The 5 Best Budget Car Speakers – Reviews & Buying Guide
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 – Reviews
- #1. Rockford Fosgate R165X3 Prime 6.5-Inch Full-Range 3-Way Coaxial Speaker
- #2. Pioneer TS-A1676R 320W 6.5" 3-Way TSA Series Coaxial Car Speakers
- #3. Rockford Fosgate R1525X2 Prime 5.25-Inch Full Range Coaxial Speaker
- #4. Boss Audio CH6530 300 Watt (Per Pair), 6.5 Inch, Full Range, 3 Way Car Speaker
- #5. Kenwood KFC-6965S 6 x 9 Inches 3-Way 400W Speakers
5 Best Budget Car Speakers – Reviews
Speaker System Class
Rockford Fosgate R165X3 Prime 6.5-Inch Full-Range 3-Way Coaxial Speaker
90 Watts Max
8.3 x 16 x 4 in
45 Watts RMS
Pioneer TS-A1676R 320W 6.5" 3-Way TSA Series Coaxial Car Speakers
6.2 x 1.8 x 6.2 in
Rockford Fosgate R1525X2 Prime 5.25-Inch Full Range Coaxial Speaker
14.3 x 8.3 x 3.6 in
40 Watts RMS
Boss Audio CH6530 300 Watt (Per Pair), 6.5 Inch, Full Range, 3 Way
6.6 x 6.6 x 2.4 in
150 Watts x 2
Kenwood KFC-6965S 6 x 9 Inches 3-Way 400W Speakers
9 x 6 x 6 in
45 Watts per pair
#1. Rockford Fosgate R165X3 Prime 6.5-Inch Full-Range 3-Way Coaxial Speaker
Editor's Rating: (4.2 / 5)
The Rockford Fosgate R165X3 is a well-known pair of powerful car speakers. It uses a 6.5-inches 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 W speakers with a peak power of 90 W.
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.
#2. Pioneer TS-A1676R 320W 6.5" 3-Way TSA Series Coaxial Car Speakers
Editor's Rating: (4.5 / 5)
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 W 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.
#3. Rockford Fosgate R1525X2 Prime 5.25-Inch Full Range Coaxial Speaker
Editor's Rating: (4.2 / 5)
This is another popular pair of speakers from Rockford but in a smaller package. The 5.25-inches 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.
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.
#4. Boss Audio CH6530 300 Watt (Per Pair), 6.5 Inch, Full Range, 3 Way Car Speaker
Editor's Rating: (3.9 / 5)
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.
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. Unfortunately, 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.
#5. Kenwood KFC-6965S 6 x 9 Inches 3-Way 400W Speakers
Editor's Rating: (4.2 / 5)
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.
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 W.
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.
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. They are
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!