Alpine Car Speakers: A Review of Series and Models

Most car audio enthusiasts have heard of Alpine.

They are considered by fans and critics alike to be one of the finest aftermarket car audio makers in the world, and their speakers and amplifiers are installed in premium brand vehicles for carmakers such as BMW and Mercedes Benz.

Their products were also immortalized with a name drop in the now-classic Will Smith track “Summertime,” which spent numerous weeks topping the charts in the 1990s.

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Founded in 1967, Alpine Electronics, Inc. is a consumer electronics division of Alps Electric, a long-time Japan-based manufacturer and developer of car audio and navigation systems.

Let’s take a look at some of their flagship speaker lines, as well as some of their best value car speakers currently available. 

If you think we're crazy into speakers... well, check this massive research we did on car speakers early this year and you'll understand the real dimension of the obsession 😀

Alpine Speakers Series

  • X-SERIES
  • R-SERIES
  • R Series
  • S Series
  • E Series

Primarily designed to fit more varieties of car than other lines, the Type-S speakers from Alpine are built so that any vehicle can enjoy the upgrade of premium Alpine sound regardless of what car you drive.

type-s_series review

Here’s a list of the highlights for this series of speaker:

  • Wide Range Silk Dome: Providing excellent resolution and wide-band frequency range response, even the smallest speakers in the series produce some amazing sound.
  • Swivel Tweeter: Looking for that perfect sound balance for the driver’s seat in your car? Redirect the tweeters up to 10 degrees to fine tune the sound performance for your vehicle.
  • Tuned Poly/Mica Cone: Thanks to the combination of mica and polypropylene, these speakers have excellent energy transfer, delivering high clarity as well as higher efficiency.

Alpine Speakers Reviews

1. Alpine SPR-60C 

As part of Alpine’s Type-R series, these speakers are designed to handle some serious audio horsepower.

Related: List of the Top 6.5 Inch Car Speakers

Check out what I love about these speakers.

Specifications:

  • Sensitivity: 87 dB
  • RMS: 110 Watts
  • Peak Power: 220 Watts
  • Frequency Response: 65 Hz-29 kHz
  • 2way/3way/4way: 2-way Component

EDITOR'S RATING:

Alpine spr-60c review

The Good:

If you are looking to get some serious volume and power from your speakers (or you just love to blast your music loud) these are the 6.5 speakers for you.

At 110 watts RMS, they can produce some serious sound with excellent audio fidelity thanks to Alpine’s high quality design.

They also have all included hardware to install them in the box, letting your set up your component speakers quickly and easily.

The Not-So-Good:

Since these are component speakers, you’re going to have to install the tweeters and woofer separately, and wire the crossovers.

Also, if you don’t have a seriously powerful car stereo amplifier or head unit to connect these speakers to, why buy them?

They are designed to be played loud for extended periods of time, and a factory car stereo is just not going to cut it if you are looking to get the best possible sound from these speakers.

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2. Alpine spr-50c 

Need smaller speakers to fit your ride? These Type-R speakers blow the doors off the competition.

These are one of the best 5.25 car speakers I've ever tested.

Specifications:

  • Sensitivity: 87 dB
  • RMS: 100 watts
  • Peak Power: 200 watts
  • Frequency Response: 70 Hz-29 kHz
  • 2way/3way/4way: 2-Way Component

The Good:

These speakers sound powerful and don’t muddy up frequencies for vocals and high-range sound, making them a great overall performer regardless of what music you like.

EDITOR'S RATING:

Alpine spr.50c review

They also sound pretty good with factory car stereos or aftermarket models, so if you want an easy upgrade these are a good choice..

The Not-So-Good:

As with most component speaker setups, you will need to do some extra wiring and mounting, but the improvement in overall sound quality is well worth the extra effort.

Also, as good as the upper and mid-range performance is, the low end/bass performance on these speakers is not quite as good as most comparable models in their class.

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3. Alpine sps 410 

When you want to upgrade your existing factory speakers and get Alpine quality sound, these are going to be your best value.

Here’s what I love about these little 4” speakers

Specifications:

  • Sensitivity: 86 dB
  • RMS: 45 Watts
  • Peak Power: 140 Watts
  • Frequency Response: 97 Hz - 22 kHz
  • 2way/3way/4way:  2-Way Coaxial

The Good:

These speakers work well with factory car stereos or high end aftermarket models thanks to their lower RMS and high peak power handling.

EDITOR'S RATING:

Alpine sps 410 review

The sound is amazingly clear and natural sounding, and for factory replacements they are definitely standout performers in the clarity and power department.

They are also self-contained crossover coaxial speakers, so there is less wiring and setup involved with installation.

The Not-So-Good:

The bass performance for these speakers is a little subpar, but to be fair, they are 4” coaxial speakers.

Keep in mind that if you want to upgrade in the future, they max out at 140 watts, so they can probably handle input from a bigger amplifier, but you may want to consider that they will be straining themselves at those power levels.

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4. Alpine spe-6090 

Blow out a 6x9 in your car or truck? Get some Alpine E-Series speakers and breathe some new life into your car audio without spending a fortune.

While not one of my favorite 6x9 speakers, they're budget friendly and deliver good sound, so still a good choice.

Here’s what I love and hate about these speakers.

Specifications:

  • Sensitivity: 91 dB
  • RMS: 75 Watts
  • Peak Power: 300 Watts
  • Frequency Response: 65 Hz - 18 kHz
  • 2way/3way/4way: 2-Way Coaxial

The Good:

These are some great sounding speakers with decent power handling that will most likely work well with your existing car stereo.

EDITOR'S RATING:

Alpine spe-6090 review

They also can handle up to 300 watts of power, making them safe to use with aftermarket stereo systems, too.

The Not-So-Good:

High-end frequency performance on these speakers is subpar compared to comparable 6x9s from other manufacturers.

You may not necessarily be able to distinguish it, but if you have a trained ear or you are picky about your car audio, these may not be your best choice.

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Alpine Car Speakers: A Review of Series and Models
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