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Focal RSE-165

Auditor Series 6-1/2" component system

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Focal's acclaimed sound is coveted by audiophiles and recording studios worldwide, and their Auditor Series...

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About the Focal RSE-165

The benefit of Focal innovation

Focal's acclaimed sound is coveted by audiophiles and recording studios worldwide, and their Auditor Series speakers bring that sound quality to your car at a competitive price. This impressive RSE-165 component system, which includes two 6-1/2" woofers, two tweeters, and two external crossovers, will easily outperform your factory speakers and bring the fun back to your time in the car.
RSE-165

Focal adds a phase plug to the woofer cone for better sound dispersion.

The benefit of Focal innovation

Focal's acclaimed sound is coveted by audiophiles and recording studios worldwide, and their Auditor Series speakers bring that sound quality to your car at a competitive price. This impressive RSE-165 component system, which includes two 6-1/2" woofers, two tweeters, and two external crossovers, will easily outperform your factory speakers and bring the fun back to your time in the car.

Exceptional components

To overcome the limitations of low speaker placement, the woofer's cone features a phase plug for better sound dispersion, so you'll experience a rich, full sound. Prepare to be moved by the bright highs and crisp detail broadcast by these "Silk Aluminum" inverted dome tweeters. With included mounting hardware, you'll have the tools you need to enhance stereo imaging by installing these tweeters in a good spot high up in your doors, in the sail panel, or on the dash.

Compact crossover network

This system's external crossover ensures a seamless distribution of frequencies to the woofer and tweeter, for a totally natural sound. The prewired crossovers are compact enough to fit in some pretty tight places.

Built to last

A polypropylene woofer cone and butyl rubber surround ensure these speakers will live a long life in your car doors, withstanding all kinds of environmental abuse while delivering robust sound. Focal built these speakers with an extra-large voice coil and a powerful magnet so they can handle an honest 60 watts RMS. Handsome mesh grilles are also included in case you're planning on a custom installation.

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Product highlights:

  • component speaker system includes two 6-1/2" woofers, 2 tweeters, and 2 external crossovers
  • polypropylene woofer with butyl rubber surround
  • "silk aluminum" inverted dome tweeter
  • mesh/ABS grilles included
  • prewired external crossover (12dB/oct)
  • handles up to 60 watts RMS (120 watts peak power)
  • frequency response: 65-21,000 Hz
  • sensitivity: 90 dB
  • impedance: 4 ohms
  • woofer mounting depth: 2-1/2"
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • MFR # RSE-165

What's in the box:

  • Two woofers
  • Two tweeters (each with 18" length of speaker wire attached)
  • 2 Flush mount tweeter cups (installed)
  • 2 Surface mount tweeter adapters
  • 2 Angled surface mount tweeter adapters
  • 2 Crossovers
  • 2 Woofer grilles
  • 2 Woofer grille mounting rings
  • 12 Speed clips
  • Eight 1" Pan head screws (large head)
  • Four 1" Pan head screws (small head)
  • 2 Adhesive backed pads
  • User manual (English/ French/ German/ Spanish/ Italian/ Portuguese/ Chinese/ Russian)
  • Specifications printed on box
  • Thank you note

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Great sounding.

Crutchfield customer from Crosby, TX on 9/8/2019

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Great sound for a relatively inexpensive speaker. Crisp, clean, detailed, without being harsh. Good soundstage. Image well. Tweeters are smooth and present without being overbearing. Nice and detailed even at lower volume levels. (Driving them with a decent Pioneer four channel amp) I can't comment on bass production as I'm running a separate sub woofer and have these woofers rolled off at 120 HZ. Highly recommend if you want good sound for not much money.

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Crutchfield customer from Summerville, GA on 8/2/2019

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Very nice set for the money. Tweeters are much clearer than my old Infinity's.

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Outstanding Imaging Improvement Over Factory

Crutchfield customer from Castle Rock, CO on 7/20/2019

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Typical to Focal these component speakers perform at near audiophile levels. Deployed in Q-Forms kick panel forms the Focal's provide a dramatic improvement in sound quality and imaging over 2002 Jeep Wrangler crap factory front speakers. I am a devoted Focal customer with Utopia's as my home audiophile system and their new 8" driver outdoor speakers for my deck. I just appreciate the French sound I guess.

Pros: Exceptional build quality, outstanding frequency range with excellent articulate treble response, particularly for an automobile component.

Cons: None.

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Buy them

Crutchfield customer from Louisville, KY on 5/6/2019

2008 Toyota Tacoma

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Great speakers! Sound quality is there and bass is good for a component set.

Pros: Sound quality, bass,

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Michael from Atlanta, GA on 3/4/2019

2018 Chevrolet Malibu

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Excellent sound quality. Replaced factory components with these and couldn't be happier! A little fab work for the tweeter was needed (but I already knew that thanks to Crutchfield's research) to fit into the factory location. Left all factory connector's intact but routed a new wire from the x-over to the tweet. There is an adapter you can get to make it easier to wire the tweeter but you'd not get the effect of the x-over then. Thank you Crutchfield and Focal for the excellent product!

