6x9 Speakers with Good Bass

When it comes to reproducing decent bass sounds, size matters. The larger your cone of woofer driver, you will be able to obtain more powerful basses. 6x9 inch is one of the biggest sizes of stock speakers you may find in a car.

If you do not want to mess with the body of your car, you can easily replace your stock speakers without too much trouble and enjoy a different level of sound quality in your car.

Choosing over the hundreds of different options from the market can be troublesome. Finding a reliable, good quality speaker is not as easy as listing the speakers on the market according to their price tag.

Also, there are many confusing terms (at first glance) such as RMS, peak, 2-way, 3-way, coaxial and component. Do not worry, we will express what are these terms at the end of this article so stick with us.

We conducted our researched and formed the top 10 best 6x9 speakers with good bass for you. We valued customer reviews and satisfaction, technical specifications and actual listening experience that we had. There are many similar performing which could not get into our top 10 list, so if your favorite speaker does not show up in this list, that is not necessarily it is a bad one.

If you are not sure about selecting 6x9" size and would like to consider other sizes for your car? We prepared a comparison for best sounding speakers from different sizes for you.

If you do not what sizes your stock speaker, then check our article about learning speaker sizes of your car.

Comparison Table Best 6x9 Speakers for Bass and Sound Quality
Brand
Model
Speaker
Type
RMS
Power
Sensitivity
(@1w/1m)
Frequency
Response
Polk DB692Polk DB6923-Way150 W93 dB30 - 22k HzCheck Price
Pioneer TS-A6966Pioneer TS-A69663-Way60 W91 dB30 - 27k HzCheck Price
Alpine R-S69Alpine R-S692-Way100 W90 dB60 - 29k HzCheck Price
Infinity 93iXInfinity 93iX3-Way110 W93 dB35 - 30k HzCheck Price
JBL GTO939JBL GTO9393-Way100 W94 dB45 - 21k HzCheck Price
Rockford Fosgate R169x3Rockford Fosgate R169x33-Way65 W90 dB47 - 20k HzCheck Price
Kicker 43DSC69304Kicker 43DSC693043-Way70 W92 dB30 - 20k HzCheck Price
JVC CS-J6930JVC CS-J69303-Way45 W92 dB30 - 22k HzCheck Price

Specifications

  • Design: 3-way
  • Sensitivity: 93 dB
  • Peak: 450 watts
  • RMS: 150 watts
  • Low: 30 Hz
  • High: 22.000 Hz

Polk Audio is another very well known US brand that was found in 1972. The company produces home audio speakers, soundbars, wireless audio to specially designed outdoor speakers.

DB692 uses the engineering background of the Polk Audio company. It has the advantage of having marine certified which means they are waterproof. You may install these on your convertible car or motorcycle without any concern. Of course, this feature comes with a higher price tag.

The sensitivity of this speaker is 93 dB and combined with 150 RMS wattage it can reach up to 114 dB without an issue which exceeds our expectations from a car speaker by far.

If you are familiar with a previous model "DB691" let us compare it with DB692 for you. The new model, DB692 has an increased top-mount and bottom-mount dept, therefore it can hit frequencies as low as 30 Hz while DB691 was stuck at 35 Hz. Polk engineers increased the RMS wattage from 100 to 150 watts, while, peak power handling increased from 300 to 450 watts. The price difference is around 30$ between these two and DB692 will be a better choice for the greater bass experience.

Comparing this speaker with the JBL-GTO series, we would select DB692 especially due to its frequency range. To get the maximum out from this speaker, you may need an amplifier upgrade, because many stock amps do not provide power levels beyond 50 watts.

PROS

Marine Certified
Clear Mids and Highs
Loudspeakers

CONS

Works Better with Amplifier

  • LOUDNESS
  • BASS POWER
  • SOUND CLARITY

 

Overall: 93/100

Specifications

  • Design: 3-way
  • Sensitivity: 91 dB
  • Peak: 420 watts
  • RMS: 60 watts
  • Low: 30 Hz
  • High: 27.000 Hz

Pioneer is a Japanese brand that was founded in 1937. It produces all types of speakers and their quality stands near the top.

TS-A6966 is in the family of next-generation Pioneer speakers. TS-A line speakers are produced with "Multilayer Mica Matrix Cone" which are aiming to reproduce stronger bass and improved range of mid & high frequencies.

TS-A comes with a sensitivity level of 92 dB. This means it will hit up to 110 dB at RMS value. Aiming for 105 dB is well enough there it passes our volume handling test. Of course, if you are not satisfied with these levels, you may want to consider JBL which is on the top of the list.

