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5 Best Budget Car Speakers of 2020

Best Budget Car Speakers

A good car deserves a good sound system. After all, listening to your favorite tunes from the comfort of your car definitely makes the drive more pleasurable.

Personally, we know many passionate car lovers who invest thousands of dollars in their car sound system alone just to obtain that extra audiophile quality from their music.

Of course, this is excessive and you do not have to spend that much to get a decent car sound system. Far from that!

In fact, we have hand-picked a few of the best car speakers that will give you exceptional sound without breaking the bank. You will be amazed how good they sound!

Let’s check them out below!

5 Best Budget Car Speakers – Review

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PRODUCT

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Rockford Fosgate R165X3 Prime 6.5-Inch Full-Range 3-Way Coaxial Speaker

1. Rockford Fosgate R165X3 (Affordable & Great Value)

  • Affordable and value for money
  • Good build construction. Durable
  • Excellent overall sound quality
  • Metal grille to protect the speaker
Pioneer TS-A1676R 320W 6.5" 3-Way TSA Series Coaxial Car Speakers

2. Pioneer TS-A1676R (Excellent Price to Performance Ratio)

  • Good price and superb performance
  • Will fit most cars due to its design
  • Excellent build construction
  • Efficient. The voice coils are cool
Rockford Fosgate R1525X2 Prime 5.25-Inch Full Range Coaxial Speaker

3. Rockford Fosgate R1525X2 (Small & Compact)

  • Small and compact form factor
  • Competitively priced
  • The flush design makes it easy to install
Boss Audio CH6530 300 Watt (Per Pair), 6.5 Inch, Full Range, 3 Way

4. Boss Audio CH6530 (Excellent Factory Speaker Replacement)

  • Superior to any factory speaker
  • Fast response times. Excellent music reproduction
  • Does not distort even at high volumes
Kenwood KFC-6965S 6 x 9 Inches 3-Way 400W Speakers

5. Kenwood KFC-6965S (Highly Affordable & Deep Bass)

  • Affordable and good value
  • Bass is a rich and powerful
  • Sound quality is very good

PRODUCT

1. Rockford Fosgate R165X3

 (Affordable & Great Value)

Rockford Fosgate R165X3 Prime 6.5-Inch Full-Range 3-Way Coaxial Speaker
  • Affordable and value for money
  • Good build construction. Durable
  • Excellent overall sound quality
  • Metal grille to protect the speaker

2. Pioneer TS-A1676R

 (Excellent Price to Performance Ratio)

Pioneer TS-A1676R 320W 6.5" 3-Way TSA Series Coaxial Car Speakers
  • Good price and superb performance
  • Will fit most cars due to its design
  • Excellent build construction
  • Efficient. The voice coils are cool

3. Rockford Fosgate R1525X2

 (Small & Compact)

Rockford Fosgate R1525X2 Prime 5.25-Inch Full Range Coaxial Speaker
  • Small and compact form factor
  • Competitively priced
  • The flush design makes it easy to install

4. Boss Audio CH6530

 (Excellent Factory Speaker Replacement)

Boss Audio CH6530 300 Watt (Per Pair), 6.5 Inch, Full Range, 3 Way
  • Superior to any factory speaker
  • Fast response times. Excellent music reproduction
  • Does not distort even at high volumes

5. Kenwood KFC-6965S 

(Highly Affordable & Deep Bass)

Kenwood KFC-6965S 6 x 9 Inches 3-Way 400W Speakers
  • Affordable and good value
  • Bass is a rich and powerful
  • Sound quality is very good

1. Rockford Fosgate R165X3 – Affordable and Great Value

Rockford Fosgate R165X3 Prime 6.5-Inch Full-Range 3-Way Coaxial Speaker

Photo: Rockford

  • Speaker System Class: 3-way
  • Impedance: 4 Ohms
  • Size: 8.3 x 16 x 4 inches

The Rockford Fosgate R165X3 is a well-known pair of powerful car speakers. It uses a 6.5-inch diaphragm in a 3-way class.

What demarks this pair of speakers is its affordable price. It did not have to sacrifice build quality at all and you get a lot of bang at a small price.

In terms of performance, this pair of speakers is powered by an RMS rating of 45 Watts speakers with a peak power of 90 Watts.

