The 10 Best 6.5 Inch Car Speakers

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This wiki has been updated 7 times since it was first published in August of 2018. While there are now more ways to store and access music than ever, a song only sounds as good as the speakers it comes out of. The 6.5-inch format is among the most common sizes found in cars and, at high power, it resists distortion better than smaller or oval-shaped cones. We've ranked some of the best aftermarket upgrade options, as well as some low-cost replacements for blown factory units. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best 6.5 inch car speaker on Amazon.

10. Rockford Fosgate R165

9. JBL Club 6500C

8. JL Evolution C5

7. Pioneer TS-A

6. Skar Audio EVL-65 Subwoofer

5. JL C1-650x

4. Infinity Kappa 60CSX

3. Kicker CSC65

2. Morel Tempo Ultra 602

1. Focal EC165 K2 Power

Editor's Notes

December 02, 2020:

The 6.5 inch car speaker is a popular option for upgrading a vehicle's sound system because it is the most common size for most factory-installed speakers. One of the primary upsides of this size option is that the installation can be completed by a DIY'er with average skills. The coaxial models on our list represent these easy-to-install choices.

Audiophiles who require top-of-the-line quality for their music, even while driving, can still leverage the existing 6.5 spaces when adding a component system. Component systems typically include separate tweeters and crossovers, making them at least six separate pieces. These sets often require professional installation.

For this update we replaced many of the previous choices with more recent models of the same brand. We chose the Focal EC165 K2 Power as our top choice because this coaxial pair is made with the same technology and materials used in the brand's high-end component units. It provides sound quality that is nearly on par with a component system.

We also chose to include the Skar Audio EVL-65 Subwoofer as a compact subwoofer option for vehicles where the usual 12 inch (or larger) choices won't fit. While it will save a substantial amount of space, it still requires a box to function correctly, so it won't fit in the car door.

July 09, 2019:

If you're looking to swap out the weak factory-installed speakers that came with your car and nothing else, we recommend you stick to models with lower power handling, such as the Rockford Fosgate R165, which have a 40-watt RMS for each component. With the original stereo still in your dashboard, there's likely no need to spend extra money on speakers designed to have a ton of power pumped through them.

Now, if you're thinking about throwing down money on a whole car audio system, including an aftermarket radio and amplifier, getting speakers that won't blow out in high-wattage systems is critical. The JBL Club5000C and the Focal Access 165 are good examples of picks that can handle over 100 watts RMS in each component.

In fact, we've bumped up the Focal Access 165 to the top of the heap because, in addition to their high-output capability, they flawlessly handle audio across the frequency spectrum. We've also added the JL Audio C2-650X to the list. Their price is a steal for the durability and sound quality they provide.


Tina Morna Freitas
Last updated on December 05, 2020 by Tina Morna Freitas

Tina Morna Freitas is a writer who lives in Chicago with her family and three cats. She has a B.A. in anthropology with a minor in English, and has built a freelance career over the years in writing and digital marketing. Her passions for cooking, decorating and home improvement contribute to her extensive knowledge of all things kitchen and home goods. In addition, her 20 years as a parent inform her expertise in the endless stream of toys and equipment that inevitably takes over the homes of most parents. She also enjoys gardening, making and sipping margaritas, and aspires to be a crazy cat lady once all the children are grown.


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