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JL Audio C5-650

Evolution™ C5 Series 6-1/2" component speaker system

MFR # 99104

JL Audio C5-650

JL Audio C5-650

Evolution™ C5 Series 6-1/2" component speaker system

MFR # 99104

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JL Audio C5-650

Crutchfield customer from Anchorage, AK on 10/13/2019

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very clear. lots of bass for such small speakers

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JL Audio C5-650

Rene Flores from Downey, CA on 3/17/2019

2017 Toyota Tacoma

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Muy buen producto estoy muy contento

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JL Audio C5-650

Crutchfield customer from Falls Church, VA on 12/30/2018

2016 Ford F-150 XLT

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I love there sound

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JL Audio C5-650

Gerald from Mays Landing, NJ on 10/8/2018

1998 Pontiac Firebird

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I have 3 pairs of JL Audio C5-650 and 1 pair of JL Audio C3-600 and I love them! They are installed in a 1998 Trans Am WS6 with a 13 inch JL Audio Subwoofer and 2 JL Audio Amplifiers. The sound is clear, loud and just magical!

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Very Clear and Accurate!

Matt from Wantage, NJ on 8/3/2018

2011 Toyota Tacoma

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I've listened to the C5-650 for about 1 year now in my Tacoma 2nd Gen (factory locations). Doors are deadened, the woofers are mounted in custom MDF adaptors I made, and the tweeters are pointed at the opposing head rests. I also layered weather stripping around the woofers. My C5 are powered from two channels of an Alpine PDX F4. I can say the C5 line is definitely intended for SQ. If you are more into SPL, then you might need to look elsewhere (like some of the 'internet brands') - but if you are right in the middle, then these definitely need auditioned. The vocals, highs and string instruments sound very smooth, outstanding and pretty close to the recording (silk really is the best)- you can critique the quality of sound mastering with these. Definitely can hear the difference between subscription-streaming and CD/lossless with these. They do not become harsh at high volume, and handle it quite well. Mid-range sounds pretty smooth and neutral - these are intended for hearing accurate midbass and midrange - not feeling midbass. They make some good midbass, and I wanted a little more out them given out well built they are, but they are accurate. I have the EQ protecting these with an 80Hz 24 dB slope - I tried, and the C5 do not like any frequencies intended for the subwoofer range. My only regret is not going with the 3-way version. The price is a little high, but I didn't pay retail. American design, German built! JL has best SQ!

Pros: -Best SQ before going into next price tier. -Nice crossover. -Very clear and accurate sound. -Baskets are cast - look awesome! -Plays very well at high volume without blaring.

Cons: -Expensive! Priced right at the level of diminishing returns of audio accuracy. -Expensive to upgrade to 3-way if you later decide (and don't have active-eq). -Midbass output could have been a little more, but they are for SQ, not SPL. -Other options at this level are probably available for slightly cheaper prices.

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Definitely overpriced

Michael from Indiana on 3/24/2018

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I've had these for 1 year now, I'm ready to swap them out. Install: Sealed up doors with sound deadening. Used Fast rings. Amplified using JL Audio XD 500/3 amplifier and Pioneer AVH head unit...The price doesn't justify the output in comparison to other cheaper component sets out there. Even the Infinity Kappa 62ix has more kick to it than these. These offer a reasonably flat frequency response from 150hz to 16khz. However this also makes them sound rather dull and lifeless. They lack any sort of mid-bass punch but the mid bass is certainly there, it's just not tight. I prefer my music to sound fun, have some life to it and these are basically designed to be very mellow and non dramatic. Audiophiles that listen to a lot of Symphony Orchestra music would likely appreciate this, even Smooth Jazz. However if you listen to R&B/Pop/Rock/Metal you would be better served for a set that has more tonal characteristics than these. More oomph so to speak. If you listen to a lot of slow country music, Orchestra, Smooth Jazz, these would suit well. They don't distort but they also don't pop out at you either, they don't offer any fun to your music and no amount of EQ curve can seem to cure this. They seem to sound resistant when boosting any mid bass curve while being below clip level, to eventually mudding out so theres no way to force them to kick at all. Even my wife's old Memphis coaxials have better sound signature than this.

Pros: Smooth mellow mids and highs Looks nice in front and back Crossover is well made

Cons: Lacks that mid-bass punch Rolls off significantly under 120hz If tweeter is placed on cone, it sticks out too far pushing up against the interior door panel Sound is too mellow, too boring Doesn't get very loud

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JL Audio C5-650

Crutchfield customer from Bridgeport, CT on 3/10/2018

2011 Chevrolet Camaro

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Excellent sound. Did what I needed it for.

Pros: quality poduct

Cons: little high price

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Crutchfield customer from Ellijay, GA on 11/24/2017

2007 Dodge Ram 3500

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Awesome sound!!!! Good clear highs and nice mid bass. The speakers have good crisp sounds.

