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Rockford Fosgate Prime R1652-S

6-3/4" component speaker system

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by Buck Pomerantz
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Why install component speakers?

A component speaker system gives you the best possible performance from your car audio system. A system consists of separate woofers, tweeters, and crossovers, each designed to cover one specific range of frequencies. As separate components, the woofer can move freely to deliver more powerful performance, while the tweeter can be custom-mounted in a better spot up closer to your ears, revealing a whole new world of detail. Separate crossovers are far superior to the simple filters wired into full-range speakers, so the components work together for smoother, more focused sound.

Put Rockford Fosgate sound in your car without breaking the bank. Whether you're building your first system or replacing some burned-out factory speakers, Prime component speaker systems offer clean, powerful performance that'll keep you and your friends entertained as you drive.

The Prime R1652-S component system includes 6-3/4" woofers with stiff mica-injected polypropylene cones that deliver strong drums and bass, along with clean reproduction of the midrange frequencies. The separate 1" Mylar balanced dome tweeters top things off with vibrant highs that add excitement to your music without a trace of harshness. You can flush- or surface-mount the tweeters, so you can create the best possible soundstage, plus keep the installation neat. Built-in crossovers ensure a smooth audio response, so all your music plays faithfully.

Note: Rockford Fosgate 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.

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Highlights:

  • component speaker system includes 2 woofers, 2 tweeters, and 2 woofer grilles
  • 6-3/4" mica-injected polypropylene woofer cone with foam surround
  • 1" Mylar balanced dome tweeter
  • power range: 2-40 watts RMS (80 watts peak power)
  • frequency response: 55-20,000 Hz
  • sensitivity: 89 dB
  • top-mount depth: 2-3/16"
  • grilles included
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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Features and Specs
General
Speaker Size
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6 3/4
Design
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2-way
Tweeter Design
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Balanced dome
Tweeter Composition
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Mylar
Woofer Composition
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Mica-poly
Woofer Surround
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Foam
Parts Warranty
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1 Year
Labor Warranty
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1 Year
Specifications
Sensitivity
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89 dB
Frequency Response
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55 - 20k Hz
RMS Power Range (Watts)
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2-40
Peak Power Handling (Watts)
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80
Impedance (Ohms)
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4
Top-mount Depth (Inches)
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2 3/16
Bottom-mount Depth (Inches)
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2 5/16
Cutout Diameter or Length (inches)
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5 11/16
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What's in the box?

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  • Two 6.5" woofers
  • Two 1" tweeters (with attached 6' speaker wire terminated by quick-slide connectors)
  • 2 Grilles
  • 2 Flush mounting brackets (installed)
  • 2 Surface mounting brackets
  • 2 Trim rings
  • Two 12' lengths of speaker wire (with bare-tinned wire on one end and quick-slide connectors on other end)
  • 4 Short self-tapping screws
  • 8 Long self-tapping screws
  • 8 Speed-clips
  • Installation/Operation Instructions (Eng/Fre/Spa)

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Features

Overview: The Rockford Fosgate Prime series Component System kits provide factory OEM replacement while still delivering authentic Rockford Fosgate sound. The Prime R1652-S is a dedicated 2-way component system utilizing a Mica injected polypropylene cone and a Mylar balanced dome tweeter. An in-line crossover and multiple tweeter mounting configurations allow for easy installation.

Woofer: The Rockford Fosgate Prime R1652-S utilizes a Mica injected polypropylene cone woofer for extended frequency response and accommodates direct OEM installation. The woofer features a foam surround and stamped steel basket.

Tweeter: The Prime R1652-S features a 1.0" Mylar balanced dome tweeter that reproduces crystal clear highs and smooth extended frequency response. This low distortion material allows accurate reproduction of high frequencies for an open sound stage.

Crossover: The R1T-S tweeter has an integrated 6 dB/octave high-pass crossover fixed at 12,000 Hz. The in-line crossover simplifies your installation. The woofer has natural roll-off characteristics that allow it to exhibit great acoustic crossover filtering.

