5 Stars By Danno on 2013-10-26
Honestly one of the best I've heard
Been doing car audio for 30 years, and have owned at least 100 sets of various types of speakers. Usually not a huge fan of 6x9's in general due to larger cones slightly muddying mid-range frequencies. And most 6x9s are so bright they make my teeth rattle.
I took a flyer on these due to price and reviews. My Tacoma takes 6x9's up front so I decided I'd try these. I like my tweeters soft so I decided not to use tweets in the upper door location and just go with a coax. I'm a fan of one point imaging and in a relatively noisy truck tweets up high overpower the mids in the door, which causes me listener fatigue.
Each speaker's getting 50 watts of clean Alpine amp power, and I set the attenuation to -6dB. For the 1st time in my life a set of speakers actually needed more highs. So I set the switch on normal and was surprised that I preferred it that way. I'd imagine a rear deck application would probably need the attenuation but up front they didn't.
Pros: Very well balanced sound.
Impressive bass output (typical of most 6x9's I've heard). Grade A-Minus
Strong mid-range. Better than almost any 6x9 I've ever heard. Grade A-Plus
Good but not great highs. Very pleasing sound though. The super tweeter is occasionally hissy on S's, but certainly not worth downgrading much. Grade B
Cons: If I had to nit-pick, I'd say the upper mid-range is a tad bright. I have a mid EQ on my head unit set at -2 db @ 2,500hz and that cures it perfectly.
This is my 3rd set of JBL speakers. I'm now a big fan. Their GTO 6-1/2 coax and separates are also great sounding sets as well. You'd likely have to spend around $500 to get noticeably better sound.
5 Stars By James V. Miller on 2016-06-27
This is about the best 6X9 speaker I have ever used in my 40+ ...
This is about the best 6X9 speaker I have ever used in my 40+ years if installing car stereos. Crispier highs than usual but very clear and not harsh. More low bass than I expected. Verry good bottom end almost don't need a sub and these are installed in doors not the rear deck which might even produce more bass. No rear deck in a reg cab pickup! No muddy sound either. Driven by the internal amp in a late model Kenwood radio. I did use sound deadening material on the doors. I hate rattling sound in bass.
5 Stars By JW tucson on 2016-10-14
I am just in utter disbelief about these speakers. I only paid $55 for a pair! That is in the same price range as Walmart crap speakers. But OMG these speaks sound like $300 speakers. I have pissed away so much money over the years on over prices speakers that don't sound any better. But this is a name brand speaker, from an amazing speaker company! The highs are rich and creamy and the lows are smooth and deep. I was playing some music with some awesome bass and I swear I had a 8 inch sub pounding in the back. Right now I have it hooked it to a stock head unit. I could not be happier. I could have not picked a better speaker for the money. You will love it!
2 Stars By DhDolphns on 2015-06-25
Bad speaker after 1 hour of use..... has great bass not great highs
UPDATE #1:::::::::::::::: had speakers playing for less than an hour and one blew a tweeter or the crossover went bad they didn't have great highs when I put them in but now it sounds like a am station is playing my cds they do have great bass for a 6x9 now I don't know if I will replace them with the same speaker probably gonna try some Polks but these were at such a great price and had such great reviews,,I really liked them until one went bad although they never had great highs compared to other speakers I have owned. and the worst part is I have a 04 Grand Prix and it is a pita to remove the rear speakers and now I have to go thru the whole process again...at least 2DayDeliver has a good return policy.
UPDATE #2 ::::::::::::::I decided to try some Pioneer 5 way 6x9 (Pioneer TS-A6995R) since they was for the same price as these (Owned a set of 4 way Pioneer 6x9 years ago..good speaker, not great) and Comparing them to these JBL's BEFORE my speakers went south (very quickly I will add) the JBL's had a lil bit better low end bass (again connected to a 75x2 rms amp and Factory deck) but just a lil bit everything else was about the same accept the pioneers had barely better mid bass and barely better highs..they sounded almost Identical but neither speaker blew me away but for the cost of either one they were great.. I wish my JBL's wouldnt of went bad I would give them the nod over the Pioneers only because I wanted better bass (had just a tiny bit better low end) as these are in the rear deck of a 4 door 04 Grand Prix, but I have read quite a few reviews on them with similar problems as me.
my review before they went bad
These speakers are a steal for the price they are at now..Have a 04 Grand Prix with factory (non Monsoon) deck and my back factory 6x9 were bad and had a Pioneer amp sitting collecting dust so figured I would install the JBL's and the amp with the factory deck..I did listen to the speakers with just the head unit powering them and they were decent but there wasn't much power going to them...
