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JL Audio C5-570

Evolution™ C5 Series 5"x7" component speaker system — also fits 6"x8" openings

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by Buck Pomerantz
JL 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.

JL Audio's Evolution™ C5 premium component speaker systems reproduce your music with impressive fidelity and power. Your music will sound smooth and balanced, from the splash of a cymbal to the thump of an electric bass, and everything in between.

The C5-570 5"x7" component system features a pair of silk dome tweeters that broadcast all the musical details without a hint of harshness. JL Audio built the 5"x7" woofers for extended cone travel so they'll move more air, putting more oomph in your music when the rhythm section kicks in. These woofers use the same patented cooling technology developed for the ZR Series speakers, allowing the C5 speakers to play with a wide dynamic range at all volumes.

The C5 crossovers feature 4-position tweeter and 3-position midrange levels that give you 12 possible adjustment combinations for exceptional control over the final sound.

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Highlights:

  • component speaker system includes two 5"x7"" woofers, 2 tweeters, and two external crossovers
  • mineral-filled polypropylene woofer with butyl rubber surround
  • cast alloy frame with Elevated Frame Cooling
  • 3/4" silk dome tweeter
  • 2-way external crossover with 4-position tweeter level and 3-position midrange control
  • 4-ohm impedance
  • power range: 25-75 watts RMS (225 watts peak)
  • frequency response: 48-25,000 Hz
  • sensitivity: 90.5 dB
  • depth: 2-7/16"
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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Features and Specs
General
Speaker Size 5X7
Design 2-way
Tweeter Design Dome
Tweeter Composition Silk
Woofer Composition Mineral-filled poly
Woofer Surround Butyl rubber
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year
Specifications
Sensitivity 90.5 dB
Frequency Response 48 - 25k Hz
RMS Power Range (Watts) 25-75
Peak Power Handling (Watts) 225
Impedance (Ohms) 4
Top-mount Depth (Inches) 2 7/16
Bottom-mount Depth (Inches) 3
Cutout Diameter or Length (inches) 0
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What's in the box?

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  • 2 Woofers
  • 2 Tweeters (with attached 6" speaker wires)
  • 2 Tweeter flush-mount cups
  • 2 Crossovers
  • 2 Bottom mount adapter rings
  • 2 Self-adhesive JL Audio badges
  • 2 Tweeter mounting rings
  • Adhesive putty
  • 2 Metal spring clips for tweeter fixtures
  • Two 1-1/8" pan-head machine screws
  • 4 Crimp-on 2.8mm male quick slides
  • Twelve 1-1/4" self-tapping screws
  • 8 Speed clips
  • 12 Crimp-on spade connectors
  • 2 Crimp-on 6.4mm female quick slides
  • 2 Crimp-on 4.7mm female quick slides
  • Owner's Manual
  • Woofer cutout template

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Woofer Features
Tweeter Features
Crossover Features

Woofer Features

Cast Alloy Baskets: The Evolution C5 component speakers feature cast alloy woofer baskets, while incorporating JL Audio's patented "Elevated Frame" cooling system. This cooling technology, also found on the flagship ZR component systems and W7 and W6v2 subwoofers, allows air to flow directly across the top plate and onto the voice coil windings to greatly improve linearity at all listening levels.

Motor Structure: The DMA (Dynamic Motor Analysis)-optimized motor structure achieve outstanding linearity.

Woofer Cones: The cone and suspension elements were designed and manufactured by the world-famous Dr. Kurt Müller & Co of Germany. The speakers feature low-mass, mineral-filled polypropylene cones with butyl rubber surrounds. The cone and surround are inherently well damped to deliver neutral midrange without any coloration. The speakers are also equipped with symmetrical-roll, hybrid-weave spiders.

Mounting: The C5-570 can be top or bottom mounted. Bottom mounting requires using the included adapter ring. The adapter ring can be used (optionally) when top mounting, adding approximately 4/10" to the mounting height and subtracting approximately 4/10" from the mounting depth.

Tweeter Features

Silk Domes: The C5 component system's 3/4" silk dome tweeters is incredibly smooth on- and off-axis for accurate imaging and a big, stable soundstage.

Neodymium Magnets: The small neodymium magnets and small chassis give it excellent placement flexibility.

Performance: Each pair of C5 tweeters is tested and matched to within 1 dB of JL Audio's reference curve to ensure optimum system performance.

