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6"x8" 3-way car speakers

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by Jo Greene
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.

Rockford Fosgate showcases their fanatical commitment to sonic excellence in the Punch Series of speakers, amps, and subs. If you like to listen to potent, powerful music — and feel it too — Punch components will give you impressive sound that'll stand out in a crowd.

Rockford Fosgate designed the Punch P1683 6"x8" 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. 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 dome tweeter and supertweeter provide clear, extended highs that can hold their own when the bass gets heavy.

Grilles not included — factory grilles are suitable for most installations.

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Highlights:

  • 3-way 6"x8" speakers (pair)
  • mineral-filled polypropylene woofer
  • butyl rubber surround
  • 3/4" and 1/2" polyetherimide (PEI) dome tweeter and supertweeter
  • Vertical Attach Surround Technique (VAST™) increases cone area
  • power range: 6-65 watts RMS (130 watts peak power)
  • frequency response: 65-24,000 Hz
  • sensitivity: 90 dB
  • top-mount depth: 2-5/16"
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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Features and Specs
General
Design
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3-way
Tweeter Design
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1/2" & 3/4" Domes
Tweeter Composition
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PEI
Woofer Composition
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Mineral filled poly
Woofer Surround
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Butyl rubber
Parts Warranty
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1 Year
Labor Warranty
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1 Year
Specifications
Sensitivity
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90 dB at 1 watt
Frequency Response
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65 - 24k Hz
RMS Power Range (Watts)
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6-65
Peak Power Handling (Watts)
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130
Impedance (Ohms)
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4
Top-mount Depth (Inches)
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2 5/16
Bottom-mount Depth (Inches)
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2 5/8
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What's in the box?

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  • Two 6x8 Three-way speakers
  • Eight 1-1/4" Allen head screws
  • 3mm Allen head bit
  • 8 Speed clips
  • Installation/Operation manual (English/ French/ Spanish/ German/ Italian)

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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 two tweeters, 1/2" and 3/4" domes. The material used is PEI (Poly-Ether-Imide); PEI is a polymer film that produces a wide soundstage for superior imaging.

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 # 263FQS10PK) be purchased and spliced to the harnesses to adapt them to the speaker terminals.

 
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3 out of 5

Punch review

Written By Ken, St. Louis on Saturday, July 26, 2014
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Alittle tinny, dosen't give the bass response I thought it would. But overall a descent value.
Pros:
price
Cons:
Alittle tinny, dosen't give the bass response I thought it would.
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3 out of 5

2004 Ranger XLT SUPER CAB

Written By shillin, Battle Creek MI on Wednesday, July 23, 2014
 
I purchased a new high end Alpine Head Unit for my 2004 ford ranger XLT. I decided to replace the front door speakers with these rather than the fosgate prime 2-way. They have a nice crisp and clean sound to them but I would have to say the stock paper cone speakers had more bass. Fortunately I'm not looking for bass but clarity since I'm not into listening to music with 4 12' subs in the back. Overall, good buy.
Pros:
Clean and great highs
Cons:
Not much midrange bass
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5 out of 5

Rockford Fosgate speakers

Written By John D., Chesapeake, VA on Sunday, July 20, 2014
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Very good sound quality compared to the factory speakers.
Pros:
Very good price for the quality of product you get.
Cons:
N/A
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5 out of 5

Best Upgrade for 2011-Up Mustang GT

Written By Jay, Charlotte, NC on Saturday, July 19, 2014
 
I have a 2012 Mustang GT base model, so the stereo is terrible. I read these reviews and bought 2 speakers for the front. Huge difference! clean clear sound, doesn't add bass but now sounds better than premium stereo. I thought about ordering 2 more for the rear but I was like why bother it sounds great with just the front 2. Thanks for all the other reviews to help my decision, hope this helps for yours
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