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Crutchfield customer from Panama City, FL on 8/14/2018

2016 Ram 1500

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Very nice for entry level components, highly recommend over similarly priced coaxials.

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Budget Focal true to its roots

Jason from San Angelo, TX. on 8/2/2018

2000 Dodge Ram

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I have been using Focal for several years and in my last truck, I have the Kevlar series. I just didn't want to pay that much for this new truck and build. So I went with these. Great price for the sound. The tweeter is fantastic. Sounds great on anything you throw at it, rap, techno, chill, dubstep, rock, even live music sounds fantastic. Just close your eyes and listen.... I recommend these to all my friends bc they love how it sounds so clear and loud... they are amped on a Soundqubed 400x4

Pros: great sound ease of install great crossovers loud and clear with a properly tuned amp

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Darrell from Valatie, NY on 5/10/2018

2015 Ford Mustang

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So far so good Speakers fit with a little bit of trimming on included extension ring Sound is definitely better than the stock Ford junk

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Focal, give them a shot for factory replacements w/ no Amp

Robert from Phoenixville, PA on 12/11/2017

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So after I installed a set of polk DB series 5 1/4" into my car (after marker Pioneer head unit power) I absolutely did NOT like the sound,...so tin can, like head phones cranked and on my doors as speaker! (according to Crutfield advisors). Polk DB series need a little more power to sound their best, and not willing to add an amp at this time I decided to make a call and see if I could exchange the Polks for these 6 1/2" Focal RSE-165 (Thanks Harley! (Crutfield advisor) for all the advise) wow, what a difference! Much louder at similar volume levels, good mid bass, for 6 1/2" running head unit power only, these sound very nice! I would buy again, especially with Crutfields return, exchange policy! I bought a set for the rear doos as well, Focal Auditor series 6 1/2" also sound real nice off head unit (RMS22 watts (maybe??)) 50 x 4 peak,... I'm sure I'd get a little better sound with an amp,.. maybe after Christmas! (The box my RSE-165 came in was a little beat up looking on the outside, perfect condition inside tho,.. no worries! Just throw them in and listen up!

Pros: nice and simple design,... no extra stuff you won't need-

Cons: tweets maybe a bit bright (to my ears)

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Great sounding with amp

Craig from Auburn, CA on 11/23/2017

1997 Dodge Ram 2500

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I have these speakers in the front of my van and they sound great, but I am also running a Kenwood class D amp and Kenwood head unit, all OF wiring, and 4 gauge wire on amp, so of course they sound good. Do not know what they would sound like with just factory set-up. I have other people get in my van and the sound blows them away. I have old 2 way 6 1/2 speakers in back and am going to change them out for a pair of 6 1/2 Focal 2 way speakers. Only thing I don't like about Focal 2 way speakers is that they do not come with covers. To me, that is really stupid, or cheap on their part.

Pros: All good, great highs and lows. In my van it sounds like a concert hall.

Cons: None

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Great Speakers, -1 for Installation Gear

Isaac from San Antonio, TX on 10/23/2017

2014 Nissan Pathfinder

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Speakers sound great. I think they are at a great value also. I did notice a slight hiss sound, and the Crutchfield Advisor said the speakers could be defective. I can't hear it when the car is on, so I wasn't about to go through the install again. My main issue is with the instructions...they suck. There were only springs in the flush tweeter mounts so I had to pry them off and super glue them to the angled mounts, and it didn't come with screws for the angled tweeter mount. There are more holes than screws. Something that confused me later was the positive and negative are backwards from what I typically see...the negative is the wire with the line and positive is solid (focal is opposite). The speakers came with nice connectors, but it would be nice if they have included extensions. These are my first Focal's I sure hope they supply better installation gear with the more expensive sets. I do not have an external amp on this setup, but In comparing them to my old Infinity Kappas with only the receiver pushing them, I say tie, maybe the Kappas could get higher but my ears don't like it that high anyways.

Pros: Sound Great Good highs, and I feel like I can hear every instrument The grills are nice, metal, high quality I like/used the angled mounts (originally going to do flush but couldn't) and they were a nice option

Cons: Instructions are garbage Where did all the screws go? Can you please but springs in all of the different tweeter mounting options, so I don't have to waste time rigging stuff? Slight hiss at high volume and car engine off....possibly an installation error (I'm no pro)

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Crutchfield customer from Rochester, MI on 3/14/2017

2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

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Speakers and tweeters sound great

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Clear and crisp, but not piercingly crisp.

