If you’re looking to upgrade the sound of your car’s stereo, replacing your speakers with a 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. 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 first-hand experience 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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# 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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# 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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# 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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# 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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# 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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# 7. Polk Audio DB6501 (CarAudioNow’s Best Valued Component Car Speaker)

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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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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