What Are The Best 3.5 Car Speakers of 2017? [Honest Reviews]

When you’ve found your dream car, it’s time to make sure the sound system is as great as the vehicle itself.

The system you currently have in place may not suffice.

At times, the sound produced by a car’s factory supplied sound system may be quite dull, especially if you’re a music fanatic.

I believe life is too short to listen to music on basic speakers that don’t exert the proper treble, vocals and tones.

Best 3.5 car speakers 2017

That’s why I want to help you invest in car speakers that will guarantee you an enhanced sound quality.

A little research can help you make the right decision. 3.5” car speakers are ideal for enhancing your car’s sound system because their size means they can be installed in almost any vehicle.

Choosing the correct parts in terms of quality and durability is paramount, otherwise you may regret the purchase.

The variety of brands that put items on the market can make this process time consuming and tedious.

My list below may be your answer. I combined 5 of the best 3.5” car speakers for you.

You can browse through the specifications to find speakers that fulfils your requirements.

Once you select and fit the ideal car speaker, your future travels will be much more enjoyable.

3.5 Car Speakers Reviews

1. JL Audio C2-350x

The JL Audio C2-350x speaker’s frequency response and the sensitivity combined offer you the ideal match. You are given high volumes across most frequencies and the resulting sounds are of high quality.

Specifications:

  • Sensitivity: 83 dB
  • RMS: 40-watt 
  • Peak Power: 75 watts
  • Frequency Response: 130-22 000 Hz
  • 2way/3way/4way: 2-way

EDITOR'S RATING:

 JL Audio C2-350x Review

However, these speakers are tweeters that are more made to produce high frequencies, and this means your low bass sounds may not come across well.

When these speakers are used in isolation, they provide quality sound at a reasonable volume.

However, using these speakers in combination with amplifiers will intensify and also ensure a crisp, clear sound experience.

As long as you keep them in a reasonable power range, you won’t experience any distortion.Its weight makes it easy to handle and effortless to install, even if you have to maneuver in small spaces.

The rubber protection on the magnets makes installation easier and it keeps it firmly in place.

These rubber parts also help prevent the units from attracting other metal parts of your car.

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2. Infinity REF3022CFX

I've wanted to review this speakers from Infinity for a long time now. 

If your old speakers are worn out, or you’re simply in need of an upgrade, this will adequately elevate your car’s sound level.

Specifications:

  • Sensitivity: 91 dB
  • RMS: 25 watts
  • Peak Power: 75 watts
  • Frequency Response: 85-21 000 Hz
  • 2way/3way/4way: 2-Way

Take into account that a little modification may be needed for the speakers to fit perfectly into your car.

Once installed, you will begin to experience the difference between your old speakers and the Infinity REF3022CFX.

No undesirable noise or distortion will come from these speakers as long as you keep the volume at a reasonable level.

EDITOR'S RATING:

Infinity REF3022CFX review

Your car’s factory radio doesn’t supply enough power to allow these speakers to reach their full potential.

I advise you to use these speakers in conjunction with an amplifier.

This will allow you to experience them at full force.

There will be no regret in investing into these speakers.

The sensitivity and frequency response produce quality sound, making them an excellent improvement on your factory speakers.

If the speakers are not installed in the correct manner, it can make the vocals sound harsh.

You may need an expert’s advice to correctly position them and connect the wires in the right manner.

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3. JBL GX302 150W

The JBL GX302 150W are not speaker that only supply bass when producing music.

These coaxial speakers are designed to bring you a sound experience that covers all frequencies.

Specifications:

  • Sensitivity: 89 dB
  • RMS: 25 watts
  • Peak Power: 75 watts
  • Frequency Response: 90-21 000 Hz
  • 2way/3way/4way: 2-Way

The low tones are only supported from 90 Hz upwards, but this is still admirable for a speaker of this size, thanks to the extended surface area of the cones.

EDITOR'S RATING:

JBL GX302 150W review

This speaker offers you sound elevation.

Using only the speakers is suitable for smaller sized cars but if you own a large vehicle, you may want to consider attaching them to an amplifier.

This setup truly brings more satisfaction because of the impressive sound it produces.

The speakers’ conventional form makes installation easier, as they may fit in most vehicles.

A secure fit will prevent vibrations.

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4. Rockford Fosgate Punch P132

Once these speakers replace your previous ones, you instantly hear the clarity stemming from the speakers.

These speakers work well in conjunction with your factory radio, so you’ll experience a constant clear sound.

Specifications:

  • Sensitivity: 85dB
  • RMS: 20 watts
  • Peak Power: 40 watts
  • Frequency Response: 120-22 000 Hz
  • 2way/3way/4way: 2-Way

There is a slight change in design compared to conventional sized speakers.

There is a bigger spade terminal on the negative side, which makes installation harder as it doesn’t slip right into the socket.

EDITOR'S RATING:

Rockford Fosgate Punch P132 review

Changes in your harness are needed to compensate for this design change.

These are the least powerful speakers on this list of best 3.5 car speakers, as they can only handle up to 40W each.

Their support of bass frequencies also leaves a lot of room for improvement.

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5. Polk Audio DB351

These speakers are an ideal purchase as a means to highlight your car sound system.

They work well with your car’s factory radio.

Specifications:

  • Sensitivity: 91 dB
  • RMS: 35 watts
  • Peak Power: 105 watts
  • Frequency Response: 90-22 000 Hz
  • 2way/3way/4way: 2-Way

However, these speakers are not a one-size-fits-all.

In some cars, modifications need to be made, so you need to talk to experts to find out whether they will fit in yours.

EDITOR'S RATING:

Polk Audio DB351 review

Apart from these physical challenges, you will love the optimal sound quality produced, as they’re one of the more powerful small speakers around.

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Final Verdict

The JL Audio C2-350x are not the most powerful speakers on the market, but they remain one of my favorite options.

On this list, they come out on top, thanks to the durability of the speakers and their lightweight design; you can have an immense improvement in your sound experience, without adding weight to your vehicle.

They sound and look great, so why not give them a try?

Alex Meyer
 

Alex Meyer is a 26-year-old Certified Automotive Technician with over 10 years experience as a mechanic and car audio installer. He shares his knowledge at Gear4wheels.com

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