7 Best 6×9 Speakers for Your Car

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I hope you’ll agree with me when I say:

Finding the best 6×9 speakers isn’t really an easy task.

I mean, there’s so many brands and models, which ones are going to perform best and last the longest?

For me one of the best full range drivers to get on this size are the Hertz Audio HCX 690 or the Morel Ultra Integra 692. Very hard to beat their quality or punch. (Full reviews on those further below)

High-quality speakers for cars are typically not budget friendly, but for those with a tighter budget, I’ve also included a few good choices for the money.


Comparison Chart

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Morel Tempo Ultra 692 Integra 6″x9″ 2-Way Coax car Speakers
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Rockford Fosgate P1692 Punch 6″x9″ 2-Way Coaxial Full Range Speakers – Black (Pair)
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Pioneer TS-A6986R A-Series 6″ X 9″ 600W 4-Way Speakers
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JBL GTO939 GTO Series 6×9″ 300W 3 Way Black Car Coaxial Audio Speakers Stereo
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Rockford Fosgate R169X3 Prime 6” x 9” 3-Way Full-Range Coaxial Speaker (Pair)
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2 New Kicker 43DSC69304 D-Series 6×9 360 Watt 3-Way Car Audio Coaxial Speakers

1. Hertz Audio HCX 690

As far as speaker brands go, Hertz Audio is one of the more respected.

While the company may not be as widely known as other businesses like Rockford Fosgate or JBL, they are one of the best car speakers brands.

As such, this set of 6×9 units is a bit higher priced than most of the others that we are going to look at today, but the reason for that is because you are getting so much better results.


  • Sensitivity: 94 dB
  • RMS: 130 Watts
  • Peak Power: 260 Watts
  • Frequency Response: 32 Hz – 23 kHz
  • 2way/3way/4way: Three-way

First and foremost, the HCX 690 Speakers are built a lot more solidly than anything else on the market.

With a power range of up to 260 watts, you can easily hear the difference as the tweeter and woofer set delivers a crisper and more dynamic range.

Best of all, because of the strength of the materials, you can blast your music without risking any damage to the internal components.

As you also notice, the frequency response and sensitivity of these speakers are phenomenal.

While most other 6×9 units have a rating of about 90 decibels or below, these take it up to 92.

While we have seen more sensitive speakers than that, the fact is that that’s a perfect number as it is sensitive enough to register low volume noise without risking blowout at higher pitches.

Part of that is the wider frequency response, which is so much better than most other 6×9 speakers, as you will see later on this list.

Overall, while the price of these speakers is somewhat high, we have to still recommend them because of the durability and the reliability of the components you’re getting.

From a vibration proof magnet cover to a dampened mesh fiber cone, you are getting the best of the best.

Simply put, while other 6×9’s will have to be replaced much sooner when you listen to your music on full blast, these speakers will keep on kicking for years to come.

As such, you have to think of them as a long term investment for your car. Best of all, because they are easy to install, you can take them with you when you buy a new vehicle.

This are in my opinion the best option for bass, given the great range of frequencies, power and quality of build.


  • High-quality sound
  • Easy to install
  • Durable construction
  • High sensitivity rating
  • High power rating
  • Vibration proof magnet cover
  • Dampened mesh fiber cone
  • Reduced noise and distortions
  • Excellent frequency range
  • Generates high SPL
  • Smooth frequency response


  • Higher price than other similar models
  • Some components may break down easier than others


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If you’re looking for something a bit simpler and more cost effective than the Hertz Audio Speakers above, then this set from Morel might be a good choice.

In this case, they are two-way speakers instead of three, meaning that you don’t get as dynamic of a range of sound, but they are still far superior to what is in your car already.


  • Sensitivity: 92 dB
  • RMS: 140 Watts
  • Peak Power: : 250 Watts
  • Frequency Response: 35 Hz – 22 kHz
  • 2way/3way/4way: Two-way

If you’re not familiar with two and three way systems, these consist of a tweeter and a woofer, while three-way speakers have an extra component for the midrange.

However, to combat this lack of dynamic sound these speakers have a higher power rating than most, meaning that you can crank up the volume without risking damage to the internal components.

What we like most about these speakers is the way that they are designed.

Most people will assume that two-way models can’t compare with three and four-way ones, but the fact is that Morel has created a system where the woofer and tweeter complement each other in such a way that you can almost recreate the results of a three-way system without having to pay for the extra components.

At most volumes, you won’t be able to tell a significant difference, but at some pitches, it can be a little more noticeable.

The other reason that the sound coming from these speakers is so good is that they have a built-in crossover system that is better than most.

This ensures that the highs and lows are blended more seamlessly so that your music becomes a lot crisper and refined than if you had something more basic.

