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JL Audio C2-690tx

Evolution™ C2 Series 6"x9" 3-way car speakers

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JL Audio's Evolution C2 Series speakers

Silk tweeter and Mylar midrange speaker JL Audio's Evolution C2 Series speakers bring precision sound to your vehicle. They'll reproduce subtle elements of your music like delicate woodwinds or soprano vocals, then turn on a dime to deliver the deep thrum of the bass or thunder of the drums.

Silk tweeter delivers smooth highs

The C2-690tx 6"x9" 3-way speakers feature rugged polypropylene cones that can handle high power without distortion, so you get full-bodied low tones you can really feel. The 2" Mylar midrange drivers handle the vocal range, while 3/4" silk dome tweeters serve up smooth-sounding high frequencies that won't tax your ears, adding a satisfying dose of realism to your soundstage. Built-in crossovers make sure your tunes play smoothly across the whole musical spectrum. JL Audio includes a pair of grilles for custom installations.

Priced per pair

Product Highlights:

  • 3-way 6"x9" speakers (pair)
  • injection-molded mica-filled polypropylene woofer with polyether foam surround
  • 2" Mylar cone midrange driver, 3/4" silk dome tweeter
  • 4-ohm impedance
  • handles up to 70 RMS power range (225 watts peak power)
  • frequency response: 53-22,000 Hz
  • sensitivity: 93.0 dB
  • depth: 3-1/4"
  • grilles included
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • Two 2-way speakers
  • 2 Grilles
  • 2 Bottom mount rings
  • Eight 2" Self-tapping screws
  • 8 Speed clips
  • Two Crimpable female quick slides (0.205")
  • 2 Crimpable female quick slides (0.11")
  • 2 JL Audio logo badges
  • Owner's Manual
  • Template

The JL 6x9 sounds great, great mid bass and highs

mike, Sun Prairie, WI


JL Audio C2-690tx Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(22 Reviews)

Amazing Sound Quality

Casey from Dandridge TN on 11/27/2018

I installed these in my 2016 Ram 2500 Crew Cab. I replaced my entire system in steps. I first replaced the (4) door speakers with these without being amplified. The difference was amazing. It sounded like I had a subwoofer hooked up. A few days later, I replaced the dash speakers with JL C2-350 speakers. I did not realize how much of a difference that would make. I installed them while the stereo was on so that I could see a sound comparison while unplugging the factory one and plugging in the new one. Again, no comparison. It sounded like I turned up my stereo 30-40% louder just by replacing the dash speakers. The clarity was ridiculous. If you don't do anything else, buy the dash speakers and see an amazing difference. Building a system can be addicting because it's amazing to hear such high quality JL sound. The next thing you know, you are doing what I plan was to replace the door and dash speakers only.....but then I bought a JL M1000/5V amp, the Alpine X009-Ram stereo, and the JL 10" W3 stealthbox. I ran my door speakers and subwoofer through the amp.......and holy cow! My ears are still ringing. You won't regret buying JL. Also, door speakers and dash speakers are hooked together. Don't amplify dash speakers. Run those directly to head unit.

Pros: Everything. Full range of sound. You don't realize how much better aftermarket sounds compared to a factory system. An amp really makes the entire system sound amazing, but changing out the speakers will be enough. Buy the $10 connectors.

Cons: My commute from work is now longer cause I can't get enough of the sound quality.

JL Audio C2-690tx

Crutchfield customer from Evansville, IN on 5/31/2018

2013 Ford F-150 Lariat
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Installed on my boat to replace existing Kenwood 6x9's. Much needed upgrade. Decent lows.

Pros: Build quality

Cons: None

Great build quality. Great sound.

Crutchfield customer from Powell, OH on 9/25/2017

2017 Ford F-350 XL
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The quality I have come to expect from JL. Great mid bass and surprising bass. I have these crossed over at 63Hz. So everything under 63Hz is not played. My sub pics up at 63Hz. Sexy tweeters.

Pros: Great build quality. Sound great. Fits great. Fantastic highs.

Cons: No cons.

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Crutchfield customer from Dexter, NY on 9/21/2017

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Great sound, a little bit of break in required but very happy!



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mike from Sun Prairie, WI on 8/24/2017

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The JL 6x9 sounds great, great mid bass and highs

Pros: very well built


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Pete from Natchez, MS on 6/22/2017

2002 Dodge Ram 1500
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Love these speakers!!!! They easily fit into the front doors of my 2002 Dodge Ram alterations or additional harness needed. Used foam tape to seal door panels and frame of speakers to interior of the door to eliminate rattle. After a very brief break in period, these 6x9s just keep getting better...excellent highs from the tweeters and superior sound overall. I have a mid-line Sony head, a Memphis 10" sub for thump, another two Memphis 5 1/4" in the rear of the cab and it's all mated to a nearly antique Eclipse amp. My truck sounds good!!! Thank you Crutchfield and thank you JL and Memphis Audio. You've made this 50 year old guy feel young again!!!!

