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Focal Performance PS 165FX

Expert Series 6-1/2" component speaker system

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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.

Focal PS 165FX flax cone

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.

Focal PS 165FX tweeters

Focal's inverted dome tweeters deliver natural highs for your music.

A detailed soundstage

Focal's Expert Series PS 165FX component speaker system combines these innovative flax 6-1/2" woofers with their renowned inverted dome tweeters and versatile crossovers. The inverted dome tweeters act like little woofers, dispersing the highs in a wide pattern to create an exceptionally natural soundstage. Focal includes two options for surface-mounting the tweeters, or you can flush-mount them for a more discreet look in your car.

Distributing the frequencies

Focal uses their crossovers to effectively create open and natural imaging for your music. The PS 165FX crossovers include tweeter and midrange level adjustments that let you create an ideal blend of the highs and lows for a dynamic stereo image in your car. And these crossovers are bi-ampable, if you want to further customize your sound by using separate amps to power the tweeters and the woofers.

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 6-1/2" woofers, 2 tweeters, two external crossovers, and installation hardware
  • flax and glass fiber woofer with butyl rubber surround
  • aluminum frame basket
  • 2" inverted dome tweeter
  • 2-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: 87.6 dB
  • depth: 3-1/16"
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

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

Focal Performance PS 165FX Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(6 Reviews)

Don't buy these if you can't afford to put them in everything

Kevin from Colorado on 10/10/2017

These things have ruined all other speakers for me. I'm not joking - everything else sounds terrible now. It doesn't matter what kind of sound you throw at these things, they handle it like a beast - and I don't just mean music. Focal makes home theater towers (Focal ARIA) with a spinoff of the F3's (same as these FX but with a midrange) and they charge over 3 grand for them - so I built my own with some F3's for a few grand less and my klipsch towers are now in the garage for the forseeable future. Not in the garage at my workbench just like - in a corner - because they aren't worthy. Thanks!

Pros: everything


Cleanest sounding component set!

Point Dexter from Austin, TX on 7/19/2016

2003 Ford F-250 Super Duty

If you truly want the BEST of the BEST sound, don't need to look any further. I have four sets of these PS 165 FX Focals in my 7-3 Super Duty, and man does it sound super crisp and loud in that truck! Now, you may say I went to the extreme in having two amps to push two component sets... but if you want clean crisp LOUD sound with zero distortion then that's how it's done. I have each set of components powered by the sexy JL Audio 300/4 Slash amps. The two amps push these four components sets, that being said it allows you to control each speaker and EQ so if I want the highs up louder or quieter channel a&b on each amp controls the front tweeters and I can tweak each individual speaker to create the best optimal sound!!!! The good thing with these two JL Slash amps is they put just the right watts out, total watts these speakers can take as a pair is 160w and this amp is feeding it 150w combined which gives it just what it needs. In comparison with the other two Focal sets above this, they offer to much tweeter and highs, these give just the right amount, and a lot better priced as well !!!!!

Pros: Sound Quality

Cons: Size, very deep so make sure you have the spacing for these!

Incredible Speakers Natural Sound

Paul from San Diego on 3/19/2015

I was hesitant at first because the price was so high. I have a pair of these on a jb xd3v2 with a jl shallow tw12 running off an alpine ine928hd in a prius. Because my stock inverter has only about 30a of headroom, I felt the flax was my only option because it's sensitivity level was very high. These speakers are amazing. Vocals, electronica, guitars, classical are silly smooth and clear. Don't let that 80 watt advertised figure fool you. These things play louder than my other cars running twice that power using less efficient drivers. Beautifully balanced and well worth the price. I've had 3 other cars running image dynamics forever but I'm now a focal flax ps convert.

Pros: Clarity, efficient, natural sound, have not been able to get to distort. Insanely efficient drivers!!

