The majority of us have become extremely comfortable with the mediocre phonics that ooze through the factory-installed speakers of our cars. This is sad.
For those of you seeking a more potent and louder alternative to their 3.5 inch stock speakers, we assembled this collection of the best 3.5 inch car speakers to fill your vehicle with rich filling sound and have your ears ringing.
Disclaimer on Our Best 3.5 inch Car Speakers
It must noted that car speakers’ size does play a major role in how a speaker sound. A tiny set of 3.5 speakers isn’t by any means comparable to a set of 6X9 speakers.
That being said, don’t expect thumping bass and exceptionally crisp highs out of these small speakers. That’s not to say that these speakers aren’t worth it. Quite honestly, despite their small size, these speakers will give you a huge bump in sound quality when compared to your OEM speakers.
Additionally, this is not by any means a comprehensive list. There’s wide array of great 3.5 car speakers out there. However, we did want to give you a few good options.
Any of the following set of speakers would be great buys. Much of it comes down to personal preference. Like with any product, you can get some great speakers if you’re willing to shell out some extra dollars. However, there really are great products in every price range.
With any luck, you’ll find something that works for your car and fits within your budget.
5 Best 3.5 inch Car Speakers Reviews
- Plus One+ polypropylene woofer cone
- hi-roll rubber surround
- 1/2″ Edge-driven textile dome tweeter
- Output level control of 0dB or +3dB on Tweeters for optimized system linearity
- 3.0 ohms impedance
|Frequency range||85-21,000 Hz|
No question about our number one here. These are some of the very best 3.5 inch speakers that you can buy. They’re very well-engineered and can deliver well-balanced sound throughout the audible range.
Infinity Reference REF-3022cfx 3-1/2″ speakers are featured with tough polypropylene woofer with its durable hi-roll rubber surround which allows for surprisingly strong performance from such a small speaker. These woofers are designed with Infinity’s Plus One technology, thus each woofer sports a significantly larger cone than speakers of similar size, adding plenty of punch to the speaker’s bright and accurate highs.
Speaking of highs, the Infinity Reference REF-3022cfx speakers sport 1/2″ balanced textile dome tweeters which offer exceptional clarity bringing out all the details in your music without sounding harsh.
These 3-1/2″ 2-way speakers boast a high sensitivity rating of 91dB and can handle up to 25 of power on continuous basis. You can pair them up to an external amp, but they’re also a good match for a factory radio or aftermarket stereo.
As for cons, it’s really difficult to think of any. If anything, I’d say that these speakers aren’t going to turn your ride into a rolling thunderstorm of bass; they aren’t meant to. However, you’ll a notice some serious difference in terms of sound quality when compared your previously installed factory speakers.
- Polypropylene Plus One™ woofer cone
- Rubber speaker surround
- Edge-driven soft balanced dome tweeter
- 2.3 ohms Nominal impedance
|Frequency range||90-21,000 Hz|
There are a million 3-1/2″ car speakers on the market but JBL has always stood near the top. They’ve always been a trusted brand when it comes to blasting out well-balanced sounds, from home audio systems to the portable Bluetooth speakers set to the underlying system of a car stereo.
The speakers at hand are some of the best 3.5 inch speakers that JBL has to offer. They’re designed to look as they sound, flaunting a stylish look that’s backed by JBL’s legendary commitment to excellent sound.
The GX302’s Plus One woofer cones provide more overall speaker cone area than others in the class. With such increase in cone area, the speaker are capable of radiating more air. The result is a better low-frequency response to complement the crystal clear highs that the edge-driven soft balanced dome tweeters can deliver.
Because all vehicles are designed differently, these tweeters are featured with JBL proprietary tweeter deflector which acts a waveguide, allowing for an angled, rotating speaker, thus optimising the off-axis sound performance.
JBL GX302 speakers are rated for a sensitivity rating of 89dB and can handle up to 25 watts of power on continuous basis. Because these speakers are sensitive enough, they’ll do pretty well running off a factory or aftermarket radio, but you’ll get even better results feeding them power from an outboard amp.
- Dynamic Balance polymer/mica composite woofer
- Durable butyl rubber surround
- 1/2″ liquid-cooled silk/polymer composite dome tweeter with Neodymium magnet for clear, detailed highs
- Neodymium tweeter magnet
- Kapton voice coil
- Built-in 2-way crossover network
- stainless steel mounting hardware
- Multi-hole mounting pattern and shallow depth for easy drop-in installations in most cars
- Acoustically inert stamped steel basket
- Flat Spider for faster, longer excursion linear motion
|Frequency range||90-22,000 Hz|
Here’s another great sounding 3.5 inch speakers set from Polk Audio, which is one of the most serious contender brands in this industry, holding numerous patents in the world of loudspeaker design.
For decades, Polk Audio has been churning out affordable speakers of different types that hit the sweet spot when it comes to balancing performance, style, and value. And Polk Audio dB series of speakers are no exception.
I have owned many different Polk Audio speakers, and they always performed very well. The 3.5 inch speakers at hand are designed to be a high-grade replacement to factory speakers. They’re built with high quality materials that can withstand harsh conditions such as heat, humidity, moisture …etc. Additionally, and as with all Polk Audio dB series speakers, the db351 feature rustproof baskets and stainless steel mounting hardware.
The Polk Audio db351 speakers are featured with 3-1/2″ woofers made from a polymer/mica composite and durable rubber surrounds. As with all car speakers this size, You won’t be turning heads with ground-shaking bass with the Polk Audio db351 speakers, However, you’ll be enjoying clear music that sounds much better than stock. That said, make sure you use the bass blocker capacitors provided with the speakers.
As for highs, these speakers employ 1/2″ liquid-cooled silk/polymer dome tweeters which use powerful Neodymium magnets to deliver precise high-frequency reproduction, enveloping you in bright musical detail.
Additionally, the built-in two-way crossovers keep the high and low frequencies flowing to tweeters and woofers respectively for seamless, efficient audio.
- IMPP Carbon-graphite composite cone woofer
- Rubber surrounds
- 1″ PEI Dome tweeter
|Frequency range||90-22,000 Hz|
Pioneer had made quite the name for itself when it comes to quality audio components. From its class-leading AVH line of DVD receivers, to its top-notch DEH CD receivers, and its impressive A series of speakers, it seems there’s very little the folks at Pioneer can’t do well when it comes to making more ambitious, high-performance gear.
The Pioneer TS-A878 breaks new ground for quality sound at a budget price. They’re some of the best 3.5 inch speakers that you can buy at this price point.
These speakers feature woofers constructed from Carbon-Graphite blended IMPP (Injection Molded Polypropylene) which makes them quite lightweight. Therefore, you won’t need a ton of power to makes these woofers sound great.
Additionally, these speakers are featured with 1″ PEI (polyetherimide) semi-dome tweeters which tops them off with vibrant highs.
Pioneer-TS-A878 3.5 speakers are rated for 88dB sensitivity rating and can handle up to 15 watts of power RMS.
All in all, the Pioneer-TS-A878 are pretty good sounding 3.5 speakers. Their mid-to-high tones are crisp but their bass performance is a bit lacking. Once installed, you’ll notice the soundstage has improved substantially over the stock speakers and blends much better with your bass drivers.