Stock OEM car speakers are rarely good. That’s honestly a huge shame, and there’s no need for it. However, fortunately changing out your speakers for something much better doesn’t have to be expensive or time-consuming.
These days, the options available for quality sounding replacement car speakers has never been better. To narrow down the choices, we’ve compiled a list of ten of the best car speakers available. Hopefully, one is suitable for both your car and your wallet.
So, let’s get to it and take a closer look…
- 1 Top 10 Best Car Speakers You Should Buy In 2021 Reviews
- 1.1 1 4 New (2 Pairs) Alphasonik AS26 6.5 inch 350 Watts Max 3 – Best Quality Car Speakers
- 1.2 2 Skar Audio (2) FSX65-4 (2) FSX65-4 300-Watt 6.5-Inch 4 Ohm MID-Range Loudspeakers – 2 Speakers – Best Mid Range Car Speakers
- 1.3 3 Kicker 43DSC4604 4×6″ 2-way Speaker Pair – Best Low Profile Car Speakers
- 1.4 4 JBL Stage 9603 420W Max (140W RMS) 6″ x 9″ 4 ohms Stage Series 3-Way Coaxial Car Audio Speakers – Most Powerful Car Speakers
- 1.5 5 JBL GTO609C Premium 6.5-Inch Component Speaker System – Best Bass Car Speakers
- 1.6 6 Rockford Fosgate P1675 Punch 6.75″ 3-Way Full-Range Speaker (Pair) – Best Value for the Money Car Speakers
- 1.7 7 BOSS Audio Systems MCKGB350B.6 Weatherproof Marine Gauge Receiver and Speaker Package – Best Boat Speakers
- 1.8 8 Kicker DSC650 DS Series 6.5″ 4-Ohm Coaxial Speakers – Pair – Best Mid Priced Car Speakers
- 1.9 9 Coaxial Full Range Car Audio Stereo Speakers with ALPHASONIK Earbuds – Best Budget Car Speakers
- 1.10 10 Pyle 4” x 6” Three Way Sound Speaker System – Best Affordable Car Speakers
- 2 Best Car Speakers Buying Guide
- 3 Are you doing some vehicle detailing?
- 4 So, what are the Best Car Speakers?
Top 10 Best Car Speakers You Should Buy In 2021 Reviews
1 4 New (2 Pairs) Alphasonik AS26 6.5 inch 350 Watts Max 3 – Best Quality Car Speakers
These are made by Rockford Fosgate, who are one of the leading manufacturers in-car speakers and have been around forever. Consequently, we expect high things from them and their speakers.
So, just how good are the AS26 Alphasonik speakers?
Not surprisingly, they’re pretty good. As you’d expect from Rockford Fosgate, the AS26 speakers are well put together, they’re durable, and undoubtedly punch above their weight when it comes to construction quality.
They are three-way speakers, each having 35 watts of RMS power. The frequency range is between 30Hz to 22,000Hz. The sensitivity is a respectable 93dB with an impedance rating of 4 ohms. The two woofers have polypropylene cones and are linked to a 1” silk Piezo tweeter. The speakers are seated in a high-quality butyl rubber surround.
With the technical stuff out of the way, you’ll also need to know about dimensions to assist with the fitting. These are 6.5” speakers. They require a mounting depth of 2.32” and a mounting hole of 5.6.”
So, what about the sound?
For the price, they perform very well. Although with just 35 watts of RMS power, they may not be loud enough for some people. But in most listening circumstances, that should be sufficient.
With all four speakers at full volume, you can hit up to 350 watts of peak power.
Great bass, mids, and highs…
The bass is punchy, but it’s not as deep and full as you find in a lot of contemporary systems. The bass is more geared to general listening and not to more modern bass-driven genres of music. If you feel the need to pump up the bass, then these speakers are not for you.
