How to choose car speakers | Crutchfield

New speakers make a big difference in your car’s sound system. In this video, our expert explains what specs are important, gives tips, and teaches you all you need to know when you’re shopping.

One very important part of the car speaker shopping process is finding speakers that fit your car. Crutchfield has a growing database of over 15,000 cars, trucks and SUVs in which we have measured the openings, noted the screw locations, and used that info to create detailed instructions tailored to your vehicle. You can give our database a try by entering your vehicle info in our Outfit My Car tool.

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0:00 Intro
0:09 What speakers fit my car?
0:35 What’s your end goal?
1:00 Speaker efficiency and power handling
1:41 Speaker sizes & fit
2:42 Frequency response
3:29 Upgrades
3:52 Component vs coaxial speakers
4:22 Installing component systems
6:08 Tweeter materials and sound
6:51 Woofer materials and sound
7:27 Surround materials
8:03 Outro

Swapping speakers in your car is a satisfying experience. It offers you a big upgrade in sound with relatively straightforward installation. But all cars are different, and some speakers are a better match for you than others. Lucky for you, Crutchfield carries a huge selection of speakers.

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You’ve got a lot of choices when it comes to car speakers, and this video will help give you the knowledge you need to make the right choice for your vehicle and budget. If you have questions along the way, please reach out to us; you can call, chat online, or email. And when you buy from Crutchfield, you get our free lifetime tech support.

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  1. AJ02 on February 28, 2021 at 9:57 pm

    Do I need a crossover if my factory speakers are already component?

  2. Hexed Hero on February 28, 2021 at 9:59 pm

    Do component systems generally sound better for audio quality and low distortion than loudspeakers/2-way speakers. Ive been told since each speaker is built individually purpose built with the correct frequencies going to each you generally get better power handling without the distortion.

  3. AMG749 on February 28, 2021 at 10:00 pm

    Dear vewirs, somebody tells me whats the equivalent of the bose speakera in mercedes c320 2001, or better, lookimg for clear bass and mids i eill be fiitimg on w220, thank you

  4. Erin Averyt on February 28, 2021 at 10:02 pm

    I’ve got an 2007 Nissan xterra and its got an shirts audio system in it speakers are very unbalanced and they sound horrible but I don’t want anything to over powering or if someone else is driving it I don’t want to blast them out

  5. Brandon Stroud on February 28, 2021 at 10:02 pm

    Excellent video.

  6. Yo Kolbee on February 28, 2021 at 10:03 pm

    I have alpines coming in and they were like 120 dollars for 2

  7. Aaron Maloney on February 28, 2021 at 10:04 pm

    Jl Audio people 👌

  8. street13fighter channel on February 28, 2021 at 10:06 pm

    what size speaker fit to toyota avensis verso 2004 front ? 6.5 mhm ?

  9. Matthias Prosser on February 28, 2021 at 10:06 pm

    Extremely well made video, very informative and concise!

  10. Bebop Bop on February 28, 2021 at 10:11 pm

    There is no toyota vios choice in your website. Please update it. Thank you

  11. Superfastjellyfish on February 28, 2021 at 10:11 pm

    I feel even more overwhelmed. I just want to put better quality speakers in my car while keeping the stock head unit.

  12. bone-snypa on February 28, 2021 at 10:12 pm

    Thought of replacing factory speakers but not to anything crazy. Have a 19 fusion with 11 speakers, doors ill probably get components, but with the center speaker on front dash should i use a 2 way or something else

  13. Pings on February 28, 2021 at 10:13 pm

    I have a 98 toyota sprinter Trueno and there isn’t any info on that sight about it, what are the front and back sizes of the speakers?

  14. Esa Trisaputra on February 28, 2021 at 10:13 pm

    The greatest. Thankyou

  15. enver harambasic on February 28, 2021 at 10:13 pm

    Hello. Do u have for renault trafic? I’m from europe.

  16. Steven P on February 28, 2021 at 10:14 pm

    You’ll get efficient speakers or speakers that can handle low frequencies and in turn power.