2013 F150 Lariat upgrade

Written By Anonymous, Lake Charles, LA on Saturday, June 21, 2014
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I am very pleased with the sound. I found a video on you tube about removing the door panels to install and that helped me a great deal on the installation. My only complaint about the install is that the quick connect that was supplied for easy installation did not fit the terminal on the speaker itself. I had to cut off the smaller of the two spade connectors and add a larger one to make it work. A bag of larger spade connectors was provided so I assume that they know this a problem already. I don't understand why you would provide a connector that doesn't fit your own speaker. I also installed a SoundgateT SubStageT SF150C09 by Kicker at the same time and I am very pleased with my new sound.
Pros:
Great sound upgrade from my factory speakers.
Cons:
Spade connector on quick connect adapter does not fit on speaker.
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5 out of 5

Great speakers

Written By Drew, Southwest on Monday, June 16, 2014
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Awesome speakers, sounds way better now. Bass is way up, mid bass is up and the tweeters sound really good. I would buy these again.
Pros:
Fit, finish, ease of install. Slipped in like a glove.
Cons:
Price, a little high.
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5 out of 5

punch jams

Written By jacknifetrucker, s.e. texas on Sunday, June 15, 2014
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speakers rock. sound a tousand times better than the wore out fact speakers.
Pros:
fit in factory openings perfect,easy install,they jam.
Cons:
none
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5 out of 5

2001 Miata Install

Written By Miss Candy, Memphis, TN on Monday, June 09, 2014
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I am pleased with the sound quality of Rockford Fosgate Punch speakers. I replaced the factory speakers in a 2001 Mazda Miata and was surprised to be able to notice a big improvement in such a small cabin. I highly recommend these speakers to friends and family.
Pros:
Looks good, sounds great! Easy install, fit just right.
Cons:
The wiring harness didn't match the harness in the Miata. The lock tabs don't line up. It'll hold, but may slip out in time. My choice was to either splice it in or use zip ties to hold the harnesses together. In the interest of time, I chose to zip them together.
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4 out of 5

Rockford Fosgate Punch P1683

Written By Dan H, Clear Lake, Ia on Thursday, May 01, 2014
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Pretty easy install. Put a set in front and rear doors. Had to trim a corner off both front speakers to get to fit. Great sound.
Pros:
Great sound. Came with everything I needed to install.
Cons:
None
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Great Sound

Written By Gualberto, Caguas, PR on Tuesday, April 01, 2014
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I changed my factory speaker on my 2002 Mazda Protégé with this one. audio quality are great.
Pros:
great sound, no too expensive and fix perfectly on my car
Cons:
none yet
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5 out of 5

RF Punch P1683

Written By Jon, Denver,CO on Sunday, March 30, 2014
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Great sound. Easy installation. Can handle whatever kind of music you listen to. Put these in my '10 F150 no amp just straight off the factory head unit. They can't take all the unit can put out volume wise without distorting. Low to mid volume levels sounds great but if your one of those people out to let everyone know what your listening to, you'll want a sub for back up. The tweets take over quite a bit at high volume.
Pros:
Clear Sound, Easy Install
Cons:
Nothing yet
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5 out of 5

Good for the price!

Written By Devan B., Wahiawa, HI on Sunday, March 23, 2014
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Very easy install on my F150, only minor modification needed, just had to round down 2 tabs on each speaker to fit the front doors. Otherwise everything I needed to install it came with it in my order for free.
Pros:
For the price, you cant beat it, and the quality over my old Made in Mexico 25w ones that came stock, is 10 fold better!
Cons:
Cant think of any.
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5 out of 5

Great speaker for my 2014 Mustang (doors)

Written By DanielB, Atlanta, GA on Sunday, March 23, 2014
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I installed a set of these in my 2014 Mustang with the base, 4-speaker sound system. For the price, you would be very hard pressed to find a better sounding speaker. The highs are crisp and clear and louder than I would ever need them to be. Although some reviewers complain about the low-end sound, I find that they are much better than you would expect to find in this size speaker; 6x8's can only do so much. Additionally, there is a good foam gasket built onto the mounting surface (for top-mount applications) that will negate the use of having to apply additional sealing materials. I wish I knew that before I purchased the weather stripping.

