Few things in life are as important as good music. But as you’ve probably noticed, that music only sounds as good as the system it’s playing through. Many cars don’t come with very good factory fitted speakers, so changing the car speakers can prove to be a cost effective way to improve sound in your audio system.
It is a fairly easy thing to do but figuring out what speakers are the ones for you is usually the hardest part. Even if you’re on a tight budget, low-cost car speakers can noticeably improve your listening experience. Here’s our guide to finding the top budget coaxial car speakers to go with your car audio system.
No.1 Hertz ENERGY ECX 165.5
6-1/2″ 2-way car speaker
Peak Power Handling – 210 W
Continuous Power Handling – 70 W RMS
Impedance: 4 Ω
Frequency response: 60 Hz – 23 kHz
Sensitivity: 94 dB SPL
Woofer magnet: High density flux ferrite
Woofer cone: Water-repellent pressed paper
Hertz is known for their high quality, high performance and of course… high price. But don’t let the price scare you if you are looking for a speaker that produces a virtually flawless sound.
Manufactured with high energy neodymium magnet tweeter, Loss-less Polymer Rubber Surround and pressed-paper cone with deep ribbing, these speakers means business. A specially designed 20mm tweeter gives a wide, flat off-axis response for enhanced highs.
With the RHFC technology, the tweeter can be oriented, being 10° angled, to control dispersion and get close to the ideal frequency response. Thanks to the built-in filters in the tweeter, the Energy ECX 165.5 provides a good crossover point for splitting audio signals into separate frequencies.
The Ecx 165.5 coaxial speakers are Hertz’s solution for those who want to reproduce a wide frequency range without the need of separate components. Put some power to them, and these coaxials will bring your stereo to a whole new level of clarity, quality and loudness. Thus earning the crown for our ” top budget speaker ” category .
- Amazingly clear and crisp sound
- Sensitivity at 94 dB, is above the competition
- Fairly easy Installation
- Price tag
- Less efficient ( needs an amplifier for optimal performance )
NO.2 Rockford Fosgate Prime R1675
6-3/4″ 3-way car speaker
Mica-injected polypropylene cone
1/2″ (13mm) mylar balanced dome tweeter
Continuous power handling: 40 W RMS
Peak Power handling: 80 W
frequency response: 48Hz – 20,000 Hz
sensitivity: 89 dB
top-mount depth: 2-3/16″
Prime series is Rockford Fosgate’s entry level with high end features. These R1675 Prime 3-way full-range speakers are a great way to get Rockford Fosgate sound quality without destroying your bank account.
The two mylar balanced dome tweeters improves sound quality with its reduced harshness and smooth roll off, thus giving excellent mids and high notes with minimum distortion. What these speakers miss out are the ability to deliver out rumbling bass. They have some “punch” but might slightly disappoint if you are looking to shake mirrors.
So if you just want clear speakers that will play your music as clear as ever with little bass, these speakers are definitely for you which is why they have earned the No.2 spot of our top budget speakers.
- 3-way drivers
- Crystal-clear mids and highs,
- Build quality is impressive
- Incredible value for money
- Average bass response (Inherent problem of a 3 way coaxial speaker)
- Slighlty bigger than 6.5 inches so installation might require some modification
- Low sensitivity and power handling
N0.3 – Infinity Primus PR6502is
6-1/2″ 2-way car speakers
Plus One+ polypropylene woofer cone with hi-roll rubber surround
3/4″ edge-driven, textile dome tweeter
3-ohm impedance for extra power (compatible with virtually all factory or aftermarket car stereos)
Power Peak: 280 W
Power Continuous: 70 W RMS
frequency response: 53Hz – 21,000 Hz
sensitivity: 93 dB
top-mount depth: 2-1/16″
The No.3 spot goes to infinity primus PR6502is. These speakers have a peak power of 280 watts, making them one of the most powerful car speakers in its category.
The textile-dome tweeter boasts of superior power handling and low distortion. This results in a greater detail in high frequencies and better vocal clarity while oversized Plus One+ woofer designed to deliver greater surface area thus yield an enhanced midrange sound as well as a wider area for peak bass output.
While not suitable for playing bass-heavy tunes, these speakers offer a great overall audio experience with little distortion.
- Clean bright highs
- 3 ohm impedence mean it will extract most amount of power from the head unit/amplifier
- Oversized grill design (in my opinion)
- Although it delivers clear highs, it can prove be to over bright for some
- Bass could have been little stronger
No.4 – JBL – CX 62SI
6-1/2″ 2-way car speakers
Plus One™ woofer con
Balanced dome tweeter
Power Peak : 280W
Power Continuous : 70W RMS
Frequency response: 55Hz – 21,000Hz
Impedance: 4 ohms
Mounting Depth: 5.9 cm
JBL is a famous brand for providing top-quality audio systems. Not only do they develop speakers that look great, but also ensures that they are of the optimum quality.
