The 7 Best 3.5-Inch Speakers Reviews

Replacing your car's speakers is the single most cost-effective improvement you can make to your vehicle's audio system. However, finding the best car speakers is not an easy task. The sheer number of speakers available online or in the electronic stores is enough to make your mind boggle, so we’ve put together this resource – a one-stop-shop, all-inclusive guide to help you find the best 3.5 inch speakers for your car.

So,if you're looking for 3.5 speakers for your vehicle, look no further, because we've compiled a list of the best 3.5 speakers on the market to help you make an informed buying decision.

The interactive chart of nearly 12 3.5 speakers below, the analysis and the reviews that follow will help you decide what the best 3.5 speakers pair is for you.

Just keep in mind that this is not, by any means, a comprehensive list.  

There are tons and tons of great 3.5 inch speakers out there. Too much to cover in one guide. However, we did want to give you a few good options. These 3.5 speakers represent different price points, designs and specs. With any luck, you’ll find something that meets your needs and fits within your budget. 

If we missed a pair of 3.5 speakers you love, let us know in the comments! 

Ultimate 3.5 Speakers Guide

STARTER
Skar Audio TX35 3.5" 120W 2-Way Elite Coaxial Car Speakers, Pair
BEST CHOICE
Rockford Fosgate P132 Punch 3.50" 2-Way Full Range Speaker (Pair)
KICKER 43DSC3504 3-1/2-Inch 3.5-Inch 30W 2-Way Speakers DSC35 DS35 Coax (Pair)
JBL CLUB3020 3.5" 120W Club Series 2-Way Coaxial Car Speaker
Skar Audio TX35 3.5" 120W 2-Way Elite Coaxial Car Speakers, Pair
Rockford Fosgate P132 Punch 3.50" 2-Way Full Range Speaker (Pair)
KICKER 43DSC3504 3-1/2-Inch 3.5-Inch 30W 2-Way Speakers DSC35 DS35 Coax (Pair)
JBL CLUB3020 3.5" 120W Club Series 2-Way Coaxial Car Speaker
Power Handling RMS : 60 Watts , Peak : 120 Watts
Power Handling RMS : 20 Watts Peak : 40 Watts
Power Handling RMS: 15 Watts Peak: 30 Watts
Power Handling RMS: 20 Watts Peak: 60 Watts
Frequency response : 145Hz -20 kHz
Frequency response : 120-22,000 Hz
Frequency response: 80Hz - 20kHz
Frequency response: 90Hz - 20kHz
Top-mount depth : 1.625"
Top-mount depth : 1-1/2"
Top-mount depth: 1-11/16"
Top-mount depth: 1-7/16"
Sensitivity : 84 dB
Sensitivity : 85 dB
Sensitivity: 88 dB
Sensitivity: 86.5 dB
Impedance : 4 ohms
Impedance : 4 ohms
Impedance: 4 ohms
Impedance: 3 ohms
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STARTER
Skar Audio TX35 3.5" 120W 2-Way Elite Coaxial Car Speakers, Pair
Skar Audio TX35 3.5" 120W 2-Way Elite Coaxial Car Speakers, Pair
Power Handling RMS : 60 Watts , Peak : 120 Watts
Frequency response : 145Hz -20 kHz
Top-mount depth : 1.625"
Sensitivity : 84 dB
Impedance : 4 ohms
BEST CHOICE
Rockford Fosgate P132 Punch 3.50" 2-Way Full Range Speaker (Pair)
Rockford Fosgate P132 Punch 3.50" 2-Way Full Range Speaker (Pair)
Power Handling RMS : 20 Watts Peak : 40 Watts
Frequency response : 120-22,000 Hz
Top-mount depth : 1-1/2"
Sensitivity : 85 dB
Impedance : 4 ohms
KICKER 43DSC3504 3-1/2-Inch 3.5-Inch 30W 2-Way Speakers DSC35 DS35 Coax (Pair)
KICKER 43DSC3504 3-1/2-Inch 3.5-Inch 30W 2-Way Speakers DSC35 DS35 Coax (Pair)
Power Handling RMS: 15 Watts Peak: 30 Watts
Frequency response: 80Hz - 20kHz
Top-mount depth: 1-11/16"
Sensitivity: 88 dB
Impedance: 4 ohms
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JBL CLUB3020 3.5" 120W Club Series 2-Way Coaxial Car Speaker
JBL CLUB3020 3.5" 120W Club Series 2-Way Coaxial Car Speaker
Power Handling RMS: 20 Watts Peak: 60 Watts
Frequency response: 90Hz - 20kHz
Top-mount depth: 1-7/16"
Sensitivity: 86.5 dB
Impedance: 3 ohms
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This is not by any means a comprehensive list. There’ are tons and tons of great 3.5 inch speakers out there. Too much to cover in one guide. However, we did want to give you a few good options. These 3.5 speakers represent different price points, designs and specs. With any luck, you’ll find something that meets your needs and fits within your budget.

