Best Car Speakers 2018

Are you looking for the best car speakers 2018? What I have put together is a list of the best price to performance car speakers on the market today. I have focused on the most common sizes when it comes to car speakers, which are the 4-inch, 5.25-inch, 6.5-inch and the 6x9-inch.

No matter if you are looking for component speakers or traditional coaxial car speakers, this guide has something for you. ​However, if you are just looking for the best speaker overall, I highly recommend the the Infinity REF6522IX, which you can find on Amazon. Now, let's take a look at all the speakers.

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Best Car Speakers 2018

If you want to save some time, getting the speakers in the table below will not make you disappointed. You can also read on to find alternatives to these but these are the best in my opinion.

Polk Audio DB691 6-by-9-Inch 3-Way Speakers (Pair, Silver)
Infinity REF6522IX 6.5" 180W Reference Series Coaxial Car Speakers With Edge-driven Textile Tweeter,...
2 Kicker 43DSC504 D-Series 5.25" 200W 2-Way 4-Ohm Car Audio Coaxial Speakers
Polk Audio DB402 DB+ Series 4" Coaxial Speakers with Marine Certification, Black
Product Name
Polk Audio DB691
Infinity REF6522IX
Kicker 43DSC504
Polk Audio DB402
Size
6x9"
6.5"
5.25"
4"
RMS
125W
60W
50W
45W
Peak Power
300W
180W
200W
135W
Impedance
4 Ohms
3 Ohms
4 Ohms
4 Ohms
Design
3-Way
2-Way
2-Way
2-Way
Sensitivity (1W @ 1M)
93 dB
93 dB
90 dB
90 dB
Price
$79.97
$53.99
$54.45
$49.99
Polk Audio DB691 6-by-9-Inch 3-Way Speakers (Pair, Silver)
Product Name
Polk Audio DB691
Size
6x9"
RMS
125W
Peak Power
300W
Impedance
4 Ohms
Design
3-Way
Sensitivity (1W @ 1M)
93 dB
Price
$79.97
Infinity REF6522IX 6.5" 180W Reference Series Coaxial Car Speakers With Edge-driven Textile Tweeter,...
Product Name
Infinity REF6522IX
Size
6.5"
RMS
60W
Peak Power
180W
Impedance
3 Ohms
Design
2-Way
Sensitivity (1W @ 1M)
93 dB
Price
$53.99
2 Kicker 43DSC504 D-Series 5.25" 200W 2-Way 4-Ohm Car Audio Coaxial Speakers
Product Name
Kicker 43DSC504
Size
5.25"
RMS
50W
Peak Power
200W
Impedance
4 Ohms
Design
2-Way
Sensitivity (1W @ 1M)
90 dB
Price
$54.45
Polk Audio DB402 DB+ Series 4" Coaxial Speakers with Marine Certification, Black
Product Name
Polk Audio DB402
Size
4"
RMS
45W
Peak Power
135W
Impedance
4 Ohms
Design
2-Way
Sensitivity (1W @ 1M)
90 dB
Price
$49.99

This Guide was Last Updated July 29, 2018 to Reflect Changes on the Market

If you have bought a car that is older than like, 5 years, the sound system is often very underperforming. I am also amazed to see how many cars that still doesn’t come with Bluetooth or a pair of real speakers. No, most of the time, you find something that looks like a speaker but sounds like a stone grinder. Not good.

Just changing the speakers in your car, is often the best thing you can do to improve the sound. Sure, you can add amplifiers or buy new head units but if the speakers are still bad, you won’t get the improvement you are looking for. The problem with car speakers is that there is a lot of specifications to check, and most people don’t know what half of them means.

This guide will solve these problems. I will give you options for the four most popular sizes and I can guarantee that any of these speakers will sound better than the stock speakers in your car. To help you out even further, I have also covered some questions and topics that you might wonder about at the end of this guide, be sure to check that out.

Best 6×9-Inch Car Speakers

6x9-inch car speakers are often very popular to have on or sunken down in the parcel shelf at the back of the car. These speakers are very big and offer a big bass boost. While smaller speakers can be good to fill the car with detail, these speakers fill the car with sound, making the music louder and provides more bass. These speakers are great for any type of music genre. If you don’t want to, or can’t, mount them in the parcel shelf, you can get an enclosure for them on Amazon.