Jason R from Canton, GA on 3/11/2017

2006 Scion tC

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I've got about 6 hours of playing time on these so far and they are a good quality speaker. The tweeters are definitely great, especially at this price point. The mid range speaker does not do well in free space, I'm going to try making a baffle or small enclosure that will fit inside the door to get some of that punchy mid-range back. Right now my JL 12Tw3 is pulling some double duty to help out with that mid range. I'm also running the Auditor coaxial speakers in the back and I've noticed the same thing with those. Now, don't take this feedback as a negative remark, I'm just stating things that I have noticed....you definitely cannot go wrong with Focal! Once I have a chance to make a small enclosure or add a baffle, I'll come back and update this.

Pros: Focal quality tweeters. Great clarity for the price range.

Cons: Lacking mid range punch, but that's an issue relative to my install.

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Just buy them, dammit!

Aaron from SF Bay Area, CA on 3/6/2017

2003 Toyota Highlander

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Buy these speakers. Put on "Voodoo Child (Slight Return)" by Jimi Hendrix. Try not to get goosebumps. You're welcome.

Pros: Everything

Cons: Tricky to install in my 2003 Toyota Highlander with the JBL stock system. But I talked to some awesome people here at Crutchfield who made it super easy.

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Features & specs

General
Speaker Size 6 1/2
Design 2-way
Tweeter Design Inverted Dome
Impedance (Ohms) 4
Tweeter Composition Silk/Aluminum
Woofer Composition Polypropylene
Woofer Surround Butyl Rubber
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year
Specifications
Sensitivity (1W at 1 meter) N/A
Sensitivity at 2.83 volts 91.5
Frequency Response 60 - 21k Hz
Minimum RMS Wattage ---
Maximum RMS Wattage 60
Peak Power Handling (Watts) 120
Top-mount Depth (Inches) 2 9/16
Bottom-mount Depth (Inches) 2 3/4
Cutout Diameter or Length (inches) 5 11/16

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Features

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

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

Tweeter Mounting: The tweeters can be flush mounted, surface mounted, or surface mounted at an angle (approximately 30°) using the included adapters. Once installed in any of the housings, the tweeter will pivot approximately 15° in any direction.

Note: Although the tweeters are shipped in their flush mount housings, no flush mount hardware is included. A method of holding the housings in place must be fabricated.

Tweeter Dimensions:

  Flush Mount Surface Mount Angled Surface Mount
Mounting Height 0.2" 0.84" 1.6"
Depth 0.65" screw depth screw depth
Frame Diameter 2.11" 1.775" 1.78" x 1.81"
Cutout Diameter 1.77" N/A N/A

Crossover: The input and output wires are attached to the crossover. The 19" input wires are not terminated (bare wire). Both the woofer and tweeter output wires are 10" long and terminated with quick slides to easily attach to the drivers. The crossover slope is 12 dB/octave.

Crossover Dimensions:

  • Width: 2-7/8" (3-1/8" including wires)
  • Height: 7/8"
  • Depth: 2"

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Crutchfield asked: Why did you buy this?
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Good installment options for tweeters. [ James  Jan 22, 2019 ]
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They have an excellent reputation and will look good in my car [ David  Jun 24, 2018 ]
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Focal has always been a favorite of mine. I had a set of Poly Kevlar in my 1st truck. Not going that expensive this time but after hearing them in my buddies truck just recently. I fell in love all over again. The sound is incredible!! [ Jason  Mar 12, 2018 ]
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Recommended by Crutchfield rep to replace blown factory speakers. [ Darien  Mar 07, 2018 ]
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The sound good [ kevin  Jun 16, 2017 ]
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Do the Focal RSE-165 crossovers filter out the frequencies below the 60Hz for the low end of the woofers (advertised freq response), or are they just keeping the woofer and tweeter frequencies apart? The reason I ask is because my amp has an active high pass filters to block frequencies below 80Hz, but if these crossovers were already blocking below 80Hz then it would make sense to keep my amp at full range for these speakers. woofer-tweeter
[ Kenny  Nov 23, 2017 ]
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Yes, keep your amp at full range. I myself have a Kenwood class D amp and Kenwood head unit, and these speakers sound great. When I bought the amp, the salesman set my amp, knowing what I was running. Also used OF wiring and 4 gauge wire for the amp. Thinking of getting Focal's for the rear of my van, but not components, just 2 way.
[ Ohlendorf  Nov 23, 2017 ]
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I believe there is only a high pass between the woofer and tweeter. I have them actively crossed at 60 hz and they sound amazing.
[ Kyle  Nov 23, 2017 ]
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Will these work with only 25 watts rms?
[ Chris  Feb 23, 2017 ]
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Absolutely. Focal makes the Auditor line to be very efficient and work well without needing an external amp. They can handle the additional wattage of an external amp should you choose to add one but it is not required to do so. I hope that helps. My Bio: https://www.crutchfield.com/Support/Bio.aspx?bio=5
[ Ryan  Mar 10, 2017 ]  Staff

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