1.888.955.6000
 
 
1-888-955-6000
crutchfield.com
Crutchfield

Polk Audio db6501

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

Watch video
Zoom
  • Polk Audio db6501

    Front

  • Polk Audio db6501

    Back

  • Polk Audio db6501

  • Polk Audio db6501

 

Our take on the Polk Audio db6501

by Leigh Schoettinger
Polk Audio

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.

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.

See more info on this item

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)
  • 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

Priced per system

Hands-on research from the Crutchfield Labs (what are the Labs?)

Features and Specs
General
Speaker Size
Loading...
6 1/2
Design
Loading...
2-way
Tweeter Design
Loading...
1" Dome
Tweeter Composition
Loading...
Silk polymer composite
Woofer Composition
Loading...
Polymer mica composite
Woofer Surround
Loading...
Butyl rubber
Parts Warranty
Loading...
1 Year
Labor Warranty
Loading...
1 Year
Specifications
Sensitivity
Loading...
92 dB
Frequency Response
Loading...
35 - 23k Hz
RMS Power Range (Watts)
Loading...
10-100
Peak Power Handling (Watts)
Loading...
300
Impedance (Ohms)
Loading...
4
Top-mount Depth (Inches)
Loading...
1 11/16
Bottom-mount Depth (Inches)
Loading...
N/A
Cutout Diameter or Length (inches)
Loading...
5
Product Research
What's in the box?

Download owner's manual

  • 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

Our Product Research Team

At Crutchfield, you'll get detailed, accurate information that's hard to find elsewhere. That's because we have our own in-house Product Research team — they open the box, verify contents, check the owner's manual, and record dimensions, features and specs. We stay on top of new products and technologies to help people make informed choices.

Woofers
Tweeters
Crossovers

Woofers

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.

Tweeters

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"

Crossovers

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"

 

Product reviews from the Crutchfield Labs (what are the Labs?)

Video: Polk Audio db Car Speakers

Video: Polk Audio db Car Speakers

by Ken Nail, J.R. Stoffel
1/21/2009
 
Video: Polk Audio db Car Speakers

Learn about the features that make Polk Audio db series car speakers a popular choice for improved sound.

 
Review this product
Great Gear Giveaway rewards card

Submit a review and then enter to win a $500 rewards card

Polk Audio db6501 Reviews

Average Customer Review:

104 people say:

Review this product:

Thanks for taking the time to share your experiences about this product. Please be sure to focus your comments on the product itself. Read our Review Guidelines for more information.

Your email won't be visible. Please use the email address that is associated with your order.
(e.g., JohnD) Your review will be signed using the display name and location
(e.g., Charlottesville, VA)

Click on a star to rate the overall product on a scale of 1-5
1500 characters left
Attach a YouTube Review
Crutchfield Video Review Guidelines
  • Only submit videos that you made or are authorized to use.
  • Do not submit videos that contain music, video or visuals that are copyrighted and belong to someone else.
  • Please see our Review Guidelines for more information.
500 characters left
500 characters left
Filter by rating:
5 out of 5

Great Product....Excellent Quality

Written By Greg M., Roanoke, VA on Monday, July 21, 2014
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.
Was this review helpful?    Yes | No
 
5 out of 5

great speakers

Written By walt md., murrryland on Friday, June 27, 2014
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)
 
Great speakers great price
Pros:
Sound great
Cons:
None
Was this review helpful?    Yes | No
 
5 out of 5

Exceeded expectations

Written By RMJ, Fredericksburg, VA on Tuesday, June 24, 2014
 
Beautiful, crisp, clean sound.
Pros:
Everything
Cons:
None
Was this review helpful?    Yes | No
 
4 out of 5

Great Speakers in 2007 Silverado

Written By SJ E, Boston, MA on Tuesday, June 24, 2014
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.
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
Was this review helpful?    Yes | No
 
5 out of 5

What a difference!

