The Top 10 Best 6.5 Car Speakers (Updated Dec. 2018)

In order to get the best quality sound in your car, you’re going to need to upgrade your stock 6.5 car speakers.

There’s no way around it.

You shouldn’t have to compromise with low quality, poorly sounding car audio.

There are a few factors you need to consider when looking to upgrade these speakers.  Every speaker has different ratings so it’s important to know what you need and what you don’t need.  Things like Frequency Range, Impedance, Sensitivity, Peak Power and RMS Power.

To help you make your buying decision on the best 6.5 car speakers, I’ve compiled a list of 10 quality speakers you won’t regret upgrading too.

Best Pick
Pioneer TSA1676R 6-1/2" 3-Way Car...
Rockford Fosgate R165X3 Prime...
Infinity REF6522IX 6.5" 180W...
Alpine SPR-60C 6.5" Car Audio...
Pioneer TSA1676R 6-1/2" 3-Way Car...
Rockford Fosgate R165X3 Prime...
Infinity REF6522IX 6.5" 180W...
Alpine SPR-60C 6.5" Car Audio...
Power: 300 W Peak, 50 W RMS
Power: 90 W Peak, 45 W RMS
Power: 180 W Peak, 60 W RMS
Power: 300 W Peak, 100 W RMS
Impedance: 90 dB
Impedance: 91 dB
Impedance: 93 dB
Impedance: 88 dB
from $44.40
$37.43
$53.99
$179.95
Best Pick
Pioneer TSA1676R 6-1/2" 3-Way Car...
Pioneer TSA1676R 6-1/2" 3-Way Car...
Power: 300 W Peak, 50 W RMS
Impedance: 90 dB
from $44.40
Rockford Fosgate R165X3 Prime...
Rockford Fosgate R165X3 Prime...
Power: 90 W Peak, 45 W RMS
Impedance: 91 dB
$37.43
Infinity REF6522IX 6.5" 180W...
Infinity REF6522IX 6.5" 180W...
Power: 180 W Peak, 60 W RMS
Impedance: 93 dB
$53.99
Alpine SPR-60C 6.5" Car Audio...
Alpine SPR-60C 6.5" Car Audio...
Power: 300 W Peak, 100 W RMS
Impedance: 88 dB
$179.95

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Reviews of the 10 Best 6.5 Car Speakers

1. Pioneer TS-A1675R Speakers Review

Pioneer TS-A1675R reviewWe are quite enamored with this brand. We have reviewed a ton of Pioneer products on this site before including car speakers of different sizes, double and single din head units. Pioneer produces a quality product for a great price.

Pioneer has been in the industry of car audio & entertainment systems for a very long time. Today, they are considered to be one of the best leading companies in the sector worldwide.  They usually provide the average listener a sound they’ll be happy with even in the lower price range.

Pioneer TS-A1675R speakers are some of the best 6.5 car speakers on the market. Most forums agree. We personally think it’s the best, all things considered.

Most importantly, these speakers are built with high quality materials and are designed from the ground up to allow you to hear details in your music that may have been missing before.

We have come across a ton of you who have bought and loved the TS-A1675R speakers. It’s Pioneer best-selling pair of 6.5 inch car speakers as well, probably because it’s in more of a middle-high price range.

You can get this pair for about $40-$60. Pioneer car speakers are pretty popular on the market (the A series speakers in particular seems to be well-liked).

The TS-A1675R speakers feature a wide frequency range of 35-31,000 Hz, and are capable of handling a great amount of power on continuous basis. They are also rated for a sensitivity rating of 90 dB.

With all of that being said, the TS-A1675R speakers will do quite well running off a factory head unit. To bring out their full potential, pair them up to an external amplifier.

Pioneer TS-A1675R Specifications 
  • Design : 3-Way
  • Sensitivity : 90 dB
  • Power Handling 
    • RMS  :  50 watts
    • Peak : 300 watts
  • Frequency range : 35-31,000 Hz
  • Top-mount depth : 1-13/16″
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Pioneer TSA1676R 6-1/2" 3-Way Car...
  • 320 Watts Max Power
  • Multilayer Mica Matrix Cone Design for Optimum Sound Reproduction and Responsiveness
  • Lightweight Elastic Polymer Surround

2. Rockford Fosgate R165X3 Prime Speakers Review

Rockford Fosgate R165X3 cheap car speakersThe R165X3 is another top rated 6.5 inch car speakers pair. First of all, you can usually find it sold for about $30 at most online retailers or electronic stores; It’s a great pair of speakers if you want to ease into upgrading your stereo system.

