Last updated on July 25th, 2021 at 10:11 pm
In this article: We'll provide a deep review of 3 of our best pick 6×9 inch speakers for your car, truck or vehicle. We'll tell you why we like them so much and also give you alternative options that we love in the form of “Runner Ups” for each of our top 3.
If you're looking around for a speaker to upgrade the sound of your car's stereo, and maybe even add some bass without the hassle of an additional amplifier and subwoofer, you've come to the right place. One of our best pick 6×9 car speakers on this list will help to bring the quality audio and bass that you've been looking for.
6x9s are considered the ideal speaker size for full-range sound. They're a better choice for bass than a 6.5″ component or 6.5″ coaxial speaker and adding a good pair of them is a great way to give a mid-bass kick to your stereo while still maintaining mid to highs with clarity and efficiency. They are a great all-in-one speaker that cover a full range of sound with better quality than smaller speakers and have a wide variety of application uses. Depending on the setup that you're trying to build, whether that be an amplified custom setup or a direct OEM replacement, 6″ x 9″ speakers just might be the best way to get the sound you're looking for. But if you're looking to replace your car's speakers with aftermarket ones and aren't sure if a 6″ x 9″ speaker will fit, check out our car speaker fitment guide to confirm the speaker sizes for your year, make, and model.
In this list, we break out some of the latest speakers we've seen on the market and/or tested ourselves. We're constantly updating all of our lists of best products, so the speakers you see here are all still relevant and fresh!
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Best 6×9 Inch Car Speakers List
1. Best Overall Pick: Focal RCX-690
6×9″ three-way speaker
80w RMS, 160 peak
Polypropylene cone, butyl rubber surround
Inverted dome mylar tweeter and midrange
50-20k frequency range
3-3/16″ mounting depth
Focal RCX-690 Quick Review
French manufacturer Focal is known for its great speakers, but great speakers don't come cheap. The Auditor Series is meant to be an entry-level speaker that provides near-audiophile quality sound. The RCX-690 is a three-way design that uses an inverted mylar dome tweeter and an inverted dome super tweeter speaker to give you high-end quality without breaking the bank.
What We Like About the Focal RCX-690
This is simply a great set of 6×9 speakers that provides high-quality audio with low distortion and handles a variety of setups. Running a stock head unit with low-voltage output will still give you better sound, but this speaker set comes into its own when you add an amplifier. For the money, it's hard to find a better combination of performance, power, and good looks.
The Focal RSX-690 starts with a double-arm steel basket which efficiently dissipates fibration and keeps the speaker stable. The main woofer is made from polypropylene and uses a butyl rubber surround that gives these speakers excellent frequency response and low distortion. A one-inch voice coil gives a crisp and natural texture to vocals.
What Sets Focal RSX-690 Apart From the Rest
Where you will notice the difference between these speakers and other brands is in the authenticity of the sound. Snare drums are tight and sharp, vocals are smooth and natural, and bass is full. You'll get great sound from other brands, but you will not find a three-way speaker that sounds this good for a better price.
What Focal RSX-690 Replaces
The previous 6×9 from Focal was the Performance 690C. The new design uses better basket geometry and includes much better-looking grills. All technical specs and materials are equivalent, so you won't notice much difference between old and new designs other than the way they look.
- Superb sound quality, particularly at high frequencies
- Smooth sound and nice deep bass
- Great performance at a low(er) end price
- Require slightly more installation depth than most other speakers
2. Clearest Sound: Infinity Kappa 693M
- 6×9 three-way design with optional bandpass crossover
- Edge-driven silk dome tweeter
- Patented Plus One glass fiber woofer cone
- Adjustable tweeter output
- 120w RMS, 360w peak
- 35-40k Hz frequency range
- 3-3/16″ mounting depth
Infinity Kappa 693M Quick Review
The newest 6×9″ speaker from Infinity is the Kappa 693M. Anyone who has installed a set of Infinity Kappa speakers knows the outstanding build quality and high-end looks. The 683M does not disappoint – its sleek, modern grill design will instantly upgrade even the most humdrum interior.
What We Like About the Infinity Kappa 693M
These 6×9″ speakers feature Plus One™ woofer surround technology that reproduces deep bass without distortion and provides clear highs through the integrated edge-driven textile tweeters. Infinity is regarded as one of the very best manufacturers of high-end automotive audio equipment, and the Kappa line is the pinnacle. This is a home theater-quality speaker for your car.
The 693M is a three-way design that has an available (optional) midrange bandpass to allow a full three-way switch using a crossover. This design lets you take control over the frequencies your speaker produces at an unprecedented level. The low(er) 3-ohm resistance uses every available watt to produce rich, natural sound. This resistance allows the speakers to attain high volume and clear sound even when using original, thin factory speaker wiring than that of a 4-ohm speaker.
