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Focal Performance 165AC

Access Series 6-1/2" coaxial speakers

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Perfect sound. Discreet style. Premium construction. These are the standards that define Focal – and the reasons why listening to Focal speakers is an absolute pleasure. The Access line offers a marriage of performance and affordability, allowing you to experience the best in sound with a guilt-free conscience.

Dream speakers

Perfect sound. Discreet style. Premium construction. These are the standards that define Focal – and the reasons why listening to Focal speakers is an absolute pleasure. The Access line offers a marriage of performance and affordability, allowing you to experience the best in sound with a guilt-free conscience.

The sum of its parts

With the first song, Focal's Access Series 165AC 6-1/2" speakers will make your old factory models fade into a distant memory. High-quality components in the built-in crossover ensure a seamless distribution of frequencies to the woofer and tweeter, for a totally natural sound. The DFS (dual fiberglass structure) woofer cone delivers precise mid-bass and midrange reproduction while offering full, articulated bass. Coupled with a butyl rubber surround, the cone's all-weather durability ensures performance even in the hottest, most humid environments without distortion or warping.

Innovation at work

Every Access coaxial speaker features inverted dome tweeter technology, a hallmark Focal innovation. The aluminum inverted dome shape does a better job of dispersing high frequencies than a traditional raised dome tweeter, creating a very wide soundstage with fine resolution and exciting dynamics. Rotate the tweeters toward your listening position to further enhance the stereo imaging.


    • 2-way 6-1/2" speakers (pair)
    • dual fiberglass structure woofer cone with butyl rubber surround
    • rotating aluminum inverted-dome tweeter
    • non-resonant ABS/fiberglass basket
    • wire mesh grilles included
    • 2-60 watts RMS power range (120 watts peak)
    • frequency response: 60-20,000 Hz
    • sensitivity: 87.19 dB at 1 watt
    • impedance: 4 ohms
    • top-mounting depth: 2-1/2"
    Other info:

    Impressive sound clarity and quality. Huge improvement vs stock speakers on my Subaru Outback Limited powered by stock Harmon Kardon amp. Installed 2 pairs for front and rear doors.

    Anonymous, Irvine, CA

    What's in the Box:

    • Two coaxial speakers
    • 2 Grilles
    • 2 Grille mounting rings
    • 2 Mounting gaskets
    • 8 Speed clips
    • Eight 1" Self-tapping screws
    • Owner's manual (English/ French)

    Focal Performance 165AC Reviews

    Average Customer Review(s):

    (15 Reviews)

    Focal Performance 165AC

    Anonymous from Irvine, CA on 9/30/2017

    2017 Subaru Outback
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Impressive sound clarity and quality. Huge improvement vs stock speakers on my Subaru Outback Limited powered by stock Harmon Kardon amp. Installed 2 pairs for front and rear doors.



    Focal Performance 165AC

    Brian from Kansas City on 9/14/2017

    2015 Subaru Forester
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I really wanted to love Focal speakers. I user MB Quarts for years in my cars but I had friends that kept talking about how good the Focal where. For the first year I loved the sound and was very happy. Now both speakers sound like they have issues. I have taken them out of the door to see what the issue is and the cone is vibrating against the tweeter and causing all kinds of noise. The speakers sound a lot like how a blow speaker sounds. Now my front Focal speaker are starting to do the same thing. Be careful!!!

    Pros: Great at First

    Cons: Do not last very long. Sound goes down hill after about a year.

    A good solid product, but not a great one.

    Anonymous from Oklahoma City, OK on 8/8/2017

    2006 Jaguar XK8
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    These speakers are good, but not fantastic as sub-woofers in my Jaguar xk8. Certainly a nice upgrade from the factory pair, but don't quite blow me away as I had hoped, based on the previous reviews. I bought these because they were within the price range I wanted to spend. The original speakers were special editions for the 2006 Jaguar VIctory Edition models--but fell short in reproducing heavy low tones. The 165AC, hit the low tones well, but sound a little muddled at higher volume levels. This may have a bit to do with the factory amp, which can not be replaced. Overall, 3.8 out of 5 stars.