It’s a great deal for those of you just wanting a solid replacement for your worn-out factory-installed speakers, but serious music enthusiast won’t be disappointed with this pair either; it can seriously perform.

The R165X3 feature a very simple design – they are practically simplicity personified. Their design is bare-bones, but not to a fault; Rockford Fosgate doesn’t try to over-impress you with fancy, stylish grilles.

Unlike many flashy car speakers out there, Rockford Fosgate Prime series speakers come with sleek, simple grilles. Nothing fancy. However, they feel and look so sturdy compared to most speakers.

The R165X3 can deliver crisp, very clear sound (especially high notes). The downside, however, is the lack of bass. So if you just want clear speakers that will play your music as clear as ever with little bass, these speakers are definitely for you.

Rockford Fosgate R165X3 Prime Specifications
  • Design : 3-Way
  • Sensitivity : 91 dB
  • Power Handling
    • RMS  :  45 watts
    • Peak  :  90 watts
  • Frequency range : 52-20,000 Hz
  • Top-mount depth : 2-3/16″
Rockford Fosgate R165X3 Prime...
  • Vacuum polypropylene cone
  • Silk dome pole mounted piezo tweeter and midrange.Midrange Size(Nominal Diameter): 6.5",Midrange Mounting Depth:2.15" (54.5 mm),Tweeter Size(Nominal Diameter): 0.5" (12 mm)
  • Integrated tweeter Crossover

3. Kicker DS65 Speakers Review

Kicker DS65 reviewThe Kicker DS65 is another reasonably priced pair of 6.5 inch car speakers. They are a nice upgrade and offer clear sound, with excellent treble and midrange. Bass is crisp but not very strong.

If you already have a subwoofer in place, or do not listen to heavy bass music, then these speakers would an excellent choice.

Kicker is a great company that puts out a really good product. Kicker car speakers are no exception. They are mid-range car speakers. They’re pretty popular on today’s market and represent one of the handful of major brands.

They specialize in car audio products, selling car speakers, mono- and multi-channel amplifiers, subwoofers of different sizes and loaded enclosures.

If you are really not wanting to spend a lot of money on a pair of 6.5 inch car speakers, but you still want a brand name and decent quality product, the Kicker DS65 should suffice.

The DS65 6-3/4″ 2-way speakers use stiff polypropylene cones supported by heavy-duty polyester foam surrounds. Their 1/2″ balanced dome tweeters belt out the high-frequency details even during the heaviest of jams, giving your music energy and ambiance. The DS65 can also take a lot of power.

All in all, the Kicker DS65 are great speakers for the price. They are definitely a good upgrade from stock speakers.

Kicker DS65 Specifications
  • Design : 2-Way
  • Sensitivity : 90 dB
  • Power Handling
    • RMS  :  50 watts
    • Peak : 100 watts
  • Frequency range : 40-20,000 Hz
  • Top-mount depth : 1-7/8″
2 Kicker 43DSC6504 6.5" 240 Watt...
  • Polyethylene-Naphthalate domed tweeters

4. Infinity REF6522IX Speakers Review

Infinity Reference 6032cf speakers ReviewThe Infinity REF65ccIX is one of the best selling 6.5 inch car speakers set on the market. We have come across a ton of you who have used Reference speakers and swear by them.

The Infinity Reference 6522IX speakers feature a high sensitivity rating. They are actually rated for 93 dB. That’s quite high. That said, the Reference 6522IX speakers will sound good even when paired up with a low wattage factory headunit.

They have excellent upper and mid-range response, with about as good of lows as you can expect from a 6.5″ speaker.

Infinity Reference 6522IX 6-3/4″ speakers feature a Plus One+ woofer design that packs more surface area into the cone so you get more low-frequency punch. The 6522IX are also equipped with relatively large textile dome tweeters that produce crystal clear highs and don’t distort at loud volumes.

These tweeters feature brightness level control (0db – 3db), so you can fine-tune the degree of brightness to match your musical taste.

Infinity Kappa 629I speakersIf you have a little extra cash to spare, Infinity sells a set of Infinity Kappa 6.5 inch car speakers for only $30 more (Infinity Kappa 629I). What’s the difference between $45 and $80 really?

That’s more or less the same market. However, the improvements over the Reference 6522IX are quite substantial.

