JBL GT7-86

GT7 Series 5"x7"/6"x8" 2-way car speakers

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JBL GT7-86

A cool upgrade

These GT7-86 speakers from JBL have everything you want when shopping for a car speaker: an advanced design, quality materials, a cool look, and a practical price tag. But in the end, it's the sound they make that matters, and true to their iconic heritage, these JBLs deliver.

How do they do it?

You'll gain a satisfying boost in sound quality from these 5"x7"/6"x8" speakers, thanks to JBL's patented Plus One™ architecture, which expands the surface area of the polypropylene woofer for impressive bass. Balanced dome tweeters handle the high notes with ease, especially when powered by an aftermarket radio or amp.

JBL built these GT7 speakers to handle up to 60 watts RMS, but with a design geared toward maximum efficiency, you'll gain superior performance even from a factory radio. Grilles are not included — factory grilles are appropriate for most installations.


  • 5"x7"/6"x8" 2-way speakers (pair)
  • polypropylene Plus One™ woofer cone with foam surround
  • balanced dome PEI tweeter
  • power range: 2-60 watts RMS (180 watts peak power)
  • frequency response: 45-20,000 Hz
  • sensitivity: 93 dB
  • top-mount depth: 2-1/4"
  • grilles not included
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

Why replace your car's original speakers?

The speakers that originally came in your car were made from inexpensive materials, designed to create acceptable sound at the lowest possible cost to the manufacturer. If you love music, you deserve better. Name-brand aftermarket speakers deliver fuller, richer sound with considerably more detail and nuance, and they're capable of playing louder and cleaner than factory speakers. Connect new speakers to your factory radio and you'll get the best possible sound from your dealer-equipped system. Pair them up with a new car stereo for a level of enjoyment that can rival a high-fidelity home audio experience.

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Great speakers

Written By Bob A, Meadview, AZ on Monday, November 23, 2015

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great sound

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Written By Anonymous, Washington on Sunday, November 08, 2015

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Sound very good. Using an amplifier and that helps. Sound better than the Boston Acoustics they replaced.

Pros: Direct fit. Easy install. Sound is great for the price.

Much Better Than Factory Grade

Written By Father of Three, Pennsylvania on Wednesday, October 28, 2015

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Good value for the money. Peyton's advise was on the money. I'm good with my hands but was nervous as I had never installed an audio system in any of my vehicles. Suffice it to say, the support you get from the folks at Crutchfield helped me save over $200 in installation fees at our local Ford dealership.

Pros: Price.

Cons: Would like a little more bass but if you want that, just add a subwoofer.

not bad

Written By grayghost, North Carolina on Monday, October 26, 2015

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not bad for the price way better than stock

probably better than the oem

Written By gtrplr66, Oregon on Sunday, October 18, 2015

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Bought these to replace factory speakers that were distorting when bass was turned up. New ones may be distorting worse. They do have more highs than OEM ones so that's a plus. disappointed that I can't turn up the volume without distortion. Maybe its the factory stereo. Will try changing that out at some point. but for now color me disappointed.

Pros: More high end

Cons: still getting distortion when I turn up the bass

Crutchfield response on Monday, October 19, 2015 That's a common reaction when replacing car speakers. What you can expect to hear from a new speaker is better clarity and definition in the mids and highs. So your music will sound better and more lifelike, but you might not hear more bass. The only way to get more bass is to add more power, and if you want to keep the factory radio, that means adding an amplifier. A small, 4-channel amp can supply twice the power of an aftermarket stereo and three or four times the power of the typical factory radio. That'll improve all the sound, but you'll especially hear it in the fullness of the bass.

good for the price

Written By GordonD, Hawaii on Monday, October 12, 2015

With adequate power these are clean and pretty accurate. I'd like a bit more bass, but it has a sufficient amount to get the job done.

Pros: Price, crisp and clean.

Cons: A bit weak on the bass department

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Written By Anonymous, Pennsylvania on Tuesday, September 08, 2015

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I bought 4. Is pretty loud in my F350 with high power stereo. Could use more bass, but they fit direct and took about 3 minutes to install one. I installed a sub which was also my plan so it all works fine at that point. Wasn't that bad really but a sub makes it pretty noticable. I run 1x300 watts which is about low as anyone could go and a 8". Seems like a pretty good speaker for the most part.

