If you’re looking for a speaker to upgrade the sound of your car stereo, and maybe even add some bass without the hassle of an additional amplifier and subwoofer, the 6″ × 9″ speaker is the choice for you. Adding a good pair of 6×9′s is a great way to give a mid-bass kick to your stereo while still maintaining mid to highs with clarity and efficiency. They are a great all-in-one speaker that cover a full range of excellent sound and quality and have a wide variety of application uses. Here’s a list of CarAudioNow’s Best 6″ x 9″ speakers on the market for 2014.

# 1. Hertz HCX 690 (CarAudioNow’s Best 6″ x 9″ Car Speaker)

Hertz HCX 690 Best 6x9 Speaker
Features:5 Stars
Design:5 Stars
Quality:5 Stars
Usability:5 Stars
Value:4 Stars
Average:4.8 Stars

# 2. JL Audio C2-690TX

JL Audio C2-690TX Best 6x9 Speaker
Features:5 Stars
Design:4 Stars
Quality:5 Stars
Usability:4 Stars
Value:4.5 Stars
Average:4.5 Stars

# 3. Polk Audio DB691

Polk Audio DB691 Best 6x9 Speaker
Features:4 Stars
Design:5 Stars
Quality:4 Stars
Usability:4 Stars
Value:5 Stars
Average:4.4 Stars

# 4. Alpine SPR-69

Alpine SPR-69 6x9 Speaker
Features:4 Stars
Design:4.5 Stars
Quality:5 Stars
Usability:4.5 Stars
Value:4.5 Stars
Average:4.5 Stars

# 5. Infinity Kappa 693.11i

Infinity Kappa 693.11i 6x9 Speaker
Features:4 Stars
Design:5 Stars
Quality:5 Stars
Usability:4 Stars
Value:4.5 Stars
Average:4.5 Stars

Common Speaker Terms & Ratings

When looking for the Best 6″×9″ Car Speakers to fit your needs, there are several things to consider before ultimately making a purchase. Here’s some common terminology and information to help you choose the best ones:

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.