Having a poor taste in music is a bummer, listening to bad music from moribund factory speakers is a double whammy! Many drivers spend literally decades withering their brains with distorted, low-quality audio output and don’t know any better. Well, it’s a free world, one would say, and while we agree there is also the sneaky fact that not just different kinds of malefic music can lead to long term mental health issues, hello anxiety and depression, but frequency-scrambled audio output does damage likewise! So, quality selection of 5.25 speakers helps you to improve your choice,
Do we have your attention? If the answer is yes then perhaps it’s high time you upgraded your anemic car audio system? There are many ways of doing that and while some of them will cost you a pretty penny, others are a fine study in cost saving (no worries, we’ll cover both in the Buyers Guide). If you are starting from scratch then changing your car speakers could be the launch-pad into a new and improved audio experience! Listed below are seven very interesting five by seven inches full range speakers each of which carries its own merit!
Looking to hit a home run getting the best value for your buck in a speaker? Look no further than cryptically titled DB571 model. True to their credentials Polk has once again, for the umpteenth time seemingly, produced a unit that towers head and shoulders above the rest of the field!
There is no big secret about it – if your speakers can’t handle a serious amount of continuous wattage they have no business being a part of a quality audio system. Polk has apparently taken this to heart making sure each of their speakers can absorb sixty watts of incessant power flow and not choke on it. Put two and two together and what you end up with is an RMS rating that wipes the floor with most competing units in this VERY LOW price range. Each one of these beasties can also take up to one hundred eighty watts of surging power from your amps in stride for collective 360 watts. Impressive or what? You can perish the “blown speaker” apprehension right here and now.
The specs on this model are a sight to behold, but it’s the overall design and production quality where it begins to shine! Polk definitely pulled no punches investing into design development and making sure it had the perfect blend of ruggedness and technological advancement to produce the perfect audio storm in your vehicle. Tweeter, woofer cone, surround all sport purpose-designed high quality material, which instantly translates into excellent speaker sensitivity, volume and amazing frequency response for mid and high frequencies.
We can hear numerous questions from your regular audio fanatics already – What about bass? Well, you really did not expect to get a subwoofer level 10-40 hertz bass frequencies from a unit as cheap as this one, did you? It does a serviceable job on mid-bass managing 70-80 hertz frequencies just fine. There is also a bright spot – if you have a boat this product is marine certified! Yet another feather in its hat. Cream always rises to the top, doesn’t it?
- Top end RMS
- Big sound – little distortion
- Magnetized tweeter for great highs
- Certified for all kinds of boats
- Item Weight 1 lbs
- Model AA1571-A
|• Easy installation|
• Excellent value for money
• Good sound range and quality
|• Low frequency deficit|
If we were ranking speakers on their manufacturing specs alone this audio hotshot could definitely give Polk Audio a run for its money! No exaggeration! What is its success formula? It combines conscientious, rugged, customer-friendly design/production quality with excellent audio characteristics for its 2003 year of manufacture.
Looking for distortion free, clear, accurate reproduction across the entire mid to high frequency spectrum? P1572 brings it in spades!
Any two way speaker that guns for high-end sound range and volume quality is crippled by a lack of an efficient cross-over system and P1572 boats a built-in sample that does an impeccable job of funneling the right frequencies to the right speakers effectively nipping distortion in the bud.
Its impedance rating if good to cope with anything your external amplifiers can put up wattage wise and its sixty watts RMS per speaker is more than we could have hoped for.
If you are having any second thoughts about its relevance technology-wise – out the window they go! It’s superbly well made and fitted together across the entire surround, woofer, tweeter and diaphragm board. The woofer comes to grips with mid-range frequencies like a champ. The tweeter follows suit on higher frequencies. Low frequencies are not this speaker’s forte, as they appear to lose conviction from 80 hertz down.
Speaker sensitivity is not listed in the specs but going by word of mouth feedback its max volume is more than sufficient! The installation process is as easy as pie. Granted, it’s about twice as expensive as the Polk Audio model but it’s the expense we’ll shoulder in a heartbeat!
- High end RMS
- Tweeter with an excellent inbuilt frequency filter
- Rubber surround
- Model P1572
- Weight 6.5 lbs.
|• Good value for money|
• Quality materials
• Durable design
• Light installation
|• Low frequencies are lacking|
We really like this JBL two way full range speaker and given a little extra modification it could steal our top 2 picks thunder! So what brings it into our good books? We like the overall versatility a lot!