Pros: Sensitivity. Nice looks. Stock speaker wire. It's the right size speaker.

Cons: Lacks some bass. Would work better with upgraded speaker wires. It is not a big speaker.

Great cslie

Written By BPQ, Nebraska on Sunday, September 06, 2015

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Great value, very sensitive! Powering 4 with mid price receiver only, sounds fantastic, impressive low tones for a moderate sized driver

Pros: Price, flexibility, sensitivity

Cons: Nothing I can think of


Written By Anonymous, Oregon on Friday, September 04, 2015

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Perfect as always from crutchfield.

Pros: Detailed instructions, wiring harness, fast shipping.

Cons: None.


Written By Doug, Ohio on Friday, September 04, 2015

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Great price. Went in easy. Sound great. thanks!

Pros: Price. Sound

Cons: None.

Sounds great!

Written By Wj18, Pennsylvania on Tuesday, September 01, 2015

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Got these for a great buy and they surprised me when I played them!


Written By Donald W, Georgia on Monday, August 31, 2015

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These speakers were great. Well worth the money. I put them in my wife 05 freestar and perfect fit made the van came to life. Sounds great. I would reccomend them to everybody. Great quality

Pros: Great merchandise for the price. jbl always great product

Cons: None


Written By ChrisH, Victoria,Tx on Saturday, August 29, 2015

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I love these speakers! JBL never slacks on any of their products. I am super happy with the quality of sound from them.

Pros: Crystal clear sound Easy installation

Cons: Coverings weren't the best. I made my own that are better.

JBL > OEM "Sony" Speakers in Ford F150

Written By Andrew, Texas on Tuesday, August 18, 2015

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I have a 2014 F-150 FX4 with the "Sony" sound system. After only 10k miles, the passenger front speaker went out. Ford charged $45 per one single speaker, so I just got two sets of these JBL's to replace them, for less than "Sony" speakers. They are not high grade Sony stuff, so needless to say, the difference is extraordinary. I have been a JBL supporter for years, and these speakers keep that going strong. You can hear so much more of your music, and the lows are sweet for a non-component door speaker. A+

Pros: Super Clear Sound, Maintains rigidity of music, lightweight

Cons: That I didn't install these sooner.

Perfect fit easy install

Written By JimD, Florida on Saturday, August 15, 2015

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The speakers are very clear and fit perfectly. The install was very simple. I've already recommended crutchfield to a couple of friends.

Pros: Easy install. Good price. Quality sound.

Cons: None.

Great soundstage

Written By Nate, Tennessee on Saturday, August 01, 2015

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Great sound as expected from jbl. Replaced Ford factory speakers in my 2004 Lincoln town car. These really brought the life back to my music. JBL has never disappointed me. I will get more to replace front as well.

Pros: Great all around sound. Very clean vocals and the bass is smooth not boomy.

Cons: none

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Written By Anonymous, Hamilton ohio on Tuesday, July 28, 2015

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Used factory hold downs . A little bit of fldeling to do hook ups as on my 88 Topaz the speaker hook up was in way of factory hold downs. But once in it was an instant upgrade to sound quality.

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Written By MichaelT, Baltimore, MD on Friday, July 24, 2015

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Easy to install. Sound great compared to what they replaced.

Pros: Easy to install. Good sound for price.


Written By Adam T., Roanoke, Va on Tuesday, July 21, 2015

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Super-simple upgrade, and in an unusual size...the difference over stock was ASTOUNDING. DO NOT HESITATE. BUY THESE SPEAKERS.

Pros: Great value for high quality AMAZING upgrade versus the factory speakers.

Cons: None!

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Written By Butch O, pennsylvania on Tuesday, July 14, 2015

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First pair had a shorted speaker called Crutchfield Technical and they guided me through the troubleshooting process . Sent me a replacement pair within 1 day incredible. Speakers sound light years ahead of the stock speakers I'm a satisfied Crutchfield customer have been for years.

Pros: Great set of speakers

Cons: Just the one was bad


Written By Joe_c, Michigan on Saturday, June 27, 2015

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Replaced the front speakers only on my Son's 06 Ranger along with the head unit, and we wanted to hear the difference between the factory speakers and the JBL's before we purchased the rears. Just did the compare and the JBL's sounded much more clear and precise, with more accurate bass than the factory speakers. We just ordered a second set for the rears, there is not a huge amount of bass but we were planning on installing a small sub anyways. Overall we would recommend these but as usual, what may sound great to me may not sound good to you! As always a great overall experience with Crutchfield.

