Best Car Speakers for Bass without Subwoofer

You love the feeling of the bass that hits you when you are in a concert and you would like to feel the same while driving your car? So probably you are reading the wrong article right now because you will need a subwoofer in your car's music system to feel the power of the music.

However, if you are looking for an upgrade for your car's stock, not sounding well and hardly producing any bass vibration speakers, then you are at the very right place. Stick with this article while we are reviewing several different sizes of good bass sounding speakers.

What we considered while generating this list:

  • Frequency ranges of speakers,
  • How loud they can play music,
  • Material quality & durability,
  • Prices

Our priority was on the frequency range since we do not want to implement a subwoofer. The speaker will have a rich bass sound depending on how low it can hit and reproduce sound. Loudness, material quality, and prices followed as our criteria to make this list.

In this list, you may find 3 speaker examples of 6 1/2", 6x8" and 6x9" car speakers. Some of them will have various dimensions options when you follow their product link. These listed speakers will make you happy and feel like a great upgrade no matter which of them you select.

If you were not able to find speaker sizes in this article you may like to check the best car speakers comparison which includes smaller sizes of speakers as well.

Comparison Table Best 6x9 Speakers for Bass and Sound Quality
Brand
Model
Speaker
Type
RMS
Power
Sensitivity
(@1w/1m)
Frequency
Response
Pioneer TS-A1680FPioneer TS-A1680F4-Way40 W88 dB36 - 25k HzCheck Price
Kicker 41KM654CWKicker 41KM654CW2-Way65 W90 dB35 - 21k HzCheck Price
Polk Audio DB652Polk Audio DB6522-Way100 W92 dB40 - 22k HzCheck Price
Pioneer TS-A6880FPioneer TS-A6880F4-Way40 W88 dB34 - 34k HzCheck Price
Kicker 46CSS684Kicker 46CSS684Component75 W90 dB40 - 21k HzCheck Price
Infinity Kappa 86CFXInfinity Kappa 86CFX3-Way100 W88 dB40 - 25k HzCheck Price
Pioneer TS-A6990FPioneer TS-A6990F5-Way60 W90 dB22 - 25k HzCheck Price
Polk Audio DB692Polk Audio DB6923-Way150 W93 dB30 - 22k HzCheck Price
Infinity Kappa 93iXInfinity Kappa 93iX3-Way110 W93 dB35 - 30k HzCheck Price

Specifications

  • Size: 6.5"
  • Design: 4-way
  • Sensitivity: 88 dB
  • RMS: 40 watts
  • Peak: 175 watts
  • Low: 36 Hz
  • High: 25.000 Hz

Pioneer is one of the most known speaker brands in the market. They have an enormous range of products that may satisfy needs related to audio systems.

TS-A series of speakers is one of the most decent speakers that are budget-friendly and works flawlessly. There are many different sizes of these speakers and we reviewed 6,5", 6x8" and 6x9" in this article.

Pioneer used carbon and mica reinforced IMPP Wwoofer cone in this speaker. You can see the power difference while playing bass relative to a stock speaker.

4-way design of this speaker provides crystal clear sounds at highs. It can respond to sounds that have a frequency between 36-25.000 Hz. It has a rich and deep sound.

Power handling 40 watts RMS and 175 watts peak is quite enough. 88 dB of sensitivity is not impressive but you can reach 103 dB at RMS level which will be satisfying.

PROS

Decent Material Quality
Hitting low bass sounds
Crystal Clear Highs
Budget-friendly

CONS

Could Have Higher Sensitivity


  • LOUDNESS
  • BASS POWER
  • SOUND CLARITY

 

Overall: 80/100

Specifications

  • Size: 6.5"
  • Design: 3-way
  • Sensitivity: 91 dB
  • Peak: 420 watts
  • RMS: 60 watts
  • Low: 30 Hz
  • High: 27.000 Hz

Kicker is a successful US-based audio product manufacturing company. It was founded in 1973 and makes great pieces of equipment ever since.

41KM654CW has a 2-way design. Unlike many 2-way speakers on the market, Kicker has achieved to tune these speakers so well that they can reproduce frequencies as low as 30 Hz.

These speakers come with charcoal and white grills so that you do not need to look for some grill for protection. The material they used for the woofer is polypropylene and it has titanium dome tweeter. Both tweeter and woofer perform well even at the highest volume levels. It is marine certified and you may use it on your motorcycle if you want also.