Written By Steve, Sandy, Utah on Tuesday, June 17, 2014
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
Was this review helpful?    Yes | No
 
5 out of 5

Awesome

Written By MK4 Rollin, Minneapolis, MN on Monday, April 21, 2014
 
Great sounding speakers at a really reasonable price. Definitely will not disappoint so you can't make a bad decision with these. Does a great job at separating sound which factory speakers do an aweful job at. Overall great system.
Pros:
Amazing treble. Bass kicks well.
Cons:
None.
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
Was this review helpful?    Yes | No
 
4 out of 5

Polk Audio db6501

Written By drep, memphis on Friday, 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.
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
Was this review helpful?    Yes | No
 
5 out of 5

Polk db6501

Written By Steven, North Vernon, IN on Monday, March 10, 2014
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.
4 out of 4 people found this helpful
Was this review helpful?    Yes | No
 
5 out of 5

Polk Audio db6501

Written By JF, Nashville, TN on Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)
 
Caught these on sale before Christmas. Nice sound for the price.
Was this review helpful?    Yes | No
 
5 out of 5

Installed in 2001 Silverrado

Written By Wayne F, St. Cloud, MN on Saturday, January 18, 2014
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.
Was this review helpful?    Yes | No
 
5 out of 5

Great audio

Written By Anonymous, ballard, ut on Tuesday, January 14, 2014
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 :-(
Was this review helpful?    Yes | No
 
5 out of 5

Great Speakers for under $200

Written By R H, San Mateo, CA on Wednesday, January 08, 2014
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)
 
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
Was this review helpful?    Yes | No
 
5 out of 5

What a difference!!

Written By Sturds, SW, FL on Wednesday, December 11, 2013
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.
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
Was this review helpful?    Yes | No
 
5 out of 5

Polk speakers 2007 Silverado classic

Written By Cobraball, Omaha Nebraska on Sunday, 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.
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
Was this review helpful?    Yes | No
 
5 out of 5

Great Speakers

Written By Loren, Stewartsville, NJ on Friday, October 11, 2013
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.
3 out of 3 people found this helpful
Was this review helpful?    Yes | No
 
4 out of 5

nice

Written By Anonymous, Beaumont, Texas on Monday, October 07, 2013
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)
 
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.
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
Was this review helpful?    Yes | No
 
5 out of 5

Huge Sound boost

Written By MStaten, San Diego, CA on Thursday, September 26, 2013
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.
3 out of 3 people found this helpful
Was this review helpful?    Yes | No
 
5 out of 5

2010 Sonata Upgrade

Written By FretLess, Blackstone, VA on Tuesday, September 17, 2013
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.
Was this review helpful?    Yes | No
 
5 out of 5

sounds great

Written By Anthony G, Greene Va on Friday, August 16, 2013
 
this componet set is great would buy them for other autos i own
Pros:
easy to install with crutchfields free install kits and master sheets
Cons:
none
Was this review helpful?    Yes | No
 
5 out of 5

Polk db series

Written By RichD, Palm Bay, FL on Thursday, August 01, 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.
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
Was this review helpful?    Yes | No
 
5 out of 5

Awesome

Written By Justin S, Indianapolis, IN on Sunday, July 14, 2013
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
3 out of 3 people found this helpful
Was this review helpful?    Yes | No
 
4 out of 5

Polk Audio db6501

Written By Spiro, Charlotte, NC on Saturday, July 06, 2013
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)
 
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.
Was this review helpful?    Yes | No
 
5 out of 5

Amazing

Written By jb, Zachary, Louisiana on Tuesday, July 02, 2013
 
Just finished installing 2 pair in my crew cab 2012 GMC Sierra. I kept the factory head unit and added a Pioneer GM-D8604, 100w rms x 4, to power them. All I can saw is WOW! I am beyond satisfied and would not hesitate to recommend them. Do yourself a favor and amp them up. They are rated to handle the power for a reason. I am also very happy with the bass. I will be adding a sub later, but for now I am completely satisfied!
Pros:
They rock! They scream for more power and easily take what you give them.
Cons:
They really bring out every rattle you didn't know about before.
4 out of 5 people found this helpful
Was this review helpful?    Yes | No
 
1 out of 5

Nothing but trouble

Written By ShaunN, NH on Thursday, 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.
Was this review helpful?    Yes | No
 
5 out of 5

Stoked!

Written By John H, Huntington Beach on Sunday, June 09, 2013
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)
 
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
2 out of 3 people found this helpful
Was this review helpful?    Yes | No
 
5 out of 5

Great speakers

Written By Chris H., Raleigh, NC on Saturday, June 08, 2013
 
I have a set of these in the front and polk 6x9's in the rear of my 00' civic and they sound great! I have a jvc HU and a pioneer (champion series/ class D) 4 channel amp powering these and they are loud and clear. I have no sub and get great bass response all around.
Pros:
Loud and clear....no distortion
Cons:
none
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
Was this review helpful?    Yes | No
 
