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Retrosound R-69N

Single 6"x9" 2-way car speaker with dual voice coils

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Our take on the Retrosound R-69N

by Buck Pomerantz
Retrosound

Why replace your car's original speakers?

The speakers that originally came in your car were made from inexpensive materials, designed to create acceptable sound at the lowest possible cost to the manufacturer. If you love music, you deserve better. Name-brand aftermarket speakers deliver fuller, richer sound with considerably more detail and nuance, and they're capable of playing louder and cleaner than factory speakers. Connect new speakers to your factory radio and you'll get the best possible sound from your dealer-equipped system. Pair them up with a new car stereo for a level of enjoyment that can rival a high-fidelity home audio experience.

Important Note: This is a single 6"x9" speaker, so you'll need to purchase a pair for vehicles with two 6"x9" openings.

Retrosound makes it easy to replace the factory speakers in almost any classic, vintage, or even new car. Their RetroMod Series speakers feature extremely shallow chrome baskets designed to fit into a wide variety of standard speaker locations. They may look old school, but Retrosound builds their speakers from the ground up, using the latest techniques and materials.

The single R-69N 6"x9" speaker is designed for a classic car with only one speaker opening on its dash or rear deck. The woofer features dual voice coils, each one connected to its own tweeter. Your stereo receiver connects to both voice coils, so you get a stereo mix from a single speaker. In effect, you get two 2-way speakers in one frame, for modern sound in your vintage application.

The R-69N speaker features a powerful neodymium magnet and a low-carbon steel chrome frame that form a strong foundation. The sturdy pulp composite woofer with its Santoprene surround delivers powerful performance while standing up to heat and humidity. The two Mylar dome tweeters broadcast detailed highs without sounding shrill, and their low profile helps increase installation options.

Although efficient enough to play well with any receiver alone, this RetroMod speaker can handle the high power from aftermarket amplifiers. Replace that wornout old 6"x9" with this updated Retrosound, and your tunes will sound new again, just like your classic ride.

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Highlights:

  • single 6"x9"" 2-way speaker
  • pulp composite woofer cone with Santoprene surround
  • dual voice coils for 2-channel operation
  • dual mylar dome tweeters
  • power range: 2-100 watts RMS (200 watts peak power)
  • frequency response: 40-21,000 Hz
  • sensitivity: 90 dB
  • top-mount depth: 1-13/16"
  • grille not included
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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Features and Specs
General
Design
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2-way
Tweeter Design
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Dual Dome
Tweeter Composition
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Mylar
Woofer Composition
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Pulp Composite
Woofer Surround
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Santoprene
Parts Warranty
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1 Year
Labor Warranty
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1 Year
Specifications
Sensitivity
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90 dB at 1 watt
Frequency Response
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40 - 21k Hz
RMS Power Range (Watts)
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2-100
Peak Power Handling (Watts)
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200
Impedance (Ohms)
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4
Top-mount Depth (Inches)
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1 13/16
Bottom-mount Depth (Inches)
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2 1/4
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What's in the box?

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  • One 2-way 6x9 stereo input DVC speaker
  • 12' Length of speaker wire
  • Eight 1-1/8" Self tapping screws
  • 8 Speed clips
  • Owner's manual

Scratch & Dent items may be missing non-essential accessories. In some cases the manufacturer's accessories have been replaced with generic equivalents.

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Features

Woofer: The speaker features a rigid pulp composite cone woofer with a Santoprene surround. The woofer uses a Neodymium magnet to achieve its shallow depth, so it fits in tight factory locations.

Tweeters: Two Mylar tweeters are wired separately so this single speaker will accept a stereo input.

Dual Voice Coils: The woofer has dual voice coils, each wired with one of the tweeters. The stereo input is useful in many older cars with a single speaker location in the dash or rear deck. If used in a standard two speaker application the inputs should be wired in parallel (to present a 2Ω load) or series (to present an 8Ω load).