Polk Audio DB691 6-by-9-Inch 3-Way Speakers (Pair, Silver)
Rockford Fosgate Punch  P1694 6-Inch x 9-Inch  Full Range Coaxial Speakers
JBL GX963 300W 6" x 9" 3-Way GX Series Coaxial Car Loudspeakers (Pair of 2, 600W Total)
Product Name
Polk Audio DB691
RockFord Fosgate P1694
JBL GX963
Size
6x9"
6x9"
6x9"
RMS
125W
75W
100W
Peak Power
300W
150W
300W
Impedance
4 ohms
4 Ohms
2.3 Ohms
Design
3-Way
4-Way
3-Way
Sensitivity (1W @ 1M)
93 dB
90 dB
94 dB
Price
$79.97
$70.49
$72.50
Polk Audio DB691 6-by-9-Inch 3-Way Speakers (Pair, Silver)
Product Name
Polk Audio DB691
Size
6x9"
RMS
125W
Peak Power
300W
Impedance
4 ohms
Design
3-Way
Sensitivity (1W @ 1M)
93 dB
Price
$79.97
Rockford Fosgate Punch  P1694 6-Inch x 9-Inch  Full Range Coaxial Speakers
Product Name
RockFord Fosgate P1694
Size
6x9"
RMS
75W
Peak Power
150W
Impedance
4 Ohms
Design
4-Way
Sensitivity (1W @ 1M)
90 dB
Price
$70.49
JBL GX963 300W 6" x 9" 3-Way GX Series Coaxial Car Loudspeakers (Pair of 2, 600W Total)
Product Name
JBL GX963
Size
6x9"
RMS
100W
Peak Power
300W
Impedance
2.3 Ohms
Design
3-Way
Sensitivity (1W @ 1M)
94 dB
Price
$72.50

Polk Audio DB691

Size:

6x9"

RMS:

125W

Peak Power:

300W

Impedance:

4 Ohms

Design:

3-Way

Sensitivity:

93 dB

  • Very Loud
  • Good for Any Music Genre
  • No Bass
Polk Audio DB691 6-by-9-Inch 3-Way Speakers (Pair, Silver)
    Price on Amazon: $79.97

While the Polk Audio DB691 doesn’t look that good, there is a lot going on behind that silver grill. The DB691 has an RMS of 125W and 300W peak power, which will, with an amplifier, make your car sound like a live concert.

Okay, that might be a bit much, but I really enjoy these speakers. They do not have an amazing low and good bass that you might expect from a pair of 6x9s but 90% (made-up number) is pairing it with a subwoofer that is taking care of that. No, the thing with these speakers are their loudness.

Because they can get very loud, and this is without an amplifier. They are much louder, while still offering a good sound without distortion, than the other 6x9’s on this list. The high and mid are great and they offer a well-balanced sound from the box. As a bonus it’s also possible to remove the grill and paint it to match your interior which makes them look a bit nicer.

With an amplifier, the DB691 will produce some tight bass, but not very much. Without an amplifier, you will not get much bass at all. However, if you plan to get a subwoofer, the DB691 is a good purchase for any music genre. My personal favorite.


Rockford Fosgate P1694

Size:

6x9"

RMS:

75W

Peak Power:

150W

Impedance:

4 Ohms

Design:

4-Way

Sensitivity:

90 dB

  • Good Bass
  • Balanced
  • Disorted on Higher Volume
    Price on Amazon: $70.49

The Rockford Fosgate P1694 is an extremely popular speaker, and for several reasons. The P1694 strikes a good balance between price to performance. While it is not the cheapest option, it’s certainly not expensive. The speakers don’t sound bad either and this makes the P1694 a great choice if you don’t want to pay for more expensive speakers.

On the specification-side, we can see that the RMS for these speakers are 75W and the peak power is just 150W. Taking a look at the comparison table that was above, the P1694 isn’t looking as good on paper as the two others. Lucky for you, what’s written on the paper is not everything. These speakers are great on the low side.

They have a good bass to them and they will really bring your lows up. Many choose to go pull on Rockford Punch-series and they are then a good complement to such a setup. However, even if that is not your plan, you will still find the P1694 balanced good enough for any setup, just remember that those will add to the lows the most.

An amplifier is always preferred for car speakers. However, if you do not plan to get one, these should do just fine anyway. They can sound a bit distorted on the high side when you turn up the volume but that is about it for the P1694. It’s a pair of very good speakers that I highly recommend.


JBL GX963

Size:

6x9"

RMS:

100W

Peak Power:

300W

Impedance:

2.3 Ohms

Design:

3-Way

Sensitivity:

94 dB

  • "Supertweeter" for Clear Highs
  • Tight Bass
  • Amplifier Needed
  • Big & Bulky
JBL GX963 300W 6" x 9" 3-Way GX Series Coaxial Car Loudspeakers (Pair of 2, 600W total)
    Price on Amazon: $72.50

I have to be honest with you, the very reason why I noticed the JBLs was because of the look. The JBL GX963 looks great, much better than any of the other two speakers. I’ve always loved orange and black (maybe you can tell).

