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Polk Audio db401

4" 2-way car speakers

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Polk Audio db401

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Good music becomes great when you hear it through Polk's db Series car speakers. Polk engineers use laser imaging to determine the ideal combination of speaker materials and design to eliminate distortion. The resulting technology produces speakers with smooth frequency response, sharp detail, and the ability to play music at high volumes without strain.

Good music becomes great when you hear it through Polk's db Series car speakers. Polk engineers use laser imaging to determine the ideal combination of speaker materials and design to eliminate distortion. The resulting technology produces speakers with smooth frequency response, sharp detail, and the ability to play music at high volumes without strain.

Polk's db401 speakers feature 4" woofers made from a polymer/mica composite and durable rubber surrounds that won't fall apart under stress from heat, moisture, or time. Liquid-cooled 3/4" silk/polymer dome tweeters use powerful Neodymium magnets to deliver precise high-frequency reproduction, enveloping you in bright musical detail. The built-in two-way crossovers keep the high and low frequencies flowing to the proper drivers for seamless, efficient audio.

These speakers feature stainless steel mounting hardware and db-design grilles that will add a stylish touch to your car's interior.


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Fit just right in the dash of my 1990 Mercedes Benz 300E. Sounds amazing!

Alexx, Kuttawa, Ky

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What's in the Box:

  • Two 2-way speakers
  • 2 Grilles
  • 8 Self-tapping screws (length=1")
  • 8 Speed clips
  • Owner's Manual (Eng/Span/Fren /Ger/Ita/Port)
  • Online registration sheet

Product Highlights:

  • 4" 2-way car speakers (pair)
  • Dynamic Balance polymer/mica composite woofer with butyl rubber surround
  • 3/4" liquid-cooled silk/polymer composite dome tweeter
  • Neodymium tweeter magnet
  • Kapton voice coil
  • built-in 2-way crossover network
  • db-design grilles
  • stainless steel mounting hardware
  • power range: 4-45 watts RMS (135 watts peak power)
  • frequency response: 85-22,000 Hz
  • sensitivity: 91 dB
  • top-mount depth: 1-7/8"
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
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Polk Audio db401 Reviews

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37 Reviews

LOVE IT!

Written by: Alexx from Kuttawa, Ky on July 16, 2016

1990 Mercedes-Benz 300E
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Fit just right in the dash of my 1990 Mercedes Benz 300E. Sounds amazing!

Pros: Easy to install Sounds amazing

Cons: Did not come with terminal connectors

Very Good Speaker

Written by: RMK from South Range Wi on July 15, 2016

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Powerful sound from such a small speaker. Don't expect sub quality lows as it is only a 4'' driver, but overall just perfect as front speakers in a can am commander in custom pvc speaker pods.

Pros: very loud 91spf

Cons: none

Goldwing

Written by: R C. from Western PA. on July 7, 2016

Bough for my 1983 Holding Aspencade. Very tight fit in stock fairing but they do fit and sound much better than stock ones.

Pros: Good sound.... good fit.... good price...

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Great Sound

Written by: b70camaro from Janesville, WI on April 27, 2016

1970 Chevrolet Camaro
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Great sound out of a small speaker! This is the best sounding 4 inch speaker I have found.

Pros: Small, Good Looking Speaker, Well made.

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Written by: Chuck S from Shelbyville, IN on April 3, 2016

2005 Jeep Wrangler
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Great little speakers. They look and sound great. It's a bonus that they are water resistant.

Pros: Look and siund great.

Cons: None

OUTSTANDING MOTORCYCLE SPEAKERS

Written by: Dan from palm bay, FL on March 30, 2016

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I replaced my stock 4" speakers in my 2000 Kawasaki Voyager XII with theses DB401's. Perfect fit and very easy install. The speakers sound much better than stock and are water resistant, making them great for a motorcycle application..

Pros: Fit Ease of install Quality Sound

Cons: None

Nice little speakers

Written by: BobL from Pennsylvania on January 10, 2016

2001 Jeep Wrangler
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Nice replacement for worn factory speakers

Pros: good sound simple to install

Cons: none.

Excellent sound and value

Written by: JohnT from Watertown NY on September 2, 2012

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Outstanding construction, fit and finish. Quality speakers that out perform their small size. I have the first set mounted in the fairing of my touring motorcycle and hooked to the stock stereo. As is to be expected there is not over whelming bass, they are 4" coaxial after all. However they present a very clear and balanced sound in an unfriendly environment for music. (Open air, wind and traffic noise.) They also fit MUCH better and sound MUCH better than the 4" Bazookas that they replaced.