The review boards are bristling with installation woes of users who buy their speakers on a sudden impulse only to find installing them a virtual mission impossible. No such issues here. This model comes in five by seven and six by eight inches formats and has the design to fit into any factory stock speaker recess. It does not have the five star RMS specs of our top two speakers, coming with fifty five watts continuous power handling capability per unit for a total of 110 watts – just average. Its peak power is not overly impressive either at 330 watts aggregate.
What it lacks in terms of these parameters in makes up for with it’s three ohm impedance rating – it’ll take anything your exterior amplifier throws at it, chew and spit it out. This speaker has the 60-80 hertz frequencies licked offering clear and accurate mid-bass woofer reproduction. It’s especially potent on the mid-range though, which is really what matters the most for your surround sound quality. On top of that it manages higher frequencies without a hiccup – credit to the overall excellent tweeter production quality. There is no distortion to speak of on this unit, even at max volume.
Sound range and overall quality, speaker sensitivity and volume, power specs and material quality – this model takes care of them all separately and as one cohesive unit and the VERY affordable price is definitely the deal maker!
- Fifty five watts Rms per speaker
- Three ohm impedance
- Weight 3.66 lbs.
- Model CLUB 8620
|• Good value for money|
• Excellent installation kit
• Sound range and quality
|• No cons that we could detect|
A very pricey model, more than half a grand, but we can definitely see where this exorbitant price stems from. In its 2010 production year the specs were nothing short of ground-breaking. Are they still good enough to keep up with industry spearheads? We’ll leave that up to you to decide.
So what does JL audio have to offer in this model? For starters, it offers five by seven and six by eight inches two way speakers size-wise for your easier installation adjustment. Nothing to crow about, you might say. Rightly so, how about the fact each speaker packs seventy five watts RMS and both speakers can collectively handle 450 watts power up-surges without an issue?
Stereos, amps and speakers are all important in your end sound/volume quality but don’t forget about crossovers – they are just as vital in reducing distortion and improving overall sound quality and this model comes with an excellent two way high and low pass example of species. Its capabilities enable the tweeter to be adjusted in four different positions of higher frequency and offer three different adjustments for your mid range and low frequencies. Now, that’s some serious versatility!
The speakers are super sensitive (90 decibels) and can excel on both low bass and max high, courtesy of it’s insane 48 hertz to 25 Kilohertz frequency response. They can take anything a powerful external amp throws at it and laugh it off as nothing. If you are running underpowered factory stock stereo – it would be a perfect fit to keep the volume up to par.
It’s been manufactured out of highest grade materials to last for a long, long time. There is a lot to like about this product but the crippling price tag seems to be its downfall …
- Two way external cross-over
- Highly adjustable tweeter
- Three position mid-range
- Weight 2.75 lbs.
- Model C5-570X
|• Highly versatile and functional|
• Excellent frequency response
• Impressive volume and sound range
|• Demoralizing price tag|
A model that can split your audio fans right down the middle! Your high frequency sound fanatics will love its performance instantly! It has an okay frequency response from 100 hertz up to 20 kilohertz pouring out fairly accurate and mostly distortion free spectrum of sound. We also like the material applied in the woofer, tweeter and surround production – it’s geared towards ensuring all the speaker features are making the most of their inbuilt capabilities, and they do, at least for the most part.
What slightly detracts from these initially promising features? To start with, a very basic crossover does not allow for a broader range of tweeter and mid range adjustment. It does a passable job on higher frequencies, we’ll grant it that, but it’s a bit flagging on the mid range and out to lunch on your bass.
This model is apparently not designed to give you the chills with its low frequency cadence. Alas, but seventy five hertz frequency response on a woofer is good but NOT great. There is another alarm bell – stereo/amps capable of delivering increased wattage to the speakers might leave Ct Sound seriously overmatched! Its continuous power handling ability is definitely at the lower end of the RMS spectrum – just thirty watts per speaker. Its puny 120 watts collective peak power is downright scary (most units on this list are in their 300’s).
On the plus side, Ct Sounds had their speaker fitted with a four ohm impedance capability – even a powerful amplifier won’t be able to do it in. Good speaker sensitivity is another positive feature. You’ll be able to get decent volume quality from old factory stereo and no external amps.
