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Focal Performance PS 165F3

Expert Series 6-1/2" 3-way component speaker system

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Our take on the Focal Performance PS 165F3

Focal's Expert Series PS 165F3 component speaker system follows their long-standing equation of using advanced materials in conjunction with innovative design ideas to create speakers that reproduce the most accurate musical sound. This 3-way system includes two woofers, two midrange drivers, two tweeters, two crossovers, and assorted hardware --- this audiophile-grade system will transform your listening experience in the car.

Focal PS 165F3

Flax fibers make for extremely rigid and lightweight woofer and midrange cones.

Pursuit of excellence

Focal's Expert Series PS 165F3 component speaker system follows their long-standing equation of using advanced materials in conjunction with innovative design ideas to create speakers that reproduce the most accurate musical sound. This 3-way system includes two woofers, two midrange drivers, two tweeters, two crossovers, and assorted hardware --- this audiophile-grade system will transform your listening experience in the car.

The right material for the right sound

Focal continuously searches for materials that allow them to produce some of the most accurate speakers in the world. This time, Focal found that flax fibers help create a very rigid, lightweight cone for their speakers. With half the weight of fiberglass, the hollow flax fibers are woven and sandwiched between thin glass membranes. Mounted to a sturdy aluminum basket, you'll enjoy a lively and accurate speaker that resists unwanted vibrations.

A detailed and rich soundstage

Focal's 6-1/2" woofer and 3" midrange driver include their new flax sandwich cones with butyl rubber surrounds, so they add tight bass and and a naturally detailed transition to the highs. Focal designed the inverted dome tweeter to disperse high frequencies evenly for a big, open soundstage. Mount the midrange and tweeter as close to ear level as possible in your vehicle, and enjoy the powerful soundstage created by these precision speakers.

The external 3-way crossover included in the PS 165F3 system ensures a smooth transition from lows to highs, so vocals and instruments sound natural. Each crossover includes 2-position tweeter and midrange output level switches, so you can get the right balance in your vehicle.

Installation note: You'll need a pair of our universal backstraps to install the tweeters in the factory locations.

Product Highlights:

  • component speaker system includes two woofers, two midrange drivers, two tweeters, two external crossovers, and installation hardware
  • flax and glass fiber 6-1/2" woofer and 3" midrange with butyl rubber surrounds
  • aluminum frame basket for woofer and midrange
  • 2" inverted dome tweeter
  • 3-way external crossover with 2-position tweeter level and 2-position midrange control
  • 4-ohm impedance
  • power range: 6-80 watts RMS (160 watts peak)
  • frequency response: 55-28,000 Hz
  • sensitivity: 91.5 dB
  • woofer mounting depth: 3-1/16"
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

I am so happy with this investment. This system is 1000% better than the last "upgrade" that I had installed. It's like a cage fighter compared to a kid.

Laboogie, Anaheim, CA

What's in the Box:

  • Two woofers
  • Two midrange
  • Two inverted dome tweeters (with attached 21" lengths of speaker wire)
  • 2 Tweeter flush mount cups
  • 2 Tweeter angle mount adapters
  • 2 Crossover networks
  • 2 Woofer grilles
  • 2 Woofer grille mounting rings
  • 2 Woofer mounting gaskets
  • 2 Midrange grilles
  • 2 Midrange grille mounting rings
  • 2 Black tweeter grilles (installed)
  • 1 Tweeter removal tool
  • 2 Tweeter flush mount clamps
  • 16 Speed clips
  • Eight 1-1/8" Self-tapping screws
  • Eight 3/4" Self-tapping screws
  • Two black 5/8" Self-tapping screws
  • Two silver 5/8" Self-tapping screws
  • 2 Machine screws (for flush mounting)
  • Owner's manual (English/ French)
  • Serial number card
  • Focal window sticker
Reviews

Focal Performance PS 165F3 Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(4 Reviews)

Just what I expected

Rob from Omaha, NE on 4/30/2017

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I installed these about a year ago because I have always wanted a three way system. They have not disappointed. I custom mounted the mid-range and tweeter in the sail panel of my F 150. Unfortunately I wasn't up for modifying the door panels to accommodate the mid bass, so I've never used them (sad face). I used some 6X8 speakers instead to save me the headache. The mid bass and tweeter are amazing. They play very loud and have never given me a fit. The imaging is very good, even with the less than? desirable placement. I have a 150 watt per channel JL amp running them, with 300 going to a JL stealthbox. With some DSP tweaking the sound is quite nice. Also, the crossovers are fantastic. Many options for adjusting the sound levels, which came in handy since I didn't bi-amp.

Pros: Power handling, clarity, imaging, looks, hardware, everything!

Cons: Please

System brought the Upgrade I had previously installed to it's knees

Laboogie from Anaheim, CA on 5/21/2016

2012 MINI Clubman

I am so happy with this investment. This system is 1000% better than the last "upgrade" that I had installed. It's like a cage fighter compared to a kid.

Pros: Brilliant, warm, full sound.