Then hooked them up to my Pioneer amp (75x2) and WOW they sounded great with the factory deck and they crank they have great Bass (when hooked up to amp) not the best highs though but that isnt as big of a issue since they are in the rear of my car if they was in my door I dont think I would like them as much, I had the Pioneer amp in another car few years back with some Pioneer 6x9 4 ways with 22oz magnets and an Alpine head unit, and these JBL's were better than the Pioneers ( accept the highs the Pioneers had better highs by far) and that's with my factory deck! but back then I never found JBL's for the price I paid on 2DayDeliver.
5 Stars By JFleckenstein on 2016-02-20
Upgraded 2012 Jeep Patriot
It took me about an hour to upgrade the original four (4) speakers that came with the car. Be aware that the speakers do not come with any wiring harness, so you either need to buy those separately (highly recommended) or be prepared to have to cut into your cars wiring and splice some wires to install these and most aftermarket speakers. I bought the Metra 72-6514 speaker harness for my Jeep Patriot and they worked perfectly. The OEM speakers were easy to remove but you will need specialty drivers (both torx AND hex) as those were used in my Jeep. Since these JBL's are more powerful, the magnets used are quite a bit larger than the OEM speakers; as a result I needed to slightly trim away the plastic behind the speakers in order for the speakers to fit flush. Again, a simply 5 minute modification if you have the right tools. You can use a small hacksaw or rotary tool - just take your time. Once these were installed the improvement in clarity and decibels was incredible. With the OEM speakers I could turn up the volume all the way to full power, although there was quite a bit of distortion. After installing all 4 JBL's I could only turn up the volume about 3/4 of the way (it was too loud for me to go any higher) and yet the sound was very clear without any distortion.
5 Stars By Jorge Gonzalez on 2015-01-09
Never have I been so blown away by bass untill I got these.
I thought I had known about bass until I installed these on my Toyota Corolla. Never have I been so wrong, missing all that detail in the music... With these you won't experience that, instead, you will be immersed deep into the music you are listening to. I was blown away with the performance of these speakers. I don't even have a dedicated bass port or an amp, just these JBL rear speakers and stock front speakers (for now) and just like that my music sounds very rich and crisp. Combined with my Pioneer DEH X6600BT these can work for any type of music if you tune the EQ correctly. I have listened from deep bass (dubstep, drum & bass, trance, house, etc) to metal (finnish metal, death metal, power metal, etc) and for my taste, these just can't be beat.
The installation was extremely easy for a DIY proyect if you get an adapter for your car. I got mine from http://www.car-speaker-adapters.com/ and thanks to that I have no weird vibrations or anything, also this saves you a lot of time if you can't build your own adapters out of wood.
5 Stars By v1racing on 2014-09-09
In sealed Boxes and ROCK
I bought these to put in boxes and mount in my Sprinter cargo for rear fill. I heard the woes of boxes, and the pros. These things love the boxes. They sound tight and the mids and tweeters are CRISP! I honestly can't believe the sound for the money!
You will not want to power these off of your head unit. It will play music, but we tried it while installing and then with 75rms from a Rockford Fosgate Prime 400-4 and now they drive.
I have these paired with a single 10" sub and it's fantastic. Fill. Working in the van is now a joy. I've tried hip hop, rock, pop. Very great.
Sound Quality Exceeds Expectations
Sealed Box works great with these
A wide frequency range will keep up with Dubstep to Reggae.
You definitely will want a decent headunit and power! I am very happy with the Rockford Fosgate Prime 400-4 running these off of the front channel and a single 10 off of the rear channel bridged.
5 Stars By Cricket on 2015-11-12
Great Product for the Price
Mid-market speakers that might disappoint audiophiles, but a huge improvement over OEM. Sound is very clean and the ranges excellent. I am replacing everything in an eighteen year old car and I've done the speakers first. The quality of sound is so greatly improved, even when driven by the old stereo, I was astounded. Very eager to get the new stereo in now.
I messed around with the button that changes the tweeter output by 3db, but the effect was minimal. Install was very difficult, requiring modification of mounting parts, but that was all Toyota's fault.
Con: Directions for installation are so poor as to be useless.
5 Stars By Peter Barrett on 2017-03-25
Great sound, good build quality
Great sound, good build quality. I lost a little volume since these aren't true 2-ohm speakers, but I need to replace the factory amp anyway.
5 Stars By Tim on 2016-05-18
I installed these speakers in my 2012 Nissan Frontier crew cab in the front doors. I also have a pioneer double din deck. At first I was fusterated with the sound, no bass at all and no imaging what so ever. But given the reviews being so positive I figured something was not right. I'm glad I double checked my wiring because I had the speakers out of phase. After correcting this problem, WOW! Huge improvement. If after hooking everything up you aren't impressed double check everything! Nice bass now and great imaging too. Now I just need to get an amp to really drive those bad boys!