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Car speakers buying guide

What to look for in full-range and component speakers

New speakers can put the life back into your music. Crutchfield carries car speakers of nearly every size, shape, and type, but with so many choices available, it can be hard to know what to look for. But if you keep a few important points in mind, you'll be able to pick out the perfect speakers for your vehicle.

JL Audio speakers

Match your speakers to your system

You should consider two main specifications when considering which speakers will work best in your car.


Sensitivity measures how much sound a speaker yields from the power applied to it. If you have a low-powered car stereo (15 watts RMS per channel or less), like most that are factory-installed, speakers with high sensitivity ratings (over 90 dB) will make the best match. If you have a high-power system (16 watts RMS or more), like that provided by an aftermarket stereo or external amplifier, then consider speakers with lower sensitivity ratings. Properly powered, they'll provide excellent sound quality.


Power-handling lets you know how much power (measured in watts) a speaker can handle. If you've got a low-powered system, your speakers don't need to be able to handle lots of power. On the other hand, a system with powerful external amps will require speakers whose power-handling is close to the output of the amps. And remember, the key spec in power-handling is the maximum RMS power-handling, not the peak power handling. RMS ratings realistically measure how much power the speaker can handle on a continuous basis, not just for a short period of time. A system rated at "2-50 watts RMS" will make a better match for your low-powered stereo than another system rated "10-80 watts RMS."

Installed speaker

What type of speakers do you need?

Aftermarket car speakers can be divided into two main categories: full-range speakers, and component speaker systems. Let's explain each and look at their advantages and disadvantages.

Full-range speakers

Full-range speakers contain all the speaker elements in one basket. In their simplest form they consist of a woofer for the lows, and a tweeter mounted onto the woofer to produce the highs. Some models will have additional drivers, like midrange or supertweeter. You should choose full-range speakers if you're looking to replace factory speakers with a minimum of muss and fuss. They come in a variety of sizes that mount easily into factory speaker locations. In most cases, you simply remove the old speaker, connect the new speaker with a free Crutchfield wiring harness, and mount it. You'll find full-range speakers at nearly every price point and power range.

Component speakers

Component systems use a superior speaker design to give you the best possible sound. A typical component system includes separate woofers, tweeters, and external crossovers — all of which come designed to work in concert with one other.

Kicker 40CSS654

Kicker's 40CSS654 component system includes separate woofers, tweeters, and external crossovers.

In a component system, the tweeter comes separate from the woofer, and you can mount it in a location that provides the best imaging. Your music will sound more realistic, more "live," and have greater depth. The crossover network in a component system comes external to the woofer and tweeter, so higher quality internal components can be used to ensure a sharp delineation between the frequencies sent to the different drivers — that means more realistic sound for the listener. Component systems are generally made of better materials than their full-range counterparts, so they're capable of delivering exceptional dynamics and detailed sound.

Speaker materials

A speaker's material design will determine its durability and sound quality.

Woofer materials

To effectively produce the low notes in your music, the woofer of a full-range or component speaker should be made of material that is stiff, yet lightweight. Manufacturers make most car speaker woofer cones out of synthetic films like polypropylene, which serve well. Polypropylene mixed with other materials, like mica, is often stiffer, yielding more accurate bass response. Woven fabrics, or synthetics coated with metals like aluminum or titanium, are also lightweight, strong, and provide excellent response. All of these materials stand up well to heat, cold, and moisture.

Tweeter materials

A tweeter's material has a big effect on the type of sound it produces. Generally, tweeters made of soft materials, like poly, textile blends, or silk will give you sound that's refined and somewhat mellow. If you like the highs bright and snappy, go with hard materials, like metal, ceramics, or graphite.

Surround materials

The surround on a woofer performs a vital role — it allows the woofer cone to move freely and emit bolder bass. It must be durable to stand up to temperature and humidity extremes. Surrounds made of rubber will provide the best overall performance and longevity. Foam and cloth surrounds cost less, yet still perform well.

Other features

Several other common features in car speakers may be important for your system's needs.

Pivoting or swiveling tweeters

If you're replacing speakers low in your door, full-range speakers with pivoting tweeters can have a big effect on your sound. Tweeters produce very directional high-frequencies, so pivoting tweeters can be "aimed" towards the listener for a higher soundstage. Your music will sound more realistic with a greater sense of depth.

