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Polk Audio db6501

6-1/2" component speaker system — also fit 6-3/4" openings

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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 versatile db6501 component speaker system features 6-1/2" 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 1" silk/polymer dome tweeters use powerful Neodymium magnets to deliver precise high-frequency reproduction, enveloping you in bright musical detail. You can surface- or flush-mount the tweeters with the included swivel-mount cups. Just aim the tweeters so they broadcast toward your ears, creating a powerful stereo image.

External crossovers direct the right frequencies to the tweeters and woofers to maximize their performance, and their housings let you hide all wiring for a clean, professional look. These speakers feature stainless steel mounting hardware and muscular ABS grilles that will add a stylish touch to your car's interior. And Polk certifies their db Series speakers for marine applications, so they're a great choice for your boat, motorcycle, or ATV.

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Product Highlights:

  • component speaker system includes two 6-1/2" woofers, 2 tweeters, and 2 crossovers
  • Dynamic Balance polymer/mica composite woofer with butyl rubber surround
  • Kapton voice coil former
  • 1" liquid-cooled silk/polymer composite dome tweeter
  • flush- and surface-mount swivel cups
  • Neodymium tweeter magnet
  • electronic tweeter protection circuit
  • 2-way external crossover network (12 dB/octave, 4,000 Hz high- and low-pass)
  • marine-certified for use in boats, convertibles, motorcycles, and ATVs
  • ABS wheel-design grilles
  • stainless steel mounting hardware
  • power range: 10-100 watts RMS (300 watts peak power)
  • frequency response: 35-23,000 Hz
  • sensitivity: 92 dB
  • includes adapter rings for 6-3/4" openings
  • top-mount depth: 1-11/16"
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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.

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What's in the box?

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  • 2 Woofers
  • 2 Grilles
  • 2 Spacer/adapter brackets (including GM/Chrysler 6-3/4G)
  • 2 Tweeters (each tweeter has attached 38" speaker leads)
  • 2 Flush-mount cups
  • 2 Metal flush-mount clamps
  • 2 Surface-mount cups
  • 2 Crossovers
  • Four 39" lengths of speaker wire (each length of wire has female quick-slides on one end and tinned wire on the other end)
  • 10 Self-tapping screws (length=1")
  • 10 Speed clips
  • 8 Self-tapping screws (length=3/8")
  • Owner's Manual (Eng/Span/Fren/Ger/Ita/Port)
  • Online registration sheet

Features and Specs

Speaker Size 6 3/4
Design 2-way
Tweeter Design 1" Dome
Tweeter Composition Silk polymer composite
Woofer Composition Polymer mica composite
Woofer Surround Butyl rubber
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year
Sensitivity 92 dB
Frequency Response 35 - 23k Hz
RMS Power Range (Watts) 10-100
Peak Power Handling (Watts) 300
Impedance (Ohms) 4
Top-mount Depth (Inches) 1 15/16
Bottom-mount Depth (Inches) N/A
Cutout Diameter or Length (inches) 5

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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 Formers: The low-mass 2-Layer 1" Kapton Voice Coil formers are lightweight for high sound output. Kapton's high melting temperature ensures high power handling and excellent reliability.

Pole Plate Heat Sinks: The pole plate heat sinks promote better heat dissipation for superior power handling and reliability.

Mounting Ring: The supplied mounting ring has mounting holes for both 6-1/2" and 6-3/4" applications, including GM/Chrysler 6-3/4G, allowing the speaker to fit more vehicles. In most cases, the ring should be used to mount the speaker.


Silk/Polymer Composite Tweeters: The 1" liquid-cooled, silk/polymer composite tweeters provide clear, detailed highs.

Mounting: The supplied mounting cups allow you to surface- or flush-mount the tweeters. The tweeters swivel in the flush-mount housings, allowing you to adjust them for optimum imaging.

Tweeter Mounting Dimensions:

  Surface Mount Flush Mount
Mounting Height 1.046" 0.364"
Depth 0.825" (screw depth) 0.938"
Frame Diameter 2.002" 2.297"
Cutout Diameter   N/A 1.951"


2-Way Crossovers: Each Butterworth outboard crossover features a 12dB/octave high-pass network for the tweeter and a 12dB/octave low-pass network for the woofer.

Tweeter Attenuation Switch: You can adjust the output of the tweeter to match a level appropriate to your vehicle or your system. On the end of crossover (opposite the terminals), the tweeter attenuation switch can be set to 0dB, -3dB, or +3dB.

Electronic Tweeter Protection Circuits: Each crossover has a built-in protection circuit that guards the tweeter against accidental damage from high power.

Crossover Connections: The crossover inputs and outputs are screw terminals. The crossover housing is vented, giving you a choice of hidden wire channels for easier, more professional-looking installs.

Mounting: There are two mounting holes in the base of each crossover.

