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Focal Performance PS 165V

Expert Series 6-3/4" component speaker system

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Overview

Our take on the Focal Performance PS 165V

Someone else in your life might say you're splurging, but you know better. A sound upgrade is a reinvigorating investment in your car, and you'll find few brands more reliable than Focal. This PS 165V 6-3/4" component system delivers the goods with many of Focal's signature technologies working in harmony. The light but exceptionally rigid Polyglass woofer cone produces richly-textured bass and midrange frequencies without coloration. A responsive, sturdy butyl surround ensures long-lasting performance, while the woofer's phase plug enhances dispersion for excellent sound staging.

A sound investment

Focal PS 165V

Focal proudly manufactures the PS 165V system in France.

Someone else in your life might say you're splurging, but you know better. A sound upgrade is a reinvigorating investment in your car, and you'll find few brands more reliable than Focal. This PS 165V 6-3/4" component system delivers the goods with many of Focal's signature technologies working in harmony. The light but exceptionally rigid Polyglass woofer cone produces richly-textured bass and midrange frequencies without coloration. A responsive, sturdy butyl surround ensures long-lasting performance, while the woofer's phase plug enhances dispersion for excellent sound staging.

Sweet tweeter

The PS 165V's aluminum tweeter sports Focal's inverted dome structure for wider dispersion and extended high-frequency response, giving you sparkling detail in the high notes. Three different mounting possibilities let you get creative with a custom installation and get hands-on with the stereo imaging in your car.

Flexibility

Each crossover network features 3-level tweeter control, and allows you to select three different crossover points. If space is an issue in your vehicle, Focal gives you the ability to split up the included crossover networks. You can mount a high-pass filter near each tweeter and a low-pass filter near each woofer, instead of having to mount one big crossover on each side of your vehicle. This system will handle up to 80 watts RMS, and you'll want to use an outboard amplifier to get the best possible performance from these speakers. 

Installation note: You'll need a pair of our universal backstraps to install the tweeters in the factory locations.

Went in easy, easy to tune and sounds great!

CriticalMach, Spring, TX

What's in the Box:

  • Two woofers
  • Two TNP inverted dome tweeters (with 19" length of speaker wire attached)
  • 2 Surface mount tweeter housings (installed)
  • 2 Angled surface mount tweeter housings
  • 2 Woofer crossovers
  • 2 Tweeter crossovers
  • 2 Woofer grilles
  • 2 Woofer grille mounting rings
  • 2 Foam woofer gaskets
  • 8 Speed clips
  • Four 7/8" Flathead screws
  • Eight 1" Self-tapping screws
  • Eight M4x25mm Machine screws (each with flat washer and lock washer attached)
  • Eight M4 Nuts
  • Owner's manual (English/ French)
  • Focal window sticker
  • Serial number card

Highlights:

  • component speaker system includes two 6-3/4" woofers, 2 tweeters, 2 crossovers, and 2 woofer grilles
  • Polyglass woofer with butyl rubber surround
  • processed aluminum inverted dome tweeter
  • docked crossover with 3-level tweeter control and 3 selectable crossover points
  • 4-ohm impedance
  • 5-80 watts RMS power range (160 watts peak)
  • frequency response: 60-20,000 Hz
  • sensitivity: 92.5 dB
  • woofer top-mount depth: 2-5/8"
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
Reviews

Focal Performance PS 165V Reviews

Average Customer Review:

17 Reviews

Focal 6.5 components

Written by: Gerald Johnson from Florida on May 18, 2016

2000 Toyota Tundra
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Installed these in the stock locations, woofer down low tweeter up high in front of door handles. They are very smooth to listen to with no harshness normally associated with metal done tweeters like boston's. They don't have the bass the factory speakers did, but still the bass response is better than most 6.5's I've owned over the decades. But I'll have a sub soon so I care more about strong mid bass to blend in with the subs. And the mid bass is pretty good. I tell myself I'm gonna build an encloser behind them someday to really bring out that mid bass, prob never happen. I was hoping these would rival the my quart components I had way back in the day. Those were the most live sounding speakers I've ever owned and were an absolute joy to listen to, till they blew up on 50x2 watts rms. So far these sound like they are gonna surpass the quarts, and they look like they can handle 50 watts rms. In a nutshell, they sound amazing in my stock locations, great low and mid freq response and amazing mid and high frequency extention that is very enjoyable and never fatiguing. You can't go wrong

Pros: The dome tweeter sounds sounds amazing

Cons: they aren't free.