The three-way system allows for plenty of detail in the mids. Plus, the trebles also shine through with plenty of clarity. Both male and female vocals are clear and don’t become overwhelmed. It’s a pleasing sound across a broad range of genres.
- Quality construction.
- Good value.
- Easy to fit.
- Balanced sound.
- Low on top volume.
- Not the best option for bass.
2 Skar Audio (2) FSX65-4 (2) FSX65-4 300-Watt 6.5-Inch 4 Ohm MID-Range Loudspeakers – 2 Speakers – Best Mid Range Car Speakers
We’ll start with the technical stuff. These are mid-range car speakers. They have 150 watts of RMS power and 300 watts of peak power per pair. The frequency response ranges from 100HZ to 20,000Hz. The impedance is rated at a solid 92.5dB. That all looks good.
They have an outside diameter of 6.61” and a cutout diameter of 5.75”. The mounting depth is 2.64,” and the total height is 2.83”.
The speakers are nicely put together. They have a vented backplate for improved cooling. Plus, they have a 1.5” copper voice coil. They sit in a pressed steel high-quality basket.
The cones are constructed from premium paper and feature a solid composite dust cap. The composition allows them to run for long periods at high volumes. With this power, you also have high control over what they can do.
Go ahead and push them hard…
There’s no doubt that the Skar speakers provide a significant upgrade over most stock factory-supplied speakers. The power rating allows them to be driven harder at much greater volumes and for much greater periods. All of this can be done safely without fear of blowing a speaker.
The clarity of bass is high, and the level of distortion at higher volumes is pleasingly low. Things only become wooly and muddled when volumes are pushed to the limits. Unless you want an overwhelming bass, where a subwoofer becomes necessary, these speakers perform well.
They perform well at higher frequencies. The tweeter delivers crystal clear sound. It’s pleasant to listen to without ever becoming shrill or tiring. The sound feels much more balanced than a lot of alternative speakers within this range.
- Low levels of distortion.
- Good value.
- Solid build quality.
- Restrained bass.
- RMS power may be overrated.
3 Kicker 43DSC4604 4×6″ 2-way Speaker Pair – Best Low Profile Car Speakers
The Kicker 43DSC4604 4×6″ 2-way Speaker Pair is coaxial. They have a super-thin profile. The main driver is made from polypropylene, which works in conjunction with the half-inch Piezo tweeter.
They have 70 watts of RMS power and 350 watts of peak power. The impedance rating is four ohms, and the frequency range runs between 50Hz to 20,000Hz.
Premium speakers that provide smooth sounds…
Kicker is a well-established player and is one of the biggest names in car audio entertainment. They have a strong reputation for producing premium speakers using premium materials. The Kicker 43DSC4604, despite its reasonable price, still embodies all of these qualities.
The speakers have specially formulated foam surrounds. Though Butyl rubber is a more popular choice, the Kicker foam surrounds work brilliantly to improve cone edge determination. This, in turn, works to deliver smooth sound.
Well-balanced vibes across the spectrum…
The Kicker speakers are well-balanced. The bass is nice and punchy, but it’s not overdone or over-represented. At low volumes, everything is beautifully under control. But when pushed to the limits, there’s some loss of clarity, and distortion does begin to creep in.
If you need a lot of bass and at high volumes, you could always consider adding a subwoofer. Used with these speakers, you should get the kind of sound you’re looking for.
Not for high-bass listening preferences…
The mids perform well. But the real star of the show is the detailed clarity in the higher frequencies. They’re bright and mix well with the other frequencies and all without sounding harsh.
A word or two of warning. The overall sound is not for anyone who prefers more bass-driven mixes. If you like the sort sound profile you get from Beats and Skullcandy headphones, you won’t like these.
- Low profile.
- Punchy bass.
- Quality foam surrounds.
- Detailed trebles.
- Speaker covers not included.
