No woofers? No problem.
So you need a new stereo system for your car, and you’re unsure of what to pick – thankfully you’re in the right place. One of the first things that you should consider when you’re picking out an audio system is which parts you need. Do you need subs? Do you need speakers? In this guide, we review the best car speakers for bass without a subwoofer. Now, this is a personal choice but one you’ll have to make whether or not you want the full set. If you’re short on time – here’s what we recommended – the HSK 165, these are a premium speaker that can stand alone without a pair of subwoofers. We found the highs and mids to be fantastic on these and even then, the bass is perfectly fine. If you need something cheaper, we recommend going with the P1675 but other than that, just find something that both looks aesthetically pleasing and efficient, and we think you should be fine.
We have plenty of guides on speakers and subs but what gives, why pick a car speaker and not accompany it with a subwoofer? For a lot of reason price and space are big issues when putting together an audio system. Not everyone is rolling around in a four wheeler thus picking out a 12-inch sub is not always feasible. And let’s be honest, if you’re picking out a sub AND a speaker? You’re looking at a price-tag of anywhere in the six hundred or thousands – it’s not cheap. That’s why we recommend getting some speakers that’ll suffice without the need of pairing it up with a sub.
#1 6.5 Inch Hertz HSK 165 Speakers
The first one on this list is the HSK 165 – why did we have this speaker as number one? Well, for a lot of reasons, mainly for its fantastic specs and affordable price-tag.
Let’s just name off a few of the features that we adored with the HSK 165, the mesh cones, aluminum basket, included grille and over-size magnets. Everything was perfect with the HSK 165s, from the aesthetics to the specs, no wonder these are the top of the top.
Another thing is, regardless if you are playing hip hop or rap or country, or whatever you like to listen to- the HSK 165s can play it all. It’s specialized to make sure that it can hit every frequency whether its from the instrumental or the vocals. If you test the highs on the HSK 165, you’ll find that the notes are crips and clear – just the way we liked it. Even at the super highs, we noticed that there was not distortion or harshness with the HSKs. When you turn the volume all the way up, you won’t find it overbearing which is something that we were considerate of.
The only thing that we would recommend to be changed on the HSK 165s would be the tweeters – we noticed that the tweeters could sometimes be a little bright, but this is an easy to solve a problem. Simply lower the treble when you mount this thing in your car and viola – it’ll look great.
#2 Infinity Reference 6032cf
If our first pick is out of stock, we recommend getting the Infinity Reference instead – these are slightly cheaper than our main pick but it’s not too bad of a downgrade. Regarding best for the buck, hands down it we would have to go with the Infinity Reference – what you pay for and what you are getting is by far the best value when you go with this model.
The bass of the Infinity Reference is considerably better than what you would get with a stock speaker, but it’s not on the same level as our main pick – although its not too far off. With the tweeters, we noticed that the Infinity Reference does have a better overall sound quality which is something that we rated it highly of.
Whether you are installing the Infinity Reference in your Honda Civic or your four wheeler, you won’t be disappointed with it. The sound quality that you’re getting from the Infinity Reference will be miles ahead of what you’re going to be able to find in another subwoofer.
Now regarding bass, we found that you won’t even need a subwoofer if you get the Infinity Reference – in fact, what we loved about the Infinity Reference is the fact that it is so darn efficient. It’ll save you money and space because you won’t need to get subwoofers!
#3 New Rockford Fosgate P1675
If you need a budget pick we recommend going with the New Rockford Fosgate P1675 instead – what we liked about the P1675 is that it doe not compromise quality with a lower price-tag. Instead, we found that out of all the budget speakers that we looked It, the quality vs. price for the P1675 was the highest.
Most people get the P1675 to replace their old stock speakers – which is a perfectly find choice as this set of speakers is miles ahead of what come pre-installed in your vehicle. Even if you decide to just purchase the P1675 without getting a set of subwoofers, we think you’ll still be fine. The bass on the P1675 is enough that the people outside will think you have a subwoofer (and that’s what matters right?!)
If you need a budget speaker, we don’t think you’ll find something better than the P1675 – regarding quality budgets.
Wrapping it up
Hopefully, you gained a little knowledge with this guide of ours – we understand that there are a lot of speakers in the market those, if you want to pick up a good model, you’re going to have to do a lot of research. We’ve done all that research for you, so you don’t need to! First, we went over why one would directly buy a speaker without pairing it with a subwoofer. And then we reviewed the top speakers on the market – with all different specs and price-tags. Picking out something that you’ll like will take some experimenting and testing out new things, but we’re sure with the aid of this guide and experience, you’ll be able to find one that will take your audio experience to the next level.