Pros: Price, ease of install, clarity, build quality.

Cons: none at this time.

Very Good Replacement Speakers

Written By Joggyrope, Louisiana on Thursday, June 18, 2015

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Very good sounding replacement speakers which is exactly what I was looking for. Excellent mid and highs. Very easy to install in my F-150, tremendous sound spectrum and improvement from the OEM speakers. Would definitely purchase these again, very good value.

Pros: Mids, highs, fitment.

Cons: Bass could be fuller.

Great Sound

Written By James, Tomball, Texas on Monday, June 15, 2015

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Great sound and bass. Fills the interior with solid sound compared to stock speakers. Recommend for people who want long lasting great sounding speakers.

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Written By sg, Washington on Wednesday, June 10, 2015

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I was hoping for more bass coverage and more obvious full range frequency response. These are just average. These are as good as the factory speakers, but no significant difference over factory speakers. If your OEM speakers are broken or worn out these are an excellent replacement. But if you are looking for an upgrade, and willing to spend more money, I'd recommend looking into more expensive options.

Pros: Fit and work fine

Cons: Not an upgrade. Just a replacement for OEM speakers.

Great upgrade

Written By GT, Wisconsin on Friday, May 29, 2015

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1998 Ford Taurus with stock radio and cassette player. Compared to the stock speakers (front and rear) these are a massive upgrade. Bass is distinct and punchy though a bit flat. But I wasn't expecting the bass to compare with a regular subwoofer. The tweeters perform wonderfully and the speakers, in general, are very good. The fronts install easily once you get the door trim panels off. I installed the front first, thinking they would be the hardest. Wrong. The rears are mounted from the top and the bottom bolts are hard to get at because of the deck placement. Still, a doable job. The rear speaker grills come out easily if you treat them as flexible. Pull on the top edge downward toward yourself then up toward the roof. The midrange and highs are very clear and none of the sound distorts even at high volume but then, I don't play stuff loud enough to shake the car. I like rich, clear sound and these are great at that. I'll be installing a subwoofer soon for the deep cabin filling bass and I'm sure I will have very acceptable and enjoyable sound. By the way, the sensitivity of these speakers is very good and I'm using them with only the stock radio and no external amplifier. The subwoofer will have it's own built in amp but these JBL's don't really need additional amplification unless you intend to entertain at a party or something.

Pros: Great upgrade

Cons: Can't think of any.

Great speakers to replace stocks

Written By Kelvininin, Minneapolis on Monday, May 04, 2015

I have an 2011 F150 with the stock system. I replaced the junk speakers in the front door with a set of these. The JBL sound better in every way. Much clearer and low distortion when flat out.

Pros: Well built, clear sounding speaker for the cost.

Cons: None at this price point.

Decent for a 99' Taurus

Written By Aus, Illinois on Wednesday, April 29, 2015

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I bought these as a replacement for a blown driver's side front door speaker in my 1999 Taurus. I did have the Mach Audio setup, and these are comparable in quality. The installation was quick and relatively painless, and the speakers are a snug fit. They sound good and they handle higher volumes well, but they're also being underpowered by the stock amp and it shows. You start getting breakup long before one would expect given their wattage rating, but still above what most listeners will get to in their daily drive. The low end response isn't as tight as the Mach speakers were, and the frequency response isn't as good (45hz is not a bad low end at all for the size, though.) But I can still heartily recommend these as a replacement for either the Mach speakers or most definitely the stock speakers. I've compared these to a friend with the stock setup and they blow them a mile out of the water. You won't be disappointed.

Pros: Easy install, excellent packaging, powerful, accurate, and reasonably priced. Good looking, too.

Cons: Without an aftermarket amp these won't really shine as bright as they can, but they're still a great replacement for stock speakers.

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Written By Mark B, California on Saturday, April 25, 2015

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I put these in our Ford Explorer to replace the factory speakers in the back doors because one of them was blown. They sound so good I want to change the front ones now.