Infinity Reference X REF-9602ix

Infinity's UniPivot tweeter design in their Reference X Series lets you aim the high frequencies at your ears.

External crossovers

Component systems typically use passive external crossovers to achieve clean separation between the frequencies sent to the woofer and tweeter. The woofer and tweeter don't waste energy by trying to reproduce frequencies they're not intended to reproduce. As a result, you'll enjoy cleaner, more efficient sound reproduction.

Many crossovers have extra input terminals to allow bi-amping. Instead of driving the woofer and tweeter with a single channel of amplification, you actually connect two sets of cables, with each set carrying the signal from a separate amplifier (or amp channel). This way, both low-frequency drivers (woofers) and high-frequency drivers (tweeters) receive dedicated amplification. Look for this feature if you're planning to put together a serious high-performance system.

Detachable tweeters

Speakers with detachable tweeters can be used as either full-range speakers or component systems — a nice feature if you want to reuse the speakers in a different vehicle.

Match your speakers to your vehicle

If you're ready to put new speakers in your car or truck, use our vehicle selector to find out which speakers will fit your vehicle. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to give us a call at the number above. Our advisors help customers select new speakers every day!

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  • Sean from Old Bridge

    Posted on 11/23/2020

    Is it necessary to have mid range if u have a sub as well as component speakers

    Alexander H. from Crutchfield

    on 11/25/2020

    Sean, not necessary at all, and depending on your factory speaker openings, probably a more straight-forward installation.
  • Price from Marysville

    Posted on 11/13/2020

    Any tips to make door speakers last longer? Put new speakers in the front doors of a 2004 F-250 a year ago and the driver side speaker is not working again. I live in western Washington, wondering if moisture is part of the problem.

  • Kyle mason Goebel from Newburgh

    Posted on 9/28/2020

    I was wondering if its possible or smart to run 2 different Ohm rating speakers on a 5 channel amp. 2 component Infinity kappa 60csx@2.5ohm And 2 component infinity reference 6530cx @ 3ohms. Or should I stick to the same resistance. Running on a 5 channel pioneer. Is rated for 4x75RMS @4ohm 4x100 RMS @ 2ohms.

    Alexander H. from Crutchfield

    on 9/30/2020

    Kyle, give Tech Support a call if you bought the gear from us. They'll be able to talk you through the best version of that scenario and wiring details.
  • Tristan Davies from Hanover township

    Posted on 9/18/2020

    Ok so I was gonna get the Kenwood KMM-BT328U as my stereo and that's like 90 bucks and I'm looking to spend around 250 bucks. The Speakers in the Front doors and its the back window are 6x9 what would be the best for me. I would rather not do an amp unless it will actually make it sound that much better. My car is 2003 Toyota Camry BTW.

  • Arun Kumar R from Cochin

    Posted on 9/12/2020

    Hai, Iam having Sony WX-GT88UI as my head unit, with 2 coaxial speakers on my front door panel. Now I want to upgrade the front door speaker with component speaker. Can you suggest the spec for component speaker compatabile with the above sony xplod model head unit. Presently i am not going for adding an amplifier. Regards , Arun

    Alexander H. from Crutchfield

    on 9/14/2020

    Arun, your head unit puts out about 20 watts RMS per channel. If you'd like to add components, look for sets with high sensitivity, around 90 dB and above.
  • Michelle Catapang

    Posted on 9/4/2020

    You have a well-written content here! Thank you for providing us with nice and well-explained recommendations. I think each recommendation are good.

  • Eric from Wittmann, AZ

    Posted on 7/28/2020

    Most of the speakers I'm looking at will be a modify fit in my vehicle - 2002 Suzuki Grand Vitara, front door location, needing to cut out the back of the stock speaker bracket due to speaker install depth being greater than bracket depth. I'm OK with doing that. Would there be any acoustic benefit at that point to also add a set of the foam baffles to the install, such as acting as an impromptu enclosure for the speaker? Or is the foam acting strictly as a dust barrier for the speaker in that type of application? Alternatively, do you have other options for better sealing of speakers in the doors for improved acoustics?

