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JBL GT7-96

GT7 Series 6"x9" 3-way car speakers

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Our take on the JBL GT7-96

by Alexander Hrabe
JBL

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.

GT7-96 profile

The compact design of the GT7-96 makes it a fit for a wide variety of cars.

A cool upgrade

These GT7-96 6"x9" 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.

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How do they do it?

This is a whopper of a speaker. Patented Plus One™ architecture expands the surface area of the big oval polypropylene woofer, so you'll enjoy impressive bass. An edge-driven dome tweeter and supertweeter handle a wider range of frequencies to create a seamless transition between the midrange and high frequencies.

JBL built these GT7 speakers to handle up to 70 watts RMS, so they'll perform spectacularly with an aftermarket radio or amp, but with a design geared toward maximum efficiency, you'll get superior performance even from a factory radio. Grilles are included for a custom installation.

Highlights:

  • 6"x9" 3-way speakers (pair)
  • polypropylene Plus One™ woofer cone with foam surround
  • edge-driven dome PEI tweeter plus supertweeter
  • power range: 2-70 watts RMS (210 watts peak power)
  • frequency response: 40-21,000 Hz
  • sensitivity: 94 dB
  • top-mount depth: 2-15/16"
  • grilles included
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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Features and Specs
General
Design 3-way
Tweeter Design Edge-Driven Dome
Tweeter Composition PEI
Woofer Composition Polypropylene
Woofer Surround Foam
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year
Specifications
Sensitivity 94 dB at 2.83 volts
Frequency Response 40 - 21k Hz
RMS Power Range (Watts) 2-70
Peak Power Handling (Watts) 210
Impedance (Ohms) 4
Top-mount Depth (Inches) 3
Bottom-mount Depth (Inches) N/A
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What's in the box?

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  • Two 3-way speakers
  • 2 Grilles
  • Eight 1-1/8" Self-tapping Allen head screws
  • 3mm Allen head bit
  • 8 Speed clips
  • Instruction manual

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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.

Features

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.

Tweeters: Each speaker has an edge-driven dome tweeter and dome super tweeter, both made of PEI (Poly-Ether-Imide). PEI is a polymer film, capable of producing a wide soundstage.

 
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4 out of 5

Great purchase

Written By Mark D, Wheaton, il on Friday, September 19, 2014
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Great product, great sound in my 2012 corolla. I have the 6" in the front door and 6x9 in the rear, and the sound is great. Good depth from the 6x9's in both high and low frequency. Would buy them again.
Pros:
Good response, good highs and lows. Great sounding all around.
Cons:
Factory stereo/head unit doesn't push enough power to get out the full quality of speakers. Had to custom install and fit the speakers into the rear panel.
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5 out of 5

Great Sound!

Written By Anonymous, Morris, IN on Thursday, September 18, 2014
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Great sound compared to the factory speakers they replaced. Crutchfield makes it so easy to install with the free hardware and instructions!
Pros:
Price and sound quality
Cons:
Would probably need a sub to complete the sound
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4 out of 5

Nice upgrade

Written By Steve R, Somewhere west of Puget Sound on Wednesday, September 17, 2014
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Great improvement on the factory speakers on a 2015 Forester.
Pros:
Nice sound, easy install.
Cons:
With the included brackets the depth was close to the window glass.
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5 out of 5

JBL GT7-96

Written By SteveC, Las Vegas on Tuesday, September 02, 2014
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I have like JBL for a long time and these are just another reason to keep using them. I installed them in the back dash of a 2010 Toyota Corolla with the GT7-6s in the front doors. As I have come to expect with JBL,they had great, clear and crisp sound. As a factory replacement they work great, but they are left wanting more power. Adding an amplifier would only make a great sound better.
Pros:
Clear and Crisp Sound
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5 out of 5

Great Upgrade

Written By Brad, Charlotte, NC on Monday, August 18, 2014
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I installed these speakers in my 2013 Toyota Prius III. The standard speakers are horrible as far as build quality. The magnet is glued to the back and is about 3 times smaller than anything I've seen. The sound was just OK but a little muddy. The JBL speakers made a world of difference but they didn't have much to prove against the stock speakers. The bass is solid and the midrange and high range are crisp and clear. If you have the standard paper speakers in your Toyota, you can't go wrong with these. I have yet to install the rear 6.6" JBL's but I'm sure the sound will be even better. Thanks to Crutchfield for providing the accessories and instructions to make the install easy.
Pros:
Great Sound, Build Quality
Cons:
None so far
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5 out of 5

JBL GT7-96

Written By andrew, cypress tx on Saturday, August 16, 2014
 
2014 Silverado crew cab installed in front doors installed 6 3/4 JBLgt7-96 in rear door they rock with just factory unit will sound even better with amp to push these speakers to there full potential.
Pros:
crutchfield customer service team send all the equitment needed for easy installation great service and fast delivery thank you so much.
Cons:
none
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5 out of 5

JBL GT7-96

Written By Mike, Lansdale, Pa on Thursday, July 24, 2014
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Just bought a pair of these on an advisor recommendation and replaced the OEMs on a 1992 Honda Accord. Great sound - a ton better then the originals. You won't go wrong with these. Easy to install on the rear deck.
Pros:
Great sound
Cons:
None
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1 question already asked

Can I get some advice on how to fabricate a speaker enclosure for this speaker installation in a 2007 Toyota Corolla S ? [ Robert Dinsmore  Aug 18, 2014 ]
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  • If you purchased the product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. They can walk you through the settings on the product and see if there may be a fix. Our toll-free Tech Support number is printed on your invoice, and is also available under the "My Orders" tab in the "My Account" section of our website. If you did not purchase the unit from Crutchfield, then you may want to contact the manufacturer. You can also post your question in our forums: http://community.crutchfield.com. Or try our online support center: http://crutchfield.custhelp.com/app/answers/list/kw/. [ Krissy Staff  Aug 19, 2014 ]

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