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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.

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

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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.

Polk Audio db6501 Reviews

Average Customer Review:

152 Reviews

Great Deal on Quality Speakers

Written by: Josh from knoxville, TN on February 2, 2016

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This is a great set of components for a great price. The woofers actually deliver a decent amount of bass and the tweeters are very loud and clear. I paired it with an alpine power pack in my Jeep Wrangler unlimited and received a quality system.



Tight sound with a nice price

Written by: Martin from reedley, CA on January 22, 2016

2006 Toyota Tundra
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Can't beat the price and excellent sound (I'm using only a 45watt alpine amp)

Pros: great sound for solid price

Cons: None at this time

Polk Audio Component

Written by: Dway from North Carolina on January 18, 2016

2008 Scion tC
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I recently upgraded my entire sound system and was recommended to go with this component system. I am very happy I did, the power and clarity from these speaker are nothing short of amazing. They don't get drowned out by the bass and can really hear the mids and highs. Good upgrade from my weaker after market speakers.

Pros: Amazing sound Strong power Quality upgrade


Polk db 6501

Written by: Mike C from New York on January 18, 2016

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This is the second pair of Polk db's I have purchased from Crutchfield. My first pair for my 2002 Jeep Wrangler and now for my 2016 Jeep Wrangler . I could not be happier with the speakers and with Crutchfield !!! The speakers sound great and were easy to install. The instructions from Crutchfield were awesome and the tech and sales reps couldn't have been more helpful! I highly recommend the speakers and purchasing them from Crutchfield !!

Pros: Everything

Cons: Nothing

Excellent fit and perfect sound

Written by: JesseC from Alabama on January 10, 2016

2014 Nissan 370Z
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

These fit great and sound amazing in our 2014 370Z. I would definitely use these again.

Pros: Great sound


First Time Components!

Written by: Daryl from K-Town, AZ on January 8, 2016

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I purchased and had them installed into a 2013 Chevrolet 2500HD Duramax. As a first time owner of components I just knew that that was the way to go. And man am I happy. The mids hit hard with out distortion and the hi's are crystal clear. Still need and want to compare with other amplified components. Totally satisfied with they though :) Just purchased the Polk DXi6501's and looking forward to comparing the two.

Pros: Very good price and outstanding performance.

Cons: Grille looks funny so, just used the factory grill.

POLK Audio components

Written by: Anonymous from Washington on December 30, 2015

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

Great sound with good clarity

Pros: Easy and good sound

Cons: None

Great Upgrade to 2011 Tacoma!

Written by: TWinSC from South Carolina on December 24, 2015

Had these speakers installed in my 2011 Tacoma access cab at the Harrisonburg store while in the area visiting family. Installed with a new JVC KW-R910BT head unit. From purchase to install the whole experience was great. The combined system sounds so much better than the factory radio and speakers. Gave it a good workout on a 6 hour drive back to SC. No complaints.

Pros: Everything

Cons: None


Written by: Carson from Idaho on December 17, 2015

1987 Mitsubishi Mighty Max
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

These are great sounding speakers. They will change the dynamic of your system or they sound awesome as a stand alone component.

Pros: Great sound quality. excellent component speaker. Would work well with any system.

Cons: Non to speak of.

Great speaker for a great price

Written by: Chrisj from Florida on October 25, 2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Very satisfied with this product. Gives out the right tone for my ears !

Pros: Sounds quality, price

Cons: No cons

2006 Tundra Access Cab (Premium Sound without JBL)

Written by: Scott from California on October 6, 2015

The tweeter fits perfectly, using factory tweeter bracket. Bend down the small piece of metal that holds the original tweeter wire (which you won;t need), to make sure the Polk tweeter can't move towards bottom of the door - fits like a glove.

However, the woofer does NOT fit the factory woofer housing. The Polk-supplied speaker brackets do not fix the problem - they line up with the woofer, but not the factory housing. I purchased the majority of my system from Crutchfield, but had these speakers from a prior project. It is a close fit, but not close enough. Not sure if Polk has changed the supplied speaker brackets, but they do not fit.



Polk Audio db6501

Written by: Anonymous from Columbia, MD on October 4, 2015

2000 Chevrolet Silverado 2500/3500
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I installed these speakers 6 years ago in my 2000 Silverado extended cab pickup. These fit into the doors with a little modification. Instead of using all the provided connectors, I decided to solder all the connections for the best possible sound. With a great amp and crossover set, these front speakers provide EXCELLENT clarity, EXCELLENT, crisp highs and mids. I am using foam baffles purchased from Crutchfield and have sealed and taped the plastic sheeting in my door down to alleviate any vibration. After 6 years and 150,000 miles of use, one mid failed and I loved them so much,I purchased another set. ...had to de-solder and re-solder, but very happy!

Pros: Clarity, highs, lows

Cons: One mid failed after 6 years of constant use... if you consider this a con

Polk Audio db6501

Written by: Anonymous from Kentucky on September 28, 2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Great speaker and fit perfect in my 2015 Wrangler.



2004 mini cooper

Written by: Colton S from Alabama on September 16, 2015

Crutchfield says that these do not fit a 2004 Mini Cooper, but I took a gamble and got them anyways and figured I would modify them to fit. Turns out these are a perfect fit straight out of the box, lions up to factory screw holes and everything. Just remove the oldd and and score these right in. Crutchfield really needs to change that it says they don't fit, but other than that great product!

Pros: Sound great

Cons: Crutchfield says they will not fit 04 mini but they do

Crutchfield response on September 22, 2015 We reviewed our OutfitMyCarT tool, and it actually shows these Polk speakers as a fit in the front door locations using a bracket or some possible re-drilling of the screw holes. They are not shown as a fit for the rear panels, due to the lack of clearance under the factory panels.

Great speakers

Written by: Matt from Illinois on August 29, 2015

2000 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Speakers sound great

Pros: Easy to install

Cons: None

Excellent with a few caveats

Written by: Seth from Florida on August 27, 2015

Picked up these speakers along with the db651 coaxials on the recommendation of a Crutchfield advisor. The advisor recommended an Alpine MRV-F300 4 channel amp (50W RMS x 4 @ 4O) to power them. I must say that to really sound great, these speakers require a lot more power. If you can't give them the 100 watts they need, you'll be leaving some sound on the table. I ended up bridging my amp to give 150W RMS x 2 @ 4O and the difference in sound quality was huge. I ended up just letting my head unit power the rear speakers because the fronts sound soooo much better with the additional power.

