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Polk Audio DXi521

5-1/4" 2-way car speakers

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Go ahead, circle the parking lot till your favorite song is over. Polk Audio's DXi Series speakers will make you want to hit "repeat" so you can hear it all over again. Polk uses a high-tech approach and ideal materials to give your tunes an exciting new edge.

Polk Audio DXi 521

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Go ahead, circle the parking lot till your favorite song is over. Polk Audio's DXi Series speakers will make you want to hit "repeat" so you can hear it all over again. Polk uses a high-tech approach and ideal materials to give your tunes an exciting new edge.

Precision woofers showcase your music

The DXi521 speakers feature 5-1/4" polymer composite cones that are lightweight and stiff, so they can create a big sound with minimal distortion. Polk analyzes their drivers in motion to ensure that cone movement is even and precise. Polk also uses laser imaging to craft woofer cones that are perfectly balanced to resist distortion-causing resonances.

Aluminum dome tweeters broadcast detailed sound

Each 3/4" aluminum dome tweeter brings out the high-frequency highlights in your music, so you'll hear every detail of your most enthralling musical moments. From an intensely quiet acoustic pluck to the most exhilarating electric solo, it'll be a very entertaining ride.

Product Highlights:

  • 5-1/4" 2-way cars speakers (pair)
  • polymer composite woofer with butyl rubber surround
  • 3/4" aluminum dome tweeter
  • power range: 2-45 watts RMS (135 watts peak power)
  • frequency response: 60-22,000 Hz
  • sensitivity: 93 dB
  • top-mount depth: 2-5/16"
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • Two 2-way speakers
  • 2 Grilles
  • Eight 1" Self-tapping screws
  • Eight 3/8" Self-tapping screws
  • 8 Speed clips
  • Owner's Manual (English/ Spanish/ French/ German/ Italian/ Portuguese)
  • Online product registration information

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Easy to install, clear mids and highs as most polk audio speakers. Excellent range to enjoy many genres of music. A nice amp would help them shine due to distortion at higher volumes from just the pioneer bluetooth deck. Good speakers for the size nonetheless

Anonymous, San Leandro, CA


Polk Audio DXi521 Reviews

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(34 Reviews)

Small but powerful and clear

Anonymous from San Leandro, CA on 3/10/2017

2000 Toyota Camry

Easy to install, clear mids and highs as most polk audio speakers. Excellent range to enjoy many genres of music. A nice amp would help them shine due to distortion at higher volumes from just the pioneer bluetooth deck. Good speakers for the size nonetheless

Pros: clear highs and mids well balanced sound for most music types easy to install

Cons: feels like it needs an amp to shine

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Anonymous from Henderson, NV on 3/4/2017

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Put them on my Harley love them ! They sound great everybody elsewhere can here them too!!



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Anonymous from Boise, ID on 2/27/2017

1999 Nissan Frontier
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These speakers sound great. I only wish I purchased a larger pair. Without a sub the bass is lacking a little.



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Quinn from Desert Hot Springs, CA on 12/31/2016

2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee
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Everything sounds great from lows to highs. Easy installation with perfect fit.



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Justin from Salt Lake City, UT on 12/24/2016

2001 Chevrolet S10
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Hooked these up to the stock deck and wow what an improvement! Enough bass to rattle the doors and the highs are crisp and clear! Love polk speakers!! Can't wait to get the new deck in and really hear them sing ??

Pros: Amazing!!

Cons: All pros here folks

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Anonymous from San Antonio, TX on 10/18/2016

1990 Jeep Wrangler
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So far, I have been extremely pleased with my 1st Crutchfield purchase. From start to finish was a "first class" experience. Everything packaged nicely and arrived timely. I have not had the opportunity to install, but will update when done.




1995 evc from Aspen, CO on 9/12/2016

1995 Volkswagen Eurovan
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Great speakers, with adjustable tweeter

Pros: look and sound great, great fit in 1995 VW EVC, plug and play

Cons: should have installed sooner

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Anonymous from Phoenix, AZ on 9/8/2016

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The speakers are great. They really add to the listening pleasure for sure. Polk is always a good pick.