If we missed a pair of 3.5 speakers you love, let us know in the comments!

Reviews of the 5 Best 3.5 Car Speakers

We are quite enamored with this brand. We've reviewed tons of their products including stereos, speakers and amps ...etc. Pioneer have been in business for quite a long time, they have mastered it all.

Pioneer car speakers are mid-range car speakers. They are pretty popular on today's market. Pioneer A series speakers seem to be well-liked. They are some of the best-selling car speakers on the market, and that's no coincidence. They are very well-engineered, and most importantly, they are reasonably priced.

Pioneer's TS-A878 Car Speaker

Pioneer's TS-A878 2-way speakers are an excellent replacement for your factory 3.5 inch speakers. They are rated for a sensitivity of 88 dB, and a frequency response of 60-28,000 Hz, which is the widest frequency range among all 3.5 speakers we've come across. Pioneer TS-A878 speakers can handle 15 watts of power on continuous basis, so no external amps is required.

These speakers are incredibly efficient, clean, and project extremely well. They deliver a surprisingly decent sound experience, especially considering the price. They have good mids and highs, but obviously not much bass. Don't get us wrong, they do produce some decent bass tones but it's not enough to stand alone.

As for cons, it's really difficult to think of any. If anything, I'd say that the slight protrusion of the tweeters on these speakers could pose a problem particularly if you have very tight enclosures.

Pioneer TS-A878 Specifications

  • Size : 3 1/2
  • Sensitivity : 88 dB
  • Power Handling
    • RMS  :  15 Watts
    • Peak :  60 Watts
  • Frequency response : 60-28,000 Hz
  • Top-mount depth : 1-7/16"
  • Impedance : 4 ohms

PROS

  • No need for external amp
  • Reasonably-priced 
  • Wide frequency response range
  • Clean and efficient audio 

CONS

  • Not the best kind of speakers for tight places and enclosures 

JBL is another recognized brand in the car audio industry, with over 60 years of experience under their belt.

Their primary products are loudspeakers and associated electronics. They produce some of the best car speakers on the market.

JBL GTO329 Car Speaker

JBL GTO series Hi-Fi speakers are the ideal upgrade for serious audio enthusiasts who are looking for speakers that can make a night and day difference in terms of sound quality. This innovative line of speakers is designed from the ground up with quality in mind. They are built to last.

JBL GTO329 speakers feature Plus One woofer cone design, which expands the diaphragm area of the cone. In other words, these speakers have larger carbon-injected woofer cones than that in competing models of the same size, which allow for an enhanced low-frequency response. The carbon material is light, yet stiff enough to allow the speakers to perform quite well with rapid cone movement.

Additionally, The edge-driven silk balanced dome tweeter ensure a rich experience in the upper frequencies, defined by smooth, fatigue free highs.

JBL GTO329 speakers have a high sensitivity rating of 91 dB, and that's what we love most about these speakers. It simply means they will play loud even with moderate power.

JBL GTO329 Specifications

  • Size : 3 1/2
  • Sensitivity : 91 dB
  • Power Handling 
    • RMS  :  25 Watts
    • Peak :  75 Watts
  • Frequency response : 85-21,000 Hz
  • Top-mount depth : 1-7/16"
  • Impedance : 3 ohms

PROS

  • High sensitivity setting
  • Built to last a long time
  • Excellent bass performances 

CONS

  • Fit and installation could be better 

Skar Audio isn’t the most notable name in the industry, but the brand is worth noting.  

This up-and-coming brand has put out plenty of good products on the market. This includes TX35 

The TX35 boasts the same compact size of other 3.5-inch speakers. What it doesn’t have is the price tag. 