One issue that I ran into during my installation is that the crossovers can be sensitive to picking up noise depending on where in the vehicle you place them. I initially had mine in the front kick panels but I noticed that when my headlights came on a faint buzzing could be heard---even when the speaker wires were disconnected from the amp! The crossover was the culprit. I relocated it and the noise is gone.

Pros: Great value, smooth sound.

Cons: Need lots of power to really shine, crossover is sensitive to induced noise.

Polk Audio db6501

Written by: Anonymous from Georgia on August 24, 2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Clearity is spot on. Exactly what I wanted for my jeep.



New business plan

Written by: Kedz from New York on July 13, 2015

2014 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I own a 2014 Jeep Wrangler. I found a dealer to install these, even though he doesn't carry the Polk Audio brand. He asked a couple times why I don't want the Rockford Fosgate/Kicker, or other brand speaker (which he sold). He also wanted to sell me a subwoofer. I told him these have better specs. He was unimpressed. I have Polk Audio front and rear matched up with the new high power Sony receiver. When the installation was done, he turned up the volume for a test run. At 100% volume, he began to smile and his eyes got wide. He said "Man, is this clear. It sounds great!" I told him he should start selling Polk Audio and he responded "I probably should." We both agree, I do not need a subwoofer. I can't imagine why people would spend more money to buy lesser speakers? Look at the specifications people. These are amazing speakers with top notch materials and they are marine approved. Good thing with the top off of the Jeep. I had Polk Audio in my last Jeep and will continue to buy Polk Audio as long as they make the best speakers on the market.

Pros: Best frequency response I could find in a 6.5 inch round. Top of the line materials. Excellent power handling. Marine rated, which is great for having the top down. Excellent sound (clarity and quality). Not that I care, but they look great as well.

Cons: Not one.

Awesome sound

Written by: Anonymous from Townsend, Ma on July 9, 2015

2002 Harley Davidson Road Glide
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Good sound at an affordable price



Polk Audio db6501

Written by: Eric from Vermont on June 13, 2015

2008 Toyota Tundra
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

These sound as good as they look And user selectable high and pass filter makes makes the sound more customizable



Polk Audio db6501

Written by: Bob L from Philly on June 9, 2015

2003 GMC Envoy XL
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Speakers are fine. Installed 4 of them - front and back. Installation kit is great - good options for installing the tweeters. Sound is OK for what they are. Not driving with them with a separate amp, so that my limit what I can get. Highs and lows are not stand-out, but reasonably happy with them.



Good speakers

Written by: SteveJ from Illinois on April 29, 2015

2004 Buick Rainier
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Instantly improved the sound over my stock speakers.



Polk Audio db6501

Written by: Anonymous from Harwood ND on April 21, 2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Polk makes some of the best speakers at a reasonable price. These components sound great even on a factory deck. Could use a external amp.

Pros: Great full body sound. Reasonable price. Look great.

Cons: None.

Polk Audio db6501

Written by: Anonymous from Kahului, Hawaii on April 21, 2015

2003 Audi A4
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Great sounding components at a spectacular price!

Pros: Great price, quality sound, awesome highs

Cons: None so far

Polk Audio db6501

Written by: BillB from New Castle, Pennsylvania on April 5, 2015

The speakers sound great. With everything that came in the box it was a breeze to install.



Polk Audio db6501

Written by: David from Albert Lea mm on April 5, 2015

2002 Chevrolet Avalanche
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Fits in an 02 Avalanche not bad



Polk db6501

Written by: Stroked out 59 from Utah on March 31, 2015

1997 Dodge Ram 3500
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Really nice set up I have them running on a alpine 4 channel 300 watt amp and it rattles the hell out my 97 cummins! Can't wait to get a bigger amp!

Pros: Sound great, staight forward instal, sound good even after rms has been exceeded

Cons: Wires seems to get warm when running 100 rms

Awesome performance for the price

Written by: rottboy - 2015 Honda Fit LX from Hawaii on March 29, 2015

Installed Polk DB-6501 components last Oct., 2014 after taking delivery of our 2015 Honda Fit. Coming from the wife's Lexus RX350 equipped with the factory M. Levinson system, I knew my sound requirements would be unhappy with the stock Honda sounds like that of my previous '08 Fit. Wanting to maintain the OEM HU (reverse park camera integrated to HU screen), upgraded the audio components with an Audison processor, a Kenwood 4 channel Excelon amp and a Kenwood powered sub. To get the maximum results, installed sound-deadened (using MLV, CCL, CLD tiles) since the whole interior was taken apart to do wiring simultaneously. It took me two weeks working a couple hours daily. In the end, worth all the effort. With the OEM HU retained, the steering controls including phone controls are maintained. Sound difference however, is astounding!!! Every instrument can be clearly heard as well as distinct separation from L-R + F-R. My only advise would be to use a decent amp to power the Polks to achieve its potential. Using the power from any factory OEM HU would be giving these speakers an injustice. If wanting to upgrade the cheapo factory speakers, your better off to buy more efficiently rated speakers (cheaper-10 to 30 watts). Supplied speaker brackets need a bit of minor modification doable with a Dremel to make them fit the Honda's factory holes. No sheet metal drilling was required. Driving this little eco sub-compact is now extremely pleasureable both city & hwy.

Pros: - easy install - defined highs, mids

Cons: - needs a decent power amp - tweeter is pretty sharp but can be toned down through the crossover

Awesome set.

Written by: Anonymous from catawba,sc on March 29, 2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Night and day difference from factory speakers. Install them in the rear doors off my truck. With an alpine amp.



couldn't be happier

Written by: Purcell C from Norristown, PA on March 28, 2015

when used in the right application these speakers are as good as any speakers on the planet I have a 1998 Mustang GT Convertible Polk db5251components up front and Polk dB6501components in rear AlpineCDA 148 BT head unit Alpine amplifier PDX F 6 sound ordnance self powered sub system by the Polk speakers you won't be disappointed.I Could Not be happier.



Incredible sound

Written by: dave from Ohio on March 26, 2015

2010 Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Installed in 2010 Jetta Sportwagen. Sound is Polk quality and is huge difference over stock.

Pros: Great sound

Cons: Tweeters not simple to install. Had to drill in the door panel but looks fantastic.