On the GX963, JBL has been working with the highs to get them more detailed. They have tried to accomplish this with what they call a “supertweeter” (I’m not even joking). This tweeter is supposed to boost the highs, which I can agree that they do. Not so much that I would say “super” but there is a difference between the GX963 and other 6x9s.

As with any 6x9, the GX963 is good for bass. It’s a tight bass that they deliver and great if you are into that sort of bass, I prefer to boomy ones. The problem with them is that you kind of need an amplifier to get good bass out of them, as the head unit is not powerful enough to push these speakers that far.

One thing to note with the GX963 is how big they are. Do not be surprised if you need to make new mounting holes in your car if you are going to mount these speakers. I don’t feel that they are as balanced as the P1694 but if I had an amplifier, I would choose these ones and balance the audio with other speakers in the car.


Best 6.5-Inch Car Speakers

6.5-inch car speakers are very common to have in the front doors, where there is more room than in the back doors. These speakers are still big enough to provide a good amount of bass, while still offering good highs and mids. They are a great allround-size that isn’t really great at anything but good at everything. Just as 6x9-speakers, these speakers do fit with any music genre and I highly recommend that you have a pair of 6.5 speakers in the front doors.

Infinity REF6522IX 6.5" 180W Reference Series Coaxial Car Speakers With Edge-driven Textile Tweeter,...
CT Sounds Meso 6.5 Inch 2 Way Silk Dome Full Range Coax Coaxial Speakers (Pair)
Polk DB652 Ultramarine Dynamic Balance Coaxial Speakers, 6.5" - Pair
Product Name
Infinity REF6522IX
CT Sounds Meso 6.5
Polk Audio DB652
Size
6.5"
6.5"
6.5"
RMS
60W
75W
100W
Peak Power
180W
150W
300W
Impedance
3 Ohms
4 Ohms
4 Ohms
Design
2-Way
2-Way
2-Way
Sensitivity (1W @ 1M)
93 dB
89 dB
92 dB
Price
$53.99
$97.99
$59.99
Infinity REF6522IX 6.5" 180W Reference Series Coaxial Car Speakers With Edge-driven Textile Tweeter,...
Product Name
Infinity REF6522IX
Size
6.5"
RMS
60W
Peak Power
180W
Impedance
3 Ohms
Design
2-Way
Sensitivity (1W @ 1M)
93 dB
Price
$53.99
CT Sounds Meso 6.5 Inch 2 Way Silk Dome Full Range Coax Coaxial Speakers (Pair)
Product Name
CT Sounds Meso 6.5
Size
6.5"
RMS
75W
Peak Power
150W
Impedance
4 Ohms
Design
2-Way
Sensitivity (1W @ 1M)
89 dB
Price
$97.99
Polk DB652 Ultramarine Dynamic Balance Coaxial Speakers, 6.5" - Pair
Product Name
Polk Audio DB652
Size
6.5"
RMS
100W
Peak Power
300W
Impedance
4 Ohms
Design
2-Way
Sensitivity (1W @ 1M)
92 dB
Price
$59.99

Infinity REF6522IX

Size:

6.5"

RMS:

60W

Peak Power:

180W

Impedance:

3 Ohms

Design:

2-Way

Sensitivity:

93 dB

  • Crisp Sound
  • Noticeable Bass
  • Amplifier is Needed
Infinity REF6522IX 6.5" 180W Reference Series Coaxial Car Speakers With Edge-driven Textile Tweeter, Pair
    Price on Amazon: $53.99

The Infinity-brand is also a personal favorite brand that I really like. Their speakers may be a bit more expensive most of the times but that is won in quality and sound. The REF6522IX is no different and if you are looking for a pair of 6.5-inch speakers, these will not disappoint.

The bass in these speakers are very noticeable. It is a deep bass sound that is more boomy than tight, which is something I like. They also sound very crisp and clean witch is always a good thing. They are not that loud but that is a good thing, at least if you don’t have an amplifier.

If you raise the volume to much, there will be distortion from the bass as a head unit doesn’t have the power to handle the REF6522IX. For best performance, as always, you will need an amplifier, but I feel that this should be included in the purchase when you get these speakers to not be disappointed.

But if you are looking for a new sound system and is in need of a pair of 6.5-inch speakers, the REF6522IX from Infinity is a good purchase, as long as there is an amplifier with it. They are great for vocals and more bass-heavy music.