This product has its ups and its downs, but given the price and the overall material quality it’d mostly certainly be an upgrade on most factory installed units!
- Black-stamp steel speaker basket
- Rubber surround
- Model 5823998883
- Weight 2.8 lbs.
|• Good value for money|
• Uncomplicated installation
• Above average sound range and overall quality
|• Very low frequencies are out of its grasp|
The sole four way speaker on our top 7 list and also the least expensive one. Seems like too enticing an offer to miss, doesn’t it?
Well, Boss has apparently put a lot of efforts into making their dynamic trio of tweeter, midrange and woofer as ideal a fit as possible both size and configuration wise. The byproduct of this refitting? Unfortunate lack of an effective crossover system, which surely does raise a quizzical eyebrow.
Boss is quick to allay any doubts by promoting the new and improved tweeter which, having advanced electrical characteristics, effectively shuts down any overload risk. Okay, we’ll take your word at its face value on this one, Boss.
The product has a few other limitations. The 150 watts peak power handling capability per speaker is perfectly okay, however, we could not for the life of us find the more vital RMS rating on Boss spec spread-sheets – a red flag of sorts. The 100 hertz frequency response is a major stab in the heart of low frequencies and puts your subwoofer and woofers users on starvation diet.
Ready to order this one? Hold your horses! It has its strengths and benefits! First of all, we like the design – very flashy but efficient. By all accounts it’s very easy to install. Boss did not skimp on materials ensuring their speaker has all the hallmarks of quality including a rubber surround, piezoelectric tweeter constitution and so on and so forth. The speakers boast stellar sensitivity and will not leave you short on volume even running on old factory stereo operating within limited 10-12 RMS. And, last but not least, the price is just too good to miss out on!
- Rubber surround
- Piezoelectric tweeter
- No crossover
- Weight 1.5 lbs.
- Model BE5768
|• Low price|
• Good materials
• Excellent volume
|• Poor low frequency response|
• No RMS spec listing
• No frequency filter
The sole three way speaker on our list today and it’s a real tease as well.
Based on specs it should be a Winner, plain and simple: speaker sensitivity, max volume, continuous power handling capability, impedance rating – it’s a real power-house based on these primary parameters.
Unless an unkind error has crept into the technical spreadsheet it boasts a seventy five RMS per speaker – phenomenal rating. Three hundred watts peak power handling is not too shabby either. So where do these stand-out features originate from? The manufacturer lists the twenty oz magnet structure as the main culprit. We can live with that.
It’s crystal clear, there are many great speakers on offer out there and it takes more than a low price to get into customers good graces – we forgot to mention this product is the second cheapest on our top 7 list today – so what sets it apart from others aside from the inviting price tag?
The option of picking two three hundred watts speakers in different sizes (one five by seven and another six by eight inches) could be a clincher of sorts! The frequency response on this model is good but definitely not great for your low frequencies, but this special blend of sizes should boost the entire sound range.
Even if you try hard you won’t be able to pick any glaring holes in its design – it’s flashy and efficient at the same time. The surround, woofer cone and mid-range are encased in quality materials that are in keeping with 2019 speaker quality requirements. In their entirety they keep the overall sound quality and volume production up to par.
This model is chock full of nice specs, has good design and material quality. This begs the question: why isn’t it a top seller?
The internet review boards are a cacophony of accolades and critique for this interesting piece of production. Bottom line: we’ll have to road-test these speakers on more than one vehicle and in more than one scenario to vouch for it as a 100 percent worthy buy.
- Four ohm impedance rating
- 300 watts peak power
- Rubber surround
- Weight 4.03 lbs.
- Model PL573BL
|• Very low price|
• Good value for money
• Easy installation
|• Contentious reviews|
|Product||Grade||Durability||Value for money||Material quality||Easy to install||Sound quality|
|Polk Audio||Best value||4.8||5||4.8||4.8||4.7|
|Rockford Fosgate||Solid choice||4.9||4.8||4.5||4.6||4.6|
|JBL Club||Editors choice||4.7||4.7||4.5||4.8||4.5|
Have you ever done a Ravensburger jigsaw puzzle? No? No sweat, putting together a car audio system isn’t nearly as tough! But, mind you, it also requires a certain amount of know-how to make sure the correct interlocking between your head unit, amplifier, woofer, subwoofer, midbass driver, tweeter and speaker comes to pass. Failing that, what you end up with is a basket case for a setup or a blown speaker. So to forestall that make sure you follow a few simple steps – we’ve narrowed this Guide down to your basic nuts and bolts – to get you audio system up to scratch.