Cons: I installed this myself - very successfully - [however- my advice is to] spend the money on a professional! It took me 6 hours.

Good sound, but not worth the $$$

King Lear from Ohio on 9/22/2015

These are good speakers but no where near worth the price. They are a good hi-mid and hi component set, but the 6 3/4 woofer is worthless. I am much more satisfied with my Kicker QS 6 3/4 and Kicker SS 65.2 speakers.

Pros: Good high sound

Cons: mid bass is non existent, the woofer comes apart with only 3/4 gain from my JL Audio HD900.5 amp. If I could do it over I would use their mid and tweeter and use someone elses 6 3/4 woofer with them. Then maybe they would be worth the price.

My Focal Speakers have the most rich and realistic reproduction of sou

Anonymous from Soddy Daisy Tennessee 37379 on 9/1/2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

My Focal Speakers have the most rich and realistic reproduction I have ever heard from any car speaker

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Features and Specs

General
Speaker Size 6 1/2
Design 3-way
Tweeter Design Inverted Dome
Impedance (Ohms) 4
Tweeter Composition Aluminum/Magnesium
Woofer Composition Flax/Glass
Woofer Surround Butyl Rubber
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year
Specifications
Sensitivity (1W at 1 meter) 87.1
Sensitivity at 2.83 volts 91.5
Frequency Response 55 - 28k Hz
Minimum RMS Wattage 6
Maximum RMS Wattage 80
Peak Power Handling (Watts) 160
Top-mount Depth (Inches) 3 1/16
Bottom-mount Depth (Inches) N/A
Cutout Diameter or Length (inches) 5 5/8

Product Research

Woofer
Midrange
Tweeter
Crossover
Dimensions

Woofer

Cone: The woofer cone is a sandwich design, with a 0.4mm flax center between two 0.04mm glass layers. This combination of materials results in a neutral sound without coloration.

Surround: The butyl rubber surround is resistant to ultraviolet rays, temperature extremes, and humidity to add to the speaker's reliability and longevity.

Aluminum Basket: The cast aluminum basket is rigid and non-magnetic.

Voice Coil: The voice coil is wound around a 1-1/4" diameter low-mass Kapton former, ensuring no coil deformation.

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

Midrange

Cone: Like the woofer, the midrange cone is a sandwich design, with a 0.4mm flax center between two 0.04mm glass layers.

Surround: The butyl rubber surround is resistant to ultraviolet rays, temperature extremes, and humidity.

Aluminum Basket: The cast aluminum basket is rigid and non-magnetic.

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

Size: The midrange drivers are not a standard size, Focal calls them 3". They can be top or bottom mounted and have these dimensions:

  • Depth (top mount): 1.277"
  • Mounting height: 0.27"
  • Flange height: 0.27"
  • Depth (bottom mount): 1.547"
  • Tweeter protrusion: 0" (zero)
  • Cutout diameter: 2.885"
  • Frame diameter: 3.465"

Terminals: The inputs are set screw terminals; they will accept bare wire up to 16-gauge.

Tweeter

Inverted Dome Tweeter: The tweeter is an inverted Aluminum/Magnesium dome, producing a broad sound stage. The tweeter uses a durable poron suspension.

Mounting Options: The tweeter can be surface or flush mounted using the included adapters. The included angled cup allows surface mounting at approximately 30°.

Crossover

Components: Focal uses audiophile grade polypropylene capacitors and air core inductors to ensure high definition and a dynamic sound quality.

Tweeter Level: You can adjust the output level of the tweeter on the crossover to -3 dB or 0 dB (flat).

Midrange Level: Set the midrange output to High or Flat to match their position in the car. When the mids are installed low in the door, some of the output is absorbed by the upholstery and they benefit from the High output setting.

Crossover Slopes: The crossovers use 12 dB per octave low-pass, 12 dB per octave band-pass (for the midrange), and 18 dB per octave high-pass filters. The crossover points are 300 Hz (low-pass for the woofer and high-pass for the midrange) and 3.5 kHz (high-pass for the tweeter and low-pass for the midrange).

Wiring: The inputs and outputs are screw terminals; they will accept bare wire or spade connectors up to 0.3" wide.

Dimensions

Tweeters:

  Flush Mount Angled Surface Mount
Mounting Height 0.286" 1.813"
Depth 0.937" 0.165" (minimum screw depth)
Frame Diameter 2.048" 1.794" x 2.713"
Cutout Diameter 1.815" N/A

Crossover: The crossover dimensions are:

  • Width: 5.32"
  • Height: 1.59"
  • Depth: 3.88"

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By using flax, a sustainable resource, in its Expert Series woofer cones, Focal has been able to reduce the price you pay for their famously premium sound.

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Mounting depth and speaker sizes [ Michael  Jun 07, 2017 ]

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For 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. [ Jeff  Dec 05, 2015 ]  Staff
We have not received any answers from other customers on your question. I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They should be able to help answer your question. [ Jeff  Jun 18, 2015 ]  Staff
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