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Michael from Seabrook, TX on 4/30/2017

2014 Chevrolet Camaro

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In process of upgrading my stock radio speakers to all JL audio. C5-650 components in the door & C5-650x in the rear deck and then the 10w6v3 in my trunk. 2014 Chevrolet Camaro. Can't wait to hear them! love JL.

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Crutchfield customer from San Ramon, CA on 2/19/2017

2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

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Great product. Big step up from other brands and the C2's!

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Awesome speakers! You get what you pay for...

Crutchfield customer from Wisconsin on 9/25/2016

2010 Mitsubishi Lancer

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Definitely one of the best speaker purchases I've made. I had upgraded the stock speakers once before to an entry level Infinity set I took off an old car; component fronts and coaxial rears. I also hooked up a small Alpine KTP-445u amp and was content with what I had a the time. Then I bought my wife a new car with a much better stock system. I just had to upgrade my sound system now. Unfortunately, the market just isn't want it used to be but JL Audio still provides some stellar products. I gave myself a good budget and started looking. I considered other manufacturers and also looked at JL's ZR series but really do prefer the sound of silk dome tweets. I bought myself two sets of JLs; component C5-650 fronts and C5-650x coaxial rears. I can't say enough on the build quality. However, these speakers are deeper and bulkier than my old speakers, so the install took a little more work. In a nutshell, I had to modify all the door panels and come up with some custom spacer with the supplies provided. Nothing too difficult. I ran the speakers for a week with the smaller Alpine KTP-445u then finally found time to properly wire the JL MX500/4 amp I bought with the speakers. It is night and day difference! DO IT! Buy a good amp. The mid-bass isn't car rattling but completely satisfying IMO. There's also sounds in my music I've never heard before and am finally experiencing it for the first time. Did I say AWESOME speakers?

Pros: All around, great speakers. A good sized amp really brings it alive! Silk dome tweets

Cons: You can probably find similar sound quality speakers for less The cast baskets look awesome but can make installs a little difficult for those with limited space

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Amazing Clarity

Beeker from Arkansas on 5/4/2015

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One of the best sounding speakers I've had the pleasure to hear. Crystal clear sound. Listening to classical, they effortlessly produce full sonic range with no apparent coloring of the sound. They have amazing "punch" for rock-n-roll, with no evidence of fatigue (unlike my ears) after extended high volume listening. I agree with other comments about the installation- these are premium speakers and benefit from quality installation materials like sound matting. I would also suggest taking the time and effort to run quality wiring for them. Very well worth the money.

Pros: Capable power handling, very clear tone, tweakable crossovers

Cons: Only gotcha is that these are listed as 6 3/4" speakers, meaning that they register on Crutchfield as not fitting a more traditional 6.5" factory location.

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Great speakers

Chris from Lansing, MI on 1/3/2015

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These speakers were installed in 2014 Subaru Impreza. I purchased spacers and brackets to aid in the install. Speaker baffles and fast rings were also used. Hush mat was installed on the inner door skins. New speaker wires were run between the amp, speakers, and crossovers. The speakers sound outstanding. I left everything at reference. These require a little more work to install as they do have a separate crossover, but if you are looking for a higher end system, these will serve you well.

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Superb speakers

Craig from Seattle, WA on 7/1/2010

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I installed a pair of C5 650s into the front factory speaker positions on my Nissan 350Z. Before installing the JL's, I installed a pair of Infinity reference speakers and even though the results were better than the atrocious BOSE factory system, I just wasn't happy with the sound. When I installed the JL's, I added Dynamat extreme to the doors, ran new Monster speaker wires to the amplifier and I purchased a 3/4" MDF spacer from a recommended company. When I finally fired the JL C5 speakers up, I was BLOWN AWAY by how good they sounded. I was getting crystal clear highs and tremendous mids. (Word to the wise: don't skimp on the installation, these speakers demand a quality setup for maximum effect.) The levels of separation for the different crossover settings are very noticeable and can be customized to your personal tastes in real time. I ended up setting the mids and trebles to their reference settings since to me, they sounded great that way. Setting the trebles or mids on the crossovers to higher than reference actually hurt my ears. I absolutely recommend these speakers as your primary fronts. Go with something cheaper in the rears, like the JL C2's, since most of your sound is coming from up front anyway. Top these off with a good subwoofer (I have the JL 10W3V3), and you're golden. Yes, the C5's are expensive, but they're so worth it.

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Buy these Speakers

Jim from Phoenix, AZ on 10/25/2008

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Very clean sounding and the range is very good. You will not be disappointed with these speakers. The crossover that comes with the speakers works very well and has some nice features for adjusting the level of the drivers and tweeters independently of each other. You also might want to consider getting the Dynamat Xtreme 10415 door kit. It eliminated all of my rattles in the door and doesn't stink like the traditional Dynamat. These will fit in the front doors of an 08 Scion TC. You will just need to build your own mounts. I used 3/4" MDF to make the main shape of the mount and an additional 1/4" MDF ring for just a little more clearance. Clears the window with plenty of room and does not hit the door panel.

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