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Rockford Fosgate Punch P165

6-1/2" 2-way car speakers

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by John Pollard
Rockford Fosgate

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.

High-quality replacement speakers
Rockford Fosgate designed the Punch P165 6-1/2" speakers as a high-grade replacement for your factory speakers. Each speaker features a responsive polypropylene cone and butyl rubber surround that'll stand up to hours of high-volume jams. The dome tweeter provides clear, extended highs that can hold their own when the bass gets heavy.

Rockford Fosgate innovations
Take a closer look and you'll notice a couple of cool innovations. Rockford Fosgate uses a new technique to attach the surround to the cone that yields up to 25% more cone area, for fuller sound and stronger performance. The slots around the frame eliminate the need to redrill screw holes when the factory holes are just a little bit off. And these speakers come with adapter plates that you can modify to install these speakers into 5"x7", 6"x8", or 6"x9" openings. Grilles are included.

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Highlights:

  • 2-way 6-1/2" speakers (pair)
  • mineral-filled polypropylene woofer
  • butyl rubber surround
  • 3/4" polyetherimide (PEI) dome tweeter
  • includes adapter brackets for 5"x7", 6"x8", or 6"x9" openings (brackets require modification)
  • grilles included
  • Vertical Attach Surround Technique (VAST™) increases cone area
  • power range: 6-55 watts RMS (110 watts peak power)
  • frequency response: 65-22,000 Hz
  • sensitivity: 88 dB
  • top-mount depth: 2"
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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Features and Specs
General
Design 2-way
Tweeter Design 3/4" Dome
Tweeter Composition PEI
Woofer Composition Mineral filled poly
Woofer Surround Butyl rubber
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year
Specifications
Sensitivity 91 dB at 2.83 volts
88 dB at 1 watt
Frequency Response 65 - 22k Hz
RMS Power Range (Watts) 6-55
Peak Power Handling (Watts) 110
Impedance (Ohms) 4
Top-mount Depth (Inches) 2
Bottom-mount Depth (Inches) N/A
Cutout Diameter or Length (inches) 4 15/16
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What's in the box?

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  • Two 6-1/2" Two-way speakers
  • 2 Grilles
  • Two 6x9/5x7 Adapter brackets
  • Eight 1-1/4" Allen head screws
  • 3mm Allen head bit
  • 8 Speed clips
  • Installation/Operation manual (English/ French/ Spanish/ German/ Italian)

Scratch & Dent items may be missing non-essential accessories. In some cases the manufacturer's accessories have been replaced with generic equivalents.

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Features

Injection-Molded Polypropylene Woofers: The woofer cones are mineral filled, injection-molded polypropylene. This molding process assures a uniform cone thickness for superior linearity and clarity. It is also light weight and rigid for decreased distortion and improved bass response.

Butyl Rubber Surrounds: The butyl rubber surrounds dampen unwanted harmonic distortion while maintaining linear geometry under extreme weather conditions. This leads to less distortion, superior frequency response, and superior durability.

VAST Surround: The Vertical Attach Surround Technique (VAST) increases a speaker's effective radiating cone area without increasing the size of the basket.

Tweeters: Each speaker features a 3/4" PEI (Poly-Ether-Imide) dome tweeter; PEI is a polymer film that produces a wide soundstage for superior imaging.

FlexFit Basket: The Flex Fit frame utilizes slots (where possible) instead of single screw sized holes; allowing slight adjustment of the speaker when mounted.

StampCast Basket: The P165 features StampCast steel baskets for added rigidity.

Adapter Bracket: For mounting flexibility, the included brackets can be modified to fit 5x7, 6x8, or 6x9 applications.

Note: The bracket is generic (cutout sized for a 5-1/4) and requires modification before the P165 will fit into it.

Speaker Terminals: These speakers have 0.25" wide positive (+) terminals and 0.187" wide negative (-) terminals, which are too large for the vehicle-specific speaker harnesses supplied by Crutchfield for many vehicle applications. It is recommended that a pack of assorted female quick slides (item number 120FQS10PK, sold separately) be purchased and spliced to the harnesses to adapt them to the speaker terminals.

 
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Rockford Fosgate Punch P165 Reviews

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4 out of 5

fosgate punch 6.5

Written By avgjoe, las vegas on Wednesday, August 06, 2014
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good construction of speaker. Dome and tweeter are well made. The housing is very very solid. This speaker has some good weight to it (for a 6.5 inch). Mids and highs are nice and crisp. The bass is as much as one would expect out of a 6.5inch speaker, but is still pretty good. Matched up just fine to my stock deck.
Pros:
well made speaker and comes with a adapter plate.
Cons:
You always want more bass, but it gives you all it can.
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4 out of 5

Good Speakers

Written By Robert, Foley Al on Wednesday, July 09, 2014
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Good speakers..worth the $.
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5 out of 5

Great Punch for the Buck!

Written By PhillipB., Princeton, NJ on Tuesday, June 10, 2014
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What a difference with these speakers. P165 delivers a crisp and great sound. I replaced the factory speakers in my 2011 Jetta. Amazing punch and bass (of course, it heavely depends on the kind of music you are listening to as well as the song recording quality). I did not replace the factory stereo and I do not have any amplifiers for these speakers and I am extremely happy about the improvement though. I can listen to details in the songs that I was not able to with the factory speakers. I wish I have made this upgrade sooner.
Pros:
Great punch and bass Crisp and clear sound Great looking speakers (it is a shame that door panels covers them) Great quality
Cons:
None
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2 out of 5

Not impressed.