Pros: Respectable bass, balanced sound, great fit and finish

Cons: None

Great little speakers

Written by: Ed F. from Hammonton,NJ on August 5, 2012

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Great speakers for my motorcycle fairing. Great sound. I replaced automobile type speakers with these weather resistant speakers. Easy installation, and now, I can hear my music as I ride.

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water proof speakers

Written by: Bob from South Texas on August 1, 2012

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installed on a jet ski, ( read constantly WET) so far have 7 wet days and speakers sound fine. Still not sure about how long they will last, but so far, they get a 5 STAR RATING

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love them

Written by: Karl from Clifton, NJ on August 1, 2012

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Installed them in my boat - the sound is great and the quality if the speaker is very solid

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decent for price and size

Written by: Old Mercedes from Utah on June 23, 2012

1987 Mercedes-Benz 300D-T
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Speakers are really clear but distort easy if bass settings are very high. Great if your using for a tweeter, unfortunately my care only had room for this size in the front. Otherwise a 5.25 would sound much better.

Pros: small and clear

Cons: don't turn up the bass

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Written by: Anonymous from Huntington, CT on June 3, 2012

1999 Jeep Wrangler
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Sound great and easy to install!

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Written by: Ron N from Galax,Va on October 2, 2011

1987 Volvo 240 Series

Bought these to replace the busted Pyle speakers in the door. Never really got much sound from the front mounted 4 inch speakers, so the system was heavily biased towards the rear 6x9's and the trunk mounted sub. But these speakers really kick! Now I use a neutral setting front to back so I can hear these. A little pricey for 4" speakers, but definately worth every cent.

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Awesome Speakers

Written by: Jason from Rochester, NY on September 17, 2011

Searched all around the web, and in stores locally in Rochester. A friend pointed out this website, which helped me in so many ways. I read the reviews on these exact speakers and was extremely impressed by what others were saying. I bought them, couldnt resist the price, and installed them in my 94 Saab 9000. They sound absolutely ridiculous. i dont have an amp set up in line with the Polks, but they dont even need an amp, their that good. These babies crank out an impressive amount of sound for 4" speakers, best i could find online. Along with my Rockford 6x9 and the two Rockford 10" subs, my car sounds rediculous. the clarity you get out of these speakers is incredible. I would refer all of my friends to this product for sure.

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If you have to buy 4in speakers

Written by: Wayne from Georgetown KY on June 30, 2011

I have these in the dash of my Jeep on a 4 channel 60RMS amp and they get loud they are with 2, 5 1/4 DB polks and a 10in kicker and I can blow out your ear drums with the top down on my jeep. Just remember they are 4in Highs are great and clear mids are okay no lows at all.

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if you HAVE to have 4 inch speakers Buy these!

Written by: huntr from West Linn, Oregon on June 22, 2011

1998 Suzuki Sidekick
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im running a 60 watt per channel amp to 4 of these anda 10 inch kicker cvr 10 inch sub in my 98 suzuki sidekick and my system sounds much bigger than it is. could not be happier, thank you Advisor Ann for steering me to this fine Polk Product!!!

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WOW under $100

Written by: KatieM from Colorado Springs, CO on June 21, 2011

2005 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
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Installed in the dash of my 2005 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited. I can't believe how much I can hear with the top off (and doing 70-ish mph). I can turn them up as loud as I want, and not lose any sound quality. They fit perfectly in the dash and installing them took less than 30mins, and I've never installed speakers before. Thank you to my "expert advisor" Chuck for pointing these out to me. I'm very happy!!

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Blows comprable sizes away

Written by: Mikey from Houston Texas on May 19, 2011

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Had Kenwood speakers in my motorcycle fairing and replaced them with the Polk speakers. I have extremely loud exhaust pipes. My ears are still ringing from the speakers. Hardly no distortion at high volume. Well worth the money.

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Well worth it...

Written by: Holtz from Cincinnati, OH on March 25, 2011

All in all these are a great set of speakers. For the price, there aren't too many other brands that can beat them. Clear highs, great output and they get louder than h*ll. I'd definitely buy these again. They sound great in the dash of my 02 Jeep Wrangler (with the top down at 70mph) so I can only imagine how they would sound as an enclosed speaker in a pod box or a door panel.

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"Outfit my car" guide is wrong for 92 4Runner

Written by: BrianC from Dallas, TX on March 23, 2011

The guide says they don't fit, but indicates the back doors and rear panels. These ACTUALLY fit perfectly in the stock ported boxes in front dash panels. They also sound great compared to the replacement 3" Rockford Fosgates that were in there!