Crossover Dimensions: L=5.029", W=3.072", H=1.075"

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Very Efficient But Sound A Bit Hollow In My Application

Written By sirbOOmdotcom, United States on Monday, January 26, 2015

These are clearly MUCH more efficient than my stock speakers. I bought these due to a combination of price and efficiency. I have the doors deadened and sealed and both the tweeter and woofer are in the door as close to the stock speaker grills as possible. I guess I'm used to the high-end speakers in my other vehicle or maybe it is the, let's be honest, cheap PPI ION amplifier (hey... it's a commuter car, I don't want to dump money into it). They are louder than stock on the same power but they sound almost the same as stock - there really isn't much (if any) improved detail or air. The midbass is tighter and a teeny but more plentiful, but vocals sound a bit unnatural - the word "plastic" comes to mind when I think of how vocals sound. Alas, there are nice things about these. They're shallow and fit in 2006 Kia Spectra doors (after gutting the stock speakers) like a champ. The tweeter was a pain to put in the stock location but I got it in there because I'm the man (and I think the stock location for the tweeter is partially to blame for what I'm missing in this speaker set). I wasn't provided mounting screws, which was annoying, but everyone has some screws at home so no big deal. Overall, was it worth it to install these? Well, sure... the stereo is louder and tighter overall better... just not hugely so.

Pros: Shallow Depth Tweeter is Not Harsh Acceptable Midbass in Deadened Doors

Cons: Tweeter Is Too Mild, Actually Vocals Sound Hollow/Not Natural Sound Out of Phase Sometimes but Aren't

Sounds like Heaven!

Written By Sounds like Heaven!, Oklahoma City on Thursday, January 08, 2015

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Great product! Clear sounds a vivid vocals! Make sure to use the crossovers because they make a huge difference!

Pros: Great speakers! Highly recommended! Love the Tech support! They are super helpful!

Cons: none

Great Sound

Written By IsraelE, Texas on Saturday, December 13, 2014

Speakers sound great in my Mazda 6. Speakers do not fit in the front door with the brackets that were provided by Crutchfield. Luckily the installer was able to repurpose stock speakers to install these. Speakers were installed with an amp, there is more than enough power.

Pros: Great Sound

Sweet sounding speakers

Written By Rob, Belmont, MS on Saturday, December 13, 2014

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These were recommended by crutch field rep and man am I glad I got them. These are the best sounding speakers I've heard

Pros: Easy to install with crutch fields kits

Giant Improvement

Written By John B, Weirton, WV on Tuesday, December 09, 2014

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My son and myself installed these speakers in the front doors of his VW Passat and, wow, huge difference in sound, the car has a factory sunomi head unit which sounded ok, we had planned to get newer head unit later but after hearing these system with these speakers I think we will just wire a control wire to the cd chager input and get another pair of these speakers for the rear doors and a powered sub in the trunk for his hip hop and rap

Pros: good mid bass easy to install great high end sound

Cons: not great for rap without more power

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Written By Michael, Coweta, OK on Tuesday, October 14, 2014

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Top of the line sound. Great highs and lows from them. Excellent speaker for the money.

Pros: Unreal sound. Quick install thabks to the wiring harness (thanks Crutchfield).

Cons: Nada

Very clear and crisp

Written By ZombieJeep, Charlotte, NC on Friday, October 10, 2014

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These speakers are so much better then the cruddy factory speakers. They are very clear are crisp and make even my factory radio sound 100 times better!

Pros: great design, seem to be tough but have clear sound at low and very loud volume

Cons: none

Great Sound

Written By Kilovars, Phoenix, AZ on Tuesday, October 07, 2014

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Sound quality is great. I had some issues with one of the tweeters but Crutchfield sent me a replacement and now all is well. I think the crossovers sent are a bit large if you have limited space but work well.

Pros: Sound quality is great!

Cons: tweeters are difficult to install if you don't have a place for them but the hardware makes up for it. One of the tweeters had a rattle and seemed blown right out of the box but it was quickly resolved by Crutchfield! (Great customer service!)

Great sound

Written By Izzy, Firt Worth on Monday, September 22, 2014

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These speaker sound great no amp installed yet. They sound awesome, removed the bose speakers from my GMC Sierra and placed tweeters on the original site on the pillars. I have Alpine 6 1/2 type S in the rear. It took some modification to place there as I had to cut the inside of the bose tweeter cover for the back to be flush but it was well worth the effort for better acoustics. A new head unit is the works (I'm thinking the Kenwood DDX471 HD) and will be pushing them with a 4 channel Alpine I currently own.

Pros: Clear sound. Great quality.

Cons: None

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Written By jay, Havre De Grace, MD on Sunday, August 24, 2014

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Awesome product. Sound is absolutely amazing

Pros: Install was very easy!

Cons: None

Best speakers!

Written By SilverRoach, Barranquitas, PR on Thursday, August 21, 2014

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This speakers works perfectly and are easy to mount thanks to crutchfield

Pros: Sound quality is perfect compared with the previous speakers and fit perfectly like oem

Cons: I didn't found any cons yet.

Polk Audio DB6501

Written By Scott, Spanaway,wa on Tuesday, August 19, 2014

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Replaced stock speakers in my 2007 Saturn Aura and WOW!!!! what a huge difference. These speakers sound awesome with my Pioneer HU. My highs are so much clearer and the mid bass is just right and my amp isn't even hooked up yet! I highly recommend these if your looking for a high quality component set of speakers!

Pros: Great clear highs and very clean lows.

Cons: N/A

Nice Components

Written By Kevin, South Carolina on Tuesday, August 19, 2014

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Nice upgrade to my Jeep Wrangler Unlimited, really sets a good stage once paired with a modest amp.

