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JL Audio TR650-CXi

Evolution™ TR Series 6-3/4" 2-way car speakers

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You need great speakers to turn the audio signals from your car stereo into music. The Evolution™ TR series speakers take advantage of JL Audio's extensive research and obsessive testing to deliver excellent performance at prices any audio enthusiast can afford. Evolution™ TR speakers come in a wide range of sizes so you can improve the sound in almost any vehicle.

The next step in speaker quality

You need great speakers to turn the audio signals from your car stereo into music. The Evolution™ TR series speakers take advantage of JL Audio's extensive research and obsessive testing to deliver excellent performance at prices any audio enthusiast can afford. Evolution™ TR speakers come in a wide range of sizes so you can improve the sound in almost any vehicle.

JL Audio's TR650-CXi 6-3/4" speakers use mica-filled long-excursion polypropylene woofers for enhanced low-frequency response that'll really fill out your drums and bass. The 1/2" woven textile dome tweeters broadcast all the little details that bring your music to life. Ferrofluid cooled tweeters and butyl rubber surrounds mean that these speakers will bring you great music for many years to come.

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.

Priced per pair

Installed in my 2012 GMC Sierra. Speakers are good quality, and great sound. Nice to find a quality door speaker that doesn't sound like it's in free space.

Anonymous, Indianapolis, IN

What's in the Box:

  • Two 2-way speakers
  • 8 Self-tapping screws (length=1-3/16")
  • 8 Speed clips
  • 2 Crimp-on 2.8mm female quick slides
  • 2 Crimp-on 5.2mm female quick slides
  • 2 Grilles
  • 2 Grille frames
  • Butyl adhesive putty for grilles
  • Owner's Manual
  • Cutout template

Product Highlights:

  • 2-way 6-3/4" speakers (pair)
  • injection-molded mica-filled polypropylene woofer
  • butyl rubber surround
  • 1/2" textile dome tweeter
  • 4-ohm impedance
  • 10-50 watts RMS power range
  • frequency response: 59-22,000 Hz
  • sensitivity: 91 dB
  • depth: 2-1/2"
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

JL Audio TR650-CXi Reviews

Average Customer Review:

33 Reviews

Great speakers for the price!

Written by: Anonymous from Indianapolis, IN on May 8, 2016

2012 GMC Sierra
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Installed in my 2012 GMC Sierra. Speakers are good quality, and great sound. Nice to find a quality door speaker that doesn't sound like it's in free space.

Pros: Works great with factory head unit with a lower rms wattage.

Cons: Does cut off lower frequencies above factory speakers, but not an issue on most music.

Excellent after market speakers

Written by: Blake from Stryker, OH on April 22, 2016

2013 GMC Sierra
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Installed these speaks in my 2013 GMC Sierra with the factory radio. The sound quality is so much clearer than the factory speaks. Only downfall is the bass response is not the greatest, but I think that is because of the factory radio.

Pros: Excellent sound quality and crystal clear highs.

Cons: Bass response when hooked up to factory radio.

Enhanced clarity, great as a part of an overall system

Written by: John from Chicago, IL on April 3, 2016

2001 Chevrolet S10
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I can't speak for someone that's looking for these to cover the entire frequency spectrum, but these sound great for mids and highs in the doors of my S-10. I have an older 350W Cerwin Vega amplifier powering two older JL Audio 8W 8" subwoofers in truck boxes behind the bench seat for my lows, and I have these same TR models in the 3-1/2" version with a 4"X8" adapter in the dash, and I couldn't be happier once I dialed in all the settings. These are really great speakers, and normally with just about anything, I shy away from an expensive brand's more affordable offerings, but I think JL has produced a great speaker at a decent price point here. You won't be disappointed with these.

Pros: Very clear, especially highs and mids, even at higher volumes, and an excellent sound for the money.

Cons: None really, except that they may not be as superior as some speakers that cost twice as much, but that's to be expected. I can't speak for these when pushed really hard with bass but they're good for my application (see above).

Okay speakers

Written by: Jimbo from Groton, CT on September 8, 2015

2007 Honda Ridgeline
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On a stock Honda Ridgeline factory head unit these are okay speakers. The highs and mids are excellent. The bass is clear but underwhelming.

Pros: Excellent sound clarity, mids, and highs.

Cons: Bass is underwhelming compared to factory speakers

Great Speakers!

Written by: Felipe from Washington on May 31, 2015

2008 Chevrolet Silverado
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I have been impressed with these speakers which replaced the OEM speakers in my 2008 Silverado 2500HD. The sound is clear no matter how high I crank it up. I bought these because they were high quality and the speaker RMS matches my stereo well so didn't need an amp.