Mounting: The Rockford Fosgate Prime RS1652-S's mounting ring has multiple mounting holes for various 6-3/4" applications. The included 1.0" tweeters offer multiple mounting configurations. You can choose a flush mount, surface mount, or angle mount installation. You can further angle the tweeter once installed in any of the included mounts.

Tweeter Mounting Dimensions Flush Surface Angle
Mounting Height 0.3125" 1.095" 1.875"
Mounting Depth 0.75" 0.6875" (screw depth) 0.625" (screw depth)
Frame Diameter 2.125" 1.815" 1.815"
Cutout Diameter 1.835" N/A N/A
 
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4 out of 5

I love them!

Written By rockfordallaround, Liberty, Indiana on Tuesday, October 09, 2012
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I put these in to complete my system and they bump. The only problem is that I had to call and ask for a bracket to make it fit my 6 3/4 it's not quite a 6 3/4 but to big for 6 1/2. Other than that its great.
Pros:
Great sound. Tweeters are handy
Cons:
Need a bracket or it won't fit 6 3/4
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5 out of 5

perfect basic component speakers!

Written By elijahwhlr, FPO Okinawa, JP on Tuesday, August 07, 2012
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I ordered these from Okinawa, Japan and I got them in just over a week. Most shipments to Oki take forever, so thanks to Crutchfield for their expedient processing and delivery. Anyway, I installed these in a 98 camry (woofers in the front doors, tweeters on the sail panels) and have been very satisfied with the performance so far. It took just a little creativity and few minutes of installation to have them up and running. For this price tag you really can't beat the quality and performance of this product. Not only do they sound great and hit a wide veriety of frequencies, the handle well with my head unit using the provided wattage. I enthusiatically recommend this product to those on a budget and are expecting more for their money. Thanks to Crutchfield for their fast service, and Rockford Fosgate for an excellent product.
Pros:
Decent SQ, produces plenty of low freq for its size, and comes with convenient mounting hardware.
Cons:
Unusual size, not exactly 6 1/2 or 6 3/4 inches in diameter. However, this may only be a problem for some mounting locations. Also, this is a component set, so expect a little more installation time. (not exactly a con, just know what you're buying)
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4 out of 5

Rocksolid Performance

Written By Mike H., Maricopa, Arizona on Monday, August 06, 2012
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I installed a set of these in my front and rear doors of my 2007 Dodge Ram MegaCab. The front didn't come with a plate for the 6x9 hole, but still mounted with 2 of the 4 speaker screws. The rear required drilling tiny pilot holes for new screws. Both, no real big issue. The sound was an INSTANT improvement! I have a older Kenwood DNX5120. I actually AMP these with a 5 channel Kenwood AMP and they SCREAM! I also am running two Kenwood 10" subs. All these work well with each other!
Pros:
Very good sound for the cost Look nice No Crossover to mount
Cons:
none
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5 out of 5

Good Thump

Written By Travis, Greensboro, NC on Monday, July 23, 2012
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These speakers pack a big punch. I have these in a 2003 Toyota Sequioa and they are very loud and handle the low bass very well. The factory speakers were blown so these were a great replacement and upgrade.
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Quality as usual ...

Written By Tipps 21, Irving, Texas on Wednesday, July 18, 2012
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Speakers work well. Although I had to fabricate my own brackets. We have a 2005 Toyota Sequoia, so that is par for course ...
Cons:
None
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Amazing speakers for the price

Written By Dontray, Jacksonville NC on Monday, July 16, 2012
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I bought 4 of these speakers and placed them in my '96 Saturn SL2 and these speakers bump! And what's crazy is that I am using my factory head unit with no amp whatsoever. I can only imagine how these would sound with a great head unit and amp. As far as installation goes, it was extremely easy, with my only problem being that the speakers are a tad bit bigger than 6 1/2" but not quite 6 3/4". But that still wasn't anything major. Overall these speakers are a great buy and I would fully recommend them.
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Great for the price!

