If you’re looking for a speaker to upgrade the sound of your car stereo, and maybe even add some bass without the hassle of an additional amplifier and subwoofer, one of the Best 6×9 Car Speakers is the choice for you. The 6×9’s are considered the ideal speaker size for bass 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 excellent sound and quality and have a wide variety of application uses. Here’s a list of CarAudioNow’s top rated and best sounding 6″ x 9″ speakers on the market.
Here is a list of this year’s top rated and reviewed 6×9 inch car speakers to help you choose the best products for your car’s stereo.
|Our Rank||6x9 Speaker||Speaker Type||Power Handling||Frequency Response||Price|
|1||Focal RCX-690||3 Way||RMS: 80 Watts|
Peak: 160 Watts
|50 - 20k Hz||$$|
|2||Hertz HCX 690||3 Way||RMS: 130 Watts|
Peak: 260 Watts
|32 - 23k Hz||$$$|
|3||JL Audio C2-690TX||3 Way||RMS: 125 Watts|
Peak: 225 Watts
|53 - 22k Hz||$$$$|
|4||Infinity REF-9623IX||3 Way||RMS: 100 Watts|
Peak: 300 Watts
|46 - 30k Hz||$$|
|5||Polk Audio DB692||3 Way||RMS: 150 Watts|
Peak: 300 Watts
|30 - 22k Hz||$|
|6||Alpine SPR-69||2 Way||RMS: 100 Watts|
Peak: 300 Watts
|60 - 29k Hz||$$|
|7||Infinity Kappa 693.11I||3 Way||RMS: 110 Watts|
Peak: 330 Watts
|35 - 30k Hz||$$$|
|8||MTX Thunder693||3 Way||RMS: 100 Watts|
Peak: 200 Watts
|42 - 20k Hz||$$$|
|9||Kenwood KFC-6985PS||4 Way||RMS: 115 Watts|
Peak: 600 Watts
|63 - 20k Hz||$|
How We Tested
In order to find the best 6″ x 9″ car speakers, CarAudioNow has combined several reviews across the industry with first-hand tests. There are many criteria that we take into consideration when rating and reviewing each speaker, including:
- Style (Looks, Design)
- Power Ratings (Peak, RMS)
- Quality (Materials used, manufacturer, etc)
- Consumer Reviews (From vendors such as Sonic Electronix, Crutchfield, Amazon and more)
The result from our combination of sources and testing is a list of the top rated and reviewed 6″ x 9″ speakers. And in addition to our compilation of top rated products, CarAudioNow also provides multiple comparisons of prices from vendors to try to get you the best price for all of your products. But in the end, the best speaker is one that meets your specific needs and is compatible with your car.
Best 6×9 Inch Car Speakers List
Focal RCX-690 Quick Review
French manufacturer Focal is known for their great speakers, but great speakers don’t come cheap. Their Auditor series is at the lower end of their range and therefore more affordable. Importantly though, these speakers still incorporate the unique Focal inverted dome tweeter. This ensures you hear more detail while at the same time enjoying richer, deeper bass notes. Mesh grilles are included.
These are speakers of 4 ohms impedance and built to handle up to 80 watts RMS. Mounting depth is 3 3/16″.
- 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
Hertz HCX 690 Quick Review
Hertz is well known for making powerful and quality speakers and subwoofers; the HCX 690 is a representation of this outstanding reputation and will bring new meaning to a powerful and great sounding audio system. The HCX 690 is a 3 way system, which means it features two sets of tweeters that are built in to cover a wider range of sound more precisely.
And only high quality materials are used in the manufacturing of these speakers; Damped Mesh Fibre Cone with a Loss-less Polymer Rubber Surround, die-cast aluminum baskets. The HCX 690 6×9 speaker is a guarantee to an incredible sound system if you don’t mind spending a little more money for them.
- Comes with a unique radial venting system to ensure high, optimal sound performance
- Can fit anywhere in your car – even into small factory cut-outs
- High quality design
- Powerful bass performance
- High amplification capability
- Only that they are a bit expensive
JL Audio C2-690TX Quick Review
JL Audio’s C2 speakers deliver great performance at a great value. The C2-690tx is a 3-way 6×9 speaker, so naturally they are known for their great coverage and full range of sound. But what’s great about all JL speakers is that they’re built with a foundation of features and technology from previous successful speakers, and the C2-690tx is no exception to that fact.