Pros: Great sounding speakers that do not require a ton of wattage to be loud and clear.

Cons: I truly cannot think of a con.

great speakera

Written by: happy customer from maryland on May 27, 2015

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Great speakers! They compliment the focal speakers in front.




Written by: Happy from Illinois on May 11, 2015

2001 GMC Sierra 2500
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Very nice smooth sound

Pros: Excellent sound quick and safe delivery

Cons: None

JL TR650-CXi for 350z rear

Written by: David from Harford County, MD on February 15, 2015

2003 Nissan 350Z
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Saw some reviews how this didn't fit the rear of a 350z but I tried it anyhow and it lined up perfectly to factory holes on my 2003 non Bose/navigation Z. Many of the forums say it's better to not have rears but after putting these in my sound is much fuller across the spectrum.

Pros: Was I direct fit for me and MUCH better quality then the phoniex gold crap that a previous owner installed.

Cons: Just wish they had just a little bit lower range but I think a lot has to do with its size and being non component.


Written by: 350Z DOORS from SANTA ROSA, CA on January 27, 2015

2004 Nissan 350Z
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Great Upgrade!

Written by: Scott from Poway, California on January 12, 2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This was my first pair of JL Audio speakers. I have always used Pioneer, but none are available for my 01 Corvette. I am quite pleased with these; they are much better than the stock units. One would think that a car that came with a Bose system would not need anything - think again. No highs, no lows.......must be Bose. Easy to install once I figured out that all I needed to do was remove the grille covers to access the speakers.

Pros: Sound quality, price, ease of installation.

Cons: Crutchfield installation instructions for my 2001 Corvette Coupe were unnecessarily complicated. They involved removing the roof panel (Targa top), the interior roof trim, and the pillar trim. Needless, as all that was needed was removal of the speaker grilles to gain access to the 4 screws securing the speakers.

Big Improvement over Factory Speakers

Written by: Rich from New York on January 5, 2015

2006 Honda Ridgeline
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I installed these in my Honda Ridgeline recently after upgrading my receiver a few months ago. Even without an additional power amplifier they offer a great improvement over the factory speakers. Much greater definition, solid bass and crisp highs. The install was fairly easy. It did require a bit of modification, particularly on the rear doors, to the included plastic adapters. A bit of sealant as well made a tight fit. Once the adapters were in place the speakers dropped right in. The supplied screws had to be cut down but no big deal. The wiring harness adapter was a nice touch too and save cutting off the factory connector. Not inexpensive, but highly recommended

Pros: Great improvement in sound quality

Cons: A few mods to make them fit Pricy

great sound!

Written by: jdog@pvhs from Arizona on October 31, 2014

2001 Toyota Corolla
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I replaced the stock speakers in my Toyota, and these sound great. I'm no expert, but I feel like the sound is much improved. The price is reasonable for this level of improvement. The only limitation is that my car isn't the quietest inside.

Pros: terrific sound at all levels of volume

Cons: extra install charge because wooden backings had to be created to fit in car

JL Audio TR650-CXi

Written by: tevardo from Houston, TX on September 16, 2014

2008 Toyota FJ Cruiser
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Great sounding speaker to replace factory door speakers in my Toyota FJ. Very clear mids and highs.

Pros: Awesome fitment with Crutchfield brackets and wiring adapter, a true plug-n-play installation!

Cons: None

Good sound but don't buy if you expect more bass

Written by: plonz from Houston, TX on July 12, 2014

2004 Toyota Matrix
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I'd like to give these 5 stars but I can't. I bought 4 to replace the OE door speakers in my 2004 Matrix with a Kenwood DNX570HD head unit . I was hoping to get a little more bass than the OEs and not have to put any money into adding a subwoofer on a 10yr old car. While the JLs definitely produce better sound than the OE speakers, they actually produce less, albeit cleaner, bass. I can't get them to produce even a hint of a thump or rumble. I am sure I was expecting too much and I imagine I'm going to love them if/when I decide to add a subwoofer. Installation was fine with the Crutchfield kit although the screws with the speakers were too long for the brackets in the kit. They bottomed out on the door and caused the bracket to lift, creating an air gap. Fortunately I had a enough spare screws laying around to make it work.

Pros: Very good sound and great audio separation over the OE speakers. The JLs create much fuller sound in the cabin of the car.

Cons: Wimpy bass response. Installation screws were too long for the brackets in the Crutchfield kit.

Great Product

Written by: Mattf from Batavia, il on July 3, 2014

2008 Chevrolet Silverado
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Product was very easy to install

Pros: So far great sounding even with stock stereo


Give them power

Written by: rich from fall river, ma on May 22, 2014

2013 Kia Optima
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

These speakers are fantastic---just make sure you have adequate power. They need juice. Most likely a factory head unit would not be enough---I had to add a power amp to get them to sound glad I did.