Cons: Price, but well worth it

Not worth the money

Dean T. from Houma, La. *-+ on 12/30/2014

I think the components i purchased are lemons. The grills dont stay on the speakers. The grills on the tweater are not a snug fit. The tweeters are next to impossible to turn into the holder. I had to return a tweeter for exchange because it wasnt coming on. It was exchanged no questions asked. Now i think i have a problem with my crossover because one of the tweeters keeps cutting out and i narrowed it down to that. It would help to have some type of indicater light on the crossover so that you could tell if its on and working. I dont notice a difference in sound when i adjust the settings for the tweeters. A slight difference w/woofer. I just expected a little more for what I paid. And yes i have went back three times over my wiring and it is wired correctly.

Pros: When everything is working correctly they sound good.

Cons: Pricey for what i received.

Crystal Clear

Caleb from South Carolina on 12/3/2014

2004 Ford F-250 Super Duty
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

These speakers are amazing. I first heard them in my buddies 2014 Chevy 2500 and I bought them a week later. If you've tried various "nice" component speaker systems over the years and want to take a big leap to the next level, get these Focals. They will blow you out of the water with how unbelievably crystal clear you can listen to your music, and still crank it. Voices from the tweeters are so smooth and clear, non piercing like others I've experienced. The mids are beefy, they feel like a small subwoofer. I did have to make an adapter plate to adapt to a 6x8 hole but also to clear the window actuator on my F250. The crossovers are a true work of art wow! I will say though they are sizable, wont fit in my dash or doors so make sure to think ahead. Expensive, yes. Worth it? Absolutly

Pros: Crystal clear sound, everything is very high quality made

Cons: Price

focal ps 165fx

Chad from indianapolis, in on 6/16/2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Very clear sound system. Easy install. Crutchfield was very helpful with recommending the correct setup for my application. Have a xd700/5 powering these beautifully. This is a sleeper setup in my element (modifications are needed for 165's in door panels) Crutchfield has a customer for life with their superior customer service

Pros: Performance is great No distortion Hand made 2 year warranty Quality material Very well packaged

Cons: Price


Hands-on research

Features and Specs

Speaker Size 6 1/2
Design 2-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
Sensitivity (1W at 1 meter) 87.6
Sensitivity at 2.83 volts 92.2
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



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.

Phase Plug: The bullet-shaped phase plug in the center of the woofer ensures a smooth, flat off-axis frequency response by preventing the high frequency sound waves emanating from one side of the cone from interfering with sound waves from the other side of the cone.

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 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 woofer as a 6-3/4". Please refer to the Crutchfield Vehicle Selector to confirm fit in your vehicle.


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. Focal recommends flush mounting, but the included angled cup allows surface mounting at approximately 30°.


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.

Bi-amp: Each crossover has bi-amp inputs, one input for the tweeter and one for the woofer. When bi-amping the speakers, the input jumpers need to be removed. Using four amplifier channels to bi-amp the speakers typically improves the dynamic range and presents an easier load for the amp(s) to drive.

Crossover Slopes: The crossover uses 12 dB per octave low-pass and 18 dB per octave high-pass filters. The crossover point for both is 3.6 kHz.

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



 Flush MountAngled Surface Mount
Mounting Height0.286"1.813"
Depth0.937"0.154" (minimum screw depth)
Frame Diameter2.048"1.794" x 2.713"
Cutout Diameter1.815"N/A

Crossover: The crossover dimensions are:

  • Width: 5.32"
  • Height: 1.59"
  • Depth: 3.90"

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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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Sound quality competition[ STEPFONZA K  Aug 23, 2016 ]
Incredible. Breathtaking. Worth it.[ Corban  May 23, 2016 ]
Great sound[ Lorraine  Jan 12, 2016 ]

1 question already asked

Should be 4ohms crossover doesnt change it much.[ Javier  Jun 01, 2015 ]
I chose to run mine active instead of using the crossover. I tried with the crossover first but running active and bypassing the crossover yielded much better sound. Focal's support has been quick to answer my other questions so you could email them directly to answer your question.[ KENDALL  May 30, 2015 ]