Pros: Sounds amazing even with the top off in the Jeep

Cons: Needs an outboard amplifier to make them shine.

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Written By Elvis, Keller, texas on Friday, August 15, 2014

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Very good sound

Pros: Easy speaker installation

Cons: Crossover meeds to be slimmer to installed on the door panels


Written By Nigel, Orlando on Wednesday, August 13, 2014

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Amazing sound. And it's affordable

Pros: Sound

Cons: None

Jeep Grand Cherokee 2008

Written By tyler, Mke WI on Monday, August 11, 2014

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Speakers sound awesome. They were stupid simple to install. Crutchfield wiring schematics also helped especially for inexperienced people.

Pros: Ez install, multi mounting options, good sounding, variable wattages

Cons: None at this time

Blown 2 in 18 months

Written By Anonymous, San Francisco, CA on Saturday, August 09, 2014

I just blew my passenger side speaker, and I was bummed, because of the price I paid for these. Then, as I was looking up the warranty info, I remembered that I'd actually blown one of these Polks right after I bought it. I have an amp, bridged to 90w RMS per channel, with the gain set to about nill, and an Alipine HU I purchased here. After reading several reviews here about build quality on the Polks, I realize it's not me; it's them.

Pros: Great bass

Cons: Shrill highs, awful build quality

Great Product....Excellent Quality

Written By Greg M., Roanoke, VA on Monday, July 21, 2014

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I found the Polk speakers to be of excellent quality. The speakers were competitively priced. I was unaware of what I was missing from the tweeters until these were installed. The bass is also a noticeable improvement. The 2-way speakers were very easy to install. The component set took a little homework for a novice(my first install). The supplied speaker mounts and wiring harnesses were priceless. However, the Crutchfield team is truly awesome with their support. They were there to help even on the 4th of July.

Pros: Awesome Sound, Excellent Quality/Craftsmanship, CRUTCHFIELD SUPPORT!!!!!!

Cons: Nothing so far.

great speakers

Written By walt md., murrryland on Friday, June 27, 2014

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Great speakers great price

Pros: Sound great

Cons: None

Exceeded expectations

Written By RMJ, Fredericksburg, VA on Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Beautiful, crisp, clean sound.

Pros: Everything

Cons: None

Great Speakers in 2007 Silverado

Written By SJ E, Boston, MA on Tuesday, June 24, 2014

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I bought these speakers for my 2007 NNBS Silverado because I heard the DXI series at a BB. Read the review online and many people rave but say you need to amp them. I have not amped them and let me say that they sound fantastic. Much better detail, accuracy and clarity over the stock Silverado speakers. I did put in Dynamat around the opening and sealed much of the door. But these speakers are so pleasant to listen too. Not over bearing with the tweeter, just a smooth sound. Woofer puts out some great mid bass. Some people feel it lacks, maybe for hip hop..but I think it puts a nice bottom end to most music. If you are on the fence about these speakers, just go with your gut and buy them. You won't regret them at all.

Pros: Great speakers! Cannot imagine getting better sound

Cons: Crossover was a bit tricky to install due to size but I made it work.

What a difference!

Written By Steve, Sandy, Utah on Tuesday, June 17, 2014

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I really like these speakers! I didn't find them too bright for the music I listen to (rock, blues, country and some classical). The bass is slightly lacking, but not overly so, in my opinion. I have a Kenwood Excelon head unit with lots of adjust ability but no external amp or subs (for now). The difference between these and stock paper cone speakers is probably why some people thought they are 'too bright'. You will hear so much more of the music that it was lacking before, and it might just come down to tailoring the sound with your preset, or manual equalization of your head unit. If you run these with a stock head unit and don't have much adjustability, by all means step up to an aftermarket unit. I run these in the front of my 99 Tacoma extended cab with the Polk coax 651's in the rear. I love the sound of Allison Krauss through these. I really agonized over the placement of the tweeters, but ended up putting them in the sail panels and really enjoy the sound. If you like more bass heavy music, add a sub, you would with any speaker, Overall, for my listening tastes these were a great choice!

Pros: Huge improvement over stock speakers, exactly what I was looking for.

Cons: Slightly light in the bass, but still pretty good


Written By MK4 Rollin, Minneapolis, MN on Monday, April 21, 2014

Great sounding speakers at a really reasonable price. Definitely will not disappoint so you can't make a bad decision with these. Does a great job at separating sound which factory speakers do an aweful job at. Overall great system.

Pros: Amazing treble. Bass kicks well.

Cons: None.

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Written By drep, memphis on Friday, March 21, 2014

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I love these 6.5's. Once you supply them the power they want, the are beast! The tweeters on the other hand are killing me! It doesn't matter what volume level, or what gain setting on the amp I use. They are shrill/very bright. It's driving me crazy trying to get these tweets to sound right with the rest of the system. I have the -3 db set on its crossover and that helped but not near enough. Turning the gain on the amp down helps but then you lose the power the 6.5s crave. I'm at loss with these tweets.

Pros: The 6.5's are amazing for this price point when supplied the power they want.

Cons: For my ears...These tweeters suck!! I may just have to replace them.

