About the Sony XS-160ES
Sony has a worldwide reputation for making great audio easy to access. So it's always exciting when they decide to make a product that's focused on premium car audio, like their flagship XS-160ES 6-1/2" speakers. I carved out some time to experience their Mobile ES Series for myself at Crutchfield HQ's Car Audio Listening Lab. Using Hi-res Audio streaming service Qobuz, I listened to some of my favorite albums from female vocalists like Bonnie Raitt and Kate Bush, soundscapes from Daft Punk, and hip-hop from MF DOOM. It's no exaggeration to say that with every track, I heard texture and detail I'd never heard before. All of those small revelations added up to a bigger, deeper feeling — I felt closer to the music... I felt like I was "there." If you're hungering for an audiophile-grade experience in the car, these Hi-res Audio-compatible speakers from Sony are a wonderful way to start.
Sony builds the woofer cones of these 6-1/2" 2-way speakers from a specialized, mica-reinforced cellular aramid fiber. Developed in-house, this lightweight, rigid material minimizes distortion and enhances overall low-frequency response. Sony's unique, notch-edge surround helps with responsiveness and shrugging off wear and tear over the life of the speaker.
The speaker's synthetic fabric dome tweeter delivers frequencies up to 40,000 Hz that, even though they are above the range of human hearing, reveal more texture and detail in your high-resolution audio files and add more realism and atmosphere to instruments and vocals.
The sum of its parts
Sony's meticulous approach to stamping out distortion wherever it might lurk continues with nearly every other facet of this speaker. The structure of its five-beam frame helps the dispersion of unwanted resonance and the speaker's integrated dynamic air diffuser promotes essential cooling when the going gets hot. That means you can feed the Mobile ES Series speakers plenty of power from an aftermarket amp and always count on immersive, natural sound.
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- 6-1/2" 2-way car speakers (pair)
- Mica Reinforced Cellular aramid fiber woofer
- 13/16" synthetic fiber dome tweeter
- handles up to 90 watts RMS (270 watts peak power)
- frequency response: 45-40,000 Hz
- sensitivity: 89 dB
- top-mount depth: 2-3/16"
- warranty: 3 years
- MFR # XS160ES
What's in the box:
- Two 2-way speakers
- 2 Grilles
- Eight 1-1/8" Screws
- Installation instructions (English/ French/ Spanish/ German/ Italian/ 20 other languages)
- Warranty information
- Template on the box
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Features & specs
|Speaker Size||6 1/2|
|Tweeter Design||20mm Dome|
|Tweeter Composition||Synthetic Fiber|
|Woofer Composition||MRC Aramid Fiber|
|Parts Warranty||3 Years|
|Labor Warranty||3 Years|
|Sensitivity (1W at 1 meter)||89|
|Sensitivity at 2.83 volts||N/A|
|Frequency Response||45 - 40k Hz|
|Minimum RMS Wattage||---|
|Maximum RMS Wattage||90|
|Peak Power Handling (Watts)||270|
|Top-mount Depth (Inches)||2 3/16|
|Bottom-mount Depth (Inches)||2 1/2|
|Cutout Diameter or Length (inches)||5|
|Mounting Height (Inches)||0.484|
Mounting: These speakers can be easily mounted in a variety of 6¾" applications. Given the required cutout, they will also fit into the opening for a typical 6½" speaker (approximately 5" diameter cutout) but the screw hole pattern is larger than a standard 6½", so new holes would have to be drilled. Please enter your vehicle information to confirm fit.
Specification Note: Sony's rated power spec for the XS-160ES is 60 watts (derived using IEC 60268-5 standards). In the manual they also list the CTA 2031 compliant RMS power as 90 watts. We've adopted the 90 watt RMS rating because CTA 2031 is the more common rating system.
The Sony XS-160ES replaces these items
- mica reinforced cellular (MRC) Kevlar woofer with rubber surround
- 1" synthetic fiber dome tweeter
- handles up to 110 watts RMS (320 watts peak power)
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