We decided to put together this blog post to help you choose the absolute best in the market for the audio system in your ride. You can say goodbye to a muddy mix with the right 6.5-inch midrange car speakers for good.
Our pick for this category is the Hertz SPL Show SV because it is the clearest-sounding yet powerful speaker on the list. The craftsmanship is flawless and due to the pro-level components, they will sound perfect for years even under heavy use. Moreover, the water-repellent pressed paper membrane and dust caps are just the icing on the cake.
Be sure to check out other midrange speakers (8″, 10″ 2-3/4″, 3″) we reviewed.
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6.5-inch Midrange Car Speakers We Recommend
Hertz SPL Show SV
This 6.5″ midrange speaker shines in that sweet frequency range of 500 Hz all the way to 6 kHz which brings clarity to any vocal performance. Indeed, if you’re a fan of podcasts or any word-driven format, you’ll fall in love with this speaker since day one.
Although it is only a 6.5” speaker, it is capable of handling 400 watts at its peak. We can attribute that sturdiness and performance to the high-density flux ferrite magnet and the ultra-light pressed paper cone. Furthermore, the copper voice coil wounded to a two-layer KSV former allows this speaker to perform for hours at a time without overheating.
Speaking of this speaker’s durability, the water-repellent, pressed paper membrane and dust caps are not only robust but also surprisingly lightweight. In the same vein, the double-wave damped fabric surrounds ensure the speaker will never lose its linearity, even when pushed to the extreme.
Hertz managed to put together our top pick, the number one choice in the market today. If it is within your budget, you need to, at least, give it a try before you buy. Beware, though, falling in love with those crystal-clear mids and robust mid-lows is all too easy.
Rockford Fosgate PPS4-6 Punch Pro 6.5″ 4-Ohm Midrange
Saying that Rockford Fosgate has been creating impressive speakers for years isn’t to give up any scoop. This midrange 6.5” speaker is no exception to this company’s reputation of great products at great prices.
The scoop that is worth giving up is that this speaker made it to number two in our list by a very small margin. Indeed, the only performance difference between this speaker and our pick is that it isn’t as crystal clear as the unit above. It sounds powerful, round, and defined in the lower-mid register, but it is a tad harsh when you come closer to 5 kHz.
As its name indicates, there is plenty of punch packed inside each of these units. This is because the oversized engine structure, fiber reinforced paper cone, high-temperature voice coil, and corrugated-treated cloth surround make this a highly sensitive speaker designed to be played loud. Speaking of which, it can handle 100 watts RMS/200 watts Max Power at ease. Finally, this is a matter of taste, but the front grille makes it one of the best-looking speakers in the market (in our opinion).
For those looking for a well-built, loud, easy to mount, great-sounding speaker to cover the low-mids, this is an amazing choice.
DS18 PRO-X6.4BM 6.5″ Loudspeaker
When we say powerful, we say loud, and when we say loud we speak about the 250 watts RMS/500 watts Max Power that this speaker can handle. But that’s not it; it is impressive how this speaker can deliver undistorted raw power at any volume level.
In this sense, one of the biggest differences between this speaker and the rest of the list is that it was designed for extreme volume. The 1.5” high-temperature CCAW voice coil is capable of handling extreme temperatures while maintaining structural integrity. This translates into a longer lifespan delivering high-volume tones. Speaking of lifespan, the company’s own red bullet works great for protecting the voice coil and gives it an interesting aesthetic touch.
This might not be the most defined-sounding speaker in the market but will deliver uninterrupted, clean raw power to any mix. Although the nuances of a great vocal performance might not sound as clear, they can definitely shine through the mix volume-wise.
For those after a great 6.5″ mid-range car speaker to add to a big, powerful system; this is your best choice.
DS18 PRO-GM6SE Loudspeaker
Because not everyone’s wallet is the same, this is one of our three picks for a great bang-for-the-buck 6.5″ loudspeaker option for your car. It continues the DS18 tradition of delivering power to the people at an affordable price; thus, the power handling is 380 watts Max Power. Moreover, depending on the wiring scheme, it can also deliver 90 watts RMS in 8 ohms (see more 8-ohm options).