Polk db6501

Written By Steven, North Vernon, IN on Monday, March 10, 2014

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Purchased these and installed in the front doors of my 2005 Chevy Silverado Extended cab. My factory speakers were horrible!!

I have given these a month to break on and get a good idea of how I like them before giving my review.

They are awesome super clear highs and Midrange. A little bump more than I expected.

Running these with a KTP445U at 45 watts RMS. I'm sure these could handle twice the power!! Finally some good sounding music in my truck.

And as always Crutchfield was amazing!

Pros: Easy installation Great sound Marine certified

Cons: Non I've found yet.

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Written By JF, Nashville, TN on Tuesday, January 28, 2014

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Caught these on sale before Christmas. Nice sound for the price.

Installed in 2001 Silverrado

Written By Wayne F, St. Cloud, MN on Saturday, January 18, 2014

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Great range and fit was very good. Had to get a little creative to mount the tweaters in the factory location.

Great audio

Written By Anonymous, ballard, ut on Tuesday, January 14, 2014

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Great sounding crystal clear audio, upgraded from base due to blown speaker, now need to order another set for the rear and an amp to push them harder one happy customer

Pros: Great sound, easy install

Cons: No Polk audio sticker :-(

Great Speakers for under $200

Written By R H, San Mateo, CA on Wednesday, January 08, 2014

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I have these in my Subie off of an Alpine 4ch. I just put the same two components in my son's car but bridged the amp so each component is getting 150w instead of 50w. What a difference! I have now ordered a separate amp for my sub so i can bridge my amp for the components.

Pros: Cost, Sound

Cons: Play with the settings on your amp to get the best lows out of the mid

What a difference!!

Written By Sturds, SW, FL on Wednesday, December 11, 2013

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What a difference from factory '07 Ridgeline speakers... arrived on time and installed the woofers in less than an hour, thanks to good directions, wasn't all that impressed at first (I still hadn't installed the tweeters) and after getting a few extra little things to install the tweeters I did a custom door integration rather than fiddle with the dash and door connectors and after powering up and a few minutes of "tuning" with the stock head they sound AMAZING! Mid range in crystal clear and tweeters sing the highs like nothing else! I don't want to get out of the car now!! Looking to order second pair for rear doors and custom mount those tweeters too, they are a little quieter than factory speakers (as expected) but can easily handle a large amp install, bottom line I love these things!

Pros: Absolutely amazing Mid range and Highs, Tweeters have a "modern" look that fits in well, as well as flush or surface mount options

Cons: No real cons, installation was easy, they don't sound "good" they sound beautiful.

Polk speakers 2007 Silverado classic

Written By Cobraball, Omaha Nebraska on Sunday, November 10, 2013

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Great sound even with factory radio. Would highly recommend!

Pros: Great crisp sound with great base

Cons: Can't think of any.

Great Speakers

Written By Loren, Stewartsville, NJ on Friday, October 11, 2013

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I paired this 6 speaker system with the Sony MEX-8T3100P CD receiver. (Please see my review for that product for more details.) These speakers work well with the receiver. There is a separate pair of tweeters! The bass is thumpring (if you like that sorta thing.) The balance is great. No bad words for the speakers. I installed the speakers in my 1998 Dodge Durango. An almost 1000% improvement over my old partially working speakers (1 front, 1 back.)

Pros: The speakers sound amazing. I get all 3 levels clearly. The tweeters provide a clear sound and they are mounted on my door. There were no separate tweeters with the factory setup. My installer cut a hole in the door especially more the tweeters. Very glad I made the change. These value speakers work especially well with my receiver. Even with the installation fee, they are still worth the value.

Cons: There are none that I can discuss.


Written By Anonymous, Beaumont, Texas on Monday, October 07, 2013

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Great sounding speaker and easy install. An all around good component set.

Pros: Good separation of highs and lows. Nice mid-bass response. Easy install.

Cons: none yet.

Huge Sound boost

Written By MStaten, San Diego, CA on Thursday, September 26, 2013

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I used these to replace the factory speakers in my door. Although replacing the existing 1" tweeter was a bit of a project, the main speakers fit like a charm. These were the last of a full Polk Audio upgrade in my vehicle and I am enjoying listening to the full range in my music. This is an outstanding upgrade.

2010 Sonata Upgrade

Written By FretLess, Blackstone, VA on Tuesday, September 17, 2013

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Replaced the front door speakers with the 6501's. Fantastic improvement in clarity and quality. Set the xovers to -3db and with the 651's in the rear doors my car sounds great for the ride to work and back.

sounds great

Written By Anthony G, Greene Va on Friday, August 16, 2013

this componet set is great would buy them for other autos i own

Pros: easy to install with crutchfields free install kits and master sheets

Cons: none

Polk db series

Written By RichD, Palm Bay, FL on Thursday, August 01, 2013

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Installed these 6501's along with a pair of 691's in my 2006 Camry 5+ years ago; mated to an Alpine MRP-F600 amp. Mounted the tweeters in front of the door latch; the imaging is incredible. I love my music LOUD, and these speakers have easily handled everything I've thrown at them. Very impressive!!!

Pros: Great sound!!!

Cons: None.


