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Focal IC 690

6" x 9" 2-way car speakers

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Item #: 091IC690
 

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by John Pollard
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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.

Audiophile-grade engineering

Focal applies the same technology they use in their home audiophile-grade systems to their Integration line of car speakers. Their Integration IC 690 6"x9" speakers feature cones made from Polyglass, a material that combines the warm sound of cellulose with the strength of glass, so they play accurately with no added resonances.

Focal Integration Series IC 690 speakers

These Integration speakers offer excellent sound quality, while fitting in more vehicles.

Adjustable tweeter

The Integration processed-aluminum inverted dome tweeter features a built-in phase plug and wave guide, which act together to improve the dispersion of the high frequencies for a more effective stereo soundstage. You can also tilt the tweeter for better imaging in many vehicles. Integration speakers allow you to put Focal sound quality and construction into your vehicle without a lot of muss and fuss, so you can enjoy a dramatic jump in performance over your old speakers.

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Highlights:

  • 2-way 6"x9" speakers (pair)
  • Polyglass woofer with butyl rubber surround
  • processed aluminum inverted dome tweeter
  • 4-ohm impedance
  • 5-80 watts RMS power range (160 watts peak)
  • frequency response: 55-20,000 Hz
  • sensitivity: 93.6 dB
  • top-mount depth: 3-5/16"
  • grilles 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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Inverted Dome
Tweeter Composition
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Aluminum
Woofer Composition
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Polyglass
Woofer Surround
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Butyl Rubber
Parts Warranty
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1 Year
Labor Warranty
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1 Year
Specifications
Sensitivity
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93.6 dB at 2.83 volts
89.5 dB at 1 watt
Frequency Response
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55 - 20k Hz
RMS Power Range (Watts)
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5-80
Peak Power Handling (Watts)
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160
Impedance (Ohms)
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4
Top-mount Depth (Inches)
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3 5/16
Bottom-mount Depth (Inches)
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3 3/4
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What's in the box?

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  • Two 2-way speakers
  • 2 Mounting gaskets
  • 2 Bottom mount brackets
  • 2 Grilles
  • 2 Grille mounting rings
  • 8 Speed clips
  • Eight 2-3/8" Self-tapping screws
  • Owner's manual (English/ French)
  • Focal window sticker
  • Specs on box

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Features

Polyglass Cone: The woofer cone has a cellulose pulp base and is coated with a uniform deposit of hollow glass microballs. The addition of the Polyglass layer significantly increases the cone's rigidity without adding much weight. This combination takes advantage of the accuracy and neutrality of the hard outer surface, but maintains the superior damping characteristics of the cellulose pulp.

Surround: The butyl rubber surround is resistant to ultraviolet rays, temperature extremes, and humidity to add to the speaker's reliability and longevity.

Voice Coil: The voice coil is wound around a 1" diameter low-mass Kapton former, ensuring no coil deformation.

Inverted Dome Tweeter: The tweeter is an inverted aluminum dome, producing a broad sound stage. The tweeter rotates on its post, so it can be pointed toward the listener.

 
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Focal IC 690 Reviews

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5 out of 5

Amazing speakers

Written By Dana, Honolulu, HI on Thursday, March 20, 2014
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These speakers sound so much better than the stock speakers they replaced. Very clean and tight. I'm hearing things I never noticed before in music I've listened to many times. Very pleased.
Pros:
Easy install with Crutchfield harness and instruction. Very good sound quality.
Cons:
Pricey, but I think worth it.
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5 out of 5

Excellent

Written By Matt, Laurel, MD on Tuesday, January 21, 2014
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Best 6x9's I've ever owned. Low profile, great range speakers. For: honda civic
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4 out of 5

Focal IC 690

Written By Nick, Auburn, OH on Saturday, January 18, 2014
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I installed these speakers about two weeks ago in my 98 camry. The overall look of the speaker is very simple, and the wire screen faceplates that are included with the speakers would look nice if they were used in installation. My install did not require these faceplates, but they look good. The speakers did not have any written installation instructions or component list aside from a small picture for a general speaker that did not include the components included with these speakers. With the speakers came a black metal screen faceplate that removed from its plastic housing, a black plastic ring that was the shape of the speaker (i'm assuming this is a spacer for installation, but I put it on top of my speaker with trim adhesive to protect the speaker housing from being crushed), mounting screws and clips, and a foam ring for between the speaker and the mounting surface. The rotating tweeters seem like a nice feature, but are cheaply constructed. One of the speakers I received had the tweeter hanging by its wires out of its housing. This popped right back in to place with no damage done. The speakers sound great, and perform well with highs and mids. The sound is crisp and clear, and acoustic tracks sound excellent as if there is someone playing guitar in my back seat. The bass is a little lacking in these speakers, but I have subwoofers so it wasnt a concern of mine. The quality does not diminish at high volumes either.
Pros:
Crisp, clean, realistic sound. Consistent, excellent sound quality at all volumes. Do not crackle or waver with high volume.
Cons:
Somewhat cheap construction on rotating tweeter housing. Lack of installation instructions/parts list.
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5 out of 5