Speaker upgrade

PAxx from Valrico, FL on 5/22/2016

2015 Victory Cross Country Tour
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

For the size , they produce an awesome sound "quality " sound. Customer service in choosing this speaker was made easier by a caring professional agent

Pros: Expert customer service. Front speakers fit without cutting.

Cons: Rear speakers required cutting to fit

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Plonk from ponte vedra beach, FL on 3/25/2016

2016 Mazda 6
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Good quality speakers, made a big difference over the paper stock speakers in the Mazda 6.

Pros: Tight bases and smooth highs

Cons: There was not a lot of information on how to install on a new Mazda 6, so it takes a little additional fabrication on the adapter bracket supplied. Not a big deal once you figure it out. Plus there is no way to tell which stock wire is positive or negative. I had to guess, but as long as you are consistent with all 4 speakers, it does not matter.

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Michael P from southbridge, MA on 3/22/2016

2007 Harley Davidson Street Glide
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I bought these Polk marine speakers for a fairing that I bought and installed on my Harley Davidson Road King, the speakers are awesome, great quality and sound fantastic. The speakers covers did not fit on the fairing because they are square so I needed to buy separate speaker grills which wasn't a big deal. Very satisfied!



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The Bullit from Rocky Gap, VA on 2/21/2016

1994 BMW 325IS
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Excellent Repacement Speaker for so-so factory speaker Used as replacement for kick panel speakers in a 1994 BMW 325is

Pros: Easy to Install, Fit perfectly in stock speaker position, Great sound and good looks too

Cons: None

Great buy

lvaz from New York on 10/30/2015

2013 Honda Civic SI
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Speakers sound great and easy install.



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Howell from Texas on 5/18/2015

1985 Jeep CJ7
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Outstanding sound....

Pros: Easy to install

Cons: none

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sgomez from New Mexico on 5/10/2015

2005 Jeep Wrangler
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fit perfect in my 2005 Jeep Wrangler.



Truck speakers

Russ from Pittsburgh, PA on 2/28/2015

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Needed to freshen up the speakers.

Pros: Great speaker, nice sound. Good fit. Used speaker baffles with it.

Cons: Have nothing bad to say.

Good, clear, crisp

Paul from Michigan on 2/25/2015

1979 Lincoln Continental
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Great sounding speakers. Installed in front doors with Polk 6x9's in rear. You need some power from an amp and a good deck with equalizer to really make them come alive. Bass is a little stingy without equalization and amps. True sound does come out with the right deck and power.

Pros: Clear sounding, Very stout speakers. clear crisp highs and midrange.

Cons: Need amp and equalization to drive these.

Great for Jeep

Michael from Tuscaloosa, AL on 12/18/2014

2002 Jeep Wrangler
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Worked great in my wifes Jeep Wrangler. Easy to install.



Trailblazer SS

EdB. from Florida Panhandle on 10/29/2014

2008 Chevrolet TrailBlazer
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Used these Polks to replace the rear door speakers in my Trailblazer SS. Easy to install with provided instructions, although by completely removing the speaker mounting panels underneath the door panels, you can trim the mounting much more cleanly with a sabre saw, rather than trying to break off the tabs (that interfere with installation) with pliers while still in the truck. The speakers are much less efficient than the stock factory Bose speakers, by about 30 percent, which is significant. They also have a much leaner bass and midrange response, but much cleaner highs.

Pros: Cleaner, more brilliant highs.

Cons: Much less efficient than the factory Bose speakers, less bass and midrange, so overall volume for the system is reduced.

Easy install nice sound

JLmTECH from Jackson NJ on 10/13/2014

2002 Buick Century
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Good sound. Matched them with existing Polk 6x9 in the rear deck They dropped right in to the existing OEM slots. I ent with tweeter in one unit. Did not replace the OEM tweeter in the Buick 6 speaker setup. Sound great.

Pros: Great Sound, easy install


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Jay B. from Southern Maryland on 10/2/2014

2007 Harley Davidson Electra Glide
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Love the sound. Very easy to install and fits perfectly with my motorcycle.