Written By Justin S, Indianapolis, IN on Sunday, July 14, 2013

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These speakers sound incredible. Couldn't be more happy with these Polks. They sound crisp and clear full range at all decibel levels. I installed them in a 2002 Subaru Forester, they have a manufactured place for the tweeters in the front door moldings. I was questioned the fit of the tweeters until I got the door back together and wal-ah.....perfect fit. I would recommend these speakers to anybody! I would also agree with the previous reviewers, these speakers need more power than a standard deck output and spend the money on some kind of sound dampening material for the doors. I bought a product from Meijers called Scoche (half the cost of dynomat and its the same thing). I matched mine with a 45 watt RMS amp:

Kenwood KDC-X996 Alpine KTP-445U

Pros: Sound quality

Cons: They don't make you breakfast

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Written By Spiro, Charlotte, NC on Saturday, July 06, 2013

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Bought these to replace my old, blown Infinity Kappa Speakers in the front door of my Acura. They handle the power from my amp nicely and sound very good.


Written By jb, Zachary, Louisiana on Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Just finished installing 2 pair in my crew cab 2012 GMC Sierra. I kept the factory head unit and added a Pioneer GM-D8604, 100w rms x 4, to power them. All I can saw is WOW! I am beyond satisfied and would not hesitate to recommend them. Do yourself a favor and amp them up. They are rated to handle the power for a reason. I am also very happy with the bass. I will be adding a sub later, but for now I am completely satisfied!

Pros: They rock! They scream for more power and easily take what you give them.

Cons: They really bring out every rattle you didn't know about before.

Nothing but trouble

Written By ShaunN, NH on Thursday, June 13, 2013

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Purchased these a few years back, they were working fine for about a few months then they decided to develop a crackling/distorted sound from the woofers. Called Crutchfield, gave them the specs of the amp used, headunit etc, nothing out of the ordinary and they sent out a new set. Swapped them out and they were good for the rest of the year. Last year they exhibited the same crackling at soft/loud volume levels. Too late for an exchange from Crutchfield. I'm so put off with the entire purchase, I could not with all honesty recommend these at all. They are currently being powered with a JL Audio XD 700/5. What's ironic is the pair of DB coaxials I have in the rear of my car are working just fine. Something about the DB components fails far too soon. First and last set of Polks for me. If I could give these no stars I would.

Pros: Higher wattage, seemed to be built well enough to give years of trouble free service.

Cons: Crackling sounds, failed crossovers/voicecoil. Poor runtime and fail just after the warranty expires.


Written By John H, Huntington Beach on Sunday, June 09, 2013

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These speakers ROCK!!! I initially made the mistake of trying to re-use the factory JBL AMP in my 2006 Tundra. What a major let down. Fortunately, the great staff at Crutchfield corrected the problem and advised a 800w 4 channel amp from MTX. This made all the difference in the world. I am now TOTALLY STOKED!!

Pros: Everything

Cons: Nothing

Great speakers

Written By Chris H., Raleigh, NC on Saturday, June 08, 2013

I have a set of these in the front and polk 6x9's in the rear of my 00' civic and they sound great! I have a jvc HU and a pioneer (champion series/ class D) 4 channel amp powering these and they are loud and clear. I have no sub and get great bass response all around.

Pros: Loud and distortion

Cons: none

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Written By will, Voorhees, NJ on Friday, March 29, 2013

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Worked as expected. Sound is not as good as expected for price, but this is using stock wiring. Will be taking the door off again to run new wires.

Pros: Solid build, good sized magnet

Cons: Higher price vs sound quality. Tweeters have a cheap look, but sound ok

Not Bad

Written By Matt L, Coeur d' Alene, ID on Monday, March 11, 2013

Not too bad, they severely lack in bass though. I do have a sub for that, but it's kinda irritating. The tweeter are way too sharp in my opinion and need to be turned down at the crossover. They do sound clean and great on an amp.

Pretty Good

Written By Fozzi58, Northern, NJ on Friday, March 08, 2013

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This is my second set I purchased but I haven't installed yet. This set (4 total) are heading into a 2000 TA. The first set I used to replace all 4 door speakers in an 08 Avalanche. I have them hooked up to an old school Lanzar 240s amp with the gain at about 75%. They are crisp and clear until you have the music way up - up at unsustainable listening levels. They handle the power and I had to turn the gain on the crossovers down for the tweeters because they are producing ear piercing highs. Bass is OK, could be better but for what they are - they are good enough. The sub takes care of the boom. No problems with speakers - been in the truck over a year and they get abused every day with the music up during my commute. Don't know how they will hold up as competition speakers but I guess I will find out once they get installed in the TA

Pros: Crisp and clear until way past RMS, handle lots of abuse

Cons: Ear piercing High's if you don't adjust the crossover properly.

Nice until the tweeters died

Written By Lee3333, Queens, NY on Sunday, February 24, 2013

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I installed these speakers in my show/race car 3 years ago, and they don't get used everyday. The engine is loud, so I did not notice that the tweeters were not working until a few months ago when I had the radio on while I was working on the car. Then I realized that both left and right tweeters were dead. I had some old component tweeters and I hooked them up for the time being. But I was disappointed that they did not last long.

