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Sound Ordnance P-65C
6-1/2" component speaker system
Our take on the Sound Ordnance P-65C by Crutchfield's Buck Pomerantz
Win the battle for great sound. Sound Ordnance component speakers invade your car's listening space with clear sonic reproduction that'll mobilize your music. You'll enjoy the new life these rugged speakers bring to your system, all at a budget-friendly price.
The P-65C 6-1/2" component system sports tough polypropylene woofers that can handle just about any musical onslaught. Mount the separate 3/4" silk dome tweeters in a strategic spot, and they'll deploy all the musical details you'll enjoy improved definition without harshness. Outboard crossovers direct the frequencies to the speakers for a balanced sonic attack. The black powder-finished stamped steel frames and handsome grilles tell you that these Sound Ordnance components mean business, while a 3-year warranty gives you peace of mind for the long haul.
Great sound for the price. Replaced some old infinity speakers (16yrs old) that had dry rotted. I did NOT use the tweeters, nor the crossovers. There was a little work getting them in place, but without the kits provided from Crutchfield, it would have been a lot more work.
What's in the Box:
- Two Woofers
- 2 Tweeters (each has a 28" Length of wire attached)
- 2 Crossovers
- 2 Woofer grilles
- 2 Plastic grille rings
- 2 Foam gaskets
- 2 Flush-mount tweeter housings
- 2 Surface-mount tweeter housings
- 2 Flat surface-mount bases
- 2 Angled surface-mount bases
- 6 Adhesive surface mount pads
- Two 18" Lengths of speaker wire for the woofers (each with female quick slides on one end and bare wire on the other)
- Two 18" Lengths of speaker wire (bare wire on both ends)
- Eight 1-1/8" Self-tapping screws
- Four 3/4" Flat head self-tapping screws
- Four 5/8" Flat head self-tapping screws
- 12 Large speed clips
- 4 Small speed clips
- Owner's manual
- Warranty information
- Woofer template on box
- component speaker system includes two 6-1/2" woofers, 2 tweeters, 2 external crossovers, 2 woofer grilles
- polypropylene woofer with foam surround
- 3/4" silk dome tweeter
- 2-way external crossover with 2-position tweeter level control (0, -3 dB)
- powder-finish stamped steel basket
- power range: 2-55 watts RMS (110 watts peak power)
- frequency response: 50-22,000 Hz
- sensitivity: 88 dB
- top-mount depth: 2-1/16"
- grilles included
- warranty: 3 years
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
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Features and Specs
|Speaker Size||6 1/2|
|Tweeter Design||3/4" Dome|
|Parts Warranty||3 Years|
|Labor Warranty||3 Years|
|Sensitivity (1W at 1 meter)||N/A|
|Sensitivity at 2.83 volts||88|
|Frequency Response||50 - 22k Hz|
|Minimum RMS Wattage||2|
|Maximum RMS Wattage||55|
|Peak Power Handling (Watts)||110|
|Top-mount Depth (Inches)||2 1/8|
|Bottom-mount Depth (Inches)||2 1/4|
|Cutout Diameter or Length (inches)||5|
Woofers: The woofers use a durable polypropylene cone woofer with foam surround. The woofer basket is designed to fit standard 3-hole 6-1/2" applications and Ford's 4-hole 6-1/2" pattern; please check the Crutchfield Vehicle Selector to confirm compatibility with your vehicle.
Tweeters: The 3/4" Silk dome tweeters offer smooth highs and low distortion.
Tweeter Mounting Options: Using the supplied housings the tweeters can be flush mounted, surface mounted flat, or surface mounted at an angle. Once mounted in the appropriate housing, the tweeters have these dimensions:
|Flush Mount||Surface Mount||Angled Surface Mount|
|Mounting Depth||0.850"||mounting screw depth||mounting screw depth|
Crossover Network: The 2-way crossovers have a 3.5 kHz high-pass filter for the tweeters and a 3.5 kHz low-pass filter for the woofers.
Connections: The passive crossovers feature screw terminal inputs and outputs; they will accommodate bare wire or spade connectors up to 0.3" wide.
Tweeter Level: A switch in each crossover allows you to adjust the output level of the tweeter; choose 0 dB or -3 dB.
