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I've spent 90+ hours testing and researching the best 5.25 speakers on the market to bring you a summary of the top 5.25 inch car speakers you can buy in 2017.
If you're in a rush, make sure to check the comparison chart to get a quick idea of which options are going to suit your needs best.
Also, don't forget to check my review of the best car door speakers of the year, where I cover the very best models there are, regardless of their size!
5.25 Speakers Comparison Chart
Last update on 2018-12-15 at 08:04 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API
5.25 Car Speakers Reviews
1. Focal Access 130 A1
As 5.25-inch speakers go, these are definitely some of the finer component speakers you can purchase.
Focal is a brand that prides on superior sound quality, ideal for audiophiles who want the cleanest, purest sound for their cars.
The sound is loud without distorting even at higher volume, and they are easily capable of being driven by factory car stereos if you opt not to upgrade.
- Sensitivity: 91dB
- RMS: 50 watts
- Peak Power: 100 watts
- Frequency Response: 65Hz-20kHz
- 2way/3way/4way: 2-Way Full Range Speaker
50-watt RMS power means no need to install a separate amplifier, and these speakers have built-on crossovers for differentiating between their high and low frequency sound output.
Another interesting perk with this pair is that they include both 5”x7” and 6”x9” adapter plates for use in larger car door speaker mounting systems.
These speakers peak at 100-watts, which should not pose a problem for factory car stereos, but if you intend to upgrade to something more powerful per channel or install an independent amplifier, these speakers may not be the best choice.
Additionally, the low end frequency range is somewhat higher than other speakers in its class, meaning that bass response may not be as good as comparable models.
- Built-in crossovers
- 50-watts of RMS power/peak 100-Watts means increased compatibility with factory stereos-Included car door speaker box adapter plates
- Lower peak power may not work well with upgraded stereos that have more than 80-watts per channel
- Frequency range for low end is inferior to similar speakers
2. Infinity 50.11cs
To say that these are some powerful 5.25-inch speakers would be a gross understatement.
With a standard draw of 85-watts per speaker and a peak power handling if 225 watts, these are some insanely loud yet crystal clear car door speakers.
Infinity also has a sterling reputation for building high quality speakers that are not only powerful, but also provide the highest possible audio fidelity.
- Sensitivity: 93 db
- RMS: 85 watts
- Peak Power: 225 watts
- Frequency Response: 55Hz-35kHz
- 2way/3way/4way: 2-Way
Loud and clear are the best two descriptors for these speakers.
They can be run adequately off of a factory system, but in order to really get the full Infinity speaker experience you're going to need to amplify this set.
These speakers still sound amazing at lower power levels, but they really shine when they have enough juice to drive them at higher power capacity.
These are in my opinion the best 5.25 speakers for bass you can get.
Crossovers for theses speakers are separate units that have to be installed individually with each speaker and wired up from the amp/head unit individually to split the sound frequencies between highs and lows.
This may make it a little tough on first time installers.
- Powerful speakers in a compact package
- Compatible with most factory car stereos
- Easy to mount in existing 5.25 car speaker enclosures
- Crossovers must be setup and installed separately from the speakers for best audio quality
- An amplifier of 200-watts is recommended to get the most out of these speakers.
3. Alpine Spr-50c
Alpine has a longstanding reputation for building some of the most powerful car speakers that outperform the competition no matter what.
They also maintain that high quality audio even when pushed to their 300-watt max range, making them an exception feat of audio engineering.
The power draw on these starts at 100 watts, which may be more than a factory stereo head unit can handle on its own.
Also, the tweeters and woofers for these speakers must be manually wired to their crossovers since the frequency splitters are not integrated.
The frequency range is also somewhat limited compared to similar speakers in its class.
- Loud, powerful sound
- High max power makes these perfect for use with powerful head units and standalone speaker amplifiers.-Attractive grill design
- Crossovers are not integrated with the speaker, requiring separate connection and installation.
- High power draw means these speakers may not be compatible with existing factory car stereos
4. Jl Audio C2-525x
As 2-way speakers go, these C2-225s from JL Audio really have a brilliant audio quality that balances well between lows, mids, and highs.
They also provide a good amount of power in a small package, making them ideal for mounting in smaller car door enclosures.
- Sensitivity: 89 dB
- RMS: 60 watts
- Peak Power: 225 watts
- Frequency Response: 63Hz-22khz
- 2way/3way/4way: 2-Way
These speakers have a modest 60-watt RMS power draw from the amplifier, but you would never know it to hear the thunderous bass, rich mid level frequency response, and crystal clear highs.
This lower power requirement makes them more compatible with existing hardware without needing a more powerful amplifier.
However, their peak capacity can definitely handle more powerful stereo head units if you decide to upgrade yours later on.
Definitely the best 5.25 coaxial speakers you can get right now.
As with many powerful car speakers that have a lower RMS, these speakers sound great on a factory car stereo, but they are positively transcendent when rigged to a powerful standalone amplifier or car stereo head unit.
- Low power draw means greater overall compatibility with factory car stereos
- Excellent audio quality across low, mid, and high frequencies
- High peak power means they can handle more powerful amplifiers if you upgrade in the future
- These speakers really needs a more powerful amplifier to bring out the best overall performance.
5. Rockford Fosgate Punch P152
For those car audio enthusiasts looking for an excellent set of powerful speakers that won’t blow up their factory car stereo, Rockford Fosgate offers their ever popular Punch series.
These 2-way coaxial mounted component speakers can crank out rumbling lows, rich expansive midrange, and bright highs that make your music come to life in your car.
Their overall audio quality is excellent, and they are quite loud considering their power output. Another added bonus not seen on many speakers in this category is their integrated crossover, making installation and wiring significantly easier.
These speakers don’t really allow for much in the way of upgrading your amplifier/head unit in the future as they peak at 80-watts per channel and may not perform well under those circumstances.
- Excellent sound quality across lows, mids, and highs
- Loud despite their lower 40-watt RMS draw
- Lower draw means greater compatibility with factory head units
- Integrated crossovers for simplified wiring and installation.
- Peak power limits the use of more powerful stereos in the future.
- OEM mounting adapter may prove challenging for first time DIY car audio installers.
For the best value in terms of quality versus cost and ease of installation, our hands down pick is the Focal Access 130 A1.
These two ways offer excellent frequency response, booming bass, rich mid range tones, and crystal clear highs.
Add to that their factory car stereo friendly 50-watts RMS, and these are clearly the best 5.25 car speakers on the market.