Best 6.5″ Component Car Speakers 2014 | Top 6.5″ Component Speakers

February 8, 2014

If you’re looking to upgrade the sound of your car’s stereo, replacing your speakers with pair of aftermarket 6.5″ component car speakers is an excellent way to improve the quality of music in your vehicle. A good set of component speakers will allow you to increase the volume and clarity while decreasing distortion, and even add a little more bass to your system with the right speakers. Also referred to as “separates”, component speakers have two separate speakers that emit different ranges of frequencies and sounds. The woofer, or the larger speaker, emits the lower to mid range frequencies while the tweeter, the small speaker, covers the very high range frequencies and noises. Separating the tweeter and woofer allows for clearer sound with less distortion.

So what are the Best 6.5″ Component Car Speakers for 2014? A combination of our knowledge and experience first-hand in the field with products, combined with extensive research has led us to our own list of top 6.5″ component speakers of 2014 for your car. We did the research so you don’t have to! Our lists are non-biased and are based on a combination of performance, popularity, and price.

Also check out our Best Budget 6.5″ Component Speakers for our list of best 6.5″ components on a budget and our Best Budget High End 6.5″ Component Speakers for the absolute top-of-the-line 6.5″ Component speakers.

And before you choose a speaker for your system, consider learning more about Component Car Speakers and their features.

# 1. Hertz HSK 165XL (CarAudioNow’s Best Component Car Speaker)

Hertz-HSK165XL 6.5" Component Speaker
Features:4 Stars
Design:4 Stars
Quality:5 Stars
Usability:5 Stars
Value:5 Stars
Average:4.6 Stars
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$499.99


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The Hertz HSK 165XL is CarAudioNow’s choice for the Best 6.5″ Component Car Speaker on the market for 2014. Hertz is very well known for very well manufactured audio equipment, and the HSK 165XL is one of the reasons why that reputation is still upheld. This is a 5-star Component Set and truly raises the bar for speaker performance.

# 2. Focal PS165

Focal-PS165 6.5" Component Speaker
Features:4 Stars
Design:5 Stars
Quality:4 Stars
Usability:4 Stars
Value:5 Stars
Average:4.4 Stars
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$369.99


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Let the sound speak for itself with the Focal Performance PS 165. They’re a 6 3/4″ (oversized 6/5″) speaker that combines the latest technology in one incredible pair of components. They are made with a lightweight, rigid Polyglass cone in a sturdy frame that creates accurate, rich sound. Priced right around $350, if you are looking for a powerful pair of components the Focal PS 165 will do the job.

# 3. JL Audio ZR650-CSi

JL Audio ZR650-CSi 6.5" Component Speaker
Features:5 Stars
Design:5 Stars
Quality:4 Stars
Usability:3 Stars
Value:3 Stars
Average:4 Stars
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$599.94


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Match the acoustics of your vehicle and personal tastes in music with the JL Audio ZR650-CSi. The ZR650-CSi oversized 6.5″ components (6.75″) feature 5-level tweeters and 4-level midrange presence settings with 20 different tunings for complete resonance customization. Combined with high grade materials, these components are among the best on the market.

# 4. Rockford Fosgate T2652-S

Rockford Fosgate T2652-S 6.5" Component Speaker
Features:4 Stars
Design:4 Stars
Quality:4 Stars
Usability:4 Stars
Value:3 Stars
Average:3.8 Stars
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$399.99


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The Rockford Fosgate T2652-S is a 6.5” component is a great choice for a universal component system. Featuring 1” aluminum dome tweeters, carbon fiber & polypropylene injection molded cones and a rating of 100 Watts RMS, you can expect consistent, and high quality sound from these components.

# 5. Image Dynamics XS-65

Image Dynamics XS-65 6.5" Component Speaker
Features:5 Stars
Design:3 Stars
Quality:4 Stars
Usability:4 Stars
Value:3 Stars
Average:3.8 Stars
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$599.99


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The Image Dynamics XS-65 offer superior quality at a reasonable price. With multi layer ceramic fiber and Rohacell composite cones, combined with soft silk dome tweeter and a 250 watt RMS rating, match these speakers with the right amplifier and there’s very few speakers that can compete.

# 6. JL Audio C5-650

JL_Audio_C5-650 6.5" Component Speaker
Features:3 Stars
Design:4 Stars
Quality:5 Stars
Usability:3 Stars
Value:3 Stars
Average:3.6 Stars
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$352.94


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Each of the JL Audio C5-650 can handle a maximum 150 watts and RMS 75 watts with ease. The setup comes with two 3/4″ Silk soft dome tweeters, each with 4 adjustable outputs for full control of sound. The woofers are made from Mineral-filled polypropylene, with a butyl surround. With the right amount power, these speakers scream quality.

# 7. Polk Audio DB6501

Polk Audio DB6501 6.5" Component Speaker
Features:3 Stars
Design:3 Stars
Quality:4 Stars
Usability:3 Stars
Value:5 Stars
Average:3.6 Stars
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$119.99


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The Polk Audio DB6501 is among the most popular speakers in our list. They are a great looking pair of speakers, have a high power handling (300W Peak, 100W RMS per speaker), 4 ohm impedance, and a high sensitivity at 92 dB. These speakers are the best value for the buck. You get a high performing speaker for right around $100 bucks.

Common Speaker Terms & Ratings

Lets define a few common terms that are compared when rating a speaker:

Power Handling: Power handling is the measurement a manufacture gives to rate how much power a speaker can handle and operate at. It is given by two measurements, RMS and Peak (or MAX). RMS Power rating is the amount of power the speaker handles continuously, while the Peak Power rating is the amount of power a speaker can handle in short bursts. When comparing speakers, RMS Power is the more relevant and important rating to look at.

Sensitivity: The speaker sensitivity rating is a measurement of the amount of sound the speaker will emit from the power it’s given. The higher the sensitivity, the more efficient the speaker is with the power it’s given. For lower powered systems, you want a higher sensitivity rating. For a higher powered system, you want a lower sensitivity rating. Lower sensitivity rated speakers are meant to handle higher power.

Frequency Range: Frequency range is the frequencies that the speaker emits sound at, measure in Hz. Normally they are given from a low frequency to high, for example: 20 – 22,000 (22k) Hz. This measure how low and high the speaker can actually emit sound at.

Speaker Design and Materials

Woofer: The speaker woofer can determine the responsiveness, and quality of the speaker. The stiffer and more lightweight the material used, the more effective the speaker is. Polypropylene is a very common material used for the cone, as well as woven fabrics such as kevlar. Aluminum and titanium are also used in higher end speakers.

Woofer Surrounding: The woofer surround also is an important aspect of the speaker system and effect the sound as well. Durable, lightweight, and free moving materials are used to allow the woofer to move with as little energy possible. The material is essential for a long lasting and performing speaker too. As speakers get older and used, humidity levels and wear-and-tear can crack and  even break the surrounding of the woofer. Rubber surrounding is typically the most long lasting an high performing material. Foam an cloth surroundings are found on less expensive component speakers, with lower performance and shorter life spans.

Crossovers: When you purchase a component car speaker system, a crossover is almost always a part of the package. External crossovers are typically used to lessen the amount of distortion a speaker might have by separating the frequency inputs. Signals can cross through coated wiring and cause distortion, so an external crossover system will limit this.

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