Pros: Superb sound, ease of install and reasonable price for a top-shelf speaker

Cons: I got nothin'

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neil from Saint Johns, FL on 6/19/2017

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can't beat JL audio



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Mike from St.augustine fl. on 4/28/2017

2017 Ford F-150 XL
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Crystal clear sound, perfect fit in my truck.

Pros: You don't even know that there's an upgrade until you turn it on. ??

Cons: None

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Crutchfield customer from Universal City, TX on 3/16/2017

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Totally worth the money. Tremendous sound.



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Crutchfield customer from Pelham, NH on 3/5/2017

2016 Chevrolet Silverado 2500/3500
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sounds great good lows



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Damon from Denver, CO on 1/10/2017

2013 Toyota Corolla
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great product




Crutchfield customer from Orlando, FL on 7/26/2016

1965 Ford Mustang
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Sound great.

Pros: Sound great

Cons: They cost too much

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Wharfrat from Tennessee on 7/27/2015

2015 Nissan Altima
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JLAudio rocks! Replaced my Altima rear deck factory speakers, with the C2. No comparison, much deeper bass, clearer mid range and highs. Great on hard rock, EDM, and smooth jazz. Great Bang for your Buck!

Pros: Good Bass Clear Mids and Highs Great Price

Cons: None

awesome sound

jeepinguy from los angeles on 6/6/2015

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was initially Hesitant to purchase due to price but hlad i hot these. 2014 corolla w 6spk factory touch screen. Did Not fit as described by Crutchfield tech suppory but was able to buy a set of adapters that Crutchfield said didnt exist, although Crutchfield offered to send me a "piece of plastic" so i could fab my own.

Pros: Sound sound sound

Cons: Fit.

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Crutchfield customer from 35661 on 11/11/2014

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Pros: Very little break in required. Amazing mid ranges and they thump. Reasonable price. 100 amps on each one with JL XD700/5 for 2 years and sound better everyday.

Cons: None, just wish they would fit in my front door panel so I could have killer mids and extra thump up front too.

JL 6x9's

Dalton from Huntington, Indiana on 8/1/2014

2007 Chevrolet Monte Carlo
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Very, very deep bass. They could definitely take the place of a subwoofer. They could be louder though.

Pros: Deep bass and they're JL's

Cons: Price

Amazing sound always

R.L. from Gainesville on 4/10/2014

These speakers sell themselves. JL has always sold quality speakers with an affordable price. They blend in with the rest of my speakers without drowning out the mids or hi's. Purchase these baby's and you won't be sorry.

Pros: Great sound. Fits comfortably in the rear speaker deck. Quality!!!!

Cons: Update the look maybe?

Bad little 6x9!

Crutchfield customer from Casa Grande AZ on 7/26/2013

1967 Chevrolet C Series
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I have only had them a few weeks so this might be a bit soon but I have pushed them vary hard and they work fine. Well worth the price

Pros: Best sound I have ever got from this size!

Cons: Rubber cover on magnet is large and I had to remove it to fit. Might just be in my car.

JLAudio door speakers

dsayroo from Pearland, Texas on 5/14/2013

2013 Ford Mustang
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The JL Audio C2 series has a great sound. The bass is deep and rich and the highs are crisp. I honestly believe JL Audio makes some of the best speakers on the market net to Focal (which is highly over priced). And I've worked with Kenwood, Infinity, Alpine, Sony, and many other brands as well.

Pros: Great sound, easy install, strong construction

Cons: More pricey than competitors


Ed from Virginia Beach,VA on 3/31/2013

2001 Chevrolet Cavalier
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Installed in my 2001 Chevy Cavalier coupe and I love 'em! The Punch Brothers never sounded better, I can hear all the instruments clearly including the upright/string bass, which was hard for me to single out before. The magnets are huge compared to the stock speakers I removed, if you have a similar car watch the torsion bars for the trunk. I had to bend them a little to keep them off the speakers when the trunk is closed. Good install instructions and great product.

Pros: Great sound

Cons: None

Super sound

Chris G. from San Jose, CA on 3/6/2012

I gave these JL Audio speakers a five because I have tested so many other 6x9's on the market, to go into my Harley Road Glide saddlebags and actually kick up some dust. These really did the job. If you like sound quality and thumping bass, then you will not be disappointed by these at all.

Pros: Handles the power of a 150w x 4 amplifier, top of the line brand for sure.

Cons: I found no cons to note, cost was fair for the products quality and performance.

Amazing speakers, awesome sound!

Crutchfield customer from Orangevale, CA on 2/26/2010

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Bought these for my 91 Camaro for the rear sail panel areas. Got a Kenwood deck rated at 50x4 and 22RMS watts per channel. Have the bass at 5 and bass boost all the way up. Turn up the volume and these don't even begin to distort. The only problem I have now is my old car has no sound deadning material behind them, but I will be fixing that, and then I can't even imagine how much better they will sound! Baffle boxes suck, don't fit well and in my car and it's hard to poke the screws through and make sure they go into the cars screw holes. Plus they recommend you cut a 1" or so hole in the bottom of them to give it a more deep bass ported sound. If you have the depth for them then go ahead and use them, but otherwise forget them and get some sound deadning material and you will be much better off. Make sure to measure the depth of your mounting hole and compare it to the depth of these speakers too, barely cleared my old school car. And that's the other problem with the baffle boxes, they only add more depth issues. Other then that, simply put these are the best 6x9's I have ever heard. Worth every penny, you WONT be dissapointed! Oh, got the matching front speakers too so it sounds even better having matching quality speakers. Get a good deck too!