Definitely the option for sound quality in this size if you want my opinion. Very hard to beat the crisp sound of this Morel speakers.

As we mentioned, these will blow your current speakers away, so if you want an upgrade but don’t want to pay for extra stuff, then these are a great buy.


  • Durable construction
  • Easy to install
  • Comes with woofer and tweeter
  • Improved time alignment
  • Excellent frequency response
  • High power handling
  • Flawless sound performance
  • Paper composite woofer cone
  • Produces natural, uncolored sound
  • High-quality internal components


  • In rare cases, the speakers may hiss at higher frequencies
  • In some instances, installation can be tricky for some users

3. Rockford Fosgate Punch P1692

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Next, we have another set of speakers that are built to be as simple yet effective as possible.

Rockford Fosgate is one of those brands that can seem to do no wrong, and these speakers are a testament to the company’s ability to make the most out of everything.


  • Sensitivity: 91 dB
  • RMS: 75 Watts
  • Peak Power: 150 Watts
  • Frequency Response: 60 Hz – 22 kHz
  • 2way/3way/4way: Two-way

At first glance, you may think that these devices are not going to deliver anywhere close to what you can get from a Hertz Audio HCX 690.

While that may be true for most audiophiles, the fact is that if you are not a musical purist, you probably won’t be able to tell much of a difference with these than with something more high end.

The reason that the Punch P1692 is so good is that it uses high-quality materials.

While these aren’t exactly on par with those found in something like the HCX 690, they are still much better than most cheaper 6×9 speakers out there.

This RF set is in my opinion the best 6×9 speakers under $100 you can get.

You get a mineral filled and polypropylene injected mold and a rubber butyl surround.

These components work together to deliver a smoother transition sound that ensures that your midrange and peaks don’t become too harsh.

While other companies may use lesser materials that will hiss and pop a lot at certain frequencies, you don’t get that nearly as much with these.

The biggest downside to these speakers is the limited power range.

We would like them better if they could handle more than 75 watts RMS because as they are you may be able to blow them out if you like to listen at high volumes on a consistent basis.

On the flipside, lower RMS values are easier to power and don’t require that much of a big amplifier.

As you can see, the frequency response is also more limited, so some bass and some higher pitched sounds can cut off sometimes.

Overall, though, if you are looking for a simple and easy to install upgrade, these speakers can do just the trick. While true audiophiles may not like the range, if you’re not a purist then you should be just fine with these in your car.


  • Durable construction
  • Flex fit basket for easier installation
  • Grill built in for added strength
  • Excellent power handling
  • Injection molded cone
  • Speaker can be adjusted after mounting
  • Integrated concealed crossover for a cleaner look
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  • Butyl rubber surround for better handling
  • One-year limited warranty


  • In rare cases, one of the speakers may have inferior sound
  • In rare instances, they may blow out at higher frequencies

4. Pioneer TS-A6986R A-Series

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So far, we’ve seen speakers that are either two or three way regarding surround sound capabilities.

In this case, however, the A-Series from Pioneer is a four-way system, which means that you get a richer and fuller sound every time, trading some SQ for that.


  • Sensitivity: 92 dB
  • RMS: 100 Watts
  • Peak Power: 600 Watts
  • Frequency Response: 27 Hz – 37 kHz
  • 2way/3way/4way: Four-way

This is both illustrated in the higher power range and the larger frequency response.

When you compare the stats to other speakers on this list, you’ll notice a big difference between them.

As a result, we highly recommend these speakers to anyone who wants a more dynamic range of sound for their music.

Having an extra mid-range component means that you can get a better feel for guitar riffs and bass lines that would otherwise get blended on a two or three-way setup.

Simply put, these speakers are built for music aficionados who really want to hear each part of the song rather than have it all mixed up.

The other reason that we like these speakers is that of the higher power range.

This means that not only can you pick out more sounds from the added components but you can crank it up more often without getting any distortion or risk of a blowout.

Although we don’t recommend getting your speakers to peak power very often, the RMS range is more than sufficient for most volumes, including those on the higher end of the spectrum.The final thing that we like about these speakers is the fact that they are super easy to install.

The Pioneer TS series is one of my favorites, and I also recommend them as some of the best 6.5″ speakers for their extremely high value for money.

Some of these units require a bit of know-how to get them into your car properly, but these units are designed to slip right in without any problems.

They also come with sturdy grills so that they are protected from damage or accidental bumping that can occur from time to time.


