Listening to your music loud with the best quality possible takes the best 6×9 speakers. Here’s a guide to help you choose the perfect one for your car.
Adjustable tweeters that can be turned toward the passengers/driver for the best sound imaging
Mounts deeper than many 6×9 speakers; hence does not fit in some cars
Inexpensive with high sound quality and good bass
Good sound quality at low volumes
Pascal Magero is a Civil Engineer by profession and a writer by passion. He combines these skills to come up with the most informative reviews about a wide range of products.
When you’re in your car traveling or just stuck in traffic, the last thing you want is to be locked up with a weak, muffled audio system. One of the easiest ways of ensuring your audio system is top-notch is by installing the best 6x9 speakers in your ride.
To fully enjoy making trips in your, your speakers have to be at the top of their game.
No more distortion, screeches, or muffles.
Even though your car may have come with an expensive stereo system, in most cases, these speakers often prove to have inferior sound quality compared to aftermarket alternatives.
Depending on your needs, you’ll want to decide between full-range speakers and component speakers.
Full-range speakers come with a woofer for producing bass. They typically have a built-in tweeter for the high frequencies as well. Full range speakers make for the easiest replacement of an old car’s audio system. This is because all you’ll have to do is remove the old system and connect the new one to the head unit using a wiring harness. They come in different sizes, shapes, prices, and power ranges.
On the other hand, component speakers are a bit more complex since they include woofers, separate tweeters, and an external cross-over that all work together to form great quality sound. They normally sound more realistic and produce better quality sounds.
If this is your first time buying speakers, or have no clue what makes a great 6×9 speaker, don’t be worried, you only need to get a few things straight and you’ll make the decision like a pro. Most of us have their own definition of a good sound, so that is up to you, but when it comes to quality, durability, pricing, and other such stuff, we’re the pros—that’s why we’ve prepared this review just for you.
When you’ve made up your mind to get a new set of speakers for your car, avoid going for the first gadget you see–especially when shopping online. Rather, think of it as a game of hunting where you’re looking for what meets all your needs and that of your car.
For you to pull this off, you’ll need to invest some time in research. Also, there are a few things that you will have to know about if you’re to end up with the best stereo for your car.
In a nutshell, 6×9 speakers are oval-shaped audio systems that measure 6-inches tall and 9-inches wide. Due to its design, it fits much more easily in small spaces, for example, inside cars, compared to square or round-shaped speakers.
Of course, 6×9 speakers are popular among audiophiles for many reasons. First, they’re an easy option for improving a car’s sound quality without having to buy a separate amplifier or subwoofer for the bass.
[wpsm_box type=”info” float=”none” text_align=”left”]6×9 speakers’ shape and size assure the deep punch needed for bass, while the mid-range and in-built or separate tweeter sets to ensure the audio output can go as high as possible. Combined, these speakers can play anything within the normal frequency range.[/wpsm_box]
Secondly, these speakers are very affordable, yet provide clear and crisp sound over a wide frequency range. As a result, a lot of people can access them without burning a hole in their wallet.
In addition, they make a great choice for anyone who wants to revamp their whole audio system since they are known to be an all-in-one solution for such kinds of projects. All you have to do is place them where your old speakers were sitting or mount them on your rear deck. However, the sound quality will vary, sometimes greatly, from one model to the next. Therefore, make sure to get a way of at least hearing the speakers boom before buying them for your car to avoid any unwanted surprises. You can check YouTube for audio samples.
There is nothing worse than buying an audio system that doesn’t fit in your car. With that in mind, one of the most important aspects to consider is size. Be sure to take the measurements of the spot where you want to install your 6×9 speakers and compare this with the model of speakers you intend to buy. If they don’t fit, it’s time to pick something else.
If any 6×9 speaker has made our list, then you can trust its durability based on its price range. However, in case you ultimately end up with a system that isn’t on this list, be on the look-out for the specific features that manufacturers have included to ensure durability. These include material used, types of mount, meshing around speakers, and tweeters.
The frequency range is normally given in hertz (Hz) or kilohertz (kHz) and it determines how high the notes can go and how low the bass can be in your speakers. In essence, low frequencies range between 20-2,000 Hz while high frequencies lie between 8-22 kHz.
The power-handling of 6×9 speakers refers to the amount of power your speakers can take without under-powering or over-powering it. Depending on the system you get, be on the look-out for these two values:
The Pioneer TS is a magnificent 6x9 speaker considering the very low price. It weighs 8.2 pounds and sits at 14.4 x 11.2 x 5.5 inches. The speakers come in a multilayer mica-matrix woofer that stays compact even at high volume and also helps to keep the distortion as low as possible. Inside, it’s fitted with a high-temperature voice coil and a rubber speaker surround that makes this system boom especially when connected to a small amplifier.
The Pioneer TS sounds loud and crisp especially when connected to a light-weight amplifier that can push at least 60 Watts of RMS to each channel, preferably in a small enclosure. The mids and highs coming from this audio set are especially outstanding. We found the unit very easy to install as well. The screws in the package are a bit small though and you may need to get additional ones, a small inconvenience considering the price.