Awesome Product

Written by: CriticalMach from Spring, TX on April 6, 2016

2014 Ford F-150 FX4
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Went in easy, easy to tune and sounds great!

Pros:

Cons:

Always wanted Focal speakers...

Written by: raider32assassin from oakland, CA on March 28, 2016

2006 Honda Ridgeline
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

But was too broke to get them. well, I am not a rich man, but I happen to have enough to pick up these fine speakers, and I am glad I did. here is my system - -Pioneer AVH-X2700BS -Front door components Focal PS 165 - Rear door coaxial JL Audio C2-650x - Sub JL Audio 10TW3-D4 - AMP Alpine PDX-V9 5-Channel The Focals, with the help of the amp, are the cleanest speakers I have ever heard. I am not much of an expert, or review writer, but there is zero distortion at any sound level. Every sound that comes out of these speakers are clean and crisp. It is night and day from the factory system. As you can see, I kind of skimped on my head unit so i could put more money into the speakers and amp. And it paid off big time. I listen to mostly metal and reggae, and these perform beautifully.

Pros: Sounds crystal clear with no distortion

Cons: none

Rich & Clean

Written by: Mopo from Seattle on February 17, 2016

2011 Subaru Impreza WRX
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I've only had these installed for a few days, so take that into account. I installed these as the front speaker set of my 2011 WRX wagon. I was able to remove the tweeters from their housing by carefully scrapping off the gunk/glue they used to hold it in place. It took a few min, but the tweeter will pop out. The tweeter fit the diameter of the stock housing, so I used some DAP putty gum glue to hold it in place. I then put some Dynamat to mold it in place and put the back mounting back in place. It seems to have worked fairly well. I installed the woofers with the the 6.5" x 3" Boommat. I believe the 6.75" will be too large, but it may vary. I had multiple layers to make it clear the window: door>Dynamat>foam insulation>custom mounting bracket>Boommat>speaker. I did cut some small holes on the bottom of the Boommat. There seems to be a lot of debate over this, but I did it anyways... The xovers were kindof a pain, but not Focals fault. They are actually smaller than they look, but I still had to find where to mount them on the door. I was able to fit both of them around the back center of the front door. There is an area by your elbow when driving; however, I put Dynamat on my door, so I was able to use industrial velcro and some Dynamat tape (great stuff) to hold it down. I wasn't able to lock them together. Advice. For WRX owners, just use the wire harness and don't make the mistake of buying large gauge wires. Not worth it. U

Pros: -High quality build and materials -Sounds great

Cons: -Removing tweeter from housing -Not really a con, but they are almost too much for my whimpy compact sub...

Great bang for the buck!

Written by: Bo from san antonio, TX on February 14, 2016

2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
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I heard these speakers at a local audio dealer and knew I had to have them. Their sound quality is the next affordable step towards a world class audio system. Focal delivers and so does Crutchfield!

Pros: Great sound, great quality, great price. The imaging That these speakers provide is amazing.

Cons: I am too cheap to pay for shipping so I had to wait a few days before they came in.

Focal

Written by: GERALD from murfreesboro, TN on February 6, 2016

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I just installed these on a friend's recommendation. I replaced a set of Alpine components with these. The difference is night and day! The mids are smooth and the highs sparkle! You will not be disappointed with these. I am looking forward to finding out how much better they sound when fully broken in.

Pros: Can't do much better than Focal for the price. Well made and very high quality.