The Kappas have Infinity’s special woven-glass-fiber woofer. And the bass that the Kappa’s produces also seemed more musically accurate. Additionally, the Kappa’s have a richer tonality and a smoother, more accurate bass reproduction.

Infinity Reference 6522IX Specifications
  • Design : 2-Way
  • Sensitivity : 93 dB
  • Power Handling
    • RMS  :  60 watts
    • Peak  : 180 watts
  • Frequency range : 53-21,000 Hz
  • Top-mount depth : 2-1/16″
  • Impedance : 2 ohm
Infinity REF6522IX 6.5" 180W...
  • Edge-driven, textile tweeters
  • High quality product
  • Manufactured in United States

5. Alpine SPR-60 Type R Speakers Review

Alpine SPR-60 speakers reviewedThe Alpine SPR-60 is going to be the most expensive pick of the lot by far. Alpine Type-R speakers are designed for people who like to turn it up. These babies can handle up to 100 watts on continuous basis. That’s impressive.

So if you are into loud sound and heavy bass then  find yourself a 110 watt amp or so and these speakers will be ready to truly rattle some eardrums.

Otherwise, If you don’t care neither about loudness, nor about bass, then running these speakers off of your headunit is enough to notice the difference they can make in terms of sound clarity, crispness and brightness.

Alpine SPR-60 speakers are certainly better than average. But not up-to par with other speakers that cost an arm and a leg ($300+). However, unless your car comes with an already outstanding premium audio system, these speakers should provide a substantial upgrade.

However, it takes a good amplifier (as with all speakers with great power handling) to bring out the full potential of these speakers.

The SPR-60 speakers are 6-1/2″ in size, but they will also fit 6-3/4″ openings. They feature multi-layer hybrid fiber woofer cones that deliver decent bass response. Alpine isn’t afraid to push the envelope.

They adapted the surround, originally developed for their subs, to these speakers, so you get consistent, extended cone movement that pumps out a lot of air.

The SPR-60 speakers are equipped with silk tweeters that deliver smooth, bright highs. You’ll probably hear details in your music that may have been missing before – particularly if you’ve never replaced your factory-installed speakers.

Moreover, Alpine mounts an EQ ring in front of the tweeters to help disperse the highs for the extra sound stage. Plus, you can swivel the tweeters to focus the sound better for your driving position.

Pros :

  1. Highly recommended for those looking to upgrade their average stereo speakers to “good” speakers.
  2. Very reasonably priced.
  3. Average listeners would be highly satisfied with their sound quality.

Cons : 

  1. Require a good amplifier (as do all speakers) to sound good.
  2. Not audiophile quality. Its mid to high range can be somewhat harsh.
  3. Bass is good but not deep or strong. It still needs a subwoofer to bring out the woomph.
Alpine SPR-60 Specifications
  • Design : 2-Way
  • Sensitivity : 88 dB
  • Power Handling
    • RMS  : 100 watts
    • Peak : 300 watts
  • Frequency range : 65-29,000 Hz
  • Top-mount depth : 2-1/2″
Alpine SPR-60C 6.5" Car Audio...
  • Peak Power: 330W
  • RMS Power: 110W
  • Mounting Depth: 2-5/16"
  • Hybrid Layered-Pulp Cone
  • 4 Ohms Impedance

6. Polk Audio DB651 Speakers Review

Polk Audio DB651 reviewPolk Audio makes some of the best 6.5 inch car speakers on the market. We are particularly fond of the dB series speakers. They are budget-friendly, yet stylish.

They feature stainless steel mounting hardware and muscular ABS grilles that will add a stylish touch to your car’s interior.

Polk Audio DB651 are marine certified. They are made with exceptional quality materials that can withstand extreme conditions as well as all types of weather.

These are great replacements for your stock speakers.They play quite loud and they do deliver reasonably clear and smooth sound throughout the audible range.

Polk Audio DB651 speakers have a high sensitivity rating and can handle a great amount of power on continuous basis. So, they’ll sound great running off of your headunit but they’ll truly shine when driven by a powerful aftermarket head unit or an external amp.

Polk Audio DB651 speakers reviewPolk’s db651 speakers feature 6-1/2″ woofers made from a polymer/mica composite with durable rubber surrounds that won’t fall apart under stress from heat, moisture, or time.

They are also equipped with Liquid-cooled 3/4″ silk/polymer dome tweeters that use powerful Neodymium magnets to deliver precise high-frequencies, resulting in bright musical detail.