Very Efficient But Sound A Bit Hollow In My Application

Written by: sirbOOmdotcom from United States on 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! from Oklahoma City on January 8, 2015

2012 Jeep Wrangler
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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 from Texas on 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 from Belmont, MS on December 13, 2014

2006 Toyota Tacoma
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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 from Weirton, WV on December 9, 2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

Polk Audio Speakers

Written by: Michael from Coweta, OK on October 14, 2014

2005 Chevrolet Avalanche
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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 from Charlotte, NC on October 10, 2014

2010 Jeep Wrangler
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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 from Phoenix, AZ on October 7, 2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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 from Firt Worth on September 22, 2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

Polk Audio db6501

Written by: jay from Havre De Grace, MD on August 24, 2014

2012 Mitsubishi Lancer
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Awesome product. Sound is absolutely amazing

Pros: Install was very easy!

Cons: None

Best speakers!

Written by: SilverRoach from Barranquitas, PR on August 21, 2014

2005 Volkswagen Beetle
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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 from Spanaway,wa on August 19, 2014

2007 Saturn Aura
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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 from South Carolina on August 19, 2014

2010 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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.

Polk audio db6501

Written by: Elvis from Keller, texas on August 15, 2014

2013 Volkswagen Golf
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Very good sound

Pros: Easy speaker installation

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


Written by: Nigel from Orlando on August 13, 2014

2005 Nissan Altima
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Amazing sound. And it's affordable

Pros: Sound

Cons: None

Jeep Grand Cherokee 2008

Written by: tyler from Mke WI on August 11, 2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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 from San Francisco, CA on August 9, 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. from Roanoke, VA on July 21, 2014

2013 Hyundai Elantra
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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. from murrryland on June 27, 2014

2007 Jeep Liberty
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Great speakers great price

Pros: Sound great

Cons: None

Exceeded expectations

Written by: RMJ from Fredericksburg, VA on June 24, 2014

Beautiful, crisp, clean sound.

Pros: Everything

Cons: None

Great Speakers in 2007 Silverado

Written by: SJ E from Boston, MA on June 24, 2014

2007 Chevrolet Silverado (New Body Style
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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 from Sandy, Utah on June 17, 2014

1999 Toyota Tacoma
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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 from Minneapolis, MN on 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.

Polk Audio db6501

Written by: drep from memphis on March 21, 2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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 from North Vernon, IN on March 10, 2014

2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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.

Polk Audio db6501

Written by: JF from Nashville, TN on January 28, 2014

2005 Volkswagen Jetta
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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



Installed in 2001 Silverrado

Written by: Wayne F from St. Cloud, MN on January 18, 2014

2001 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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 from ballard, ut on January 14, 2014

2006 GMC Sierra Denali
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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 from San Mateo, CA on January 8, 2014

2004 Acura RSX
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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 from SW, FL on December 11, 2013

2007 Honda Ridgeline
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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 from Omaha Nebraska on November 10, 2013

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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 from Stewartsville, NJ on October 11, 2013

1998 Dodge Durango
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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 from Beaumont, Texas on October 7, 2013

2005 GMC Canyon
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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 from San Diego, CA on September 26, 2013

2002 Pontiac Firebird
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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 from Blackstone, VA on September 17, 2013

2010 Hyundai Sonata
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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 from Greene Va on 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 from Palm Bay, FL on August 1, 2013

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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 from Indianapolis, IN on July 14, 2013

2002 Subaru Forester
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

Polk Audio db6501

Written by: Spiro from Charlotte, NC on July 6, 2013

2000 Acura Integra
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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 from Zachary, Louisiana on July 2, 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 from NH on June 13, 2013

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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 from Huntington Beach on June 9, 2013

2006 Toyota Tundra
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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. from Raleigh, NC on June 8, 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

Polk Audio db6501

Written by: will from Voorhees, NJ on March 29, 2013

2011 Honda Ridgeline
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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 from Coeur d' Alene, ID on 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 from Northern, NJ on March 8, 2013

2000 Pontiac Firebird
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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 from Queens, NY on February 24, 2013

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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 from Amarillo,Tx on January 5, 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 from Raleigh, NC on December 23, 2012

2012 Toyota Tundra
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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 from Atlanta, Ga on December 5, 2012

Great for the money.



Good while they last

Written by: Anonymous from Holly Springs, NC on September 10, 2012

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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 from Salem, Or on 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 from Nashville, TN on August 25, 2012

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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 from Mt. Vernon, AR on 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 from Tampa, FL on July 16, 2012

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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



Installed Twice

Written by: RayC from GA on July 13, 2012

2002 Toyota 4Runner
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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 from Clawson, Mi on July 9, 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 from Yuba City, CA on June 27, 2012

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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 from Manchester, NH on June 15, 2012

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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 from Colorado on June 5, 2012

2003 Toyota 4Runner
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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 from Wisconsin on 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 from NJ on April 27, 2012

2004 Toyota Highlander
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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 from Andover, MN. on April 10, 2012

1999 Chevrolet Tahoe
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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 from st joe mo on March 10, 2012

2002 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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 from Astoria, ny on February 23, 2012

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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 from Los Angeles on September 4, 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 from Atlanta, GA on 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 from Indianapolis on May 16, 2011

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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 from Vacaville, CA on 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 from VIRGINIA BEACH VA on April 5, 2011

1999 Toyota 4Runner
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)




Powerful Polk

Written by: Charles from Maryland on April 4, 2011

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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 from Seale, Alabama on March 17, 2011

1994 Chevrolet C Series
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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



Polk Audio db6501

Written by: michaelw from Franklin, TN on February 1, 2011

2004 Nissan 350Z
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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. from alexandria va on 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 from Dallas, TX on 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. from Lansing, MI on October 20, 2010

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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 from florida on September 21, 2010

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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



Polk Audio db6501

Written by: E from Garland , TX on August 28, 2010

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Really did`nt like these speakers. Could`nt hear them as well as the rear doors.
Not to say that they are not good , I loved the full range for rear doors, just not for me.



Great Component Speakers

Written by: Jody from Bassett, VA on August 19, 2010

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Great sounding component speakers! I installed these in the front doors of my 2000 Toyota Tacoma extra cab. I mounted the crossovers in the kick panel and the tweeters are high on the door.

