Best CHEAP Car Speakers [Budget Picks]

Best CHEAP Car Speakers Series [Budget Picks]

If you are looking for budget car speakers that also boast good quality and performance, you have landed at the right place.

In this post, we will review seven speaker series from different manufacturers and brands. These series include coaxial, component, and dual-cone speakers. The price points of most of the options in those series are under $50 and $100.

While the Rockford Fosgate Prime series is a complete package in terms of good sound, supreme construction, and affordable price, the other six series also boast some unique features at affordable price tags.

Without further ado, let’s skim through all the best budget car speaker series available in the market right now.

Overall Best Budget Car Series

Rockford Fosgate Prime Series

Rockford Fosgate Prime R152-S...

Rockford Fosgate has been making car speakers and other audio components for over 40 years. Its Prime series strikes a perfect balance between an affordable price and good quality. Any Rockford Fosgate Prime option would be an upgrade to your stock speakers.

You can find all sorts of speaker types in this Rockford Fosgate budget line within the price range of $40 to $80. There are 2-way and 3-way coaxials as well as component systems available in Prime Series. You can also find various sizes between 4” and 8”.

Let’s take a look at the coaxial and component speakers in this budget series.

Coaxial options

If you are mindful of midranges in tracks, the Prime 3-way speaker can fulfill your requirement. The coaxial option features top-quality Piezo midrange and tweeter with a silk dome combined together with the woofer in a stamped steel basket and rubber surround.

Rockford Fosgate R14X2 Prime...
Midrange Depth (in/mm): 1.72" (43.6 mm), Tweeter Diameter (in/mm): 0.50" (12.7 mm); Nominal Impedance (Ohms): 4-Ohm, Frequency Response (Hz): 100Hz - 20kHz

Component options

Component system enthusiasts can consider Rockford Fosgate options great for their auditory escapades. These component systems by Rockford Fosgate include two woofers with grilles, two tweeters along with integrated crossovers and mounting hardware. You can order woofer in four different sizes (5.25”, 6”, 6.5”, and 6.75”) with 13mm Mylar-balanced dome tweeters.

A Rockford Fosgate component system also features a stamped steel basket, foam woofer surround, and MICA-injected polypropylene cones. In short, you get first-rate component-type car speakers featuring quality material all around without breaking your bank.

Rockford Fosgate Prime R152-S...
5-1/4" mica-injected polypropylene woofer cone with foam Surround; 1" Mylar balanced dome tweeter
Rockford Fosgate R165-S Prime...
The 4-Ohm component speaker system has a power handling of 40 Watts RMS / 80 Watts Max

Common series features

  • Polypropylene cone
  • Rubber woofer surround
  • Stamped steel basket
  • 1-year warranty
Most Affordable Component System

Skar Audio TX Speaker Series

Skar Audio TX69 6' x 9' 240W...

The Skar Audio TX series contain both coaxial speakers and component systems. You can find TX car speakers in 3 ½“ to 9” sizes.  We also like how Skar offers TX speakers at a wide range of prices— all of them pretty affordable in their respective categories.

For instance, you can get a pair of 3 ½” coaxial car speakers for under $40. On the other hand, the full-fledged 6 ½“component system with 2 midrange speakers, 2 Silk dome tweeters, and 2 crossovers is available under $100.

Coaxial options

Skar Audio TX35 3.5" 120W...
Elite TX Series 3.5" Coaxial Speaker System - Includes 2 Speakers; Peak Power - 120 Watts (Pair) | RMS Power - 60 Watts (Pair)
Skar Audio TX46 4" x 6" 140W...
Elite TX Series 4" x 6" Coaxial Speaker System - Includes 2 Speakers; Peak Power - 140 Watts (Pair) | RMS Power - 70 Watts (Pair)
Skar Audio TX65 6.5" 200W...
Elite TX Series 6.5" Coaxial Speaker System - Includes 2 Speakers; Peak Power - 200 Watts (Pair) | RMS Power - 100 Watts (Pair)

Component options

Skar Audio TX65 6.5" 200W...
Elite TX Series 6.5" Coaxial Speaker System - Includes 2 Speakers; Peak Power - 200 Watts (Pair) | RMS Power - 100 Watts (Pair)
Skar Audio TX65C 6.5" 2-Way...
Elite TX Series 6.5" Component Speaker System - Includes 2 Speakers; Peak Power - 200 Watts (Pair) | RMS Power - 100 Watts (Pair)

Let’s look at some of the recurring features of the TX speaker series that you will find in both component and coaxial options of all sizes.