    Alexander H. from Crutchfield

    on 7/31/2020

    Eric, baffles will do both, but it's worth testing the speakers with some music you know well, with and without baffles, to see what sound you prefer. FAST RingsFAST Rings are another good option for acoustic enhancement that offer a bit more flexibility.
  • Gary Anderson from Collinsville

    Posted on 7/12/2020

    I recently read from one of your suppliers manual that ideally u want to place tweeters within 8 inches of woofer for ideal imaging in component setup. How important is this as most stock locations are further apart? I will be purchasing a set & considering not using the stock location if the gain is worth the extra hassle Thanks as always for your excellent support.

    Alexander H. from Crutchfield

    on 7/16/2020

    Gary, the keyword here is "ideal" as you already mentioned. If you're up for surface-mounting tweeters or creating custom locations, wire your speakers for sound first and test the "ideal" location vs. the factory location and see if it makes a difference for you. Let your ears be the judge as far as what's worth the work.
  • Kevin from Bronx

    Posted on 5/13/2020

    Good afternoon. I want to upgrade my speakers in my 2014 Nissan Altima s. I recently bought 6x9's for the rear deck. I Now need front and rear door speakers but I am unsure of what type of speakers I should put in. Component or coaxial? I do not have any subwoofers as of yet and I'm not sure if I will be putting them in so I need some speakers with big bass as a just in case. Another thing, what size tweeters are needed for the corner dash. I bought 3.5inch but they look to long to even fit.

    Alexander H. from Crutchfield

    on 5/14/2020

    Kevin, I've passed your question along to an Advisor. Someone will contact you soon to help you find the right speakers for your need. In the meantime, you can check out what fits those front and rear locations using our vehicle selector to confirm which stereos fit your car and get some info on what else is needed for the installation.
  • Naveen from Bloomington

    Posted on 5/4/2020

    Hello, I have a relatively small hatchback and im using a 4 door speakers with a front component and a rear coaxial. All 4 produces around 60 RMS per speaker and i have an underseat subwoofer installed under the driver seat. My rear right door panels and driver door panels vibrates when the bass hits. May I have a suggestion to suppress these noise? Thank you in advance.

    Alexander H. from Crutchfield

    on 5/4/2020

    Naveen, your best bet will be applying Dynamat to your doors in the trouble spots. That will minimize vibrations and once you've taken off your door panels off, it's easy to apply.
  • rashad razaq from Bradford

    Posted on 1/28/2020

    Hi a coaxial speaker say rated at 100watts RMS is good for a 100 watts per channel amp 50 watts to tweeter 50 watts to the main speaker I presume however can a 100watts per channel amp power power A !00 watt tweeter or is it still only 50 watts for tweeter 50 watts lost due to HPF

  • ian

    Posted on 12/2/2019

    How do i know what size to get for my car

    Alexander H. from Crutchfield

    on 12/4/2019

    Ian, you can use our vehicle selector to confirm which stereos fit your car and get some info on what else is needed for the installation.
  • Jim Jones from St. Augustine, FL

    Posted on 11/14/2019

    For many years now, companies like Bose, JBL, Anker, and others, have been producing small speakers with built-in amps that producing surprisingly good audio for their size. These speakers employ circuits that dynamically alter equalization to make the speaker sound bigger than they are. Car audio systems employ raw power and the largest speaker surface area installable as a means of producing a desired sound. Why have car audio companies not, to any significant degree, taken advantage of the type of technology used by the aforementioned systems?

    Alexander H. from Crutchfield

    on 11/15/2019

    Jim, we can't speak for the car audio companies that you mention, but the hurdle for any product is that it find its audience. While there may have been development of such products, those companies may not have gotten the response they needed to step up production to the same extent as their unpowered speakers. Very cool tech though!
  • Don Keller from Joppa

    Posted on 9/30/2019

    I recently installed a Pioneer DEH-S5100BT (14 watts RMS) in my John Deere cab tractor. Works OK but if I turn the volume up for me to hear above the engine it sounds like static in a weak radio station. What speakers would fix that? Thanks, Don

    Alexander H. from Crutchfield

    on 10/2/2019

    Don, I've passed your question along to our team of Advisors for help, but you'll need to overcome the engine noise of the tractor with sound deadening material like Dynamat. You'll likely need an amp to supply more power to speakers that can handle it as well. Someone will reach out soon with ideas. Sounds like a fun project!
  • Kelvin G Jones from Atmore

    Posted on 9/9/2019

    Is it wrong to want to utilize the full power of your amp by installing 2ohm speakers? Would the 25 watt increase be noticeable from 4ohm to 2ohm. Because there really aren't too many 2ohm speakers to choose from.