The sound quality is great! The highs are crisp and rich and the woofers hit solid. I got the dynamat speaker kit and the woofer sounds tight in a good way! The only complaint I have is that the tweeters seem to get harsh too quickly at higher volume levels. I realize that high volume and distortion do this, but I was hoping the distortion or harsh level would be a little later on the twist of the volume knob. I am running a Bazooka 65w per channel @ 4ohm amp. Perhaps if I had spent out a little more on the amp I may could get what I am after. Enough about the negatives. These are great sounding speakers and I don't think you can go wrong with them.

One unique thing that I can report on that may be of help to someone trying to decide on these versus the cheaper Sound Ordinance components is the fact that I got the S/O for the rear of my extra cab. Since the tweeter and woofer proximity from my ears are very similar to the Polks and they are powered from the same Bazooka 4 channel amp, I think I can give a fairly accurate "Apples to Apples" report of the difference in sound quality. My summary - the Polks sound like $200 speakers and the S/0 sound like $100 ones. The Polks are worth the extra money, but the S/0 will not let you down if you are on a budget.



Worth the investment

Written by: Anonymous from Carneys Point, NJ on August 17, 2010

2001 Toyota Camry Solara
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I put these in the front doors of my 2001 Toyota Solara. Well worth the investment as they give clean tight sound.



Polk Audio Rookie

Written by: Anonymous from K.C. on July 4, 2010

2002 Ford Taurus SES

I have always used Boston Acoustics components in my vehicles in the past, but from the way these Polk db 6501 components perform, I may have to rethink that loyalty. I had to stick to a pretty tight budget this time so I chose these speakers to handle the highs and mids, and I have been pleasantly surprised. The tweeters are very smooth and easy to listen to at a high volume, and the woofers are loud, accurate, and seem to handle a good amount of power without complaint. The included hardware makes installation a snap, and the crossovers are somewhat small and easy to conceal. All in all, I have to say that if you don't have six or seven hundred to drop on your door speakers, these have no ability to disappoint. Oh, before I forget, Chuck the advisor was a big help in my decision making process and the overall experience with Crutchfield was first rate!!



New Polk Audio Fan

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

2002 Toyota 4Runner
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Great Speakers ( SUPER CLEAN SOUND), I know i didn't go wrong i have purchased many after market speakers in the past some very high end and some middle of the road . Some of the high speakers i have purchased I experienced buyers remorce immediately ( Not With these )I'm powering the speakers with one of the Alpine behind the dash power packs it seems to be doing the job very well but i believe I could throw alot more power at these speakers for an even better sound. The Sale That was Going On During The Time Of Purchase Deffinatley Made It easier to make my decision .



Cant be beat

Written by: ENGELKE6 from Phnx Az on June 10, 2010

Not sure why i wld spend $700 or more on a pair of components. These ar accurate and the price makes them even more attractive. I'd buy them again. Pushed witha tiny Pioneer amp and just upgraded to a MTX JH404 and sounds even better. Love them!



Exactly what I needed

Written by: JohnMc from Between Baltimore and Washinton on June 7, 2010

2001 Nissan Frontier
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Speakers are exactly what I needed. I did not use the cross over as the connectors on the speakers and all the cables provided would require cutting and sodering new connections. Since the Frontier already had seperate tweeters I tested them using the factory connections and everything works fine I then used the provided connectors to connect the wolfers.



Outstanding sound

Written by: Terrance from Cary, NC on May 25, 2010

2010 Jeep Wrangler
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I installed these speakers in the dash of a 2010 Jeep Wrangler with a factory radio. I bypassed the factory crossover and used the one that came with the speakers. I have always been a fan of Polk Audio but I was a little disappointed after turning them on. The tweeters sounded great but the woofers were muddy. I stopped and thought about the structure of the woofers. They are stiff, so I thought I would give them a few days to break in. Several days later and WOW, these things rock. I now hear tones that I was missing with the factory speakers. My next step is to put a little power behind them.



Never been so disappointed

Written by: Hanise from Lewis Town, Maine on May 13, 2010

2007 Pontiac G6
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Installed this along with JVC Arsenal Kdahd69 HU and Alpine Type-S SWS-1023D 10" Dual 2-ohm Component Sub 50-300 watts RMS and Sound Ordance Amp M4100-100 watts RMS x 4 at 4 ohms (135 watts RMS x 4 at 2 ohms)to fire up the front door speakers and rear on my 2007 G6 and it sounded terrible! Even after a few tweaking by the sound guy, whole unit sounded like a bad transistor radio! And the main sound come from the tweeter! I know I bought an awesome eqpts but WHAT HAPPENED????

I may be a girl but i DO know what a good sound it! Is there a way to make this sound 'awesome' like everyone elses??



Power Up for total Satisfaction

Written by: Frank from Indy, Indiana on May 11, 2010

After reading the reviews here on the Polks db6501's it appeared they would be just what I was looking for. I made the purchase along with a bunch of other goodies including a Kenwood KVT-614 DVD Receiver. The Polk's were to replace my factory Infinity 6 1/2's. I installed the KVT-614 a week prior to attempting to switch out the speakers. I did it this way on purpose just so I would get a better taste per the speaker sound difference in a comparison. The Infinity's were just a 6 1/2 only speaker being driven off a very small factory amp which delivers only 7-8 watts per each speaker. And as you know the Polk db 6501 package is a complete component setup. I only replaced 1 rear door speaker and set fader to put everything to the rear speakers. I have to admit it was at this point I was disappointed. The Polks did not play as loud at low and mid-range volume. However they did out perform the Factory Infinity at the high end level. I then realized if I wanted to be serious about the sound I was after with the Polk's I would need to by-pass the factory speaker wiring and add a larger amp. I did just that with the amp being a 50 watts per channel alpine. And boyz let me tell ya, the Polks performance now was simply AWESOME! The Polk's come with plenty of replacement speaker wire. Use it, and add a little juice (power) and you'll be blown away as I was!



Holy WOW

Written by: Matthew from Norfolk, VA on May 3, 2010

Why Crutchfield has not placed these in their Signature Series, I have no idea. I bought
these to replace the pair of Kenwood KFC-P708 that had blown after only 4 months,
expecting them to be equivalent due to similar price tags. I was so wrong.

Driven by an Alpine PDX 4.100 amplifier, these speakers produced so much bass, I
could no longer discern my JL Audio 10W3v3 subwoofer (driven from an Alpine PDX
1.600) from these. To top it off, they hit clean and tight from the very first thump. Once I
installed sound deadener in the doors to rid of new-found rattles, these speakers nearly
brought a tear to my eye.