  • Copper Voice Coil: The copper voice calls of the TX series boasts more dense wire turns that ensures your car speakers can operate at higher power within their maximum excursion rating. In other words, you can enjoy equally good sound quality for all sorts of outputs.
  • Elite Fiberglass Cone: Lightweight yet durable speaker cones that ensure uncompromised sound quality at all highs and lows.
  • Premium TPE Woofer Surround: TPE woofer surround is equally good as rubber surrounds, if not more. The use of TPE doesn’t just ensure effective vibration dampening but also keeps the overall weight of the speaker light.

Moreover, all Skar TX speakers feature high-grade ferrite magnets that are enclosed in a rugged steel basket. These construction features also ensure minimal distortion and long-lasting use of these best cheap car speakers.

Skar is a small Florida-based audio company founded by audiophiles, catering to fellow audiophiles with top-quality products at reasonable prices. Its TX speaker series is particularly designed for people looking to replace their stock car speakers with something better but without spending too much money.

Best Budget Coaxial Speaker Series

Pioneer G-Series

Pioneer TS-G6930F 6' x 9'...

The Pioneer has improved its car speakers quite a lot in the last couple of decades. Its G-series is a testament to that improvement. These are the coaxial options lying at reasonable price points. All Pioneer G-series speakers are in the range of $50-60.

You can get G-series car speakers in a host of sizes, starting from 4” to 9”. Moreover, both 2 and 3-way options are available in these speakers. We should mention that there are no component options in this particular series.

Coaxial options

Pioneer TS-G1020S 420 Watts...
Power Handling: Peak: 420 watts per pair / RMS: 60 watts per pair; Injection molded polypropylene with mica cone
Pioneer TS-G6930F 6" x 9"...
Sold as 1 each; 45W nominal; Imp Composite with mica Cone woofers; Pei tweeters; Full mesh grilles Includes wire extensions mounting hardware &
Pioneer TS-G1620F 6-1/2" 2-Way...
300 Watts Max. Power; Injected Molded Polypropylene (IMPP) Composite Cone Woofer; Patented Pioneer P. F. S. S Spider
PIONEER Ts-G4620s G-Series 4"...
Sold as 1 each; 30W nominal; Impp with MICA composite cone woofers; Pei tweeters; No grilles Includes wire extensions mounting hardware &
Pioneer TS-G6820S 6x8" Coaxial...
Sold as 1 each.; 40W nominal; Impp with MICA composite cone woofers; Pei tweeters; No grilles. Includes wire extensions, mounting hardware & .

Since all Pioneer G-series car speakers are of the same type, there are not standout options to highlight. Instead, we’ll quickly review the common features of these speakers.

  • Woofers are made of extremely strong and lightweight injected molded polypropylene with MICA to ensure reduced distortion with better sensitivity
  • Rubber coated cloth woofer surround
  • Tweeter made of PET (a variant of general-purpose thermoplastic)
  • 1-year warranty

Pioneer G-Series’ USP: PFSS Spider

Car speakers have to fight against not just the sound vibration but the movement of the vehicle as well. Pioneer has introduced a patented technology in its G-series car speakers to deal with those vibrational woes. The Progressive Flex Suspension System (PFSS) used in G-series speakers facilitates the voice coil by dampening the vibrations coming from the large cone and improving the linearity of the sound reproduction.

Its soft component ensures smooth sound movement, resulting in the reproduction of clearer audio. On the other hand, its hard component comes into play where there is excessive input resulting in excessive vibration. The hard PFSS component dampens the vibration to rule out movement errors.

Best Door Option

Kicker DS Series

Kicker DSC650 DS Series 6.5'...

