Finding the best car speakers on the market can be a difficult task, at best. Ask ten people what their favorite brand and model of speaker is, and you’re likely to get ten different answers. For some people, a speaker that can achieve the perfect balance at any volume would be their favorite. Others want a booming bass more than anything else. Still others only care about how loud they can crank their system.
Each of these preferences are just as valid as the next, but can make it nearly impossible to determine an overall “best” that will apply to everyone. Below, you can see the capabilities of the top five speakers on the market for 2018 and decide for yourself which ones will be the best fit for your own personal taste.
Great All-Around Speakers
For a speaker that will fit into almost any car and has great all-around audio quality, the Pioneer A-Series should be where you begin your search for the perfect speaker. This line has superb high and midrange frequencies, and still holds up decently on the low end as well. Their great volume potential makes the Pioneer a solid choice.
Most Affordable Option
While it may be possible to find less expensive speakers on the market, the Rockford Fosgate Prime series will give you the most bang for your buck.
The speakers themselves have a high-end look and finish, and listeners who appreciate a great bass will probably love this line. The midrange frequency also has a good, if slightly diminished quality, while the high frequencies are decidedly lacking. Still, if value is what you’re looking for, this Rockford Fosgate line will be difficult to beat.
Extra Points for Versatility
While not as accurate as the Pioneer A-Series and not as inexpensive as the Rockford Fosgate line, the JBL GTO series is still a great all-around choice when it comes to sound and versatility at a middle of the road price point.
This line has a speaker to fit every installation size, which is a claim that most other manufacturers can’t make. The sound is consistent—and consistently good—at every range from low to high, but the potential volume doesn’t quite match some of the other speakers on this list. Power usage is another potential drawback, as it takes the JBL GTO line nearly twice as much power to reach the same volume as the Pioneer A-Series.
Euro-friendly and Marine Certified
The Polk Audio DB651 speakers are another solid choice that will provide a clear upgrade to any standard factory issue speakers. One of Polk Audio’s best sellers, these car speakers put out the kind of high quality audio that someone would expect from a custom speaker installation. Add to that the fact that these speakers are easy to install in Volkswagen, Audi and BMW vehicles, and it’s easy to see why this brand has so many lifelong fans.
With a marine certified rating, this speaker is even safe for boats and other marine vehicles, making it a real standout from the competition.
Another great, inexpensive speaker is the Kicker 40CS654. With good sound quality and a price point that is comparatively easy on the wallet, these speakers are a solid starting choice when looking for a sound system to match your taste. There are others on the list that will give you better sound quality and that are made with higher grade materials, but the Kicker is still a contender for the value it provides.
There are so many more speakers to choose from that this list could go on and on, but this is definitely the perfect place to start your search in 2018. The best car speakers for you are out there on the market somewhere, and you can’t go wrong with any of the choices listed here.