    Alexander H. from Crutchfield

    on 9/30/2019

    Kelvin, as long as you're matching impedance, you shouldn't have a problem. Give us a call if you need guidance planning a 2-ohm system.
  • David Cruz from Actopan, Hidalgo

    Posted on 6/3/2019

    Hi guys! I need support on changing my car factory speakers. The car factory speaker has a sentence "20 watts and 4 ohms" but I want to replace it with a 50watts bose speaker, would it work properly? and how do I know what are the specifications of my factory car stereo? in order to select the appropriate speaker. 4 door Seat Ibiza 2013.

    Alexander H. from Crutchfield

    on 6/5/2019

    David, unfortunately, we only research vehicles sold in the U.S., so we don't have any info on the Ibiza. "Working properly" will have more to do with the power source, RMS power (rather than peak power), and matching impedance. If you're adding an aftermarket amp or head unit along with the speakers, you'll have a better time matching up your system. If you're dealing with a factory system, you could check the manual or the factory amp/head unit itself for power specs. When powering a speaker you'll want to give it 75% to 100% of the speaker's RMS power-handling.
  • Sunny Patel from Hattiesburg

    Posted on 5/6/2019

    Guys I really love your articles, they are really informative!! I have a 2016 Honda Accord EX-L (that has two screens, one is the head unit), and was wondering if its possible to install new speakers and 12 inch subs without having to remove the touch screen head unit? I personally don't mind removing the head unit but my parents rather me not to in case they would like to resell the car. What are the pros and cons of keeping the head unit and also replacing it? Cuz I know them subs gonna need some mean power.

  • Brian G from Rankin,Tx

    Posted on 1/8/2019

    Hey! I just recently purchased my first vehicle that's a 2019 Nissan Altima S( Base model). No shame for the base model, I'd rather put my own effort into it. But I'm new to speakers and everything but Overall I'm just looking for something to wow me. I mostly listen to EDM and Hip-Hop so whatever that would get the most bang for my buck would probably be what I'm looking for. I'd appreciate any help in getting me the desired audio or anything really. My life is basically what comes out of my cars Apple CarPlay. Thank you!

    Alexander H. from Crutchfield

    on 1/10/2019

    Congrats, Brian! I've passed your question along to our team of Advisors. Someone will contact you soon to help.
  • Col from Peregian Springs

    Posted on 11/22/2018

    I recently bought a second-hand Mitsubishi Lancer and the previous owner had installed component Kickers in the front with matching tweeters. One of the woofers wasn't working so I replaced both front ones with 2 new 2-way Kicker CS speakers. I didn't however, disconnect the Kicker tweeters. Is it OK to continue to run 2-ways with the separate tweeters, or am I better off getting new woofers for the front to match the existing tweeters and move the two-ways to the rear? I also noticed that there are no visible crossover boxes in the front.

    Alexander H. from Crutchfield

    on 11/23/2018

    Col, it really comes down to how you like your current sound. If your highs sound too bright, the easiest solution would be to disconnect those component tweeters. If you want to move those coaxials to the rear, you'll just need to double-check fit (or give us a call to confirm). As far as matching those front tweeters goes, your best bet would be to just buy a new component system. The woofers, tweeters, and crossovers will be designed to work well together.
  • Tori Hullihen from DuBois

    Posted on 8/4/2018

    I have a 08 cobalt, currently has all stock audio system, but I want to put subs in it. I have two 12" Alpine type-r's, dual 2 ohm voice coils, and a capacitor. I still need an amp, stereo, wiring kit, and need to replace the speakers on the doors. As i have done hours of research on how systems work, I have no previous knowledge and want my set up to be as close to perfect as possible. Soo ,I guess,what I'm looking for is pointers on the best equipment for my system to function at optimal levels and get max output power. Any recommendations, advice, references , even if it's what not to do it's helpful. I want all my equipment to match, trying to avoid blowing speakers and what not. Thank you in advance

    Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    on 8/9/2018

    Tori, I've passed your request along to our advisors. Someone will contact you soon to help you find the best gear for your Cobalt. Thanks.
  • Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 11/20/2017

    Durriel, I've passed your question along to an Advisor for the best advice for your vehicle. They will contact you shortly.