4 JBL Stage 9603 420W Max (140W RMS) 6″ x 9″ 4 ohms Stage Series 3-Way Coaxial Car Audio Speakers – Most Powerful Car Speakers
These are large, loud, and powerful three-way speakers. They might not blow your ears off, but with 140 watts of RMS power and 420 watts of peak power, they’re powerful enough to annoy the neighbors and any nearby traffic.
Physically, they’re a little larger than most car speakers. They measure 6” x 9”, rather than the more standard 6” x 8”. This means that you need to check first that the opening in your vehicle is either big enough or can be increased.
Offering a dynamic frequency range…
The speakers have a woofer, a tweeter, and a super tweeter. They have a frequency range between 45,000Hz and 20,000Hz. The impedance rating is four ohms, and the sensitivity is a healthy 93dB.
The speakers have a polypropylene injection-molded woofer that’s highly capable. For speakers at this price and size, they produce surprisingly deep, powerful, and punchy bass. It’s more present than the first three speakers in our review and is likely to appeal to listeners who prefer bass-driven music.
Beautiful sound, with DIY installation…
The combination of the domed tweeter and super tweeter works beautifully to bring you smooth highs with incredible clarity and detail. This is a highly responsive sound that draws you in and makes you want to listen.
To help make life easier during installation, you get a handy kit that includes an instruction manual, screw, clips, mounting rings, grilles, and grille putty. JBL has put a bit of thought into this and given you everything you might need.
- Deep and full bass.
- Clear and detailed highs.
- They’re loud.
- Great installation instructions and kit.
- Awkward size for fitting.
5 JBL GTO609C Premium 6.5-Inch Component Speaker System – Best Bass Car Speakers
These are also loud. They produce 270 watts and have a frequency range of 53Hz to 20,000Hz. The impedance rating is just three ohms. This is by design to compensate for undersized wires that are typically found in a standard car audio setup.
The woofers are 6.5” in diameter and made with carbon injected cones. They’re tough and durable. In adverse weather conditions, they will continue to perform without any physical or sound deterioration.
Premium construction provides for optimal sound…
The rest of the system is beautifully put together using some premium materials. The butyl rubber surrounds, the patented I- Mounts, the soft dome tweeters, and even the grilles and casing are all made from high-quality materials.
Fortunately, the attention to materials and build translates to excellent sound. When it comes to bass, these are the best car speakers on our list. The larger style carbon-infused cones assist with greater air circulation, which leads to deeper, fuller bass that you can feel. If you like your bass, you’ll like these.
Super punchy bass and clear high frequencies…
If this still isn’t enough, then the good news is that you can hook them up to most GTO series amplifiers.
The tweeters perform every bit as well as the woofers. The piercing clarity of the higher frequencies is superb. They even have individual volume options to make up for less than perfect speaker placement, which is a bit of a deal clincher.
Expensive but worth it…
Though the JBL GTO609C Premium 6.5-Inch Component Speaker System is the most expensive on our list, we think they are worth every cent. The ability to separately mount speakers undoubtedly makes a large contribution to an already high-quality sound system.
- Full and powerful bass.
- Piercingly clear highs.
- Use of quality materials.
- Compatibility with GTO amplifiers.
- Individual tweeter volume control.
- Installation time.
6 Rockford Fosgate P1675 Punch 6.75″ 3-Way Full-Range Speaker (Pair) – Best Value for the Money Car Speakers
The Rockford Fosgate P1675 Punch 6.75″ 3-Way speakers offer plenty of power. You get 55 watts of RMS and 110 watts of peak power. For most circumstances, that should be plenty.
The frequency range is from 65Hz to 22,000Hz, and they have a 4 ohms impedance rating.
Great build quality for the price…
If these specifications are more than you need, then don’t worry. The 6.75” Fosgate Punch speakers are at the top of the line. They start at just 3.5,” if you’re looking for something smaller, more affordable but with the same build quality as higher-end models.
Speaking of build quality, these are hard to beat at the price point. Their attention to detail and the use of premium materials is excellent. You get polypropylene woofers mounted in butyl rubber surrounds.