Pros: Tremendous clarity-----good solid bottom end.

Cons: They require a lot of power/wattage.

'08 Sierra Crew Cab - Replaced all 4 door speakers

Written by: ACE Classic Rock from Baltimore, MD on May 4, 2014

2008 GMC Sierra
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Wow! I am happy I chose these speakers. The speakers sound great with the stock head unit. I replaced all 4 stock door speakers (front and back) with these 6.75" JL Audio TR650-CXi speakers. The whole project was simple. It might have taken an hour or a little more max. The mounting hardware needed a minor adjustment for the speakers to fit as they are setup for 6.5" or 6.75". There are 4 plastic screw tabs that would be used with the 6.5" speakers that you need to trim off for the 6.75" speakers. The mounting screws are also a .25" to long. I used cutters and trimmed them down. Again, all easy modifications. The sound is amazing compared to the stock speakers. All genres sound crisp and clean with plenty of bass. Even when cranked up, the sound is crisp and clean. I wish I would have installed these years ago.

Pros: Easy install Clean and crisp sound on the GM stock head unit All mounting hardware and wire harnesses included when ordering from Crutchfield

Cons: None.

If your looking to upgrade......

Written by: BP from Tulsa OK on April 14, 2014

2008 Chevrolet Silverado
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

These were an upgrade for my factory rear door speakers in my 2008 silverado crew cab. They sound great nice and crisp with punchy bass. These blow the stock speakers away

Pros: sound output overall construction

Cons: installation brackets that come with must be modified

Jl l audio trx650 cxi

Written by: Clk from Newark de on March 17, 2014

2007 Chevrolet Corvette
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Easy to install sounds great just what I expected after reviewing with tech person


Cons: None


Written by: Geneva from Sacramento ca on February 26, 2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

They sound great


Cons: The brackets don't fit a Toyota sequoia.

Great but one size doesn't fit all.

Written by: Mike C from Clovis on February 23, 2014

These do not fit a 350z whatsoever I spent a few hours trying to make it fit and these are not 6 3/4 but 6 1/2 speakers thus stated in the model number. Also to chime in for us Nissan owners especially Gs and Zs we need a spacer because they can fit both front and back but need at least a bracket with 1 inch clearance or it'll kiss your windows and for the rear it won't mount because the holes do not line as well because it won't clear the slots for the mounting holes for the top cover either thus yielding a bad fit . So dont be like me research ahead and get spacers/adapters for these speakers besides that they sound amazing for your money's worth even with a decent deck with no amp or sub, it responds well with my JVC kw800bt on a test run .

Pros: Sounds amazingly clear in comparison to old speakers or a good price . good mids and lows and for a few dollars more the CSi has better bass but however this can be compensated with a sub, therefore not worth getting if doing so.

Cons: Needs brackets for mid 2000s Nissan applications and not implied in the notes.drivers need to be smaller for windows.

JL Audio TR650-CXi

Written by: Kenny from Marietta, Ohio on May 30, 2013

2008 GMC Sierra
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Awesome sounding speakers plenty of bass. Sound great in my 08 GMC Sierra.

Pros: Great sound, Great Price

Cons: Have to make minor adjustments to the brackets, but nothing major.


Written by: Eddie from Knoxville, IA on April 9, 2013

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Replaced these with JL Audio C3-650's as I wanted a component speaker.. I'm not seeing a lot of difference between the two speakers.. The C3-650's have a little more bass.. The C3-650's cost a lot more and they are somewhat better, but if you hadn't heard them both you would never know it.. Awesome speaker for the price, sounds just as good as the next model up.. Save some money buy these you won't regret it!! After all they are JL Audio, you know they're going to sound great!

Pros: Sound as good as the higher priced model..

Cons: None

Great sound

Written by: runflatvet from Pittsburgh,PA on December 17, 2012

2002 Chevrolet Avalanche
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Great sound with solid construction. Easy installation w/supplied instructions

Pros: Can't beat the price!

Cons: None so far!

JL review

Written by: James Haynes from Boyd, Texas on June 17, 2012

Had 2 sets of these put in a new chevy crew cab yesterday and they made a huge difference. From lows to the highs the difference is very noticeable. I highly recommend JL to anyone looking to upgrade their sound system.

Pros: Sound clarity

Cons: None

With factory stereo

Written by: Andrew F. from Ashtabula, OH on June 13, 2012

2003 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

These were very easy to install. Instructions were great as were the speaker harness connectors which were included. I can just about turn the radio all the way up with no distortion. Excellent upgrade from my worn out factory speakers.