The only complaint I have is that they were not pure drop-ins for my car, as stated by Crutchfield. The bracket that is used by Ford has mounting tabs that require modification (removal) on two of the four. Easily done with a sharp knife and a pair of pliers. I used only a one inch strip of weather strip as insurance on one of the two remaining tabs. It was a tight fit and likely not necessary, but like I said, insurance.
Pros:
Excellent highs and mids Great mid-bass punch Excellent quality and construction
Cons:
Not a clean drop-in for 2011-2014 Mustang but easy enough to accommodate.
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Overall great speakers

Written By Kevin, Kerrville Texas on Saturday, March 15, 2014
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Over all great speakers! I ordered two pairs, one for the front, one for the rear of my 2005 F150 SuperCab. The front set went out within the first two days, crutchfield sent a replacement pair no questions asked and now they work perfectly! The sound is much better than factory!
Pros:
Better sound quality, easy to install
Cons:
Requires trimming to fit my 2005 F150
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5 out of 5

Clear Sound

Written By cbribs, San Antonio, Texas on Thursday, March 06, 2014
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I recently purchased these knowing that it had good reviews and well, they weren't wrong! These speakers sound clear and it really fills in that bass that my stock speakers on my 02 F-150 just couldn't put out. Makes the seats vibrate when it's on volume level 25.
Pros:
Great sound for a great price. Easy install.
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

RF PUNCH P1683

Written By BILL, CLINTON, MS on Thursday, January 16, 2014
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GOT ALPINE 50X4 AMP WITH THESE THE SOUND IS GREAT ,CLEAR SOUND . HITS HARD WITH NO DISTORTION REPLACED SYSTEM IN MY 2002 F250 CREW CAB 4X4 7.3 DIESEL ..
Pros:
HITS REAL GOOD .. PRICE . NAME BRAND EASY TO INSTALL
Cons:
NONE
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Incredible

Written By Chami, Waterbury on Wednesday, January 15, 2014
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These speakers are great! I installed them in on my 2002 mustang convertible in the back seats and they sound like heaven. They hit each not perfectly and have the right amount of bass.
Pros:
Pitch perfect Good bass Cheap
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

Rockford Fosgate Punch P1683

Written By Tom, Upstate SC on Saturday, November 09, 2013
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very pleased with this product. would order again.
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5 out of 5

2013 Ford F150

Written By brb206, Dallas, Texas on Monday, September 09, 2013
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After purchasing a 2013 Ford XLT, (New) I expected more from the premium sound system that came with it. What I got was an over priced desk clock with a radio. I installed 2 pairs of the Rockford Fosgate Punch P1683 and it was an amazing difference in sound quality and volume. I did the installation myself. I recommend installing speaker baffles with the speakers.

There are several videos on YouTube that shows how to remove the door panels and it was a snap, took about 1.5 hours to complete.
Pros:
Easy to install.
Cons:
Provided connectors were cheap and did not fit the speaker connections. Had to make some modifications myself, minor inconvenience.
6 out of 6 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Rockford

Written By Big bird, Cabot AR 72023 on Tuesday, July 23, 2013
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Great sound wonderful clarity. Good amount of bass for 6x8s
Pros:
Great sound quality.
Cons:
Didn't fit in 2004 f-150 had to cut a little bit off the mounting holes.
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

ROCKFORD FOSGATE PUNCH P1683

Written By CRAIG A, FALLS CREEK, PA on Friday, July 12, 2013
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VERY PLEASED WITH THESE SPEAKERS. EASILY INSTALLED / GREAT PRICE & THEY SOUND GREAT IN MY 94 T-BIRD.
Pros:
GREAT IMPROVEMENT FROM THE ORIGINAL SPEAKERS
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4 out of 5

Rockford Fosgate Punch P1683

Written By Anonymous, Pleasanton, CA on Monday, July 01, 2013
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Great speakers, great price from Crutchfield as usual. Good highs and mids, but if you want solid bass then the Kicker 6x9 are more responsive in the low end.
Pros:
Much better than stock, sound great
Cons:
need to add a sub with these to get great bass.
1 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Great speakers.