We think these are one of the best car speakers in their class for build quality. Rockford Fosgate seems to think so too, as they provide a full 12 months no quibble warranty. They’re undoubtedly a solid set of speakers.
So, what about sound quality?
That’s all good too, as you’d expect. The bass and higher frequencies are clear, with only very minimal distortion when things are fully cranked. The built-in crossover also does a great job of sending the right frequencies to the right speakers to create a balanced sound.
Finally, fitting is also made easy by the use of the Flex-Fit basket system. This uses slots rather than individual screw holes. This makes making slight adjustments from OEM mounting holes an easy affair.
- High build-quality.
- Butyl rubber surrounds.
- Integrated 3-way crossover.
- Balanced sound.
- Easy to install.
- Bass not hard enough for hip hop or EDM.
7 BOSS Audio Systems MCKGB350B.6 Weatherproof Marine Gauge Receiver and Speaker Package – Best Boat Speakers
For almost the same price as some 6.5” speakers, the Boss speaker package includes a receiver and so much more. It’s an interesting option for anyone looking for a more thorough upgrade over their existing OEM car audio system.
However, since this is an IPX6 rated, UV protected, and marine gauge system, it’s more likely to find its way onto your boat rather than into your car.
So, what do you get for your money?
Starting with the speakers, you get a pair of carbon coned 6.5” speakers with rubber surrounds. They have a 90 watts RMS rating for each speaker.
The sound is a big step up from most standard OEM speakers. The sound quality is comparable to something like the Skar Audio FSX65. It’s well-balanced, with punchy bass, and performs well until the volume gets to higher levels. At this point, you can expect some distortion, though not to the point that listening becomes unpleasant.
Lots of bells and whistles…
Now looking at the receiver, you get a receiver with 60 watts of power for each of up to four speakers. You get all the usual EQ controls, which includes a bank of presets. Plus, you get Bluetooth, USB, and standard auxiliary inputs. Even better, you can also wirelessly stream music via services such as Tidal and Spotify.
There’s no doubt that, at this price point, because of the inclusion of a receiver, there’s a compromise in speaker quality. However, as a total package, it’s a great buy. If it doesn’t find its way onto your boat, it would be an interesting option for a permanent open-topped vehicle.
- IPX6 rating.
- Special UV protective coating.
- Well balanced sound.
- Supports streaming services.
- Speaker quality is compromised by the inclusion of the receiver.
- The receiver’s shape may make it difficult to fit in a car.
8 Kicker DSC650 DS Series 6.5″ 4-Ohm Coaxial Speakers – Pair – Best Mid Priced Car Speakers
The Kicker DSC650 DS Series 6.5″ is a low-profile coaxial speaker. It has 60 watts of RMS power and 120 watts of peak power per speaker. It has an impedance rating of four ohms.
Kicker has an excellent industry reputation for making good quality and reasonably priced car audio equipment. This holds for all of its speakers and subwoofers and undoubtedly holds for the DSC650DS.
For a mid-range priced set of speakers, you get plenty of quality. The woofers are made from stiff polypropylene and are set into acoustic foam surrounds. The resulting audio performance is impressive. Butyl rubber is often the preferred material for surrounds, especially for longevity. These are of exceptional quality, and they do a great job.
The tweeter is made of polyethylene-naphthalate, a very durable material. The audio quality is every bit as good as the build quality. The bass does a good job of getting down low and with minimal distortion. However, although the sound is reasonably clear, we think it could be smoother at higher volumes.
This is a well-balanced speaker…
There’s little to criticize with the higher frequencies. They are well represented and are well detailed. They come through clearly in the mix and never feel overly shrill or wearing.
In brief, these are a nicely balanced-sounding set of speakers. If you like listening to a wide range of music, we have no hesitation in recommending them to you.
Add a sub…
If you predominantly listen to hip-hop or other forms of bass-driven music, you should consider adding a subwoofer or look for something more powerful.