The frequency range of TS-A is astonishing. We tried this speaker at 30 Hz and it handles that low frequencies well. Highs of the speaker can reach up to 27.000 Hz, but be aware that the human ear can only hear between 20 Hz to 20.000 Hz. So if you do not have some kind of bionic implementation for hearing those high frequencies, it is not a criterion for selection. (I personally can not hear about 16.000 Hz, ups :)) You may try it yourself.

TS-A is claimed to have increased water resistance and rigidity due to its mica layers. It's covering grills also looks fine and has an aesthetic appearance in the car. Overall, we are suggesting this speaker as an optimum choice for performance/price efficiency.

PROS

Budget Friendly
Wide Frequency Range
Decent Bass

CONS

Do Not Heavily Depend on 420W Peak Power Level, Otherwise You Will Blow Them Out

  • LOUDNESS
  • BASS POWER
  • SOUND CLARITY

 

Overall: 87/100

Specifications

  • Design: 2-way
  • Sensitivity: 90 dB
  • Peak: 300 watts
  • RMS: 100 watts
  • Low: 60 Hz
  • High: 29.000 Hz

Alpine is a brand of Alps Electronics (which becomes Alpine in 1978) which was founded in 1967 in Japan. It is well known for producing car speakers of BMW, Honda, Dodge and Jaguar cars.

Alpine produces high-end products that handle a high amount of power and have long durability. This is not an exception for R-S69 that is listed above. 

You may see right away that these speakers have a 2-way design. It has advantages of handling more power per driver and getting up loud without an issue. It has a sensitivity of 90 dB and you may get up to 111 dB at RMS value without any distortion and having crispy high sounds.

These speakers can handle lots of power without an issue, so to get the maximum of them, you may need to replace your factory amp. Of course, to enjoy the music and obtain goods bass, you will also need to add a subwoofer to your system. As you will be aware, depending only on R-S69, you will not be able to get sounds that have below 60 Hz which are the real joy of a bass lover.

As a summary be aware of that, if you choose Alpine R-S69:

  • you need to change your amp and add a subwoofer to your system.
  • you will spend much more money on that.

As a result, you will obtain a system that can not be matched with any 3-way speakers on this list.

PROS

High Quality Material
Crisp Sound

CONS

Needs Subwoofer
Needs Amplifier
Pricy

  • LOUDNESS
  • BASS POWER
  • SOUND CLARITY

 

Overall: 85/100

Specifications

  • Design: 3-way
  • Sensitivity: 93 dB
  • Peak: 330 watts
  • RMS: 110 watts
  • Low: 35 Hz
  • High: 30.000 Hz

Infinity is founded in Los Angeles in 1968. It became a part of Harman International Industries in the year of 1983. Today Harman is owned by Samsung Electronics.

Kappa 93iX series is one of the high-end speakers you can get from the market. It has a sensitivity of 93 dB and it can handle the power input of 110 watts (RMS). You may get up to 114 dB which is much more than needed with one of those.

The frequency range though can be disappointing for bass freaks who are looking for the deepest feeling of it. Do not forget that we can hear frequencies between 20 Hz to 20.000 Hz, so having a frequency as high as 30.000 Hz is not necessary.

In summary, a pair of Kappa can work very well in your compared to stock speakers. You may need to be careful about;

  • There are better speakers for reproducing bass with lower frequency limits on this list.
  • You may need to upgrade your amp if you want to get the best out of this high-end speaker.

PROS

Nice Bass Performance
Loud
High Quality Material

CONS

Needs Amplifier to Reveal Potential

  • LOUDNESS
  • BASS POWER
  • SOUND CLARITY

 

Overall: 92/100

Specifications

  • Design: 3-way
  • Sensitivity: 94 dB
  • Peak: 300 watts
  • RMS: 100 watts
  • Low: 45 Hz
  • High: 21.000 Hz

JBL is a well-known brand that exists in this market for more than 60 years and they know expectations of us very well. The JBL GTO series is offering the top level of sound quality with high-end capabilities.

As a previous version (GTO938) this one uses the "plus one cone" technology which is patent-pending technology developed by JBL. This feature provides a larger surface for the cone, up to 30% compared to its rivals in the 6x9" category. The larger surface of woofer enables bass that booms as we always desire.

This is a high-end product that comes as 3-way; which means it has a woofer for low sounds, a super-tweeter, and a mid-range driver to reproduce sound much better. 

Each of JBL GTO 939 will handle 300 watts with a 2-ohm impedance. A set of JBL GTO 939 will easily work with your car's stock amplifier. If you love to listen to music with very high limits we have good news, this speaker has a sensitivity of 94 dB which makes this one of the best.