Some of the key features of the C2-690tx include:
- Injection-molded mica-filled polypropylene woofer with polyether foam surround
- 2″ Mylar cone midrange driver, 3/4″ silk dome tweeter
- 15 – 125w RMS power range
All-in-all the C2-6905x is a fantastic mid-level speaker on our list of best 6×9 speakers. They’ll give you the full range sound you want with the clarity you need.
- Superb music clarity
- High-quality manufacturing
- Lacks adequate bass for bass-enthusiasts
Infinity REF-9623IX Quick Review
When we tested the coaxial Infinity Reference REF-9623ix car speakers, something that stood out to us was its mid and high-range frequencies – it’s very accurate. But not only does it have a great reproduction of the mid and high ranges, the 9623ix comes from the Reference X Series and boasts incredible bass and volume because of the 30% bigger radiating surface area.
We like to think of the 9623ix as the “gentleman’s speakers” because it’s got great style and delivers the impeccable signature sound of Infinity speakers. The textile tweeters and patented oversized Plus One woofers are the mechanisms that drive the smooth bass output and optimized audio range.
Some of the specs that make the Reference 9623ix a highly recommended product includes:
- 100 watts RMS, peak of 300 watts
- 94dB, 3.0 ohms impedance
- 46 Hz to 30 Hz Frequency Response
- Adjustable tweeter output
- One year warranty
After a series of tests, we firmly believe that the Infinity 9623ix is a worthy choice. It’s efficient and can really shine with the upper ranges. It lags a bit with the low frequencies but still hard to complain when it’s priced so reasonably. If you want more power, you can achieve this by complimenting the speakers with an amplifier or head unit. This will completely change the way your sound system works and give you ground-shaking bass. For the best 6 x 9 car speakers, you can’t go wrong with the Infinity REF 9623ix.
- Accurate mid and high-range frequencies
- Great deep bass because of a 30% larger radiating surface area
- Competitive pricing for superb quality speakers
- Fits majority of front dash speaker sections
- Stylish futuristic design
- An amplifier is recommended in most cases necessary to squeeze every ounce of juice from the speaker
- Has no grille covers
Polk Audio DB692 Quick Review
Polk’s DB series speakers are among the most popular 6×9 car speakers on our list. Prior to the DB692, the DB691 held a firm place on our list for a long while. The DB692 is just an improved version of what already is a great speaker. Their Dynamic Balance technology is found on a number of their speakers, all of which are highly reviewed and regarded, especially for the price point. What we like so much about the DB692 is its versatility. They’re built with a unique combination of materials that are great for outdoors (jeeps, boats, etc) and in normal vehicles as well. A polypropylene UV tolerant cone makes it great for use in areas that have tons of sunlight. And with waterproof inner and outer surrounds, they’re Marine Certified and water resistant, making them an optimal choice if you have a boat or other power sport vehicles. And the best part about these speakers – the price. They’re the best priced 6×9 on our list, for the amount of performance and features you get in a speaker. Overall, we highly recommend the DB692, and you’ll find that many others do as well.
Some of the key features of theses speakers that made them stand out to us:
- IP55 water proof rating and marine certification
- Polypropylene UV tolerant cones
- Zero tweeter protrusion
- Included grilles
- Water resistant build-design and coating
- Perfect for outdoors and can be great on boats or other marine vehicles
- UV-tolerant hence great for use in areas with heavy sunlight
- Very affordable considering their performance and features
- Can’t attain very deep bass
- May experience distortions at peak output
Alpine SPR-69 Quick Review
“Crank it up!”. That’s the motto for the Alpine Type-R speakers. Everyone in the automotive audio industry has heard of the Alpine Type-R speakers. They’re for people who like to turn the volume up. The Type-R series can handle a ton of volume, and a ton of bass without distorting. It’s two of the features that have made a name for the Type-R series. They’re durable, long lasting, and just well-rounded speakers.
What we like the most about the SPR-69 6×9 speakers is their versatility. No matter what you power these speakers with, they always sound loud and great. Although, if you add a dedicated amp for them, we can’t deny that it’ll take them to another level.
Some of the key features of these speakers include:
- Multi-layer hybrid fiber woofer with Santoprene® rubber surround
- 1″ swiveling silk dome tweeter
- Power range: 2-100 watts RMS (300 watts peak power)
- Compact neodymium magnets
- Can handle high volume really well
- No distortions
- Multi-layered cone that delivers a great response to bass
- Accurate tweeter control
- Smooth high frequency
- Not shallow enough for most car openings
- Not immune to rattle
Infinity KAPPA 693.11I Quick Review
The Infinity’s Kappa Series come from a long line of evolving speakers. The 693.11i is truly one of the best 6×9 inch speakers that has come from the Infinity line. They’re a perfect choice for those who are looking to upgrade OEM speakers and power them with an OEM or aftermarket radio. But, if you’re looking to get the most out of these speakers by adding a dedicated amp, they’ll handle up to 110 watts RMS.