These tweeters can be swiveled and aimed to your driving position which makes for better stereo imaging. Additionally, The built-in two-way crossovers keep the high and low frequencies flowing to the proper drivers for seamless, efficient audio.

All in all, Polk Audio DB651 are among the best 6.5 car speakers under $100 bucks out there. Dollar for dollar, you cannot go wrong buying these speakers.

Polk Audio DB651 Specifications
  • Design : 2-Way
  • Sensitivity : 92 dB
  • Power Handling
    • RMS  :  60 watts
    • Peak  : 180 watts
  • Frequency range : 35-22,000 Hz
  • Top-mount depth : 1-11/16″
Polk Audio DB651 6.5"...
  • Power Handling (Peak): 180 watts
  • Power Handling (RMS): 60 watts
  • Marine Certified, perfect for use in marine vessels
  • High Pass and Low Pass Crossover Filters
  • Multi-Hole Mounting Pattern

7. JBL GTO629 Premium Speakers Review

JBL GTO629 Premium speakersJBL is an American audio electronics company named after its founder James Bullough Lansing. It’s currently owned by Harman International. They were established in 1946, and they have been making quality equipment for automotive, home, theater and other applications ever since.

The JBL GTO629 is an excellent pair of 6.5 car speakers from JBL. It’s a great, quality product, and it looks sleek as hell. The prices of JBL GTO speakers are usually at a perfect balance.

Some high-end car speakers can cost up to $300+. JBL GTO prices range between $50-$120.  This stood out to us as not being too cheap, but not expensive either.

JBL GTO629 speakers are built to handle a great amount of power on a continuous basis. They are also very sensitive. The downside, however, is that they are a bit weak when it comes to the lows.

While most 6.5 inch car speakers we reviewed here before can reach as low as 35 Hz, the GTO629 speakers are stuck at only 53 Hz.

JBL GTO629 Premium Specifications
  • Design : 2-Way
  • Sensitivity : 93 dB
  • Power Handling
    • RMS  :  60 watts
    • Peak : 180 watts
  • Frequency range : 53-21,000 Hz
  • Top-mount depth : 2″
  • Impedance : 3 ohm
JBL 6-1/2" 540 watts Peak 2-Way 3...
  • 6-1/2" GTO Series 2-Way Component System
  • Peak: 540 watts per pair / 270 watts each
  • RMS: 180 watts per pair / 90 watts each
  • Three-ohm voice coils allow compensation for added resistance by thin factory speaker wiring
  • External 12dB/octave crossover filters remove harmful frequencies

8. Boss Audio Systems CH6530 Speakers Review

Boss Audio Systems CH6530 Chaos Series - cheap car speakersWell, it’s no secret, Boss Audio Systems produces the cheapest car speakers. The CH6530 is no exception. It’s going to be the cheapest pick of the lot by far. They are excellent value for the price.

You may be asking yourself what the CH6530 are doing on the list. They are clearly outclassed by most of the other speakers we reviewed here. So why did we list it? Price.

While most speakers listed in this guide are priced above $40 easily, the CH6530 gets the job done for much less. and it’s a good entry-level pair of speakers if you want to test the waters before upgrading to something a little more serious.

As long as you don’t expect these speakers to sound impressive, you won’t be disappointed. You do get what you pay for when it comes to cheap car speakers. If you are an audiophile, basshead or a serious music enthusiast, you don’t want to get these speakers.

However, if you’re just wanting a replacement for your worn-out factory-installed speakers and don’t want to spend a lot of money, then these speakers are for you. Otherwise,spend more money and get speakers with better sound quality.

Boss Audio Systems CH6530 Specifications
  • Design : 3-Way
  • Sensitivity : 90 dB
  • Power Handling
    • RMS  :  75 watts
    • Peak  : 150 watts
  • Frequency range : 100-18,000 Hz
  • Top-mount depth : 2-1/8″
  • Impedance : 4 ohm

9. Pyle PL63BL Speakers

Pyle PL63BL cheap car Speakers reviewPyle is another entry-level car speaker brand that offers cheap car speakers.

No one will argue that Pyle PL63BL speakers are very cheap, but you get what you pay for. They are actually quite good on the highs and mid-range, and if that’s all you need (ie. if you have a separate sub-woofer or don’t listen to heavy bass music) then you can’t beat the value.

That said, if you listen to music with any significant amount of bass these speakers will start to distort at mid-volume level and just sound bad any louder than that. That’s due the their narrow frequency range.