Mounting Options: The tweeters come mounted in JL Audio's RSR mounting system to permit precise angling of the tweeters after installation. There are five available positions for angling the tweeter inside the flush mount. The mounting dimensions are as follows:

  • Mounting Depth: 0.56" (1.67" screw depth)
  • Mounting Height: 0.36"
  • Frame Diameter: 1.758"
  • Cutout Diameter: 1.49"

Crossover Features

Two-way Crossover System: The C5 component system utilizes a true 2-way crossover system:

  • High Pass: On the tweeters is a second order high-pass filter utilizing premium Mylar capacitors combined with an air-core inductor. Four tweeter level settings are selectable via jumper pins: +2.0dB, Reference, -1.5dB, and -3.0dB.
  • Low Pass: The low-pass section features a first order filter with three levels of user-definable midrange presence: Low, Reference, and High.

Polyswitch: Polyswitch tweeter protection is incorporated into each C5 component system crossover system.

Barrier Strips: Connections to each crossover network are made via protected nickel-plated barrier strips.

Dimensions: The C5 crossover systems have the following dimensions: Width=3.367", Height=4.72", Depth=1.44"

Connection Note: The C5 component system comes with no speaker wire. Instead, a number of spade connectors and quick slides are included in the hardware pack to be crimped onto speaker wire you provide.

 
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5 out of 5

Totally Awesome

Written By bill4123, Centreville, VA on Wednesday, July 04, 2012
 
The speakers I had prior to these were the Polk Momo components. The numbers on the spec sheet say the Polks are way better. My ears tell me otherwise. The crossover for these JL speakers does not allow bi-amping but it is far more adjustable thus making bi-amping totally unnecessary (awesome). These things handle high volume levels so much better than the Polks would ever dream of handling. I seriously did not think it was possible for this one set of speakers to create such loud volume. Originally I wanted to have these in my front doors and some 6.75" subs in the rear doors but these things sound so good that I think I'll just do some fine tuning of the head unit and it will sound perfect.

Sure, you could spend $500 on the level of speaker cheaper than this to outfit your whole car, but these are so good you will only need to do the front set.
Pros:
Nearly transparent sound. You definately hear more of the subtle instruments.
Cons:
The connector on the tweeter if a female and a odd size at that. If they're going to force me to pay for a connector, it should be a size commonly used. Whatever, I got it to work and it sounds great.
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4 out of 5

Perfect Highs

Written By ZachW, Tomball, TX on Saturday, June 16, 2012
 
The tweeters are perfect on these speakers. I have the Slash 300v2 pushing them and they are incredible. They handle whatever I throw at them. From Country to Rock to Hip-Hop/Rap. The mid-bass could be better. It distorts at high volumes. But all in all these are great speakers. I would recommend them to anyone.
Pros:
Great Highs
Cons:
Price, Mid-Range could be better
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5 out of 5

great speakers and service

Written By One_Shot29, Denver, CO on Saturday, April 07, 2012
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I have heard of crutchfield my whole life but this was my first purchase from them, Usually i would go to audio retailers in town to satisfy my habit of buying audio equipment but this time i decided to try something a little higher end. needless to say i was very impressed with my experience and the quality of the equipment. I purchased these speakers and the 2 way C5-570X speakers as open box items. upon arrival i found that the component C5-570's had extensive damage to the mounting holes and the baskets. I contacted crutchfield and found they no longer had any open box sets at the time but to get me on my way they sent me a brand new sealed set. I was very satisfied with the customer service they payed shipping for the new set and to send my old damaged set back. I had my new speakers within a week without any hassle. Now onto the speakers, I installed the crossovers in the doors right next to the speakers and the tweeters could not be flush mounted but i dont mind the way they look. At first the highs sounded a little harsh with real high notes but they wore in and sound great now. mids are very clear and the low notes these speakers can produce is very impressive. I replaced a set of infinity reference speakers with these and was very surprised with the difference. They blend much better with my subwoofer and the notes produced are alot cleaner at louder volumes. I am very satisfied with the speakers and crutcfield I will recommend them to anybody.
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5 out of 5

Nice "open box" set

Written By Paul, San Diego, CA on Tuesday, October 12, 2010
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I bought this set as an "open box" item. The whole set looks like new. The product quality is definentely present. No cheap parts components. The sound is great, it has a natural presence, the high notes are clear and and not harsh, the mid bass sounds without distortion. I replaced an Infinity set with this JL audio and I did noticed that some door resonance sounds dissapeared with the new speakers. My amp is a 4 channel Sony (50 watts x ch). I m very happy with the purchase. Thanks Crutchfield.
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