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A component system is a set of speakers with separate "woofers" (larger speaker) and "tweeters" (much smaller speakers). The woofers handle the meat of the music with the tweeters filling in all the details. You can put the separate tweeters higher up in the car (dash, upper door, etc.) where you'll be able to better hear all the musical details.
Regular speakers, or "coaxial speakers," combine a woofer (larger cone) and a tweeter (a much smaller speaker) into one speaker. It's a convenient way to get great sound from a single speaker opening. Component systems use separate woofers and tweeters, so each component can do its job better. You'll have to install the tweeter separately, which is a little more work, but totally worth it.
Replacing your car speakers usually involves removing trim panels (doors, dash, etc.), unbolting the factory speakers, installing the new speakers, and then reinstalling your panels. With a component system, you'll also have to mount your tweeters, which will mean some extra work and possible modifications. We include instructions for taking apart your car, and our Tech Support staff is always here to help.
Our Car Speakers Buying Guide goes into a lot of detail about how to choose the right speakers (whether a component system or coaxials) for your car's audio system. When you're ready, use our vehicle selector to find out which speakers will fit your car. Or just give us a call and we can help you.
Component systems will work fine when powered by an aftermarket stereo, but they'll really sound their best when powered by an external amplifier. More expensive component speakers usually need more power for maximum performance, while lower priced components can get by with less power.