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Top 9 Best Tweeters 2020

When building or upgrading your car audio system, a great woofer and speaker are not enough, you need to include tweeters to truly appreciate those sweet high notes.

This is because audio is broken into different frequency ranges, and to fully enjoy them, you need different speakers: woofers for the low frequencies, speakers for mid-range frequencies, and tweeters for the higher frequencies.

But installing the wrong set of tweeters can significantly alter sound quality. So how can you make the right choice?

Best Car Tweeter

Depends on your system and sound preferences. Tweeters are made from different materials and shapes, and they deliver various power, and range, which means that not all tweeters will work for every audio system.

Top 9 Best Tweeters

Pioneer TS-B350PRO 3-1/2" High...
BEST CHOICE
JBL GTO19T Premium 0.75-Inch...
BEST SELLER
Rockford Fosgate Prime R1T-S 1-Inch...
POPULAR
DS18 PRO-TW120 Super Tweeter in...
Infinity REF-275tx 135W Reference...
Power Acoustik NB-2 200-Watt 3-Way...
Pioneer TS-B350PRO 3-1/2" High...
JBL GTO19T Premium 0.75-Inch...
Rockford Fosgate Prime R1T-S 1-Inch...
DS18 PRO-TW120 Super Tweeter in...
Infinity REF-275tx 135W Reference...
Power Acoustik NB-2 200-Watt 3-Way...
Size: 3-1/2"
Size: 3/4"
Size: 1.0"
Size: 1"
Size: 3/4"
Size: 1"
Nominal power: 250 Watts Max Power (100 Watts Nominal)
Power Handling : 45W RMS , 135W Peak
Power Handling: 40 Watts RMS, 80 Watts Max
Power Handling: 200 Watts RMS, 300 Watts MAX
Power Handling: 45 watts RMS (135 watts peak power)
Power Handling: 100 Watts RMS
Frequency range: 3.5kHz ~ 27kHz
Frequency Response: 2.5kHz-21kHz
Frequency Response : 2.5kHz - 22kHz
Frequency Response: 2KHz - 20KHz
Frequency response: 2,500-21,000 Hz
Frequency Response: 5kHz to 25KHz
Impedance: 4 OHM
Nominal Impedance: 3 ohms
Nominal Impedance : 4-Ohm
Impedance: 4 Ohms
Impedance: N/A
Impedance: 4 Ohm
Sensitivity (1 W/1 m):100 dB
Sensitivity: (2.83V/m) 93dB
Sensitivity (dB @ 1W/1M): 72.5 dB
Sensitivity: 103dB
Sensitivity: 93 dB
Sensitivity: 97 dB
Mounting Depth 1-3/4"
Mounting Depth: 13-16"
Mounting Depth: 0.76" (1.93cm) Flush Mount 1.06" (2.68cm) Surface/Angle Mount
Mounting Depth: N/A
Top-mount depth: 7/8"
Top-Mount Depth: 5/8"
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Pioneer TS-B350PRO 3-1/2" High...
Pioneer TS-B350PRO 3-1/2" High...
Size: 3-1/2"
Nominal power: 250 Watts Max Power (100 Watts Nominal)
Frequency range: 3.5kHz ~ 27kHz
Impedance: 4 OHM
Sensitivity (1 W/1 m):100 dB
Mounting Depth 1-3/4"
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BEST CHOICE
JBL GTO19T Premium 0.75-Inch...
JBL GTO19T Premium 0.75-Inch...
Size: 3/4"
Power Handling : 45W RMS , 135W Peak
Frequency Response: 2.5kHz-21kHz
Nominal Impedance: 3 ohms
Sensitivity: (2.83V/m) 93dB
Mounting Depth: 13-16"
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BEST SELLER
Rockford Fosgate Prime R1T-S 1-Inch...
Rockford Fosgate Prime R1T-S 1-Inch...
Size: 1.0"
Power Handling: 40 Watts RMS, 80 Watts Max
Frequency Response : 2.5kHz - 22kHz
Nominal Impedance : 4-Ohm
Sensitivity (dB @ 1W/1M): 72.5 dB
Mounting Depth: 0.76" (1.93cm) Flush Mount 1.06" (2.68cm) Surface/Angle Mount
POPULAR
DS18 PRO-TW120 Super Tweeter in...
DS18 PRO-TW120 Super Tweeter in...
Size: 1"
Power Handling: 200 Watts RMS, 300 Watts MAX
Frequency Response: 2KHz - 20KHz
Impedance: 4 Ohms
Sensitivity: 103dB
Mounting Depth: N/A
Infinity REF-275tx 135W Reference...
Infinity REF-275tx 135W Reference...
Size: 3/4"
Power Handling: 45 watts RMS (135 watts peak power)
Frequency response: 2,500-21,000 Hz
Impedance: N/A
Sensitivity: 93 dB
Top-mount depth: 7/8"
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Power Acoustik NB-2 200-Watt 3-Way...
Power Acoustik NB-2 200-Watt 3-Way...
Size: 1"
Power Handling: 100 Watts RMS
Frequency Response: 5kHz to 25KHz
Impedance: 4 Ohm
Sensitivity: 97 dB
Top-Mount Depth: 5/8"
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These high-efficiency tweeters make the top the list because of the sound it delivers, efficiency and power handling all at a great price.

