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Focal PS 165FX

Expert Series 6-3/4" component speaker system

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  • Focal PS 165FX

    Focal's PS 165FX component speakers include flax cones, inverted dome tweeters, and bi-ampable crossovers

  • Focal PS 165FX

    Back of 6-3/4" woofer

  • Focal PS 165FX

    Bi-ampable crossovers with level adjustments for the tweeter and woofer

  • Focal PS 165FX

    Inverted dome tweeter with grille on

  • Focal PS 165FX

    Inverted dome tweeter with the grille off

  • Focal PS 165FX

    Lightweight flax is woven and sandwiched between glass fiber membranes for an extremely rigid and lightweight cone

  • Focal PS 165FX

 

Our take on the Focal PS 165FX

by Dave Delamere
Focal

Why install component speakers?

A component speaker system gives you the best possible performance from your car audio system. A system consists of separate woofers, tweeters, and crossovers, each designed to cover one specific range of frequencies. As separate components, the woofer can move freely to deliver more powerful performance, while the tweeter can be custom-mounted in a better spot up closer to your ears, revealing a whole new world of detail. Separate crossovers are far superior to the simple filters wired into full-range speakers, so the components work together for smoother, more focused sound.

Focal PS 165FX flax cone

The right material for the right sound

Focal continuously searches for materials that allow them to produce some of the most accurate speakers in the world. This time, Focal found that flax fibers help create a very rigid, lightweight cone for their speakers. With half the weight of fiberglass, the hollow flax fibers are woven and sandwiched between thin glass membranes. Mounted to a sturdy aluminum basket, you'll enjoy a lively and accurate speaker that resists unwanted vibrations.

Focal PS 165FX tweeters

Focal's inverted dome tweeters deliver natural highs for your music.

A detailed soundstage

Focal's Expert Series PS 165FX component speaker system combines these innovative flax 6-3/4" woofers with their renowned inverted dome tweeters and versatile crossovers. The inverted dome tweeters act like little woofers, dispersing the highs in a wide pattern to create an exceptionally natural soundstage. Focal includes two options for surface-mounting the tweeters, or you can flush-mount them for a more discreet look in your car.

Distributing the frequencies

Focal uses their crossovers to effectively create open and natural imaging for your music. The PS 165FX crossovers include tweeter and midrange level adjustments that let you create an ideal blend of the highs and lows for a dynamic stereo image in your car. And these crossovers are bi-ampable, if you want to further customize your sound by using separate amps to power the tweeters and the woofers.

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Highlights:

  • component speaker system includes two 6-3/4" woofers, 2 tweeters, two external crossovers, and installation hardware
  • flax and glass fiber woofer with butyl rubber surround
  • aluminum frame basket
  • 2" inverted dome tweeter
  • 2-way external crossover with 2-position tweeter level and 2-position midrange control
  • 4-ohm impedance
  • power range: 6-80 watts RMS (160 watts peak)
  • frequency response: 55-28,000 Hz
  • sensitivity: 87.6 dB
  • depth: 3-1/16"
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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Features and Specs
General
Speaker Size
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6 3/4
Design
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2-way
Tweeter Design
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Inverted Dome
Tweeter Composition
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Aluminum/Magnesium
Woofer Composition
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Flax/Glass
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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92.2 dB
Frequency Response
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55 - 28k Hz
RMS Power Range (Watts)
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6-80
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 1/16
Bottom-mount Depth (Inches)
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N/A
Cutout Diameter or Length (inches)
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5 5/8
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What's in the box?

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  • Two woofers
  • Two inverted dome tweeters (with attached 21" length of speaker wire)
  • 2 Tweeter flush mount cups
  • 2 Tweeter angle mount cups
  • Tweeter removal tool
  • 2 Crossover networks
  • 2 Woofer grilles
  • 2 Woofer grille mounting rings
  • 2 Tweeter flush mount clamps
  • 2 Woofer mounting gaskets
  • 8 Speed clips
  • 2 Machine screws (for flush mounting)
  • Four 3/4" Self-tapping screws
  • Eight 1-1/8" Self-tapping screws
  • Owner's manual (English/ French)
  • Focal window sticker
  • Serial number card

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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Woofer
Tweeter
Crossover
Dimensions

Woofer

Cone: The woofer cone is a sandwich design, with a 0.4mm flax center between two 0.04mm glass layers. This combination of materials results in a neutral sound without coloration.

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

Phase Plug: The bullet-shaped phase plug in the center of the woofer ensures a smooth, flat off-axis frequency response by preventing the high frequency sound waves emanating from one side of the cone from interfering with sound waves from the other side of the cone.

Aluminum Basket: The cast aluminum basket is rigid and non-magnetic.

Voice Coil: The voice coil is wound around a 1-1/4" diameter low-mass Kapton former, ensuring no coil deformation.

Size Classification Note: Some manufacturers, including Focal, call this size speaker a 6-1/2". Because it requires a larger cutout than a standard 6-1/2" speaker, Crutchfield has traditionally referred to this size woofer as a 6-3/4". Please refer to the Crutchfield Vehicle Selector to confirm fit in your vehicle.

Tweeter

Inverted Dome Tweeter: The tweeter is an inverted Aluminum/Magnesium dome, producing a broad sound stage. The tweeter uses a durable poron suspension.

Mounting Options: The tweeter can be surface or flush mounted using the included adapters. Focal recommends flush mounting, but the included angled cup allows surface mounting at approximately 30°.

Crossover

Components: Focal uses audiophile grade polypropylene capacitors and air core inductors to ensure high definition and a dynamic sound quality.

Tweeter Level: You can adjust the output level of the tweeter on the crossover to -3 dB or 0 dB (flat).

Midrange Level: Set the midrange output to High or Flat to match their position in the car. When the mids are installed low in the door, some of the output is absorbed by the upholstery and they benefit from the High output setting.

Bi-amp: Each crossover has bi-amp inputs, one input for the tweeter and one for the woofer. When bi-amping the speakers, the input jumpers need to be removed. Using four amplifier channels to bi-amp the speakers typically improves the dynamic range and presents an easier load for the amp(s) to drive.

Crossover Slopes: The crossover uses 12 dB per octave low-pass and 18 dB per octave high-pass filters. The crossover point for both is 3.6 kHz.

Wiring: The inputs and outputs are screw terminals; they will accept bare wire or spade connectors up to 0.3" wide.

Dimensions

Tweeters:

  Flush Mount Angled Surface Mount
Mounting Height 0.286" 1.813"
Depth 0.937" 0.154" (minimum screw depth)
Frame Diameter 2.048" 1.794" x 2.713"
Cutout Diameter 1.815" N/A

Crossover: The crossover dimensions are:

  • Width: 5.32"
  • Height: 1.59"
  • Depth: 3.90"
 
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Written By Chad, indianapolis, in on Monday, June 16, 2014
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Very clear sound system. Easy install. Crutchfield was very helpful with recommending the correct setup for my application. Have a xd700/5 powering these beautifully. This is a sleeper setup in my element (modifications are needed for 165's in door panels) Crutchfield has a customer for life with their superior customer service
Pros:
Performance is great No distortion Hand made 2 year warranty Quality material Very well packaged
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