Better than original paper speakers.
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)
I just bought a 2006 Toyota Matrix with the plain-jane 4 speaker factory system. Really muddy sound and fair bass for what it is.<BR><BR>So I installed Alpine SPS-170A 6-1/2" in the the rear doors and, because of fit limitations, Kenwood KFC-1669S 6-1/2" in the front doors.<BR><BR>The factory Toyota Matrix speakers were designed with an excellent seal to the sheet metal of the door and to the plastic door panel. Basically, the factory speakers mount about 1" above the sheet metal using an all-in-one speaker and mount. I only mention this because the Alpines and Kenwoods can't make use of this excellent seal set up and this limits their bass a bit. The Alpines and Kenwoods make no more bass than the factory paper speakers.<BR><BR>That said, both of these speaker pairs are much better than the factory speakers for clarity, mids, and highs. All only powered with the original Toyota Matrix head unit.<BR><BR>If you can figure out a way to high mount the Alpines in the front doors to clear the lowered window glass, do it. The Alpines with their swivel aim tweeters are outstanding. Head and shoulders above the Kenwoods. My passengers in the back seat are some lucky people.<BR><BR>Next for my Toyota Matrix, a powered sub for more bass.