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MTX Terminator653

Terminator Series 6-1/2" 3-way car speakers

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Our take on the MTX Terminator653

by Alexander Hrabe
MTX

Why replace your car's original speakers?

The speakers that originally came in your car were made from inexpensive materials, designed to create acceptable sound at the lowest possible cost to the manufacturer. If you love music, you deserve better. Name-brand aftermarket speakers deliver fuller, richer sound with considerably more detail and nuance, and they're capable of playing louder and cleaner than factory speakers. Connect new speakers to your factory radio and you'll get the best possible sound from your dealer-equipped system. Pair them up with a new car stereo for a level of enjoyment that can rival a high-fidelity home audio experience.

Terminator653

The Terminator653's 3-way design offers a cleaner transition from the midrange to the high frequencies.

It's time to upgrade                            

MTX is looking out for you. They designed the Terminator Series speakers to put out serious sound without you having to empty your bank account. If you've been dying to replace your burned-out factory speakers, but haven't been able to justify the expense, MTX takes guilt out of the equation. And with protection under MTX's unique 5-year warranty, this buy is as practical as it is fun.

What a speaker

These Terminator653 6-1/2" 3-way speakers will take your in-car audio experience to the next level. The durable polypropylene woofer and Mylar dome tweeters are vast improvements over the standard paper cones used by factory speakers. With the sensitivity of these new materials, you'll gain more focus in the midrange and clearer highs, even from the power of a factory stereo. But if you have an aftermarket stereo or amp, you can listen with confidence since these puppies can handle up to 45 watts RMS. Grilles are included for custom installation.

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Highlights:

  • 6-1/2" 3-way car speakers (pair)
  • polypropylene woofer cone
  • Mylar dome tweeter and supertweeter
  • frequency response: 54-20,000 Hz
  • sensitivity: 89 dB
  • RMS power: 2-45 watts (90 watts peak)
  • top-mount depth: 2"
  • grilles included
  • warranty: 5 years (free repair or replacement for 2 years; prorated replacement for years 3 through 5)
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

Hands-on research from the Crutchfield Labs (what are the Labs?)

Features and Specs
General
Design
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3-way
Tweeter Design
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Dome
Tweeter Composition
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Mylar
Woofer Composition
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Polypropylene
Woofer Surround
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Rubber
Parts Warranty
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5 Years (3-5 Prorated)
Labor Warranty
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5 Years (3-5 Prorated)
Specifications
Sensitivity
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89 dB at 2.83 volts
Frequency Response
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54 - 20k Hz
RMS Power Range (Watts)
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2-45
Peak Power Handling (Watts)
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90
Impedance (Ohms)
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4
Top-mount Depth (Inches)
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2
Bottom-mount Depth (Inches)
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2 5/16
Cutout Diameter or Length (inches)
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5
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What's in the box?

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  • Two 3-way speakers
  • 2 Metal adapter rings
  • 2 Grilles
  • Two 6" Lengths of speaker wire (each has female quick-slides on one end and bare wire on the other)
  • Eight 1" Self-tapping screws
  • 8 Speed clips
  • Eight M3x4mm Machine screws
  • Warranty information
  • Specifications printed on box

Our Product Research Team

At Crutchfield, you'll get detailed, accurate information that's hard to find elsewhere. That's because we have our own in-house Product Research team — they open the box, verify contents, check the owner's manual, and record dimensions, features and specs. We stay on top of new products and technologies to help people make informed choices.

Features

Woofer Cones: The MTX Terminator series speakers feature durable and rigid polypropylene woofer cones. Polypropylene is also resistant to the moisture and temperature extremes found in automotive applications.

Tweeters: Each speaker has a Mylar dome tweeter and super tweeter for clean, accurate highs.

Speaker Size: These speakers are marketed as 6-1/2"; they will fit in standard 6-1/2" speaker openings, but do not use the industry standard 6-1/2" speaker bolt pattern (then again, neither do many car manufacturers). In order to install them in standard 6-1/2" speaker openings, one option is to drill new screw holes. If new holes are drilled in the mounting surface of the car, no bracket is needed. If drilling in the car is not an option, the included brackets can be used, which have standard 6-1/2" mounting holes and the Ford non-symmetric four hole pattern. When using the brackets the depth becomes 1.823" and the mounting height becomes 0.894". The speakers will also fit many factory 6-3/4" applications. Please refer to the Crutchfield Vehicle Selector to confirm fit in your vehicle.

Specification Note: MTX seems to list contradicting power specifications on the box; with the other specifications they list 90 watts peak, but on the front of the box they list 135 watts max power. We've adopted the 90 watt rating simply because it's the more conservative figure.

Warranty: MTX offers a 5-Year Prorated Warranty with the following terms:

  • Years 1-2: Products found to be defective in materials or workmanship during the first two years will be, at Mitek's option, repaired or replaced by Mitek at no charge. The warranty period does not renew, but continues on from the original date of purchase.
  • Years 3-5: The purchase price of an item which becomes defective after the first two years and prior to the end of the warranty period will be prorated and credited toward the purchase of a new MTX product. The amount of proration is determined by dividing the original purchase price by the number of months in the warranty period (60), then multiplying the result by the number of months remaining in the warranty period.
 
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5 out of 5

better than stock. good price.

Written By Ace, Honolulu on Sunday, September 14, 2014
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Nice step up from stock speakers. Acceptable price, fits speaker locations, easy installation. I install these in all four doors of 2012 Sonic hatchback. Still have stock receiver because of other Sync stuff, I made no adjustments to settings, just running stock. After replacing, MTX 653 were noticeably better than stock, fuller range of sound. When turning volume to prior self-determined max volume (or deal with stock distortion), MTX 653 produced crisp highs and midrange, no distortion of lows.
Pros:
new 3-ways versus old stocks just sounds better, fuller range of sound. fits location as stated, 6 3/4" or 6 1/2". For the market level MTX 653 goes for, good price for entry level 3-way speakers.
Cons:
installation kit fit nice into doors but screws and securing speakers to bracket kit should be better; not much plastic for screws to bite into.
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5 out of 5

Great sound for a great price!

Written By Rick, Lititz, PA on Thursday, August 21, 2014
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Great speakers with great sound at a great value. I installed these in the front doors of my wifes 2006 Trailblazer. She already has an aftermarket stereo so these speakers just finished that off and she is happy happy happy! The installation was easy so that made me happy happy happy. I paired with the MTX TDX65 two ways in rear doors and that's it, done deal. Open and shut case, time to rock!
Pros:
Great sound, especially at higher levels. Above average at low level, where you would have it when talking to others in car, but excellent at higher level. Crystal clear highs, no bass distortion. Easy install, easy instructions, no wiring. Plug & play all the way!
Cons:
Haven't found any yet
3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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