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4"x6" 2-way car speakers

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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.

Polk's db461 speakers feature 4"x6" 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.

All db Series speakers feature stainless steel mounting hardware. Whether you've got a factory radio or aftermarket stereo, these efficient speakers will spice up your daily commute.

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Highlights:

  • 4"x6" 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
  • power range: 4-40 watts RMS (120 watts peak power)
  • frequency response: 75-22,000 Hz
  • sensitivity: 91 dB
  • top-mount depth: 1-15/16"
  • warranty: 1 year
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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 75 - 22k Hz
RMS Power Range (Watts) 4-40
Peak Power Handling (Watts) 120
Impedance (Ohms) 4
Top-mount Depth (Inches) 1 15/16
Bottom-mount Depth (Inches) 2
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What's in the box?

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  • Two 2-way speakers
  • 8 Self-tapping screws (1" length)
  • 8 Speed clips
  • Owner's Manual
  • Online registration sheet

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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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5 out of 5

loving them!

Written By Robert, GA on Saturday, September 06, 2014
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I installed these in a 98 Jeep Wrangler....Love the sound and the installation was simple.... Would recommend these to all my friends!
Pros:
Installation simple
Cons:
None so far!
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5 out of 5

Great Speaker

Written By SteveH, Omaha NE on Tuesday, July 22, 2014
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Put these in an 04 Wrangler Limited. Way better than stock, and by placing the tweeter in the center rather than off to the side, you get a larger speaker cone for the mids/lows. No speaker this size is going to give you booming bass; its just not possible. However with the factory sub in the console, these things really clear up the sound and make your tunes sound great. They are very efficient and I couldn't be happier. With the adapter it took about 15 minutes to put them both in.
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5 out of 5

New Speakers

Written By Douglas S, Poughquag, NY on Saturday, July 12, 2014
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Picked these up to replace the existing stock units that had finally failed. These new speakers are amazing. While the lows are minimal, the mids and highs are very crisp. Very, very happy I made the move.
Pros:
Easy to install, great sounding
Cons:
N/A
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4 out of 5

Great little speaker

Written By KB, Florida on Thursday, July 10, 2014
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Great front speaker on 1981 Vette. Nice sound, handles 45 watts just fine and just drop in fit.
Pros:
great sound drop in fit with no alterations and stock factory grill--PERFECT for 81 Vette
Cons:
none
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5 out of 5

Great fit

Written By Joe joe, houston tx on Thursday, February 13, 2014
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These are great speakers fit right in my single cab 96 chevy truck with no issues. sound great matched up with the 61/2' polk door speakers my ride sounds good again.
Pros:
Buy them there a great replacement
Cons:
none
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5 out of 5

Excellent Speaker

Written By MCTech, Texas on Sunday, January 12, 2014
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These speakers are clear sounding; I'm using them with an Alpine CD player. Installation was extremely easy. They appear to be well-bulit & fit the vehicle ('02 Chevy Silverado 2500HD extended cab) perfectly. I also used the speaker baffles that the sales advisor recommended. The baffles are *Awesome.* Crutchfield sent everything needed for a perfect installation experience. Sales advisor was incredible- very knowledgeable.
Pros:
Very clear sound. Price was excellent. Crutchfield instructions was exceptional.
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5 out of 5

great speakers

Written By shady, spokane on Saturday, November 09, 2013
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These speakers are great! Fit perfectly in my truck. 2001 GMC Z71 extra cab. I'm using an Alpine CD player with a power pack and component system. Additionally I have a 10" powered subwoofer that fits under the back seat. This system works great. Most importantly the customer service is hands down the best!
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5 out of 5

Polk AUDIO DB461 4X6 2-WAY SPEAKERS

Written By JOHN, SAN JOSE on Thursday, October 10, 2013
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Great sound easy installation in the rear doors of a 2000 GMC K2500
Pros:
Great sound Great Value Easy installation
Cons:
NONE!
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5 out of 5