CT Sounds Meso 6.5

Size:

6.5"

RMS:

60W

Peak Power:

120W

Impedance:

4 Ohms

Design:

2-Way

Sensitivity:

88 dB

  • No Distortion Higher Volumes
  • Clear High & Mid
  • Pricy
CT Sounds Meso 6.5 Inch 2 Way Silk Dome Full Range Coax Coaxial Speakers (Pair)
    Price on Amazon: $97.99

The CT Sounds Meso 6.5 might come in at a heavy price compared to other speakers on this list but they are also better in almost any way, which is unsurprising. It has an RMS of 60W and a peak power of 120W, which is normal for 6.5-inch speakers, but’s it’s not on paper that the Meso 6.5 impress.

The speakers are very loud. You can keep raising the volume up as much as you want. I didn’t go to max because I can’t imagine anyone wanting to listen that on that volume, I sure don’t. The bass on the Meso 6.5 is also very nice. There is a tight bass that is complementing most genres very good. You still want a subwoofer for the deepest bass but for rock or pop, the bass in the Meso 6.5 is good enough.

The mid and the highs are very good as well. There is no distortion, no matter how much you raise the volume. The speakers are also very friendly if you do not have an amplifier. You don’t get the worst bass or the absolute detail, but I don’t feel the need to have an amplifier when listening to them.

The price is a bit on the heavier side compared to other speakers on this list and the magnet is very large, so make sure that they really fit before you purchase them. Other than that, you will be very happy with a great pair of speakers.


Polk Audio DB652

Size:

6.5"

RMS:

100W

Peak Power:

300W

Impedance:

4 Ohms

Design:

2-Way

Sensitivity:

92 dB

  • IP55-Rated
  • Loud & Clear Sound
  • Bass a Bit Underwhelming
Polk DB652 UltraMarine Dynamic Balance Coaxial Speakers, 6.5" - Pair
    Price on Amazon: $59.99

The Polk Audio DB652 is also an upgrade from their DB651 speaker, which was one of the best price to performance ratio-speakers on Amazon at the time. The DB652 is a bit cheaper but still offer a lot of performance. It’s a speaker that offer very little to no distortion and a smooth sound.

The cool thing with the DB-series is that they are IP55-rated, which means that they are dirt- and water-resistant. This makes these speakers very good for motorcycles, boats and cabriolets. The sound is very much alike the other DB-series speakers that I’ve heard with crisp and loud sound.

The 6.5-inch speakers are of course packing a bit more bass than the 4-inch ones and doesn’t offer as good vocals but that is much due to the sizing. If you do not plan to get an amplifier, the DB652 will still work out for you, however, to get the best performance out of these, an amplifier is suggested.

To be honest, I really like the DB-series from Polk Audio and it’s always on my top 3 list. The DB652 is no exception. They might seem a bit pricy but for that price, you get clear, loud sound that can handle whatever you throw at it. Maybe the bass is a bit underwhelming but if you have a pair of 6x9s or a subwoofer, this is no problem.


Best 5.25-Inch Car Speakers

The 5.25-inch speakers are most common in the back doors of cars. Many are also mounting 5.25 car speakers in the parcel shelf, sinking them down to point upwards. They do this for better clarity from the back, something that 5.25-inch speakers is very good at. They really good with the mid and complement a pair of 6.5-inch really good. They are not that big and doesn’t provide that much bass so genres without much bass will benefit a lot from 5.25-inch car speakers.

2 Kicker 43DSC504 D-Series 5.25" 200W 2-Way 4-Ohm Car Audio Coaxial Speakers
Pioneer TSA1376R TS-A1376R 5-1/4" 3-Way Speaker
JBL Club 5000C 330W Peak 5-1/4" Club Series 2-Way Component Car Speakers
Product Name
Kicker 43DSC504
Pioneer TS-A1376R
JBL Club 5000C
Size
5.25"
5.25"
5.25"
RMS
50W
50W
55W
Peak Power
200W
300W
165W
Impedance
4 Ohms
4 Ohms
3 Ohms
Design
2-Way
3-Way
2-Way
Sensitivity (1W @ 1M)
90 dB
89 dB
88 dB
Price
$54.45
from $42.84
$59.95
2 Kicker 43DSC504 D-Series 5.25" 200W 2-Way 4-Ohm Car Audio Coaxial Speakers
Product Name
Kicker 43DSC504
Size
5.25"
RMS
50W
Peak Power
200W
Impedance
4 Ohms
Design
2-Way
Sensitivity (1W @ 1M)
90 dB
Price
$54.45
Pioneer TSA1376R TS-A1376R 5-1/4" 3-Way Speaker
Product Name
Pioneer TS-A1376R
Size
5.25"
RMS
50W
Peak Power
300W
Impedance
4 Ohms
Design
3-Way
Sensitivity (1W @ 1M)
89 dB
Price
from $42.84
JBL Club 5000C 330W Peak 5-1/4" Club Series 2-Way Component Car Speakers
Product Name
JBL Club 5000C
Size
5.25"
RMS
55W
Peak Power
165W
Impedance
3 Ohms
Design
2-Way
Sensitivity (1W @ 1M)
88 dB
Price
$59.95