The frequency range is 45 Hz to 21 kHz for GTO 939. You may find speakers with a wider range even on this list, and this one lacks some deep bass performance.

PROS

One of the Loudest Speaker
Clear Mids and Highs

CONS

Lacks Deep Bass

  • LOUDNESS
  • BASS POWER
  • SOUND CLARITY

 

Overall: 88/100

Specifications

  • Design: 3-way
  • Sensitivity: 90 dB
  • Peak: 130 watts
  • RMS: 65 watts
  • Low: 47 Hz
  • High: 20.000 Hz

Rockford Fosgate is founded in 1973 for purely producing audio systems, especially for the cars. The design and engineering are done in Tempe, AZ, US.

R169x3 Prime is offering a 3-way design. It comes with a vacuum polypropylene cone for woofer and silk dome pole for tweeter and midrange. It a sensitivity level of 90 dB. It is lower compared to other speakers on this list but if you consider it has 65 RMS power level, it can get up to 108 dB without any problem. 

Regarding the frequency range, it can reproduce the sounds between 47 Hz to 20.000 Hz. At high frequencies, it has no problem and, it sounds nice and would be a good upgrade for your car, however, we can not state the same thing for the lows. Due to its limited frequency at lows, you will most probably feel this speaker lacks something for a decent bass.

Unboxing the R169x3 you will find screws, grill, wires. It is looking good with the grill and we recommend that.

PROS

Budget Friendly

CONS

Lacks Deep Bass

  • LOUDNESS
  • BASS POWER
  • SOUND CLARITY

 

Overall: 78/100

Specifications

  • Design: 3-way
  • Sensitivity: 92 dB
  • Peak: 360 watts
  • RMS: 70 watts
  • Low: 30 Hz
  • High: 20.000 Hz

Kicker is another company founded in 1973, Oklahoma. It is hard to not low their products, since their specified in the car audio market. Kicker is also known for their Vehicle-Specific Solutions ofr Dodge, GM and Ford cars and trucks.

43DSC6904 D-series model is desined as 3-way and having a lower deepth in order to fit most of the cars on the market. You will probably will not have an issue while changing your stock speakers, such as windows hitting them, or it does not fit to your previous speaker hole etc.

When it comes to the loudness of this speaker, with 92 dB of sensitivity and 70 watts of RMS, you may achieve sound level of 110 dB sound without any problem.

Frequency of this speaker is also astonishing. It can reproduce between 30 Hz to 20.000 Hz sounds which is more than satisfying. It is absolutely flawless at mids and highs you will enjoy it.

Our only one concern, although Kicker Speakers are well known for their strong bass, this one may disappoint you mainly because of its thin design. It does not produce enough power for the lows and you may need to upgrade your amplyfier in order to obtain best out of it.

PROS

Loudspeakers
Clear Mids and Highs
Decent Bass Performance

CONS

Needs Amplifier

  • LOUDNESS
  • BASS POWER
  • SOUND CLARITY

 

Overall: 90/100

Specifications

  • Design: 3-way
  • Sensitivity: 92 dB
  • Peak: 400 watts
  • RMS: 45 watts
  • Low: 30 Hz
  • High: 22k Hz

JVC has a long and complicated history. It was founded in Japan in 1927 as a subsidiary of the Victor Telling Machine company which was based in the US. At WWII the company cut ties with the US. JVC was ruled by Panasonic between years of 1953-2007 and now after its merge with Kenwood, the new company is named JVCKenwood.

JVC is an innovative company and it is known for the advances they conducted on the video recording market. Today, they are producing a range of audio systems as well.

CS-J series has a sensitivity level of 92 dB which is quite good. Its RMS value is 45 watts and it can reach up to 109 dB sound level which passes our threshold of 105 dB.

This specific speaker can hit as low as 30 Hz frequency which is satisfying. 

It comes up with connectors from the box, which is another good detail that is considered.

What we have considered as a downside is not having a grill to protect the cone. It seems unlikely that you may damage your door speakers mistakenly but why you should take the risk of killing them just because of that? 

PROS

Clear Mids and Highs
Budget Speakers

CONS

May Require Some Work to Fit Your Car

  • LOUDNESS
  • BASS POWER
  • SOUND CLARITY

 

Overall: 90/100

Do you consider adding also smaller speakers to your car doors? Check our best sounding 6.5" car speakers and best 4 inch car speakers articles.

Buyer's Guide, Get Familiar with Terms

If you have not made any car speaker purchase before, you may be overwhelmed with the terms included in this article. Below you will find explanations of each of them.

What does it mean "Way"?

"Way" term is used to specify how many drivers are used in a speaker. A speaker can have only one driver, in this case, it will try to reproduce sounds with only vibrating it. A driver to reproduce highs and lows at the same time is not desirable so the market offers 2-way speakers at minimum.