Mounting: Each crossover can be mounted using two of the included screws through two holes in the base.
- Length: 4.75"
- Width: 3.27"
- Height: 1.35"
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Sound Ordnance car speakers are your best option for replacing your factory speakers on a tight budget. Watch this quick video to learn more about them.
Incredible sound and value!Written by Jude, Director, Digital Imaging, on 5/30/2014 9:46:00 AM
8 questions already asked
I Would seriously not recommend these speakers for building a home theatre box. The tweeters are very tinny sounding and don't expect the miss to handle much bass. I have them installed in my truck. After 3 months, I blew one set. Replaced them and blew them out again. My stereo only pushes 50 watts per speaker. Look for infinity or Polk. A little more expensive, but you'll be much happier with the final result. [ ROBERT Jun 11, 2015 ]
between the included mounts and the factory ones, there should be no problem fitting them in. on a 2014 escape, I used factory mounts for the tweeters. just had to pull the factory tweeters out of the housing that attached to the vehicle and hole it out a bit. these come with a mesh front, so I cut that out of the factory mounts and pushed them in from behind. if you are keeping the factory head unit, you really need a line out controller out at last an equalizer. the car comes preset to be pushing sound out to the speakers it comes with. it won't really be tuned in to the output of aftermarket speakers. I installed the rear doors with the factory system, and they sounded like garbage. I was keeping the factory head unit, but replacing component speakers in all 4 doors and adding 2 subs and amps. I had a LOC, but hadn't changed the wiring out to route through it or the subs. all together, amazing sound. just wired in, much worse than the factory speakers [ DUSTIN Feb 01, 2016 ]
Have two pairs in my 05. Sounds great with amp. Crappy without. Pit my tweeters on sail panel on door [ JACOB A May 07, 2015 ]
3 answers My '01 VW Jetta has a Bose system with separate woofers and tweeters in each door. I don;t want to rewire, or try to stuff the large crossover somewhere inside the door and risk crushing it with the window mechanism. Is there any reason why I shouldn't use the existing woofer / tweeter wiring and ignore the supplied crossover (since the Bose obviously has already split the audio)? Thanks, ---Steve V [ Steve V Mar 09, 2015 ]
I can't say for sure, but I wouldn't personally count on the Bose crossover to work properly in connection with the new speakers. They could be tuned very differently. I had the luxury of having a little map pocket on the inside of my door and installed my crossover there and drilled the wires through the door panel. You could also mount them inside the car somewhere and run the wires to the doors. I agree inside the door is no place for them. Hope it goes well. [ JEHROMY Mar 11, 2015 ]
Im a mercedes tech and i installed these speakers in my 99 Mercedes ML with the factory bose system. The factory bose system in my ML has single speakers at the doors.I used the crossover with the speakers.Newer bose systems used a built in crossover on the tweeters to limit the low frequency to the tweeters. The line from the amp is shared and spliced together near the speakers. The amp does not use a crossover. I am not familar with the VW system but i would imagine the bose side of it is the same. I installed my sony headunit with these speakers at all four corners running the factory bose amp and factory bose sub and it has incredible sound. See if you can find the factory VW wiring diagram for the speakers. If your tweeters and woofers are wired seperatly to the amp you might beable to not run the crossover. [ MALCOLM Mar 10, 2015 ]
I had similar concerns about the crossover addition as well. While I am not familiar with the frequency that is sent to the speakers in your Jetta, I will tell you that the crossover is for both the tweeter and woofer on the P-65C speakers. Th sound quality is superb as well. I installed these speakers with a complete rewire in a 2001 Dodge Ram 2500 Pick Up that my son drives and they sound great! The wiring was a bit of a pain in the A** but it was well worth it. We also installed a receiver and amp as well. I suggest you try to install on the old wiring if you are not planning a total upgrade and see if the sound is clean. if so, throw the crossovers away! Good luck! [ KEVIN L Mar 10, 2015 ]