Pros: Easy to install

Cons: None

Great speaker

Written By Marcoa, Maryland on Sunday, April 19, 2015

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Sound great and easy to install

Pros: Perfect fit, great sound, and well worth the cost

Cons: No cons

Great Speaker for the money!!

Written By Mitch, Wisconsin on Thursday, April 16, 2015

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Just put these in my 2003 ford f150 super crew and they are a big improvement from the stock 25 watt speakers. The music is much clearer at higher volumes and dosent crackle out when you crank it up. A bit better bass in my opinion but not alot. Would recommend these to anyone. Cant wait to see what they will do when i add an amp later.

Pros: Very clear sound. Better at higher volumes than stock speakers. very easy installation. Nice upgrade from stock with potential even better with an amp.

Cons: Haven't found any yet!

Loud Speakers

Written By Vanessa, Apache junction, AZ on Saturday, April 11, 2015

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These speakers are loud and I love them. Clear sound and definitely can be heard.

2006 F150

Written By Bob, New York on Monday, March 30, 2015

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Install in my 2006 F150 with factory radio. Very good sound for the value.

2002 ford f150

Written By Aaron, Louisville Kentucky on Tuesday, March 24, 2015

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Good speaker for factory stereo. Haven't had a chance to really test them but there really is a big difference in quality between them and factory speakers. Much more clear at higher volumes and are not distorted like factory speakers were at higher volumes.

Pros: Good quality great price

Great Sound

Written By Rolando, Texas on Tuesday, March 24, 2015

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Speakers have great sound, major upgrade from stock 25W speakers. Easy to install.

OMG Awesome!

Written By Twisted Performance, Indiana on Friday, March 20, 2015

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These speakers are an Awesome upgrade over stock! The fit perfectly out of the box with very little effort. Unlike other speakers where you have to cut off tabs, the tabs on these are easily bent up out of the way. JBL has designed these tabs to easily bend by pre-stressing the tab with a bend line.

The JBL GT7-86 sound crystal clear at full volume being pushed by the factory un-amplified unit. They can take everything that I can throw at them and not distort one bit! Me telling you this can not do this speaker justice... The best way for you to know is to listen to a pair already installed and your decision will be made for you! You'll be ordering a pair or two pair from Crutchfield before you can say go!

Pros: Easy... Everything!

Cons: Non that I've come across...

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Written By Anonymous, louisville ky on Friday, March 20, 2015

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Very good upgrade to my stock I had in my 06 tauras

Pros: Good bass

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Written By Tyler, Minnesota on Wednesday, March 18, 2015

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Great upgrade from the factory speakers in my 2011 F150

Great upgrade over stock.

Written By pete k, MA on Wednesday, February 25, 2015

These JBLs were are a huge improvement over my '08 Ford Explorer's stock speakers. Installation was a breeze thanks to the MasterSheet. I ended up with these JBLs after going through my options with the Crutchfield chat - and could not be happier. I wasn't looking for a massive truck-rumbling sound, but now I keep thinking about upgrading my HU to get more out of these. Suppose the a bass could be stronger, but I'd rather add a sub for that.

These speakers really shine when you turn the volume up a couple of notches.

Pros: Great clarity and space, price was right. Really nice packaging as well.

JBL Rocks

Written By 2014 Mustang, Los Angeles on Monday, February 23, 2015

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These speakers are a perfect addition to my system. I have a Shaker 500 with front door powered subs. I installed a 300 watt powered sub enclosure in the trunk running off 1 back speaker for signal. I chose these speakers because I did not want to install a separate amp. The clarity of these speakers is awesome.

Pros: Exceptional clarity for running off stock head unit

Cons: None

great speakers

Written By Jeff, San Diego, Ca on Tuesday, December 16, 2014

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Great sound quality for playing movies but not for music

Pros: Great for movies

Cons: Not much bass for music

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Written By Anonymous, Arbuckle, california on Monday, December 01, 2014

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impressed with the clarity of these midranges. Would highly recommend.


