JBL Power P552

5-1/4" 2-way car speakers

  • JBL Power P552


Item #: 109P552

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by Todd Cabell

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.

Bass, power, performance — JBL Power P552 5-1/4" speakers deliver the whole audio spectrum, from silky midbass to clear, taut highs. The Honeycomb-Laminate (HCL) woofer cone consists of two layers of woven glass fiber with an epoxy-coated Nomex honeycomb core. This lightweight and rigid material generates exceptional midbass clarity with low distortion at all volume levels. The Plus One oversized cone design incorporates more surface area than a standard size cone, contributing to greater efficiency and larger bass output.

The pure titanium tweeters play with minimal distortion at high output levels to keep the treble bright and crisp. You can even rotate the tweeters to direct the sound straight to your ears. The woofers' oversized voice coils contribute to increased power handling. Voice-matched external crossovers ensure flawless performance with undeniable accuracy.

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  • 5-1/4" 2-way car speakers (pair)
  • HCL woofer cone (woven fiber glass with a Nomex core) with rubber surround
  • pure titanium edge-driven dome tweeter (rotates for optimum imaging)
  • computer-optimized external crossover network
  • power range: 5-55 watts RMS (165 watts peak power)
  • frequency response: 55-23,000 Hz
  • sensitivity: 89 dB
  • top-mount depth: 2-1/8"
  • warranty: 1 year
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Features and Specs
Design 2-way
Tweeter Design Dome
Tweeter Composition Titanium
Woofer Composition HCL (Honeycomb Laminate)
Woofer Surround Rubber
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year
Sensitivity 89 dB at 2.83 volts
Frequency Response 55 - 23k Hz
RMS Power Range (Watts) 5-55
Peak Power Handling (Watts) 165
Impedance (Ohms) 4
Top-mount Depth (Inches) 2 1/8
Bottom-mount Depth (Inches) N/A
Cutout Diameter or Length (inches) 4 11/16
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What's in the box?

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  • Two 2-way speakers
  • 2 Grilles
  • 2 Grille frames
  • 2 Crossovers (terminated with female quick slides on the 4 output wires and bare wire on the 2 input wires)
  • 8 Self-tapping screws
  • 8 Speed clips
  • Owner's Manual
  • Warranty sheet
  • Template sheet
  • JBL sticker

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PlusOne HCL Woofers: The JBL Power Series P552 speakers feature Honeycomb Laminate (HCL) cone woofers. This material consists of two woven glass fiber layers with an epoxy-coated Nomex honeycomb core. This makes the cone exceptionally stiff, yet lightweight. The benefits of HCL woofers include increased efficiency, exceptional midrange clarity and lower distortion at high output levels. The PlusOne woofer cones have more surface area than conventional 5-1/4" speakers for increased bass output and increased efficiency.

UniPivot Titanium Tweeters: The speakers have pure-titanium, edge-driven dome tweeters. This style tweeter is similar to those found in high end home audio loudspeakers, and the benefits include reduced distortion at high output levels and superior integration with the mid/woofer. These ratcheting, UniPivot tweeters can be rotated, allowing tweeter direction to be maximized for optimum imaging.

Oversized Voice Coils: The P552 features a voice coil larger than what is found on most models of the same size. This larger voice coil increases power handling while minimizing distortion.

Spider-Integrated Tinsel Leads:  The spider integrated tinsel leads greatly enhance reliability and eliminate audible tinsel lead slap.

Crossovers: The speakers are equipped with computer-optimized passive outboard crossovers that have been voice-matched to ensure optimum imaging, clarity and detail. The dimensions of the crossovers are: Length=3.085", Width=1.835" Height=1.045, Input wires (20 gauge): 12", Output wires (20 gauge): 20".

Crossover Connections: Each crossover input lead is terminated with bare wire, and the two output leads (one for the woofer and one for the tweeter) are terminated with female quick-slides. The positive woofer lead has a 0.250" female quick-slide and the negative woofer lead has a 0.187" female quick-slide. The positive tweeter lead has a 0.205" female quick-slide and the negative tweeter lead has a 0.110" female quick-slide. These quick-slides connect directly to the woofer and tweeter terminals on each speaker.

Grilles: The P552 speakers come with silver and black plastic grilles.


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5 out of 5

Great Uprgrade

Written By Michael, Wethersfield, CT on Wednesday, April 04, 2007
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Running these up front with a pair of JBL P953 in the rear deck and they have been great so far. Great highs and the bass is just what I'm looking for out of my front speakers. If you want car shaking bass obviously get a sub but if you just want a nice punch these deliver well when paired with the rear 6x9's. Right now I have these running off just my HU (an Alpine 9885, 18 watts) and they sound great, but they do start to get distorted at just under half volume, it's not major but I will be adding an amp. Once again Crutchfield shipped the order out quickly and provided excellent customer support. I had a little trouble installing these but there customer service rep very patiently walked me through the first one and now I feel like I could install any car speaker. Thanks Crutchfield!
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5 out of 5

Powerful, with good imaging

Written By Ken, Little Rock, AR on Sunday, January 28, 2007
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I replaced a pair of Canton 5.25" speakers that had finally worn out with these JBLs, and am very pleased with the result. They are mounted in the top of the dashboard with the factory covers, and reflect off the windshield. They don't quite have the silky smoothness of the Cantons (but what speakers do?), but they have great tweeters and the imaging is wonderful. They also handle all the power I'll ever want them to, and sound great at any volume level.
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JBL Power P552

Written By Bruce, Arkansas on Tuesday, November 07, 2006
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I recently installed a pair of these speaker in the front doors of my Mazda Tribute. I was very surprised by the fullness, clarity and bass that these 5.25" speakers produce. And that's without an external amp, only an Alpine head unit.
The sound quality is exceptional from high to low.
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