5 out of 5

Polk Audio db6501

Written By will, Voorhees, NJ on Friday, March 29, 2013
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
1 out of 2 people found this helpful
Was this review helpful?    Yes | No
 
4 out of 5

Not Bad

Written By Matt L, Coeur d' Alene, ID on Monday, March 11, 2013
 
Not too bad, they severely lack in bass though. I do have a sub for that, but it's kinda irritating. The tweeter are way too sharp in my opinion and need to be turned down at the crossover. They do sound clean and great on an amp.
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
Was this review helpful?    Yes | No
 
4 out of 5

Pretty Good

Written By Fozzi58, Northern, NJ on Friday, March 08, 2013
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.
Was this review helpful?    Yes | No
 
3 out of 5

Nice until the tweeters died

Written By Lee3333, Queens, NY on Sunday, 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
1 out of 2 people found this helpful
Was this review helpful?    Yes | No
 
5 out of 5

Polk DB6501

Written By ken, Amarillo,Tx on Saturday, January 05, 2013
 
These have got to be some of the baddest speakers on the planet.sound is running through Kenwood KDC-X759 Excelon powered with Rockford Fosgate 350S; 87.5 RMS x 2. Sounds like a outdoor concert.Amazing!!!!!!
Pros:
Plenty of bass for me.
Cons:
Wish I could get the dissatisfied purchasers to sit in my car.
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
Was this review helpful?    Yes | No
 
4 out of 5

Front door speakers

Written By Turbo, Raleigh, NC on Sunday, December 23, 2012
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
3 out of 10 people found this helpful
Was this review helpful?    Yes | No
 
5 out of 5

Polk Audio db6501

Written By Anonymous, Atlanta, Ga on Wednesday, December 05, 2012
 
Great for the money.
1 out of 4 people found this helpful
Was this review helpful?    Yes | No
 
3 out of 5

Good while they last

Written By Anonymous, Holly Springs, NC on Monday, 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.
6 out of 6 people found this helpful
Was this review helpful?    Yes | No
 
5 out of 5

Amazing when used what they are intended for!

Written By Nate, Salem, Or on Monday, September 10, 2012
 
There are a few things people need to realize. I have read reviews where people are not happy because there is little bass out put. These speakers are meant to be used for more of a mid-bass and highs, sound to ACCOMPANY a sub or subs. You wont get power bass out of these since they are not designed to do so. Other people say they sound terrible when run off of their head unit. They NEED to have an amp. Also, it is possible to damage speakers by UNDER powering them, as well as over powering. That all being said, I have two sets of these in my 93 4Runner in all four doors, powerd by an Alpine PDX 4.100 amp. I have run them for over 5 years now and they still sound amazing. Great mid-bass and clear crisp highs. I am also running one Kicker Comp VR 10" sub in a slotted box, powered by an Alpine PDX 1.600. This combination works wonderful for all music types,and is not overkill in any way. It was very reasonably priced for the quality. Sorry if this is a rant or too long, but people need to know things like this before spending money, then being upset or disappointed. These speakers are wonderful. I have been in the car audio business for over 18 years now, and these impressed me.
Pros:
Everything is well done and sound great when properly powered.
Cons:
None
13 out of 15 people found this helpful
Was this review helpful?    Yes | No
 
5 out of 5

Polk Audio db6501

Written By Anonymous, Nashville, TN on Saturday, 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 panels...it creates a great bass response. Before the Dynamat I had no bass.
Pros:
Awesome clarity/detail.
Cons:
None.
7 out of 7 people found this helpful
Was this review helpful?    Yes | No
 
2 out of 5

Great Sound

Written By SilverGST, Mt. Vernon, AR on Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)
 
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
4 out of 8 people found this helpful
Was this review helpful?    Yes | No
 
5 out of 5

Very Clean Sound

Written By Anonymous, Tampa, FL on Monday, July 16, 2012
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)
 
Awesome. I can't wait to put more power to them.
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
Was this review helpful?    Yes | No
 
5 out of 5

Installed Twice

Written By RayC, GA on Friday, July 13, 2012
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
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
Was this review helpful?    Yes | No
 
5 out of 5

Fantastic Speaker when powered correctly

Written By RaulH, Clawson, Mi on Monday, July 09, 2012
 
I have these speakers coupled with an Alpine MRX-F30 amplifier and holy cow can they hit! Extremely clear vocals, bass is very tight and punchy, just what I expected. Now, I truly understand what good bass from a component speaker can sound like. Anyone saying these cannot produce bass does not have enough power to them. They Love power.
Pros:
Outstanding speaker for the price, sound as good as speakers costing three times as much!
Cons:
None.
3 out of 3 people found this helpful
Was this review helpful?    Yes | No
 
4 out of 5

Not too bad...