However, we found that the Pioneer TS has some trouble maintaining a distortion-free bass when the head unit’s volume goes above 90% when you are not using an amp.
The DB691 6×9 car speakers come set in a stainless steel basket. The set arrives with two bottom mount brackets, screws, and speed clips for installation. This elegant pair of 6x9 3-way component speakers weighs only 5-pounds and measures 8 x 14.5 x 4.8 inches.
The set is made from a mixture of materials including a silk-dome tweeter and mica cone woofer that maintains good sound quality at any volume. It also has rubber surround that adds to the bass response and improves the lifetime of the speaker. The Polk Audio is marine certified and can find many applications like a great car stereo system. The set does not offer much with regards to speaker mesh. The tweeters, however, have a nominal mesh around them.
Since these are component speakers, you’ll realize their full potential after connecting it to an amplifier since the head unit alone will not provide enough power. We hooked this baby to a Pioneer DEH-P7200HD CD Receiver head unit and a Rockford Fosgate 300 Watt amplifier and the results were mind-blowing.
The bass is great, going very low before showing any hints of distortion even before being connected to the amplifier. When given the proper power, in our case around 110 Watts per channel, this system fully rocks! The 3-way speakers also come with two tweeters per speaker, hence making the mids and highs a lot crisper—almost as if you are in the front row of a concert.
As long as you get the tuning right, you can listen to all kinds of music. Podcasts, lectures, and other recordings are also clearly audible even in loud environments.
The JBL GTO938 car speakers are a pair of 3-way coaxial speakers that weigh 4.41 pounds and measure 10 x 9 x 10 inches. The speakers come in an all-black design that can suit most car interiors. You will find two bottom mount adapters, adhesive backed foam gasket strips, grilles, a 3mm Allen head bit, strips, and screws. The set includes a woofer, a midrange driver, and a tweeter. The woofer is made of titanium laminate cone which delivers a higher bass response. JBL’s Plus One Cone technology improves the cone’s surface which results in a deeper, more vibrant audio. The rubber surrounding the woofer also works to reduce the distortion in bass during high volume.
The moment you upgrade your car speakers with the New JBL GTO 939 6x9 speakers, you’ll realize the amount of detail you’ve been missing in your music all along. Even without a dedicated bass port or an amplifier, these JBLs sound rich and crisp thanks to the outstanding highs and mids. It plays everything well, from dubstep, trance and house, to metal and hip-hop as long as you tune the equalizer properly. For a DIY project, the installation was totally simple after buying all the additional material you will need. However, to get the most out of these speakers, we recommend connecting an amp that can pump some more power and really bring out the bass.
The JBLGTO939 Premium comes as a set of speakers weighing 8-pounds and measuring 11.8 x 5.9 x 17.2 inches. It features a rather large carbon-injected Plus One cone which helps to clarify the bass by causing more air to vibrate. This system is coupled with some soft-dome tweeters that bear oversized coils allowing them to handle smooth highs without any fatigue. The coils make these speakers dissipate heat more efficiently. It also features high-quality cross-over components that deliver the right frequencies to the right speakers.
The three-ohm speakers have low impedance at three ohms which compensates for the undersized wires common to many cars. The JBL Premium utilizes every watt your car stereo can offer to produce quality sound with incredible depth and realism. The highs are crisp and not fatiguing while the mid-range is natural and easy on the ear.
For a speaker of its size, the bass is huge and if you don’t like attracting unfavorable attention, you might have to tone it down. The total power input per speaker is 200 Watts RMS and 300 Watts peak, which is enough to push the speakers smoothly.
At really high volumes, however, you might start to lose some clarity since the mids tend to get too high even after adjusting the high pass filters on the amplifier and the head unit. Also, we found that installing the grills was not easy and you might need help to make some modifications for the set to fit. Lastly, we thought the plastic support arms that provide structural support for the speaker looks like it could break if it takes enough hits. So be sure to install it in a compact position.
The JL Audio C2-690tx is an elegant pair of 6x9 speakers weighing 9.8-pounds with the top side made of a mixture of mesh and plastic grille. It also features subtle silver highlights that make the system look elegant and fit right in your car’s décor. The set is not the most powerful in the market, however, it can comfortably handle 70 Watts of power with a peak of 124 Watts on each channel. The woofers have a polypropylene cone body surrounded by polyether foam that houses a 32mm voice coil. It comes with a set of two 19mm tweeters. All the components use large neodymium magnets which kick a strong punch while taking very little space.
JL Audio C2 is a great option for anyone who appreciates high sound quality but is operating on a budget. After the easy installation of the two speakers in a 2001 Single Cab Dodge 1500, they sounded incredible even without any amplification. The strong bass and quality mid-range ensure really clean sounds from the speakers, perfect for classical and jazz music. In case you need the speakers to do more, you can connect them to an amplifier at the correct ratings and see just how much more this set can do for you.
The only issue is the huge number of fakes in existence out there. We made a visit to a local shop to listen to an authentic versus a fake JL Audio C2 and the difference is staggering. To avoid this, only buy from authorized dealers and check for the UPC codes and serial numbers before accepting your system.