  • Durable construction
  • Quick and easy installation
  • Excellent high power handling
  • Improved frequency response
  • Holds up to high volume settings
  • Reinforced mica cone for durability
  • Additional midrange driver
  • Two dome tweeters for higher range
  • Streamlined grills for custom installation
  • One-year limited warranty


  • In rare cases, the speakers may not deliver quality bass
  • In rare instances, the tweeters may blow out at high volumes

5. JBL GTO938

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If you are a true audiophile, then you are probably familiar with the brand JBL, and this set of three-way speakers from them are some of the most well built we’ve seen.

As a result, you get a lot more sensitivity and power range from these speakers than you do with most other units, including those on this list.


  • Sensitivity: 94 dB
  • RMS: 100 Watts
  • Peak Power: 300 Watts
  • Frequency Response: 45 Hz – 21 kHz
  • 2way/3way/4way: Three-way

The secret to the robust reliability of these speakers is the material used in creating them.

JBL has built the GTO938 with a unique blend of Mylar and titanium, which results in a material that is both super lightweight and yet incredibly durable.

Since this is at the core of the speaker, it can handle a lot more than something of similar size and weight from another brand.

As you can see, the power range and sensitivity are far greater than some of the other models we’ve seen, and you have the My-Ti material to thank for that.

While the material itself is already durable, JBL takes things a step further by putting each speaker through rigorous testing.

Not only they toss them around to test the physical strength, but they also make sure that they can handle temperature and environmental changes as well.

Thus, if you live in an area that gets hot and humid, you don’t have to worry about it affecting your speaker that much.

Overall, this attention to detail is the reason that these speakers can handle so much abuse without breaking or blowing out.

Finally, the shape and design of these units make installation a breeze.

You don’t need any special tools or equipment to get them into your car, so whatever you use to take out your old speakers will be more than sufficient to get these in.


  • Durable construction
  • Improved sensitivity
  • Excellent high power response
  • Mylar-titanium composite tweeters
  • Large cone surface for better sound
  • Reduced distortion at higher volumes
  • Improved efficiency
  • Rigorously tested
  • Lightweight yet tough shell
  • Advanced high and low pass filters
  • Easy installation


  • Some mounting materials are somewhat flimsy
  • In rare cases, the speakers may pop at higher or lower frequencies
  • Not as wide of a frequency response given the power level

6. Rockford Fosgate R169X3 Prime

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We’ve already seen what kind of performance Rockford Fosgate Speakers can deliver, and this next installment is no different.

However, as you will see, the Prime series is something of a step down from the Punch Speakers above.


  • Sensitivity: 90 dB
  • RMS: 65 Watts
  • Peak Power: 130 Watts
  • Frequency Response: 47 Hz – 20 kHz 
  • 2way/3way/4way: Three-way

The reason for this is that these speakers are not built to handle excessive power spikes, which means that high and low frequencies will get cut off.

Thus, at first glance, you may think that these are a bad buy, but the fact is that, like the Punch series, these speakers are not built for true audiophiles.

Overall, they are designed for people who want to upgrade their current system but have a tighter budget and don’t care about getting the best or highest quality parts.

Cost is probably the biggest selling point of these speakers, which means that if you are on a tighter budget, then you can get these without any problems.

To make things even easier for you, they are super easy to install and can be placed in your car within minutes, provided that you know what you are doing.

Overall, these speakers are much better than what comes in your car, so if you are looking for a simple and cost-effective solution to get an improved system installed, then these can be a great answer.

However, if you are a sound purist who wants to be able to crank up the volume and hear each part of the music, then these speakers are not for you.

That being said, these are certainly not bad units, and they can still provide a lot of enjoyment for most audio enthusiasts. A good 5 channel amplifier will move this speakers and a subwoofer nicely without expending too much money on the setup.

As long as you aren’t too concerned about listening at high volumes, you should have a great time with these speakers.


  • Durable polypropylene woofer cone
  • Silk dome tweeter
  • Excellent midrange response
  • Built-in crossover network
  • Grilles included for easier installation
  • Piezo super tweeter included
  • Cost effective price point
  • Sleek design and layout
  • Easy to install
  • One-year limited warranty


  • Limited frequency response
  • Low power range compared to other similar models
  • May hiss or pop at high and low frequencies

7. New Kicker 43DSC69304 D-Series

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Our final stop is with these D-Series Speakers from Kicker.

We’ve seen a lot of high-quality models so far, but what sets these apart are the slim design and the incredible power range.


  • Sensitivity: 92 dB
  • RMS: 90 Watts
  • Peak Power: 360 Watts
  • Frequency Response: 30 Hz – 20 kHz
  • 2way/3way/4way: Three-way

Also, because these are three-way speakers that means that you get a fuller and more dynamic range of sound to create a much more fulfilling experience overall.

The feature that we like most about these speakers is the ultra-slim profile.

They have zero protrusion, meaning that they will be flush with your car’s paneling to make for a much sleeker and less noticeable install.

