Many people decide that they need to swap out the speakers in their vehicle so that they’re music and radio programs sound a whole lot better. And that’s quite understandable considering that most factory-installed speakers don’t sound very good, especially if the music is cranked up even a little bit. And other people want to upgrade their car or van’s speakers, but they simply don’t know where to start. That’s why we’ve decided to find and rate the best 6×9-inch speakers that are currently available. Now no one has to put off improving their speaker system in their car because they don’t know which speakers are the best.
Best 6×9 Speakers – Reviews & Buying Guide
10Boss Audio Systems CH6930 Speakers
These 400-watt 3-way speakers are approximately 9.3-inches by 6.5-inches and have a mounting depth of approximately 3.2-inches. Although the sound tends to flatten out a bit when sound volumes are turned up high, these speakers have a good sound quality in general. They have an impedance of 4-Ohms and a frequency response of 50 Hz to 20 kHz with a sensitivity of 92-decibels. And probably the best thing of all about these 6×9 speakers is they have a beautiful design that makes them the star of any stereo installation.
- Provides 400-watts of sound
- Sound reproduction suffers when sound is turned up high
9Pioneer TS-G6930F 800-Watt Speakers
Pioneer is known for making high-end car stereos, but with this 6×9 speaker set, they’ve proven they also know a thing or two about inexpensive speakers. This set provides up to 800-watts of power and clear high-notes, which is quite surprising for a speaker in this price range. Although the bass on these speakers isn’t what a person would expect them to be, they’re still not as bad as some more expensive model. And because this speaker set is easy to install, car owners can have it installed in their vehicles in no time flat.
- These are inexpensive speakers
- Has clear high-frequencies
- Doesn’t have much bass
8Rockford Fosgate 3-Way Coaxial Speakers
These speakers are designed to provide the listener with up to 65-watts RMS up to a maximum of 130-watts. It has a mounting depth of approximately 2.85-inches, and not only comes with the grilles necessary for installation but also all of the installation hardware as well. They have a nominal impedance of 4-Ohms and deliver excellent mid to high note sound reproduction. Although the bass at lower sound levels doesn’t sound much better than stock car speakers, as the volume rises the punchiness of the bass begins to improve. Overall, these are nice speakers that are available for a good price.
- Has great mid and high-range sound reproduction
- Bass improves at higher volumes
- Bass isn’t very good at low levels
7Cerwin Vega 350-Watts Max Coaxial Speakers
With a frequency response of 50Hz-18Khz and a sensitivity of 94-decibels, these inexpensive speakers from Cerwin are just barely an improvement over most stock speakers. However, that doesn’t mean that they’re not worth checking out. They do provide decent highs and have a maximum wattage of 350-watts. They’re also easy-to-install and have a nice look to them. They might not suit most audiophiles, but they’re cheap car speakers that can be used to replace stock speakers that may have blown out.
- They are very inexpensive speakers
- They’re easy to mount
- Not a huge improvement over most stock speakers
6JBL GTO939 Coaxial Speaker Set
These premium speakers are designed to greatly improve the sound quality of the car owner’s music, not just overstock speakers but over just about any other 6×9-inch speakers available. And these speakers come close to realizing this goal. Although these speakers don’t produce the best sound quality in the world, they do produce nice low, mid-range, and high-notes. The one problem we had with them is that they didn’t fit the vehicle we bought them for as well as they should’ve, once installed they sounded good.
- Provides excellent bass
- Provides excellent mid to high range notes
- Not an easy fit for all vehicles
5Infinity Kappa 693.11I Coaxial Speakers
These 3-way speakers look nice, have a bit of style, and produce some exceptional sound. They have a 2-Ohm impedance and can provide 660-watts of power per pair max. They are made with carbon injected glass fiber cone material, but they’re frames are extremely bendable. Although these speaker’s frames don’t feel very durable and are quite easy to accidentally bend during installation, once installed these speakers are everything a person could want out of a pair of 6x9s. They even have a reasonable price.
- They’re reasonably priced
- They produce excellent sound
- Their frame doesn’t seem very durable
4JVC CS-J6930 400-Watt Coaxial Car Speakers
Although these speakers might not have the best bass sound available on 6×9 speakers, they are good enough to satisfy most people. This is especially true since they’re extremely affordable speakers and don’t cost an arm and a leg to buy. Besides, they do have nice mid-range and high-notes and there’s little to no distortion, even when they’re blasting music. All in all, they’re high-quality speakers that should suit most people well and have a maximum power of 400-watts.
- Produces nice mid-range and high notes
- They’re inexpensive
- Bass could be better
3Infinity REF-9623iX Textile Tweeters
Even though these speakers don’t have a whole lot of bass to speak of, they do otherwise produce a pretty good sound. They’re edge-driven textile speakers that seem to be well made and are also easy-to-install. They have an Impedance of approximately 3-Ohms and a sensitivity of about 94-decibels. Taking it all into consideration, these are decent mid-range speakers that are an improvement over the stock 6x9s found in most vehicles. And they also have a stylish look that allows them to stand out in most vehicles as well.