The Alpine SPR comes in a new design style weighing only 2-pounds and measuring 8.7 x 3.9 x 7.1 inches. Expect to find two speakers, two grilles, two mounting brackets, and other mounting hardware such as screws, etc. As other speakers in the R series, Alpine designed the SPR to get loud even in high volume atmospheres. The multi-layer woofer provides a rigid sound and strong bass response. The tweeters are also great at high and mid-range frequencies thanks to the small yet powerful neodymium magnets installed in them.
With the Alpine SPR, you really get what you pay for. Even though they do not pump much bass, these speakers give you enough to keep up with the strong highs and mid-range frequencies coming from the tweeters. It has a rather small depth which makes it easy to fit in small spaces and make for a great improvement for any factory-installed speakers. It is easy to install and goes easy in your pocket.
The Infinity Kappa is a 6x9 speaker weighing 11.05-pounds and measuring 3.19-inches deep. The basket is made of impregnated plastic which raises some questions about its longevity. However, everything including the chrome inserts and modern interiors looks great and compact, and the accompanying assortments make it really easy to install in most car doors or rear panels.
Some of the features we found great in these speakers include:
These speakers deliver a powerful bass and articulate highs even when you crank it up, thanks to the high power handling capabilities at 220 Watts RMS. You will definitely notice the crisp sound, especially during the highs. The mid-bass also works pretty well even without any enclosures.
In most coaxial 6x9 speakers, the built-in crossovers are normally of bad quality compared to a standard component setup. However, with the Infinix Kappa, we could barely tell the difference. It also has a high sensitivity, a common feature in the Kappa Series which makes it a great alternative when upgrading your factory-installed speakers.
The CT Sounds Meso closes our list of the 6x9 speakers available in the market right now. It weighs 12.65-pounds with a moderate depth of 4.8 inches meaning it won’t fit in all cars. They come in a set of two set in an aluminum basket together with push terminals. The build screams of quality with 25mm silk dome tweeters that produce high-quality sounds at high frequencies.
The CT Sounds Meso sounds decent and looks amazing especially for what it costs. After running them on a daily basis at more than 80% of the head unit’s output, the speakers did not show any distortion at all from the bass. The highs are crisp and the mids articulate. We noticed that the set even comes with a push terminal speaker connection for easy installation. This is common in subwoofers, but very rare in a speaker, so with the CT Sounds, you can forget about spade terminals.
The tweeters were, however, a little too bright and we had to set them at -3db which helped a lot. Past 80%, the mids, and highs start becoming muted and poorly reproduced and some distortion may start in the bass. To get the most out of these components, look for a small amplifier that can push at least 50 Watts per channel and you will be good. Also, the posted RMS wattage is listed as 100W. But on the product, it clearly states 50W RMS and 100W peak.
As mentioned earlier, the best 6×9 speakers depend on a lot of factors, but the most important ones are individual preferences and needs. If you still have a problem narrowing down on one particular set of speakers, there are other things you can take into consideration.
Sound quality: 6×9 speakers are designed to create a full range of sounds. Therefore, the bass, midrange, and highs must all be great to ensure you don’t need to spend any more money to get a woofer.
Sound clarity: The best 6×9 speakers should create audible sound throughout the spectrum. The midrange should not be overpowered by the bass bleed and the bass has to remain distortion free even when the volume is cranked up.
Sensitivity: For audio to rise above the normal environmental noise such as traffic, its sensitivity should be higher than 87dB.
Other features: Some speakers are also fitted with additional features that make it easy to use, assemble, and install such as the FlexFit basket that comes with adjustable screw holes or adjustable tweeters.
Of course, if you ask us. One product really stood out among the others both in features and price…
The Pioneer TS-A6986R A-Series 6" X 9" 600W 4-Way Speakers are hands down the best 6x9 speakers on the market. This was after considering a myriad of physical and performance qualities that influenced our decision. They’re also priced right, making them impossible to pass up.
So, what 6x9 speakers did you decide to rock? Did you have any issues getting them installed or have nugget of wisdom to share with your fellow audiophiles? Share your audio system setups in the comments!
Many stock speaker systems leave a lot to be desired. On top of that, your existing speakers may be worn out. In most cases, car owners who opted to purchase new speakers noted crisper sounds with more dynamic audio.
Typically, yes. However, the radios we reviewed here add a lot of features that will also bolster the user experience of your new speakers. Additionally, the addition of an amp will really help bring out the best in your new 6x9 speakers.
In fact, there are a few things to keep in mind. First, you can check the crossover settings. It’s a common mistake to use a flat setting, but in many cases, some minor tweaks to the highs can help balance overly bright sounding audio.
If it you’re hearing vibrations, a good place to start is the mountings. Consider adding some foam baffles or matting in your doors to improve sound quality.
If you’re still not happy, try adding an amplifier. Underpowered speakers are much worse than overpowered speakers!
And remember, speakers take a little while to get “broken in”. You might just need to wait a little longer for them to reach their peak performance.