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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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JL Audio C5-570

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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.

JL Audio C5-570

Change how you listen in your car

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.

Installation note: You'll need a pair of our universal backstraps to install the tweeters in the factory locations.

What's in the Box:

  • 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

Product 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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JL Audio C5-570 Reviews

Average Customer Review:

7 Reviews

Perfect!

Written by: Ben from Chicopee, MA on July 2, 2016

2004 Ford F-150
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I've gone through a number of speakers in my quest for perfect sound - Rockford Fosgate, Infinity, and Polk. The Infinity and Polk were good, but you get what you pay for. The Rockford's were impressive - outstanding detail - but the tweeters were a bit too forward for my taste. These JL's are exactly what I was seeking. They're pricy - $500 pair - but they deliver. They have the speed, control and detail of the Rockford's, but with beautiful, sweet high frequencies. These speakers provide all the detail I sought, but with no trace of stridency. I set the tweeter adjustment to -1.5 dB, and it's perfect. These speakers also handle ample output, without distorting. Even when cranked, they're clean and precise. Those big magnets control the cones effortlessly. Finally, these JL's are a perfect physical fit for my Ford F150 truck. Even the component tweeters fit perfectly into the opening. The only challenge was routing the wires through the rubber tube connecting my door wiring to the cab, so the crossovers sit inside the cab (JL strongly advises NOT placing the crossovers inside the door due to water leaks). I'm delighted with the sonic result. I would have saved myself a lot of time and trouble if I'd just accepted that you can't bypass basic economics: quality = price.

Pros: Outstanding speed and control. Inner detail on mid-bass and mid-range is surprising - very clean with excellent transient response. High's are lovely - precise and detailed with no trace of harshness.

Cons: A bit expensive. But, if you demand performance, they're well worth it.

Nice but??

Written by: Chris C. from Louisville, Kentucky on October 9, 2015

1996 Dodge Dakota
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Installed these in my daughter 1996 Dodge Dakota extended cab. First the positive,they sound good!! A little pricey but good. If I had it to do again I would have gone with a one piece speaker but wanted the challenge of installing a component speaker. Well I got my wish!! My other complaint is with Crutchfield, these speakers Really Don't Fit this vehicle. To start there really isn't a good place to mount the crossovers and still use the back of the cab. I considered under the front seats but was afraid they would be damaged if someone was in the back. Finally removed all the rear interior panels and mounted wood blocks on the sheet metal of the truck. Also the tweeters don't fit if you mount them flush. I wanted a clean look and did not want them damaged if someone was in the rear of the cab. Installation requires at least 3/4" behind the tweeter and there isn't any. Ended up cutting a hole in the interior sheet metal. The only thing that did fit was the woofer in the factory speaker location.

Pros: Sound quality

Cons: Price, Not really JL Audio's fault but installation in this vehicle.

c5 components

Written by: Freddy from New Jersey on May 5, 2015

2003 Ford Focus ZX3
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Very nice crossover network with lots of customization options. Nice, small tweeters which fit in my sail panels even though there is side view mirror wiring harnesses behind them. Pivoting tweeters is also a plus. The speaker itself is nice looking, but that matters little once it's installed. The basket eyelets where the screws go through are a little flimsy, I broke two eyelets while mounting the speakers. Don't tighten down too much and you'll be ok. Good sound, although for the price a little more midbass ability would be nice. All and all I would say if you're set on JL's, these are worth the sale price, but maybe not the full price of $500.

Pros: Pivoting tweeters, customizable crossover network, made in Germany.

Cons: Basket eyelets break and bend easily. More midbass ability would be nice for this price.

Totally Awesome

Written by: bill4123 from Centreville, VA on July 4, 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.

Perfect Highs

Written by: ZachW from Tomball, TX on 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

great speakers and service

Written by: One_Shot29 from Denver, CO on April 7, 2012

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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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Nice "open box" set

Written by: Paul from San Diego, CA on October 12, 2010

2001 Toyota Tacoma
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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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What's in the box?

Download the JL Audio C5-570 manual

  • 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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