Written By Ron D, Yuba City, CA on Wednesday, 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
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
Was this review helpful?    Yes | No
 
2 out of 5

Quality issues apparent

Written By kaotik78, Manchester, NH on Friday, 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.
3 out of 4 people found this helpful
Was this review helpful?    Yes | No
 
5 out of 5

Good Speakers

Written By Anonymous, Colorado on Tuesday, June 05, 2012
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.
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
Was this review helpful?    Yes | No
 
4 out of 5

Great factory upgrade, ideal for most.

Written By Kaltenberg91, Wisconsin on Friday, May 25, 2012
 
Have owned these for a couple years and use them every day. They are a great upgrade from factory and give a rich clear sound. When used with a subwoofer at low to moderate volume they have a really balanced sound. After some time and occasions where I cranked them higher than normal listening volume they've began to show some wear. Still sounding great at normal volumes they begin to distort more rapidly than before as higher volumes are reached. Overall great speakers, and definitely cant complain with the price. Don't buy your gear anywhere besides Crutchfield, they give you everything needed to make installation quick n easy.
Pros:
Very clear, crisp sounding speakers. Best you can buy for the cost.
Cons:
Lacking bass (as far as 6.5" components can go) High volumes had shown "wear" on the speakers.
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
Was this review helpful?    Yes | No
 
3 out of 5

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

Written By Dan, NJ on Friday, April 27, 2012
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.
1 out of 4 people found this helpful
Was this review helpful?    Yes | No
 
5 out of 5

Polk Audio db6501's sound amazing !

Written By Keith, Andover, MN. on Tuesday, April 10, 2012
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.
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
Was this review helpful?    Yes | No
 
5 out of 5

Polk Audio db6501

Written By matt, st joe mo on Saturday, March 10, 2012
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
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
Was this review helpful?    Yes | No
 
5 out of 5

Great improvement

Written By S, Astoria, ny on Thursday, 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.
Was this review helpful?    Yes | No
 
1 out of 5

Polk Audio db6501

Written By James, Los Angeles on Sunday, September 04, 2011
 
They sound way too harsh. The tweets are annoyingly piercing. The mids aren't clear and almost non-existent. My factory speakers sounded better than these. I'm powering them with a polk audio pa.1100.5 amp.

I have the Polk mm6501s in the front and they sound 10x better. They're much warmer, have decent bass coming out of the woofer, and the tweets sound very detailed.
3 out of 18 people found this helpful
Was this review helpful?    Yes | No
 
4 out of 5

Good for everything except rock

Written By musicfan145, Atlanta, GA on Wednesday, June 22, 2011
 
I purchased two sets and I have used them in several configurations. As others have said, they really need some amp power in order to sound good. They also require some experimentation in order to get the best sound. My findings were:

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

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

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

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

Other than the weakness in rock guitar, my only complaint is that the install hardware quality could be better. Probably not an issue for most people, but things do tend to get bent/broken/worn over the course of multiple cycles of installing/uninstalling/moving the components.
9 out of 10 people found this helpful
Was this review helpful?    Yes | No
 
5 out of 5

Very pleased....

Written By TG, Indianapolis on Monday, 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.
Was this review helpful?    Yes | No
 
5 out of 5

Great bargain; tons of bass when amped

Written By kontai69, Vacaville, CA on Wednesday, April 20, 2011
 
I bought these speakers and installed them in the front doors of my 2011 Honda CR-V. I was immediately impressed (maybe even surprised) with the build quality and finish of these inexpensive speakers. They also come with stainless steel hardware, rigid spacers, and speaker wires. Nice touches! Driven by just the factory Honda headunit, the sound quality is noticably improved over the factory speakers. The bass is a little tighter and the treble has more sparkle and detail (have the treble output set a 0db on the xovers). There is also more spaciousness to the sound. However, with the factory headunit, the sound lacked dynamics and impact, especially in the bass. I soon installed and powered them with a JL Audio amp and Audiocontrol LOC. With the sub channel turned off and the bass boost on the LOC turned up, the bass output is unreal...super strong and loud. Again, keep in mind that I dampened and sealed the doors with Dynamat which helps with the bass output. The overall dynamics are also noticably improved by amping them. In short, I highly recommend these speakers. They sound great and are really a great bargain.
4 out of 5 people found this helpful
Was this review helpful?    Yes | No
 
