If you’re like me, you won’t settle for a subpar listening experience in any situation, especially while driving your car.
Most speakers that come with today’s cars are very small and don’t have the capability to reproduce rich bass. The general rule is simple – the larger the speaker, the deeper the bass.
Obviously, you only have a limited space on your car door to install the speakers. As such, you can’t go for very large models. But there are several car speakers out there that can deliver a rich and deep bass despite their small size.
In this article, I’ll take a closer look at the five door speakers I believe are the best when it comes to bass delivery.
5 Best Door Speakers for Endless Thumps of Bass
Here are my five favorite door speakers for bass.
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Pioneer has long been the leading manufacturer of car audio equipment. Their TS-A1676R is another reliable three-way speaker with an eye-catching design and good sonic performance. One 6.5-inch speaker handles an output power of up to 160W with an RMS rating of 50W.
The speaker pairs a multilayered mica-matrix cone with an elastic surround for extra protection. It has a 5/8-inch mid-range and a 3/8-inch tweeter. It also has a high sensitivity rating of 90dB, which means that you can keep the volume down and still hear all the nuances in your favorite songs.
This model supports a wide frequency range from 32 Hz all the way up to 40 kHz, allowing for a good bass response. If you want an even better-sounding bass, you might want to consider upgrading your head unit or installing a subwoofer. The TS-A1676 speakers come with the grilles, wires, and screws for installation, as well as a one-year warranty.
The R165X3 from Rockford Fosgate is another inexpensive yet powerful three-way, full-range speaker. This 6.5-inch model has a firm woofer with plastic surround that ensures a strong high-frequency delivery, as well as deep drums and bass. It also has a 1/2-inch silk tweeter as well as piezo super tweeter for a more accurate reproduction.
This speaker supports the standard frequency range between 52 Hz for bass and 20 kHz for treble. The bass reproduction is surprisingly strong, but you may need an amp and a subwoofer to get the most out of this model. On the plus side, it also has a high sensitivity rating of 91dB.
The R165X3 handles a continuous power of 45W and a peak output power of up to 90W. It also uses a grille guard to protect the speaker from any damage it may sustain. The packaging includes a full mounting kit and comes with a one-year warranty.
3. Pyle PL63BL
If you’re looking for an inexpensive, entry-level set of car speakers, the PL63BL from Pyle could be a good choice. This model is a three-way speaker with a built-in woofer for a stronger bass delivery. It sports a very interesting design with a blue polyurethane injection cone that ensures sturdiness without adding extra weight.
One speaker measures 6.5 inches in diameter. It consists of a one-inch voice coil, a one-inch dome mid-range driver, and a 3/4-inch tweeter for high-frequency treble. The speaker works on frequencies from 90 Hz to 20 kHz, which is the standard audio range.
A single speaker has a root mean square (RMS) output power of 30W and a peak output power of 60W. The packaging includes a set of two speakers, as well as all the cables and hardware you need to install them. You will also get a one-year warranty on all the parts.
To give you more options to choose from, I’ve also made sure to include one good two-way speaker model. The 6.5-inch DB651 from Polk Audio combines a polymer mica cone with a rubber surround for a deeper bass response.
Inside the cone is a 3/4-inch tweeter made from a mix of silk and polymer with strong neodymium magnets to ensure accurate high-frequency reproduction.
The frequency response ranges from 50 Hz to 22 kHz, which is more than enough for a high-quality sound. What’s more, due to this speaker’s high sensitivity of 92dB, you don’t have to turn the music all the way up to be able to pick up on the subtle details.
This is a rather powerful speaker with an RMS rating of 55W and a peak power of 165W. The hardware is made of stainless steel to ensure longevity. As with all other models on this list, you also get a mounting kit and a one-year warranty.
5. JBL GTO638
JBL is another top manufacturer of audio equipment with several popular models of 6.5-inch door speakers. The GTO638 three-way speaker is one of them. With a sensitivity of 92dB, it’s one of the more efficient models out there, especially in this price range.