Written By dave, Illinois on Wednesday, November 12, 2014

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great speakers. good sound. easy to install

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Written By tykhon, mulberry, IN on Wednesday, September 24, 2014

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These speakers are not the best, but they are a major upgrade to the ones i had before in my ford taurus 1998. I was looking fir some speakers for not too much of a price these ended up costing $120 because of the sale they had them on, buy one get one half off, they came with everything except the tools neccesary to put them in, they took me all off an hour and a half to put in properly, and i put them in the side doors andin the back. Now i have had them for around 3 months they are still working, they put out decent sound, i like them but they are definetly not the best i have heard, but i am quite picky. They are good on base and good on tone, they are well rounded as i would put it. Even though i am playing music through the default cassette player that is in my for tuarus with a monster cassete to aux cable it puts out decent sound so i am satisfied, they could be a little cheaper, but they arent too bad they shake my car at even low ish volumes not sure what you wanted to hear but here is what i have to say about these speakers.

Great for the price

Written By Tyler H, Las Vegas, NV on Tuesday, September 16, 2014

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For the price these speakers are definitely worth it

Pros: Mids and highs are fantastic

Cons: Bass is a little flat

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Written By Randy L, Richmond, In on Sunday, September 14, 2014

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Speakers have very good sound lows and highs

Great Product

Written By Prelot, Idaho on Friday, September 12, 2014

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Not as loud as stock but very very crisp sound. Decent highs, above normal lows, and a bass that can be felt. Overall a good product.

Pros: Crisp clear sounds.

Cons: Not as loud as stock. Turn the volume up 3-5 points more to get same loudness as stock.

Quick Swap

Written By Tom, Middleburg, FL on Thursday, September 04, 2014

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Quick and easy swap with factory speakers. Sound great only problem is now I need a sub to compensate for the extra trebles. Speakers are very responsive at low to medium volumes. As volume increases highs really pick up and take over the soundstage.

Pros: Look great, easy install in 2012 F150

Cons: Have pillar tweeters so the really adds to the highs.

Great sound even w/o an amplifier

Written By JREwing, Janesville, WI on Saturday, August 30, 2014

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I had it all - a new Kenwood head unit with bluetooth, a Spotify subscription that turns my smartphone into an endless jukebox of great music, and blown speakers. Well now, that's not going to work!

Problem is, most 5x7/6x8 speakers won't fit in a Ford Five Hundred's front doors without some kind of hackery, thanks to an unfortunate placement of a tie down for the wiring harness.

These JBL's were easy to install, thanks to Crutchfield's clear instructions and included wiring adapters. Once installed, the JBL's sound clean and crisp, with enough volume to risk a noise violation, this without anything more than the Kenwood's internal amplifier. In short, it's an upgrade I should have done two years ago when I bought the car.

It has a nice, tight bass response, but there's only so much you're going to get with 6x8's in the doors.

Pros: Enough volume to irritate neighbors and law enforcement Crisp, clear sound and tight bass Actually fits in the front doors of a Ford Five Hundred

Cons: If you want serious bass, get an amp and a subwoofer.

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What's in the box?

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  • Two 2-way speakers
  • 2 Bottom mounting rings
  • 2 Adhesive backed gasket strips
  • Instruction manual

Features and Specs

Design 2-way
Tweeter Design Balanced Dome
Tweeter Composition PEI
Woofer Composition Polypropylene
Woofer Surround Foam
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year
Sensitivity 93 dB at 2.83 volts
Frequency Response 45 - 20k Hz
RMS Power Range (Watts) 2-60
Peak Power Handling (Watts) 180
Impedance (Ohms) 4
Top-mount Depth (Inches) 2 1/4
Bottom-mount Depth (Inches) 2 3/4

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Plus One Woofer Cones: The Plus One speaker cones offer more surface area than other speakers that fit in the same size opening. This is accomplished by using a new basket design and hi-roll surround. The result is greater bass output and an increase in efficiency.

Balanced Dome Tweeter: Each speaker has a PEI (Poly-Ether-Imide) balanced dome tweeter. PEI is a polymer film, capable of producing a wide soundstage. A semi-dome tweeter has a dome placed inside a cone. Balanced dome tweeters are semi-dome tweeters with equal reproduction area given the cone and dome portions of the tweeter.

Mounting Applications: JBL describes this speaker as a 5x7/6x8; it fits many 5x7 and 6x8 applications. Please check the Crutchfield Vehicle Selector to confirm fit.

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5"x7"/6"x8" 2-way car speakers

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edge-driven soft dome tweeter for smoother highs

rubber surround for better durability