Pros: Ease of installation.

Cons: Price is always a con.


Written by: 92fordf150 from Hollywood, FL on May 19, 2012

Great speakers I have a 92 ford f150 with 2000watt hifonics amp 3 12s 1 10 and the sound is just so clear and clean from the jls




Written by: Mike from Pelham, NY on January 2, 2012

I got these as a christmas gift for my 2008 Chevy Malibu. I recently had blew a speaker and the sound quality just dropped. Once these were installed, you could easily tell that the sound was cleaner, tighter, and darker. They have very nice base which i can feel moving me and these are so good that im not considering a subwoofer anymore

Pros: Im able to here all the mid voices since i have installed these speakers. Compliments my stock rear deck speakers very well

Cons: Nothing at all

Sonic Splendor

Written by: Myke Dronez from In Transit on July 7, 2011

2006 Chevrolet Express
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I installed these to replace the stock speakers in a new work van.. Spending a lot of time on the highway deserves good speakers so turned to these JLs which sound fantastic with a single sub in the back.. They have a crispness and definition that goes loud enough to turn the business in the front to a party in the back in short order..



JL Audio TR650-CXi

Written by: Bradford R. from Boone, NC on December 2, 2010

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

These speakers are fantastic! Installed in the rear deck of a Nissan Sentra, sound quality is excellent. I am very surprised with the amount of bass these things handle, and the highs don't crack unless pushed to the limit. With sub-bass at +1 on my JVC Arsenal, rock and metal sound great at any volume. Bass and techno are very good at mid volume. I really want a second pair for the doors, but unfortunately they don't fit. Overall, a very stout 6 3/4" speaker that is well worth the money. I highly reccomend them!



Well worth the cost

Written by: Shawn from Medina, Ohio on April 7, 2009

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Bought these speakers to upgrade from factory front door speakers in my chevy silverado. Wow, what a difference. They work very well with the factory stereo. Clean highs and solid midbass. I would definately recommend these for a low cost, simple upgrade. JL has got my business for sure.



Solid Purchase

Written by: Brandon from Myrtle Beach, SC on October 15, 2008

2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee

Replaced Infinity speakers in rear door of 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo - awesome choice! Not disappointed at all - very clean sound. Looking to add more products from the JL lineup to complete the system in the future.



Big Bang for the Buck!

Written by: Keith from McGregor Texas on October 2, 2008

Paired these with an Alpine IDA X100 and Alpine 6.5 speakers in the front. These JL speakers are in the mid panel of a 1999 Corvette and sound great! I powered the system with a 1x200 amp. I will be adding a JL sub woofer as the lows are missing at lower volume levels.




Hands-on research

What's in the box?

Download the JL Audio TR650-CXi manual

  • Two 2-way speakers
  • 8 Self-tapping screws (length=1-3/16")
  • 8 Speed clips
  • 2 Crimp-on 2.8mm female quick slides
  • 2 Crimp-on 5.2mm female quick slides
  • 2 Grilles
  • 2 Grille frames
  • Butyl adhesive putty for grilles
  • Owner's Manual
  • Cutout template

Product Research


Woofers: The JL Audio Evolution TR-series coaxial speakers feature injection-molded, mica-filled polypropylene cone woofers with 1" voice coils and flat-profile, symmetrical-roll spiders. The woofers use butyl rubber surrounds for reliability and strength.

Tweeters: The speakers have 1/2" treated textile dome tweeters with an integral phase plug and powerful, ferro-fluid cooled and damped neodymium magnets.

Crossovers: The TR-series coaxials use electrolytic capacitors on the 1st order high-pass filters. The woofer is unfiltered, using its engineered smooth roll-off characteristics to blend with its tweeter.

Grilles: Two black metal mesh grilles and black ABS plastic grille frames are included with the speakers.

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Q & A

Customer Q&A

2 questions already asked

No amp is required. i prefer to amplify them as the sound is better. But they will run off deck power. [ Kaitlyn  Mar 25, 2016 ]
You could but I am powering mine with just my head unit and they sound great that way. [ Mark Raymond  Mar 23, 2016 ]
I would recommend an amp. They will not be much louder but will have much better sound quality without an amp [ VAN  Mar 22, 2016 ]
Depends on your application. If your using them with a factory radio or aftermarket as mains no. If your looking to use them as additional speakers off an aux on a head unit yes you will need an amp. [ James  Mar 22, 2016 ]
No. They only handle 50 watts RMS. You could use a small amp for better sound quality, but they do just fine on head unit power. [ Andon  Mar 22, 2016 ]
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  Apr 14, 2015 ]  Staff

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