Pros: Did not have to splice any wires and come with a how to video if I needed it.

Cons: None.

Great Speakers

Jim from New Paltz, NY on 10/1/2014

1998 Jeep Wrangler
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Speakers sound crisp and clear at low and high volumes

Pros: Affordable, big improvement over factory speakers, easy to install instructions

Cons: Nothing to do with the product, but be patient trying to install speakers above your head in a Jeep sound bar.

2000 Jeep Wrangler

Justin from Denver, CO on 9/16/2014

2000 Jeep Wrangler
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Overall this speaker was an improvement to the sound quality from the factory model but at 14 years old anything would have been. After being installed for one week I would say that I'm not 100% satisfied and question my purchase. I noticed the price drop over the last 6 months with these speakers and should have taken that as a warning sign.

Pros: Improvement to the clarity. Crutchfield as always is great to work with and provides everything you need to make it work. Price

Cons: Can not use the covers it comes with. Any type of bass seems washed out and dull.

Jeep Speaker Replacements

Rewards Card Reviewer from Key Largo, FL on 9/9/2014

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All four 5.25"s swapped right into my 98 TJ, two dash and two soundbar. Crutchfield sent the appropriate wiring harnesses and 4x6 - 5.25" adapter for the dash; while nothing was needed for the soundbar, they sent two extra harnesses plus all hardware.

Pros: Everything needed, plus some Competitive price Marine grade

Cons: Polk grills didn't work out, but I don't like advertising anyway Top and doors are always off so I won't fully appreciate the sound

Good buy for the price

gunmetalRED from Toledo, OH on 7/25/2014

1998 Buick Riviera
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I bought these to replace the blown front speakers in my '98 Buick Riviera and am quite happy with them. The materials and build quality felt very nice putting them in and they fit nice and flush under my factory grilles. They get nice and loud and remain clear even with my factory stereo. The bass response is OK, much better than other brands in this price range I have used, but I didn't expect them to be show-stoppers at this price. Great for highway cruising volume. I'll probably replace the rears with the matching 6"x9"s and I'm sure an aftermarket stereo would give them some nice punch. Great performance for a little money.

Pros: Price, build quality, clarity

Cons: None

Just As Bad as the DXi721

CQLink from Detroit on 7/23/2014

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These speakers sound muddy and dull. I installed an Alpine KTP-445U Head Unit Power Pack and it didn't help much. These are simply poor sounding speakers with virtually no bass response. Highs don't sound much better.

Pros: None.

Cons: Dull sound even with an amplifier.

Vulcan Vaquero gets an upgrade

chuck from TN on 5/20/2014

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These were recommended as a replacement for the factory speakers in my Kawasaki Vulcan Vaquero. The clarity has improved a lot, next will be installing an Alpine 445 amp so they can truly reach their potential. Thanks Crutchfield

Pros: Good clarity....Marine grade....awesome price

Cons: None

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JonathaninRichmond from Richmond, Va on 4/27/2014

2002 Dodge Caravan
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These speakers fit my 2002 caravan great. There is a small clearance problem with the rear panel speakers which are just over the cup holders for the rear most bench. The center horn of the speaker is pressing against the plastic body panel, but we'll let time tell if that's a problem or not. The sound is great and installation was relatively simple.

Pros: Sound quality, ease of installation

Cons: Size - But that's only due to the vehicle I'm installing them on


Paul from Greencastle, IN on 3/10/2014

2000 Jeep Wrangler
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Sounds great for my needs

Pros: Sounds great

Cons: Grills did not fit my soundbar on Jeep Wrangler. Had to use old ones.

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Miike from Winston-Salem, NC on 1/1/2014

2004 Jeep Wrangler
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I'm very happy with the sound and ease of installation. The Crutchfield team was very helpful in my decision process.

Pros: They sound better than the old speakers.

Cons: I had to install said speakers myself, what a drag.

Good upgrade

Deggy from Deforest, WI on 11/14/2013

2005 Jeep Wrangler
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I used these in the dash of my 2005 Jeep Wrangler. I had to find a special bracket to upgrade to this size (standard is 4" or 4x6). They sound great compared to stock. It powered by a Kenwood Excelon KDC-X797 CD Receiver. The upgrade in size is much better and gives better bass and treble response.

