The Best Car Speakers For Music Lovers 2024

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Don’t know what to get?

BOOM: here’s some expert advice.

If you’ve never purchased speakers for a car, boat, or ATV before, here’s a little heads up: there are TONS of them. And, though they come in every size and shape for every car make and model, a significant percentage are junk – and often not as good as the stock speakers your car came with. The good news: you don’t have to spend a fortune to significantly upgrade your system if you know what to look for, or who to talk to. That’s what our “Best of 2024” list is all about: our experts cherry-picking the best car, boat, and ATV speakers currently on the market, by category – best for sound quality, best for the money, best coaxial, and so on.

Questions along the way? Don’t hesitate to pick up the phone and talk to one of our mobile technicians at 1.866.961.7781 or email us here. (You will make their day – they love this stuff.)

Here Are Our Picks for the Best Car Speakers of 2024:

  1. The Best 2-Way Car Component Speakers:
  2. The Best Car Coaxial Speakers: Focal PC 165 FE 6-1/2" Expert Flax Evo 2-Way Coaxial Speakers
  3. The Best Value Car Coaxial Speakers: Kicker DSC650 DS Series 6.5" 4-Ohm Coaxial Speakers - Pair
  4. The Best Car Coaxial Speakers Under $300: Focal 165 AC Access 6-1/2" 2-Way Coaxial Speakers
  5. The Best Value Car Component Speakers: Kicker 46CSS654 CS-Series 6-1/2" 2-Way Component Speakers
  6. The Best Car Component Speakers Under $200: Focal ASE 165 6.5" 2-Way Component Kit
  7. The Best Car Component Speakers Under $300:
  8. The Best Car Component Speakers Under $500: Focal ISU 165 Universal Integration 6-1/2" 2-Way Component Speakers
  9. The Best Low-Power Car Coaxial Speakers: Kicker 46CSC654 CS-Series 6-1/2" 2-Way Coaxial Speakers

The Best 2-Way Car Component Speakers

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The Best Car Coaxial Speakers

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Focal PC 165 FE 6-1/2" Expert Flax Evo 2-Way Coaxial Speakers

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  • Woofer Material: Flax Sandwich Woofer Cones
  • Tweeter Material: Coaxial "M"-profile aluminum/magnesium inverted dome
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  • Sensitivity: 90dB
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Tired of boring, lackluster audio in your car, truck, or SUV? Why not get an immediate improvement in audio reproduction with Focal’s PC 165 FE 6-1/2” 2-way car coaxial speakers? Focal’s sound gurus blend unique materials with advanced technologies to deliver a truly superb sound experience. Focal’s Flax Evo line is a new iteration of their best-selling, award-winning Flax-series speakers. We found it hard to believe that you could have improved upon the original speakers, but we were wrong.

The flax-coned woofers can deliver some truly impressive midrange and midbass response thanks to their flax sandwich cone design. In case you’re unaware of this “flax sandwich cone” technology, allow us to explain: Focal’s engineers place a thin layer of flax between two ultra-thin layers of glass fiber to ensure unparalleled rigidity. These woofer cones are then connected to the aluminum basket via Focal’s TMD (tuned mass damper) rubber surround to further eliminate distortion potential. The built-in aluminum/magnesium inverted dome just plain sing those high frequencies. Seriously. You’ve never heard sound so good from a car coaxial speaker!

Hook up the PC 165 FE speaker kit to an amplifier that pushes them around 70 watts each (at 4 ohms) and you will hear your favorite tunes in clarity you’d never expect in your vehicle. We were thrilled with these speakers’ imaging and clarity when we first hooked them up for their inaugural test drive. One of the best bits is that the speakers only measure 2-15/16” in mounting depth, so they will fit into just about any vehicle!

The Best Value Car Coaxial Speakers

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Kicker DSC650 DS Series 6.5" 4-Ohm Coaxial Speakers - Pair

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  • Woofer Material: Polypropylene
  • Tweeter Material: PEI
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  • Sensitivity: 90dB
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If you find yourself in need of a good-quality pair of speakers that will run well off your factory-installed radio, Kicker’s DS-series 43DSC6504 6-1/2” 2-way coaxial speakers should be at the top of your list of suitable solutions. The speakers’ woofer cones are made of a durable polypropylene material that will belt out solid midrange and midbass response, while the 1/2” PEI dome tweeters planted in the middle of each speaker deliver crisp high-frequency response. A ribbed foam surround ensures a good connection between the woofer cones and the basket of each speaker.