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Features and Specs

Speaker Size 6X9
Design 3-way
Tweeter Design 3/4" Dome
Impedance (Ohms) 4
Tweeter Composition Silk
Woofer Composition Injection-mold, mica/poly
Woofer Surround Polyether foam
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year
Sensitivity (1W at 1 meter) 93
Sensitivity at 2.83 volts 96
Frequency Response 53 - 22k Hz
Minimum RMS Wattage 15
Maximum RMS Wattage 70
Peak Power Handling (Watts) 225
Top-mount Depth (Inches) 3 1/4
Bottom-mount Depth (Inches) 4
Cutout Diameter or Length (inches) 0

Product Research


Woofers: The JL Audio Evolution C2-690tx speakers feature injection-molded, mica-filled polypropylene woofer cones with polyether foam surrounds. Each woofer has a 1¼" voice coil and a flat-profile/symmetrical-roll spider.

Midrange: The 2" Mylar cone midrange drivers are ferrofluid cooled. The sealed back design provides clean, crisp midrange.

Tweeters: Each speaker features a ¾" silk dome, ferrofluid-cooled tweeter with a neodymium magnet. The edge-driven silk dome tweeter is smooth, detailed (on or off axis), and provides great overall performance. Silk is lightweight and great for high frequency extension and efficiency. It is also designed for durability in the extreme automotive environment.

Grilles: Front-loading protective grilles are included, with black steel mesh and satin silver accents. Electroformed logo nameplates can be positioned on the grilles or elsewhere in the vehicle.

Power Handling: JL Audio publishes several power specifications for this speaker, 70 watts continuous power handling (RMS), 225 watts peak music power, and 15-125 watts recommended amplifier power (RMS). We've listed the conservative combination of 15-70 watts RMS in the specs table.

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Customer Q&A

9 questions already asked

1 year on both parts & labor. You will find this information under the "Product Highlights" section on the speaker's main webpage or, you can click the "Details" tab. [ Ryan  Jan 21, 2019 ]  Staff
You can check to see if this will fit your vehicle by using our Outfit My Car tool: For additional details on fit or installation please contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to pull up your vehicle and give you the details on if this will fit and what you will need for an installation in your vehicle. [ Krissy  Nov 06, 2017 ]  Staff
For additional details on fit or installation please contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to pull up your vehicle and discuss how everything is supposed to fit and what is needed for installation in your vehicle. We can also update databases with fit information as well. [ Kenny  Aug 28, 2017 ]  Staff
The grill that comes with these speakers measures 9.628" x 6.726". HTH! My Bio: [ Paul  Mar 12, 2017 ]  Staff
I haven't had them put in yet, but they sound great. [ CEDRIC  Jan 07, 2017 ]
Thanks for your question. Country of origin is listed as China. [ Kenny  Nov 12, 2016 ]  Staff
You can go to JL Audios website and pullup the specs to any of their speakers and it will give you the measurements for the enclosure. [ SHELDON  Aug 29, 2015 ]
im not realy shure i used them to replace my stock 6x9 in my doors.they sounded really good amped not alot of low end [ DOUG  Aug 28, 2015 ]
6 by 9 [ TOM  Aug 28, 2015 ]
amp [ TOM  Aug 28, 2015 ]
I have these audio monitors. They are directly connected to my 150 Watt amp. [ Thomas  May 20, 2015 ]
Either way will give you great sound from these speakers [ john  Apr 21, 2015 ]
While you will get good sound out of a head unit only, an amp is going to give you a broader range of volumes that the speakers will be able to produce the ideal sound. I did mine in phases, and started with the the speakers and the head unit, and sounded nice until I had enough in budget to buy an amp, and that took it to a whole different level. So don't be afraid to start with just the speakers and head unit, and then upgrade later to an amp when you can afford a nice one. [ JON A  Apr 21, 2015 ]
Amp would be ideal, but they will sound good off of the head unit. [ SHELDON  Apr 18, 2015 ]
Head unit would be fine, but an amp would provide the best results, both on loudness and quality. [ Joshua  Apr 17, 2015 ]
hey are realy good sounding even on just the deck [ DOUG  Apr 17, 2015 ]
You can tell they have a lot of potential, but running them without an amp is not using their quality at all. Without a doubt run an amp and they will be amazing. [ Jenny  Apr 17, 2015 ]
I have a pair of JL C2690tx in the back deck of my mustang and I'm about to install them in my Camaro also. They will be severely under powered from a head unit. The RMS wattage is probably only 15-20 watts. The 6x9's need at least 75 watts to get the sound you're paying for with the speaker. Hope this helps! [ DAVID A  Apr 17, 2015 ]

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