Some 6×9 speakers can be rather cumbersome and stick out quite a ways, which means that they can get in the way and knocked around on accident.

In this case, however, that is never a problem. Installation is also a breeze, meaning that not only can you get them into your car without any hassle but whenever you switch for a newer vehicle you can easily take these with you.

The other thing that we like about these speakers is that they have an excellent power range.

Although the frequency response leaves a bit to be desired on the top end, the fact that you can crank up the music without damaging the internal components means that these are a great addition to any vehicle.

Additionally, the crispness of the sound is incredible, especially given the price point of these units.

Overall, if you want something stylish, affordable, and reliable, these are a perfect choice.


  • Durable construction
  • Low profile design for easier install
  • Sleek and professional appearance
  • Crisp, clean sound
  • High power range
  • PEI dome tweeter and super tweeter
  • Installs without modification
  • High-quality crossover
  • One-year limited warranty


  • Limited frequency response
  • May hiss or pop at loud volumes
  • Some components are somewhat flimsy

Buyer’s Guide

Having some music blasting in your background as you drive to the most scenic places is one of the best experiences you can ever have in this lifetime. We know how much you love that feeling. That’s why we also want to make sure you get the right 6×9 speakers for your car.

To help you decide which model to invest in, here are some of the most important considerations to keep in mind:

1. Installation

Choosing the 6×9 speakers that will look good on your car is one thing; having them installed is another. Whenever you’re looking for a speaker, be sure to determine the size of the ones initially installed in your car. Then, buy a gear4wheels1-20nt that fits accordingly.

2. Compatibility

When investing in a car’s audio system, the last thing you want is to spend your hard-earned money on the best speakers only to find that they’re not compatible with your head unit. To avoid this from happening, ask a sales representative whether or not the model you’re looking to buy is compatible with your head unit. This way, you don’t have to replace that one too.

3. Design

While the design of the speakers is often regarded as a personal preference and for aesthetic purposes only, it’s actually quite important. Yes, you want something that will upgrade the overall appearance of your audio system. However, you also need to ensure that the speakers have grilles to prevent dust from collecting inside and ruining the electronics.

4. Materials

Another thing you may want to consider is the material with which the speaker is built. Don’t settle for those made with cheap ones, as they will wear and tear rather quickly. This is particularly important if you usually place heavy items near your speaker.

5. Component vs. Coaxial

You will also want to familiarize yourself with the differences between component and coaxial driver systems. This feature will significantly affect the price range of your audio system.

Component driver systems are the best at delivering quality sounds because they have different sets of speakers operating at different frequencies. However, this also means that you need to install more speakers, making them quite expensive.

On the other hand, coaxial driver systems combine these speakers into one, which means you don’t have to spend too much on them. They are also easy to install. The problem is, the quality of the sound produced would be lower than that of a component driver system.

6. Power Handling

Quality sound is only possible if the materials are of quality as well, and that includes the cables. If too much power runs through the cables, they may overheat.

In line with this, make sure you check the power production capabilities of your head unit and buy speakers that fit the specifications. If you want bigger and better speakers, but your unit head can’t handle them, you may also need to replace it.

7. Price

Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, you need to consider your budget. As with anything, you will find 6×9 speakers with varying price tags.

While we’ve mentioned that component and coaxial will significantly affect this, there are also other factors that will cause the prices of these speakers to go higher or lower. Nonetheless, aim to find the balance between the cost and quality.

6X9 Car Speakers FAQs

1. Why are my cables overheating?

The unit head only has a limited power production, which means it may overheat if the 6×9 speaker demands more. However, if both of these are compatible but your cables are still overheating, the problem might be with the cables themselves.

If you want to avoid burning or busting them, invest in thicker cables capable of handling the power demands of both your unit head and speakers.

2. What else do I need for my component driver system?

You’re also going to need a few other things aside from your 6×9 speakers if you’re using a component driver system. Among other things, these include a tweeter and a woofer. The tweeters produce higher frequencies, while the woofers produce lower frequencies.

3. What does the speaker sensitivity rating mean?

Speaker sensitivity rating indicates the efficiency of the speaker to produce sound in relation to the power it receives. Low-powered stereo works best with higher sensitivity ratings. On the other hand, high-power audio systems need lower sensitivity ratings.

Final Verdict

After looking through each of these speakers, we have to say that our top pick has to be the sleek and unified look and sound of the Hertz Audio HCX 690

Although they don’t have quite as much power range or frequency response as some others we’ve seen, where these speakers really shine is their reliability and durability.

We appreciate the fact that you can blast your music without damaging anything (except, maybe, your ears).

Overall, they have to be my pick for the best 6×9 speakers.