Unless you paid for a new car with a premium audio package, there’s a good chance your original speakers aren’t very good. Carmakers are more focused on things like safety and engine performance, so they often tend to cut costs by using mediocre speakers.
Low-quality speakers never sound as good as premium equipment, and they’re more likely to blow out over time. Unlock the true potential of your sound system by upgrading from those stock speakers to something created by a brand that specializes in making car audio equipment.
The speakers are some of the most important components to consider when making car audio upgrades– that’s where the sound ultimately comes from, after all. As soon as you make a change, you’ll be able to hear the difference.
Depending on your budget and the rest of your sound system, you’ll even be able to achieve the concert-quality sound in your vehicle. With that in mind, let’s take a look at 11 of the best car speakers from some of the most trusted brands in the business.
Kenwood eXcelon products are designed specifically with the automotive experience in mind. They’re known for being some of the most affordable car speakers that still provide phenomenal sound.
Since they’re fine-tuned for the automotive environment, their performance comes through loud and clear even when you’re cruising down the highway. Consider their speakers when you want to choose a brand that specializes in auto speaker upgrades.
KFC-X174 6.5” Coaxial, and Similar Sizes in Series (Mid Level)
The technology in these Kenwood speakers is designed to make it sound like you have a studio recording happening right in your vehicle. Each speaker has a diamond pattern etched into the woofers, which is intended to increase the strength of the speaker and lower distortion in the process.
Since these speakers were made with superior attention to detail, they’re not as likely to wear out. Not only are the KFC-X174 speakers built to last, but they’re also built to perform. Lighter dome tweeters allow for a true sound, especially when compared to speakers that use heavier steel tweeters.
XR-1700P Components (Mid Level)
If you want to take another step up within the Kenwood brand, we recommend their XR-1800P 7-inch component speaker system. This system can run efficiently with anything from 80 watts to 280 watts, which makes it flexible enough to work in almost all vehicles.
Thanks to the premium quality of the woofers and tweeters in this speaker system, you’ll be able to enjoy the highest highs and the lowest lows of your music. Upgrade to hear your music as the artist intended, and you’ll be happy you did.
Alpine is another one of those brands that’s synonymous with excellent quality and reasonable prices. This company has been making components for car speaker upgrades for more than 40 years.
In that time, their engineers have never stopped improving, and all the hard work will be evident as soon as you listen to your new speakers for the first time.
This aftermarket speaker company has also learned how to make their products extremely affordable, so you don’t have to pay an arm and a leg to get better sound in your car.
SS Series Speakers, SS65, SS65C Components (Entry Level)
Alpine SS65 and SS65C component speakers offer incredible sound, and the price is right too. If you want to upgrade your sound system without breaking the bank, this might be your best option.
These budget-approved speakers hit all the high notes, low notes, and middle notes in between thanks to an excellent division of labor between all the different components. Install them right behind your factory speaker grilles, and no one will be able to tell you’ve been making changes to your car… at least not by looking.
While the aesthetic of your vehicle will be preserved, your passengers will almost certainly be able to hear the difference. If you do decide that you’d like to upgrade the look to match your new sound, Alpine can accommodate that.
Customize the look of your speakers by putting them between the brand’s hybrid mesh grilles, which are sold separately. This is a great opportunity to enhance the style and performance of your sound system at the same time, even if you don’t want to spend a lot.
JL Audio is known in some circles for producing premium subwoofers, but we at Audio Express/ Quality Auto Sound are just as impressed with their speakers. They’re a leader in the car audio industry from top to bottom, and everything they make is of reliable quality.
You really can’t go wrong with any of the brands on this list, but JL Audio has certainly solidified itself as one of the best American manufacturers in the speaker business. Their products can be found everywhere from homes to boats, and their car speakers represent some of the brand’s finest work.
C1 Series (Entry Level)
While JL Audio considers these speakers to be their value offering, drivers can safely choose this package without sacrificing quality. The savings come from thoughtful choices like the decision not to include aftermarket speaker grilles. Instead, drivers can preserve the original look of their car by putting these premium speakers directly behind the existing grilles.
Two-way speakers, an aluminum dome tweeter, and a powerful woofer cone highlight the C1 series. You can buy with confidence, knowing that your new speakers come with a factory warranty (as long as you purchase from an authorized vendor).
C3 Series (Mid Level)
The C1 Series is nothing to scoff at, but the C3 Series really cranks things up a notch. This product can be configured for installation either with a separate woofer and tweeter, or with a coaxial approach.
The engineers at JL audio made a lot of smart choices when designing this equipment, which allows for seamless installations in just about every vehicle we’ve seen. It’s hard to think of an opportunity to get better performance at this price point.
C7 Series (Audiophile Level)
This is the cream of the crop, the highest level of quality from one of the best car speaker brands on the market. The C7 series is something of a passion project for JL Audio’s CEO and Chief Engineer, Lucio Proni. His efforts paid off in spades.
Simply put, people who choose this product are getting performance and stability that can only come from thorough attention to detail and relentless commitment to quality. JL Audio’s C7 system reaches the pinnacle of automotive sound for people who want to get the best without overspending.
If you came to this article looking for luxurious imported car speakers, look no further– you’ve found it with BLAM. The brand is famous for its commitment to what it calls “French Sound.” In other words, they focus on warm medium frequencies to deliver a natural sound for every type of music.