    Pros: A step up from factory. Richer deeper, crisper bass at mid to hig0mid range volume levels. Relatively low cost, decent performance, for someone who doesn't want to break the bank.

    Cons: Do not blow me away with performance, only slightly above average. I will give them a solid B.

    Great sound

    Patricia from Wilmington, NC on 8/6/2017

    2013 GMC Sierra
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    This is a great product with clear sound and great output

    Pros: Clear sound, great output

    Cons: None

    Brought factory stereo to life!

    Anonymous from Ketchikan, AK on 7/29/2017

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    With the help of some aftermarket (Ebay) mounting adapters made for my Mercedes Sprinter, I mounted these and connected them to the factory stereo. They are at least a thousand times better than the cheap and lifeless 5-1/2" factory speakers even with the low powered factory head. With very good lows and excellent mids and highs, they brought the music to life.

    Pros: Very durable and well made and excellent sound.

    Cons: None

    Focal Performance 165AC

    Anonymous from Fremont, OH on 7/19/2017

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    Excellent speaker, I think the access series sounds better than the K2 for 1/3 the price. I purchased one set for my Harley and made sure they fit and found the way I want. They do so I will order another set for the fairing soon.

    Pros: Sound awesome!

    Cons: Needed spacers to fit in 2016 Harley Road Glide tour pack. I had trouble finding crimp on connectors for the speakers locally. They are 5/65" and 3/16" spade connectors and took me five stores to find both.

    Focal Performance 165AC

    John from Salem, OR on 6/4/2017

    2010 Subaru Forester
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    These speakers rock Even without changing my head unit yet, they sound awsome

    Pros: For the price these are great sounding. Great highs and lows without sacrificing a midrange.


    Focal Performance 165AC

    Richard from Seattle, WA on 12/17/2016

    2016 Buick Regal
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Replaced the lower front door speaker that came with my new Buick Regal and they made a world of difference for only a couple hundred dollars. However, you have to work at getting them installed through Inststallnet.

    Pros: Clarity richness

    Cons: none

    Great product

    naomi from Spring Hill, TN on 10/10/2016

    2008 Honda Civic SI
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    These are great sounding speakers. They gave my car a much better sound and clarity. I can't wait to put an amp to them so I can really hear them.

    Pros: Very easy to install. Came with nice grills even though I didn't use them. I like the stock look of the car. Price was very fair and sound is awesome.

    Cons: None.


    Sean from Yuba City, CA on 4/15/2016

    2006 Chevrolet Silverado 2500/3500
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    great rear door spreaker. loud and clear

    Pros: clarity is great

    Cons: price to high

    Focal 165AC (Awesome speakers)

    Ed from California on 12/24/2015

    1967 Chevrolet Nova
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I originally purchased the Focal-Access-165CA1, however while the car was in for upholstery they seem to have gotten some of the sound deadening near the speaker which rendered the speaker from working. So, since the system that's in the car is all focal, I wanted to ensure I was purchasing the same specific speaker that I had in prior to this occurrence.. The sound system is joined up the a JL audio amp, that plays my music, it's as if I'm in a orchastra and the clarity that the speaker provide are above reproach.. Cant say enough of how happy I'm with these speakers. Fitting was perfect, delivery on time and I'm back to listening my music in my 67 Nova..

    Pros: Great sound

    Cons: None

    Great speaker

    Jerry G from Fort Myers, FL. on 10/13/2015

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    Great speaker for the money

    Pros: Clarity

    Cons: A little pricey

    Great virtually unknown speakers...

    Charlie from Aptos, CA on 10/12/2015

    2004 Chevrolet Astro
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    After listening to many well known speakers such as Pioneer, JL, Alpine and more, these are the way to go. The sound is so crisp and clean with solid lows and sharp highs, these 6.5" are killers. They blow away the competition by a long shot. Yeah sure, I spent about 100 bucks more than I had planned, very much worth the extra money. I'm not trashing the others but by comparison, these hit the sweet spot. I've heard of Focal but never gave them a chance to really hear them. Very happy with the speakers and head unit, Kenwood KDC-X399. Last component to be added is JL 10 sub.