  • Durriel from Tampa

    Posted on 11/15/2017

    I have a 2010 370Z base model without the Bose system. As of now I'm looking at either the JL Audio C5-650 or the Alpine SPS 610C. I know both should fit my car but I'm concerned about the tweeter. My car does have a spot for a tweeter but I do not know if either will fit. Also Is There a major difference between the JL Audio and the Alpine component?

  • Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 11/14/2017

    JL, sounds like you're on your way to a great system! I've passed your question along to an Advisor for the best recommendation. Someone will contact your soon!

  • JL from Boston area

    Posted on 11/14/2017

    I have a 17 Lexus nx200t with navigation. I just had a AudioControl lc2i LOC and Rockford Fosgate P300-10 powered sub installed. Also dynomated the two front doors and the tailgate. My question what component speakers should I replace my factory component speakers with? I have the ten speaker pioneer system with pioneer amp.

  • Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 10/2/2017

    Butch, for more on the benefits of component speakers, check out this article. As far as deciding on components vs. full-range for your vehicle, I've passed your question along to an advisor who will contact you shortly to discuss the best choice for you.

  • Butch from Clinton twp

    Posted on 9/27/2017

    Just purchased a 2014 Honda CRV EX , stock sound system. I read your CRV article and it appears we have component speakers(2-tweeters high mounted with 2- 6 1/2" speakers low for the front and 2- 6 1/2" for the rear). My question: can you achieve fuller sound by replacing the component 6 1/2" speakers with full range speakers or will that supply to much high end with the tweeters? Is it better to replace with the component style speaker system? Thanks for your help

  • Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 7/3/2017

    Scott, I've passed your question along to an advisor for the best answer. Someone will contact you soon to help you find the best speakers for your vehicle that deliver on bass response. Keep in mind that your purchase with us will come with lifetime Tech Support for any troubleshooting you may need. If you purchased the JVC receiver and MTX subs from us, they also entitle you to free support. If you purchased your equipment elsewhere, you can still get expert Crutchfield Tech Support - 90 days-worth for only $30. Check out our tech support page for details.

  • Scott from Green Bay

    Posted on 7/3/2017

    I have an 05 Dodge Neon with the factory 6 speaker setup, currently with a JVC KD-AVX2 head unit and 2 10" MTX subs running off an MTX 500D amp. For replacing the front door speakers, should I disconnect the factory dash speakers (they appear to be wired in parallel to the door speakers)? I've also replaced a number of factory speakers in the past, and often times the aftermarket speakers have very little bass response compared to the factory speakers, even with the direct fit sizes. Are aftermarket speakers designed for a baffle, or is there something specific I need to look for when choosing them so they at least perform on par with a factory speaker?

  • Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 6/7/2017

    Robert, your only limitation is fit. If you're able to fit 6"x9" speakers in your front doors, go for it! You can use our vehicle selector to confirm which speakers fit your car.

  • Robert Garcia from San diego

    Posted on 6/6/2017

    What is the point of having two ways up front and three ways in the back? Why can't you have all three ways?

  • Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 4/24/2017

    Patrick, I'm afraid not. I suppose your best bet would be to narrow down the vehicles you're most interested in and then try them in our vehicle selector. Once entered, search for the model # of your speakers and head unit to see if they fit.

  • Patrick from Coos Bay

    Posted on 4/20/2017

    This may seem a bit backwards, but is there a resource to see what vehicles "fit your speakers"? I have 2 pair of Polk Audio 6x9's and a Sony MEX-XB100BT CD Receiver, and wanted to see what vehicle would accommodate these - especially the speakers. Any ideas would be appreciated.

  • Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 1/3/2017

    Alex, installing a powered sub in a truck cab will deliver the low end you're craving. Your best bet will be to explore user reviews to see if the results for the Hideaway are what you're hoping for.

  • Alex from Sydney

    Posted on 12/31/2016

    Hi there I'm getting a new system installed in my 2014 Mazda BT 50 . A jl audio rd 400/4 amp and a set of kicker kss65's in the front and Cs65's for the question is would it make sense to install a kicker hideaway sub additionally to get better bass or is it a waste of money?

  • Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 12/5/2016

    John, give us a call at 1-888-955-6000. An advisor will gladly help you find the right speakers for your RV.

  • Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 10/24/2016

    Alan, most aftermarket speakers are 4-ohm. There are exceptions, but they're typically 2- or 3- ohm, not 8-ohm. More than likely it won't be an issue for you. Keep in mind that we have researched the '77 Cougar -- so if you need speaker recommendations, you can use our vehicle selector to confirm which speaker compatibility. Or just give us a call!

  • Alan Johnson from Bolingbrook, IL

    Posted on 10/17/2016

    I'm working on a 1977 Mercury Cougar, with the factory am/fm 8 track. I've see somewhere that the speaker ohms, if not right, could burn out the radio. What ohm speakers should I be looking for? 4 ohm or 8 ohm. And does it really make a difference?

  • Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 8/29/2016

    Brian, You can use our vehicle selector to confirm which speakers fit your car and get some info on what else is needed for the installation. We'll provide you with a Crutchfield MasterSheet to guide you during installation. I've also passed your question along to our advisors. Someone will contact you soon to help.

  • Brian Towne from Boyne City

    Posted on 8/27/2016

    Looking for a replacement speaker for my 2002 camaro, convertable. door steaker. It has wires coming out bough sides. How do I wire the new speaker and witch speaker is recamended?

  • Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 8/15/2016

    Jeremy, sounds like you're ready for a next-level sound system! I've passed your question along to our sales team for the best answer. An advisor will contact you soon to help you find the right gear for your Jeep.

  • Jeremy Cauthan from johnston city

    Posted on 8/13/2016

    I just purchased a 2016 jeep wrangler unlimited. The factory system sometimes lowers it's volume when I'm trying to crank it!! What can I do?? I also want to add 10 in sub and screaming tweeters w an amp to get great clarity that can be heard by all w the tops and doors off. This is being outfitted as a show jeep and I want the sound to go w the look. Any advice?

  • Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 7/15/2016

    Kevan, I've passed along your question to our sales team. An advisor will contact you soon to help you find the best gear for your truck.

  • Kevan

    Posted on 7/14/2016

    I have an 02 ford supercrew f150 and have all oe speakers and oe head unit. I think my left front door speaker is shorting out as when I make right hand turns it sounds like it is cutting out. It only does this on the radio when a cd is playing it only does it occasionally. I know I need to replace my 14 year old speakers and I want to do a 4 channel amp a sub or possibly 2 subs and the amp to power them. Cost is a concern as I want the best possible system while building it in stages. I really don't want to purchase somthing then realize that I would have to upgrade the components later. Please help!!!!

  • Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 7/6/2016

    Keri, I've passed your question along to our sales team. An advisor will contact you soon for the best solution for your Edge.

  • Keri from Little rock

    Posted on 7/5/2016

    I'd like to replace the front door speakers in my 2011 Ford Edge. I listen to acoustic rock and jazz. Like a lot of clarity without a lot of bass. The stereo is a stock Sony component . Can you recommend a pair of speakers for me?

  • Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 7/5/2016

    G, a wiring harness is not available for that location in your Trailblazer. You'll have to splice the vehicle's speaker wires to your new speaker wires. Posi-Products will be a quick and easy way to make that connection.

  • G from New haven

    Posted on 7/2/2016

    Hello. 2005 chevy LT trailblazer with Bose stereo. I'm trying to replace my rear door speakers,but having a hard time finding the correct speaker harness, they are 5 1/4 inch.

  • Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 6/14/2016

    Kyle, sounds like an awesome project. I've passed your question along to our sales team. An advisor will contact you soon to help.

  • Kyle from Egg Harbor twp

    Posted on 6/13/2016

    Just bought a 79 bronco gutting interior and starting new rhino liner the floor making custom door panels and side panels so I can do any size speakers I like a good amount of bass but clean and crisp planning on 2 10" subs under bench seat in back need for speakers, tweeters, amp and head unit head unit double din gps mapped touch screen really would like to stay at 1000 total cost box not included thoughts? Advice

  • Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 3/23/2016

    Jim, that would be a matter of taste. However, since you already have factory openings for a component system, you may want to consider going for new components in the front (and replacing those factory tweeters), and just opt for full-range in the back. Give us a call for recommendations.

  • Jim Goldsby from Fairbanks Ak

    Posted on 3/22/2016

    I have a 2016 Ford Mustang GT with the 6 speaker system. 2 6.5" in the doors, 2 6.5" on rear deck, and 2 tweeters in the A-pillar. If I replace the door speakers and rear deck speakers with full range speakers, will I have too much tweeter?

  • Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 3/10/2016

    Caitlin, I've passed along your question to our sales team. An advisor will contact you soon to help. In the meantime, this article will give you more information about amplifier installation.

  • Catlin from Castaic

    Posted on 3/8/2016

    I have a 2011 Ford Fiesta Sedan. I am looking to upgrade everything from the stock head unit, speakers and adding amps and subs. Obviously not trying to break the bank what would you suggest as far as Bluetooth capable Head Unit and that would be compatible with my iPhone 6? what would also be suggestions on best sounding speakers and subs along with proper amp set up? With this would I need to change existing wiring for door speakers or can I use factory, etc?

  • Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 3/7/2016

    Dwayne, we can certainly help you upgrade your system, but depending on your comfort level, you may want to consider professional installation as well. I've passed your question along to our sales team. An advisor will contact you soon to help.

  • Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 3/7/2016

    Alberto, I've passed your question along to our sales team. An advisor will contact you soon to help. If you're in the market for new speakers, adding an amp to your system will deliver the performance you're looking for.

  • Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 3/7/2016

    Michael, I've passed your question along to our sales team for the best answer. An advisor will contact you soon to help, and don't feel limited to matching brands front and back.

  • Michael Thompson from East Haven

    Posted on 3/6/2016

    Hi there, I recently purchased the kenwood exceleon dpx791bh for my 03 explorer with factory subwoofer. Its made the stock audio sound decent but I was thinking of upgrading the front and rear speakers. I don't think I want to upgrade the stock sub and would prefer to not use any after market amps. Any suggestions for some general speaker replacement for a reasonable price? Should the same brand be used for front and back? Thanks for any input

  • Alberto from Elmont

    Posted on 3/5/2016

    I have a Jensen VM9424BT installed in my 08 civic with stock speakers. I feel like the unit lowered the overall sound volume on my speakers. Im new to speakers. What would be the best match for that unit to get a better sound quality and overall louder sound. What should I be looking for?

  • Dwayne Morris from Fredericksburg

    Posted on 3/5/2016

    I have a 2015 altima w factory bose navigation. I want to keepmy headunit for use with steering wheel controls etc and i like the layout if it. I want to upgrade my speakers with componet speakers and a new amp but heard stories they make not work with factory bose unit. Wanting to keep it around 12-1400$ i want the highest quality u can get.. Thank you

  • Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 3/1/2016

    Jason, I've passed your question along to our sales team. An advisor will contact you soon to help find the right system for your Camry.

  • Jason from Brooklyn ny

    Posted on 2/29/2016

    I have a 09 Camry Le and I want a component sound system and subwoofer what's the best bang for my buck at 2k $ Pls let me know

  • Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 12/8/2015

    Pam, I've passed your question along to our sales team. An advisor will contact you soon to help.

  • Pam Winterstein from Orange Park

    Posted on 12/7/2015

    I am looking to buy the Kenwood KDC-BT562U to put in a Dodge Dakota extended cab. What would be the best sounding speakers for this truck and stereo system? And possibly not having to buy an amp, although he thinks that is what he wants.

  • Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 8/21/2015

    Alan, speakers vary in size (and shape) in order to accommodate a variety of factory speaker openings. That's the primary reason for the existence of oval vs. round speakers. However, a larger woofer (more surface area) will give you a fuller sound on the low end of the midrange. This isn't as much of a concern since you already have a sub in play, but you might as well go for the 6"x9"s since they fit. A three-way speaker gives you two tweeters as opposed to one for better articulation of the high end. That's unrelated to a separate subwoofer. Again, since they'll fit, go for the three-way 6"x9". I sent your question to our advisors. They should be reaching out to you via email soon.

  • Alan Somers from McKinney, TX

    Posted on 8/21/2015

    I recently purchased and installed a Pioneer AVH-4100NEX head unit in my 2012 Toyota Highlander. I'm using the factory speakers with a low-profile powered subwoofer initially until I can scrape together the funds for better door speakers. I see that 6.5", 6.75", and 6"x9" speakers will fit with only brackets. What are the advantages/disadvantages of round vs. oval speakers? Also, should I be looking for 2-way or 3-way speakers when using a separate subwoofer?

  • Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 8/10/2015

    Nathan, yes, you do have factory components. If you'd like to replace them, keep in mind that those tweeters are an uncommon size. So, you'll need to fabricate mounts for the replacements. Give us a call if you'd like advice on new speakers. As far as your stereo question goes, you'll want a replacement stereo that features RDS (Radio Data System) to receive that artist/album info. Look under the "Details" tab to find out if the radio you want uses RDS. Also, HD Radio typically gives you artist/album info, and we have quite a few stereos that have HD Radio tuners.

  • Nathan from Orlando

    Posted on 8/8/2015

    Hello I just bought a 2013 toyota FJ cruiser. It does not have the premium jbl audio system. It appears to have speakers on top of the dash and the obvious front door speakers. If it does have speakers on the dash, is it a factory component set up? The factory stereo displays the song being played on the radio. Is it possible to get another aftermarket radio that does this? Thank you Nathan

  • Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 8/3/2015

    Jacob, I've passed your information along to one of our advisors who will be contacting you soon to help. But to answer your question re: 2-way vs. 3-way, 3-way speakers are typically the largest of the full-range speakers. If our vehicle selector shows 3-way speakers as a fit for your factory opening, go for it! With three drivers per speaker, you'll often extend your frequency response and gain finer detail.

  • Jacob O. from United States

    Posted on 8/2/2015

    I just recently replaced the failing hu in my Ford F150 crewcab with a Kenwood DDX372BT. I'm happy with this unit and the next thing I'd like to do is replace the door speakers. I don't want to add an amp at this point and budget is a concern, so I'm thinking full range speakers. If I replace the factory speakers up front first, should I shop for a 2 or 3 way speaker? I mostly listen to rock and metal so some decent mid and low ranges are a must. Thanks

  • Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 7/27/2015

    Kala, typically car speakers are sold by the pair, and they should say so next to the price. Pairs are the norm. However, we do carry a few exceptions, but we try to go out of our way to point out that you are buying a single speaker if that's the case.

  • Kala from Puerto rico

    Posted on 7/27/2015

    If i am trying to buy speakers over the internet, how many does it bring? Because in the picture i se two but indont know if it comes with both or if there just showing them inside and out?

  • Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 7/23/2015

    Chris, if you're on a budget, you may want to start with a new amp and speakers, but check out this series on improving the sound in a late-model F-150.

  • Chris Farabaugh from Pittsburgh, Pa

    Posted on 7/23/2015

    I want to build a new system for my 2015 Chevy Silverado. Where should I start? I want a good system but can't afford to buy all at one time. My music preference is blues/classic rock. I don't like too much base. I like clean crisp sound. What would suggest?

  • Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 7/14/2015

    Ji, we're big fans of Focal here at Crutchfield. They're a well-respected brand that take high fidelity sound very seriously, and the Focal Integration ISS 200's are great speakers. That said, you do have more options. I've passed your information along to a Crutchfield advisor, who will contact you soon to help.

  • Ji from Cary

    Posted on 7/14/2015

    I've been looking around for potential speaker upgrades, with amp, etc. I am only seeing one set of speakers listed as a replacement for the speakers in my 2013 Miata Grand Touring--the Focal Integration ISS 200's. I have long been out of the car audio interest market, so I am not familiar with this brand, although I'm sure they sound fine. Is there anything else recommended?

  • Robert Ferency-Viars from Crutchfield

    Posted on 6/23/2015

    Terence, you've already done the three of the most important things: you've replaced the stock speakers, bumped up the power a lot with that power pack, and added Hushmat to dampen the ambient noise. It doesn't get much better than that! At this point, it's all a matter of finesse and fine tuning. If you're happy with the way those Pioneer speakers create the mids and highs in your music, then just enjoy your system! What matters is how the music sounds to YOU. But since you asked, check out our article about tweeter design to learn about how different speaker materials can change the way your music sounds.

  • Terence Anderson from Memphis

    Posted on 6/21/2015

    I have a Pontiac g6, stock head unit, and a alpine power pack amp 45rms x 4. I have installed hush mat in front doors for pioneer 6/12 tsg models and ts-a 6964r in rear. According to specs if true seems to be the best speaker out there @31-37000hz. My question was what are the best set of speakers for the alpine power rating. Should I be focused on specs or just trust my ear because the pioneers sound good but just wondering if any speakers would sound better