Cost Saving Approach
Before you even get down to thinking “total audio system overhaul” make sure there isn’t a better way to improve your audio specs. Any acoustic techie worth his salt will tell you – provided you factory speakers surround is intact and uncompromised in terms of its integrity, seemingly minor tweaking of the tremble and bass levels can lead to a surprisingly sizable boost in overall sound quality!
How Does the Surround Factor into Audio Quality?
The surround plays a HUGE part in how the speaker sounds. While top tier manufacturers rubberize them which serves as a great antidote to any kind of outside influence including extreme heat, humidity, moisture, for the most part they come in cheaper foam and cloth varieties – great way to drive down costs but much more susceptible to the ravages of wear and tear. Major reason why many factory speakers begin to unravel at the seams long before their effective lifespan termination.
Looking for a quick fix? Coaxial or full-range speakers offer the path of least resistance! These is a breeze to install and can be easily fitted into any old factory speaker compartment. Component speakers, on the other hand, are much trickier but they also offer MUCH more in terms of all-around sound quality and depth. Plus you can re-customize them as new product versions come up, keeping your audio system firing on all cylinders. As always, it comes down to what your short and long term plans are.
Don’t put the cart before the horse. If you are dead set on revamping your system make sure the new speakers you buy are a perfect match for your factory speakers/stereo/amps configuration and, what is of much lesser importance, size-wise!
The Bigger the Better?
While overall speaker size does matter in how it sounds it’s by no means the defining quality. In comparative terms, a big speaker with a heavier diaphragm, these can even come in titanium form, generates awesome lower frequency output. However, any serious high-frequency production is off-limits to it. A smaller speaker with a lighter diaphragm manages your high frequencies like a champ. The golden middle? There are different strokes for different folks inherent in different models available on the market, each one of them sets down its own type of audio law.
How do I pick the ideal speaker?
The one and only safe-bet way – road-test the speaker yourself or, failing the option to do that, scope out user reviews. Some speakers have awesome design and specs to match, in reality sound like a fried automatic foghorn, or worse. Some are tops in their lower frequencies however make a botch of mid range or higher ones. The proof of the pudding is in the eating!
If you have a big speaker with a heavier cone that kills it on bass but offers limited high-frequency delights, an external amplifier can go a long way towards filling this gap.
What Amount of Continuous Watts Power can Your Speaker Tackle?
Maximum RMS or continuous power handling is the NUMBER ONE spec you should look at when buying a new speaker. RMS has zero bearing on sound quality, but is rather a criteria that ensures your speakers are in perfect sync with your audio system power-wise. How much wattage is your stereo or external amps are putting out? Some are really low-powered, others are going at it like gangbusters. The maximum amount of watts your speaker can absorb in a continuous flow without going kaput is defined as Maximum RMS. It’s backstopped by a less vital spec – peak power – which is basically a max wattage your car amp can throw at the speaker in brief power surges without frying its brain.
If you are planning to renew your entire system in one fell swoop make sure you purchase a stereo and external amps that tie in with speaker Maximum RMS – to make the most out of its capabilities.
Make no mistake about it, there is zero correlation between sensitivity and sound quality. You stereo and external amplifiers put out a certain wattage at the speakers, sensitivity basically indicates how many watts does it take for a speaker to produce a certain volume. Highly sensitive speakers are a good match for lower-powered factory stereos within the 10-15 watts RMS range. Stereos that go above 15 watts RMS with the help of external amps need lower sensitivity speakers.
Online sound pressure level calculators enable you to measure the sensitivity parameter to a tee.
If you are looking for an all around improvement in your audio system than your stereo, amps and speakers should be perfectly matched. There are two small tweaks to make the connection easier. All component speakers come with external crossovers – basically your perfect frequency distributor and controller. The more advanced it is technologically the better. There are some other versions of full range speakers offer swivel tweeter option – helps you make the most of your higher frequencies audio output!