The TS-B350 Pro has materials and performance above other tweeters in is class. They are built with a titanium diaphragm and aluminum chassis and feature aggressive magnets and motor assemblies that produce a wide range of frequencies up to 250 watts RMS.

Pioneer TS-B350PRO Tweeter

Pioneer delivers a record-breaking sensitivity of 100 dB, 4- ohm impedance and a wide frequency response that goes up to 27000 Hz. They are designed for users that enjoy big tweeters with exceptional loudness.

Of all the tweeters reviewed these Pioneer tweeters deliver the best value considering power handling and efficiency. They are also flexible, even though they work best with high-power systems thanks to their outstanding sensitivity they are also suitable for low powered systems.

PROS

  • Great Price, super affordable
  • Sturdy and durable materials
  • Bigger than other tweeters in the market
  • Super efficient and high power handling

CONS

  • Difficult to install, may need professional help
  • Works optimally best with a higher power input
Pioneer TS-B350PRO 3-1/2" High...
  • In-line crossover filter Aggressive magnet structure Surface mountable design

This set of two JBL tweeters are a popular pick.

They are versatile and can be added to almost any system.

They have a soft dome design, can handle up to 135 watts of peak power, and have a 3-ohm impedance.

They are easy to install, have a fixed mounting and a carbon-magnetic basket that maintains precision under demanding conditions.

JBL GTO19T Tweeter

These tweeters produce smooth and crisp high notes and generate heat dissipation and higher handling thanks to its soft dome and oversized coils that drive higher power and enhance heat dissipation that prevents heat build-up and the speaker's performance.

They are also machined to high precision so you do not have to worry about reverberation during high volumes.

PROS

  • Price vs Perfomance
  • Excellent Sound Quality
  • Super Durable Despite Small Size
  • Compatible Across Multiple Car Types

CONS

  • Not too high at max volume
  • The Speaker and Housing are fused together
  • Not very customizable
JBL GTO19T Premium 0.75-Inch...
  • Soft-dome tweeter features oversized voice coils for greater heat dissipation and higher power handling resulting in smooth, fatigue free highs
  • Carbon-composite, nonmagnetic baskets maintain their integrity and precision even under the most demanding conditions
  • Low-impedance, three-ohm speakers compensate for the undersized wires found in many of today's cars, and make the most of every watt your car stereo can deliver

These Alpine tweeters, that are also included with Alpine’s Type S Component Speakers, are available as a separate component to enhance any audio system.

The 1-inch silk dome pair of tweeters are designed for high-frequency range and high efficiency.

With a sensitivity of 88 dB, an impedance of 4-ohms, a frequency response of up to 21KHZ, and a 300 watts peak power, these pair of tweeters will deliver great crisp sound that can be heard at high volume without distortion.

Alpine SPS-110 Silk Dome Tweeters

The size of the tweeters, stealth OEM mount, and a ¾ deep flush mount result in easy installation, and you can fit them almost anywhere!

PROS

  • In-Line 12dB/Octave High-Pass Crossover Filters
  • Removable Logo - Easily Customizable
  • Power Handling @ 100 W RMS and 300 W Peak

CONS

  • Doesn't Include Surface Mount Hardware
  • Lack of Range
  • Large crossover might be hard to route through 
Alpine SPS-110TW 1" Silk Dome Car...
  • SPS-110TW - Alpine 1" 200W RMS Type-S Series Tweeters with Passive Crossover Network
  • Power Handling: Peak: 600 watts per pair / 300 watts each | RMS: 200 watts per pair / 100 watts each
  • Pure Silk Soft Dome tweeter construction
  • 4 ohms impedance
  • Top-mount depth: 3/4"

Rockford Fosgate’s delivers its traditional quality and sound with these 1 in tweeters that feature a ½ in lightweight mylar dome tweeters for high sensitivity and smooth and extended frequency response.

With a power handling peak of 160 watts per set (80 watts on each side) these tweeters will deliver loud and clear sound.

The R1T-S has a frequency response of 2500-22000z and 80W RMS, 4-ohm nominal impedance, and their built-in passive crossovers          ( 6dB/octave HP) result in higher quality, distortion-free audio.