Cons: Make sure you buy them from Crutchfield or another authorized Focal dealer instead of Ebay, it's very easy to find fakes out there.

Very impressed

Written by: DJ from California on January 17, 2016

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These are my first set of Focal speakers and i'm very impressed! No complaints, good value for the money.

Pros: crisp sound, high quality

Cons: none

Focal Performance PS 165V

Written by: Rockstar from Arlington, TX on November 20, 2015

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Great speakers sound is crystal clear and loud with no distortion ran at 100w recommend this if you are looking for clarity

Pros: Everything

Cons: Nothing

Amazing Sound and Quality

Written by: Matt from Kansas on November 18, 2015

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These speakers sound amazing and are very well built.

Pros: Sound reproduction is beyond compare for the price. Many options with crossover settings. Individual crossovers for mounting options.

Cons: Individual crossovers require more mounting space.

Excellent Sound

Written by: Jeff from McLeansville, NC on October 3, 2015

2013 Toyota FJ Cruiser
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Very impressed with the sound produced by these speakers. Have listened to various types of music (bluegrass, classic county, classic pop/rock, new age, etc...) and the speakers exhibit excellent clarity and accuracy. They are being driven by a JL Audio amplifier (XD500/3v2) with 75 watts RMS.

Pros: Sound quality. The design of the crossovers should allow more flexibility.

Cons: None.

great speakers

Written by: jeremyw from Florida on September 18, 2015

2015 Subaru Legacy
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Great speakers, very loud and crystal clear.

Pros: Sound

Cons: Little pricey

Artwork

Written by: BillP from California on July 25, 2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Too bad these speakers are behind the doors, they look like works of art. The sound quality is fantastic. I just hooked them up to my factory stereo. With an amp, you could probably entertain the entire neighborhood.

Pros: Crisp, full sound on the factory stereo

Cons: Two somewhat large crossovers to install in each door. Be prepared to exercise a little yankee ingenuity. But I'm sure having two crossovers is one reason the sound is so great.

I Love These Components!!

Written by: Trazee from Idaho on July 15, 2015

2006 Pontiac Grand Prix
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

These speakers have AMAZING sound quality! The tweeters are crisp and precise. I realize the Focal PS165V are a little spendy... However they are worth every penny!! I would recommend these to anyone. This is my second set (my wife refuses to allow me to remove the others from our other car.. She is a fan also). I have tried Infinity (Perfects), Boston Accoustic's, And several other brands and nothing compares. 5 Stars!! Try these, you will not be disappointed (of course you will need an amp to really appreciate these).

Pros: Sound, Quality, tweeter mounting options, nice and small crossover, Dudu mention you amazing these sound??

Cons: A little pricey (but worth every penny)

Can't beat em

Written by: rjphill from Frisco, TX on July 9, 2015

2007 GMC Envoy
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Name sounds for itself

Pros: Clean, crisp, punchy

Cons: None

A real step up

Written by: Steve from Massachusetts on July 4, 2015

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I had just installed a new Alpine head unit and 4 kicker coaxials in my Silverado. The sound I was looking for just wasn't there even after adding a subwoofer. I purchased the focals hoping it would kick up the mid base and wow did they ever. Great sound even with the head unit set at flat. I'm tempted to buy some focal coaxials for the back speakers but it sounds pretty darn good with the kickers back there.

Pros: Great sound lows mids and highs. Love the adjustments on the tweeter crossovers so you can set the highs just where you like them.

Cons: Wish the crossovers came in single unit at least for my install.

Incredible Speakers and Deal

Written by: grandpaisretired from Florida on July 1, 2015

2009 Toyota RAV4
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Just installed these on my son's 2009 Rav 4. Sound quality is exceptional and the deal at Crutchfield, under $200, was amazing. Wife was rocking it out in minutes. Installation of woofer straight forward, tweeter is a bit tougher on a Rav4...but a hot glue gun and little carving with my dremel made it all worth it.

