Last updated on November 23rd, 2020 at 10:38 pm
In this article: We'll review 9 of our best pick 6×9 inch speakers for your car, truck or vehicle.
- Best Overall Pick: Focal RCX-690
- Runner Up, Overall Pick: Hertz HCX 690
- Best Splurge Pick: JL Audio C2-690TX
- Stylish Pick: Infinity REF-9623IX
- Best Value Pick: Polk Audio DB692
- Best Volume Pick: Alpine R-S69.2
- Best Bass Pick: Infinity Kappa 93ix
- Best3-Way Bass Pick: MTX THUNDER693
- Best 4-Way Pick: Kenwood KFC-6986PS
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 on our list will definitely help to bring the quality audio and bass that you've been looking for. 6x9s 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. 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.
Unsure what speaker size your car has? Search for your make and model using our Speaker Fitment Guide to find out if the speakers on this list match the speaker size of 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 6X9 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 R-S69.2 Quick Review
Alpine upgraded their R-series 6×9 speakers for 2019, increasing the ability to really pound the sound. The R-series has always been known for it’s ability to produce tons of deep bass without distortion. The newest release of the R-series continues the legacy.
Alpine incorporated two exclusive technologies to the R-series speakers when redesigning them for 2019. The High Amplitude Multi-Roll Surround (H.A.M.R.) technology allows for greater user control of frequencies and allows for a longer-than-typical voice coil. Longer voice coils allow better heat dissipation and prevent distortion, even at ear bursting volumes.
Alpine increased the durability and sound reproduction capability of the R-series speaker by incorporating exclusive materials and designs for the cone. the patented Carbon Fiber Reinforced Polymer (CFRB) cones are more rigid than previous models, while allowing for even better sound without worry of damage to the cone. CFRP cones are shaped so that the fibers follow the curve of the speaker. This technology provides a durable cone and unbelievable sound.
A newly designed neodymium magnet and reduced grill height make installation of these 6×9” speakers easy. The speakers are lower profile than many competitors, making installation in tight spots, such as doors and package shelves, flawless. The new speakers are compatible with Hi-Rez audio.
A 100W RMS/ 300 W peak power rating means customers can crank it up. The 6×9” speakers produce sounds within the 60-40k Hz frequencies so users don’t loose important parts of their favorite songs. Bass response is great with these speakers, and the 1” domed tweeter provides crisp, clear highs without sounding tinny.
- Extended frequency range
- Tough, durable cones designed to be cranked up
- Twice the price of older model
- Some installers will need to use spacers to fit the speaker in tight areas.
Infinity Kappa 93ix Quick Review
The newest 6×9” speaker from Infinity is the Kappa 93ix. Anyone who has installed a set of Infinity Kappa speakers knows the outstanding build quality and high-end looks. The 93ix does not disappoint – its sleek, modern grill design will instantly upgrade even the most humdrum interior.
But what good is a nice looking speaker if it doesn’t perform? No worries with the Kappa 93ix. 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.
The 93ix is a three-way design that has an available (optional) midrange bandpass to allow a full three way switch using a crossover. Infinity built the Kappa series to be expandable and to take advantage of factory audio setups. The extremely low 2.5 ohm resistance uses every available watt to produce rich, natural sound. The low resistance allows the speakers to attain high volume and clear sound even when using original, thin factory speaker wiring.
Good speakers can handle a lot of abuse. If that is the measurement of a good speaker, the 93ix from Infinity is great. The glass fiber woofer cones can really 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 93ix is rated at up to 96 dB and can produce amazing sound with as little as 5 watts RMS. The 93ix produces sound within the 35-30k Hz range for excellent coverage.
Infinity uses audiophile-quality inductors and capacitors throughout the Kappa line. Each speaker is individually tuned to guarantee great sound right out of the box. The Kappa 93ix speakers are subjected to some of the most rigorous reliability testing in the industry. The speakers are frozen, baked, and bombarded with UV rays to identify design weaknesses. Infinity even drives the speakers at max power for days on end to ensure each component can handle anything.
- As tough as they are good looking
- High-end factory upgrade
- Expandable for those who want to amplify
- High(ish) cost
- Speakers can be difficult to install in tight areas without using adapters
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-6986PS Quick Review
Kenwood is one of the most popular brands for upgrading factory speakers in the United States because of outstanding build quality, affordable price, and cutting edge technology. The newest four-way 6×9” speaker released by Kenwood is sure to become a popular choice for upgrading a factory system.
The Kenwood KFC-6986PS builds on the proven performance of the 6985PS by lowering the overall height of the tweeter and making numerous small changes that impact performance in a big way. One of the seemingly minor changes Kenwood made to the 6986 6×9 speaker is the use of black paint on many components, in particular the yoke and the plate. The use of black paint allows the speaker to dissipate heat better than previous versions and retains the durable finish important for long-term speaker use.
Kenwood improved the design of the woofer surround by adding stress leveling points across the face. These points help to stabilize the woofer cone and eliminate distortion and buzzing. The diamond array pattern provides rigidity to the cone while allowing flexibility along the surround for deep base.
All the great woofer technology in the world won’t do any good if the speaker is too wimpy for serious stereo systems. The 6986 is rated to handle 600W peak and 140W RMS. The 4/5” and 1/2” ceramic tweeters provide clear, crisp, and clean high frequency tones. A 1 3/4” paper cone midrange speaker completes the four-way design.
These speakers are ideal for space-limited projects where multiple speakers are not practical. Because of the four-way design, a good head unit will be able to produce fantastic sound through these speakers without having to add midrange and bass speakers to the system.
- Low cost
- Four-way design keeps custom systems simple
- Excellent power handling
- Shallow tweeter provides smooth looking, easy installation
- Dated-looking grilles
- 3 3/16″ install depth is deeper than previous models
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 an cloth surroundings are found on less expensive component speakers, with lower performance and shorter life spans.
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