The speaker uses JBL’s Plus One woofer cone that has up to 30 percent larger surface than other same-sized models. This, in turn, allows for a much richer bass response with extra depth and punch. This model operates on a frequency range between 50 Hz and 21 kHz.
In addition to the regular one-inch tweeter, this model also has a 1/2-inch super tweeter. Both are made from Mylar titanium, which ensures great strength without weighing the speaker down. The GTO638 has an RMS rating of 60W and can handle peak output power of up to 180W.
The set comes with patented Intermount rings that allow for a much easier installation than with other models. You’ll also get a one-year warranty on all the parts.
The Basics of Door Speakers
Throughout this article, I’ve used some speaker-specific terms that you might not be familiar with. But they are all very important to consider when choosing the best car door speaker for your music-listening needs.
Here are the key metrics I’ve used to decide on my top five picks:
- Frequency Range – Denotes the audible frequencies speakers can reproduce. Our ears can usually pick up the sounds that range from 20 Hz for very deep bass to 20 kHz for very high-pitched sounds. As a rule, the lower the bottom frequency in that range, the better the bass delivery of the speaker.
- RMS – This value shows the continuous output power the speaker can handle without burning out. For example, if a speaker has a 45W RMS rating and a 90W peak, it means that it can run on 45 watts of continuous power with sporadic bangs of up to 90 watts.
- Sensitivity – Measured in decibels, this number shows how efficient a speaker is at using the output power of the source it’s connected to. A higher sensitivity (around 85-90dB and up) means that it needs very little output power to reproduce sounds. As such, you can play music at a lower volume without sacrificing crispness and clarity.
- Two-Way and Three-Way Speakers – All but one of my picks are three-way speakers. This means that in addition to the woofer for bass and tweeter for treble they also have a mid-range speaker for a fuller, better-defined sound. Unlike them, two-way speakers don’t have a mid-range speaker. But depending on the number of drivers they use, they can still produce excellent sound.
How Many Speakers Are Enough?
When you’re buying new speakers for your car, one thing that you need to decide on is how many speakers you need or want.
Since there’s no real standard for how many speakers cars have, the choice is really up to you and what is possible in your car.
For most people, just replacing the front speakers is enough. The front speakers generally come in two varieties: one full-range speaker per door, or two speakers per door, a woofer and a tweeter higher up or in the door pillar or dash.
Replacing or installing rear speakers doesn’t really affect the sound at the front too much. Most people add rear speakers just to fill out the sound a bit more and give backseat passengers a bit better listening experience.
Rear speakers aren’t as important as front speakers, and for drivers who don’t really ever have rear passengers, they can be a bit of a waste. Some people also feel that rear speakers just interfere with the front audio.
How Big Should the Speakers Be?
Speakers come in a range of different sizes, and it can be a bit overwhelming to choose which size to go with.
For the most part going with the biggest possible size that your budget and car will allow. Bigger speakers are more powerful and will be able to produce better quality sound.
Full-range or Components – Which to Choose?
There are two main types of speakers available as aftermarket options: full-range and component. Let’s take a quick look at the differences between the two.
Full-range speakers can be thought of as an all-in-one package. These speakers have the woofer and tweeters all apart as the same device.
This allows for easy installation and means that they only take up the door speaker space. Two-way and three-way speakers fall under this category.
Full-range speakers are the best option if you’re just looking to upgrade or replace the factory speakers that came with your car.
Component systems on the other hand have all the parts of the system as separate devices. This means the woofer and tweeters are each their own device, and they are usually also paired with external crossovers.
This allows for the tweeters to be mounted higher up to ensure a better spread of sound. The crossover system also manages the frequencies being sent to the woofers and tweeters to give a more realistic sound with more depth.
Component systems are also made with higher quality materials and parts to ensure that you’re getting the best quality sound possible.
Component systems are ideal for enthusiasts who plan on keeping their system for a long time.
The Final Word
I hope this article has helped you find the best door speakers for your car audio setup. Depending on how deep you like your bass, any of them could be a good choice.
All my picks have a 6.5-inch diameter that should fit most of today’s cars. To be on the safe side, make sure to check the size of your old factory-made door speakers first.