Kicker 43DSC504

Size:

5.25"

RMS:

50W

Peak Power:

200W

Impedance:

4 Ohms

Design:

2-Way

Sensitivity:

90 dB

  • Very Clear High & Mid
  • Small & Tight Speakers
  • The Lack of Bass
2) Kicker 43DSC504 D-Series 5.25" 200W 2-Way 4-Ohm Car Audio Coaxial Speakers
    Price on Amazon: $54.45

The 43DSC504 from Kicker is a pair of 5.25 speakers at a reasonable price point. Kicker has made these speakers very small and therefore, they will fit most vehicles with a tight space as well as being very easy to install.

When it comes to the sound (which is the important part), the 43DSC504 is very clear and is perfect if you are listening a lot of podcasts or audio books. Also, with music, the clarity came through when playing a lot of rock and pop. The speakers are quite loud, which was a bit unexpecting because of the size. It should be said that this is without an amplifier.

There isn’t much bass to talk about. If bass is something that you are looking for, I would recommend other types of speakers than the 43DSC504. There is some distortion on higher levels. It was the type of volume that will be uncomfortable after a short while (for me at least) but worth mentioning.

Comparing the 43DSC605 to the Pioneer TS-A1376R, they are not as loud as the Pioneer but offer a clearer high and mid while none of them offer a good low and bass. I can highly recommend these if you are looking for speakers that sound good but doesn’t cost an arm and a leg.


Pioneer TS-A1376R

Size:

5.25"

RMS:

50W

Peak Power:

300W

Impedance:

4 Ohms

Design:

3-Way

Sensitivity:

89 dB

  • Good Balance
  • Good Pricing
  • Low is not There
Pioneer TSA1376R TS-A1376R 5-1/4" 3-Way Speaker
    Price on Amazon: from $42.84

At the time of writing this short review of the Pioneer TS-A1376R, these are the only Pioneer on the list. Once, Pioneer was the giant to car sound and they dominated the market. Today, not as much. They have gradually scaled down their business and focused more on head units, where they are still the king.

However, the TS-A1376R is still here. What about them? Not much really. I mean, they come in at a good price and that is basically why they are here, they have a good price to performance ratio. Don’t get me wrong, these speakers don’t sound bad. They just, aren’t amazing.

The TS-A1376R sounds overall very good and Pioneer has made a good job of balancing them. The lows is not there always and you want them to be, an amplifier is needed. However, without an amplifier, you can still enjoy the good mids and highs that this speaker will give you.

The TS-A1376R is also loud, which I find to my liking. These speakers are actually good performers, but they can’t compare to the other speakers on this list. Pioneer has made a good job replacing OEM speakers for a good price and this is what I would get these speakers for. If you are actually into sound, there are better options.


JBL Club 5000C

Size:

5.25"

RMS:

55W

Peak Power:

165W

Impedance:

3 Ohms

Design:

2-Way

Sensitivity:

88 dB

  • Component Speakers, Clean Sound
  • Great High & Mids
  • Complicated Installation
JBL Club 5000C 330W Peak 5-1/4" Club Series 2-Way Component Car Speakers
    Price on Amazon: $59.95

It’s time to get serious. The JBL Club 5000C is a pair of component speakers that give you the best sound possible, although with a bit more complicated installation and more wires. But the result is often much better than any type of coaxial speaker. If you are unsure of that component speakers are, I have already explained this in this article but for short, the tweeter is separated from the woofer, giving you a cleaner sound.   

As expected, the Club 5000C sounds great. It’s not really comparable to the other speakers on this list since these are component speakers, which I feel make a big difference. The sound is much cleaner, and I enjoy the highs from the tweeter and the mid from the woofer much more with these speakers.

The little box is a crossover, which you connect your wires to. This box will then separate the signals from the head unit, to the tweeter and the woofer. While it’s great for sound, it can be a pain to install because of all the wires and the components. On top of this, these speakers will also need an amplifier to do it justice or you won’t be as impressed as you should be.

