that feat.
With a peak power rating of 225 watts each and high sensitivity, they can produce as much volume as you need, yet they are designed to survive the wear and tear it creates with polypropylene cones. They also have built-in crossovers to keep your music playing smoothly over the full range of frequencies.
If you have the budget for these speakers, they are one of the best options on the market this year.
5. Pioneer TS-A1670F 3-Way Car Speakers – Most Affordable Option
If you need to watch your budget and upgrade your car’s audio system, Pioneer’s A Series 3-way speakers are the best deal we could find this year. These speakers are designed to work as a pair and provide a direct output to a set of earbuds that are included. Where they shine is not just the quality of the sound that they produce but also their peak power rating, which is an impressive 320 watts each.
We’d recommend these speakers for anyone with a powerful amplifier and a need to stay within a budget.
How to Choose Which 6.5 Speakers to Buy
Nearly all cars today come with some sort of audio speakers installed when you buy them that run the gamut of size, type, and quality. That’s especially true if it’s a pre-owned vehicle that’s been modified by previous owners. In many cases, though, the audio system uses lower quality speakers than is available. If you’re like many car owners, one the first things to do when outfitting a new vehicle is to upgrade a standard set of speakers with better quality 6.5-inch speakers.
What are the most important features to compare when shopping for 6.5-inch speakers?
Audio speakers are a well-developed technology that’s been around for nearly a century. Speaker brands compete in a number of ways, but there are a few basic specs to pay attention to when comparing them.
- Frequency range: In order to enjoy your music’s rich range of sounds, you’ll need to mix and match speakers that have the widest possible frequency range. Frequencies on the high or low end of the range of human hearing are difficult to reach for crossover speakers, so you may want to add tweeters or subwoofers to capture those sounds. Products with wider frequency ranges are better if you don’t want to use those specialty speakers.
- Peak power: This is an important metric to note when shopping for speakers because they’ll need to handle the maximum wattage your stereo or amplifier’s output. If their peak power is less than the amplifier’s maximum wattage, the speakers will be damaged when you turn the volume up too high.
- Impedance: This is another important metric that you’ll want to match to your amplifier. Stereos and amplifiers will state which impedance values they support, so make a note of it and buy speakers match your system.
- Sensitivity: This is a rating for the volume of sound that speakers produce for each watt of signal they receive from an amplifier. Usually, this is measured in decibels (dB). If you have a lower wattage system, you’ll want high sensitivity speakers to increase your volume, but a high-wattage amplifier will mean lower sensitivity speakers can work just as well.
That concludes our review of the best 6.5-inch car speakers for clarity for 2019. Each of these products is a definite upgrade from mediocre OEM speakers that cars often are equipped with at the factory, but they do have their strengths and weaknesses. We were especially impressed by JL Audio’s C2-650X and Infinity Kappa’s 60.11CS speakers, but Pioneer’s A Series is probably the most affordable option we could find.