Skar Audio TX35

Not to mention, it’s quite powerful and efficient as well, and it’s capable of providing an unparalleled audio experience even at louder volumes thanks to the 1-inch copper voice coil and high-grade ferrite magnet. 

Other notable features include a 145Hz to 20kHz frequency range, as well as excellent construction quality with fibreglass woofer cones being supported by premium TPE surrounds. 

Skar Audio TX35 Specifications 

  • Size : 3 1/2
  • Sensitivity : 84 dB
  • Power Handling 
    • RMS  :  60 Watts
    • Peak :  120 Watts
  • Frequency response : 145Hz -20 kHz
  • Top-mount depth : 1.625"
  • Impedance : 4 ohms

PROS

  • High power and volume 
  • Energy Efficient 
  • Made out of high-quality components 

CONS

  • The installation process is not DIY-friendly 
Skar Audio TX35 3.5" 120W 2-Way Elite Coaxial Car Speakers, Pair
  • Elite TX Series 3.5" Coaxial Speaker System - Includes 2 Speakers
  • Peak Power - 120 Watts (Pair) | RMS Power - 60 Watts (Pair)
  • Featuring a 0.8" High Performance Silk Dome Tweeter | 4 Ohm Impedance
  • Frequency Response Range: 145 Hz - 20,000 Hz
  • Powerful Ferrite Magnet | Sensitivity: 84 dB

The P132 is a 3.50" 2-way full-range speaker rated at 20 watts RMS.

We would recommend these speakers for basically anybody who is looking for brand-name quality factory replacement speakers.

Rockford Fosgate Punch P132

Despite their small size and narrow frequency response, the P132 speakers pump out a decent amount of bass (we highly recommend using bass blockers to protect these speakers from bass distortion). The mids and highs are exceptionally clear. The P132 feature responsive polypropylene injected moulded cones and butyl rubber surrounds that'll stand up to hours of excessive use and loudness.

Rockford Fosgate Punch P132 Specifications

  • Size : 3 1/2
  • Sensitivity : 85 dB
  • Power Handling
    • RMS  :  20 Watts
    • Peak :  40 Watts
  • Frequency response : 120-22,000 Hz
  • Top-mount depth : 1-1/2"
  • Impedance : 4 ohms

PROS

  • Built using materials that can withstand excessive use
  • Clear mids and highs
  • Compact

CONS

  • Frequency response is rather narrow 
Rockford Fosgate P132 Punch 3.50" 2-Way Full Range Speaker (Pair)
  • The Punch P132 is an impressive 2-way full-range speaker designed for fanatics who need a high quality factory replacement in an easy to install package
  • The P132 3.5” 4-Ohm black speakers come as a pair, have a power handling of 20 Watts RMS/40 Watts Max and include mounting hardware and OEM adapter plate
  • Featuring a PEI dome tweeter with built-in crossover and injection molded mineral filled polypropylene cone with butyl rubber surround that provides high output and accurate frequency reproduction
  • FlexFit basket design utilizes slots instead of single screw sized holes that allow for a slight adjustment of the speaker when aligning with OEM mounting holes for a better fit
  • Famous Rockford Fosgate build quality with a full 1-year warranty when purchased from an authorized Rockford Fosgate reseller

Again, we just love Kenwood products. Kenwood has been one of the leading brands in this industry, so we wanted to show them some love! Really though, Kenwood makes great quality products, and their car speaker line is no exception.

Kenwood KFC-835C

Kenwood KFC-835C dash mount dual cone speakers are small enough to fit in most tight spaces. They have a sensitivity rating of 89 dB, and can handle around 20 watts of power on continuous basis.These 3.5 inch speakers are designed for dash and pillars applications, they really bring out the mids and highs, and they only cost about $30 on average! This pair is right on par with that pricing.

If I had to nitpick the KFC-835C speakers, I'd say that they have very little bass reponse, by hey : what do you expect from a 3.5 speaker?

Kenwood KFC-835C Specifications

  • Size : 3 1/2
  • Sensitivity : 89 dB
  • Power Handling
    • RMS  :  23 Watts
    • Peak :  40 Watts
  • Frequency response : 96-20,000 Hz
  • Top-mount depth : 1 9/16"
  • Impedance : 4 ohms

PROS

  • Very affordable 
  • Mids and highs are exceptional 
  • Perfectly suited for tight installations 

CONS

  • Bass response could be better

Immersive audio and excellent construction quality usually come at a premium price.   

