The 4 Best Door Speakers for Bass – Car Audio Reviews 2016

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Any audiophile will tell you the general rule of thumb for getting good bass out of a speaker is to have an appropriately-sized woofer. Big driver, big bass. Given this, it’s apparent the difficulties that can come with trying to find a sound system for a car—a very limited space—that produces a low end with both power and clarity.

If you’re upgrading the sound for your ride, the door speakers are the first thing you want to focus on. The sound from those speakers is the first to reach your ears, and however good the other equipment in your set-up, you’ll still get subpar sound if your door speakers aren’t up to the task. Look for speakers with a woofer made of light-weight but rigid materials, like polypropylene or metal-coated synthetics. Focus on a high RMS (the level of power speakers can continuously handle) more than a peak power wattage to find speakers that can produce powerful sound for a long time without wearing out.

With those criteria in mind, we’ve selected the 4 best door speakers for bass:

Polk Audio DB6501


This Polk model is designed to fit both 6.5” and 6.75” enclosures, making them a versatile option (see full specs) for your door speaker needs. The 6.5” woofers are constructed of a composite of polymer and mica designed not only to withstand the rigors of temperature and moisture changes but to give you powerful bass output. The upper frequencies are produced by a 1” tweeter with a Neodymium magnet that gives you a highly detailed treble response. Polk uses laser imaging to enhance the design, eliminating extra noise and distortion even at high volumes.  Without a doubt, these are among the best door speakers for bass.

New Kicker DS693


This 3-way speaker (see full specs) from kicker uses a stiff polypropylene material for its woofer cones, providing a deep, resonant bass that thumps even without a subwoofer. Partially this is thanks to the ribbed foam surround, which not only protects the woofer from damage but also gives you a higher bass output. With a frequency response from 30 Hz to 20 kHz and a sensitivity of 92 dB, the sound quality stays constant and detailed at every range. The quality of the bass doesn’t mean they neglected the high range, either—the 1/2″ balanced dome tweeter brings out the natural vibrancy of the trebles.

Rockford Fosgate Punch P1462


These 4X6” speakers come from the Punch line of audio equipment which was designed for the listener who wants to feel his music, not just hear it. The surround is attached to the woofer cone using Rockford Fosgate’s innovative new Vertical Attach Surround Technique, increasing the cone area by 25% and giving you not only more power but also a fuller and more detailed sound profile in the bass frequencies. This model also comes with adapters to let it fit into 6X8” enclosures, adding to its versatility. For right around fifty bucks, it’s also a fantastic value—easily one of the best door speakers for bass.

Pioneer TSD6802R


These 2-way 6” speakers are powerful enough to give you a significant sound upgrade without having to alter the rest of your car’s stereo system. They’ve got very durable basalt fiber speaker cones that are designed to maintain integrity across the wide temperature range a car’s speakers have to endure. The high quality crossover mechanism reinforces the company’s “open and smooth” sound concept, improving the transition between the mid- and high-range frequencies. The immersive sound experience delivered by these speakers captures the movements of the musicians across the sonic field. These should be on any list of the best door speakers for bass.

Complete Your Set-up

These speakers will give you great bass, but if you’re looking for that frame-shaking bass, you’ll need to upgrade your amplifier, improve your wiring, and perhaps buy an external subwoofer—in that order.  Even the very best door speakers for bass will only go so far.

Even so-called “premium” audio packages from the factory don’t provide enough power through the amplifier for truly good sound production. Upgrading the amplifier (see a bunch here) with increase both the quality and volume output of your entire stereo system. Choose an amp with enough channels for all your speakers—one channel per speaker. If you have a subwoofer (or plan on getting one later on) make sure to include that in your calculations, as it’ll need its own channel. In terms of power, an amp that produces about 500 watts RMS will work for most car stereo systems. Be wary of anything under 250, as the sound they produce will be weak and distorted. In terms of practical considerations, make sure the amplifier is small enough to fit in your car, and that it’s compatible with the speakers you’re wiring it to.

Once you’ve upgraded your speakers and amp, if you’re still not happy with the sound of your car stereo, check on the quality of the wiring. You ideally want your wires to be made out of oxygen free copper (OFC). Don’t buy wiring made of copper clad aluminum (CCA), which have a center conductor of aluminum sheathed in copper. While they’re cheaper than true copper wiring kits, the aluminum interior is a relatively poor conductor of electricity, and these units will end up not being much of an upgrade over the factory wiring your car came with and ultimately aren’t worth the expense.

Finally, if what you’re looking for is a bass to shake the windows, you’ll probably need an external subwoofer (tons here for you to gawk at). Measure your car’s trunk to make sure a subwoofer will fit before rushing out to buy one. Pick a subwoofer whose impedance matches that of your speakers (this is the number measured in ohms) and that won’t blow out your amplifier (check on the wattage). If it’s big bass you’re going for, what you want is the highest-powered subwoofer that fits your size and equipment limitations. If you’re mostly listening to hip hop, dance, or techno music, two smaller subwoofers may give you a better sound than one larger one—just make sure you have enough channels for them on your amplifier before making that decision.

Other Considerations

Before purchasing any new audio equipment for your car, you want to make sure it’ll fit with your particular model and year. Amazon offers a drop down menu on some of its car audio products where you can input your car’s info and find out at a glance whether or not they can be installed. If you can’t do this, check the audio systems section of your car’s manual to verify that your new speakers can actually go in your doors. If you’re still confused or uncertain, the mechanics at your local auto shop should be able to steer you in the right direction.

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