There are always better speakers out there but then you need to go up in pricing so much that it’s only worth it for the extreme audiophiles. These speakers are fantastic for most people that want the best of the best for a reasonable price.


Best 4-Inch Car Speakers

On many older cars, 4-inch can be found at the backdoors, while 5.25-inch in the front doors. I have also seen 4-inch speakers in the trunk of a car. I have found 4-inch car speakers to be great for voices and slower music. If you listen a lot to podcasts or radio, 4-inch speakers can be great. In a full system, they complement very good, often lifting the voice of the singer, so the music doesn’t take over.

Because of the small size, you should not expect good bass. Basically, all 4-inch speakers provide bad bass, and the three down below is included in that. Keep that in mind when configuring your sound setup! 

Polk Audio DB402 DB+ Series 4" Coaxial Speakers with Marine Certification, Black
JBL GT7-4 4" 2-Way GT7-Series Coaxial Car Audio Speakers-Set of 2
Rockford Fosgate Punch P142 4-Inch  Full Range Coaxial Speakers
Product Name
Polk Audio DB402
JBL GT7-4
Rockford Fosgate P142
Size
4"
4"
4"
RMS
45W
30W
30W
Peak Power
135W
90W
60W
Impedance
4 Ohms
4 Ohms
4 Ohms
Design
2-Way
2-Way
2-Way
Sensitivity (1W @ 1M)
90 dB
90 dB
86.5 dB
Price
$49.99
$29.95
$65.99
Polk Audio DB402 DB+ Series 4" Coaxial Speakers with Marine Certification, Black
Product Name
Polk Audio DB402
Size
4"
RMS
45W
Peak Power
135W
Impedance
4 Ohms
Design
2-Way
Sensitivity (1W @ 1M)
90 dB
Price
$49.99
JBL GT7-4 4" 2-Way GT7-Series Coaxial Car Audio Speakers-Set of 2
Product Name
JBL GT7-4
Size
4"
RMS
30W
Peak Power
90W
Impedance
4 Ohms
Design
2-Way
Sensitivity (1W @ 1M)
90 dB
Price
$29.95
Rockford Fosgate Punch P142 4-Inch  Full Range Coaxial Speakers
Product Name
Rockford Fosgate P142
Size
4"
RMS
30W
Peak Power
60W
Impedance
4 Ohms
Design
2-Way
Sensitivity (1W @ 1M)
86.5 dB
Price
$65.99

Polk Audio DB402

Size:

4"

RMS:

30W

Peak Power:

120W

Impedance:

4 Ohms

Design:

2-Way

Sensitivity:

88 dB

  • IP55-Rated
  • Loud & Clear
Polk Audio DB402 DB+ Series 4" Coaxial Speakers with Marine Certification, Black
    Price on Amazon: $49.99

I have always been very fond of the Polk Audio DB-series. It’s a great pair of speakers that is worth buying, for almost any occasion. Recently, Polk updated their lineup to a new generation of speakers and they instantly replaced the old speakers on this list.

The unique thing with the DB-series is that they are marine certified and has an IP55 rating. This means that they are dirt and water-resistant, something that is useful in boats. But they can also be good for caravans, cars and any other type of vehicle that may need an upgrade of car speakers.

The sound is still very good. They are very loud and clear, just as before. There is very little distortion in these speakers on any volume. Because of this, you can raise the volume while still get good sound. And because of that (and the IP55-rating), the DB402 are very common for motorcycle bikes. I don’t have one, nor a license, so I can’t test that sadly.

Because they are loud and clear, I would also recommend to anyone that is often listening to vocal sound, like podcasts or radio. The DB402 will enhance the voice and make it clearer for you. Oh, and the best thing with the new version is the new design, gone are the ugly silver grill.


JBL GT7-4

Size:

4"

RMS:

30W

Peak Power:

120W

Impedance:

4 Ohms

Design:

2-Way

Sensitivity:

88 dB

  • Great for the Price
  • Clean Sound
  • Not so Loud
JBL GT7-4 4" 2-Way GT7-Series Coaxial Car Audio Speakers-Set of 2
    Price on Amazon: $29.95

The JBL GT7-4 follows the typical JBL standard of good design and good sound. I really like the design of the JBL speakers and this is no exception. The GT7-4 is a small 4-inch speaker that is great for small spaces or if you want some extra detail in your sound.

As with any other speaker, there is very little to no bass here but that is not the reason why you would purchase a 4-inch speaker. The GT7-4 provides a very clean sound that is great for most types of music. They are not so loud as I would like but on the other side, there is no distortion either.