Rockford Fosgate Prime R1T-S 1-Inch Tweeter Kit

These speakers are easy to install they have multiple mounting options and come with a flush, angle, and surface mount hardware, so you can virtually install them anywhere.

PROS

  • CEA-2031 Compliant Speaker System
  • Lightweight Film Material for low powered stereos
  • Features lightweight Mylar dome for low distortion material for faultless high frequency production

CONS

  • Lower Sensitivity at 72 dB
  • Some report sounds can be a bit too high pitched
  • Not recommended for super amplified systems
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Rockford Fosgate Prime R1T-S 1-Inch...
  • 1/2" (13mm) Mylar balanced dome tweeter multiple mounding configurations: flush-surface-angle
  • One-inch tweeter kit with 80 watts maximum power handling
  • 1/2-inch Mylar balanced dome tweeter
  • One-inch tweeter kit with 80 watts maximum power handling
  • 1/2-inch mylar balanced dome tweeter

These aluminum super bullet tweeters will deliver powerful and fuller sound at any volume for an amazing price.

The PRO-TW120 are made of aluminum for power and durability.

They feature 200 watts RMS and 300 watts max power and a built-in capacity filter.

They have a nominal impedance of 4 -ohms, provides powerful and clear sound with a frequency response of 2Khz- 20Khz and a sensitivity of 103 dB that results in clear and deep sound.

DS18 PRO-TW120 Aluminum Super Bullet Tweeter

Thanks to its high-quality materials these tweeters produce loud and full sound even though they do not have the highest frequency range.

PROS

  • Budget Pricing
  • High Power Handling
  • High Quality Materials

CONS

  • Lower frequency range compared to similar ones
  • Fairly Heavy for a small tweeter
DS18 PRO-TW120 Super Tweeter in...
  • TOP OF THE LINE TWEETERS - Professional grade super tweeters that can handle high frequencies with ease. DS18 meticulously designed these tweeters to sound as good as they look.
  • POWER YOU CAN COUNT ON - PRO-TW120 ferrite tweeter delivers out-of-this-world power, at 200 watts RMS and 300 watts Max at 4 ohms with build in capacitor filter.
  • HIGH-QUALITY ALUMINUM FRAME AND DIAPHRAGM - If you like your highs crisp, bright, and loud, aluminum tweeters are exactly what you need. It's light, strong, and produces a bright sound at high frequencies.
  • TAKE YOUR SYSTEM TO THE NEXT LEVEL - Get the most out of your system by upgrading to a super tweeter that gives you everything you're missing from your stock stereo. Discover what a high-end tweeter can do for you.
  • 1" SUPER BULLET TWEETERS - Specifically designed Bullet dust cover to protect the voice coil and ensure that the highs cut through road noise and big bass.

First things first, the Polk Audio DB1001 is neither the most stylish tweeter nor the one with the widest frequency response.

This is a slight issue considering that it’s built specifically to be flush-mounted or surface-mounted. However, so long as you’re okay with making those compromises, these tweeters aren’t half-bad.

Polk Audio DB1001

Marine-certified and made with silk-polymer composite domes, the DB1001 boasts a peak power rating of 180 watts with a 60-watt RMS.

These aren’t the most impressive numbers, but they’re above average. But they’re not the main selling point of the DB1001. Instead, its the passive 12db/octave crossover that it comes with, giving the tweeter excellent performance and durability. Not to mention, it’s backed by a 1-year warranty by the folks over at Polk Audio, which adds a bit of peace of mind. 

PROS

  • Marine-certified
  • Backed by a 1-year warranty
  • Silk-polymer dome material for softer, better-quality sound 

CONS

  • Style and aesthetics leave a lot to be desired

If you’re looking for a pair of tweeters that offer the same clarity of aluminum tweeters without the bright and colorful tones commonly associated with them, then the Kicker 43CST204 is definitely worth a look.


These titanium dome-shaped tweeters measure merely a quarter-inch in terms of diameter, but it packs quite a wallop with a 100-watt peak power capacity. As a result, it will have no trouble keeping up with an enthusiast-grade car audio system. Also, because of its high power handling capabilities, higher frequencies will be no trouble to the 43CST204.

Kicker 43CST204

Another reason why it’s worth pointing out the titanium construction of the Kicker 43CST204 is its ideal mix of lightweight and strength. Despite being light in weight, the material is stiff enough to minimize if not completely eliminate rattling at higher volumes.

The Kicker 43CST204 is also capable of performing at its best without an amplifier because of its 92-decibel sensitivity rating.

All in all, this is a fine investment that will neither cost you a lot of money or force you to make unnecessary upgrades.

