Best Car Coaxial Speakers in 2020



Kenwood KFC-6966S Speaker 3-Way Automotive Speaker Review:


To be clear, I'm not an audiophile, so I'm no expert on overall sound quality. But I do know when speakers are dead, and the read deck speakers in my trusty 2006 Honda Accord were toast. Between being stock in the first place, the car's age and spending most of its life sitting outside under the Texas sun, the original speakers sounded like someone had shoved a pillow in them.

So based on reviews and the assertion that they fit my car, I bought these.

They came well packaged, and after figuring out how to pull the covers and speakers on my car, I installed these, which was pretty simple. I also used the recommended adapter (which I'll review separately but worked perfectly) to connected the leads. So far so good. I tested them. Sounds much, much better.

Then I tried to put the stock grills on. In short, the new speakers have a tall metal lip (for lack of a better word) that run around them, so from where they sit against the back deck they are taller than the original speakers, and the original Honda grill has a lip with foam on it that meets the height of the old speakers, forming a bit of a seal. It is well designed by Honda, but these speakers' lip runs into the lip hanging down from the speaker grill, so that was kind of a problem. I wanted to keep the original stock grills, and the grills that came with the new speakers would not have worked the way Honda has the speakers mounted anyway.

I went to work with my handy Dremel, and after pulling off the foam, cut down the lip on the original Honda speaker grills by about 2/3rds of an inch all the way around. I reapplied the foam as best I could (the good news is that after all these years it was still somewhat sticky on the underside), and then shoved the grills back into place. I'm sure it is not as tight a seal as it was when it came from the factory.

However... The sound is about 100% better. Really rich, dynamic sound on my daily 25-mile commute. Well worth the price and the hassle of putting them in.

My brother in law has the same car and has 332,000 miles on his. I'm hoping to get another 200,000 on mine to catch up with him. Hopefully, these speakers will last that long. ;)

So all good in the end with these speakers, but be warned that the height of the speakers may interfere with your stock grill as I described.



Pioneer TS-A1680F 6.5" 350 Watt 4-Way Coaxial Car Speakers Review:


 I put these speakers in my 2002 Suburban to replace the factory speakers that went bad. I cut the connection piece from my old speakers and rigged it to work with these pioneers. Here is a video so you can hear how they sound and a picture of the back so you can see how the back looks.



JBL GTO609C Premium 6.5-Inch Component Speaker System - Set of 2 Review:


This review is for the GTO 609c 6.5” component set. I am amazed at the quality of sound these speakers make! I replaced a 5 year old set of Rockford Fosgate power 6.5” coaxial speakers with these in my 3rd Gen Honda CR-V(2010). I was actually pretty satisfied with the sound from the RF coaxials,but have been really wanting to try a component set for better sound. I am running one Punch P3 12” sub and the bass just really overpowered the mids and highs. I mounted the tweeters in the sail panels (surface mount) and put the crossovers inside the door panels. As other reviews have mentioned the tweeters are tiny! Don’t let that discourage you though..these things really sing! I am really impressed with the range of sound these speakers reproduce. I’m not putting a lot of bass to these due to having a subwoofer but they still have a nice midrange punch. These are also currently running only off my Pioneer head unit at approx 22W Rms. I plan to amplify these soon and I’m sure the sound will be even more amazing! Overall the quality and sound that these speakers make is fantastic at this price point. If you want a great sounding component set without breaking the bank..buy these already!!

*Update to review!*
Finally got around to installing amp on these and WOW! Not only do they get loud but the clarity and detail is amazing even at low to moderate volume. The amp is a JBL GX-A602 2 channel (60wx2 RMS) This is also a great little amp that puts out a good amount of power for running a component set and its small footprint makes mounting easy...another great JBL product!



JBL GTO629 Premium 6.5-Inch Co-Axial Speaker - Set of 2 Review:


This review is for the GTO 609c 6.5” component set. I am amazed at the quality of sound these speakers make! I replaced a 5 year old set of Rockford Fosgate power 6.5” coaxial speakers with these in my 3rd Gen Honda CR-V(2010). I was actually pretty satisfied with the sound from the RF coaxials,but have been really wanting to try a component set for better sound. I am running one Punch P3 12” sub and the bass just really overpowered the mids and highs. I mounted the tweeters in the sail panels (surface mount) and put the crossovers inside the door panels. As other reviews have mentioned the tweeters are tiny! Don’t let that discourage you though..these things really sing! I am really impressed with the range of sound these speakers reproduce. I’m not putting a lot of bass to these due to having a subwoofer but they still have a nice midrange punch. These are also currently running only off my Pioneer head unit at approx 22W Rms. I plan to amplify these soon and I’m sure the sound will be even more amazing! Overall the quality and sound that these speakers make is fantastic at this price point. If you want a great sounding component set without breaking the bank..buy these already!!

*Update to review!*
Finally got around to installing amp on these and WOW! Not only do they get loud but the clarity and detail is amazing even at low to moderate volume. The amp is a JBL GX-A602 2 channel (60wx2 RMS) This is also a great little amp that puts out a good amount of power for running a component set and its small footprint makes mounting easy...another great JBL product!



Pioneer TS-F1634R 6.5" 200W 2-Way Speakers Review:


I purchased 2 of these to replace my stock front driver and passenger speakers in my 2007 Isuzu I-290 (Chevy Colorado/GMC Canyon) extended cab truck. The stock speakers were 6.5” 15W Blaupunkts. They were 12 years old, so they had some crackling and resonation, and were getting rather annoying.