The Kicker 43DSC3504 is proof that there are certain exceptions. 

If you’re looking for a decent upgrade to your factory car speaker system without punching a hole in your wallet, the 43DSC3504 is hard to beat.

Kicker 43DSC3504

In fact, if you’re coming from stock speakers, you’ll notice the difference immediately. You’ll start hearing sounds you never thought were there, for example.

For its bass performance, these 3-1/2" speakers come equipped with polypropylene woofer cones surrounded with a polyester foam. You also get a half-inch PEI-balanced dome tweeters for excellent mids and highs.   

Of course, these speakers aren’t perfect.  

One of the few flaws unique to these speakers, in particular, is that they don’t really do well at high volume. There’s some expected distortion when you crank the volume knob up too high. But, outside of that, these speakers are as near-perfect as 3.5-inch speakers can be, especially if you can hook it up to an external amplifier for added power.  

Kicker 43DSC3504 Specifications 

  • Size: 3 1/2 
  • Sensitivity: 88 dB 
  • Power Handling 
  •       RMS:  15 Watts 
  •       Peak:  30 Watts 
  • Frequency response: 80Hz - 20kHz  
  • Top-mount depth: 1-11/16" 
  • Impedance: 4 ohms 
     

PROS

  • Excellent audio quality, with and without an external amplifier 
  • Attractive price point 
  • Balanced mids and highs with commendable lows 

CONS

  • Distortion at high volume 
KICKER 43DSC3504 3-1/2-Inch 3.5-Inch 30W 2-Way Speakers DSC35 DS35 Coax (Pair)
  • U-treated foam Surround for longevity when mounted in Sun A soaked dash
  • Extended voice coil technology for the best Sonic quality
  • High sensitivity Design for more output when used with stock receivers
  • Minimal tweeter protrusion
  • Thin mounting profile for tight window mechanism clearances

The JBL CLUB3020 is what happens if JBL creates 3.5-inch speakers at an affordable price point.   

Armed with their impressive audio technology expertise, the JBL equipped the CLUB3020 with high-power capabilities without the price. 

JBL CLUB3020

This includes putting in polypropylene woofers with UV-resistance for dash-mounting, as well as PlusOne technology, to allow it to move air better and give it the kind of bass response that’s hard to come by at its price point.  

On top of this all, the CLUB3020 comes with an edge-driven PEI tweeter.  

In combination, the tweeter and cone create the ideal combination of deep lows and crisp highs.   

The only problem we see with the CLUB3020 is that it doesn’t come with grilles, and that some rattling is to be expected at higher volumes.  

 
Then again, what do you expect? The
CLUB3020 costs pennies on the dollar.   

At this price point, those are small compromises to make.  

JBL CLUB3020 Specifications: 

  • Size: 3 1/2 
  • Sensitivity: 86.5 dB 
  • Power Handling 
  •       RMS:  20 Watts 
  •       Peak:  60 Watts 
  • Frequency response: 90Hz - 20kHz  
  • Top-mount depth: 1-7/16" 
  • Impedance: 3 ohms 

PROS

  • Easy installation process 
  • PlusOne cones 
  • UV-resistant polypropylene woofers 

CONS

  • Expected rattling at higher volumes
Sale
JBL CLUB3020 3.5" 120W Club Series 2-Way Coaxial Car Speaker
  • High-sensitivity design
  • High quality product
  • Manufactured in Mexico

Final Thoughts 

Space-saving, compact, and a significant improvement over majority of factory car speakers, 3.5-inch speakers are the ideal choice for budget-conscious car owners who want to improve their car’s audio quality.   

Now, given their popularity, it’s understandable that the market is full of 3.5-inch speakers.   

With that said, we tried to make sure that we recommended a variety of products that catered to a wide range of customers.   

From the budget-oriented to the audiophile, we made sure that we had just the right 3.5-inch speaker for your taste and preferences.   

So, what are you waiting for? Get your hands on some of the best 3.5-inch speakers available today! 

Last update on 2020-11-25 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API