What 6.5" Car Speakers Have To Offer
6.5" car speakers offer two distinct audio advantages: you gain an average 20 Hz in low-end frequency response compared to 5/25" speakers, and you can also take advantage of the many component systems available with this mid bass/woofer diameter. The end result is that you can get very close to concert hall performance without the addition of a subwoofer and separate amp to power it. That is enough for the majority of vehicle owners, who can therefore have outstanding audio performance for very little cost.
Thankfully for car audio lovers and vehicle owners, there are many manufacturers who produce high quality components, to make car audio performance the best it's ever been. Central, however, to any discussion of “best” is price. This article, therefore, will highlight some incredible real-world values in 6.5” component speakers, from Infinity and JBL 6 1/2" speakers to the same from Pioneer and Pyle.
A part of the Harman Industries family of fine audio companies, Infinity’s 6.5-inch two-way component speakers are consistent favorites among high-end car makes and individuals. Simply put, the price/quality ratio cannot be beat for their Reference 6020cs, available online for as cheap as $90.24, compared to their list price of $230.
Among the best known speaker names in the world, and the standard in recording studios, movie theaters and concert halls, JBL brings similar quality to car audio. Their JBL Power series is based on a larger 6-1/2" 2-way component system. The stiff (for minimized distortion), yet lightweight 6 1/2” woofer delivers excellent low-end response, and the edge-driven textile dome tweeter is both adjustable in terms of gain and listening angle. The P660C model is available online for 48% off its $270 list price, for $139.99.
Among the biggest names in all areas of consumer electronics, Pioneer’s car audio has long been a top and most popular brand. Their 6.5-inch A-Series component speakers offer the adjustable and positionable tweeters that are one of the benefits of component design, and these too can be purchased online for nearly 50% off their list price of $180.00, for roughly $90.75.
Used as a customized system including custom-made crossovers, Pyle has always represented excellent performance at really low price points. Pyle’s PLDV6K 6.5-inch components offer high power capacity of 240 watts, yet retail for just $105 and $60 for the pair. Various Pyle component speakers, (probably older models), are available online for as low as $30.00.
There are a wealth of great brand names that make 6.5" car audio speakers, including CDT, Focal, MB Quartz, Boston Acoustics, JL Audio, and other European brands. If you’re looking to upgrade your factory-installed car audio system, your best course of action is to go to any audio store that has car audio systems on display, and play them to determine what you prefer in sonic performance. Then, get ready for some incredible upgrades at greater prices, for in the “best” 6.5" car speakers category, it is truly a buyer’s market.