  17. This World Shall Know Pain! on February 28, 2021 at 10:14 pm

    Hey so iv orderd
    1x pioneer sub 350w rms 12"
    2x pioneer 6x9s 120rms to run from a
    4x pioneer conponent 90w 6.5 door speakers

    Will this be to loud music for my 350rms sub ?
    Not sure if I should just get 2 front speakers and 2 6x9s instead of 6 speakers be ok ?

    For my 2018 ford focus .many thanks to anyone that can answer that 🙂

  18. ecfearfactory86 on February 28, 2021 at 10:15 pm

    Very informative. Much Respect. Thank You.

  19. Forshledian on February 28, 2021 at 10:16 pm

    Instant Sub. Never seen a video from this company/channel before but I can tell they just know what’s up. Excellent Job.

  20. theejmaenpaa on February 28, 2021 at 10:19 pm

    Is it true that a round speaker(6.5) will play cleaner and more consistent over a wide range of frequency over a oval(6×8)?

  21. Tiana Hudson on February 28, 2021 at 10:19 pm

    I know nothing about car audio systems but I have a 2017 Honda Civic EX and I like to listen to EDM with a lot of bass so I need to upgrade these damn speakers!

  22. Otto Teller on February 28, 2021 at 10:19 pm

    This should be passed around as an example of a GOOD instructional video. Useful information, with a concise, clearly spoken explanation. Thanks.

  23. Billy BM on February 28, 2021 at 10:21 pm

    helloo , what you think about the focal 165 fx and the focal 165 f , who is better ???

  24. Dwayne Gamree on February 28, 2021 at 10:22 pm

    I have a small hatchback. Renault Kwid. How can I get a full sound in a small car space and not compromise my boot space?

  25. Kenbo on February 28, 2021 at 10:23 pm

    05 Escalade factory Bose, aftermarket double den. I don’t want amps and subs… I just want all door speakers and the tweeters replaced with the highest quality cleanest clearest sound I can get just from the speaker upgrade. I would do 6x9s all around if I had some spacers so the windows can still roll down. But I’m going to keep the factory grilles to keep it factory looking just want clean clean sound, without any problems with the Bose system. Is it possible?

  26. Tyler M on February 28, 2021 at 10:24 pm

    If my stock audio system has a woofer in the door and a tweeter higher in the sail panel already, do I need to use the aftermarket crossovers that come with aftermarket equipment or should they already be crossed over at the amp?

  27. jondoeWHOno on February 28, 2021 at 10:25 pm

    I like the website but I can’t find my car on there so to pick out speakers 2000 Mercedes-Benz CLK 430

  28. Tips & Tricksss on February 28, 2021 at 10:26 pm

    I got some nice 80s retro Hi-Fi speakers, they look very nice but sound like garbage very little to no bass, the bass drivers are 6.5 inch I want to find some decent 6.5 car stereo bass drivers or woofers to put in them. My amp can handle 4 ohms so impedance isn’t an issue as long as they are not less than 4 ohms.

  29. PBS #007 on February 28, 2021 at 10:28 pm

    great presentation.

  30. Nacho Hernandez on February 28, 2021 at 10:28 pm

    What about hertz
    For a regular stereo for a cherokee SPORT
    I want crisp sound
    So are these good?

  31. chopers49 on February 28, 2021 at 10:29 pm

    Can anyone tell me if the infinity kappa cxf 4×6 speakers are any good? I have a 03 Silverado with a a Sony touch screen, and alpine s65 6.5 coaxial front door speakers. But I want to replace the back 4x6s… I’m not running amps….

  32. Dave Tromp on February 28, 2021 at 10:29 pm

    I can’t find anything for a vw polo

  33. Shawn Mead on February 28, 2021 at 10:33 pm

    I recently replaced all my speakers in my truck. 6 all together. 2 5.25 inch doors at 300w, 4 4×6 inch in dash and behind me. All 200w. What size amp would i need?

  34. Brent Malin on February 28, 2021 at 10:34 pm

    great information thank you! what would your recommendation on active subwoofer to add a little more bass with an easy compact design? may I add is there any issues when my car (infiniti) comes with a factory boss system?