Written By Anonymous, Houston, TX on Sunday, June 30, 2013
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Great replacement for my daughter's 2005 Mazda Tribute. Texas heat had taken the life out of the OEM's.
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4 out of 5

Rockford Fosgate Punch P1683

Written By Anonymous, Coatesville, PA on Saturday, June 22, 2013
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Good all around sound for the price
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5 out of 5

Fosgate P1683

Written By Rpleva, Schuylkill Haven, Pa on Monday, June 03, 2013
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Replaced factory radio, with a Sony-MEX-BT3100P-CD-Receiver-w-App-Remote-Bluetooth, Sound Ordinance amp and Pioneer 2-way speakers, just not enough base for me, so I upgraded to the Punch 3-way speakers, What a difference! You will not be disappointed spending a little more money
Pros:
Excellent value, sound is very good.
Cons:
Had to use my hand grinder to round off 2 corners of mounting ears to fit front door speakers, no big deal. Did not have to do this with the rear speakers
3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Awesome sound

Written By Jason T., North Port ,fl. on Saturday, June 01, 2013
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Pretty awesome sound. I was quite impressed with these speakers. Buy 1 get 1 1/2 off made it better
Pros:
Price deal Sound
Cons:
Small connections
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5 out of 5

RF speakers

Written By ChrisS, clewiston, FL on Friday, May 31, 2013
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No complaints at all. These speakers combined with an aftermarket radio makes a huge difference in the sound quality. Plus I got buy one, get one half off--which is not too shabby. Next step are subs when I have the disposable income. Nice bass with very little distortion even at very loud volume!
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5 out of 5

Great Upgrade

Written By Jeff J, Aurora, CO on Tuesday, May 28, 2013
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I have a 2001 Expedition and these made a huge difference in sound. I already have an upgraded Kenwood head unit so these brought out it's true potential. I would recommend these to anyone looking to upgrade the factory speakers and you will definately notice a big difference.
Pros:
Sound Quality, Affordability
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

Great speakers.

Written By JB, Longview, Wa. on Sunday, May 26, 2013
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For a '98 XL F150 single cab Flareside, doors and rear. Great speakers, it's been a few years since i've played with stereo toys so i spent a little more then what I wanted to but got a great "special" on the four speakers. Be careful when trimming the wires to splice the new connectors onto the wires (that was one of the options) as the drivers side seemed to be the shortest pull with the speaker connections on the opposite side of where the wires come in the door. Just flip the speaker "upside down" to gain a few inch's. (Looking at the speaker front, the connectors are on the left.) Too short and it can pull out or weaken the connectors, and too long and it could get tangled up in the window mechanism.
Pros:
I didn't need the old outer speaker "protectors" from the factory speakers, they fit the new ones okay, but it looked like it might muffle the sound. I probably will put them on the next time I take the door panels off, just for sound of mind. The speakers do have the "plastic" look for the membrane but does seem pretty tough.
Cons:
Nothing I can think of, other then getting a small sub woofer to accent the sound. Stock radio's fault not the speakers.
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Punch 1683

Written By Anonymous, Western orehon on Saturday, May 25, 2013
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Great speakers and even a better deal! Thanks for the excellent instructions as install was a piece of cake!
Pros:
Excellent sound even good bass without a subwoofer
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

Very nice!!!

Written By Anonymous, Detroit, MI on Wednesday, May 22, 2013
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A lot better than OEM clean sound not distorted when turned up
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5 out of 5

Outstanding

Written By T W, Dearborn, MI on Saturday, May 18, 2013
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Outstanding pair of speakers for the price. Sounds a lot better than my stock speakers.
Pros:
Great sound quality for the mid and highs bass is decent
Cons:
Tight fit front and rear on my 04 f150 but I got them in.
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5 out of 5

great upgrade

Written By brian, arden nc on Thursday, May 16, 2013
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i installed these in a 2006 ford escape,the wifes vehicle. they replaced the factory speakers. the sound difference is incredible and thats with the factory radio still in the car.
Pros:
great price , all needed istallation hardware was included, very easy install
Cons:
the tabs on the speakers are not sized correctly for the suppied wiring harness but they also supply new ends to put onto the speaker harness . not really a con,just an exrta step for the install
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Rockford Fosgate Punch P1683

