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Focal Performance PS 165F

Expert Series 6-1/2" component speaker system

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Focal continuously searches for materials that allow them to produce some of the most accurate speakers in the world. This time, Focal found that flax fibers help create a very rigid, lightweight cone for their speakers. With half the weight of fiberglass, the hollow flax fibers are woven and sandwiched between thin glass membranes. Mounted to a sturdy aluminum basket, this lively and accurate speaker resists unwanted vibrations.

Focal PS 165F component speakers

The right material for the right sound

Focal continuously searches for materials that allow them to produce some of the most accurate speakers in the world. This time, Focal found that flax fibers help create a very rigid, lightweight cone for their speakers. With half the weight of fiberglass, the hollow flax fibers are woven and sandwiched between thin glass membranes. Mounted to a sturdy aluminum basket, this lively and accurate speaker resists unwanted vibrations.

A detailed soundstage

Focal's Expert Series PS 165F component speaker system combines these innovative flax 6-1/2" woofers with their renowned inverted dome tweeters and versatile crossovers. The inverted dome tweeters act like little woofers, dispersing the highs in a wide pattern to create an exceptionally natural soundstage. Focal includes an option for surface-mounting the tweeters, or you can flush-mount them for a more discreet look in your car.

Distributing the frequencies

Focal uses their crossovers to effectively create open and natural imaging for your music. The PS 165F crossovers include tweeter level adjustments that let you create an ideal mix of the highs and lows for a dynamic stereo image in your car. High-quality components make for a smooth transition between the tweeter and woofer, eliminating "hot spots" and dropouts in your music. This component system handles up to 70 watts RMS, so you can install an amplifier to enhance the dynamic range of the speakers.

Installation note: You'll need a pair of our universal backstraps to install the tweeters in the factory locations.

Product Highlights:

  • component speaker system includes two 6-1/2" woofers, 2 tweeters, two external crossovers, and installation hardware
  • flax and glass fiber woofer with butyl rubber surround
  • aluminum frame basket
  • 2" inverted dome tweeter
  • 2-way external crossover with 2-position tweeter level control (-3 dB or 0 dB)
  • 4-ohm impedance
  • power range: 6-70 watts RMS (140 watts peak)
  • frequency response: 60-28,000 Hz
  • sensitivity: 87.8 dB
  • woofer mounting depth: 2-15/16"
  • grilles included
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • Two woofers
  • Two inverted dome tweeters (with attached 21" length of speaker wire)
  • 2 Tweeter flush mount cups
  • 2 Tweeter angle mount cups
  • Tweeter removal tool
  • 2 Crossover networks
  • 2 Woofer grilles
  • 2 Woofer grille mounting rings
  • 2 Tweeter flush mount clamps
  • 2 Woofer mounting gaskets
  • 8 Speed clips
  • 2 Machine screws (for flush mounting)
  • Two 3/4" Self-tapping screws
  • Eight 1-1/8" Self-tapping screws
  • Owner's manual (English/ French)
  • Focal window sticker
  • Serial number card

Fantastic and detailed sound. Really brings your music to life!

Roc, Raleigh, NC


Focal Performance PS 165F Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(11 Reviews)

You get what you pay for!

Roc from Raleigh, NC on 1/21/2019

2017 Ford Edge
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Fantastic and detailed sound. Really brings your music to life!

Pros: Incredible sound

Cons: Crossover wires are too short.

Focal Performance PS 165F

Kenneth from Troy, NY on 1/13/2019

2018 Nissan Titan
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Amazing speakers



Focal Performance PS 165F

BRANDON L from Kingsland, TX on 11/25/2018

2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

These focal 6.5 FX are amazing.



Solid Performance for the price

Crutchfield customer from Denver, CO on 9/17/2018

2005 Honda S2000
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Installed in an 05 S2000. had to glue the tweeters to the mount rather than using the original screw however the woofers clear the window glass using the Modifry speaker rings. Sounds great with the crossover set to default (-3db). Not harsh with great bass response and fantastic detail. Running off a 14w/ch head unit however they could use amplification which I will add in the future. The cross over leads are quite short which is a downside. but otherwise, finish and build quality is exactly as one would expect from this price point and I feel the performance also lives up to expectations.



Focal Performance PS 165F

Lip from Portage, IN on 5/14/2018

1999 Chevrolet Tahoe
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I have been installing car stereos for 15yrs and by far these focal speakers are top of the line gr8 highs and lows....awesome speaker


Cons: Wire from crossover little short but very workable.

Focal Performance PS 165F

Chad from KY on 11/6/2017

2007 Chevrolet Silverado (New Body Style
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

These speakers sound amazing. The mids are neutral but just a little bit laid back. At first I wasn't pleased with the sound of the tweeters but later realized that the crossovers come set to -3db from the factory. After popping off the cover and flipping the switch, they came to life. I'm driving them with an old 4 channel Alpine amp and I couldn't be much happier. My setup at home uses MartinLogan electrostats just to give a reference of my preferred sonic signature.

Pros: Flat and accurate response

Cons: Crossover shipped with tweeter attenuated

Amazing speakers

Les from Honolulu, HI on 4/27/2016

2016 Toyota Tacoma
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Powered by a PDX V9 and running off a NEX 7200 deck. My truck simply sounds amazing.

Pros: Well balanced component speakers

Cons: Price but you get what you pay for

Sonic Ecstacy

Ben S from Buford, Ga on 5/4/2015

Wow I bought these for a little better front stage, moving my Polk MMs to the rear for fill. I loved the sound of the Polks but they were just lacking a tad in the mid range. These fulfilled what was missing and beyond. Hands down the best speakers I've heard. I still wish I could afford the K2s but I'd have a hard time imagining they sound much better then these.