  35. Seth Carmack on February 28, 2021 at 10:35 pm

    Having trouble with power balancing a setup of 2 6 3/4" (100 RMS each) and 2 6×9" (150 RMS each) with a multichannel amp. Except for AudioControl’s amp that does 125 RMS x4, it is really just too pricy for me. Even if I did get the AudioControl amp I would be over powering the 6 3/4" and would have to adjust gain knob therefore robbing 6×9’s of power. Should I just buy two separate amps? 1 amp for the 2 front speakers and 1 amp for the back 2 speakers? What do people usually do in this situation?

  36. Alvin Lofton on February 28, 2021 at 10:36 pm

    What about Subwoofer?

  37. Nilima Mukherjee on February 28, 2021 at 10:38 pm

    I want a touchscreen head unit with component speakers in front door (a pair of tweeters and woofers) and a pair of component speakers in the rear door- how is it possible? Is there a better arrangement possible without adding sub woofers?

  38. dewangga hutama adhyaksa on February 28, 2021 at 10:41 pm

    I’m glad to have come across your video, vry englihting for a beginner like me

  39. lolo ent on February 28, 2021 at 10:44 pm

    This just made it complicated to decide now ,I want to upgrade my pioneer z series components in the front doors of my suburban to skar components what should I look for I have a skar skv2 200.4 amp & want more highs so I’m thinking of replacing my z series coaxial in the rear door to skar fsx65 &a super tweeters vx35-st what do you think 🤔

  40. Paul Stephens on February 28, 2021 at 10:44 pm

    Hi JR. I just received Focal es165kx2 for my van. There will be couch in rear and screen come down behind front seats and can be moved to the rear when sitting in front with seats in cab swiveled. Attempting best set up so they either will go in front doors or need put in box for the rear. Due to font seats in the way the sound will be compromised when listing in the rear. If used for rear I’ll get a decent coax in front doors if in front s
    Doors will need a good surface mount in the rear. That said what do you advise for surface mounts. Have a soundigital 800/4 and using a JL audio 10” sub with coustic 40ldb. Thanks for advice you can provide. Will have mineral wool insulation and acoustic foam/fabric also.

  41. T. Temple on February 28, 2021 at 10:46 pm

    If my truck has 2…3 1/2” speakers & 4…6X9s.

    Would it be worth adding 2 6 1/2” speakers in the front doors rather than 6X9s?

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  43. Bully Boy on February 28, 2021 at 10:47 pm

    I was confused 🤔 about I get it.
    Thank you so much!

  44. Daniel Duke on February 28, 2021 at 10:47 pm

    Great video!

  45. Steve Houlihan on February 28, 2021 at 10:48 pm

    Great video. Very clear and brilliantly delivered. You say to look for speakers with very low power because factory radios don’t have much power. I’ve got a 50w per channel Alpine head unit. What would you recommend for decent sound without a separate amp? Fronts in the dash are 4inch, rear in the doors are 6 to 6.5inch.

  46. Erocko on February 28, 2021 at 10:48 pm

    Hello, If I was to get Apline tweeters for the tweeters. Than I get my Front door and my rear deck pioneers, would that have any affect on the sound ? Will it no work ? Would it even be compatible?? Am I allowed to do that? Please lmk thanks !!!

  47. 7roner on February 28, 2021 at 10:51 pm

    Unfortunately no information for Peugeot models.

  48. ChristianSaburo on February 28, 2021 at 10:54 pm

    Hello, i could not find my car (citroen ds5 2012) on that list? I tried to find what speakers could fit in my car… anyway, can someone help me out? i like the sound in my car but i just want to make a little upgrade to the bass, i dont want something big and boomie, i dont like that, at higher volumes my low end starts to distort a little soo i would like to give it more room and make my low end more punchy hehe, any ideas what can be the easiest option? does jbl make good subs for cars?

  49. Charles Cavalieri D'oro on February 28, 2021 at 10:55 pm

    I just bought a pair

  50. Jr RodRigueZ on February 28, 2021 at 10:56 pm