Already in love with my Polk Audio Home Theater System, I am now a Polk Car Audio
enthusiast for life. These speakers are the reason I am replacing my JL Audio 10W3v3
with a Polk SR104-DVC subwoofer.



Polk Audio db6501

Written by: Leon from Lithonia, GA. on April 18, 2010

2002 Nissan Maxima
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Words can't describe the sound of these speakers. They are one of the best I've
heard in this price range. They sound better than those costing 4 times the price of
these speakers. These are good for any music. Get a good amp and you'll be happy.



Wonderful speakers, and I'm picky!

Written by: JVL from Upstate, NY on March 28, 2010

2008 Chevrolet Colorado
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I recently purchased these to upgrade my Chevy Colorado's terrible stock system. My plan
was to pair these (front) and a pair of db 651 coaxials (back) with a Kenwood Excelon KDC-
X794.My plan was to use deck power only and eventually add a sub. Well let me tell you,
these things are so awesome I am no longer in such a rush to add the sub. No kidding,
and remember I'm only using deck power. What I first noticed upon installing these
speakers was incredibly smooth sound. Very silky highs, great definition and superb
balance up and down the spectrum. Flat eq was tremendous, but when I engaged the bass
boost in the Kenwood I heard more low end than I ever expected out of any 6.5" speaker
driven with such relatively little power. I run the db crossovers at neutral tweeter level,
added just a little high end in the head unit and bingo: sonic nirvana.I will still move forward
with my sub plans, but fear not: these speakers, with a good head unit, are just fantasitc
and at a price that cannot be beat. I found myself driving around today just so I could
the sound quality.



Clear, loud & detailed! Great speaker

Written by: Sal from Cape Coral, FL on March 25, 2010

After reviewing several competing speakers (Boston Acoustic, Infinity, etc) I decided to go with the Polks. I have them hooked up to a JVC amp that was part of a special here on Crutchfield, giving each side 100w RMS. These speakers love the power! I wouldn't recommend installing these to be powered only by your aftermarket headunit, but as long as you have a good 100w RMS or more they will reward you with excellent sound! The tweeters produce clear but not too bright highs, and the mids put out decent bass as can be expected from the 6.5" size. I'll be adding a 10" sub to fill in the missing lower bass, but for now I can finally enjoy great sounding music in my Corvette!
Thanks goes to Crutchfield for being the best site to order car audio, bar none!




Written by: Shawn from Texas on November 3, 2009

What can I say about these speakers....I love them! I had originally bought the
infinity reference coaxial speakers and they were terrible sounding
speakers....I mean really bad.

These speakers have far and away gone above my expectations. The woofers do a
great job of hitting mid bass. Good for rock and country. They installed in my
Dodge Dakota with very minimal modifications. Added a little Dynamat and wow
they sound great! I am pushing these with the Alpine power pack and using the
Alpine CDA-105 deck. I am running Polk DB651 coaxials for the rear speakers and
the sound is just astounding! You will not be let down by the Polk DB6501
series speakers.



07 civic LX Coupe

Written by: Anonymous from athens, GA on October 6, 2009

These are the best speakers I have ever owned. They replaced my factory speakers and added tons of clarity to my music without losing bass. They aren't as good as having a sub but, I wanted to add a good system to my civic without losing space. So, having subs just wasn't an option i wanted to go. I tried several other speakers before settling on these. Everything else sounded good but lost a lot of bass compared to factory. These were a perfect balance. I paired these with an alpine CDA-9886 head unit and the alpine KTP-445 power pack. I used scosche speaker adaptor brackets instead of the ones supplied. The Civic had tons of room at the opposite end of the door behind the panel to mount the crossover. The tweeters will not fit in factory locations in a 06+ civic. The tweeters are much larger than factory and wont even fit in the hole in the dash without cutting plastic and doing some modification to the old tweeter grill. I didn't want to risk cracking the dash or cutting supporting plastic that might make it crack or warp later so i mounted the tweeter on the door. These tweeters are awesome even at the -3db setting they were extremely bright.



Best components the price.

Written by: Reese from Houston, TX on September 27, 2009

2005 Toyota Camry
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Replaced Infinity reference components in 2005 Camry, what an improvement. The infinitys are ok, but there's something to be said for a silk dome that Polk has that Infinity does not. This is my third set (bought Polk before for wife's Mazda Tribute) and by far for the money these are leaps above the factory speakers and the Infinity reference series.

As for the setup, I have them running off of 4 channel 50 rms Rockford fosgate amp with an Alpine MRP-450 running my MTX dual 12s (paralleled) in a sealed enclosure. Combined this creates a rich sound without the holes that many other systems have on the road. I like to hear the mid range tones and natural highs with comparable bass to make every song sound as it should, regardless if it's rock, rap, or top 40.

Also, Crutchfield provided everything to make the install very easy.



Polk Audio db6501

Written by: steve from san francisco, ca on July 1, 2009

2005 Honda S2000
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I bought these for my 2005 S2000 despite crutchfield's claim that it will not fit, I was able to make it fit by simply using the included plastic spacer. Check some of the online forums for installation tips. A trip to the hardware store is necessary for several mounting screws since the OEM speaker mounting screws will not fit. When I was comparing the OEM honda with these speakers, I did not think that it was going to sound that much better because the size and weight of the magnet/speaker was only slightly larger/heavier than oem. When I powered it up though, the sound was 10 times better that stock. I am only using a pioneer DEH-P5000UB head unit and I like the bass it produces even if I turn it up. Unfortunately, I have a convertible so the interior cabin is noisy on the freeway even with the top up so there a bit of distortion if I turn it up really high. An amp would probably do these speakers justice.



Great Value!!!

Written by: txmikeb from Keller, TX on June 15, 2009

1993 Ford Mustang
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

These speakers rock!!! I've never tried Polk Audio, but figured I would give them a shot b/c these speakers actually fit into my doors without the need of a spacer. Once I fired them up, I was really impressed with the mid-bass response, and overall clarity. The tweeter can be a bit overwhelming at times, but nothing some good tuning can't sort out. For the money, you would be hard pressed to find a component system that sounded like this.



Love These Speakers!!

Written by: dfwbrownsfan from Keller, TX on May 17, 2009

2006 Subaru Impreza WRX STi
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Just put these speakers in my 06 STI...WOW is all I can say. Incredible Speakers!! For the price this is a no brainer. An amplifier is a must with these bad boys. Thanks again Keith for the great customer service.