If you are primarily looking for vehicle door speakers, then the Kicker DS series is an option you must consider. These are quality coaxial budget speakers you can use to create an immersive sound experience within your vehicle’s cabin.

These coaxial speakers are available in sizes starting from 3 ½” to up to 9”. Moreover, the price points of the Kicker DS series are spread from $39.95 to $79.95. There is only coaxial option in this series.

Coaxial options

KICKER 43DSC3504 3-1/2-Inch...
U-treated foam Surround for longevity when mounted in Sun A soaked dash; Extended voice coil technology for the best Sonic quality
Kicker 43DSC44 D-Series 4-Inch...
Thin mounting profile for tight window mechanism clearances; Minimal tweeter protrusion; High sensitivity design for more output when used with stock receivers
2 Kicker 43DSC6704 D-Series...
2) Kicker 43DSC6704 D Series 6.75" 240 Watt 4 Ohm 2 Way Car Audio Coaxial Speakers; Power Handling:
Kicker DSC650 DS Series 6.5"...
Polyethylene-Naphthalate domed tweeters

Here, we will sum up these budget car speakers by highlighting some of their USPs and recurring features and characteristics.

USPs of Kicker DS Series

  • Drop-in Installation: You don’t have to drill in holes in your vehicle’s door to install DS series speakers. The manufacturer has designed them in a way that you can install them on any vehicle type right out of the box.
  • State-of-the-Art Tweeter: DS series feature a zero-protrusion tweeter dome made of top-quality polyetherimide (PEI). The combination of this design and material ensures there is no contact of the tweeter with window motors and speaker grilles. In short, you get to hear a cleaner and crisper sound.
  • High-Sensitivity Motor: DS series speakers feature a high-sensitivity motor that ensures you can get similar sound quality at increased volumes as well

Moreover, every DS speaker features top-grade polypropylene cones and ribbed foam woofer surrounds with UV treatment.

Most Well-Thought-Out Construction

JBL Club Series

JBL CLUB6500C 6.5' 360W Club...

JBL is a subsidiary of Harman International Industries, dealing in audio equipment (speakers and headphones) for around 75 years. Its Club series is an ideal option for people looking to make a rare combo of low-price and high-quality. You can find a JBL Club series car speaker at as low as $37. Meanwhile, some of its variants are also available north of $100.

All the JBL Club speakers are either 2 or 3-way coaxials available in 4” to up to 9” size. You can also find two 2-way component systems with a 6 ½” woofer size.

Coaxial options

JBL CLUB3020 3.5" 120W Club...
High-sensitivity design; High quality product; Manufactured in Mexico
JBL Club 6420 4x6" 70W RMS...
Power Handling: 70W RMS, 105W peak; Sensitivity (@ 2.83V): 91dB; Impedance (ohms): 3; Frequency Response: 75Hz – 20kHz
JBL CLUB 8620 5x7/6x8 2-Way...
5x7"/ 6x8" 2-Way coaxial speaker system; Peak: 330 watts per pair/ 165 watts each; Rms: 110 watts per pair/ 55 watts each 3 ohm impedance

Component options

JBL CLUB9600C 6X9" 540W Club...
Edge driven PEI tweeter; High quality product; Manufactured in Mexico; Package Weight: 2.744 kilograms
JBL CLUB6500C 6.5" 360W Club...
High-sensitivity design; High quality product; Manufactured in Mexico

Here, we will sum up some of the noteworthy features you will find in all JBL Club series budget car speakers.

  • Plus One Woofer Cone Architecture: It is a proprietary innovation introduced by JBL in the architecture of the speaker cone. Unlike other speakers of the same size, Club series speakers boast a larger cone area that ensures better low-frequency output.
  • UV-Resistant Polypropylene Cone: The PP cones of Club series speakers are top-quality UV resistant items. They are also acoustically damped to ensure vibration/distortion-free sound. They can also endure the hot and humid conditions of a vehicle.
  • Edge-Driven Silk Dome Tweeter: Unlike many cheap speakers that feature w-dome tweeters, Club series devices feature edge-driven silk dome tweeters. The use of silk fabric ensures a smoother high-frequency response irrespective of output level.
  • Bigger Magnet: When you compare a JBL club speaker with any other car speaker lying at the same price point, you will find JBL’s magnet bigger. The benefit of having a bigger magnet is your car speaker can handle amps with higher power without any strain.
Best For Under $100

Infinity Reference Series

Infinity Reference 8632CFX...