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Great Sound

Written by: Ryan H. from Houma, LA on March 13, 2011

2001 Jeep Wrangler
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I have these installed in the dash of my Jeep Wrangler. These speakers have great sound and at a great price. They worked perfectly during this years amazing Mardi Gras season when I had the top down and the doors off!!!! Highly suggest these speakers. I have these speakers partnered with a set of Bass Blockers so I could let my stereo push them instead of having to get an amp to prevent them from distorting at the higher volumes! No complaints with these great speakers!

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Awesome factory replacements

Written by: Brad C from Santa Rosa, CA on January 5, 2011

1999 Pontiac Grand Am
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absolutely awesome! just replaced the factory speakers in my Grand Am and these are bangin! not much bass from these little guys but i run 2 12's in the trunk so bass isnt a problem. the highs are crystal clear and good mids. definitely an improvement over stock and for the price you cant beat them! Polk has just made me a lifetime customer!

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Great Stock Replacements...Can't beat the price

Written by: Chris B from Ft. Lauderdale, FL on December 2, 2010

2006 Subaru Impreza WRX STi
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Paired these with a new HU and the 6.5 inchers from the same series for my STI. You can't expect alot from 4" speakers, but these definitely impress! Great SQ through out the whole spectrum. Bottom end is a little lacking, but come on, they are 4" speakers. Great for the price. Easy install, Crutchfield included everything with great shipping speed and awesome customer service. These are a great option to replace stock speakers. You won't be disappointed.

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Great rear door speakers.

Written by: alex from Bozeman, MT on November 15, 2010

2007 Subaru Impreza 2.5i
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For my installation, I had to find suitable rear-door speakers for my '07 Impreza. I was able to fit Polk MM6501's up front, so I just needed some "filler" sound for the back. These things fit the bill. Running them with 800Hz HPF's, I'm surprised how hard you can hit them for such little speakers.

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Great Speaker

Written by: Anonymous from Anderson, IN on June 26, 2010

2002 Toyota 4Runner
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For what the speaker is it can't be beat. My only complaint is that the crutchfield website suggested a 4" speaker for the rear doors of a 2002 Toyota 4 Runner and the door could easily accomidate a 5 1/4 " - 5 1/2" ( I would have Srung For The Larger Speaker)

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nice upgrade

Written by: Anonymous from florida ,broward county on June 7, 2010

2000 Lexus GS300
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replace my kenwoods with the polk's and what a differnce compared to the kenwood speaker's. nice clean sound and will buying more crutchfield products, shipping was great andd install was on the money.Thanks crutchfield you have a life time customer.

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Just A Great Speakers.

Written by: xfactortype1 from Scranon, PA on May 27, 2010

I have a 2005 Subaru Impreza and anyone who hasone knows the rear door speaker are 4". only a few fit since there isnt much clearance. These fit with slight modification with the supplied adapters. These speakers can play much louder than the factor paper with out distorting. I installed it with dynamat with the 2 sheet speaker kit and it diesnt rattle. These speaker are highly efficient and sound great. well made and fit well. I bought the 6.5 in shallow mount to do the fronts.

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Remarkable Bass as well!

Written by: Anonymous from Garden Grove, CA on March 28, 2010

As part of an upgrade project, bought a pair of these to mount in the fairing on my Honda PC800. I was shocked at how much more,and better Bass these we're able to pump out compared to the other 2 brands I tried. And how well these tiny lil speakers were able to play... for example... "Warren G." - "SummerTime in the LBC". Had a guy the other day pay me a compliment at a stop light on the sound of my system. I'd venture to say that the system in my Moto now is probably better than 80% of the CARS on the road :) I'm happy with the highs too. Their just right... not too over-bearing, yet "Bright" and crisp. And these are Marine certified too which is nice for a MoTo application.

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Great Sound! Easy install!

Written by: Anonymous from Salinas, CA on October 3, 2009

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What can I say, these speakers are awesome for the money! Great range of sound. I matched them with 6 1/2's in the rear and the sound is concert like! Don't chince on your little speakers because cheaper ones are junk! Spend the money now so you don't have to later!

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Written by: gdandy from Fort Mill, SC on June 4, 2009

1998 Porsche Boxster
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Excellent, crisp sound, from some a small affordable speaker.

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Wow!

Written by: Dan from Seattle on March 31, 2009

2005 Smart fortwo
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I installed these with a Blaupunkt THB200A subwoofer in my 2005 smart car. I was blown away by how good my system sounds now!