If you have OEM speakers in your car today that is 4-inch, these will be a huge improvement. However, it’s also fair to note that these speakers aren’t that big and will not rock your world. They are also quite cheap and does not offer the same clarity as the DB402.

You don’t need an amplifier with these, they are quick plug and play-speakers. Even with the above, it’s good to remember that these speakers are very good for its price. If you enjoy music, they will not disappoint.

After all, it’s JBL!


Rockford Fosgate P142

Size:

4"

RMS:

30W

Peak Power:

120W

Impedance:

4 Ohms

Design:

2-Way

Sensitivity:

88 dB

  • Clear Highs & Mid
  • Great as Complementary Speakers
  • Can Easily "Hide"
Rockford Fosgate Punch P142 4-Inch  Full Range Coaxial Speakers
    Price on Amazon: $65.99

I have talked about the Rockford Punch-series before and there is a reason why they keep popping up on this list: Because they are good. The P142 is the 4-inch version of this series and it’s a very good complement to most car audio setups. They are on the expensive side for being just 4-inch, but you also get what you pay for.

The P142 has an RMS of 30W and a peak power of 60W, which isn’t much. I would not bother to run those speakers on an amplifier as larger speakers would benefit so much more from an amplifier than what these would do.

The P142 will deliver good highs and mids while not so much low. This is expected since they are so small, but they outperform many other 4-inch speakers on the highs, so that is where these speakers really shine. With this knowledge, I would use these as a complement to add to the highs in your car, not to depend on them.

One thing to note with them is that is it very important that you equalize correctly. Yes, that’s always important but if you don’t do it right, these speakers will be hidden between your other speakers and not take any space at all, which is sad on such a good pair of complementary speakers.


Best Speakers 2018 Buying Guide

Unless you are an audio technician in the music industry, or familiar with PA systems and speakers in general, understanding the technical aspects of speakers can be very difficult for anybody. To help you with your research we will now break down some of the main points of confusion that the average customer will have before they purchase aftermarket speakers.

How Many Speakers Do You Need?

This depends on your personal budget and how much sound you need. Most car systems come with two or four car speakers, but you might consider getting 6 or even 8 speakers to ensure the sound is even all across the vehicle. If you factor in subwoofers to this question (which also count as speakers) you should at least have three speakers in your vehicle.

Bigger vehicles such as vans and RVs will definitely need to have more than this. The idea is that you can hear the entire audio spectrum (low, mid, and high) across your vehicle at the same strength. For example, if there is a hi-hat playing in accordance with a bass guitar, you should be able to hear both as the track’s audio engineer intended.

The main thing to consider is the amount of power that your speakers provide, where they position the speakers, and how big your vehicle is. In any case, if you purchase a couple speakers with about 100W of RMS power, you really shouldn’t need more than two if you correctly position them.

Another thing to consider is the position that your speakers are in. Many two-door vehicles will position their speakers at the feet of the driver and passenger side, and might not have other slots available in the vehicle. If you purchase a pair of speakers with only 35-40 RMS, you might have difficulty stretching out the sound to your whole vehicle when you factor in passengers and subwoofers.

How many car speakers you need will depend on your car

The Difference Between 2- & 3-way Speakers

Most speakers that you will find are 2-way speakers since they are easier to construct and more affordable to purchase. The main difference between 2-way and 3-way speakers is that there are three separate components for the low, mid, and high audio frequencies in 3-way speakers, whereas 2-way speakers combine all three of these frequencies into two outputs.

If you want speakers that are simple and affordable, you will likely purchase a set of 2-way speakers. 3-way speakers are great for ensuring that the sound for low middle and higher frequencies will each have their own speaker. This is a great way to protect your speakers and make them last longer.

However, keep in mind that although 2-way speakers might sound different than 3-way speakers, that this may not always be the case. Some 3-way speakers have a separate tweeter that you can position in separate areas of your vehicle. This model will be noticeably different than the 2-way models, which combine all of the different mechanisms into one speaker and then put a grill on it.

When you consider that 2-way speakers are often able to produce the frequencies desirable for music, the only thing you might choose to worry about is how reliable they are, and how long they will last. Since 3-way speakers are built with a little bit more longevity and quality in mind, many people will prefer them regardless of the audio frequencies they project.

Both 2- and 3-way speakers will be acceptable for the novice who simply wants their music to be loud and clear. At the end of the day, really any aftermarket will sound better than the stock factory speaker you have. If you want to impress a music-minded person, consider purchasing 3-way speakers.

Full-Range Vs. Component Speakers

Similar to the difference between 2- and 3-way speakers, component speakers have separated the tweeter from the subwoofer, which takes up more space but also leaves more headroom for the woofer to function independently. The main difference is that component speakers will allow you to install tweeters in different areas, such as your dashboard.

