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Focal Performance PS 165FX

Expert Series 6-1/2" component speaker system

Item # 091PS165FX

Focal continuously searches for materials that allow them to produce some of the most accurate speakers in the world.

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About the Focal Performance PS 165FX

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, you'll enjoy a lively and accurate speaker that resists unwanted vibrations.
Focal PS 165FX flax cone

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, you'll enjoy a lively and accurate speaker that resists unwanted vibrations.

Focal PS 165FX tweeters

Focal's inverted dome tweeters deliver natural highs for your music.

A detailed soundstage

Focal's Expert Series PS 165FX 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 two options 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 165FX crossovers include tweeter and midrange level adjustments that let you create an ideal blend of the highs and lows for a dynamic stereo image in your car. And these crossovers are bi-ampable, if you want to further customize your sound by using separate amps to power the tweeters and the woofers.

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

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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
  • inverted dome tweeter
  • 2-way external crossover with 2-position tweeter level and 2-position midrange control
  • 4-ohm impedance
  • power range: 6-80 watts RMS (160 watts peak)
  • frequency response: 55-28,000 Hz
  • sensitivity: 87.6 dB
  • depth: 3-1/16"
  • grilles included
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • MFR # PS 165FX
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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)
  • Four 3/4" Self-tapping screws
  • Eight 1-1/8" Self-tapping screws
  • Owner's manual (English/ French)
  • Focal window sticker
  • Serial number card

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Features & specs

General
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
Specifications
Sensitivity (1W at 1 meter) 87.6
Sensitivity at 2.83 volts 92.2
Frequency Response 55 - 28k Hz
Minimum RMS Wattage 6
Maximum RMS Wattage 80
Peak Power Handling (Watts) 160
Top-mount Depth (Inches) 3 1/16
Bottom-mount Depth (Inches) N/A
Cutout Diameter or Length (inches) 5 5/8

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Woofer
Tweeter
Crossover
Dimensions

Woofer

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.

Phase Plug: The bullet-shaped phase plug in the center of the woofer ensures a smooth, flat off-axis frequency response by preventing the high frequency sound waves emanating from one side of the cone from interfering with sound waves from the other side of the cone.

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

Voice Coil: The voice coil is wound around a 1-1/4" 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.

Tweeter

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°.

Crossover

Components: Focal uses audiophile grade polypropylene capacitors and air core inductors to ensure high definition and a dynamic sound quality.

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

Midrange Level: Set the midrange output to High or Flat to match their position in the car. When the mids are installed low in the door, some of the output is absorbed by the upholstery and they benefit from the High output setting.

Bi-amp: Each crossover has bi-amp inputs, one input for the tweeter and one for the woofer. When bi-amping the speakers, the input jumpers need to be removed. Using four amplifier channels to bi-amp the speakers typically improves the dynamic range and presents an easier load for the amp(s) to drive.

Crossover Slopes: The crossover uses 12 dB per octave low-pass and 18 dB per octave high-pass filters. The crossover point for both is 3.6 kHz.

Wiring: The inputs and outputs are screw terminals; they will accept bare wire or spade connectors up to 0.3" wide.

Dimensions

Tweeters:

  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: 5.32"
  • Height: 1.59"
  • Depth: 3.90"

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Customer Q&A

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Crutchfield asked: Why did you buy this?
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Sound quality competition [ STEPFONZA K  Aug 23, 2016 ]
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Incredible. Breathtaking. Worth it. [ Corban  May 23, 2016 ]
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Great sound [ Lorraine  Jan 12, 2016 ]

2 questions already asked

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Is there any problem temporary powering these speakers with my 2018 Toyota Rav4 head unit? Thank you.
[ Francisco  Apr 05, 2018 ]
3 answers
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you'll be fine but the sound may not be the best due to lack of power
[ Guillermo  May 01, 2018 ]
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i dont believe so
[ Guillermo  Apr 09, 2018 ]
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Shouldn't be any problem. These have a low wattage threshold. Later I'd put a amp on them. They'll handle 85 watts RMS, max. I LOVE mine in my '15 1LE Camaro.
[ Chris  Apr 05, 2018 ]
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what impedance will be present at the crossover with the binding bridges removed, want to run these with a bi amp but need to know how many ohm the tweeter and crossover are once separated?
[ Dylan  May 29, 2015 ]
2 answers
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Should be 4ohms crossover doesnt change it much.
[ Javier  Jun 01, 2015 ]
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I chose to run mine active instead of using the crossover. I tried with the crossover first but running active and bypassing the crossover yielded much better sound. Focal's support has been quick to answer my other questions so you could email them directly to answer your question.
[ KENDALL  May 30, 2015 ]

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