Written By Leo, Leesville, LA on Wednesday, May 15, 2013
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Awesome speakers...the midrange and tweeters are crystal clear and sound fantastic. Was a great deal for the two pair that I bought for my Ford F150 Super Crew. Replaced both sets with these and the speakers were a perfect fit into the existing slots with no issues.
Pros:
Ease of installation, midrange and tweeter sounds crystal cleear
Cons:
Wish the bass had a little more "thump" but completely satisfied for the bang for the buck...
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5 out of 5

Great purchase

Written By Anonymous, Ashton, MD on Wednesday, May 15, 2013
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As I stated in the other review; I purchased matching Fosgate speakers to keep the system all Fosgate (5x7 & 6x8). I read some reviews and was nervous, but got them any way. I could not be happier with the sound quality. These were installed with the baffels. I could not be happier with the purchase and would get them again without hesatation
Pros:
Great looks Great sound
Cons:
none
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5 out of 5

wonderfull speakers

Written By cameron, sidney, MT on Friday, May 10, 2013
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I bought these and the rockford 5x7s for my 2000 ford explorer, made a huge difernce in sound over the factory speakers. took about an hour todo all four doors. Had to drill 4 holes to make the 5x7s fit on the rear doors other that instalation was a breeze
Pros:
Great value, great sound sound quality
Cons:
None
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Does what I wanted.

Written By Anonymous, Lakewood, WA on Tuesday, May 07, 2013
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I already have plenty of Rockford Fosgate bass, so all I needed was to replace my door speakers to improve clarity and highs, these definitely did the trick for me. Once again, thank you Crutchfield and Rockford Fosgate.
Pros:
Clarity, fit, solid highs
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4 out of 5

rockford fosgate punch p1683 in my mazda cx7

Written By bill w., connecticut on Sunday, April 28, 2013
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product arrived quickly, was fairly easy to install, [1 extra call to tech support was all I needed], I am running these with the stock head unit. love the sound, I get pretty good bass considering no amp. the mids and highs sound really good, I hear a lot more of the music. for what I paid, this is great bang for the buck. I would definitely do this again.
Pros:
much better sound
Cons:
none so far
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5 out of 5

Very affordable upgrade.

Written By Rick S, Charleston on Friday, April 26, 2013
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I installed these in my 2010 F150. They made a dramatic difference in sound quality. Installation was quick and easy. All appropriate connectors were included. Price was great, especially with the buy 1 pair, get the 2nd pair 50% off.
Pros:
Quick, easy install. Makes the stock head unit sound much better.
Cons:
None.
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4 out of 5

Sure Beats The Factory Ford Speakers

Written By Travinnio, Las Vegas NV on Sunday, November 11, 2012
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These are great quality and sound is improved. For a full range speaker the all around sound is excellent. I used to be a guy who had the big high end sound system and these work just as well. Yes you don't get that deep bass but it's just enough that you don't lose out on a well rounded sound. If you are looking for a quality sound at an inexpensive price then look no further than these. I have a 2005 Ford F150 Super Cab with a Kenwood KDC-BT948HD stereo and they fit in the rear doors with no problems but for the front door location it requied a little bit of modification. I had to cut one of the mounting tabs off for them to fit. If it wasn't designed to fit multiple sized openings then no cutting would be required. As for the install manuel it's fantastic. I installed all 4 speakers and the modifications to 2 spekaers in less than 1 hour. Plus why buy from anywhere else, they give you everything you need : adapters so you don't have to cut and splice anything, manuels,and expert advice.
Pros:
overall sound quality, price, install manuel, wiring harness.
6 out of 6 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Nice replacement on 2012 Ford F-150