Pros: Full spectrum of sound, hefty mid woofers, Crystal clear sound at any volume

Cons: Wish they had a little longer wire on the crossovers. That's it

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Tim D. from Louisiana on 4/5/2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

After having these for about a week now all I can say is WOW! Amazing clarity and and can handle plenty of power. I have these hooked up to an arc audio amp I did not use the supplied crossover I just used what is built into the amplifier and am running them on the full setting. These things are amazing have excellent mid range bass and the tweeters are ear piercing to say the least. The detail in all types of music that I now hear is just unreal. These are high priced speakers but when you want the best you have to pay and I assure you that you will not be disappointed!

Pros: Sound quality will set these apart from 9 out of 10 components put up against them.Detail to craftsmanship. They offer cones which can be used to set the tweeters in to mount which gives some versatility to set ups.

Cons: Price is steep for small speakers. No a fault of Focal but the speaker brackets I received were smaller than the speaker, I used a Dremel tool to grind away the tabs on the inside of the bracket to allow room for the speaker to fit. Second I did not receive the installation sheet that was supposed to be sent with the order.

Crutchfield response on 4/6/2015 We're sorry to hear that you had some difficulty with the installation. We send out the vehicle-specific installation instructions ahead of the order (as an attachment to your shipping confirmation email) so that you can familiarize yourself with the installation requirements before receiving your order. And if you ever run into any problems during the installation, don't hesitate to call our Tech Support team. They're standing by, seven days a week, and their help is free, as a benefit to our customers.


Billy S from the Washington, DC Area on 1/11/2015

2008 Toyota Tundra
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

focal are a great speakers

Pros: sound quality

Cons: price

Amazing Sound

Eric from Kansas City, MO on 9/17/2014

Just demo'd these against JL, Polk, Memphis and Alpine. Really there isn't any comparison. I even pitted these against higher end Focal components and they were right there. When comparing them with JL's equivalent there was no comparison to my ear and preference. JL is great. I'm having there amp and W3V3 sub installed along with he HD900 amp but for component speakers they didn't hold a light to the quality of sound. They are more money but the sound is worth it if that's what you are going for. Focal has some crazy stuff but the quality and materials will tell you why the $. Get what you pay for.

Pros: Almost everything

Cons: little pricey for small component speakers.


Hands-on research

Features and Specs

Speaker Size 6 1/2
Design 2-way
Tweeter Design Inverted Dome
Impedance (Ohms) 4
Tweeter Composition Aluminum/Magnesium
Woofer Composition Flax/Glass
Woofer Surround Butyl Rubber
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year
Sensitivity (1W at 1 meter) 87.8
Sensitivity at 2.83 volts 92.5
Frequency Response 60 - 28k Hz
Minimum RMS Wattage 6
Maximum RMS Wattage 70
Peak Power Handling (Watts) 140
Top-mount Depth (Inches) 2 15/16
Bottom-mount Depth (Inches) N/A
Cutout Diameter or Length (inches) 5 5/8

Product Research



Cone: The woofer cone is a sandwich design, with a 0.4mm flax center between two 0.04mm glass layers. This combination of materials results in a neutral sound without coloration.

Surround: The butyl rubber surround is resistant to ultraviolet rays, temperature extremes, and humidity to add to the speaker's reliability and longevity.

Aluminum Basket: The cast aluminum basket is rigid and non-magnetic.

Voice Coil: The voice coil is wound around a 1" diameter low-mass Kapton former, ensuring no coil deformation.

Size Classification Note: Some manufacturers, including Focal, call this size speaker a 6-1/2". Because it requires a larger cutout than a standard 6-1/2" speaker, Crutchfield has traditionally referred to this size woofer as a 6-3/4". Please refer to the Crutchfield Vehicle Selector to confirm fit in your vehicle.


Inverted Dome Tweeter: The tweeter is an inverted Aluminum/Magnesium dome, producing a broad sound stage. The tweeter uses a durable poron suspension.

Mounting Options: The tweeter can be surface or flush mounted using the included adapters. Focal recommends flush mounting, but the included angled cup allows surface mounting at approximately 30°.


Tweeter Level: You can adjust the output level of the tweeter on the crossover to -3 dB or 0 dB (flat).

Wiring: The input and output wires are attached to the crossover. The 12" input wires are not terminated (bare wire). Both the woofer and tweeter output wires are also 12" long; the woofer output is terminated with quick slides to easily attach to the woofer and the tweeter output is not terminated (bare wire).

Crossover Slopes: The crossover uses 2nd order, 12 dB per octave low-pass and high-pass filters. The crossover point for both is 4.2 kHz.



  Flush Mount Angled Surface Mount
Mounting Height 0.286" 1.813"
Depth 0.937" 0.154" (minimum screw depth)
Frame Diameter 2.048" 1.794" x 2.713"
Cutout Diameter 1.815" N/A

Crossover: The crossover dimensions are:

  • Width: 2-3/8"
  • Height: 1-1/8"
  • Depth: 3-3/8" (5-1/4" including wires)

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Staff Reviews

Product reviews from the Crutchfield Labs

By using flax, a sustainable resource, in its Expert Series woofer cones, Focal has been able to reduce the price you pay for their famously premium sound.

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Why did you buy this?

To match the front 5 1/4" [ BENAMIN KIRK  Feb 12, 2019 ]
recommended [ ADAM  Oct 05, 2017 ]
Because my daughter wanted them. [ Joseph  Jan 27, 2017 ]
It sounds excellent. [ Kelvin L.  Jan 04, 2017 ]
Wanted good sound quality sound in my truck [ Leslie  Aug 26, 2016 ]

1 question already asked

Thanks for your question. For information on selecting the best amp for your system 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. [ Kenny  Jun 15, 2016 ]  Staff