Some of the features that stood out the most to us about the Kappa 693.11i 6×9 speakers is the Plus One+ technology, and edge-driven domed tweeters. The Plus One+ Technology extends the cone all the way up to the edge of the basket to give the speaker as much surface area as possible. This enhances its ability to reproduce bass. The edge-driven domed tweeters have more surface area and deliver a more smooth response into the midrange which makes them less overwhelmingly high pitch. All-in-all, a great set of 6x9s and worth considering.
- Great sound and best bass in their range
- No distortion
- Clarity at high volumes
- Made with high-quality components
- Plastic frame makes them a bit fragile over time
- Highs may be too bright for some people
MTX THUNDER693 Quick Review
These 3-way speakers deliver great sound across the range but really excel in how they reproduce low frequency notes. They’re not a substitute for a subwoofer but if space or money are limited they’re a great way to get a step up in bass. Another interesting feature is that the tweeters pivot up to 15° to optimize sound delivery.
Black metal mesh grilles, two short lengths of speaker wire, self-tapping screws and a template for easy mounting are all included. There’s also a 2 year warranty.
The mounting depth is 3″, impedance is 4 ohms and they handle up to 100 watts RMS.
- Excellent reproduction of low frequency notes
- Great speakers to boost your auto’s bass
- Easy installation
- 2 year warranty
- None that we could find!
Kenwood KFC-6985PS Quick Review
If 3-way speakers are good 4-way speakers must be better, right? These factory replacements incorporate four components to deliver clear, crisp sound across the range at an affordable price. They come with grilles and grille frames, plus two lengths of speaker wire, self-tapping screws and grille putty. They even include a template to help with installing them in a parcel shelf or elsewhere.
These 4 ohms impedance speakers handle up to 115 watts RMS and need a mounting depth of 3 1/16″.
- Crisp and clear mids and highs even at high volume
- No distortion
- Easy installation
- Very affordable
- Bass is not as strong as other speakers on the list
Best Car Speakers: 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 an high performing material. Foam an cloth surroundings are found on less expensive component speakers, with lower performance and shorter life spans.
How to Install 6×9 Inch Car Speakers
You know you want the best 6×9 car speakers, the only question is, how to fit them?
The thought of installing a car speakers can be quite intimidating. They’re built into doors, sometimes the dashboard and maybe the rear parcel shelf. How do you get the old ones out and replacements in without damaging all that trim? And if you’re upgrading to a component system, you’ll need a way of mounting new tweeters high in the doors.
Fact is, car speaker installation is easier than it looks. All you need are a few simple tools and a little knowledge. We’ll provide that know-how here, hopefully inspiring you to tackle this not-too-difficult project. The subsections that follow address:
- Vehicle-to-vehicle differences
- Parts needed
- Tools needed
- Replacing door speakers
- Adding tweeters
- Dash-mounted speakers
- Speakers in the parcel shelf
It would be great if car manufacturers could standardize they way they build doors and install speakers, but they don’t. Every vehicle is different. As a result we can only provide generic advice on installing a component system or those 6×9 speakers you’ve picked from our “Best Car Speakers” list. We will however address the most common place manufacturers like to place speakers: the doors, and also the parcel shelf and dash.
In addition to the speakers, consider buying two other items:
- A vehicle-specific wiring harness. This connects the speakers to the dedicated plastic plug on the end of the wiring loom in the car. The alternative is to cut the wires and make crimped or soldered connections.
- Speaker brackets or speaker adapters. These are for when either your new speakers are a different size to those already in the vehicle, or the mounting holes don’t line up. How will you know if you need them? Well 6×9 is such a common size you may not need them at all, but it may be that you can’t tell for sure until the door trim is off.
The biggest challenge you will face is removing interior trim without damaging it. For that you need a set of special “pry” tools. These look like a flat-bladed paint scraper with a slot cut down the middle. Some are bent midway down, making them good for reaching into tight spaces up near the door hinge. Fortunately they’re inexpensive and you can pick them up at your favorite low cost tools store.
Having alerted you to that requirement, here’s a list of what you will probably need:
- Pry tools – flat and angled
- Cross-head (Phillips) screwdrivers (or bits for your drill)
- Small sockets – metric and inch
- Crimp tools (if you’re not going the dedicated wiring harness route) or a solder gun and heat shrink sleeving.