Written By Rick48195, Southgate, Michigan on Wednesday, October 31, 2012
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I bought these speakers to replace the factory Ford speakers on my new 2012 F-150, as most of you know the Ford factory speakers have a somewhat muffled unclear sound, I had these Rockford Punch speakers put in for me by a local car audio shop and I am quite satisfied with the transformation, they are clear, great high end, decent bass, but I agree with the other review, if you buy these you'll want a sub for the bass, to compliment the great clarity of the highs
Pros:
Good price the second pair was half off, Crutchfield's great instructions,
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Nice Upgrade

Written By Robb, Melbourne, FL on Monday, October 15, 2012
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I bought these on Thursday and got them on Monday. I bought them to replace the factory speakers in my 2012 Ford F150 XLT. I installed all 4 in about an hour. The directions provided were very good. I had to cut off both female connectors on the speaker adapters Crutchfield provided but they already knew this and provided the correct female connectors. They drop in both the front and rear doors and sound much better then the factory paper junk. A side by side comparison of the factory to these is a joke. I think they will sound even better with a powered sub to fill in the shallow low end.
Pros:
Drop in replacement for factory. Much more robust. Sound better then stock junk.
Cons:
None so far.
3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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3 out of 5

meh

Written By snotnosedpunk, NJ on Monday, August 13, 2012
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Bought this to use in conjunction with Clarion cx501 head unit. they are good speakers, not great speakers though. Certainly an upgrade from stocks. Overall sound is good the mids and highs are the highlights. The low end bass will make you wish you had a sub. I wish I had spent the extra money and shot a little higher up the food chain. In the end I am relatively pleased with the purchase. certainly pleased enough to not be thinking about swapping them out!
Pros:
high and mids
Cons:
low
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5 out of 5

Sounds Great!

Written By Matt G, Farmington MN on Thursday, August 02, 2012
 
Replaced stock speakers in 04 Ford Explorer. Paired with JVC KW-HDR81BT. These things rock! They almost ask to be turned up louder. Will pair with an amp in the future but they sound great with a upgraded deck.
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5 out of 5

Rockford Fosgate Punch P1683

Written By Rockford Fosgate Punch P1683, Lowell, MA on Tuesday, July 24, 2012
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I have a 2002 Mazda Protege. I installed the Rockford Fosgate Punch P1683 speakers in my front doors to replace my factory speakers. Crutchfield gave me instructions on how to remove the door panels which made things much easier. Although I really don't like 5x7 speakers, I wasn't willing to modify my doors to accommodate 6x9's. These speakers exceeded my expectations. They have outperformed all of the 5x7's I've had so far. They have great Highs, Mids, and Lows for a speaker this size. I have pair these with a JVC KWR900BT receiver and JBL GT6-69 speakers in the rear deck and together they sound great. However, i do have to fade the sound to front a little or the 6x9's overpower the 5x7's.
Pros:
Great Price. Great sound for the size.
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4 out of 5

Good factory replacement speakers

Written By RC, WNC on Tuesday, July 24, 2012
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I chose these speakers based on a good past experience with Rockford-Fosgate Punch series and they have good sensitivity which is important when using with the factory radio. These speakers sound decent and fit in the front door of a 2012 Ford Mustang. Fairly easy install and a HUGE improvement in sound quality over the junk factory speakers on the Shaker500 system. Still sound a little harsh, but it could be due to the factory Shaker500 head unit. Still, now I can at least listen to the sound system.
Pros:
Easy install, decent sound quality.
Cons:
Sound a little bit harsh with the factory sound system.
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5 out of 5

Major Improvemnt

Written By Lithograph, East TN on Wednesday, July 04, 2012
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Huge improvement over my factory speakers. I drive a 2012 Mustang that had some very lackluster speakers provided by Ford. I decided to switch them out for the Fosgate speakers, and they sound way better. I can drive them much harder without the distortion from the factory speakers, and their sound is very crisp and clear compared to the Ford's more "muddled" factory set-up.