Like JBL, Infinity is also a subsidiary of Harman International Industries. Infinity’s Reference series was not as old as the JBL Cub series. It was only launched in 2014. Moreover, Reference series car speakers lie at higher price points compared to JBL Club speakers.

However, this price difference only makes them expensive in comparison with the Club series. If we look at the speakers from all manufacturers, the prices of Infinity Reference models still make them budget options.

Infinity Reference car speakers are also available in both coaxial and component configurations.  You can get those competitively-priced speakers in different sizes ranging from 3 ½ to 6 ½“. Moreover, the Reference coaxial speakers are mostly priced under $100, but for the component options you’ll need to pour some extra cash.

Coaxial options

Infinity Reference REF-3032CFX...
Edge-driven textile tweeters for smooth, clear highs.; Newly engineered baskets are optimized to fit most factory speaker locations.
Infinity Reference 6532IX...
Plus One+ polypropylene woofer with rubber surround; 1" edge-driven textile dome tweeter; 5-60 watts RMS power range

Component options

Infinity Reference REF-5030CX...
Plus One+ polypropylene woofer cone with hi-roll rubber surround; 3/4" edge-driven, textile tweeter

Many features overlap in JBL and Infinity Reference car speaker series since both belong to the same company. For instance, you will find the patented Plus One Woofer Cone Architecture and Silk Dome Tweeter in the Reference series as well.

Similarly, you will find the following Infinity Reference series features in JBL Club car speakers as well.

  • Adjustable Tweeter Output Level: You can optimize the system’s linearity based on your listening preference or the installation’s location through a controllable tweeter output level—courtesy of a large reference multi-element.
  • Optimized Frame Size: The frame size of speakers is compactly designed in a way where they can fit any vehicle made by any manufacturer.
Most Stylish

Kenwood Sport Series

Kenwood KFC-1666S 300 Watts...

We particularly like Kenwood’s Sport Series for two major reasons. First, they are one of the best budget car speakers on the block. Second, they boast a sportier look with their black and metallic gray finish that goes well with any vehicle.

The speakers are available in either coaxial or dual-cone configuration. The latter type is relatively new in the market. Dual-cone speakers, as the name suggests, feature two cones. This construction modification has been done to improve the reproduction of higher frequency sounds.

From 4” to 9 ½“, you can find Kenwood Sport Series speakers in different sizes. The prices of these quality and stylish car speakers are pretty reasonable. You can get different Kenwood Sport Series speakers from any vendor in the price range of $30-70.

Coaxial options

Kenwood KFC-6966S Speaker...
400 watt peak power handling 6x9 For strong bass performance; Polypropelene cone for long last performance
Kenwood KFC‑C6866S 6x8...
Coaxial speak pair with 4 ohms of impedance; 250 watts max power; 30 watts RMS power; Woofer features 6 x 8 inch paper cone construction
Kenwood KFC-1666S 300 Watts...
Peak input power: 300W; Rated input power: 30W impedance 4 ohms; Woofer Features: 6-1/2inch PP cone

Dual-cone options

Kenwood KFC-1656S 300 Watt...
Max power handling per speaker: 300 watts; RMS power handling per speaker: 30 watts; Impedance: 4 ohms
Kenwood KFC-C1356S 250 Watt...
Max power handling per speaker: 250 watts; RMS power handling per speaker: 30 watts; Impedance: 4 ohms

These are some of the outstanding features of Kenwood Sport Series speakers:

  • Sound Field Enhancer: Patented Kenwood technology that promises better sound quality
  • Enlarged Magnet Circuit: Ensures clear sound on all sorts of power and frequency outputs
  • Ceramic Super Tweeter: The properly damped Ceramic Super Tweeter can produce a more detailed sound without making it harsh and without undergoing any warping.
Vincent Talbot

Last update on 2021-03-06 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API