As we can see, there is plenty of power in the speaker and it will be able to produce a crystal clear music stage without any problem, even on fairly high volumes.

Additionally, the low impedance of 4 Ohms means that you can connect this speaker with standard audio wires without introducing parasites to the sound. This is very helpful for those who like to make their own DIY speaker installation.

Another good thing about the low impedance is that it makes it quite versatile and can be installed in any type or make of car without having to redo the audio wires.

Furthermore, the front is protected by a metal grill making it more durable and long-lasting.

Since this is a coaxial speaker, it has integrated tweeters that sends treble and other high pitch sounds in a specific direction. You can get crafty about how to position this speaker or play with your audio player for custom effects.

All in all, you cannot go wrong with the Rockford Fosgate R165X3. This is an affordable pair of speakers that are easy to install and will surely blow you away. It is easily one of the best budget car speakers in this review as it produces a rich and vibrant soundstage.

However, you should observe due diligence when using this budget speaker because it is not intended for heavy-duty use. You cannot use it at high volumes for an extended period of time because it does not have the performance or design for it.

Pros:

  • Affordable and modern looking
  • Excellent sound quality for low, mid and highs
  • Easy to install by even beginners
  • Metal grill for speaker protection

Cons:

  • Cannot be used with very thin wires
  • Not recommended for heavy-duty use

2. Pioneer TS-A1676R – Excellent Price to Performance Ratio

Pioneer TS-A1676R 320W 6.5" 3-Way TSA Series Coaxial Car Speakers

Photo: Pioneer

  • Speaker System Class: 3-way
  • Impedance: 4 Ohms
  • Size: 6.2 x 1.8 x 6.2 inches

Pioneer needs no introduction. After all, this company is one of the most successful and reputable audio makers in the world. Consequently, it is difficult to find fault in the Pioneer TS-A1676R. To sweeten the deal, those speakers are affordable and has an excellent price to performance ratio.

The design is quite atypical, with a spider shape at the center. Those are there to boost response and help add clarity to the soundstage. Pioneer does a lot of research into sound, and this spider shape is a consequence.

Moreover, since this is a coaxial model, it has embedded tweeters and bass that help deliver a dynamic and vibrant sound range in one small package.

50 Watts of power per speakers is more than enough to get a clear sound with no distortion. To help further, the mica matrix layer that composes the cone structure helps spread the sound wider and produce deeper bass.

Since the cone is strongly built, this speaker will have no difficulty operating at higher volumes. Especially when paired with an amplifier. It will produce a rich soundstage.

Also, there will be no distortions as long as this system is kept at a reasonable volume. For very high volumes, there may be some distortions with low frequency sounds like the bass.

Moreover, the heat-resistant voice coils will have no difficulty outputting music for longer periods as it does a good job dissipating heat while delivering a rich sound image.

Bottom line, this is a pair of speakers that will last longer even when abused.

For day to day use, this unit will deliver performance above and beyond of what is expected. It is a brilliant piece of engineering even if the bass is a little bit weak.

Additionally, you should avoid using this speaker in humid or wet conditions because the front metal grille may start to show signs of rust over time.

Pros:

  • Excellent build quality
  • Clear and rich soundstage
  • Standard design will fit most cars
  • Efficient speaker. Voice coils run cool

Cons:

  • Bass is a little weak but still better than most models in this review
  • Front metal grille may start to rust in contact with humidity

3. Rockford Fosgate R1525X2 – Small and Compact

Rockford Fosgate R1525X2 Prime 5.25-Inch Full Range Coaxial Speaker

Photo: Rockford

  • Speaker System Class: 2-way
  • Impedance: 4 Ohms
  • Size: 14.3 x 8.3 x 3.6 inches

This is another popular pair of speakers from Rockford but in a smaller package. The 5.25-inch diaphragm is more suitable for those that do not have a lot of speaker space but still want to get a rich and dynamic soundstage.

Indeed, this is a compact speaker that is quite easy to install and does not need a lot of space.

This speaker comes with front metal grilles and since it is coaxial, it contains both the tweeter and the bass system.

Further, the polypropylene cone is strong and produces a dynamic sound with quick response times.

