There’s nothing like firing down the road listening to your favorite songs through high quality, high fidelity, sound system. The key to that great sound system is high-quality speakers. There are so many from which to choose. The cost, configurations, specifications, sizes, shapes, and designs of these speakers are as varied as the terrain you’ll encounter.
To help get this into a manageable headspace, a shop that performs car audio installation in New Orleans collected reviews on many different speakers and compared them. From this, a top 10 list of car speakers was compiled for the year 2020. Before this list is presented, a bit more on the selection process is warranted.
The Selection Criteria
While it is understood that not everyone has deep pockets, this survey was intent on finding the best speakers for the price. The cost was a major consideration – but not the primary consideration. More important were the specifications and the sound. Specifically, power handling, size, components, and fidelity throughout the range from high to low were considered.
Power handling refers to the maximum power in watts that the speakers are capable of handling. A mismatch between the amount of power supplied by one’s audio receiver or amplifier can result in a dead speaker.
Next, speakers come in all shapes and sizes. Some are round and some are oval. The best bass comes from large surface areas and the mid-to-high frequencies are covered by much smaller components.
The components refer to whether the speakers are two-way or three-way. Two-way speakers have only a tweeter and a woofer to cover the sound frequency range, whereas three-way speakers have an added mid-range speaker to cover the mid-range sound between the tweeter and woofer.
Finally, the most important aspect of “how to they actually sound?” is considered. This is a subjective judgment and one of the musical tastes. Consideration of all genres was taken into accounts, such as massive bass levels for trap music and delicate high ends for classical music.
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1 – Infinity Primus Series 6×9
First off is the Infinity Primus Series 6×9. The ‘6’ and the ‘9’ refer to the speaker’s width and length in inches. These oval speakers are three-way with a 6”x9” woofer, a 1” tweeter, and a smaller 5/9” tweeter for the very high range. They are capable of handling 270 watts. These speakers have remarkable bass even without a subwoofer and sound great at an affordable price.
2 – JBL GTO609C Premium
This round 6.5” two-way speaker can also handle 270 watts. It is a ‘coaxial’ speaker, meaning the teeter functions in the center of the woofer. JBL coaxial speakers are known for their quality and reliability. The JBL GTO609C Premium speakers sound great with plenty of low-end basses. They’re affordable too.
3 – The Infinity Kappa 60.11CS
The Infinity Kappa 60.11CS is another durable 6.5-inch speaker with a coaxial two-way design. Its oversized voice coil can take 300 watts while giving it a performance boost and durability. It won’t break the bank either and sounds good, particularly in low- to mid-range frequencies.
4 – Pioneer TS-A1685R
This offering is coaxial in most ways but has a dual tweeter to each side. It is known for its performance in mid-range frequencies and its ability to withstand high temperatures. It is rated at 350 watts. It has a powerful and clear sound.
5 – Rockford Fosgate R165X3
These speakers are also a co-axial design but they are three-way. They have a great sound and come with a reputation for great build quality. They can handle 245 watts. They are a good choice in the mid-price range.
6 – JVC Coaxial J620
This is around a 6.5-inch two-way speaker set rated for 300 watts. They are very affordable and have surprisingly good sound considering the price.
7 – Kicker DS65
The Kicker DS65s is known for great bass response and a hard top end. This round coaxial design can stand 240 watts and they sound great for any kind of music. They are affordable but this comes as some trade-off to their durability.
8 – JBL Stage 9603
This is another 6”x9” oval-shaped speaker that is rated at 210 watts. It is a three-way coaxial design and is a good budget choice. The speaker has a clear and crisp sound with a notable ability at mid-range frequencies.
9 – Infinity REF 6532ix
Yet another 6.5” two-way coaxial speaker, the Infinity REF 6532ix is affordable and sounds great. It can take up to 180 watts and is efficient with low-power car receivers.
10 – Kicker 3CSC674
Kicker 46CSC654 speakers are a low-priced 6.5” coaxial two-way round speaker set. While initially seeming run-of-the-mill, these speakers can handle 300 watts and have a smooth sound delivery throughout the low to high-frequency ranges.