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JL Audio C1-690tx

6"x9" 3-way car speakers

Item # 13699047

After an extensive tour of JL Audio HQ, I got the opportunity to talk to their engineering and...

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About the JL Audio C1-690tx

Starter speakers like no other

After an extensive tour of JL Audio HQ, I got the opportunity to talk to their engineering and development team about the current JL Audio lineup and upcoming projects. Given all the work they're doing with premium car audio, I was surprised by how excited they were for customers to hear their workhorse C1 Series — speakers designed for drivers simply looking for a sensible factory speaker replacement, not necessarily an audiophile-grade solution. The reason for that excitement, once I heard it, made perfect sense — every JL Audio speaker must uphold the quality and sound associated with the name. You may be looking for something that's just listenable, but what you'll get with the C1 Series is an audio experience that puts it at the top of its class. And then, just maybe, you'll end up being a JL Audio fan for life.

Starter speakers like no other

After an extensive tour of JL Audio HQ, I got the opportunity to talk to their engineering and development team about the current JL Audio lineup and upcoming projects. Given all the work they're doing with premium car audio, I was surprised by how excited they were for customers to hear their workhorse C1 Series — speakers designed for drivers simply looking for a sensible factory speaker replacement, not necessarily an audiophile-grade solution. The reason for that excitement, once I heard it, made perfect sense — every JL Audio speaker must uphold the quality and sound associated with the name. You may be looking for something that's just listenable, but what you'll get with the C1 Series is an audio experience that puts it at the top of its class. And then, just maybe, you'll end up being a JL Audio fan for life.

C1-690tx

An aluminum edge-driven dome tweeter and supertweeter helps define this C1 speaker's distinctive sound.

What sets C1 apart?

JL Audio designed these C1-690tx 6"x9 3-way speakers to be the very best they could be for the price. You'll find solid construction and finish, along with some eye-popping flair in its striking yellow mineral-filled polypropylene woofer. That woofer delivers impactful lows and is specially designed for a natural roll-off transition to the highs handled by the tweeter. And it's the aluminum edge-driven tweeter and supertweeter that gives the C1 Series its distinctive sound, setting it apart from other speakers in this class. You'll hear crisp detail in the high frequencies, incredible imaging, and minimal distortion no matter how you power them.

Why no grilles?

Most folks have no use for aftermarket grilles, opting to use their factory grilles for a streamlined look. With that in mind, JL Audio doesn't include grilles with the C1 Series, opting instead to incorporate those savings into building an all-round better speaker.

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Product highlights:

  • 3-way 6"x9" speakers (pair)
  • injection-molded mineral-filled polypropylene woofer cone with rubber surround
  • 1" aluminum edge-driven dome tweeter and 3/4" aluminum edge-driven supertweeter
  • handles up to 60 watts RMS (225 watts peak power)
  • frequency response: 36-24,000 Hz
  • sensitivity: 93 dB at 2.83 volts
  • top-mount depth: 3-1/16"
  • grilles not included
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • MFR # 99047
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What's in the box:

  • Two 3-way speakers
  • 2 Bottom mount brackets
  • Eight 1-1/2" Screws (#8)
  • 8 Speed clips
  • Two 0.187" Crimpable female quick slides
  • Two 0.110" Crimpable female quick slides
  • Owner's manual

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Features & specs

General
Speaker Size 6X9
Design 3-way
Tweeter Design 1" Edge-Driven Dome
Impedance (Ohms) 4
Tweeter Composition Aluminum
Woofer Composition Mineral-Filled injection-Molde
Woofer Surround Rubber
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year
Specifications
Sensitivity (1W at 1 meter) 90.5
Sensitivity at 2.83 volts 93
Frequency Response 36 - 24k Hz
Minimum RMS Wattage 10
Maximum RMS Wattage 60
Peak Power Handling (Watts) 225
Top-mount Depth (Inches) 3 1/8
Bottom-mount Depth (Inches) 3 15/16
Cutout Diameter or Length (inches) 0

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Features

Woofers: Each JL Audio C1 speaker features a mineral-filled, injection-molded polypropylene woofer cone with a rubber surround.

Tweeters: The 1" edge-driven, aluminum dome tweeters and ¾" edge-driven, aluminum dome super tweeters are damped by a silk surround suspension.

Power Handling: JL Audio publishes several power specifications for this speaker, 60 watts continuous power handling (RMS), 225 watts peak music power, and 10-100 watts recommended amplifier power (RMS). We've listed the conservative combination of 10-60 watts RMS in the specs table.

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I was wondering if the JLaudio C1-690tx would fit in the front door of my 2016 chevy colorado z71 crew cab with the 8" LCD screen non Bose system? JLaudio said it should but I was just double checking with you all before I bought them. Thanks in advance.
[ jnolen  Mar 02, 2018 ]
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We found the JL to be slightly too tall for the available clearance under the stock grill covers in your Colorado. It's very close so, you may be able to modify the interior of the stock grill to ensure they do not touch but we do not list them as a "recommended it" due to the clearance issue. For additional assistance and personalized recommendations, feel free to contact us directly by phone or through our online chat service: https://www.crutchfield.com/support/ContactUs.aspx
[ Ryan  Mar 14, 2018 ]  Staff

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