    Pros: Great sound handling all the music I throw at em, sound bitchen cranked up or turned down low to talk. Awesome sound. Just get them you won't look back at the others.

    Cons: Absolutely none.

    $200 Speaker

    Bob from West Virginia on 4/8/2015

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    Its Focal but its still and inexpensive speaker.

    Pros: Better bass than most 6.5 speakers.

    Cons: Doesn't seem to be very rich sounding, but that could be my ineptitude at figuring out the Alpine HU.

    Easy install great speakers

    Lucas from Grants pass Oregon on 2/23/2014

    1999 Mitsubishi Eclipse
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Amazing sounding speakers. I'm an audiophile and they sound amazing being amped simply off the Kenwood KDC-X997 deck. My Focal FPP-5300 5 channel amp is on it's way so they'll be truly amped soon, I can't wait to see how they sound then!

    Pros: Perfect tweeters, they sound incredible. Not to overpowering but definitely there. The 6.5's are loud and clear, great response. Be sure to get a deck that had built in crossovering. So you can cut off frequencies that they can't handle that your sub will. Lots and lots of very solid mounting holes Not super deep speakers, installed in a 1999 Eclipse and have no problems with the windows hitting the speakers or anything like that.

    Cons: Doesn't come with speaker wire, but that's probably pretty standard.


    Hands-on research

    Features and Specs

    Speaker Size 6 1/2
    Design 2-way
    Tweeter Design Inverted Dome
    Impedance (Ohms) 4
    Tweeter Composition Aluminum
    Woofer Composition DFS
    Woofer Surround Butyl Rubber
    Parts Warranty 1 Year
    Labor Warranty 1 Year
    Sensitivity (1W at 1 meter) 87.19
    Sensitivity at 2.83 volts 91
    Frequency Response 60 - 20k Hz
    Minimum RMS Wattage 2
    Maximum RMS Wattage 60
    Peak Power Handling (Watts) 120
    Top-mount Depth (Inches) 2 1/2
    Bottom-mount Depth (Inches) N/A
    Cutout Diameter or Length (inches) 5 1/2

    Product Research


    Cone Material: The Dual Fiberglass Structure Membrane (DFS) is a light, rigid, woven glass fiber woofer cone. The butyl rubber surround is resistant to ultraviolet rays, temperature extremes, and humidity to add to the speaker's reliability and longevity.

    Basket: The woofer features a fiberglass reinforced ABS basket.

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

    Inverted Dome Tweeter: The tweeter is an inverted aluminum dome, producing a broad sound stage. The tweeter is angled and rotates on its post, so it can be pointed toward the listener.

    Size Classification Note: Some manufacturers, including Focal, call this size speaker a 6-1/2". Because it requires a larger cutout than a standard 6-1/2" speaker, Crutchfield has traditionally referred to this size as a 6-3/4". Please refer to the Crutchfield Vehicle Selector to confirm fit in your vehicle.

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    No, they're not really made for marine applications. But they're awesome and better than other speakers that are water resistant. I'd put them on my boat and just be careful to keep water away. [ Arist  Sep 11, 2015 ]
    I've had them on my Harley for the summer. I've ridden through rain and washed the bike often. I've never had an issue. I don't know that they're waterproof but the don't seem to have an issue with being wet. I hope this helps. By the way, I'm currently putting a second set on this bike and have 2 more bike they are being installed in. [ Michael  Sep 10, 2015 ]
    Waterproof is a very specific term, and I wouldn't go so far as to say that. I can tell you that I've had these speakers and other focal's installed in a boat for several years with no problem. [ Steve  Sep 10, 2015 ]
    No. [ Jeffrey  Sep 10, 2015 ]
    NO? Seriously, no they aren't. If you're looking for waterproof, look for marine speakers. [ bendsley  Sep 10, 2015 ]