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Sony XS-162ES

Mobile ES Series 6-1/2" component speaker system

Item # 158XS162ES

Sony has a worldwide reputation for making great audio easy to access.

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About the Sony XS-162ES

Prioritize resolution

Sony has a worldwide reputation for making great audio easy to access. So it's always exciting when they decide to make a product that's focused on premium car audio, like their flagship XS-162ES 6-1/2" component speaker system. I carved out some time to experience their Mobile ES Series for myself at Crutchfield HQ's Car Audio Listening Lab. Using Hi-res Audio streaming service Qobuz, I listened to some of my favorite albums from female vocalists like Bonnie Raitt and Kate Bush, soundscapes from Daft Punk, and hip-hop from MF DOOM. It's no exaggeration to say that with every track, I heard texture and detail I'd never heard before. All of those small revelations added up to a bigger, deeper feeling — I felt closer to the music... I felt like I was "there." If you're hungering for an audiophile-grade experience in the car, these Hi-res Audio-compatible speakers from Sony are a wonderful way to start.

Prioritize resolution

Sony has a worldwide reputation for making great audio easy to access. So it's always exciting when they decide to make a product that's focused on premium car audio, like their flagship XS-162ES 6-1/2" component speaker system. I carved out some time to experience their Mobile ES Series for myself at Crutchfield HQ's Car Audio Listening Lab. Using Hi-res Audio streaming service Qobuz, I listened to some of my favorite albums from female vocalists like Bonnie Raitt and Kate Bush, soundscapes from Daft Punk, and hip-hop from MF DOOM. It's no exaggeration to say that with every track, I heard texture and detail I'd never heard before. All of those small revelations added up to a bigger, deeper feeling — I felt closer to the music... I felt like I was "there." If you're hungering for an audiophile-grade experience in the car, these Hi-res Audio-compatible speakers from Sony are a wonderful way to start.

Specialized woofer

Sony builds the woofer cones of this 6-1/2" component speaker system from a specialized, mica-reinforced cellular aramid fiber. Developed in-house, this lightweight, rigid material minimizes distortion and enhances overall low-frequency response. Sony's unique, notch-edge surround helps with responsiveness and shrugging off wear and tear over the life of the speaker

Audiophile tweeter

The system's synthetic fabric dome component tweeter delivers frequencies up to 40,000 Hz that, even though they are above the range of human hearing, reveal more texture and detail in your high-resolution audio files and add more realism and atmosphere to instruments and vocals.

The sum of its parts

Sony's meticulous approach to stamping out distortion wherever it might lurk continues with nearly every other facet of this system. The structure of the woofer's five-beam frame helps the dispersion of unwanted resonance and the speaker's integrated dynamic air diffuser promotes essential cooling when the going gets hot. That means you can feed the Mobile ES Series component system plenty of power from an aftermarket amp and always count on immersive, natural sound.

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Product highlights:

  • component speaker system includes 2 woofers, 2 tweeters, and 2 crossovers
  • 6-1/2" Mica Reinforced Cellular aramid fiber woofer
  • 1" synthetic fiber dome tweeter
  • handles up to 90 watts RMS (270 watts peak power)
  • frequency response: 40-40,000 Hz
  • sensitivity: 89 dB
  • top-mount depth: 2-3/16"
  • warranty: 3 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • MFR # XS-162ES

What's in the box:

  • 2 Woofers
  • 2 Woofer grilles
  • 2 Crossovers
  • 2 Tweeters
  • 2 Surface mount tweeter housings
  • 2 Angled surface mount tweeter housings
  • 2 Adhesive backed surface mount pads
  • Ten 1-1/8" Screws
  • Two M4x5mm Flat head machine screws
  • 2 Crossover input jumpers
  • Installation instructions (English/ French/ Spanish/ German/ Italian/ 20 other languages)
  • Warranty information
  • Woofer template on the box

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Features & specs

General
Speaker Size 6 1/2
Design 2-way
Tweeter Design 1" Dome
Impedance (Ohms) 4
Tweeter Composition Synthetic Fabric
Woofer Composition MRC Aramid Fiber
Woofer Surround Rubber
Parts Warranty 3 Years
Labor Warranty 3 Years
Specifications
Sensitivity (1W at 1 meter) 89
Sensitivity at 2.83 volts N/A
Frequency Response 40 - 40k Hz
Minimum RMS Wattage ---
Maximum RMS Wattage 90
Peak Power Handling (Watts) 270
Top-mount Depth (Inches) 2 3/16
Bottom-mount Depth (Inches) 2 1/2
Cutout Diameter or Length (inches) 5
Mounting Height (Inches) 0.484
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Tweeter Mounting: Flat and angled surface mount housings are included for tweeter mounting. In either case the tweeter is secured to the housing using the included M4 machine screws. The tweeters can also be flush mounted, but no bracket is included. Often the tweeters can be bolted to the factory brackets using the same M4 machine screws, or a custom bracket can be created using something like our Universal Back-Strap.

Tweeter Dimensions:

  Frame Width Frame Length Cutout Diameter Mounting Height Mounting Depth
Flush Mount 2.418" 2.418" 2.098" 0.125" 0.875"
Flat Surface Mount 2.57" 2.57" N/A 1.06" Screw Depth
Angled Surface Mount 2.575" 2.875" N/A 1.4" Screw Depth

Crossovers: Each crossover has high-pass and low-pass outputs with a 5 kHz crossover point and 6 dB/octave slope. A switch inside each crossover allows you to set the tweeter output level according to your system requirements and personal preference; choose 0 dB (factory setting) or +3dB. (A 2mm hex key is required to remove the crossovers' tops, not included.) The inputs and outputs are screw terminals; they will accommodate bare wire or spade connectors up to 0.315" wide. There is a mounting hole in the base of each crossover.

Bi-amp Inputs: The 2-way crossovers have separate inputs for the woofer and tweeter; this lets you drive the system with dedicated power for the separate speaker elements, instead of sharing power. If the system is powered using only two amplifier channels, the woofer and tweeter inputs should be shorted together using the included jumpers.

Crossover Dimensions:

  • Length: 4⅜"
  • Width: 2⅝"
  • Height: 1⅜"

Wiring: No wire is included with these speakers, so it will need to be ordered separately. Both the woofers and tweeters have male quick-slide terminals. The woofer terminals are 0.205" wide (positive) and 0.110" wide (negative), and both tweeter terminals are 0.110" wide.

Mounting: The speakers can be easily mounted in a variety of 6¾" applications. Given the required cutout, they will also fit into the opening for a typical 6½" speaker (approximately 5" diameter cutout) but the screw hole pattern is larger than a standard 6½", so new holes would have to be drilled. Please enter your vehicle information to confirm fit.

Specification Note: Sony's rated power spec for the XS-162ES is 60 watts (derived using IEC 60268-5 standards). In the manual they also list the CTA 2031 compliant RMS power as 90 watts. We've adopted the 90 watt RMS rating because CTA 2031 is the more common rating system.

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