2004 BMW 330Ci

Written by: Randall from NC on May 3, 2009

2007 Hummer H3
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

These fit in the rear deck on the 330Ci if the original speaker mounts are used to hold them in. The sound is fantastic and when complemented with the 5.25s in the front, sound incredible. The 6501s give a slightly better response than the 5.25" on the lower end but that's to be expected. It's a shame the door panels on the BMW won't accept these in the front doors.

Imaging was accomplished easily by setting the tweeter gain on the crossover for the fronts as float and on the rear, -3 db. This gives very good results.



Sounds like a Concert!

Written by: Anthony from Chicago, IL on April 28, 2009

In a 2001 VW GTI VR6:

Huge increase of clarity and accuracy powered by a Infinity 475a amp than my stock monsoon speakers powered by the head unit. This my best purchase I made in my life.

Pro: Clear, Clarity, and accuracy. Now I can really hear what my mp3s sound like. I might have to use cds because mp3 were only 128kbs to 320kbs quality. I can only turn it up so far, because my ear will hurt, but I can turn them really high but have to step out of the car though and jam out to the music.

Cons: Do notice a hiss when nothing is being played. I don't know what would cause this. but disappears when i have my music is on. Putting them in my car was somewhat easy install had to fab my door tweeters and the back ones also. I used the brackets to install the woofers that came with the speakers. Won't to bad to install though.

I would definitely reccommend this to anyone. You might want to install a sub, because i have a 15" kicker L7. Also these speakers are louder than the L7. Thats a big plus i was afraid that they wouldn't be loud enough, but they sound perfectly with the L7. I heard they need alot of power, but my amp is 75w rms x 4. So they are loud enough for me.



Best Possible Speakers

Written by: alexander from nj on April 6, 2009

2004 Honda accord coupe:

Just put these bad boys in a few days ago and i will say they are absolutely phenomenal. These are the best speakers I have every had without a single doubt.

Before putting in these components into the front of my car, i was running infinity kappa's 50.7cs off of an alpine MRP f300. The difference between the infinity and these is night and day, I was always all about infinity but have been instantly converted to polk audio.

One word of caution: these speakers require a great deal of power. At max gain with my kenwood head unit all the way up i hear zero distortion but the speakers are still lacking power ( getting 50watt/channel) and my alpine amp is not enough for these. A good, powerful amp is an absolute must for these



Perfect Balance

Written by: Roger from AJ, Arizona on March 12, 2009

I had Kenwood components in my Silverado. Did not like them. Replaced with JBL's coaxials, did not like them either! Decided to go with these Polk db6501's. BEST CHOICE I EVER MADE!! Absolutely PERFECT balance. Great highs as well as lows. Easy installation. You will not be dissapointed!!



Amazing speakers very happy!

Written by: Billy from Alexandria VA on February 19, 2009

I got these speakers to replace the front 6.5" Bose components and the 6.5" in the rear quarter panel in my 03 Infiniti G35. I had to costom mount the tweeter in the panel, but man am I glad I did. I have to say with the 2 sets of DB6501 6.5" on one set of 5.5" DB5251's to replace the 6x9 slot the SQL is amazing. I cant speak for the speakers by themselves, but the 3 sets of DB's pound just as heavy as my sub. I installed all at once before
listing to the sound is why Im saying that. I want to make sure you understand you will need a subwoofer to make the complete sound stage but the bass it clean and responcive. I am using my Pieneer 4 channel 600 watt amp pushing 75watts RMS to the 6.5"and 60watts RMS to the 5.5" they can only be played just a little over half volume before its to loud to even sit in the car. Thats no exzageration. Let me add that there is not a
single bit of distortion from these speakers AT ALL. That is my pet peave the people that listen to their speakers so loud they distort. Also dont spend this much money on a set of speakers and keep a stock head unit it makes no since. I have an Alpine 9874 HU it works make the SQL so much better. So all in all I give this series a 5 star rating amazing highs very strong mids. If you deside to buy these you will not be disapointed.



Great set of components

Written by: Anthony from Atlanta, GA on November 18, 2008

I've had these speakers for a couple years now. I got them for a Nissan single cab pickup. I figured with the lack of space for speakers in this truck, the components would allow a little more bass than 3 or 2 ways. I was right!! Hooked up to a 2-channel Alpine amp, these speakers sound awesome in such a small cab!!! You can get amazing highs from the tweeters and great lows from the woofers. Highly recommended set!!

Of course Crutchfield is the best also. I've been buying from them for years and always get top-notch service. Thanks!!



Great Replacement Speakers in 00 Discovery

Written by: Greg from Jasper, AL on October 13, 2008

2000 Land Rover Discovery
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

These speakers sound amazing, especially when compared to the factory speakers in my truck. The T-harnesses that were supplied made installation very easy as well. I would highly reccommend these speakers to anyone who wants to achieve fantastic sound out of their vehicle on just a speaker change. I've not managed to change the head unit yet but there is a night and day difference from these speakers to stock. I took the easy way out and just used factory wiring and factory crossovers. I'll replace the wiring and crossovers when I add an amp and replace the head unit.

As a side note, these will fit in the rear doors with no major modification (had to drill holes in the door panel to mount speaker) Installation went very smooth.



Great Sound for the Budget Conscious

Written by: Douglas from Bloomington, IL on August 29, 2008

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

The bass response is tight without being muddy. The tweeters are bright, but not piercing or scratchy, and are easily dialed down with the crossover switch (-3db, 0dB, or +3dB). I have them loaded in the front of my 93' Camry sedan, and I'm happy with the purchase. Even without an amp or an impressive deck, I'm pleased with the clarity of the sound reproduction, and likewise I am not disappointed with the accuracy of the bass at higher volumes. For the budget conscious, these are a perfect addition to a starting a modest, reference system.

db6501s will not reproduce the boom or thump one would expect from a sub, but the 6.5" woofers adequately punch lower frequencies (~150hz to 200hz), accentuating the beats of hip-hop, electronic, and
rock. The woofers also add a rich organic/ analogue depth to more stripped down acoustic sessions. However, these woofers are midrange speakers, and are not meant to replace or occupy the sound-space of subs (<=200hz).