Pros: Sound good

Cons: Tweeters didn't last

Polk DB6501

Written By ken, Amarillo,Tx on Saturday, January 05, 2013

These have got to be some of the baddest speakers on the planet.sound is running through Kenwood KDC-X759 Excelon powered with Rockford Fosgate 350S; 87.5 RMS x 2. Sounds like a outdoor concert.Amazing!!!!!!

Pros: Plenty of bass for me.

Cons: Wish I could get the dissatisfied purchasers to sit in my car.

Front door speakers

Written By Turbo, Raleigh, NC on Sunday, December 23, 2012

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Those speakers are extremely clear ( from midrange to the very high frequencies ) Unfortunately, they have NO bass whatsoever.

Note I use the factory head unit in my 2012 Tundra

Pros: great clarity

Cons: zero bass

Polk Audio db6501

Written By Anonymous, Atlanta, Ga on Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Great for the money.

Good while they last

Written By Anonymous, Holly Springs, NC on Monday, September 10, 2012

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I have mixed feelings on these speakers. I have gone through 3 sets. I purchased them a couple of years back to install in my 06 Chrysler 300C. I am powering them with a D450.4 amp. I have 12" subs on 2 of the channels so really wasn't looking for these to produce a lot of bass. I ran them with the gain on the amp almost completely down. One of the woofers quit working and Crutchfield was outstanding. They sent me a replacement set so I could change the whole system or just the speaker that blew. A few months later another speaker blew again and once again Crutchfield was great. I thought they were blowing due to fault of my own. I run my system HARD. This time I adjusted the high pass filter on my amp and headunit to pretty much take out all of the bass going to the components. That worked good for a year and then out of no where, both of my tweeters quit working. What the world???? This happened just outside of my 1 year warranty so I am out of luck. I am going to replace them with 3.5 speakers. As much as I am trying to find fault in myself for running my system so hard, I am having a hard time doing that.

Pros: Good sound, easy installation. Great customer support from Crutchfield.

Cons: Reliability. Every component of the system has broke at one time or another with the exception of the crossovers.

Amazing when used what they are intended for!

Written By Nate, Salem, Or on Monday, September 10, 2012

There are a few things people need to realize. I have read reviews where people are not happy because there is little bass out put. These speakers are meant to be used for more of a mid-bass and highs, sound to ACCOMPANY a sub or subs. You wont get power bass out of these since they are not designed to do so. Other people say they sound terrible when run off of their head unit. They NEED to have an amp. Also, it is possible to damage speakers by UNDER powering them, as well as over powering. That all being said, I have two sets of these in my 93 4Runner in all four doors, powerd by an Alpine PDX 4.100 amp. I have run them for over 5 years now and they still sound amazing. Great mid-bass and clear crisp highs. I am also running one Kicker Comp VR 10" sub in a slotted box, powered by an Alpine PDX 1.600. This combination works wonderful for all music types,and is not overkill in any way. It was very reasonably priced for the quality. Sorry if this is a rant or too long, but people need to know things like this before spending money, then being upset or disappointed. These speakers are wonderful. I have been in the car audio business for over 18 years now, and these impressed me.

Pros: Everything is well done and sound great when properly powered.

Cons: None

Polk Audio db6501

Written By Anonymous, Nashville, TN on Saturday, August 25, 2012

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Replaced some Pioneer component speakers with these in the front doors of a '09 Accord. The Polk speakers cost $90 more, but you really get what you pay for. I'd recommend forking out the extra money if you really value sound quality. These speakers bring out every little nuance/detail from your music. I would not buy these speakers without buying an amp that provides adequate power. They need proper power to do them justice. I am running them through a Sound Ordnance M4100 amp and they sound amazing. Also would recommend installing Dynamat in the front door creates a great bass response. Before the Dynamat I had no bass.

Pros: Awesome clarity/detail.

Cons: None.

Great Sound

Written By SilverGST, Mt. Vernon, AR on Tuesday, August 21, 2012

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The speakers are / were an excellent addition to my stereo, I loved them. However, they didnt last very long, almost 2 years, then the speakers became soundless. First the left side went, then the right side. The speakers were more powerful than my stereo, so I know I didn't blow them out. Time to look for another mfgr for my next set of speakers.

Pros: Excellent sound!!!!

Cons: Cost, durability, warranty

Very Clean Sound

Written By Anonymous, Tampa, FL on Monday, July 16, 2012

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Awesome. I can't wait to put more power to them.

Installed Twice

Written By RayC, GA on Friday, July 13, 2012

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OK, the first set was in my GF's 4Runner. It sounded so good I immediately ordered a set for my Wrangler JK. Actually made a more noticeable, remarkable difference in the Toyota, but that is likely due to the crappier existing speaks. Vocals, guitar, and hand claps in live recordings that I've never heard before!

Pros: value clear highs separation, presence

Cons: none

Fantastic Speaker when powered correctly

Written By RaulH, Clawson, Mi on Monday, July 09, 2012

I have these speakers coupled with an Alpine MRX-F30 amplifier and holy cow can they hit! Extremely clear vocals, bass is very tight and punchy, just what I expected. Now, I truly understand what good bass from a component speaker can sound like. Anyone saying these cannot produce bass does not have enough power to them. They Love power.

Pros: Outstanding speaker for the price, sound as good as speakers costing three times as much!

Cons: None.

Not too bad...