Kicker 43CST204 3/4" Titanium Dome...
  • Two 3/4" Titanium dome tweeters. Flush-, surface-, and angled-mounting hardware included. | top-mount depth: 9/16"
  • External passive high-pass Crossover included (6 dB per octave at 4, 500Hz)
  • Power handling: 2-50 watts RMS (100 watts peak power);
  • Frequency response: 4, 500-21, 000 Hz | sensitivity: 92 dB |

PROS

  • Durable and lightweight aluminum material
  • No need for an amplifier
  • Maintains clarity with minimal distortion at higher volume

CONS

  • Lacks mesh-covering on domes, leaving it open to dust build-up

The Infinity REF-275tx is larger than most tweeters. However, there is an inherent advantage to all of this, which is higher-quality music reproduction especially at higher volumes and frequencies.

With a peak power rating of 135 watts, as well as a 45-watt RMS, the Infinity REF-275tx also has a sensitivity rating of 93dB.

Not to mention, unlike other tweeters at its price range and size, the REF-275tx boasts a warm sound that others don’t have.

Plus, since it uses a textile material, these tweeters inherently have a much smoother frequency response.

Infinity REF-275tx
Infinity REF-275tx 135W Reference...
  • 135W Max
  • 45W RMS Out Put
  • 3.0 ohms Impedance

PROS

  • Available as part of a larger set of speakers for uniformity 
  • Installation is easy with all of the hardware included in the package
  • High-quality music reproduction at higher frequencies 

CONS

  • Not competitively priced 

Money, or specifically the lack thereof, is not and shouldn’t be an issue to upgrading your car’s stereo system, as the Power Acoustik NB-2 will prove to you.

One of the most affordable tweeters on our round-up, these tweeters come with a peak power rating of 200 watts and an RMS of 100 watts. This means that it’s quite powerful.

But while the music reproduction capability leaves a lot of room for improvement, they’re not half-bad, especially if you’re not an audiophile.

Power Acoustik Nb-2

Also, remember, you’re making a minimal investment here, and in return, you’re getting a lot.

Quality nor power isn’t the main selling point of the Power Acoustik NB-2 either. Rather, it is its 3-way mounting capability that allows you to install it in many ways. However, we do recommend installing a resistor for, you know, to prevent the tweeters from blowing up in case you play the music too loudly. 

Power Acoustik NB-2 200-Watt 3-Way...
  • Niobium rare earth ferroelectric transducer magnet
  • Polypropylene diaphragm
  • 100 watts R.M.S
  • 20W, 10W Rms
  • Imp: 4, Spl: 97 Db

PROS

  • Excellent value
  • Powerful
  • Comes with a 1-year warranty
  • 3-way mounting capabilities

CONS

  • Polypropylene material isn’t the best
  • You’ll want to have an extra resistor installed as a precautionary measure

Car Tweeters Buying Guide

Materials

Tweeters can be made out of soft, synthetic or hard materials, and each one has a different effect on sound quality and durability.

For moderate volumes and refined sound, you should choose soft materials like silk and poly. These materials are recommended for vehicles with mostly hard plastic interiors and for users that that don’t experience a lot of road noise.

Hard materials like ceramic, graphite, and metals are more durable and are perfect for higher volumes and stronger brighter sound. These are great for road noise and for users that enjoy a big bass or driving with their windows down.

If you are looking for lightweight tweeters that require less power to operate your best bet are those made with Mylar, pet, and other synthetic materials. These are resistant to humidity and a great choice for low power systems.

Shape

Tweeters are smaller than other speakers and come in different shapes. You can find tweeters with cone designs, semi-domes, domes, or inverted dome designs.

Cone tweeters are commonly used in factory speakers because they are cheaper to fabricate. They don't spread sound as widely as other designs and do not reproduce sound accurately.

Semi-domes tweeters are used in most low-cost speakers and allow for softer and less rigid materials while taking less mounting space.

Dome shape tweeters allow a wider dispersion pattern and are highly recommended for costume systems. They disperse sound more effectively. The bigger domes require more power to work properly.

Inverted dome design tweeters can improve sound, efficiency, and control thanks to their dome that sits upside down instead of protruding upwards.

Power Handling and Frequency 

When we talk about power handling we refer to how much energy our speakers can handle, more power means more volume.

Recommended tweeters have a power range of at least 40- 50 watts, but if you like loud powerful sound and your system can handle it always choose tweeters with higher RMS (RMS refers to how much power tweeters can handle on average).

Frequency refers to vibration. Since tweeters are designed to enhance high-frequency notes, it is important that they have a wide range. Look for tweeters that have a frequency range of at least 2,000-20,000 Hz.

Last update on 2020-08-08 at 03:13 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API