As I've stated, if you are budget conscious, and/or leery of starting off with a bulky, bass/amp package, these are a modest addition. However, I do recommend eventually complimenting these speakers with a tight 12" sub to round out the over bottom sound.



Fantastic Sound

Written by: WAYNE from Tucson, AZ on August 15, 2008

2004 Toyota Tundra
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I got these to replace a nice pair of aftermarket full range speakers that just didn't sound right. My advisor recommended these over the Polk MOMOs because I was driving them with my head unit and the db's have higher sensitivity rating (thanks Ziggy). The mid/bass speakers were a straight swap in the doors, and the tweeters replaced factory tweeters. The tweeter opening in the door needed to be enlarged slightly with a dremel tool which was easy. I located the cross over units at the top of each kick panel to have access to the treble switches. The install took a little longer then I thought because of the cross overs, but wasn't bad. Once installed, I set my sound levels, adjusted the Blaupunkt Thb200A sub, and went for a test drive. By the half mile mark, I had a *huge* grin on my face, and I'm thinking "...ok, now that's more like it". There was an enormous improvement in sound quality. The speakers are so clear and transparent, and the imaging is amazing. My HU is a Pioneer 50Wx4 and it handles the db's well with volume settings maybe 15% higher than before. I love these. Negatives? I can now tell that some of my CDs are not as well produced as others, and I want to stay in the car even after I get home.



Very Satisfied

Written by: Jeff from Texas on May 19, 2008

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I've got them in my front doors and I'm powering them with a 160w RMS X2
amp. I've deadened the doors quite a bit, the sound is amazing.



Decent speakers for the $$

Written by: Matt from Seattle, WA on April 28, 2008

1996 Subaru Legacy
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Pros: These speakers sound pretty good, especially if you are upgrading from a factory setup. They offer a decent amount of mid-bass with surprising clarity and complement my 10" Kicker Solobaric well, which says a lot since Solobarics tend to be more on the low end of the frequency range. Don't buy these expecting to get a ton of bass by themselves though (which is usually the case with separates anyway). The highs are quite clear and give a nice "edge" to styles like techno and hip hop, but are not as well suited for rock, metal, etc (distortion guitar doesn't sound as good as other speakers I've heard).

Cons: There is one flaw in these speakers, and unfortunately it is one big enough to knock the rating down to 3 stars. I've owned these for 2 months now, and no matter how much I try, I can't get rid of a certain frequency from the tweeters that seems to pierce your ears. For example, in some songs, whenever the singer sings a word with an "S" in it, the "sss" rings considerably louder than anything else. The speakers tend to hit that frequency where it hurts just right. I've owned many car speakers and I've never had any with a harsh frequency like that. If you buy these, I would recommend a head unit with some sort of EQ or high frequency control. On the Alpine CD-9884 you can change the center of the high frequency, which helps a lot, but doesn't quite solve the problem completely. Besides that though, they do sound good the majority of the time.



great speakers

Written by: Frank from Currituck NC on April 6, 2008

I have 2 sets of these in my 02 Mustang GT, hooked up to a 4-channel Kenwood amp and all I can say is wow they sound amazing. I've only had them a week but so far I am very impressed. For the money you can't go wrong.




Written by: Mike from Fort Wayne, IN on March 26, 2008

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I currently have the speakers powered by the amp in my Kenwood head unit and I can't say I'm as impressed with the sound I am getting... YET. The mid and high frequencies are very good, but I am really lacking any kind of decent bass at all. I plan on solving that soon with the Sony XM-4S amp. (The only small 4 channel amp I can find) I have high hopes that putting a bit of wattage behind the speakers will help resolve my low frequency problem.




Written by: DJ from killeen,tx on March 24, 2008

2008 Honda Civic EX
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

haven't found a reason to complain about the speakers yet. i have them
hooked up to a jl audio 300/4, and all is well. highs are crisp and clean.
midbass is good. this is the best set of speakers i've bought so far. would
definitely reccomend them.



Polk DB 6501's

Written by: Peter from Manchester, New Hampshire on March 22, 2008

I got these speakers last month for my 2005 Toyota Tundra access cab. The speakers themselves are terriffic! The reason I gave them four stars is because I had a real hard time installing them. My specific problems were that I had to make speaker brackets because Crutchfield's supplied ones didn't fit. My second problem is that the cross-overs are difficult to put into place. Last but not least... YOU NEED AN AMP! I installed these running off my head unit and they sound really bad! I took them inside and demo'd them on my home theater system and realized the speakers are great! (my car radio is just really bad!) I hope this review helped. Peter



Great Speakers

Written by: Scott from Riverside, CA on March 11, 2008

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

These component speakers are as good as advertised. I have two pairs of
these speakers and am powering them with a 750x4 amp. This way the
speakers are powered accordingly. The key to making these speakers
sound how you want them to is to adjust your amp and EQ. I wouldn't
spend the money if you plan on just powering these speakers with your
deck or a lower powered amp. You need to feed these speakers!



2007 Tacoma DC

Written by: Matt from Bay Area, CA on February 13, 2008

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

What I got from Crutchfield:
Alpine CDA-9886 Receiver
Polk Audio db6501
Blaupunkt PCA1350 for sub
Blaupunkt PCA2120 for polks

Non-crutchfield: 10" sub kit, dash kit and sub wiring kit. Dynamat xtreme. USB extension and 4gb usb drive.

I'm very satisfied with this system and the polks. The sound is very clean, details come through very well, no matter how high the volume. I used a wide range of music to adjust the amps and rarely need to use the Alpine to adjust the sound. Alpine looks and features are great and easy to use. I notice the same iPod issues as listed in the reviews. I use my iPod for the gym, so I mostly use the USB drive.

Between the Crutchfield site and others, there's plenty of good info to help do the install yourself and save hundreds.



ralph 99 ranger 4 door

Written by: ralph from oklahoma on January 22, 2008

instaled 2 sets of db6501 componet speakers in my truck . when i was installing these speakers i noticed that the crossovers had a tweeter output switch. I set all the crossovers to +3db because i like to hear all the high sounds without turning the treble way up .after all was hooked up (alpine 4 channel head unit-pioneer 4 channel 400w amp)I was shocked at how clean and crisp all the highs sounded and how solid the woofers hit .this was by far the best choice for speakers.(installed 12-26-07)



Phenominal improvement

Written by: Thew from San Francisco, California on January 20, 2008

I chose these in replace the "premium" factory seperates up front in my truck, at first powering them with the head unit and later adding a small 4x50w amp under the front passenger's seat. Even before I added the amp, these speakers were a noticeable improvement. The factory "premium" speakers I replaced were flimsy with small magnets... if that's premium then our culture doesn't listen very much.