Pros: Sound Quality...........Bass is Amazing!!! Crutchfield free ad ons made it alot easier to install than a big box purchase i made for rear speakers last week

Cons: Focal instructions were a bit 'lacking', but there was enough info online to figure it quickly.

Incredible Sound

Written by: Michael from PA on May 29, 2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

These are the best sounding car speakers I have owned. They make whatever artist ur listening to come alive and sound as if they're right there performing live. A little more work involved hooking them up because of the dual crossovers, but no big deal. Are they pricey at $400? Heck yeah. Are they worth it? Heck yeah! Def recommend dynamatting doors with these unless u think vibrations add to ur music.

Pros: Incredible sound. Very clear, natural, and loud.

Cons: Expensive. A little concerned with the limited power handling compared to my previous speakers, but hopefully won't be an issue.

Details

Hands-on research

What's in the box?

Download the Focal Performance PS 165V manual

  • Two woofers
  • Two TNP inverted dome tweeters (with 19" length of speaker wire attached)
  • 2 Surface mount tweeter housings (installed)
  • 2 Angled surface mount tweeter housings
  • 2 Woofer crossovers
  • 2 Tweeter crossovers
  • 2 Woofer grilles
  • 2 Woofer grille mounting rings
  • 2 Foam woofer gaskets
  • 8 Speed clips
  • Four 7/8" Flathead screws
  • Eight 1" Self-tapping screws
  • Eight M4x25mm Machine screws (each with flat washer and lock washer attached)
  • Eight M4 Nuts
  • Owner's manual (English/ French)
  • Focal window sticker
  • Serial number card

Product Research

Woofer
Tweeter
Crossover

Woofer

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 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 woofer features a non-magnetic cast aluminum basket.

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 dome, producing a broad sound stage. The tweeter has a Neodymium magnet to provide a powerful magnetic field for the voice coil, while still maintaining the tweeter's compact dimensions.

Mounting Options: The tweeters include two types of surface mount housings, one low profile and one angled:

  Flush Mount Low Profile Surface Mount Angled Surface Mount
Mounting Height 0.282" 0.895" 1.945"
Mounting Depth 0.542" 0.875" (screw depth) 0.3" (screw depth)
Frame Diameter 1.920" N/A N/A
Cutout Diameter 1.682" N/A N/A
Width N/A 1.920" 1.920"
Surface Depth N/A 1.920" 2.875"

Crossover

Crossovers: Individual crossovers are included for each woofer and each tweeter. The crossovers can be mounted separately, docked in pairs, or all four crossovers docked together and mounted as one unit. The crossover inputs and outputs are screw terminals and will accept bare wire or spade connectors up to 0.3" wide. Because the woofer and tweeter crossovers are separate, and have separate inputs, the system can be bi-amped. The woofer crossover point is 3.5 kHz, all the crossover slopes are 6 dB/octave, and the tweeter crossovers offer two adjustments:

  • Tweeter Attenuation: set the tweeter output to -6dB, -3dB, or 0dB (no attenuation)
  • Tweeter Crossover Point: the tweeter crossovers also offer three crossover point options; 4 kHz, 4.5 kHz, and 5 kHz

Crossover Dimensions:

  • Length: 4"
  • Height: 1-1/4"
  • Width:
    • Individual: 2"
    • Pair: 4"
    • All four: 8"

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Customer Q&A

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Why did you buy this?