Polk Audio db461

Written By Mac, St Peters, MO on Monday, October 07, 2013
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I bought these to replace the aging paper speakers in the front of my '06 Wrangler. I decided not to use the supplied adapter rings to mount the speakers as that left a wide open space behind them and that seemed to make the bass suffer a bit so, I reused the original enclosures (after I modified them) and the speakers are now so much better than stock!
Pros:
Excellent sound quality
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Great 4x6s

Written By Randy, Orlando on Saturday, August 03, 2013
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Great 4x6 speakers to compliment the db651s I installed earlier in the doors of my 2011 GMC Sierra. The combination provides crisp highs and generous clear bass. All words in the music on my MP3 devices are clear and distinct. I highly recommend the db461s especially when combined with the db651s!
Pros:
Price and quick delivery
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

Sound in my Z71 now!

Written By Dale S, Scranton, KS on Thursday, July 25, 2013
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Awesome sound in my truck now.
Pros:
Results
Cons:
Wasn't free :)
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4 out of 5

Better than expected

Written By Mike, Beaver Falls, PA on Friday, June 21, 2013
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Bought these as a direct replacement for the factory speakers in our 2006 Silverado. Most people will tell you that no one makes a good 4x6 speaker. I have to say that I was pleasantly suprised with the sound from these. Not bad and a huge upgrade from the factory speakers.
Pros:
Good sound and easy to install.
Cons:
None so far.
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5 out of 5

Sounds great!

Written By Mark, Brookville,IN on Sunday, April 28, 2013
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These little speakers pack a punch!
Pros:
Sound awesome! Excellent replacement in my 04 Silverado
Cons:
None!
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Nice sound

Written By Todd M, Alpharetta, GA on Friday, April 26, 2013
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Sound quality is good. Would by Again.
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3 out of 5

Polk Audio db461

Written By TA, Atlanta, GA on Monday, April 01, 2013
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Better than factory but far from anything special. Have good power going to them, but the speakers just can't push out undistorted sound. Unfortunately, I am limited to this size in the vehicle application (Jeep).
Pros:
Marine rated (good for a jeep that will get wet)
Cons:
Sound quality better than stock, but not great.
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5 out of 5

Good Replacement Speakers

Written By Dave, Round Rock, TX on Friday, March 08, 2013
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Good, economical replacement speakers for the front of a Jeep. Very easy to install. The supplied wiring harness & directions made the process very easy.
Pros:
Good sound quality. Easy installation.
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4 out of 5

Better than factory but not as good as I was hoping

Written By Elliott, Tampa, FL on Tuesday, July 31, 2012
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They replaced the 1999 factory speakers along with a Kenwood Excelon KDC-X796 head unit. Sound improved but didn't get the depth and clarity I was hoping for. Granted, these are small speakers but I was hoping for a better sound - maybe I was just expecting too much. Fair speaker and fair price.
Pros:
Better than stock.
Cons:
No bass.
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4 out of 5

Polk Audio db461

Written By Clyde, Nacogdoches, TX. on Saturday, March 17, 2012
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Quality shows in this speaker. It's very efficient and a very good replacement over factory speakers
Pros:
Direct fit and Great sound for my Silverado.
Cons:
None
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Excellent Replacements

Written By MikeInLa, Baton Rouge, La on Monday, March 21, 2011
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Bought these to replace the rear speakers in my 2005 Chevy Silverado. Had to drill 1/8" holes for screws to mount, but other than that, installation was simple. Crutchfield is second to none in customer service, even sending detailed and pictured instructions on how to install in your specific vehicle. I won't buy auto sound from anyone else! The speakers sound amazing compared to the old ones. I also bought the 6 1/2" Kenwoods for the front door speakers... also outstanding sound.
4 out of 4 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Great Sounds with stock stereo