From classical piano to new age hip hop, drivers can be certain their music will sound its best on BLAM speakers. This brand leverages the extent of its technical prowess to capture the emotion in every note.
Relax RS Series (Mid Level)
With or without an amplifier, the RS Relax Series will sound phenomenal in your vehicle. If it’s in the budget, we do recommend adding an amplifier simply because it seems like a shame to get anything less than the full potential from these high-performance auto speakers.
This component speaker system boasts power and sensitivity at the same time, which is part of the reason it produces such clear, fine sound at any volume. This is the product for anyone who wants to add imported European sound to their vehicle while also respecting their budgetary limitations.
Signature Series (Audiophile Level)
Choose the BLAM Signature Series when you’re willing to pay just a little bit more to experience the best European car speakers on the market. This two-way component car speaker system pursues quality above all else, and even includes luxurious touches like the inclusion of gold-plated terminals within the woofer.
This product is designed and manufactured exclusively in France, but discerning drivers are able to find it at authorized vendors like Audio Express/ Quality Auto Sound. In other words, you can find the latest and greatest technology from across the pond right in your own neighborhood. True audiophiles will appreciate how all the little details in their music come alive through this speaker system.
It’s not unusual to hear that a legendary band began in a garage before spreading their sound to the world at large. The same is true of Kicker, which started with two innovative partners working out of a garage in 1973.
The audio world has evolved a lot in the last several decades, and Kicker has remained at the forefront through it all. In addition to high-quality amps and powerful subwoofers, Kicker is known for producing speakers that sound clear as day. The brand offers three levels of audio systems, and each is a terrific deal for the price.
CSC Series (Entry Level)
The CSC Series is the most accessible line Kicker makes. These car speakers are designed to fit right in with the rest of your vehicle without changing the look at all, and their effects on the sound are undeniable. Clean bass, crystal clear high notes, and warm medium tones make the CSC series the complete package.
Each component of Kicker’s entry-level sound system works together in excellent harmony to create the quality of audio performance that’s far too good to compare to what most people have with their stock car speakers.
KSC Series (Mid Level)
For people who have higher expectations for their car speakers, the KSC series brings an even warmer and more realistic car audio performance. Every part of every song sounds true to the artist’s original recording, from deep bass notes to the whole range of vocal notes.
There are many different components to choose from in the KSC series, which means drivers can easily find the best combination of equipment to fit their vehicle and their needs.
This product line starts to put a greater focus on the aesthetic appeal of your sound system, and there are various mounting options for some of their components, like the tweeters music enthusiasts love.
QSS Series Q Class (Audiophile Level)
This system looks great when it’s installed as either components or coaxials, and the top-shelf appearance is just the tip of the iceberg. If you decide to opt for the Kicker QSS Series Q Class, it’s because you demand the best audiophile-worthy car speakers you can get your hands on.
Kicker extends a warranty of one year, but it will probably take less than one minute to fall completely in love with this line of auto sound equipment. This exclusive musical experience is only available through select, authorized dealers that are specifically deemed worthy by Kicker.
Where to Buy the Best Car Speakers
Now that you’ve narrowed down your search to this list of products from the best car speaker brands, all you have to do is decide where to shop. Our recommendation is always to shop from a local store that’s also an authorized vendor for the brand you want.
Doing it that way will give you some big advantages and help you avoid vendors that aren’t very reliable. When you shop at a local and authorized store, you can count on high quality, a full warranty, and a commitment to customer satisfaction.
Service and Satisfaction
It’s almost always a good idea to trust a brand with a local presence in your community. Such companies rely on their reputations to earn business from your friends and neighbors, so they’re highly motivated to do excellent work for you.
They want you to be so delighted by your experience that you go and tell other people all about it. To make you happy, they’ll provide high-quality car speakers, excellent customer service, and the best deals on audio equipment.
Quality and Warranty
Authorized vendors have been identified by the equipment manufacturer as a trustworthy business partner. In other words, you can rest assured you’re getting real, verified car speakers instead of a black market item or knockoff.
When you shop from an authorized vendor, you also get the backing of the full manufacturer’s warranty. Compare that to unauthorized vendors who may be selling black market or gray market products, or might not be authorized by the manufacturer to perform aftermarket speaker installations.
If you want the manufacturer’s warranty, you should never buy from an unauthorized third party. A reliable car speaker installation by an authorized professional will also protect the warranty on your car itself.
It’s never a good idea to let someone work on your car in any capacity unless they’re authorized to do so because they could damage your car and leave you without any recourse.
Audio Express/ Quality Auto Sound is an authorized vendor for every brand we sell, which means you’re always getting the full warranty from the manufacturer.
Aftermarket Speaker Upgrades at Audio Express
If you live in the Southwest United States, you can find the best car audio equipment by visiting Audio Express/ Quality Auto Sound. We have locations in California, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, and El Paso in the westernmost tip of Texas.
Use our store locator to find a location near you, and our team will help you navigate all of your options for aftermarket speaker upgrades. Depending on your requirements, budget, and the rest of your audio setup, we’ll be able to match you with just the right set of aftermarket speakers.
The best car speakers listed above cover a wide range of prices, and our broad selection of brands allows you to pick speakers that will fit in your car and work well with your other equipment. Once you select your car speaker upgrade, we’ll provide a fast professional installation at the lowest possible price.
Our process has been designed to make the entire experience easy and affordable, so don’t hesitate to see what we can do in your vehicle. Come visit us today, or contact us to learn more.