Capable of handling up to 240 watts of peak power, these 4-ohm speakers thrive in as little as 10-60 watts of continuous power. That’s perfect if you’re teaming them up with a factory-installed or aftermarket radio. With a mounting depth of just 1-13/16”, you should have few issues fitting them into most speaker locations. Suppose you need some protection for the speakers. In that case, a pair of hardy plastic grilles are included to protect your audio investment. We think it’s time to upgrade those poor-sounding speakers in your vehicle. Don’t you agree?

The Best Car Coaxial Speakers Under $300

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Focal 165 AC Access 6-1/2" 2-Way Coaxial Speakers

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  • Woofer Material: Dual Fiberglass Structure (DFS®)
  • Tweeter Material: Processed aluminum inverted dome
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  • Sensitivity: 92dB
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If you're looking for a truly outstanding pair of 6-1/2" 2-way coaxial car speakers, check out Focal's 165AC Access-series kit. Boasting dual fiberglass structure (DFS) woofer cones that deliver some great midrange and midbass response coupled to an aluminum inverted dome tweeter that sounds plain gorgeous, you will not be able to find a better solution to your audio dilemma.

We want to talk about the tweeter a bit more as it is quite unique to a coaxial speaker design. The tweeter in the middle of each speaker is in an angled mount atop a rotatable post. This means that you're able to spin this tweeter post to get the tweeters to project their sound towards your ears. You will hear more detail in every bit of music you listen to!

This 4-ohm speaker kit can handle up to 120 watts of peak power (up to 60 watts RMS), so your choices are wide: power them off the existing audio system or add a small, robust amplifier to make these things really sing! Each speaker's ABS/fiberglass basket is only 2-1/2" deep, so you should have no install worries in most vehicles. If you're not planning on using the existing speaker grilles in the car (or they don't exist), Focal has some in the box with these speakers.

The Best Value Car Component Speakers

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Kicker 46CSS654 CS-Series 6-1/2" 2-Way Component Speakers

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  • Woofer Material: Polypropylene
  • Tweeter Material: Titanium
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  • Sensitivity: 12dB
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Kicker has designed their 46CSS654 CS-series 2-way 6-1/2” car component speakers to be a hefty upgrade over what’s installed into most cars, trucks, and SUVs today. A lot of research and development went into these speakers to ensure that they sound good and last a good long time. Woofer cones crafted from polypropylene are attached to the speaker’s durable stamped basket via ribbed polyester foam surrounds and 3/4” titanium tweeters all but assure you that they are truly great-sounding speakers.

Boasting a woofer mounting depth of only 1-13/16”, you should find little installation woes in your vehicle of choice. Even the included crossovers are compact enough to tuck away into a door or under the dash for a discreet location. If you need some protection for the speakers, Kicker thoughtfully included some grilles for this very reason.

This 4-ohm car component speaker kit will handle up to 100 watts of continuous power and then up to 300 watts of max power, so you have a few options for powering them: factory-installed radio, aftermarket radio, or an amplifier. Well, what are you waiting for? Click the “Add to Cart” button and start your journey to better-sounding audio today!

The Best Car Component Speakers Under $200

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Focal ASE 165 6.5" 2-Way Component Kit

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  • Woofer Material: Polypropylene
  • Tweeter Material: Mylar
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  • Sensitivity: 91.5dB
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If you’ve done any research on upgrading your vehicle’s speakers, there’s a very strong chance that you saw Focal’s name pop up a time or two. That’s because they are darn good at what they do and their Auditor-series ASE 165 6-1/2” 2-way car component speakers show the incredible value you receive from the French speaker manufacturer.

Smooth midrange and tight midbass response are delivered via the polypropylene woofer cones while detailed high-frequency response from the Mylar inverted dome tweeters make the nuances in your music emerge effortlessly. Simple, but efficient, compact crossovers are tasked with the duty of separating the incoming audio signal and sending the appropriate audio information to the proper driver (midrange and midbass go to the woofers while highs go to the tweeters). We love how small these crossovers are because it makes the installation of the system so much easier! Also making the installation easier is the 2-1/2” mounting depth of the woofers – that type of depth should fit in virtually any vehicle.

While the ASE 165 speakers are designed to thrive in a low-power environment (such as running off a factory-installed or aftermarket stereo), you will get the utmost in performance if you team them up with a 60-watt per channel amplifier. In doing so, the speakers will achieve better sound quality as well as playing more loudly. Win/win, we believe.