5 out of 5

clean sound

Written By STEVE M, VIRGINIA BEACH VA on Tuesday, April 05, 2011
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)
 
THE POLK SPEAKERS ARE AWSOME THE CLEAN SOUND IS UN
SURPASSED VERY HAPPY WITH THEM
Was this review helpful?    Yes | No
 
5 out of 5

Powerful Polk

Written By Charles, Maryland on Monday, April 04, 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!!!!
3 out of 4 people found this helpful
Was this review helpful?    Yes | No
 
5 out of 5

Polk Audio db6501

Written By Greg, Seale, Alabama on Thursday, March 17, 2011
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)
 
These speakers are great. They came with all the hardware needed. Sound great.
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
Was this review helpful?    Yes | No
 
5 out of 5

Polk Audio db6501

Written By michaelw, Franklin, TN on Tuesday, February 01, 2011
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.
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
Was this review helpful?    Yes | No
 
5 out of 5

Polk Audio db6501

Written By J.C., alexandria va on Monday, January 17, 2011
 
excellent speakers. just replaced the front speakers in an 02 4 runner and def need an
amp to maximize the power of these speakers. very clear and crisp sounding.
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
Was this review helpful?    Yes | No
 
5 out of 5

These filled in the nissing frequencies

Written By JohnS, Dallas, TX on Wednesday, December 29, 2010
 
Replaced the front speakers in my '04 GTO with these speakers. Easy swap out, since
the factory system had hidden tweeters already in the dash. The instructions provided
were precise enough to get it done without a hitch.

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

Very pleased with this product.
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
Was this review helpful?    Yes | No
 
5 out of 5

Excellent Value

Written By Scott G., Lansing, MI on Wednesday, 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.
5 out of 7 people found this helpful
Was this review helpful?    Yes | No
 
5 out of 5

Polk Audio db6501

Written By atomotonTheGREAT, florida on Tuesday, 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.
1 out of 3 people found this helpful
Was this review helpful?    Yes | No
 
3 out of 5

Polk Audio db6501

Written By E, Garland , TX on Saturday, 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.
Was this review helpful?    Yes | No
 
5 out of 5

Great Component Speakers

Written By Jody, Bassett, VA on Thursday, 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.
3 out of 3 people found this helpful
Was this review helpful?    Yes | No
 
5 out of 5

Worth the investment

Written By Anonymous, Carneys Point, NJ on Tuesday, August 17, 2010
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.
1 out of 2 people found this helpful
Was this review helpful?    Yes | No
 
5 out of 5

Polk Audio Rookie

Written By Anonymous, K.C. on Sunday, July 04, 2010
 
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!!
3 out of 3 people found this helpful
Was this review helpful?    Yes | No
 
5 out of 5

New Polk Audio Fan

Written By Anonymous, Anderson, IN on Saturday, June 26, 2010
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 .
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
Was this review helpful?    Yes | No
 
5 out of 5

Cant be beat

Written By ENGELKE6, Phnx Az on Thursday, 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!
1 out of 2 people found this helpful
Was this review helpful?    Yes | No
 
4 out of 5

Exactly what I needed

Written By JohnMc, Between Baltimore and Washinton on Monday, June 07, 2010
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)
 
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.
Was this review helpful?    Yes | No
 
5 out of 5

Outstanding sound

Written By Terrance, Cary, NC on Tuesday, May 25, 2010
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.
5 out of 5 people found this helpful
Was this review helpful?    Yes | No
 
1 out of 5

Never been so disappointed

Written By Hanise, Lewis Town, Maine on Thursday, May 13, 2010
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??


3 out of 31 people found this helpful
Was this review helpful?    Yes | No
 
4 out of 5

Power Up for total Satisfaction

Written By Frank, Indy, Indiana on Tuesday, 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!
3 out of 4 people found this helpful
Was this review helpful?    Yes | No
 
5 out of 5

Holy WOW

Written By Matthew, Norfolk, VA on Monday, May 03, 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.
5 out of 5 people found this helpful
Was this review helpful?    Yes | No
 
5 out of 5

Polk Audio db6501

Written By Leon, Lithonia, GA. on Sunday, April 18, 2010
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.
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
Was this review helpful?    Yes | No
 
5 out of 5

Wonderful speakers, and I'm picky!

