A Review of the 10 best Car Speakers to buy in 2019

Good speakers in your vehicle can be the difference between a great start to your day and a stressful commute. Great speakers can take your time in the car from mundane to magical. But deciding which speakers to buy can be confusing. Luckily, we’ve done the research for you and have compiled a list of the best aftermarket speakers available in 2019!

Top Picks

Best overall: JBL GTO609C

Best Value: Rockford Fosgate R165X3

Best Bass: Pioneer TS6900PRO

The List

1. JBL GTO609C

These speakers are the cream of the crop for aftermarket car stereos. JBL is a renowned speaker manufacturer putting out everything from pristine studio monitors to Bluetooth headphones. These speakers are LOUD and crystal clear. JBL uses a carbon infused material that’s lighter and stronger than the stuff used in other speakers resulting in an incredible bass response and authentic high end that is hard to find in an aftermarket car speaker. The exterior and grill is made from carbon fiber, so you can be sure these speakers will stand the test of time. If you want bass but can’t afford a subwoofer, these are your best option. Oh, and all this comes in at under $100 for a pair.

 

Pros

  • Innovative, durable construction
  • Loud, clear audio
  • Impressive bass response

 

Cons

  • Difficult to mount

 

2. Kicker DS65

If your all about the bass, these are the speakers for you. Kicker, as its name implies, has a reputation for producing speakers that deliver exceptional low end response, and the DS65 lives up to that reputation. These speakers are very loud, and have more power than you will ever need. Best of all, they have a very pleasing sound when pushed, the highs don’t get to screechy and the lows stay nice and round. They are very easy to install, and very reasonably priced.

 

Pros

  • Amazing bass response
  • Great audio at high volumes
  • Easy to install

Cons

  • Lower quality build materials and components
  • Not very durable

 

3. Pioneer TS6900PRO

The TS6900PRO is the loudest speaker on this list. These have ridiculous power handling and carry the clearest bass at high volumes compared to other speakers on this list. They are heavy and hard to install, but you have a huge amp and all you want is to shake the neighbors then these are your speakers.

Pros

  • Huge power handling
  • Clean, powerful bass response
  • Durable

Cons

  • Heavy
  • Hard to install

 

4. JL C5-653 Evolution

If you’re looking for the highest quality sound in your vehicle regardless of price, these are the speakers for you. The price will give you sticker shock, but for true audiophiles they are worth it. Perfect mids and highs combined with full bodied and clear bass response at any volume. They are made with only the highest quality components. These speakers will turn your car into Abbey Road.

 

Pros

  • The. Best. Sound. Possible.
  • Durable
  • Highest quality components

Cons

  • Too expensive for most
  • Hard to install

5. Alpine SPS610

The SPS610 is built with very high quality materials (they blend a mineral called mica into the polypropylene) and delivers great bass response. These speakers were meant to be pushed, and can stand up to long, high volume jam sessions without tearing the woofer. However, the highs are brittle compared to the JBL and Kicker models on this list and the speakers have no front grill, leaving doubts about their durability.

 

Pros

  • Good Bass response
  • Great performance at high volumes
  • Affordable

Cons

  • Brittle highs
  • No grill

6. Rockford Fosgate R165X3

These babies make the list because they are the best budget aftermarket speaker. They lack the bass response that most of the other speakers on this list will give you, and they are weirdly sized and might require some modification to install. But at around $40 a pair, these speakers are the cheapest option to significantly upgrade your stock speakers.

 

Pros

  • Very affordable
  • Durable
  • Great high-end and mid-range response

Cons

  • Subpar bass response
  • Difficult to install

 

7. BOSS NX654

Better known for their guitar equipment, BOSS provides an interesting speaker option in the NX654. These speakers come in packs of 4 instead of pairs. They are a little quieter than the other options on this list and not as durable, but they more than make up for it in sound quality and affordability. 4 speakers can be had for less than $50.

 

Pros

  • Affordable, easy to install
  • 4 Speaker system that sounds great
  • Good bass response

 

Cons

  • Quiet
  • Low quality components

 

8. Polk Audio DB615

These speakers lag behind the competition in bass response and power handling, but their slim profile and smart design make them the best option for those wary of a DIY installation. They are extremely easy to install and will fit almost any vehicle. Best of all, they come at a much lower price point than many speakers of comparable quality.

 

Pros

  • Easy to install
  • Great highs and mids
  • Affordable

 

Cons

  • Mediocre bass response
  • Poor power handling

 

9. Kenwood KFC-6965S

Kenwood has been in business longer than any other company on this list, and they have created another decent option with the KFC-6965S. This speaker replicates highs extremely well, due to its oversized and adjustable tweeter.

 

Pros

  • Great high frequency response
  • Durable

 

Cons

  • Poor bass response
  • Hard to install

 

10. Infinity Kappa 60.11 CS

The Kappa is very similar to the JBL GTO609C, but with less clear bass response and higher quality components. It has great quality sound and all the power handling you need, but the lack of bass response drags it down at this price point. Still an excellent speaker and a huge upgrade over your stock speakers.

Pros

  • Great highs and mids
  • High quality components
  • Durable

 

Cons

  • Mediocre bass response

 

Overall

Upgrading to aftermarket speakers is sure to improve your driving experience no matter which product you choose from our list, but conventional wisdom says you should go with the JBLGT609C if you can shell out $100, or the Rockford Fosgate R165X3 if you’re on a tighter budget.