- Craft knife (for cutting through foam or sealant.)
- Hole saw of the size needed to cut openings for tweeters, preferably with the finest tooth pitch you can find. (Obviously, not applicable if you’re installing co-axial speakers.)
Replacing Door Speakers
Most modern cars have the speakers mounted in the doors. You may still find a few with them in the dash and others in the rear parcel shelf. Here we’ll concentrate on those in the doors, and add some tips for dealing with those other locations. To start with we’ll assume you’re replacing the OEM co-axial speakers. In the section after this we’ll address how to add tweeters, if you’re going the component route.
1. Park where you’ve got room to open both doors fully, then disconnect the battery.
2. Study the door trim to find any securing screws. Remove any that are visible, others may be hidden under removable trim pieces, perhaps under the armrest.
3. Remove the window controls. Most cars have switches in the arm rest and this panel can usually be popped up (being careful not to scratch any surfaces.) Then disconnect the wiring. If there’s any possibility of mixing the wires, wrap masking tape round them and mark it up appropriately.
If your car has crank windows the handle has to come off. It may be held in place by a screw but more often there’s a spring clip between the handle and door trim. Your pry tools should be good for removing this.
4. Most cars have a “sail panel” covering where the door mirror mounts. This will likely need to come off before the door trim will lift away. Unless you see screws holding it in place use your pry tool to reach down the sides and pop it out.
5. Remove the door trim. Start by sliding your pry tool between door and trim panel at the bottom corner. Slide the tool sideways until you find a retaining clip. Jiggle the tool to put the clip in the center slot, and pop the panel up. Slide to the next clip and repeat. Keep doing this until you can slide the tool the entire way around the perimeter of the door panel. (Not every panel is held on by retaining clips. You may find that after removing a few screws it will just lift up and off.)
Once the panel is free, carefully lift it away, watching for any cables going to the door release. If these get in the way just disconnect them cables. Sometimes it’s enough to just turn the panel 90° and lean it on the door.
6. Now the speakers are exposed, undo the retaining screws. If they are original the vehicle manufacturer may have used foam adhesive or sealant to help hold them in place: cut through that with your craft knife. Lift the speaker out and slide off the wiring connectors. There’s almost always a fat and a thin terminal: the fat one is positive.
7. Test fit the new speakers to see if the screw holes line up. If they don’t you’ll need to use a speaker adapter. Install that in the door before hooking up the new speakers.
(If you’re installing a combination car speaker set, drop down to the tweeter section below now.)
8. Make the electrical connections. If a purpose-made harness isn’t available either crimp or solder and heat-shrink the wires. If you’re concerned about whether you got the polarity right, reconnect the battery and play some music through them. You’ll soon tell if they sound right or not!
9. Tuck the wires away in the door making sure they won’t rattle, then mount the new speakers in place.
10. Refit the door panel. Sometimes it takes a good thump to seat the retaining clips. Reconnect switch controls and put that panel back in place. Install any screws you took out and put any other pieces of trim back. Then go to the other side of the vehicle and do it all over again!
Start by following steps 1 through 7 of the door speaker instructions above. Then do the following:
- Decide where you’ll mount the tweeters. They should be as high and as far forward as possible to create the best soundstage, but make sure they won’t interfere with the window operation.
- Mark the location on the inner side of the door trim panel and on any metal you’ll need to cut in the door itself. Use the hole saw to cut the two openings. File sharp edges smooth and use touch-up paint on the bare metal.
- Install the mounting hardware supplied with the tweeters. (This will include a grille for the opening you’ve cut in the door.)
- Connect the wires from the audio system into the crossover. Hook the speakers up to the output side.
- Mount the external crossover box inside the door. You’ll need a way of making this secure so it doesn’t come loose and start rattling.
From this point the test and reassembly points are the same as in the door speaker section above. Resume at Point 8.
If you’re lucky these will be covered by removable grilles. Take out any retaining screws or just pop the grilles out with your pry tool for access to the mounting screws. If you’re unlucky the only way to reach these is from beneath the dash. That’s a much harder project, unless there’s a way to remove the entire upper panel.
Speakers in the Parcel Shelf
These are usually accessible through the trunk or liftgate. The biggest challenge may be contorting yourself into the shape needed to work on them. As with the door speakers, be sure to make good electrical connections.
Ready to start?
A speaker upgrade is an easy way to improve your automotive audio experience. Read our reviews to learn which we consider the best car speakers. In just a few hours you’ll be enjoying music as the artists intended.