Written By JVL, Upstate, NY on Sunday, March 28, 2010
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
enjoy
the sound quality.
10 out of 10 people found this helpful
Was this review helpful?    Yes | No
 
5 out of 5

Clear, loud & detailed! Great speaker

Written By Sal, Cape Coral, FL on Thursday, 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!
1 out of 2 people found this helpful
Was this review helpful?    Yes | No
 
5 out of 5

AWESOME!!

Written By Shawn, Texas on Tuesday, November 03, 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.
4 out of 4 people found this helpful
Was this review helpful?    Yes | No
 
5 out of 5

07 civic LX Coupe

Written By Anonymous, athens, GA on Tuesday, October 06, 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.
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
Was this review helpful?    Yes | No
 
5 out of 5

Best components the price.

Written By Reese, Houston, TX on Sunday, September 27, 2009
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.
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
Was this review helpful?    Yes | No
 
5 out of 5

Polk Audio db6501

Written By steve, san francisco, ca on Wednesday, July 01, 2009
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.
4 out of 4 people found this helpful
Was this review helpful?    Yes | No
 
5 out of 5

Great Value!!!

Written By txmikeb, Keller, TX on Monday, June 15, 2009
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.
Was this review helpful?    Yes | No
 
5 out of 5

Love These Speakers!!

Written By dfwbrownsfan, Keller, TX on Sunday, May 17, 2009
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.
1 out of 2 people found this helpful
Was this review helpful?    Yes | No
 
5 out of 5

2004 BMW 330Ci

Written By Randall, NC on Sunday, May 03, 2009
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.
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
Was this review helpful?    Yes | No
 
5 out of 5

Sounds like a Concert!

Written By Anthony, Chicago, IL on Tuesday, 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.
3 out of 3 people found this helpful
Was this review helpful?    Yes | No
 
5 out of 5

Best Possible Speakers

Written By alexander, nj on Monday, April 06, 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
8 out of 8 people found this helpful
Was this review helpful?    Yes | No
 
5 out of 5

Perfect Balance

Written By Roger, AJ, Arizona on Thursday, 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!!
6 out of 6 people found this helpful
Was this review helpful?    Yes | No
 
5 out of 5

Amazing speakers very happy!

Written By Billy, Alexandria VA on Thursday, 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.
4 out of 4 people found this helpful
Was this review helpful?    Yes | No
 
5 out of 5

Great set of components

Written By Anthony, Atlanta, GA on Tuesday, 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!!
2 out of 3 people found this helpful
Was this review helpful?    Yes | No
 
5 out of 5

Great Replacement Speakers in 00 Discovery

Written By Greg, Jasper, AL on Monday, October 13, 2008
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.
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
Was this review helpful?    Yes | No
 
5 out of 5

Great Sound for the Budget Conscious

Written By Douglas, Bloomington, IL on Friday, 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.
5 out of 6 people found this helpful
Was this review helpful?    Yes | No
 
5 out of 5

Fantastic Sound

Written By WAYNE, Tucson, AZ on Friday, August 15, 2008
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.
4 out of 4 people found this helpful
Was this review helpful?    Yes | No
 
5 out of 5

Very Satisfied

Written By Jeff, Texas on Monday, 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.
3 out of 4 people found this helpful
Was this review helpful?    Yes | No
 
3 out of 5

Decent speakers for the $$

Written By Matt, Seattle, WA on Monday, April 28, 2008
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.
20 out of 23 people found this helpful
Was this review helpful?    Yes | No
 
5 out of 5

great speakers

Written By Frank, Currituck NC on Sunday, April 06, 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.
3 out of 4 people found this helpful
Was this review helpful?    Yes | No
 
4 out of 5

Mike

Written By Mike, Fort Wayne, IN on Wednesday, 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.
1 out of 7 people found this helpful
Was this review helpful?    Yes | No
 
5 out of 5

great

Written By DJ, killeen,tx on Monday, March 24, 2008
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.
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
Was this review helpful?    Yes | No
 
4 out of 5

Polk DB 6501's

Written By Peter, Manchester, New Hampshire on Saturday, 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
10 out of 15 people found this helpful
Was this review helpful?    Yes | No
 
5 out of 5

Great Speakers

Written By Scott, Riverside, CA on Tuesday, 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!
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
Was this review helpful?    Yes | No
 
5 out of 5

2007 Tacoma DC

Written By Matt, Bay Area, CA on Wednesday, 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.
Was this review helpful?    Yes | No
 
5 out of 5

ralph 99 ranger 4 door

Written By ralph, oklahoma on Tuesday, January 22, 2008
 
ins