I had two Fosgate 10" subs from an old system that I installed in the trunk to get some bass. The component speakers sound fantastic, but they will not give you big bass (even though it's better than the factory speakers).
Pros:
Great sound, and reasonably priced. They can be driven very hard without distorting. Crutchfield's (free) installation guide was a HUGE help. Just follow the instructions and you'll get them switched out in no time.
Cons:
I had to slightly modify the housing of the speakers because the Fosgates were shaped just a bit different than the factory speakers. Nothing major, but annoying nonetheless. This is likely only a problem on a few vehicles (just guessing).
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5 out of 5

Great sound from a small speaker

Written By Jj, Ridgewood NJ on Wednesday, June 20, 2012
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I'me impressed with the sound frome these, There hooked up to a 200 watt amp (50x4) and they sound great.
Pros:
Good sound for the money.
Cons:
none I can think of
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5 out of 5

A great spealer for the money

Written By Captain Video, Oceanside. NY on Thursday, February 02, 2012
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I bought these speakers for my '06 Ford Expedition. Crutshfield originally recommended the P1S652, but those required some major cutting of the trim around the speaker. I just installed the P1683's and they sound great! I did have to do some minor trimming of the speaker's frame as the Expedition has a recess that the speaker sits in. No big deal. The highs are incredible. Very crisp and clean. The low frequencies are OK but bot great; however, that's why subwoofers were created.
Pros:
Heavy speaker, solid frame, well designed, crisp clean highs. The Ford factory speakers are lightweight, muddy-sounding low performers and these were, overall, a terrific repalcement
Cons:
Minor trimming of the speaker's frame is required to fit the Expedition. A hacksaw worked just fine. Not much "Punch" in the low end.
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5 out of 5

I Love 'Em

Written By Old Ed, LA on Wednesday, January 25, 2012
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Purchased these as support speakers to P1572's. They performed great in grand daughters '08 mustang as rear units. Adjustments in Sony HU made them sound great without power amp or sub (which will probably be added later). Installation of rear speakers in '08 Mustang was a nightmare in spite of Crutchfield instructions AND "You Tube" videos I found.
Pros:
So impressed I purchased two more pair for my wife's '09 F-150. The enhancement of the Sony system was unbelievable.
Cons:
Depending on your taste and system you may want a sub to accent these.
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4 out of 5

Rockford Fosgate Punch P1683

Written By Tim, Clearfield, PA on Friday, August 12, 2011
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They are speakers. I didn't really see much difference from the factory speakers.
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5 out of 5

Great quality

Written By Pusha-Ton, 757 on Monday, April 25, 2011
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Great quality. Cant wait to add the subs and amp
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2 questions already asked

I bought these P1683's for my Ford F-150 and love them. I am using a Kenwood DDX-419 head unit, and I am a little fuzzy on both the unit's and speakers' crossovers. Do these speakers have built-in crossovers? If they do, what will the crossover selection on the head unit do for me? Thanks in advance for any input. [ Dan A.  May 05, 2014 ]
2 answers
  • Thank you very much for your information! [ Dan A.   May 12, 2014 ]
  • I forwarded your question to an Advisor and they responded with the following: The P1683 speaker's crossover is built in and splits the frequencies between the woofer, tweeter, and super tweeter in the speaker. There is no adjustment necessary on the speaker. Within the radio you have high and low pass filter settings. The high pass filter will allow you to filter bass out of the speakers; this is commonly done if you are also running subwoofers or smaller speakers that don't produce bass very well. The 6x8 speakers you have can handle a full range signal and I would just set that to "Through" The low-pass filter will allow you set the bass cut off for subwoofers. If you would like to discuss further you can contact an Advisor directly by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. [ Krissy Staff  May 06, 2014 ]
Running 4 of these fosgates with a jvc kdx250 head unit . Enough power or do i need an amp ? [ mike  Feb 10, 2014 ]
1 answer
  • These speakers will work fine with your receiver. However, to get the best performance from them, you will want to add an amplifier. If you are interested in looking at an amp, then 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. [ Jeff Staff  Feb 10, 2014 ]

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