Mentioning high volume, it has a decent 91 dB of sensitivity and has 60 watts of power handling at RMS level. When you do the math, you can a raw 109 dB of sound intensity at RMS level which is quite decent.

Overall, these pairs of speakers will be one of the best choices for a car sound system without a subwoofer and will definitely make you happy if you care about getting good bass.

PROS

Decent Bass Performance
Nice Material Quality
Modest Price

CONS

Nothing Special

  • LOUDNESS
  • BASS POWER
  • SOUND CLARITY

 

Overall: 88/100

Specifications

  • Size 6.5"
  • Design: 2-way
  • Sensitivity: 92 dB
  • RMS: 100 watts
  • Peak: 300 watts
  • Low: 34 Hz
  • High: 34.000 Hz

Polk Audio is another US-based company that is known for producing high-end music equipment.

DB series have the best quality of Polk Audio. This speaker is marine certified (IP55) as Kicker 41KM654CW so it will be a suitable option for your convertible car.

DB652 is louder relative to 41KM654CW and TS-A1680F. lt has an impressive 92 dB sensitivity level and can handle 100 watts of power at RMS. As a flat value, you will have 113 dB of sound intensity even at the RMS level, which will force the limits of sound tolerance of your ear.

PROS

High Material Quality
Hitting Low Bass Sounds
Loudest in Category
Marine Certified

CONS

Relatively Higher Price

  • LOUDNESS
  • BASS POWER
  • SOUND CLARITY

 

Overall: 88/100

I can hear some of you say those 6.5 speakers are great but would not my selection. If that is the case why don't you visit our best 6.5 speakers list? 

Specifications

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

Our list includes 3 speakers for each most common car speaker sizes, namely 6.5", 6x8" and 6x9". As we reviewed the TS-A1680F for the 6.5" size category, its brother TS-A6880F shows itself in our shortlist for the 6x8" size category.

Like its brother, TS-A6880F is made of mica reinforced IMPP. This provides a decent quality and non-fatiguing sound quality even at high volumes.

TS-A6880F has a sensitivity level of 88 dB. These speakers can reach a raw sound intensity of 103 dB at RMS level. It is just a little below our threshold level (105 dB) which can be stated enough.

Where TS-A6880F earns its place in this list of course its frequency range. It can hit as low as 35 Hz, which creates a rich bass sound.

As a budget-friendly choice, you may consider this speaker for its wide frequency range and rich bass sound.

PROS

High-Quality Material
Clear Highs
Rich Bass Sound
Budget-Friendly

CONS

Could be a Little Louder


  • LOUDNESS
  • BASS POWER
  • SOUND CLARITY

 

Overall: 80/100

Specifications

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

Continuing with 6x8" sized speakers, we can suggest Kicker 46CSS684  for a system that will not have a subwoofer.

This speaker has a heavy-duty motor magnet structure which is called an extended voice coil (EVC). This feature of Kicker is unique and provides ultra-clean bass sounds as you would like.

It has a sensitivity of 90 dB which is quite formidable. If you can power this speaker with up to 75 watts, you will have around 109 dB of sound intensity which is great. You need to note that, for powering these speakers up to their potential, you may need a modified head unit, or else an amplifier which will work much better.

If you look at the frequency range, it can hit as low as 40 Hz. Yeah, this value may seem to be the worst on this list, but do not forget that this list is prepared solely on the aim of selecting a speaker that may not need a subwoofer. For myself, between 20 to 35 Hz just does not feel like I am hearing a decent sound, rather just some rumble. You may test your ears tolerance from this video.

PROS

High-Quality Material
Loud Speakers
Big Power Handling Values

CONS

Expensive


  • LOUDNESS
  • BASS POWER
  • SOUND CLARITY

 

Overall: 82/100

Specifications

  • Size: 6x8"
  • Design: 3-way
  • Sensitivity: 88 dB
  • RMS: 100 watts
  • Peak: 300 watts
  • Low: 40 Hz
  • High: 20.000 Hz

Infinity is one of my favorite brands. Being under the umbrella of Harman International Industries they produce high-quality speakers at all times.

This speaker is no exception in terms of quality. 3-way design of this speaker comes with textile dome tweeters, s glass fiber woofer cones, and a mid-range driver. Plus cone woofer system of Kappa-86CFX enables a wider surface area for woofer and lower frequency range.