Written By Ron D, Yuba City, CA on Wednesday, June 27, 2012

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Not a bad set of components. The bass is completely missing, but the accuracy of mids and highs is much better than the stockers these speakers replace. I am hearing things that I've never heard before in my music. I strayed from my usual Infinity purchases to try these Polks, and while they aren't fantastic enough to do it again, I am not too disappointed.

Pros: SQ accuracy, adjustable crossovers (although I use 0db; -3db cuts too much out and +3db is too harsh)

Cons: Serious lack of bass

Quality issues apparent

Written By kaotik78, Manchester, NH on Friday, June 15, 2012

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Purchased my first pair from Crutchfield and installed them in a 07 Subaru Impreza. They sounded great for a week then started to distort at any/all volume levels. Crutchfield was great in shipping a replacement set out to me, which did the trick. Unfortunately that only lasted for about a year and now they are exhibiting the same distortion and any/all volume levels. Two times is enough for me to look elsewhere. The quality isn't there. Tweeter screens come loose and fall off in extreme heat during the summer.

Pros: Handles higher wattage.

Cons: Prone to failure, distortion, crackling. Tweeter grill's come loose in summer heat and fall off.

Good Speakers

Written By Anonymous, Colorado on Tuesday, June 05, 2012

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Great speakers for the money

Cons: Not the problem with the speaker but I had to fabricate a bracket to be able to install the speakers. The bracket that Crutchfield supplied did not work. I gutted my factory speakers and mounted the bracket that Crutchfield sent to the factory bracket. In the end all worked great.

Great factory upgrade, ideal for most.

Written By Kaltenberg91, Wisconsin on Friday, May 25, 2012

Have owned these for a couple years and use them every day. They are a great upgrade from factory and give a rich clear sound. When used with a subwoofer at low to moderate volume they have a really balanced sound. After some time and occasions where I cranked them higher than normal listening volume they've began to show some wear. Still sounding great at normal volumes they begin to distort more rapidly than before as higher volumes are reached. Overall great speakers, and definitely cant complain with the price. Don't buy your gear anywhere besides Crutchfield, they give you everything needed to make installation quick n easy.

Pros: Very clear, crisp sounding speakers. Best you can buy for the cost.

Cons: Lacking bass (as far as 6.5" components can go) High volumes had shown "wear" on the speakers.

Polk Audio ..... only If you put them in the right spot

Written By Dan, NJ on Friday, April 27, 2012

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So I got these and was a little surprised by the wait. They were very light but like mentioned in the other review do not let that fool you they are LOUD. However they are a little on the Scratchy side. I have these in the front and back powered with a Hifonics 4x100 rms channel amp. In the back they sound very crisp and clear and don't have the ear irritating Scratch. Though in the front they do have an annoying high pitch scratchy sound when vocals or really anything is played at high volume. I figured that the reason this was because the tweeter was closer to my ear then on the back. So If you get these make sure u put the tweeter pretty close to the mid.

Pros: pretty solid for the price and really loud.

Cons: could have more bass but whatever I have subs so it takes care of that. Much rather have gotten the DLS Ultimate UP6i but because of the buy one get one half of i went with these.

Polk Audio db6501's sound amazing !

Written By Keith, Andover, MN. on Tuesday, April 10, 2012

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These speakers were just what my Tahoe needed. They went in the front doors very well. And with one good hole saw they went in the back doors as well. A huge increase in sound quality and imaging. They are run from an Alpine head unit with the Power-Pack added, a must for the price. I highly recommend them, they can handle power as well.

Pros: Great speakers ! The tweeters really sing the high's crystal clear.

Polk Audio db6501

Written By matt, st joe mo on Saturday, March 10, 2012

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I bought these to replace my front factory speakers in my 02 Z71,and let me tell you they sound great and all i"m running for power is a new kenwood cd player thats 50 watts,I cant wait to hear them with a amp.they were kinda hard to put in the crossovers i had to mount under the dash,and the factory tweeters were alot bigger than the polks so I tore the old tweeters apart and used the old mounts to mount the new ones on..took me and 2 other guys 2hrs but well worth the time..great speakers with a great sound make sure you have a amp to push them to get the best sound out of them..I would recomend these to anyone that want a great sounding speaker without breaking the bank..

Pros: sound quality is awesome, price is not a budget killer..

Cons: none

Great improvement

Written By S, Astoria, ny on Thursday, February 23, 2012

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I really enjoy the dynamics of this speaker. My old songs sound new again. It does take some ingenuity to install these properly. But that's what Tech supports is for.

Pros: Looks slick. Great value

Cons: The crossovers are bulky and take some planning out as to where to mount them and how to do the wire runs.

Polk Audio db6501

Written By James, Los Angeles on Sunday, September 04, 2011

They sound way too harsh. The tweets are annoyingly piercing. The mids aren't clear and almost non-existent. My factory speakers sounded better than these. I'm powering them with a polk audio pa.1100.5 amp.

I have the Polk mm6501s in the front and they sound 10x better. They're much warmer, have decent bass coming out of the woofer, and the tweets sound very detailed.

Good for everything except rock

Written By musicfan145, Atlanta, GA on Wednesday, June 22, 2011

I purchased two sets and I have used them in several configurations. As others have said, they really need some amp power in order to sound good. They also require some experimentation in order to get the best sound. My findings were:

- The mid-bass is great if you don't choke it off by sealing them off in a set of speaker baffles, especially the "low profile" ones. (These are marine certified, so you don't have to worry about protecting them from water.)

