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JL Audio C5-653

Evolution™ C5 Series 6-3/4" 3-way component speaker system

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JL Audio C5-653

Evolution™ C5 Series 3-way component speaker system

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. You'll have to customize your car in order to install the midrange drivers and tweeters in this 3-way system, but we're sure you'll be thrilled by the results.

3-way system powers the full spectrum of sound

The C5-653 component system features a pair of silk dome tweeters that broadcast all the musical details without a hint of harshness. The midrange is handled by 4" speakers that provide definition and character to the vocals and instruments. JL Audio built the 6-3/4" 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.

Sophisticated crossover networks

The C5 3-way crossovers feature 4-position tweeter and 3-position midrange levels that give you 12 possible adjustment combinations. You'll have the ability to tune your system for superb sound in any vehicle, even if your speakers are in less-than-optimal locations.

Note: JL Audio describes this model as a 6-1/2" speaker. Most manufacturers designate this same frame size as a 6-3/4" speaker. For simplicity's sake we list it as a 6-3/4" speaker.

Installation note: We only the check the 6-3/4" speakers for fit — you'll have to custom install the midrange drivers and tweeters.

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

Product Highlights:

  • component speaker system includes two 6-3/4" woofers, two 4" midrange drivers, 2 tweeters, and two external crossovers
  • 6-3/4" mineral-filled polypropylene woofer with butyl rubber surround
  • cast alloy frame with Elevated Frame Cooling
  • 4" mineral-filled polypropylene midrange driver with butyl rubber surround
  • 3/4" silk dome tweeter
  • 3-way external crossover with 4-position tweeter level and 3-position midrange control
  • includes two woofer grilles and two midrange grilles
  • quick slides and other speaker connectors included (package does not include speaker wire)
  • 4-ohm impedance
  • power range: 25-75 watts RMS (225 watts peak)
  • frequency response: 48-25,000 Hz
  • sensitivity: 89.5 dB
  • woofer top-mount depth: 2-9/16"
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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 C5-653 Reviews

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Written by: Stavi from Florida on January 15, 2016

I recently replaced the Harmon Kardon stereo system that came with my 2016 Outback. I feel the vehicle is nice enough inside to pass as just below luxury, however with the JL Audio C5-653 installed I actually feel like I am driving a luxury vehicle. The sound improvement from these speakers and an aftermarket amp is astounding, and if you have a 6x9 speaker holes a mount can be fabricated to hold the 6.5" and 4" drivers. The silk tweeters really cut out the harsh/resonate sound alot of metal tweeters give, but can also get very loud and maintain clarity and warmth. The 4" driver is also another huge plus and has brought a new dynamic to many songs I have listened to for years, either delivering a more precise mid presence or isolating mid frequencies that I had never herd before because the larger driver couldn't properly deliver them. The 6.5 driver does its's job, and delivers a more "precise" output of lower freqs, not being bass heavy or light. The price is a bit hefty, but if I had to do it all over again I would do it in a heart beat.

Pros: Warm, Clear Highs 4 settings for Tweeter Crossovers 4" Speaker delivers tones often missed with a 2-way

Cons: Mounting Price

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  • Two C5-650cw woofers
  • Two C5-400cw midrange
  • Two C5-075ct tweeters (with attached 6" wires)
  • Two C5-653XO Crossovers
  • 2 Woofer grilles
  • 2 Woofer grille frames
  • 2 Midrange grilles
  • 2 Midrange grille frames
  • 2 Flush-mount tweeter fixtures
  • 2 Metal spring clips for tweeter fixtures
  • 2 Tweeter mounting rings
  • 2 Surface-mount tweeter fixtures
  • 2 Flush-mount midrange adapter rings
  • 4 Self-adhesive JL Audio badges
  • Butyl adhesive putty for woofer grilles
  • Two 1-1/8" pan-head machine screws
  • 4 Crimp-on 0.110" male quick slides
  • Four 7/8" Flat-head self-tapping screws
  • Twenty #8 1-1/4" Self-tapping screws
  • Eight #6 1-1/4" Self-tapping screws
  • 24 Speed clips
  • 16 Crimp-on spade connectors
  • 4 Crimp-on 0.25" female quick slides
  • 6 Crimp-on 0.187" female quick slides
  • 2 Crimp-on 0.110" female quick slides
  • Owner's Manual
  • Woofer cutout template

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Cast Alloy Baskets: The Evolution C5 component speakers feature cast alloy woofer baskets and incorporate 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 improve linearity at all listening levels.

Motor Structure: The DMA (Dynamic Motor Analysis)-optimized motor structure adds to speaker 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 uncolored, neutral bass without any coloration. The speakers are also equipped with symmetrical-roll, hybrid-weave spiders.


Material: Like the woofers, the midrange drivers are designed by Dr. Kurt Müller & Co and use DMA (Dynamic Motor Analysis), mineral-filled polypropylene cones, butyl rubber surrounds, and symmetrical-roll spiders.

Size: The 4" midrange drivers will fit many factory 4" speaker locations; they are top mounted and have these dimensions:

  • Depth (top mount): 1.632"
  • Mounting height: 0.291"
  • Flange height: 0.291"
  • Magnet Diameter: 2.814"
  • Cutout diameter: 3.566"
  • Frame diameter: 3.968"


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

Neodymium Magnets: The small neodymium magnets and small chassis give you excellent tweeter 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 can be surface mounted or flush mounted. JL Audio's RSR flush mounting system permits adjusting the tweeter angle after installation; there are four positions for angling the tweeter inside the flush mount.

Tweeter Dimensions:

  Frame Width Frame Length Cutout Width Cutout Length Mounting Height Mounting Depth
Flush Mount 1.75" 1.75" 1.5" 1.5" 0.34" 0.73"
Angled Surface Mount 1.61" 1.58" N/A N/A 1.88" Screw Depth


Three-way Crossover System: The C5 component system utilizes a true 3-way 12 dB/octave crossover system. There are four tweeter level settings selectable via jumper pins: +2.0dB, Reference, -1.5dB, and -3.0dB. There are also three levels of midrange presence (affects the amplitude of the upper woofer range): Low, Reference, and High.

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

Barrier Strips: Each crossover's connections are screw terminals that will accommodate spade connectors up to 0.315" wide.

Dimensions: The C5 crossover has the following dimensions:

  • Width: 4.16"
  • Height: 1.70"
  • Depth: 5.88"

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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Thanks for your question. For information on selecting the best amp I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to help determine the differences between the amp models and help you make the best choice for your system. [ Krissy  May 17, 2015 ]  Staff