 
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4 out of 5

Retrosound 6X9 Speaker

Written By Jim R, SAnford NC on Sunday, August 10, 2014
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Nice low profile, fit perfectly in the old car I was upgrading sound in.
Pros:
Great instructions for varying impedence! Very clear. This speaker is very versatile.
Cons:
None. Just a little trebley.
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5 out of 5

Nice speaker for old car

Written By Sunshine, Louisiana on Tuesday, August 13, 2013
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Works good in old Pontiac
Pros:
Works
Cons:
None that I see
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5 out of 5

Retrosound R-69N

Written By Adogman, Calif on Tuesday, April 16, 2013
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Product was as described. Installed easily. Good sound.
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4 out of 5

Mr. Hooyah

Written By Hooyah, Bridgeport, CT on Thursday, December 13, 2012
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I purchased a pair of these speakers for a 2008 Nissan Sentra to go in the front door openeings and they fit prefectly even in this car. Thesound quality is excellent and they are a incredible upgrade from any factory they arent the best speakers but they are very nice. The sound is evenly matched to my back JVC 6x9's which can handle up to 330W max but have a higher RMS at 100. The sound is crisp as well as clear and maintains in tact even at very high volumes or during big bass excursions. I highly recommend these for highs and maybe mids at an entry level but work best with a complete 4 channel system upgrade as the replacement for vocal speakers. They offer so so bass so dont expect to get a pounding from these but are overall a very nice choice for any car that can hold a 6x9.
Pros:
Excellent speaker for high tones and notes as well as maintains consistency thru high levels of bass
Cons:
Doesnt provide much bass by itself
3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Jaguar Vanden Plas

Written By tj, Palatine Il on Saturday, June 02, 2012
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I installed this dual core speaker in my 98 Vanden Plas due to factory oem speaker had blown i had and upholstery shop nearby to fit it my car had a dual core subwoofer on rear parcel however i needed a slim one as far as depth due to very tight area over gas tank .....this speaker worked perfectly however the bass could be better but at lower levels it works just fine so this speaker is great if bass was a little tighter i would give five stars
Pros:
Great Dual core output
Cons:
needs a little tighter bass
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5 out of 5

Retrosound R-69N

Written By Mulch, Yorba Linda, CA on Friday, September 09, 2011
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I installed a 6x9 and 4x10 speaker in my 67 Fury convertible, one in the dash and the other in the back seat. Both fit perfect and sound great. These speakers were the solution to my desire to install a modern stereo unit and use the original speaker locations in a car that originally had a mono system . This can present a real problem in classic cars, many of which have very little room under the dash. They can be used in either stereo or mono mode, giving you the flexibility to install the system that suits your sound needs best. I recommend these speakers to anyone who wants to keep the original look of their classic wheels while utilizing modern audio technology.
6 out of 7 people found this helpful
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3 out of 5

oversize housing at mounting plane can make for a difficult fit

Written By Jonathan, Albany, CA on Sunday, May 01, 2011
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I purchased this for my 1991 Honda Accord LX wagon, which comes with a 6x9 bass speaker at the very rear of the car on the driver's side. The stamped steel frame of this speaker is unnecessarily large in dimension right where it transitions to the mounting plane, making it too large (by just 1/16") to fit in the standard 6"x9" relief well, into which any other typical 6"x9" speaker would fit just fine. If you have a difficult-to-modify relief well opening (the Honda's is steel, and indeed difficult to modify), think twice before purchasing this speaker. Sound quality is passable, but not impressive in any way.

The Crutchfield site does not acknowledge the wagon as one of the available Honda Accord LX body styles for 1991. The wagon has different speaker sizes in the rear than either the Accord sedan or coupe - would be great if they updated their site to include the wagons.
5 out of 6 people found this helpful
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3 out of 5

Retrosound observations

Written By editmon, Georgia on Friday, June 04, 2010
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I purchased this speaker as a replacement for the single rear dual voice coil in my Honda 94 Accord Wagon. Crutchfield do not recommend this unit because of fit and for someone not familiar with tools that is correct. I have the speaker in the car and it works great. The catch? You have to work a little to get the fit. Tools are Dremel, screw driver, soldering gun, and 4 two inch machine screws with same threading as originals. Time if you review job before work about 1 hour or less. You have to cut the mount tabs on the left and right of speaker off and trim out a little of the interior wall material where the speaker mounts. I used factory wiring and tack soldered connections.
12 out of 33 people found this helpful
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