Written By Dave, La Grande on Friday, May 30, 2014
 
Really not to thrilled with these speakers. I put them in my 84 k5 Blazer. I'm powering my system with the Kenwood excelon KDC-BT758H. These speakers don't have much in the end of lows and tend to have major distortion when it's tight punchy bass. I had Infinity Kappas in my old jeep and really wish I would of got another set of those. The difference between the two is night and day.
Pros:
They do look nice. But I'm listing to them, not really watching them.
Cons:
Distortion on mid range witch is what a person buys 6.5" speakers for.
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5 out of 5

Great speakers

Written By ScottS, Tacoma, WA on Friday, May 30, 2014
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I replaced the 6x9's out of the front doors of my 2007 Tundra with the p165's and they sound really good. Easy install thanks to Crutchfield and YouTube.
Pros:
Great sound and quality. Easy install.
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

Big Upgrade For Little Money

Written By AndyM, Branford CT on Thursday, May 08, 2014
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I ordered speakers to replace stock 6x9 in front door of Toyota tundra using stock receiver. Speakers perform very well. Clean sound treble and base , very happy with change.
Pros:
Clean clear sound fit well with supplied bracket. Good base for 61/2 speaker.
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

great

Written By cjb, 39401 on Sunday, April 20, 2014
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Handle power, thats what they do....cut yor eardrums out with them if you need to.
Pros:
Pros are Great
Cons:
Cons are not great but there are none...
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5 out of 5

Great bang for the buck

Written By Anonymous, Wernersville, PA on Saturday, March 22, 2014
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These sound great. Everything was there that I needed to install them.
Pros:
They are more punchy then the Infinitis they replaced... They sound great. Nice highs as well.
Cons:
None
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4 out of 5

Rockford Fosgate Punch P165

Written By Brandon, Shreveport, LA on Thursday, December 19, 2013
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Great sound!
Pros:
Easy install
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4 out of 5

customer

Written By Louie, Rootstown, Oh on Sunday, December 08, 2013
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sound is good!
Pros:
easy install-in front doors.
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5 out of 5

Rockford Fosgate 6 1/2 Punch Speakers

Written By RDass97, Orlando, FL on Thursday, November 28, 2013
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These speakers were a great investment, buying these were the best choice I could ever make. They are crystal clear and carry good bass for standard systems. I do not regret purchasing these speakers and I would recommend them to anyone.
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5 out of 5

Rockford Fosgate Punch 165

Written By R803L!ve, Las Vegas, NV on Saturday, August 24, 2013
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I installed these speakers in my 2007 Chrysler Aspen & immediately noticed the difference from the weak stock speakers. Bass is nice & the sound is clear. For better results, I suggest installing an aftermarket headunit or amp. These speakers are amazing.
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5 out of 5

Big Punch

Written By Scion24, Bedford, NY on Saturday, July 27, 2013
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Incredible engineering and build quality makes thes speakers stand apart from the others in this price range. Dont be afraid of the open box or scratch and dent items since Crutchfield backs them all with a satisfaction guarantee. These were returns in perfect condition at an amazing price.
Pros:
sound quality is impressive
Cons:
no built-in crossover
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Great product

Written By Anonymous, Orlando,fl on Tuesday, June 18, 2013
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I have a scion FR-S and the sound system definitely was not up to my standards. These door speakers did the job great and got rid of the distortion at higher volume.
Pros:
Super easy to install. Sound great Adds a little more bass
Cons:
I have to turn my radio up higher so what I used to listen at 30 is now 40 on my volume scale. Fitment wasn't perfect so I have 2 screws instead of 4 : (
2 out of 3 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Rockford Fosgate Punch P165

Written By Anonymous, Erie,PA on Saturday, June 08, 2013
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Much better! ;-)
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5 out of 5

Rockford Fosgate Punch P165

Written By Lizardor, Memphis, TN on Wednesday, May 29, 2013
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Great speakers for the money
Pros:
easy to install, great bass
Cons:
none
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

very good speakers

Written By Anonymous, new brockton, al on Friday, May 17, 2013
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These speakers are so much better than my factory silverado speakers. The highs are crystal clear and they have very nice bass. Would recommend installing an amp or aftermarket radio to fully take advantage of them.
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5 out of 5

Rockford Fosgate 6 1/2

Written By Speakerman6, Burlington, IA on Wednesday, May 08, 2013
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These speakers turned out great. They have great bass and are easy to install. They had a great deal when I bought them and I enjoy them.
Pros:
Easy installation, nice bass, good sound
Cons:
Price
1 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

best for Harley

Written By Anonymous, Miamisburg, OH on Wednesday, September 26, 2012
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I use these in both of my Harleys and am very happy. They handle the high power necessary on the highway much better than the Sony, Hertz, and Focal speakers I've tried
2 out of 5 people found this helpful
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1 question already asked

Bass that'll rattle my side mirrors? [ devon  Apr 20, 2014 ]
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  • This will depend largely on your vehicle. For details on installation please contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to pull up your vehicle and give you the details. [ Krissy Staff  Apr 21, 2014 ]

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