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JL Audio C1-650

C1 Series 6-1/2" component speaker system

Item # 13699043

After an extensive tour of JL Audio HQ, I got the opportunity to talk to their engineering and...

Find what Fits your car

After an extensive tour of JL Audio HQ, I got the opportunity to talk to their engineering and...

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Item # 13699043

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C$199.95

About the JL Audio C1-650

Starter component speakers like no other

After an extensive tour of JL Audio HQ, I got the opportunity to talk to their engineering and development team about the current JL Audio lineup and upcoming projects. Given all the work they're doing with premium car audio, I was surprised by how excited they were for customers to hear their workhorse C1 Series — speakers designed for drivers simply looking for a sensible factory speaker replacement, not necessarily an audiophile-grade solution. The reason for that excitement, once I heard it, made perfect sense — every JL Audio speaker must uphold the quality and sound associated with the name. You may be looking for something that's just listenable, but what you'll get with the C1 Series is an audio experience that puts it at the top of its class. And then, just maybe, you'll end up being a JL Audio fan for life.

Starter component speakers like no other

After an extensive tour of JL Audio HQ, I got the opportunity to talk to their engineering and development team about the current JL Audio lineup and upcoming projects. Given all the work they're doing with premium car audio, I was surprised by how excited they were for customers to hear their workhorse C1 Series — speakers designed for drivers simply looking for a sensible factory speaker replacement, not necessarily an audiophile-grade solution. The reason for that excitement, once I heard it, made perfect sense — every JL Audio speaker must uphold the quality and sound associated with the name. You may be looking for something that's just listenable, but what you'll get with the C1 Series is an audio experience that puts it at the top of its class. And then, just maybe, you'll end up being a JL Audio fan for life.

What sets C1 apart?

JL Audio designed this C1 Series C1-650 6-1/2" component speaker system to be the very best it could be for the price. You'll find solid construction and finish, along with some eye-popping flair in its striking yellow mineral-filled polypropylene woofer. That woofer delivers impactful lows and is specially designed for a natural roll-off transition to the highs handled by the tweeter. And it's the separate aluminum edge-driven tweeter that gives the C1 Series its distinctive sound, setting it apart from other speakers in its class. You'll hear crisp detail in the high frequencies, incredible imaging, and minimal distortion no matter how you power them.

Why no grilles?

Most folks have no use for aftermarket grilles, opting to use their factory grilles for a streamlined look. With that in mind, JL Audio doesn't include grilles with the C1 Series, opting instead to incorporate those savings into building an all-round better speaker.

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Product highlights:

  • component speaker system includes 2 woofers and 2 tweeters
  • 6-1/2" injection-molded mineral-filled polypropylene woofer cone with rubber surround
  • separate 3/4" aluminum edge-driven dome tweeter with in-line high pass filter
  • handles up to 50 watts RMS (225 watts peak power)
  • frequency response: 48-24,000 Hz
  • sensitivity: 93 dB at 2.83 volts
  • woofer top-mount depth: 2-1/16"
  • grilles not included
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • MFR # 99043

What's in the box:

  • 2 C1-650cw Woofers
  • 2 C1-075ct Tweeters (with 6" wires attached)
  • 2 Multi-application woofer mounting rings
  • 2 Tweeter crossovers
  • 2 Flush mount tweeter housings (tweeters installed)
  • 2 Surface mount tweeter housings
  • 2 Metal spring clips for tweeter fixtures
  • 2 Crimp-on 0.187" Female quick slides
  • 2 Crimp-on 0.110" Female quick slides
  • Four 5/8" Flat head screws
  • Eight 3/4" Pan head screws
  • Eight 1/4" Pan head screws
  • 8 Speed clips
  • Two 25mm Stud bolts
  • Two 10mm Stud bolts
  • 2 M5 Nuts
  • Owner's manual
  • Woofer cutout

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Features & specs

General
Speaker Size 6 1/2
Design 2-way
Tweeter Design 3/4" Edge-Driven Dome
Impedance (Ohms) 4
Tweeter Composition Aluminum
Woofer Composition Mineral-Filled injection-Molde
Woofer Surround Rubber
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year
Specifications
Sensitivity (1W at 1 meter) 90.5
Sensitivity at 2.83 volts 93
Frequency Response 48 - 24k Hz
Minimum RMS Wattage 10
Maximum RMS Wattage 50
Peak Power Handling (Watts) 225
Top-mount Depth (Inches) 2 1/16
Bottom-mount Depth (Inches) N/A
Cutout Diameter or Length (inches) 5
Mounting Height (Inches) 0.536

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Woofers: Each JL Audio C1 woofer features a mineral-filled, injection-molded polypropylene cone with a rubber surround.