When you visit this product's sensitivity level from its official website, you will see that it is classified for 94 dB @2.83V. This speaker has a 2-ohm design so these speakers will be able to produce 94 dB at 4 watts. Since this article indicates all of the sensitivity levels as 1w/1m, it will be 88 dB at 1 watt.

Even dough, Kappa-86CFX has 88 dB of sensitivity (@1watt), it has a great level of power handling. At RMS level, it will produce around 108 dB of sound which is more than enough.

This speaker similar sound output both at compared to Kicker 46CSS684 in terms of volume level and frequency range. The main difference between them is Kicker is a component while this one is coaxial. Also, Kappa 86-CFX will save you around $20 compared to Kicker, so not bad at all.

PROS

Loudspeakers
Big Power Handling Values

CONS

Nothing Special

  • LOUDNESS
  • BASS POWER
  • SOUND CLARITY

 

Overall: 82/100

Could not find the correct 6x8" speaker for your car? We prepared top 8 car speakers with 6x8" size for you. Check it out.

Specifications

  • Size: 6x9"
  • Design: 5-way
  • Sensitivity: 90 dB
  • RMS: 60 watts
  • Peak: 350 watts
  • Low: 22 Hz 
  • High: 30.000 Hz

This particular speaker of this list very exciting. For the 6.5" and 6x8" sizes, we offered speakers from the Pioneer TS-A series also but this one exceeds them by far.

It is made of the same material with TS-A6880F and TS-A1680F speakers. What distinguishes TS-A6990F from others is its design. It has 5 drivers and has a nice built-in crossover in order to collaborate them together.

5-way design of this speaker enables to woofer cone to be specialized in low sounds and act just like a mini subwoofer. This speaker will hit surprisingly 22 Hz! This value is incredible if you consider that the human ear can hear as low as 20 Hz at maximum.

The sensitivity level of this speaker is an impressive 90 dB. At 60 watts, which is the RMS level, this speaker will play at 108 dB.

After all, this speaker has a price tag almost as half of the others that are listed here, making this a perfect value.

PROS

Loudspeakers
Insane Frequency Range
Budget-Friendly

CONS

Nothing Really

  • LOUDNESS
  • BASS POWER
  • SOUND CLARITY

 

Overall: 87/100

Specifications

  • Size: 6x9"
  • Design: 3-way
  • Sensitivity: 93 dB
  • RMS: 150 watts
  • Peak: 450 watts
  • Low: 30 Hz
  • High: 22.000 Hz

Like its brother DB652 in 6.5" size category, DB692 is one of the best of the 6x9" category.

This high performance, marine certified speakers are looking good. In its package, you will find a decent grill, wires with connectors and screws. Installation is not a hard job even if you are doing this for the first time.

Marine certification makes this speaker pair perfect fit for your ATV or convertible. Many people try this one at the saddlebags of their bikes and we get good feedback from them also. It is surely one of the highly recommended for open-air usage.

DB692 is loud if you have a proper amp to power them. At RMS level, they can hit up to 114 dB (raw value) which is quite fascinating. 

The frequency range of DB692 is also impressive. They used a 3-way design of the speaker so well that they can hit as low as 30 Hz. For myself, it will be satisfactory, because I can not hear below 30 Hz too well :)

PROS

Marine Certified
Loudspeakers
Wide Frequency Range

CONS

Price Tag

  • LOUDNESS
  • BASS POWER
  • SOUND CLARITY

 

Overall: 93/100

Specifications

  • Size: 6x9"
  • Design: 3-way
  • Sensitivity: 90 dB
  • RMS: 110 watts
  • Peak: 330 watts
  • Low: 35 Hz
  • High: 30.000 Hz

Just like Kappa 86-CFX, Infinity Kappa 93iX has the design of the "Plus One" woofer system, so that it bangs at bass. The 3-way design of Kappa 93iX helps it to hit low-frequency sounds down to 35 Hz.

Kappa 93iX is a loudspeaker. It has 90 dB of sensitivity and can reach 111 dB at RMS power level which is fascinating. 

Comparing it with other two 6x9" speakers on the list; if you would like to have your speaker marine certified, you should go with DB692. If you want a speaker that can hit even the lowest bass sounds, then you should go for the TS-A6990F

Leaving the technical information aside, this speaker still a decent one, which will not upset you if you have a special desire for Infinity anyway. Its high is clear and has a decent bass power so you will not disappoint the performance of this pair.