Pros: Good value. Good sound.


Happy Customer

M.E. Best from Charleston, SC on 9/11/2013

2007 Subaru Impreza 2.5i
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These speakers compliment the Polk DXi 651 speakers I installed earlier< I am very happy with the Polk Audio products, I am certain that they will serve me very well for years to come.

Pros: Compliments my other Polk Audio speakers with quality sound at a very competitive price.

Cons: None.

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TimH from Ketchum, ID on 8/2/2013

2013 Ford F-150 Lariat
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Nice little set of speakers. Well built with solid grills. I installed them in my boat with the Kenwood KMR-355U receiver unit, and am enjoying the upgrade.



Nice Sound, worth the upgrade

Mack from Harrisonburg,Va on 7/27/2013

Just purchased a 2012 Jeep Wrangler without the upgraded sound system. The stock speakers were lousy. I upgraded the speakers in the sound bar first. A week later I had to upgrade the speakers in the dash. I left the stock head unit. I put the Polk's in the front panels. Speakers sound great. No more muddy bass. The install took awhile, but that is because it is a Jeep. Sounds good with the stock head unit. Big, big difference.

Pros: Sound great. Good overall sound.

Cons: Difficult install in a 2012 Jeep Wrangler. Not the speakers fault. -- Jeeps fault.


Hands-on research

Features and Specs

Speaker Size
Design 2-way
Tweeter Design 3/4" Dome
Impedance (Ohms) 4
Tweeter Composition Aluminum
Woofer Composition Bi-Laminate Composite
Woofer Surround Rubber
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year
Sensitivity (1W at 1 meter) 93
Sensitivity at 2.83 volts N/A
Frequency Response 60 - 22k Hz
Minimum RMS Wattage 2
Maximum RMS Wattage 45
Peak Power Handling (Watts) 135
Top-mount Depth (Inches) 2 5/16
Bottom-mount Depth (Inches) N/A
Cutout Diameter or Length (inches) 4 11/16

Product Research


High Efficiency Design: The Polk Audio DXi Series speakers feature a high efficiency design; meaning better sound and more volume using less power.

Dynamic Balance Driver Technology: Dynamic Balance is a proprietary Polk Audio technology using laser imaging to determine what combination of speaker materials create the least amount of resonance. Eliminating resonance in speakers results in a wide, smooth response and low distortion.

Klippel Optimized Components: For a driver to reproduce complex sounds accurately, the cone must move exactly the same distance and manner in both directions. The Klippel distortion analyzer, a device that uses a laser and sophisticated software to do large-scale analysis of drivers in motion, lets Polk optimize the speaker's motor structure, voice coil alignment, and suspension to yield the best possible performance.

Composite Cones: Each speaker features a Dynamic Balance, Bi-Laminate composite, polypropylene cone woofer. These composite cones feature tremendous stiffness-to mass ratio, resulting in faster transients and finer detail.

Rubber Surrounds: For a smoother response and improved durability, the speaker uses rubber surrounds.

Aluminum Dome Tweeters: Each speaker features a 3/4" aluminum dome tweeter for clear, accurate highs. Once the speakers are mounted, the tweeters can be tilted (approximately 25°) for optimum imaging.

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4 questions already asked

Thanks for your question. For information on selecting the best receiver I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to help determine the differences between the receiver models and help you make the best choice for your system. [ Kenny  Mar 13, 2017 ]  Staff
They can be, but not recommended. The marine grade speakers have different coatings on them to help with corrosion resistance and UV exposure. If you would like to discuss further you can contact an Advisor directly by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. Hope that helps. [ Kenny  Jan 18, 2016 ]  Staff
Not sure what you mean by r type [ LARUE  Aug 02, 2015 ]
I'm sure they could be modded to be biampable, but out of the box, no. [ TOM  May 28, 2014 ]
They only have one positive and negative connection on the back for the whole speaker... There isn't a separate connection for the tweeter. Not sure if that helps or not. [ Brian  May 28, 2014 ]