The more the way increased in a speaker system, it can specify the frequency ranges of each driver to operate more effectively. If you are trying to compare two speakers from the same brand which have 2-way and 3-way options, 3-way will be able to give a better sound performance for you.

2-way speakers have a woofer driver for lows and a tweeter driver for highs, while 3-way speakers also have an additional mid-range driver. If you look to the market you may also find 4-way speakers which have super-tweeters also.

If you need additional information about ways of speakers, check our what is 2 way speaker article.

Our experience as a result of trial error showed that there are two options that may be beneficial depending on your budget:

  1. If you have a high budget, then go for the best 2-way speakers with an additional subwoofer, amp, and crossover to your system. This is the perfect design that may satisfy all of your needs.
  2. If you are on a limited budget, a 3-way speaker which reaches down to 30 Hz will provide you a deep bass feeling.

What is "Sensitivity"?

Sensitivity is a measurement of the speaker that indicates how loud it produces sound with 1-meter distance and having 1 watt of power. 

The higher sensitivity equals louder music at the same level of power. Usually, 90 dB is an indication of a well designed, high-end speaker.

"RMS"? "Peak Power"?

Peak power indicates how many watts of power a speaker can handle without failing. Tuning your speaker according to that level may cause a decrease in its useful life so we do not suggest it.

RMS is standing for a continuous power input that the speaker can handle with the root mean square method. Since we use AC in our devices, they converted to DC levels with the RMS method. 

In a speaker, to get the best of it you may power it up to %50 more than the RMS value. 

How Can I Calculate Maximum Sound Volume?

This is though physics questions. If you are looking for answers with formulas, you may visit this site.

Let us summarize here as well. Suppose you are in open space standing 1 meter away from your car speaker which is assumed to have 90 dB of sensitivity. If you provide 1-watt power to it, you will be hearing a sound with an intensity of 90 dB. If you double the power, the intensity will increase by +3 dB. Let's suppose you increase up to 64 (2^6) watts than the intensity will increase by +3*6 = 18 dB. Resulting sound intensity will be 108 dB.

In a car, you are in a very small cabin with all reflective surfaces. This will probably add to your sound intensity by +3 to +6 dB depending on your vehicle.

Above 110 dB, listening to music for a long period will have side effects such as loss in the hearing capacity in the long run. So aiming 105 dB for maximum intensity seems fair enough according to us.

What does "Frequency Range" Stands for?

Frequency is related to the speed of soundwave. Lower frequencies can be recognized as bass,  high frequencies just the opposite. The human ear can hear 20 Hz to 20.000 Hz (sometimes even narrower range).

Response ranges of speakers having more than 20.000 Hz do not have a meaning for us mortal humans. Decent speakers can respond to up to 20.000 Hz frequency easily.

Being able to response frequency levels as low as 20 Hz is hardly achieved by speakers alone. Generally, it is considered to response 30 Hz or above is a success for normal speakers. If you want to go all the way down to 20 Hz, you would need to get a subwoofer.

Subwoofers are dedicated bass sound reproducers with having response frequencies between 20 Hz-100 Hz.

Would you like to learn more about what you should care before making a car speaker purchase? Check our ultimate guide for car speaker.

Conclusion

6x9" speakers are one of the biggest sizes types that can be found in cars as stock. This gives an advantage for them to have bigger cones and reproduce bass sounds more successfully relative to small speakers.

There are many 3-way good speakers in this size that can easily be installed on your car without the hassle and you may enjoy all range sound enjoyment with these. 7 of 8 speakers listed in our list 3-way speakers. If you would like to go for the best 3-way option, you may consider Polk DB692. It has enormous power handling with a very high sensitivity level. It does not crack up at high volume levels. Thanks to its wide frequency response range, it can reproduce bass sounds well enough that you may hardly feel the need for a subwoofer.

Our second alternative will the Pioneer TS-A6966. We included this particular Pioneer for its price/performance efficiency. This one has an extreme frequency range as Polk and can produce very deep bass sound for you. Its power handling and sensitivity level is just behind the Polk but would be satisfactory. If you want to replace your speakers with something that does not hurt your pocket, this will be the right choice.

The last alternative is our favorite. We included the R-S69R series of Alpine in order to explain what can be done with a 2-way speaker. This pair of speakers can produce as low as 60 Hz. At mid and high frequencies it works flawlessly. When you feed these speakers with subwoofer, your sound experience can easily go beyond any 3-way speaker can provide. This alternative is the most costly one, and you will probably need to sacrifice some of your luggage space and also add an amp to your system.

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