Written By Fairlane Automotive, Niles, IL on Thursday, July 12, 2012
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Worked great with just the head unit and no amp. I used these for front speakers in the Z28 convertible I built for my girlfriend, and she loves them. No crossover to deal with. They sound great, but start to distort if you crank up the volume really high; so would be even better with an amp.
Pros:
Cheap, easy install, sound great.
Cons:
None... love em.
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Great Sound

Written By Rick F, Southeastern PA on Friday, April 20, 2012
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Great improvement over the factory speakers in my 2012 Traverse. I was able to mount the tweeters in the factory location in the A-pillar trim, with what I would describe as heavy modificaton, not for the faint of heart. I ran these off off the factory head unit awhile before I upgraded to a Kenwood HU. It was a 2 step improvement in sound. The supplied adapter bracket fit the vehicle perfectly, however they did not fit the speaker very well, as it required significant grinding and trip to the hardware store for some nuts and machine screws. In addition I had to silcone it together to control vibration. I am very perticular about a clean install, so many out there would not go to the lengths I did on this.
Pros:
Great Sound, Decent Bass, nice high freq. detail.
Cons:
Not "Plug and Play"
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2 out of 5

Rockford Fosgate Prime R1652-S

Written By Anonymous, Wichita falls. Tx on Tuesday, April 03, 2012
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Alright speakers not as loud as I would have liked them to be. Gonna replace with 6.5 coaxial speakers
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5 out of 5

Great!!

Written By Pilkington, Lusby, MD on Tuesday, November 08, 2011
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Product replaced stock speakers with an Kenwood head unit. Really brings out all the frequencies. These combined with a pair of Rockford-Fosgate 6x9's are producing one of the best sounds I have ever enjoyed out of a car stereo.
Pros:
Product replaced stock speakers with an Kenwood head unit. Easily installed, solid construction.
Cons:
Tweeter mounting required modifying the door panel. When the car originally had component speakers in the door.
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

No amp and a quality head unit for these speakers!!!

Written By jdharv67, Tyler, Texas on Tuesday, May 17, 2011
 
I paired these up with a JVC XR810 head unit using NO amp. You don't need an
amp using these speakers and a good quality head unit. My head unit is rated at
20 watts RMS and 50 watts max. They sound very clear, much better than coaxial
speakers! They are very LOUD using just the deck. Excellent highs with nice mids.
Im very impressed with the quality in construction and sound. Trust me when I say
get these!
4 out of 7 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Excellent!

Written By Chris L., Southeast Georgia on Friday, April 08, 2011
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I Installed these in the rear deck of a 1997 VW Jetta and they are absolutely amazing, i'm actually ordering another set over the weekend for my front doors and i'll be returning the Kenwoods i bought for those, they arent cutting it. The Rockfords have surprising bass for their size and cost and the tweeters are clear but not screechy, like the Kenwoods. The radio I am using is a Kenwood KDC-MP345U so I am in no way downing them, you just get what you pay for.. Crutchfield made it too easy to install with the included harnesses and instructions! I HIGHLY RECOMMEND ROCKFORD FOSGATE AND CRUTCHFIELD!!
6 out of 6 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Rockford Fosgate R1652-s

Written By Corie, Ohio on Wednesday, November 03, 2010
 
I installed these speakers in the front doors of a 2002 Pontiac Grand Prix. I had to do some cutting, but after a few little modifications they fit like a dream.

Let me tell you, they sound like one too... paired up with the Pioneer TS-A6169. They sound amazing just running off my Pioneer DEH-P7700MP head unit. I now have pretty clear decently punchy bass, almost perfect mids and crystalline highs. I cannot wait to add an amp and sub to free these speakers from bass-line duties.

Overall, they're as perfect as you can get for an inexpensive component system from a trusted name, and all without the need for an clunky external crossover
12 out of 12 people found this helpful
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