- As another reviewer mentioned, they don't do well reproducing rock electric guitar tone. Definitely better for jazz, classical, and even hip-hop and techno.

- The highs can be a little bright, but they are definitely not as harsh as the hard dome tweeters from Infinity. Be prepared to experiment with tweeter placement, aiming, and treble equalization in order to get it just right. (I found that I actually liked them better mounted low, near the woofer, than I did on the sail panels.)

Also, I should mention that I put one set of these in a boat, and they are heading into their third summer. Driven only by the head unit, they play loud enough to hear over the (inboard) engine, but they do get distorted at high volumes.

Other than the weakness in rock guitar, my only complaint is that the install hardware quality could be better. Probably not an issue for most people, but things do tend to get bent/broken/worn over the course of multiple cycles of installing/uninstalling/moving the components.

Very pleased....

Written By TG, Indianapolis on Monday, May 16, 2011

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Overall very good package. Installed in front doors of 2009 Honda Accord. Using
with Fosgate Amp and factory head unit - good bass range from mids, highs are
crisp. Worth the money.

Great bargain; tons of bass when amped

Written By kontai69, Vacaville, CA on Wednesday, April 20, 2011

I bought these speakers and installed them in the front doors of my 2011 Honda CR-V. I was immediately impressed (maybe even surprised) with the build quality and finish of these inexpensive speakers. They also come with stainless steel hardware, rigid spacers, and speaker wires. Nice touches! Driven by just the factory Honda headunit, the sound quality is noticably improved over the factory speakers. The bass is a little tighter and the treble has more sparkle and detail (have the treble output set a 0db on the xovers). There is also more spaciousness to the sound. However, with the factory headunit, the sound lacked dynamics and impact, especially in the bass. I soon installed and powered them with a JL Audio amp and Audiocontrol LOC. With the sub channel turned off and the bass boost on the LOC turned up, the bass output is unreal...super strong and loud. Again, keep in mind that I dampened and sealed the doors with Dynamat which helps with the bass output. The overall dynamics are also noticably improved by amping them. In short, I highly recommend these speakers. They sound great and are really a great bargain.

clean sound

Written By STEVE M, VIRGINIA BEACH VA on Tuesday, April 05, 2011

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Powerful Polk

Written By Charles, Maryland on Monday, April 04, 2011

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I have four of these speakers in my 2003 quadcab Dakota. They are powered by a JL audio 500/5. It is a match made in heaven. I think you should leave your crossover at zero. If you have a great amp and headunit they will clean up nicely. Keep in mind that these pups need power to reach the level of quality expected from polk. The tweeters produce very clean and deatiled highs. You will hear things in the music that you have never heard before. The mids are give excellent bass or perfect mid level bass depending on your amp settings. You can't go wrong with these speakers! HIGHLY RECCOMENDED!!!!

Polk Audio db6501

Written By Greg, Seale, Alabama on Thursday, March 17, 2011

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These speakers are great. They came with all the hardware needed. Sound great.

Polk Audio db6501

Written By michaelw, Franklin, TN on Tuesday, February 01, 2011

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I must say that I am really impressed with sound quality of the Polk Audio's I had
installed in my Nissan. There is such clarity and sharpness to the sound. It brings out
the best in my music. I am considering an amp to power the components. Everyone I've
spoken with says that they are power hungry.

Polk Audio db6501

Written By J.C., alexandria va on Monday, January 17, 2011

excellent speakers. just replaced the front speakers in an 02 4 runner and def need an
amp to maximize the power of these speakers. very clear and crisp sounding.

These filled in the nissing frequencies

Written By JohnS, Dallas, TX on Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Replaced the front speakers in my '04 GTO with these speakers. Easy swap out, since
the factory system had hidden tweeters already in the dash. The instructions provided
were precise enough to get it done without a hitch.

My factory speakers sounded dull and it was hard to understand speach over the normal
road noise. These speakers reproduced the highs that were missing and now not only
speach, but the cymbols and other high frequencies in music are now present.

Very pleased with this product.

Excellent Value

Written By Scott G., Lansing, MI on Wednesday, October 20, 2010

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Bought for my '97 Subaru Outback (project car); driving the speakers with Alpine HU
w/plug n play amp.

I've been pleasantly surprised with the quality of these speakers. Great range and an
exceptional value. Installation was quite simple since Subaru already had the tweeters
in the sail panel. I put the crossovers in the door w/no problems. For you Subee
afficionados, the "universal" mounting bracket for the subwoofer isn't - you'll have to drill
new holes to mount the subs.

As I pretty much blew my budget (replaced the whole system), I decided to forego the
dynamat or equivalent. Big mistake! I've got distortion in the subs with some of the
music but, more to the point, the clarity and range of the setup is so good that I want to
enjoy the speakers to their fullest by adding sound dampening. I'll be adding
dampening material soon.

I'd buy again and highly recommend.

Polk Audio db6501

Written By atomotonTheGREAT, florida on Tuesday, September 21, 2010

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can't be beat for the price point. can be a little harsh on the highs though.