The tweeters in the middle of the speaker can send directional sound and can reproduce high frequencies quite well. But note that since this is a 2-way system, it will have its midrange muffled above a certain volume.

Moreover, due to the small size of the speakers, it has difficulty outputting low frequencies. For people who like to listen to their music loud, this speaker will sound weak and tiny even when paired with decent amplifiers.

Lastly, this speaker has a flush design when installed. Talking about installation, Rockford includes installation hardware with the purchase.

The only caveat we note with this speaker is that the bass is not very impressive, especially at high volumes. Also, since this is a 2-way system, it has difficulty reproducing every sound frequencies out there. Therefore, this is a good general purpose speaker for casual use only.

Pros:

  • Affordable and good build construction
  • Small and compact. Also, easy to install and use
  • Metal grill for protection
  • Flush design does not get in the way

Cons:

  • Bass could be deeper
  • Cannot reproduce all sound frequencies with fidelity since it is a 2-way system

4. Boss Audio CH6530 – Excellent Factory Speaker Replacement

Boss Audio CH6530 300 Watt (Per Pair), 6.5 Inch, Full Range, 3 Way

Photo: BOSS Audio Systems

  • Speaker System Class: 3-way
  • Impedance: 4 Ohms
  • Size: 6.6 x 6.6 x 2.4 inches

One of the ambitions of Boss Audio is to make speakers that sound better than factory car speakers. We can say that it is mission accomplished with the Boss Audio CH6530 as it is leaps and bounds superior to a factory speaker in every way.

Installation of this speaker can be done quickly and easily, and it sits flush due to its low form-factor. Additionally, it can be paired with an amplifier and it performs well for low frequency sounds like the bass.

Since the cone is made from a strong poly injection material, this guarantees durability and performance in the long term. There is even a grille that protects the tweeter and voice coil.

To make it even more durable, the voice coils are made of aluminum. This helps dissipate heat more efficiently and extend the lifespan of the speaker as a whole. And even if this speaker does not have the best build construction out there, this small efficiency boost does make a difference.

But unfortunately, when it comes to the midrange sound quality in general, the 0.5-inch Piezo tweeter is just too small to reproduce midrange sounds in good fidelity.

All in all, the Boss Audio CH6530 will sound better than a factory car speaker but in our opinion, there are better offers in the review. 

Pros:

  • Fast frequency response times
  • It will sound better than any factory speaker out there
  • Can handle amplifier power without distortions at reasonable volumes
  • Easy installation

Cons:

  • Not the best for midrange
  • Build quality is average

5. Kenwood KFC-6965S – Highly Affordable and Deep Bass

Kenwood KFC-6965S 6 x 9 Inches 3-Way 400W Speakers

Photo: Kenwood

  • Speaker System Class: 3-way
  • Impedance: 4 Ohms
  • Size: 9 x 6 x 6 inches

The Kenwood KFC-6965S is a popular and ultra-affordable factory car speaker replacement. It is the most powerful pair of speakers in the review and almost rivals the Rockford Fosgate R165X3 in terms of sound quality. Specifically, this model has an excellent bass reproduction.

Overall, this unit can output a very decent soundstage when paired with an amplifier. It is able to do so due to its fast frequency response times and decent RMS rating of 45 Watts.

To make it more durable and deliver good performance at high volume, the Kenwood KFC-6965S has a polypropylene cone that is tough and durable. It will not tear even during intense vibrations.

Additionally, we like the presence of a full metal grille that helps protect the innards of the speaker. This speaker is not very tall and should sit flush if the shape fits your car.

Bottom line, the speaker is excellent when listening to low-frequency range music. The bass is deep and punchy.

But the midrange is definitely not the best we have heard so if you like to listen to music with lot of vocals, you probably should give this speaker a pass. Otherwise, it is an excellent grab!

Pros:

  • Very affordable. Value for money
  • Powerful and deep bass
  • Superior sound than most factory car speakers
  • Full metal grille for protection

Cons:

  • Not the best for midrange frequencies

Conclusion

The models we have reviewed are superior to most factory car speakers, even if they are budget models. You cannot go wrong with any of them. 

For the most part, those budget car speakers are easy to install and should make your music come alive. Choose a model that appeals to you and go buy it!

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