nice speaker, love it [ vuong  May 28, 2016 ]
HAVE USED FOCAL DRIVERS IN HOME SPEAKERS I HAVE BUILT , PRICE REDUCTION [ JOE  May 22, 2016 ]
Sound [ John  May 13, 2016 ]
First off they're Focals, which is why I chose them. This model specifically are made in China. The Focal Performance PS 165V1s are the next gen ones that were Made in France. For my listening needs, I didn't really mind that these were made in China given that they were heavily discounted. For my listening needs, these would suffice + the peace of mind of Crutchfield and manufacturer's warranty, I decided to order them. [ Ajay  May 07, 2016 ]
it was the best model for the same price as the lower models. best value for the money [ Anthony  Apr 19, 2016 ]
They are awesome sounding speakers and I'm adding them to a 4 speaker system that has a pair of Focals already. [ Richard  Apr 14, 2016 ]
Owned Focal speakers before and they are the best! [ Richard  Apr 06, 2016 ]
Great product at a great price [ Justin  Mar 19, 2016 ]
Quality., focals reputation for having the best speakers. Crutchfields price was just a little more than unauthorized dealers on ebay. It's always worry free with crutchfield. [ R  Mar 04, 2016 ]
Great speakers and $150 bucks off regular price. [ EDWARD  Mar 03, 2016 ]
I've used Focal in previous installs, so i'm comfortable with returning to them. I'm really looking forward to these too. [ Dustin  Feb 24, 2016 ]
I've heard them before [ DUANE  Feb 17, 2016 ]
I bought these because I've heard great things about Focal and they were a good deal. [ Nicholas  Feb 09, 2016 ]
I have had many pairs of Focal components, they always meet and usually exceed my needs in a high-end quality component. The sale price was definitely a factor. [ Jason  Feb 04, 2016 ]
I have been researching Focal speakers and these offer the most bang for the buck. Crutchfield is one of the few places where you can find high-quality speakers. [ William  Jan 30, 2016 ]
Great reviews, discounted price. [ JONATHAN  Dec 27, 2015 ]
Excellent Speakers for a great price. The guide for selecting the correct installantion parts was a big help. [ Larry  Dec 11, 2015 ]

8 questions already asked

Country of origin is listed as France. [ Kenny  Mar 30, 2016 ]  Staff
Thanks for your question. For information on comparing two or more models I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to help determine the differences and help you make the best choice for your system and your budget. [ Kenny  Mar 15, 2016 ]  Staff
The positive is standard size, but the negative is small. I used standard 12g female wire connectors. If you keep it centered on the negative, it will still fit just a little snug & solder it & heat shrink it, & you'll be fine. I used stinger 12g through out my truck. & don't listen to the others who say it's too big. 12g is great wire. [ Terry  Jan 26, 2016 ]
I don't think the human ear could hear the difference in sound between using 16 gauge which fits perfect and 12 gauge. But if you absolutely want to use 12 gauge, you could purchase pin connectors that would fit. [ MICHAEL  Jan 10, 2016 ]
Honestly 12 gauge is a little to big for these speakers. Soldering would be the only method of connecting to the speakers with that size gauge. I suggest going with 16 gauge which should be plenty for the speakers. [ Timothy  Jan 10, 2016 ]
Think placement makes a difference as well. I have the rear set in my wrangler set both on the low setting as they are right at my ears and the fronts both on the middle setting. Both switches. [ Matthew  Dec 07, 2015 ]
I used the middle setting on both crossovers and I'm very happy with the sound. [ luis  Dec 02, 2015 ]
I cannot answer this question, as I've not been yet able to install the speakers. They LOOK like they will sound good, however. [ Darell Katz  Dec 02, 2015 ]
the tweeters got the outer shell but that can be remove and mounts pretty flat installed in my Tahoe and sound great. [ Mark  Nov 12, 2015 ]
Hey Doug the diameter of the tweeter without the case for surface mounting is 1.7 inches exactly. [ Alexander  Nov 10, 2015 ]
I used a 1-11/16 inch hole saw, and they are a nice fit. They pressed in by hand, and have yet to fall out. [ Adam  Nov 10, 2015 ]
I had a shop install them into the factory setup, took a while with a dremel they said but I didn't observe. [ RON  Nov 10, 2015 ]
You can choose to either flush or surface mount them. [ MICHAEL  Jul 01, 2015 ]
Tweeters can be mounted with or without the pod. I removed them from the pod and mounted where the stock tweeters were, with a little modification to the stock housing. [ David Von  Jun 30, 2015 ]
Yes, they can be flush mounted. They come separated from the pod and include a retaiining ring that can be used to flush mount. [ gregory  Jun 30, 2015 ]
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