I did not use the grills the speakers come witg. However most speaker grills pull out of the mounting ring easily. They are usually only held in by tension bends in the grill or a sticky blaxk putty glue that will pull apart and then stick back together again. Hope this helps. Great sounding speakers. [ MALCOLM Nov 21, 2014 ]
I know it probably seems like you're going to break it, but the grill should just pull right off. Hope you enjoy, they are phenomenal speakers [ JOSHUA W Nov 21, 2014 ]
1 answer Ok, so I installed these (p65-c 55 watts rms) in my 05 corolla, tweeters in the stock spot, woofers in the stock place, and both connected to the provided crossovers. I still have the stock 6x9's in the back, and I have them connected to a dual xdvdn9131 17x4 rms, 50x4 peak. now the tweeters and woofers in front sound weak, and like they are being played through a tube. This is in comparison to the stock 6x9's in the back. I used the included speaker brackets and foam spacers to ensure there's no gap/tight fit, I used a multi meter to insure the correct polarization is used. I guess my question is this, will this be resolved when the amp is installed? I plan on installing: Kenwood KAC-M1804 45x4 rms(not peak) Sound ordnance p-65C 6.5" and p-69 6x9" both 55 rms Kenwood KSC-SW11 powered sub 75 rms Will this set up work? [ tyler May 11, 2014 ]
Adding an amplifier will certainly bring out the best in your component speakers. Before making your purchase I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to help make sure you get the best gear for your system. [ Jeff May 12, 2014 ] Staff
Yes they do. However they do not work with the scosche sa-69 mounting adapter. The grilles hit the tweeter. [ WARRICK May 12, 2014 ]
Yes, they do come with grill/covers. I never used mine as I was replacing some factory speakers in my truck and used the factory cover that came with my vehicle. The speakers sound great and are a big improvement over the paper cone factory speakers. My new Alpine radio didn't hurt either. [ WILLIAM May 10, 2014 ]
4 answers my question is about the tweeters, i want to install them in my 05 corolla, but i am having trouble finding any pictures of the back, or mounting area of the tweeter itself. so i have no idea what kind of bracket to make. can anyone help by uploading photos of the back of the tweeter? or explaining how they attached a bracket. [ tyler May 06, 2014 ]
I installed them in a suburban with a factory space for a separate tweeter so it was a different application. I had to do some cutting on the factory plastic mounting location inside the door panel with a dremel tool to get them to fit. They did come with hardware for surface mounting on a door panel or dash though so that would be an option for you. Hope that helps. I have been happy with the sound. I've pushed them pretty hard and they've held up. Although I do block the low end from them with an active crossover so I'm sure that helps in that regard. [ JEHROMY May 08, 2014 ]
So this speakers come with a mounting bracket so that you don't have to make one. I took the door panel off the truck and used a hole saw to cut the hole where I wanted the tweeters. You slide the tweeter into the mounting bracket while the door panel is off, then use the plastic nut they provide and screw it on. The tweeter was the easiest part to install out of the speaker system. [ JOSHUA May 07, 2014 ]
Tyler, I put mine in a 91 Mazda. The tweeters line up in a specific place and snap together. I used GOOP a marine adhesive and a self taping screw to put mine on the bottom of the dash next to the console. Hope this helps. Clark in TN [ Clark May 06, 2014 ]
My 06 KIA Spectra 5 had a cut out for tweeters inside the door. I just hot glued them in place. no pics though--sorry. [ DOUGLAS D. May 06, 2014 ]
What should the crossover switch be set at? 0 or 3db? I'm also running a Sound Ordnance B-8PTD powered subwoofer. [ Kevin C Mar 29, 2014 ]
yes do not give them too much power because the tweeters blow very easily [ CURTIS Feb 03, 2014 ]
depends on what you are looking for... I am running my P-65C's off of alpine's "peanut" 4 channel amp and they sound great. [ ALEJANDRO Feb 03, 2014 ]
I run my Sony ES XM-7547. It is 75 watt X4 at 4 ohms. Running a sub I kept these speakers from getting low frequency and I never found max volumn. They are very loud and very clear. [ MALCOLM Feb 02, 2014 ]
Have a Nissan pathfinder with bose system I use factory amp [ DAVID Feb 02, 2014 ]
They are definitely an upgrade from the stock speakers. However you will really hear the crisp highs with an external amp. The head unit doesn't have the frequency range to make components shine. [ JACOB Feb 01, 2014 ]