I was expecting a bit more from the low end (which I got) but what shocked me most was that these polks really cleaned up the midrange. I never realized just how muddy voices sounded on my factory rig; after installing these everything was clean and crisp. Never expected it to make a difference for talk radio!

Tweeters are bright and not overly harsh. I have them mounted in the factory location (dash, compared to the woofers which are on the door) so better placement would likely create a much nicer soundstange.

Once I added the 4 channel amp it was like comparing a big-rig engine at idle to an old VW beetle; even at moderate volumes the speakers seemed to fill the cab with ease.

Bottom line: even if your stock system is labeled "Premium" or "Bose" or whatever, they still used sub-standard speakers. These will make all your audio sources seem to play effortlessly, especially when you put in a small amp.



Great speakers

Written by: Jeff from Virginia Beach on December 27, 2007

I have a 2002 Trans am with the Monsoon 10 speaker system.. I got these speakers to replace my back seat stock componants and the tweeters for the the hatch stock tweeters.. These speakers sound really good.. It doesnt have the deep base that the stock woofers had but the base is more clean and can be turned up louder.. The tweeters with the crossovers installed sound amazing.. overall I am very satisfied with these speakers.. I am still running my stock Monsoon stereo and stock Monsoon amp.. It is possible to have very good sound from stock radios and amps.. If you are not looking for a subwoofer kind of base sound and want to keep everything stock except for the speakers then these will do the job..



These things sing

Written by: Anonymous from Kevc2448. Lake MS on December 3, 2007

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I replace my factory speakers in my 06 Chevy Colorado with these,and I am more than impressed! I am hearing things in my music that I've never heard before.
I cut out the factory tweeter and and flush mounted the polk tweeters in the factory position. The supplied hardware with the polks give them an O.E.M. look. I loved the tweeter level switch on the crossover,It really gives you the ability to adjust the sound to taste.The woofers have great detail on mid bass, and correct quickly on fast tempo drum beats. Its amazing how much a good set of components can clean up the rest of the system.They complement my subwoofer well. Every thing supplied by Crutchfield and polk really helped make a clean factory look installation.I believe its better to be heard and not seen!In the past I've used Alpine,Infinity, And MB Quart. I would put these up against any of those.
P.S. If you buy a set of these,be sure to mount the crossovers where you can get to them so you can adjust the tweeter level.



Polk Audio db6501

Written by: Jon from Denver, CO on October 8, 2007

2002 Dodge Durango
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I installed two sets of these Polk db6501's in my '02 Dodge Durango to replace the blown Infinity speakers that came factory. The sound is incredible. I adjusted the crossover to 0db and it sounds great. I'm only using the factory deck and Infinity amp to power them but plan on installing a couple Alpine amps to take advantage of their 100 watt RMS rating. These speakers are great. They installed very easily only requiring some minor cutting of the door panels for the tweeter mounts. The Polk tweeters required a little larger diameter hole than the stock Infinity tweeters. I had no problems installing these speakers in both the front and back doors with minimal experience in car audio. I have no regret in my purchase. The subs also create much more bass than I anticipated. Matched with the tweeters I get all the sounds now from high to low. Very impressed with it all.




Written by: shredderboy from Manama, Bahrain on July 8, 2007

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I recently installed these in my 1998 Nissan Frontier with a Profile AP400 and a pioneer deck, they are simply amazing! I purchased this setup simply so I could hear the music with the windows rolled down but am absolutely amazed by the quality and volume. With the instrutions and parts supplied by crutchfield installation was relatively simple and quick. I think the only down side is the truck is falling apart around the system, they dont deliver the bass you would get from a sub but they shake the plastic in my door. I would recomend this set to anyone, they sound great with the deck alone but amazing with an amp.



First time I've own Polk audio

Written by: Joseph from Weaver, AL on May 15, 2007

Got these in the doors. Got momo 6x9's in the back. These speakers are just awesome!! Make sure to put the matting on the doors. These handle all the power I can give them. You will not be disappointed!!! Invest. 'Nuff said.



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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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Why did you buy this?

The price drop and good reviews. [ RUSS  Feb 06, 2016 ]
I have purchased several sets of polks and they sound crisp and have never let me down. [ Scott  Feb 04, 2016 ]
ziggy said i would get great sound out of them in my new custom built rubicon! Ziggy's Bio: [ ron  Jan 20, 2016 ]
Recommended by staff and they have never lead me wrong (Rhonda from past orders and Daisy this order are always great, patient and give honest answers) Rhonda's Bio: Daisy's Bio: [ Martin  Jan 06, 2016 ]
I've bought these before. Amazing tweeters provide crystal clear sound across a wide Soundstage. The woofers provide tight bass and don't require a huge amp to sound great. Don't expect anything less from Polk! [ GRAFTON  Dec 23, 2015 ]
These speakers had the best frequency response in this size range [ Radu  Dec 23, 2015 ]
I like Polk audio [ Kevin  Dec 21, 2015 ]
love polk audio [ Kyle Colter  Dec 18, 2015 ]
I wanted silk dome tweeters with good sensitivity. I have always wanted to try Polk speakers. [ J.C.  Dec 17, 2015 ]
I've been getting some advice on what speakers to use from a good friend of mine and chose Polk Audios since they are one of the best speakers to buy. I saw the price reduction, about 80 bucks from it's original price and had to take the opportunity while I still had it. I can't wait to get my hands on these and hook them up. So many great reviews on Polk Audio systems as well. [ Anthony  Dec 14, 2015 ]
I have been a fan of Polk Audio since the stone ages. I liked the look of the crossover layout. [ Theodore H.  Dec 10, 2015 ]
Sound is balanced, warm, and smooth. Sound isn't very bright, so aural fatigue is less of an issue. [ Alexander  Dec 09, 2015 ]
Great sound and some mods will fit with roll cage. [ William  Dec 03, 2015 ]

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Install them in my 2001 Silverado with factory head unit and I am extremely pleased with the sound quality. [ Wayne  Dec 21, 2015 ]
Nends more power. They definitely sounds better than stock, but at higher volume levels get distorted. [ Shawn  Dec 21, 2015 ]