These Pioneers were a GREAT upgrade option. The sound quality is way better, even with the stock CD receiver that probably puts out 50-75W max. Install was super easy, I just put 4 self tapping screws in to attach the speaker. I had to buy a GM adapter for each side, a pack of 2 are $5 here on Amazon.

I purchased a set for the rear about an hour after installing the fronts this morning. Fully recommend, great quality for the price.



Rockford Fosgate R169X3 Prime 6” x 9” 3-Way Full-Range Coaxial Speaker (Pair) Review:


Great replacement for OEM speakers. These speakers fit nicely in my '17 Forester front doors. Had to modify the enclosure from the original speakers to fit these. They are a great upgrade to the standard speakers that come with the car. In addition, I also installed some 2.15" PowerBass mid-tweeters in the dash corner position with bass blocking capacitors at 1.2kHz. Together, these make very clean detailed sound with accurate low end response.

I would not recommend these speakers to anyone who wants to hear loads of bass or who like to push their system to the limit. These aren't "enthusiast" speakers, they are for people who listen at moderate levels and want good detailed performance with accurate response. Also consider the price... They are not expensive and shouldn't be compared to premium level offerings that cost 2 or 3x.

Overall, I love them. These, the in-dash tweeters, and bass blockers I got all for less than $75 on Amazon. I'm using them with the stock head unit and it's plenty loud for my needs.



JVC CS-J620 300W 6.5" CS Series 2-Way Coaxial Car Speakers, Set of 2 Review:


These speakers sound great but they are really meant to be used with a subwoofer as they just don't respond very well to lower-end bass frequencies. They do produce sound in that range (as the specs show) but at lower volumes than the rest of the frequency range. You can mitigate this a little by fattening up the low-end on the head-end's equalizer, but it's only somewhat effective at medium volumes.

If you are looking to just replace your stock speakers and not try and deal with sub wiring/placement like I was, you might want to look to a unit that delivers a little better on the low end.

I can't really rate them very low because they are generally really nice sounding speakers for the price, and would make a excellent set if they were used with a sub to take up the low end. For me, however, I'm currently debating if I replace these with different models, or if I go through the hassle of installing a sub somewhere in my interior.



BOSS Audio Systems BE694 500 Watt Per Pair, 6 x 9 Inch, Full Range, 4 Way Car Speakers Sold in Pairs Review:


I own a 2008 Subaru Outback and I love to blast some raging technical death metal whenever I drive. The thing about technical death metal is its complex structure and dynamic rhythms, but the part I love the most is the blast beats from the drums. The car has over 200k miles on it so I didn't want to go all out with a sound system. These BOSS Audio Systems BE654 6.5 Inch Car Speakers work perfectly with the stock amp and my aftermarket JVC head unit. The installation was not easy since these speakers are not specifically designed for my car, but as I said, the car has over 200k miles on it and I don't care that I had to hack a 6.5" hole into the door panels to install the speakers. To test the sound quality, I installed the driver side speakers first and temporarily left the passenger stock speakers in. I played music through each side separately and the BOSS speakers are better. I recommend them if you don't want to spend a lot of money on a REAL sound system but still, want better sound.



BOSS Audio Systems CH6530 Car Speakers - 300 Watts of Power Per Pair and 150 Watts Each, 6.5 Inch, Full Range, 3 Way, Sold in Pairs, Easy Mounting Review:


Overall, I’m pretty pleased with the radio. No it’s not top of the line quality but you aren’t paying top dollar either. I installed this on a 2003 Tahoe that already had a JVC unit in it. Here’s my thoughts:

Pros:
-Overall, seems pretty good quality
-Bluetooth mic speaker built in so no need to buy an additional one
-Pretty clear wiring instructions
-Backup camera is pretty clear and works well

Cons:
-Touch screen takes getting used to. You almost have to touch it ‘just right’ to get it to do what you want
-If you hit the home button, it doesn’t stay there but reverts back to the last screen you had it on unless you select something
-Volume adjuster can be slow to catch up when turning the dial
-Graphics are pretty cheesy
-Bluetooth mic from what I am told, is a little soft so you have to speak up
-The quality of the wires are pretty thin. I would have gladly paid more to have better wires but they do work fine so far

Backup camera:
-Wiring is pretty short and probably only suitable for small cars due to length
-Instructions are terrible, get on YouTube to see how to wire it
-Picture is actually pretty clear, even at night.
-Everything is bright and easy to see
-No way of removing guide lines (or at least that I’m aware of)
-Lots of confusion on the backup camera wire on the back of the radio (Violet/white wire). This wire is the signal wire that tells the radio to switch to the camera when you put the vehicle in reverse. This violet wire connects to red wire that comes out of the RCA plug that plugs into the back of the radio. The other end of the RCA cable goes the camera and that red wire taps into the positive side of your reverse light bulb.

Conclusion - Well this isn’t a top tier radio, it doesn’t cost a whole lot. For $99 with a backup camera, it’s hard to beat. My main reason for the upgrade was for hands free calling, Bluetooth streaming and a backup camera which this radio does them all. Just note that camera wiring instructions suck, the wiring is short and the violet/white wire taps into the reverse light.