As you might know, the higher the ohms, the more defined the sound. So, although it lacks some of the thump in the previous models, it can deliver crystal-clear mids. This is especially great for those who love jazz, instrumental music, and spoken words (podcasts, for example).
Moving over to the construction, this unit features a 1.5” high-temperature Kapton voice call engineered to handle extreme heat while maintaining structural integrity. Also, the sealed back design allows the speaker to sound more compressed and tighter, pushing those mid frequencies to the front.
This speaker is a definite must-try for those needing to add a great-sounding 8-ohm speaker to their sound system that can excel in vocal clarity.
Black Diamond Dia-CM6.4B
If the loud volume is not your deal, then this speaker might be the best choice for your ride. Indeed, Black Diamond focused all attention on sound quality, and although they deliver 60 watts RMS at 4 Ohms, the Black Diamond exclusively-designed 14.4 oz. magnet stays clear throughout the entire volume knob.
That being said, the 1” high-strength voice coil with its integrated resonator can cause some kind of reverb to the sound that might not be everybody’s cup of tea. On the other hand, the integrated resonator protects the voice coil and also pushes higher frequencies forward without losing those crystal-clear mids.
At this power rating, these can’t deliver thumping sounds and are more indicated for those trying to improve the standard sound of their cars without breaking the bank. Indeed, you’ll notice that everything starts sounding more alive when playing it through these Black Diamond speakers.
Skar Audio FSX65-4 6.5-Inch 4 Ohm Midrange
This package is a great way of solving your car’s stereo needs in a single purchase. This is because they come in pairs at a very competitive price.
With a power handling of 150 watts RMS, these speakers can breathe new life into your car’s stereo system. Indeed, the 21oz ferrite motor, as well as the 1.5” high-temperature copper voice coil allow them a very broad frequency range going from 100 to 8,000 Hz. This means that they can cover vast sonic ground bringing definition to any sound system, especially in the range covered by the human voice.
Finally, the exclusive vented backplate design keeps them cool on every occasion; you can play them for days without worrying about the temperature. The only drawback some people might find is that there`s no pumping action going on with this pair. Although they can reproduce lows, they don’t have the rich roundness other speakers on this list have.
That being said, if you need a new 6″ midrange for your ride and can couple them with a larger subwoofer, this is a great, affordable, and utterly convenient choice by Skar Audio.
We had to add an extra two lines to our review because this Timpano is just great for its value and needed to be on our list as another great option.
To begin with, they feature some components from the company’s PRO tiers which translate into superior quality craftsmanship and durability. Also, in the design category, the fact that they have a shallow mounting depth of only 2.44” makes them a great upgrade to any stock speakers without cutting or doing anything to the car.
Power-wise, they can handle 200 watts Max Power and 70 watts RMS with a frequency response that goes from 110Hz all the way to 8,500Hz. This means that these speakers can handle most sonic scenarios with ease. Finally, the ferrite magnet and solid steel structure guarantee you’ll be having fun with these speakers for years to come.
Perhaps, the only drawback you might find with them is that when pushed to the extreme, they can sound boosted in the midrange causing soft distortion. Other than that, they make an outstanding upgrade for midrange stock speakers.
AUDIO 6MB200 v2 6.5″ speakers midbass woofer
These are not the loudest speakers in the list, but definitely some of the clearest-sounding. That being said, 100 watts RMS (200 watts Max Power) might be enough for most casual users. Moreover, with frequency response going from 125Hz to 6,500Hz, they can cover vast sonic ground.
They work their best when coupled with a sub and a tweeter since their sweet spot is around 3 kHz. This translates into crystal-clear vocal performances, gigantic melodies, and pleasant-sounding instrumental music. Furthermore, with a shallow mounting of 2.6”, they can fit most cars without major modifications.
Construction-wise, they are as sturdy as it gets featuring a ferrite magnet motor attached to a stamped steel frame. In the same vein, the 1.5” high-temperature Kapton copper voice coil performs flawlessly even when pushed to the extreme.
This might not be suitable to use as the only speaker in the car (thus its position in the list) but it can shine in a multi-speaker setup coupled with a powerful sub and a singing tweeter. If that sounds like the speaker you need, then you have to try this one out.
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