best 6x9 speaker I have ever owned

Written By Jason, Hickory NC on Saturday, December 14, 2013
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replaced 4x10 factory speakers in my 1987 Buick Grand National and these speakers ROCK great crisp sound no distortion @ all A+++++++++++++
Pros:
great sound for fair price
Cons:
none
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5 out of 5

Awsome speakers

Written By Steve, Harrisburg PA on Monday, November 25, 2013
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These are great speakers. They are well worth the money.. I installed them in the rear deck of a 2000 Honda civic and they sound amazing..Crutchfield gave great advice as usual and I couldn't be any happier..
Pros:
Everything.. Highs, lows..
Cons:
None
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Focal IC 690's

Written By Tom M, Clinton, PA on Saturday, November 23, 2013
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The speakers are decent...they didn't knock my socks off but they sounded way better than the factory installed. Only problem I had installing them was figuring out which was the + and - terminals on the old speakers for wiring on the new.
Pros:
Decent highs...mids...bass is ok...will see what happens when I get an amplifier.
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5 out of 5

Focal IC 690

Written By Todd S, Denver,CO on Thursday, November 21, 2013
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Deep rich bass and clear highs.
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5 out of 5

Nice!

Written By Mike, Casa grande AZ on Sunday, November 10, 2013
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Speaker sounds amazing, good amount of bass for a 6x9, but the SQ is incredible, a definite Buy!
Cons:
None
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

More punch than expected

Written By Willyg, Buffalo,N.Y. on Tuesday, September 24, 2013
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I bought these 6x9's to replace factory speakers, teamed up with 75 watt RMS amp and pioneer head unit ,WOW.. I was concerned about getting a 2way speaker and loosing punch, but not with these.
Pros:
Quality, well built,liked the way you can turn the tweeter to face in any direction
Cons:
None
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Great product

Written By Caesar, Buffalo, ny on Monday, August 26, 2013
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Speaker has great sound quality. I'm definitely pleased with this product
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Focal IC 690

Written By Justin B., Maryland on Tuesday, August 13, 2013
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The clarity of the focal 6x9's, exceeded my expectations. I have been into car audio for 10+ years and have used many different brands, Focal by far has the total package when it comes to full range audio reproduction.
Pros:
Nice shallow mount, fit nicely in factory door locations on my 2012 Dodge Ram 1500 crew cab.
Cons:
None
4 out of 4 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Loud and Clear

Written By ChrisC, Athens, Ohio on Sunday, July 28, 2013
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I was looking for speakers for both the rear and front. I was not sure where to start but spoke to the Crutchfield folks about the rear 6X9's. They recommended these Focal's in which I had never heard of the name. The Tech guy said trust me you'll be happy with the sound out of these more audiophile geared speakers. Boy was he right as I have heard a lot of brands in the stores and they do not compare. These puppies rock and are loud and proud with no distortion. Since I have the EQ on my Pioneer 4500 I can adjust the sound to suit my taste. I have read some reviews about lacking some bass and I find this false once you tune them to your type of music. If you want killer bass by a sub. I'm a happy camper with these Focal's and smaller Infinities in the door. Once again the excellent team a Crutchfield knew what they were talking about. I was able to get these guys on sale too : )
Pros:
Loud and crystal clear at a great price for the discerning ear.
Cons:
None that I know of
3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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1 question already asked

I have a 2004 Acura TSX where the 6x9 speakers have only the low signal sent by the stock amp. The customer with the 2006 TSX mentioned good lows and highs with this speaker, so I assume he / she used an after market amp. I am curious about what kind of an amp and if the rear door speakers were kept with a four channel amp? Thanks, Scott [ Scott  Dec 03, 2013 ]
1 answer
  • Thanks for your question Scott. Unfortunately this system is not set-up to send questions to a specific owner. However, a quick call or chat with an Advisor should help make sure you get the best speakers for your system. [ Jeff Staff  Dec 03, 2013 ]

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