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Item #: 136C5653
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.
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.
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.
William B, mc lean, VA
Pros: They hit everything
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
|Speaker Size||6 3/4|
|Tweeter Design||3/4" Dome|
|Woofer Composition||Mineral filled poly|
|Woofer Surround||Butyl rubber|
|Parts Warranty||1 Year|
|Labor Warranty||1 Year|
|Frequency Response||48 - 25k Hz|
|Minimum RMS Wattage||25|
|Maximum RMS Wattage||75|
|Peak Power Handling (Watts)||225|
|Top-mount Depth (Inches)||2 9/16|
|Bottom-mount Depth (Inches)||N/A|
|Cutout Diameter or Length (inches)||5 9/16|
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:
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.
|Frame Width||Frame Length||Cutout Width||Cutout Length||Mounting Height||Mounting Depth|
|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:
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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The crossovers are 3-way and 12dB per octave but the specific frequency points are not published by JL Audio. The system's frequency response is 48 Hz - 25 KHz ± 3 dB. I hope that helps! My Bio: http://www.crutchfield.com/Support/Bio.aspx?bio=5 [ Ryan Sep 03, 2016 ] Staff
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