While most mid- to high-end car speakers can go as low as 30 Hz, these speakers can only hit as low as 90Hz.

Pyle PL63BL Specifications
  • Design : 3-Way
  • Sensitivity : 89 dB
  • Power Handling
    • RMS  :  90 watts
    • Peak : 180 watts
  • Frequency range : 90-20,000 Hz
  • Top-mount depth :  1-15/16″
  • Impedance : 4 ohm

10. Kenwood KFC-1665S Speakers Review

Kenwood KFC-1665S Speakers ReviewedOut of the cheap 6.5 car speakers we listed here, the KFC-1665S speaker by Kenwood are the one with the best sound quality. Although these speakers are quite cheap, they are amazingly good quality for the price.

Kenwood KFC-1665S speakers feature a wide frequency range and are very sensitive. They provide plenty of volume. But obviously you won’t get any thumping bass from these.

Trust us, if that’s what you’re expecting in this price point you’re going to be in for a surprise. These speakers aren’t by any means the worlds greatest speakers, but they are going to be a pretty major improvement over any stock speakers your car came with.

If I had to pick any cons, I’d have to say that these speakers won’t be able to handle a huge amount of power. However, at the price these speakers are being offered its hard to complain.

Kenwood KFC-1665S Specifications 
  • Design : 2-Way
  • Sensitivity : 92 dB
  • Power Handling 
    • RMS  :  30 watts
    • Peak  : 300 watts
  • Frequency range : 35-22,000 Hz
  • Top-mount depth :  1-11/16″
  • Impedance : 4 ohm

Advantages of Upgrading to Aftermarket Speakers

Whether you are an audiophile, a basshead or just an enthusiast who wants to crank up the volume and belt out the lyrics of your favorite song, take a look at replacing your factory installed car speakers.

Dollar for dollar, replacing your stock speakers with aftermarket ones is one of the most cost-effective ways to better sound quality. Granted, with good car speakers on board, you’ll be fully immersed in a pleasurable atmosphere of brighter highs and beefier, punchy lows.

Plus, you’ll probably hear details in your music that may have been missing before.

In the market, you’ll find various car speakers of different sizes and brands. If your existing factory speakers sounds muddy and muffled, a new pair of 2-way or 3-way speakers will provide that extra crispness and detail you’re looking for.

Otherwise, if you are planning to build your ultimate car audio dream system, then component speakers should be a part of it. No matter what your plans, better speakers will bring out the full potential of the audio gear in your car.

Having said that, you may be wondering what makes brand-name speakers better than factory-installed speakers? Design and materials.

  • Better designs  better sound : Unlike vehicle manufacturers, car audio speakers manufacturers” main concern is sound clarity. They are always experimenting and pushing the envelope to come up with new technologies and build better sounding speakers. That said, you’ll hear the difference that commitment makes when you mount brand-name speakers in place of the factory-installed ones.Brand-name car speakers are built with high quality materials and feature sophisticated designs.Most aftermarket speakers sports multiple drivers including woofers and tweeters, midranges, or even super-tweeters, which results in a clear, well-balanced sound. Each one of these drivers is built to accurately reproduce a specific segment of your music’s sound — the woofer for the lows, the tweeter for the highs, and so on. That’s the reason why brand-name speakers are able to deliver music details that have always been part of your music but remained hidden behind your sub par factory-installed speakers.Additionally, most aftermarket speakers are equipped with highly efficient crossover circuits that are much more advanced than what you’ll find in stock speakers. The crossover filters ensure that the right frequencies go to the correct driver, so the speaker operates efficiently and deliver smooth, well-refined sound.
  • Better materials  long life and improved performance : Aftermarket speakers are built with high quality materials that won’t fall under excessive use, temperature, moisture and stress that car speakers are exposed to. These materials aren’t just durable but also allow for superior sonic performance. Aftermarket speakers  hold up very well over time when compared to stock speakers.
  • Brand-name speakers — the affordable option : There are many ways to improve on your vehicle’s audio system.However, replacing your stock speakers with brand-name speakers remains the most cost-effective and affordable ways to better overall sound quality. And even a modest investment in a humble pair of speakers will make noticeable difference.

What Are The Best Cheap 6.5 Speakers?

If you are on a tight-budget or if you don’t want to splurge on the most expensive 6.5 car speakers possible, then you don’t have to feel left out because we’ve you covered with the names of the best cheap 6.5 car speakers on the market.

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