The JBL – CX 62SI coaxial speakers feature their own Plus One™ woofer cone technology that provides a more overall speaker-cone area than other cones in its class. Together with a balanced dome tweeter, they efficiently deliver a powerful and high-quality audio performance.
From clear high notes to a deep bass, they provide an impressive frequency response range and up to 280 watts of peak power handling.
Able to handle a sizable amount of power and delivering a clear sound, these CX series speakers by JBL can easily satisfy the most demanding audio enthusiasts.
- Deep bass performance
- Value for money
- Easy installation
- High notes are little on the brighter side
- Mids could have been better
No.5 – Pioneer TS-A635
6-1/2″ 3-way car speakers
Frequency Response: 35 Hz – 31,000 Hz
Maximum power handling: 300 W
continuous power handling: 50 W RMS
Impedance: 4 Ohm
Sensitivity: 90 dB
Mounting Depth: 44 mm
Pioneer speakers are constantly setting the industry standard and their 3-Way TS series coaxial car speakers are currently some of the best selling speakers on the market.
Easy to install, these high-quality speakers are bound to create an overall enjoyable acoustic experience despite their affordable price.
The TS-A635 has a unique 35 HZ – 31,000 HZ range with 90dB sensitivity and a peak power of 300 watts with around 50 watts RMS. The elastic polymer speaker surround ensures great fidelity, their piezoelectronic tweeters increases the overall sensitivity while their high-temperature voice coil makes them extremely sturdy as far as car speakers go. The mounting depths of 44 mm is one of the best in its class.
Praised for their overall sound quality, impressive amount of power, and high sensitivity, the Pioneer TS-A635 speakers offer great sound quality, but it is their frequency response that makes them unique.
- Clear sound delivery even with a stock head unit
- Good bass
- Unusual frequency response
- Easy installation
- Sound quality becomes little harsh when connected with an amplifier
- Too many quality fakes are there in the market
No.6 – Kenwood KFC-1665S
6-1/2″ 2-way speaker
polypropylene woofer with treated cloth surround
1″ balanced dome tweeter
Power Peak handling: 300 W
Power Continuous handling: 30 W RMS
impedance: 4 ohms
frequency response: 35Hz – 22,000 Hz
sensitivity: 92 dB
Mounting Depth: 1-11/16″
The beauty of Kenwood’s Sport Series speakers is that you can seriously improve your sound without breaking the bank.
The Kenwood KFC-1665S is a great choice for anyone who favors sound quality and detail over power. Easy to install, these pair of 2-way speakers offers great sound with satisfactory detail. They offer an average frequency response and handle 30 watts of continuous power with an 92 dB efficiency rate making them ideal replacement for the factory speakers .
They feature a polypropylene cones that will enrich your music with all the midrange details, while the 1″ balanced-dome tweeters will make high notes soar. The impedance of 4 ohms conducts the power in such a way as to not affect negatively, or distort the audio at high volume.
These speakers offer an incredible value for the money and a power output that is slightly above average while delivering just the punch you are looking for in your existing audio system.
- Excellent replacement speakers
- Robust design. Easy to install. Nice sound
- Easy installation
- Doesn’t deliver hard hitting bass
- Not meant for connecting with amplifier (Low continuous Power Handling)
No.7 Sony XS-FB162E Mega Bass
6-1/2″ 3-way speaker
Foamed-Mica Reinforced Cellular fiber woofer
1-7/16″ PEI balanced dome tweeter and 1/4″ dome supertweeter
Impedance: 4 Ohm
Sound: 90 dB
Peak Power: 260 W
Continuous Power: 45 W RMS
Frequency Response: 55 Hz-24,000 Hz
Mount depth: 1-3/4
Sony is one of the biggest electronics companies in the world and their car speakers are only one small branch to an otherwise massive oak tree. The sheer size and reach of the company has many advantages and disadvantages. The advantage being good car speakers that are affordable.
The Sony XS-FB162E coaxial speakers provides a very balanced overall sound quality with a nice midrange emphasis and some good low-mids. The bass produced by these speakers is just the kind that you have always wanted whenever you were listening to your favorite kind of music. However, when the volume increases, the clarity lessens. The very low continuous power handling ratings mean these speakers are easier to blow than most auto speakers.
Overall, The XS-fb162e gives out a good quality sound at an affordable price. For the people who always wanted to upgrade their 2 way speaker, this surely is the speaker to opt for.
- Shallow mounting dept
- 3-way feature
- Average bass performance, doesn’t live up to its “Mega bass” name
- Build quality
- Low continuous power handling
Obviously, if you want your music to sound great in your car, take a look at replacing your current car speaker. It’s one of the best ways to improve your car’s sound performance. If you’re one of those who wants ultimate sound performance but are limited by your budget, give our Top Car Coaxial Speakers a try, you’ll enjoy brighter highs and deeper lows. Plus, you’ll probably hear details in your music that you have been missing before.