PROS

High-Quality Material
Loud Music
Big Power Handling Values

CONS

High Price Tag

  • LOUDNESS
  • BASS POWER
  • SOUND CLARITY

 

Overall: 93/100

Would you like to read more about 6x9" sized speakers? Check our 6x9" car speaker list for more alternatives for your purchase.

What to look for Correct Car Speaker Selection?

The first thing is first, you need to list your needs. Do you need an absolute bang monster that will shake your heart? You should go for a subwoofer. Do you need to increase the volume of your system? Go buy an amplifier and decent speaker with them. 

If you are looking for a system without needing such upgrades and more budget-friendly, speakers we listed above will just do fine.

How Can I Select Loudest Speaker?

You need to check two main technical values, namely "sensitivity" and "power handling".

Sensitivity is measured by how loud does the speaker plays when you are 1 meter away and power it by 1 watt. If it is more than 90 dB, it sure is a loudspeaker.

Be aware that some manufacturers are explaining sensitivity @2.83V/1m. It may be the same as 1 watt/1 m value if the resistance of the speaker is 8 ohm. However, it is quite often you may encounter with 4 ohms or 2-ohm speaker. In the case for Kappa-86CFX, it is a 2-ohm speaker and the manufacturer says it has a sensitivity of 94 dB @2.83V. To compare apple and apple, when you translate this value to watts, you will get 4 watts. 

In speakers, for increasing the sound intensity by +3dB, you need to double the power. So basically, Kappa 86CFX will operate 91 dB at 2 watts and 88 dB at 1 watt. 

The second technical value that you may follow is power handling. There are two values, peak and RMS values. The peak value is the power handling level of speakers just before failing. It is a good idea to keep your distance from those levels when you are tunning up your system, otherwise, you will end up with a blown speaker at your hand. RMS value is some continuous handling value that is safe to operate. Some people tend to tune their system up to 1,5xRMS value which may work for you. In my opinion, it is an unnecessary risk.

To compare the loudness of two speakers, you need to make a basic calculation. Get RMS value, estimate it to the nearest power of 2. For example, if RMS is 60 watts, consider is 2^6 = 64. Then multiply power with 3 (6*3=18) and add it to the sensitivity level (90+18=108). This will be a basic value to compare each speaker's loudness.

There are some limitations of course. If you are running your sound system as stock, then these speakers will get their power from your head-unit. A typical head-unit will not be able to power your speaker more than 30-50 watts. So checking RMS values of speakers will be somewhat pointless for you most speakers in this case. The sensitivity level can be more important for your consideration. 

It is good for aiming 88-90 dB level of sensitivity level, which will not be disappointing for you at all. Higher is better of course.

Why Frequency Matter?

The perfect human ear can hear the sounds that have frequencies of 20 Hz to 20.000 Hz. Most of us can not hear 20-30 Hz and 16.000-20.000 Hz frequencies. Audiophile-grade is named after people who can hear these frequencies.

Turning back to speakers, modern speakers have at least 2-way design. In this design, there are two drivers, namely woofer and tweeter. Woofers are bigger, more powerful drivers for reproducing low-frequency sounds which we call bass. Tweeters, on the other hand, are reproducing high sounds.

For most of the speakers reaching 20.000 Hz is not an issue. Where the competition gets hot is the low sounds. Speakers that are hitting as low as 40 Hz is a show of good quality and rich sound. Some limited speakers can go as low as Pioneer TS-A6990F to 22 Hz which is incredible. We know TS-A6990F owns this to its unique 5-way design system.

Going deep low is the job of a subwoofer. They are designed for one and one purpose only, to bang. You may feel the sound is trying to punch you when you get in front of a powerful subwoofer. They run in generally 20-100 Hz range and adds juice to your sound system.

Do you still have unanswered question about car speakers purchase? Check out our greatest car speaker buyers guide where we poured all of our knowledge in one article. 

Conclusion

In this article, we organized you a list of speakers which will be the best choices if you do not want to add a subwoofer to your system. We selected the most common size speakers of 6.5", 6x8" and 6x9" and listed three speakers regarding those categories.

For other sizes, you may look for the Pioneer TS-A series. They are budget-friendly and have much variety in terms of sizes.

No matter what size you need, consider our suggestions about the frequency range at least. Speakers that are hitting as low as 30 Hz will be satisfactory for you if they are meeting the quality criteria.

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