Size Classification Note: These speakers are marketed as 6½"; the woofers will fit in standard 6½" speaker openings, but do not use the standard 6½" speaker bolt pattern. In order to install them in standard 6½" speaker openings you must drill new screw holes. If new holes are drilled in the mounting surface of the car, no bracket is needed. If drilling in the car is not an option, the included brackets can be used, which have standard 6½" mounting holes, the Ford non-symmetric four hole pattern, and non-standard 6¾" three and four hole patterns. Please enter your vehicle information to confirm fit.

Power Handling: JL Audio publishes several power specifications for this speaker system, 50 watts continuous power handling (RMS), 225 watts peak music power, and 10-75 watts recommended amplifier power (RMS). We've listed the conservative combination of 10-50 watts RMS in the specs table.

Tweeters: The ¾" edge-driven, aluminum dome tweeters are damped by a silk surround suspension. Flush and surface tweeter mounting brackets are included.

Tweeter Dimensions:

  Frame Diameter Cutout Diameter Mounting Height Mounting Depth
Flush Mount 1.675" 1.448" 0.248" 0.863"
Surface Mount 1.712" Screw Holes Only 0.748" 0.508" (Screw Depth)

Tweeter Crossovers: The in-line tweeter crossovers are 2nd order (12 dB/octave slope) and the 31" input and 14" output wires are attached. The input wires are terminated with female quick slides that plug into terminals on the woofers and the output wires are terminated with male quick slides that plug into the terminals on the wires attached to the tweeters. The woofer is unfiltered, using its engineered roll-off characteristics to blend with the tweeter. The electronic tweeter protection circuit is designed to minimize the possibility of tweeter failure. It monitors current going to the tweeter and will disconnect the tweeter from the signal when it senses overload. Once the volume has been reduced, the protection circuit will reset itself automatically.

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7 questions already asked

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Can you install just the lower speakers and not the tweeters?
[ Garrett  May 11, 2020 ]
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You could but you'd only have the mid bass frequencies.
[ Kyle  May 11, 2020 ]
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What is the woofer's excursion?
[ Alexander  Apr 10, 2020 ]
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We don't have a measurement of the excursion but they require about 1/2" of mounting height. The excursion would not exceed that under normal use.
[ Cosmo  Apr 26, 2020 ]  Staff
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Hey Alexander. Great question. I've never seen them at work so I don't know. I had them installed and only heard the demo (for the 1st time) after the cover was put on. I like them and they sound very balanced and they are not 'bright'. I would demo them at a local store if possible before you purchase. Speakers are such a subjective thing. Also might want to check out what Alpine has to offer. Not trying to diss JL Audio in any way, as I just bought a sub and amp from them. But Alpine has really decent speakers as well. Good luck.
[ R  Apr 22, 2020 ]
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How much excursion do these woofers exhibit?
[ Alexander  Apr 09, 2020 ]
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Hi Alexander. The exact excursion distance has not been published. These will not have an excursion path that would hinder the functionality by hitting a speaker grille, or factory panel. If you would like to check fitment for your vehicle, please chat with us online or by phone at 1-800-324-9695.
[ Jess  Apr 26, 2020 ]  Staff
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Enough to give good base but not too much that they hit grills or factory panels.
[ Eileen  Apr 22, 2020 ]
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Do the woofers have built in crossovers?
[ Dave  Jan 24, 2020 ]
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They come with crossovers in addition to the speakers they are not built in.
[ Eileen  Apr 22, 2020 ]
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I have a 05 Gmc with a Sony XAV-AX1000 headunit. Do you need an external amp to power these? Or will the one I got power it good enough?
[ Grant2446  Jul 01, 2019 ]
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I would check the RMS wattage output of your head unit (this would be listed in the specifications) and compare it to the 10-50 RMS wattage range of this set up.
[ Cameron  Jul 16, 2019 ]
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I powered mine thru the factory head unit of my 2011 Jeep Wrangler and it worked fine. An amp would help on the low end but these tweeters have good high end without amplification.
[ Adrian L.  Jul 16, 2019 ]
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Honestly i don't remember the power rating on them. I was going external amp all the way. I would imagine that a deck with increased power would be fine though. Sorry I'm not more help than that.
[ Brent  Jul 16, 2019 ]
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You won't need an amp to power them but it would help get more sound out of it for sure.
[ MICHAEL  Jul 12, 2019 ]
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Where/how do you run the wires from the mid-range up to the tweeters in the dash of a civic?
[ Mike  Jul 21, 2017 ]
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I didn't use these speakers on a civic. I don't know if you have space to install all the wires that come with the tweeters but would try that route. You might need to check the wiring harness from the radio and splice in from there. Good luck
[ Marco  Jul 25, 2017 ]
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hey there mike i dont know how your honda is setup but for my WRX i just added a braket and clips the wires and they work great and the sound is great as well i would recommend looking this up on youtube they may be able to help sorry
[ Terrell  Jul 24, 2017 ]
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