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Written by: Jeffery from San Antonio on March 21, 2009

2001 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
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Great sound and price......also a great fit in my Chevy 1500 pickup, front doors.

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Tunes for the Hot Tub

Written by: Jim from Catasauqua, Pa on February 4, 2009

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I had two of the four speakers that came with a used Hot tub I purchased that went bad....i couldn't beat this price... Since I needed 4 speakers to complete the set it was perfect. Due to it being so cold here right now though I only installed one because i have to make the opening a little bigger to complete the job, but it alone sounds much better than the originals.. I can't wait for the weather to warm up!

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Written by: Nathaniel from chautauqua, N.Y. on November 6, 2008

1997 Pontiac Grand Am
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I installed these into a 97 pontiac grand am gt as an after market option to the original 4 x 6's in the front doors. So loud and clear they hurt my ears. Music sounds completely different with these speakers, and paralleled with 2 10 inch MA audios each pushing 300 watts RMS with a boss audio gt amp this is a crisp sounding, complete system. I'm glad i didn't try to cram 6" speakers with shallow magnets in the door, these 4" speakers are already too loud, literally (and that's just with the deck hooked to them- 45 watts per channel). Installation was a breeze, everything matched up perfectly, and there are no rattles. As an added bonus these are marine grade speakers, which is great because there is a potential of snow and muck getting tossed into these as they mount low on the door- right in swinging level with a snowy, slushy boot. I'm super satisfied, and I think these are real nice looking too.

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Written by: Evan from Utah on September 29, 2008

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Great speakers, polk audio does it again. I bought these to replace mine on my 1986 gl1200a goldwing. The tweeter sticks out a little over a centimeter past the speaker, so some modification was needed to them. These sound awesome, but are lacking bass. But 4 inch speakers don"t really produce much bass anyway. These are probably the best 4 inch speakers you can get for the money.

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excellent speakers

Written by: Tyrae from Davenport, IA on August 4, 2008

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got these speakers as replacements for my honda silverwing scooter combined with a 25 watt amp and my ipod, these speaker deliver clear and vivid sound that always turns heads when i'm rolling thru town, also just was left outside in a serious thunderstorm...had to leave at work in the elements due to lightning.....so upon taking my scooter home the following morning the speakers were then dry and sound totally perfect....would recommend to any boat or motorcycle rider who need quality waterproof speakers.

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What's in the box?

Download the Polk Audio db401 manual

  • Two 2-way speakers
  • 2 Grilles
  • 8 Self-tapping screws (length=1")
  • 8 Speed clips
  • Owner's Manual (Eng/Span/Fren /Ger/Ita/Port)
  • Online registration sheet

Features and Specs

General
Design 2-way
Tweeter Design 3/4" Dome
Tweeter Composition Silk/Polymer composite
Woofer Composition Polymer/Mica composite
Woofer Surround Butyl rubber
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year
Specifications
Sensitivity 91 dB at 1 watt
Frequency Response 85 - 22k Hz
RMS Power Range (Watts) 4-45
Peak Power Handling (Watts) 135
Impedance (Ohms) 4
Top-mount Depth (Inches) 1 7/8
Bottom-mount Depth (Inches) 1 7/8
Cutout Diameter or Length (inches) 3 11/16

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Features

Dynamic Balance: Dynamic Balance is a proprietary Polk Audio technology using laser imaging to determine what combination of speaker materials create the least amount of resonance. Eliminating resonance in speakers results in a wide, smooth response and low distortion.

Woofer Cones: Each speaker features a Dynamic Balance polymer/mica composite mineral-filled cone. The cones are stiff and lightweight for big sound and low distortion.

Butyl Rubber Surrounds: For a smoother response and improved durability, the woofers use butyl rubber surrounds.

Kapton Voice Coil Former: The low-mass, 2-layer Kapton Voice Coil former is lightweight for high sound output. Kapton's high melting temperature (725°F) ensures high power handling and longer reliability.

Silk/Polymer Composite Tweeters: The 3/4" liquid-cooled, silk/polymer composite tweeters provide clear, detailed highs. The tweeters use neodymium magnets.

2-way Crossover Network: The built-in 2-way crossover network sends the appropriate frequencies to each driver for cleaner sound and better imaging.

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Heck of a deal. Good reviews from many. I'm not an audiophile, and with the top down these will sound just as good as any. [ Jamie  Dec 04, 2015 ]

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All of the DB speakers in this line have the silver/gray color, that includes every size. [ Kenny  Jan 01, 2016 ]  Staff
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