Written By KG, Butler, Pa on Sunday, January 30, 2011
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I bought these for my 2009 Chevy Silverado 2500HD to match the Polk db651 speakers I bought for the doors. The sound from the stock stereo is great now. Prior to installing these, you barely heard the rear speakers but now you truly have the cab filled with clear sound. I also purchased the baffles for the speakers that are inexpensive but well worth it. I didn't want to change the stereo or add an amp and these speakers have really met and exceeded my expectation.
9 out of 9 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

db461

Written By Lee, Phoenix,AZ. on Sunday, May 03, 2009
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Excellent speaker for the price!
Polk speakers always have great imaging and great highs that are not harsh. Bass is decent for such a small speaker. They do lack some midrange
though.
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4 out of 5

dash on 1999 s-10 blazer

Written By Richard, Logan, NM on Thursday, April 09, 2009
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Installed in the dash on 1999 S-10 blazer. Same quality of sound sound and volume as Alpine S series I have in my other truck. 4x6 will fit in a Blazer if you shave the mounting hole about 1.8 inch around factory speaker plate location and only takes about 3 minutes per speaker. Good value and will work great on low power factory radio.
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4 out of 5

Rear standard cab 2500 HD

Written By Whit, Boston, Ma on Sunday, March 15, 2009
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I am still using the factory C/D player with digital encoder, so my expectations are low. The speaker baffles were installed with these speakers in the rear corner posts of a regular cab truck. All fit easily, couldn't fit any bigger speakers there. I would say a bit too much high end frequency response. (tinny) But have to accept a small speaker package due to tight installation area. I did install bigger units in the door panels that worked out well. I give a 4 because of low bass response. A big improvement from the original speakers, especially for THD at any volume including AM talk radio. Would recommend if you are looking for a good value, ease of installation, and hopes of upgrading the over all bass using some other unit else where in the truck.
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Works fine in a 2002 Chevy S-10

Written By debitspread, Houston, TX on Sunday, December 28, 2008
 
These speakers fit just fine and they sound great, too. Big improvement over the original Delco dealies that were replaced.

I gave these Polks 4 out 5 stars only because they're not super high-end speakers. But they're definitely worth the money, and are really a good value, in my opinion.

Got 'em hooked up to an Alpine 9884. With Kickers in the doors, I'm ready for some tunes!
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4 out of 5

4x6

Written By Terry, TX on Wednesday, December 10, 2008
 
For a 4 x 6 the sound quality was suprisingly good. The speakers look cheap with its stamped steel basket and I had concerns about distorting the basket as I tighened it in place of the factory 4 x 6. I am running these off an Apline CDA-9886 head unit. I would definatly recommed these as a replacement 4 x 6 speaker. They were much better than the Infinity's I bought for the rear. The sound is crisp just not qite as full as I would like, but then again there not 6 1/2" compent speakers either. Over all very good for the price. I am going to purchase the XTC 4"x6" Speaker Baffles to see if that helps bring out some midrange to warm the sound up a little.
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4 out of 5

Polk Audio db461

Written By James, Marshfield, WI on Wednesday, October 22, 2008
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Sound better than the Alpines I bought for the rear. I think I blew one of the speakers though and/or it came loose from its housing in the door panel so I gotta check that.
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4 out of 5

Small but Effective 4x6

Written By tower, USA on Thursday, June 19, 2008
 
These things can serve all sorts of purposes. They are small enough to be
crammed into the tight holes of older-model GM trucks, which is no easy
feat using more effecient plate type speakers like the Polk Momo MMC460
which normally have larger magnets. Their size and marinized properties
also make them ideal for installing on golf carts inside the storage bins.
Produce good, clean sound that can hit a pretty high volume before
distorting, though not ideal for amplified systems.
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Good Speaker

Written By Matt, NC on Monday, June 02, 2008
 
These are a pretty decent pair of speakers. They are budget friendly, and are an easy way to upgrade your stock speakers. I used them first on just aftermarket h/u power (22 watts rms) and they aren't very pleasing. I then purchased an Alpine MRP-F250 (40 watts rms x 4) and they sounded great. They aren't the best of course but a good speaker nonetheless. I have owned these, Infinity Kappa plate 4" x 6"s and Polk Audio Momo plate 4" x 6" speakers. They have some midbass, and they have a tweeter which is always a good thing. IMO, if you're considering buying a pair of these speakers, pay $20 more on this site to upgrade to the Polk Audio Momo plate 4" X 6"s. These are better than the Kappas because the Kappas run at 2 ohms, which gives you more power, but a great deal more THD (total harmonic distortion).
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