The Best Car Component Speakers Under $300

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The Best Car Component Speakers Under $500

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Focal ISU 165 Universal Integration 6-1/2" 2-Way Component Speakers

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  • Nominal Power Handling: 70 watts
  • Maximum Power Handling: 140 watts
  • Sensitivity: 93dB
  • Frequency Response: 60Hz – 21kHz
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The ISU 165 6-1/2” component car speakers are hands-down one of the best options available if you’re looking to upgrade from a rather dull sound system in your vehicle to a better-sounding experience.

The woofer cones are made using Focal’s polyglass technology, which is the result of adhering micro glass balls to a pulp cone. This allows the woofer cone to have a fair amount of rigidity without weighing much. This improves mid-range and midbass response while limiting distortion potential. Aluminum magnesium inverted dome tweeters deliver smooth high-frequency response and are protected from harmful frequencies by the slim in-line crossover Focal supplies.

The ISU 165 speakers can handle up to 70 watts of continuous power (and up to 140 watts of peak power), but thanks to their 4-ohm impedance and 93dB sensitivity rating, these things will sound wonderful even running off a factory-installed radio. If you add an amplifier to power them into the fold, they will sound even better. With a mounting depth measuring only 1-15/16”, the woofers will fit into almost any location imaginable. Please note that Focal does not include speaker grilles as they expect the ISU 165 speakers to reside behind existing grilles. So what are you waiting for?

The Best Low-Power Car Coaxial Speakers

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Kicker 46CSC654 CS-Series 6-1/2" 2-Way Coaxial Speakers

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  • Woofer Material: Polypropylene
  • Tweeter Material: PEI (polymer imide)
  • Sensitivity: 90dB
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Kicker’s 46CSC654 6-1/2” 2-way car coaxial speakers sound incredible and, more importantly (for the folks looking for a simple, but noticeable, audio upgrade in their vehicle), they don’t need gobs of juice to perform well. The polypropylene woofer cones couple quite well with the PEI dome tweeters for well-balanced, natural sound. The tweeter on each speaker boasts zero protrusion, so you don’t have to be concerned with the tweeter hitting the inside of the door panel when you’re putting everything back together after the installation.

And speaking of installation, Kicker put a lot of time and thought into the fitment of the rear part of the speaker, too. Measuring only 1-11/16” in top-mount depth, this speaker system should have no issues being installed in virtually any vehicle. A pair of stylish protective grilles are included in case you need them, too. If you’re looking for even better sound, consider adding a small amplifier into the mix to enjoy these car speakers even more!

One more thing...

Once you pick out your new car speakers, a last word of advice: buy from a trusted dealer, and the more experience / the longer the track record, the better. A good dealer will take care of you in the event anything happens. And if you have any questions along the way, please don’t hesitate to talk to one of our car techs. Call 1.866.961.7781 or email us here.

Speaking of trusted dealers…

World Wide Stereo is home to some 90+ industry-leading audio/video professionals who love what they do and talking about it, too. We opened our doors in 1979, gained a small yet diehard following, won a slew of national awards for everything from killer car audio installations to customer service, grew the business online… and today we enjoy a faithful following of like-minded TV-watching, music-listening, gear-loving defenders of fun for the whole family. Our only rule: no one leaves unhappy. We’re brutally honest when it comes to this stuff. Want to know if something is as good as advertised - even if you're shopping somewhere else? Call us or stop by one of our showrooms — we’ll give it to you straight. We love what we do, and we love sharing that love.

With us, you get our guarantee, which includes perks like free shipping, 60-day returns, and support even years after the sale — always. Hence our rule: "no one leaves unhappy." Ever.

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Lol. Sponsored by focal and kicker are we? Having a best speakers list without having morel, herts, or JL audio says it all. The morel elite carbon three ways will make that whole list look like a paper cone speaker from the ’60s! 9in mid in my door mm3 3.5in mid range ($899.99 for just the pair. More expensive than pretty much your whole list on their own) then tweeters of course to finish out the three-way system. Then the two-way elates in the rear…powered by 2 JL audio XD800/8V2 PER SIDE! On another level! Give morel and call and ask for KC tellem kye said you needed to hear a real speaker! 😜

People, i did car audio custom installs for 2 decades in Los Angeles area. entered professional car audio sound offs and even was a judge in SPL level tests. Best speakers are what your ears like to hear. dont go with what someone tells you. take couple of songs you know well and how they should sound. i advice, of course depends on person, maybe jazz or instrumental, rock, etc. you know how it sounds to your liking. then go shopping and listen to your songs and which set of speakers comes the closest. and ask if they have similar set up in a car. if so or we use to have sound rooms to test as mock up car. get an idea how they may sound in your car. what you like to hear, is the best speaker system for you. But,also choose an amp etc accordingly. thanks

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