Full-range speakers will typically have all of the necessary components in one place, which generally makes the speaker and installation much easier than that of a component speaker. However, component speakers can be a lot nicer for vehicles that have speaker slots jammed down near the pedals, which means the tweeters will be harder to hear.

If you want to purchase the most affordable speaker, it will likely be a full-range speaker. If you are looking for a fancy system which separates the tweeter from the subwoofer and allows you to put it in different locations, you should choose a component speaker.

Component speakers are often expensive and thus, most people have full-range speakers

Why Max Wattage Is Not Important

When you are choosing your car speakers, keep in mind the maximum wattage is not as important as the RMS wattage. A speaker can have 1,000W of maximum power (which by the way is extremely powerful) but if its RMS is only 300W, you should expect the wattage to normally operate at this level. Check for the RMS wattage instead of maximum wattage before you purchase any speaker.

Also, keep in mind the typical DJ’s PA system has 2,000-6,000 watts of maximum power for venue sizes ranging from 500-1,000 people. A car system doesn’t need to be nearly this powerful for the sound you want. If you purchase a speaker with, say, 100W of RMS power you could, theoretically, blow your ears out at maximum power.

When selecting your car speakers, the maximum wattage is nice to know since it gives you an idea of what your speakers are capable of. However, what will matter most at the end of the day is the RMS wattage, since this is what the speaker will normally output at.

However, you should likely never need speakers which go above 100 watts of RMS power. This is a lot more powerful than the average person who wants a loud system will realize. If your ears start to ring when you turn your car off (which is possible at very low RMS wattages), then this means you were playing your music too loud.

Car Speaker Materials

If you are installing your own car speakers, familiarizing yourself with the parts of a speaker is something that you will want to do. Most speakers will be a little bit larger than the diameter that is provided, which means that you need to ensure that they will fit into your vehicle before purchasing them.

The cone of a speaker is where your speaker will produce the bass sounds. These are usually flat and flexible. Even when you are playing music from another source, you may notice that the cone of your speaker is vibrating; this is a good thing.

The tweeter of your speaker is where you will find most of your mid- to high-range sounds. Tweeters are sometimes known as horns. If you purchase system to include subwoofers, you might decide to make most of the sound which comes from your tweeters instead of subwoofers.

One of the most important components for installing your car speakers are the brackets and audio cables. The brackets are the mechanism that you use for screwing your speaker into place, which means that you might need to account for added space.

Lastly, audio components are important for ensuring that the high-quality frequencies transmitted by the speakers are taken over into the deck, amplifier, and subwoofer. Audio cables are taken lightly by many people, but if you are willing to spend a little bit of extra money, you will be pleasantly surprised by the sound of your speaker project.

Car speaker materials is something that you should consider when purchasing new speakers

Increasing the sound quality even more

So now you have a great pair of car speakers but it’s possible to increase the quality of the speakers even more. Additional items to consider purchasing for your vehicle is a good head unit, amplifier, and subwoofer. Each of these items will only make your car system that much better.

For example, purchasing a good head unit will allow you to have more control over the EQs, and give features like iPod and MP3 connectivity, XM radio, and the ability to customize the settings of your car system. If you purchase a good head unit, you will also easily be able to connect to an amplifier, which will allow you to you connect your speakers to a subwoofer.

Amplifiers are one of the more underrated parts of a car system. For example, you can purchase a subwoofer with 100 watts of RMS power, but if your amplifier is only at 50 watts, you won’t even start to make full use of that great subwoofer you just purchased. An amplifier provides power, so if you need some extra power for a new component (such a subwoofer), buying an amplifier is something that you simply cannot skip.

Lastly, a subwoofer is something that puts the perfect stamp on your audio system. Any set of speakers will provide some bass sounds for your car, but if you want the feeling of being at a club from within your vehicle, a subwoofer is something that you will need. However, some people will simply purchase a set of speakers and a new head unit, being overwhelmed by the power of a subwoofer.

Conclusion

So, these are the best speakers that we can recommend to you. If you just know which speaker size you should buy (which you can see on your old speakers), then you should be pretty set with any of these options. Some of them are cheaper than others but with that, a less impressive spec sheet will come.

We tried to answer questions that we had when we were new to car speakers and hopefully they have been of use to you as well. If you have any other question, do not hesitate to ask in the comment section and we will make our best to answer them.

The only thing that is left for you now is to go ahead and purchase your new set of car speakers. Enjoy your new sound!

Last update on 2018-12-12 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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