- Good value.
- Excellent build quality.
- Easy to install.
- Well-balanced sound.
- Foam surrounds.
- Lack of very heavy bass.
9 Coaxial Full Range Car Audio Stereo Speakers with ALPHASONIK Earbuds – Best Budget Car Speakers
These are 4” speakers that still put out a decent amount of power. They have an RMS rating of 60 watts and a rather impressive 420 watts peak power rating. The frequency range is 35Hz to 27,000Hz, and the impedance is four ohms.
For inexpensive speakers, they use high-grade components…
The woofers are made from injected polypropylene, and they have a rubber-coated cloth surround. The mount and overall setup help to improve sensitivity and reduce distortion. This, in turn, leads to better quality sound.
The use of premium materials also extends to the tweeter, which has a terephthalate dome structure.
What makes these speakers work so well?
The Pioneer TS-G1020S speakers utilize a strong ferrite magnet motor, which, when coupled with long-stroke suspension, helps to provide strong and powerful bass. Additionally, the Connex damper works in tandem to further enhance the depth of bass while allowing the speakers to be pushed to greater volumes.
Other great innovations include their patented flex suspension system. This works to minimize vibration and improve sound production. It also supports the voice call, which is especially important at high volumes. Plus, it reduces movement errors, so it’s more accurately able to produce a clear sound.
All in all, these Pioneer speakers punch above their weight as far as sound quality is concerned.
Easy installation, and ample compatibility…
Installation is also made easy thanks to shallow mounts and an external crossover system. With the bulky crossover moved away from the tweeters, more room is created to allow them to be compatible with fitting across a much broader range of vehicles.
- Use of high-grade components.
- High peak power rating.
- Lack of distortion.
- Patented flex suspension system.
- No speaker grilles.
- Bass may be insufficient for some kinds of music.
10 Pyle 4” x 6” Three Way Sound Speaker System – Best Affordable Car Speakers
And finally, on our search for the Best Car Speakers, we have these small and inexpensive car speakers, that pack plenty of punch for their size and weight. They put out 120 watts of peak power for each speaker. They have a modest frequency range between 95Hz to 20,000Hz and an impedance of 4 ohms.
Polypropylene carbon and neodymium film construction…
The woofers are constructed using injected polypropylene carbon combined with mica reinforced material. The surrounds use butyl rubber. This is an all-around nice choice of materials for the woofers.
The midrange 1” driver is made from a neodymium film dome. There is a smaller ¾” Piezo tweeter which we’re not quite so happy about. The rest of the speakers use some decent materials, considering the low price, but the choice of a Piezo tweeter looks and sounds like a cost-cutting exercise.
Lacking a bit of sound clarity…
A Piezo tweeter is an inexpensive option. It sounds OK, but it could be so much better. For higher-end frequencies, it stands its ground compared to most OEM speakers. But it lacks the clarity and detail of more expensive and better-quality systems like those from Fosgate and JBL. When the volume is pushed to its limits, the treble frequencies can sound a little harsh.
Can handle plenty of power…
More positively, the Pyle speakers have one of the best power ratings on our list. Not so positively is that the amount of useable power is not as impressive. The fact is that they distort at higher volumes, and this is most noticeable in the lower frequencies.
Happily, at lower volumes, things are a lot more pleasant to listen to. But even here, the bass can sound a bit thin. The mids are clear, though. And overall, when not pushed to the limits, the sound is decent.
A superb budget option…
Finishing on a positive note, the speakers come with hardware, wires, and grilles. For a budget set of speakers, this is not something to be sniffed at.
- Good sound at low and medium volumes.
- All hardware for installation is included.
- Grilles included.
- Thin bass.
- Distortion at higher volumes.
Best Car Speakers Buying Guide
Next, we’ll run through some important things to know when selecting the correct car speakers.