- They’re easy-to-install
- They have a nice sound to them
- They’re reasonably priced speakers
- They don’t have much bass
2Kicker 43DSC69304 D-Series Speakers
Kicker has been producing some quality speakers over the last few years, and this one lives up to their name quite well. Sure, the bass on this speaker is probably just average, but its mid and high-range notes are nice, and these speakers can cook when they’re cranked up to high. It has 360-watts of peak power and 70-watts of RMS, and it has a thin profile that makes it very easy to install. And their thin profile just doesn’t make them easy to install but it really gives them an attractive look that fits in with any vehicles interior.
- Excellent sound reproduction
- Nice clear high-notes
- They’re reasonably priced
- Bass is just average
1Pioneer 5-Way A-Series Coaxial Speaker System
Since these speakers have the pioneer name on them, most people expect them to be excellent, and we’re happy to say that they seemed to have met these expectations. That’s because these speakers are inexpensive, easy to install, and produce some great sound. Not only do these speakers produce excellent mid to high-range notes, but they also handle bass quite well, too. And they have a nice look to them that allows them to complement any car’s interior.
- Clear sound quality
- Has excellent bass
- They’re reasonably priced
- They’re easy to install
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A Guide To 6×9 Speakers
Since we’ve already covered some of the best 6×9 car speakers that are currently available, we thought that we would write a guide on the subject. We’re going to begin this guide with a section on what consumers should look for when searching for a new pair of speakers, and then we’re going to tackle the subject of installing those speakers properly.
Things To Consider When Buying Speakers
We could probably write 10 guides on the subject of buying speakers and still have more to write about, but we understand that our leaders are busy and just want the basics covered. With that in mind, we’ve distilled everything that we know about buying 6×9 speakers into the short section. In other words, we’ve only selected the most important things that consumers should keep in mind.
Think About Speaker Sensitivity
The first thing that a person might want to think about when buying a speaker is the speakers’ sensitivity. Sensitivity is basically the amount of sound that a speaker can produce based upon the power that’s run through it. For people with stock radios, which are relatively low-powered, then speakers that have 90 dB or higher sensitivity ratings will work just fine. However, if the consumer has a high-power system—one that’s 16 watts RMS or higher—then they’re going to want to purchase speakers with lower sensitivity ratings for the best sound quality.
How Much Power Can The Speaker Handle?
The next thing that the consumer needs to think about is how much power the speaker can handle. For low-powered stock radios, this doesn’t matter as much because the speakers won’t be tasked with much work. If the sound system is powerful, then the consumer is going to need to purchase speakers that can handle the extra power. When choosing a speaker, look at the Maximum RMS rating and not the Peak Power Rating to get an idea of how much power the speaker can handle.
What Is The Speaker Made From?
How the speaker is constructed is also extremely important and not only affects the durability of the speakers but also their ability to project sound. Most people are going to want to buy a speaker with a molded polypropylene woofer cone and maybe even a Triple polyethylene Terephthalate hard dome tweeter. In our experience, polypropylene offers the most accurate bass response, but synthetics coated with titanium or aluminum work well too.
How To Install 6×9 Speakers
Now that we all know what we’re looking for when buying a new set of 6×9 speakers, it’s time to turn our attention to installing those speakers once they’ve been bought. Although the following section isn’t the most comprehensive guide to installing 6×9 speakers, it will give our readers a basic overview of the process. This isn’t a step-by-step guide, but more of an overview of the process of installing a new speaker. For brevity, some steps might have been omitted, so be sure that you follow a comprehensive guide if you’re unsure of how to install your 6×9 speakers. Okay? Well, let’s get started.
Prepare Your Car For Installation
Before a person can put their spanking new speakers in they first have to take the old ones out. This is usually accomplished by first removing the grill. In many of the models we’ve removed, this was done by pushing the edge of the speaker’s grill backward and upwards. This should pop out the grill. With the grill removed, the speakers can then easily be unscrewed and removed.
When the stock speakers have been removed, the rear deck has to be prepared for installing the aftermarket 6×9 speakers. This is done by placing the cutout template at the center of the hole and then using a marker to trace the edge of it on the underlying fabric. Then a small cutting tool is used to cut out the fabric around the marked edge.
Once the fabric has been removed, the consumer should then remove the stock mounting tabs—making sure not to stray any further from the cut outline than needed. During the process, the consumer should make sure to wear their safety glasses and a dust mask for protection. The edges of the hole are probably going to need to be ground down as well to make sure there are no sharp edges.
Insert The Speaker
Once the hole has been prepared, it’s time to install the speaker into the hole. After double-checking to make sure it’s going to fit properly, the consumer should use the gasket material to wrap the metal edges that are going to come into contact with the speaker. The gasket material is between the metal edge and the speaker to reduce vibration while the speaker is being used. Make sure to connect the speakers to the connector before permanently mounting them.
Using the mounting points as a guide, drill out each hole and place a screw into them to mount the speaker securely. Once that’s been carefully done, either a new grill should be installed or the factory grill reinstalled.