What Sets the Infinity Kappa 693M Apart From the Rest
Good speakers can handle a lot of abuse. If that is the measurement of a good speaker, the 693M from Infinity is great. The glass fiber woofer cones can take a beating, but Infinity developed these speakers so customers would not have to drive their system excessively hard to get great sound. The Kappa 693M is rated to produce amazing sound with as little as 5 watts RMS and it will handle up to. The 693M produces sound within the 35-40k Hz range for excellent coverage.
What Kappa 693M Replaces
One of our favorite speakers over the last several years was the Kappa 93ix which was recently replaced with the 693M. There is very little difference between the two speakers. The new model has a slightly different grill design that omits the gold trim from the previous model. The tweeter no longer swivels and tilts like the previous model. The 693M is capable of hitting higher frequencies. Whereas the 93ix could get to 30k Hz, the new tweeter design of the 693M will attain 40k Hz to ensure you get the highest frequencies.
- As tough as they are good looking
- High-end factory upgrade
- Expandable for those who want to amplify
- Grill design is less attractive than the previous model
- The ability to expand to a three-way system is too complicated for some people looking for a plug-and-play design
3. Best Budget/Value Pick: Hertz DCX 690.3
- 6×9 three-way design with built-in crossover
- Semi-pressed paper woofer cones for 6×9 and 2.5 speakers
- PEI dome tweeter
- 90w RMS, 160w peak
- 45-21k frequency response
- Four-ohm impedance
- 3-7/16 mounting depth
Hertz DCX 690.3 Quick Review
You’re probably surprised to see a Hertz speaker as our budget pick. Sure, the price isn’t as rock-bottom as you’ll get from other brands, but this is the best bargain when it comes to overall sound quality for the money. This 6×9 may look and feel a lot like a factory unit, but the performance will blow you away.
The 690.3 is a three-way speaker design that takes advantage of some of the world’s best speaker tuning to provide a budget-friendly option that sounds high-end. Hertz saves money by using a less expensive pressed paper cone and polyurethane surround. They feature a PEI dome tweeter with an oversized motor to permit longer voice coil movement. A treated paper midrange/super tweeter rounds out the package. The speakers are rated to handle 90 watts RMS with a peak of 180 watts.
What Sets the Hertz DCX 690.3 Apart From the Rest
You can find lots of speakers out there that use similar construction methods at a lot lower cost -so why is this our budget pick? It's because of the incredible sound these speakers provide. Hertz takes the time to properly tune each speaker they build for optimal sound quality, and that philosophy guides how these speakers sound. They may look and feel like cheap factory speakers, but they outperform anything else in the price range.
What the DCX 690.3 Replaces
The Dieci series of speakers are a first-of-their-kind for Hertz, and there is no predecessor. This speaker was specifically designed to fill the niche of owners who want to replace a factory 6×8 or 6×9 speaker with something that fits, sounds great, and doesn't break the bank.
- Excellent sound quality from a lightweight speaker
- High-end technology in mid-priced speakers results in a bargain
- Deep magnet depth means you'll need to use spacers for most door installations
- Only slightly less expensive than top-quality 6×9 speakers
Here's a look at how some of the speakers on this list compare against each other in power, sensitivity and frequency range.
Power Handling (Watts)
Frequency Range (Hz)
Common Speaker Terms & Ratings
When looking for the Best 6×9 Car Speakers to fit your needs, there are several things to consider before ultimately making a purchase. Here’s some common terminology and information to help you choose.
Lets define a few common terms that are compared when rating a speaker:
Power Handling: Power handling is the measurement a manufacture gives to rate how much power a speaker can handle and operate at. It is given by two measurements, RMS and Peak (or MAX). RMS Power rating is the amount of power the speaker handles continuously, while the Peak Power rating is the amount of power a speaker can handle in short bursts. When comparing speakers, RMS Power is the more relevant and important rating to look at.
Sensitivity: The speaker sensitivity rating is a measurement of the amount of sound the speaker will emit from the power it’s given. The higher the sensitivity, the more efficient the speaker is with the power it’s given. For lower powered systems, you want a higher sensitivity rating. For a higher powered system, you want a lower sensitivity rating. Lower sensitivity rated speakers are meant to handle higher power.
Frequency Range: Frequency range is the frequencies that the speaker emits sound at, measure in Hz. Normally they are given from a low frequency to high, for example: 20 – 22,000 (22k) Hz. This measure how low and high the speaker can actually emit sound at.
Speaker Design and Materials
Woofer: The speaker woofer can determine the responsiveness, and quality of the speaker. The stiffer and more lightweight the material used, the more effective the speaker is. Polypropylene is a very common material used for the cone, as well as woven fabrics such as kevlar. Aluminum and titanium are also used in higher end speakers.
Woofer Surrounding: The woofer surround also is an important aspect of the speaker system and effect the sound as well. Durable, lightweight, and free moving materials are used to allow the woofer to move with as little energy possible. The material is essential for a long lasting and performing speaker too. As speakers get older and used, humidity levels and wear-and-tear can crack and even break the surrounding of the woofer. Rubber surrounding is typically the most long lasting and high performing material. Foam and cloth surroundings are found on less expensive component speakers, with lower performance and shorter life spans
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