These are the most popular kinds of car speakers. They are frequently fitted as part of an OEM entertainment system. Also, not surprisingly, they’re generally the least expensive option.
The quality of coaxial speakers varies to a huge degree. Though you can get good sounding coaxial speakers, they generally suffer in the middle frequencies. This is because you have just one speaker to replicate the lows and mids.
Lack of definition and clarity doesn’t always follow, but it’s more common. Despite this, we have coaxial car speakers in our review that perform well across the frequency spectrum. We think the best of these is the…
Three-way speakers have the advantage, compared to a coaxial set-up, in that they have an additional speaker to take on the task of the middle frequencies. This mid-driver is particularly useful in representing the frequency of the singing voice.
An important consideration in a three-way speaker setup is that it’s heavily reliant on a good crossover system. If this is done well, you get much better detail and clarity. The…
…employs this beautifully.
Component Speaker Systems
A component speaker system separates the drivers so that they can be individually mounted in order to create the best possible soundscape. The system can be customized to cater to your specific musical tastes. You get to decide on the size of each speaker to make a sound that’s unique to your vehicle.
Component speaker systems are more difficult to install and are usually more expensive than the alternatives. However, a well-designed system will make the time and expense well worth it. If you’re interested in this kind of system, take another look at the…
Power ratings are rated as either RMS or as Peak Power.
We advise you to pay more attention to the RMS rather than the Peak Power rating. This is because RMS power is the measurement of power that a speaker can comfortably run continuously without causing damage. On the other hand, Peak Power refers to the amount of power a speaker can handle in one instance without causing damage.
Knowing the Peak Power of your system is useful. But for practical purposes, you should pay much more attention to the RMS rating.
Watch out for ear damage…
The speakers on our list have an RMS rating of between 50 to 120 watts for each speaker. This is loud enough to cause you some serious hearing damage if you listen for extended periods at a higher volume. Consequently, we’d urge you to concentrate more on sound quality than outright power and volume.
You get one set of ears so take care of them.
Good quality components usually translate to good quality sound. This, in turn, will mean having to dig a little deeper in your pockets come checkout time. However, you can sometimes get some surprisingly good components in relatively inexpensive speakers.
So, what should you look for?
Polypropolene is a great material for woofers. When mixed with Mica, it makes for a superb blend of performance and durability. Although paper is often seen as a cheap choice, there are exceptions. Kevlar coated paper is far from inexpensive and can produce some of the very best sounds while having durable properties.
Titanium and ceramic tweeters are the premium choice for sound quality. Silk tweeters are also a good choice. They are less bright-sounding than titanium or ceramic, but they create a pleasing smooth sound and with plenty of clarity.
Materials like Mylar, Piezo, and PEI are less expensive alternatives. The detail and clarity are not as high as tweeters that are using titanium, ceramic, or silk materials.
Rubber rules, and Butyl Rubber is the go-to choice for most high-quality speakers. It helps to smoothen out the woofer’s movement and reduce both vibration and distortion. Another great benefit is that it’s highly durable.
Foam is a second and often less expensive option. However, this is not always the case.
The quality and design of the crossover can make or break any set of speakers. This holds whether they are in your car or as part of the audio setup in your house.
The crossover’s function is to split all the frequencies and push them out to the drivers. It selects which frequencies to push to which speaker to optimize sound quality. When done well, with quality components, the result can be amazing.
…use some quality components in their crossover and with great audio results.
Are you doing some vehicle detailing?
Back to car speakers…
So, what are the Best Car Speakers?
There you have it. A great selection of ten of the top car speakers currently on sale.
If you swap out your OEM car speakers for any of the ten on our list, they’re likely to be a significant upgrade. We would be happy to fit any one of them in our car. However, if we had to select just one set of speakers to take home with us, it would be the…
We like them because they use quality components throughout and are well put together. The result is a set of speakers that have plenty of usable power that delivers clear and detailed sound across all frequencies. This is while providing plenty of bass into the bargain.