Best 5×7 Speakers for Your Car [Full Buyer’s Guide]

Best 5×7 Speakers for Your Car [Full Buyer's Guide]
Best 5×7 Speakers for Your Car [Full Buyer's Guide]

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Completely revised and rewritten for 2021, this article was so much fun to write – we did, after all, get to listen to, review, and research some of the very best car stereo speakers on the market, from 8 of the very best car audio manufacturers in business today.

5×7 inch speakers are a perfect way to improve and upgrade your factory-installed car stereo system, since they fit into almost every single car out there – new, late model, older and vintage – with no modification. The best models have beautifully extended, detailed highs and their size allow them to have awesome bass as well, although they are also ideal for use with a subwoofer.

Indeed, adding a single pair of good 5×7 speakers to pretty much any stock automobile sound system will make a world of difference, even if it is the only upgrade you make!

So, without further ado, here is our final list of 8 recommended automobile speakers – the best 5×7 inch car audio speakers available in 2021.

9 Best 5×7 Speakers

Focal 570 AC Access 5×7 2-Way Coaxial Speakers (pair)

Our Pick
Focal 570 AC Access 5x7 2-Way Coaxial Speakers
$319.99
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Focal makes the finest car audio speakers on the market in 2021. We here at Speakergy don’t usually make such extreme claims, but you only have to listen to the superb 570 AC Access for a few moments to realize you have arrived at a rarified plane, where all aspects of sound reproduction are considered and fully realized, and all types of music come through with a perfect musicality and fidelity.

If budget is not a major concern for you, and you want the best you can get, look no farther than the Focal 570 AC Access 5×7 2-Way Coaxial Speakers, the best 5 by 7 inch automotive speaker in 20221.

Features and Specifications

  • Power Handling: 60-120 Watts
  • Sensitivity: 92.8 DB
  • Frequency Response: 65Hz – 20KHz
  • TN43 Rotating Inverted Dome Aluminum Tweeter
  • Dual Fiberglass Woofer Cone
  • Reinforced ABS Basket
✅ Pros❌ Cons
Superb sound qualityNone
Dynamic, detailed and sweet
Very high sensitivity – play loud with less power
Extremely durable and resistant to various environments
Performance much better than Focal’s conservative specifications indicate

JL Audio C2-570x 5×7 2-way Coaxial Car Audio Speakers (Pair)

Our Pick
JL Audio C2-570x 5x7 2-way Car Audio Speakers (Pair)
$204.95
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The only really serious competitor Focal (see just above) has for the best car audio speakers in 2021, JL Audio certainly has its supporters and staunch advocates, most of whom couldn’t imagine ever using any other speaker.

And the JL Audio C2-570x is a good example why, with its incredible tonal accuracy, detail and micro-detail, dynamics and musical energy – a car audio speaker for the most discerning audiophile, offering a perfectly clear and sweetly musical presentation of any type of music.

Significantly less expensive than the Focal 570 AC Access, the JL Audio C2-570x sounds nearly as good, is just as well built, and represents a fairly remarkable value for the money.

Features and Specifications

  • Power Handling: 60-100 Watts
  • Sensitivity: 90 DB
  • Frequency Response: 53Hz – 22KHz
  • 3/4″ Silk Dome Tweeter
  • Injection-Molded Mica-Filled Polypropylene Woofer
✅ Pros❌ Cons
Extremely refined sound qualityOnly compared to the Focal 570 AC Access, very slight decrease in sound quality
Dynamic, energetic sound
Incredible detail and tonal accuracy
Very well made and durable
High sensitivity

JBL Stadium GTO860 6×8″ High-Performance Two-Way Coaxial Car Audio Speakers (pair)

Our Pick
JBL Stadium GTO860 6x8" High-Performance Multi-Element Speakers
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There are tons of JBL speakers on the market today, and they all sound great and are very well made – indeed, almost any one of JBL’s automotive speakers could have easily made it onto our list of best car audio speakers in 2021. 

But the JBL Stadium GTO860 is special. The Stadium has that trademark JBL sound quality – rich and dynamic, bright and open but never, ever harsh. But the Stadium has a raw power and excitement that no other JBL car speaker (and very few speakers at any price) have – an incredible speaker for any popular music genre, capable of playing really, really loud with sweet clarity, and surprisingly engaging and satisfying for Classical and Jazz as well.

Please note that the JBL Stadium GTO860 is actually a 6×8 speaker, but will fit without modification in any 5×7 mount.

The JBL Stadium GTO860 is the most exciting speaker on our list of best 5×7 car audio speaker in 2021, and an easy recommendation.

Features and Specifications

  • Power Handling: 100-300 Watts
  • Sensitivity: 94 DB
  • Frequency Response: 40Hz – 25KHz
  • Soft Dome Tweeter with Level Control
  • Plus One Glass Fiber Woofer Cones
  • Oversized Voice Coils
✅ Pros❌ Cons
One of the most exciting and energetic car audio speakers availableLacks the ultimate level of refinement found in more expensive audiophile speakers – Focal, JL – but still has superb sound for the money
High power handling and high sensitivity for extreme dynamic range and volume
Rich, detailed musicality
Well built and durable

Hertz ECX-570.5 5″ x 7″ 2-Way Coaxial Energy Series Car Audio Speakers (pair)

Our Pick
ECX-570.5 - Hertz 5" x 7" 105W RMS 2-Way Energy Series Coaxial Speaker
$159.99
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Refined, rich and musical, the Hertz ECX-570.5 is a wonderful speaker system for Jazz, Classical and Acoustic music, with amazingly accurate tonality and low distortion, and an ability to discern space, time and micro-details which surpasses many car audio speakers many times more expensive. 

For the ultimate rock and roll experience, see the JBL Stadium GTO860 just above, but for anything from Coltrane and Holiday to Bach and Brahms this is, for the money, the most meaningful and successful upgrade from your factory stereo – but don’t be fooled: these versatile, high power speakers can still kick it!

An incredible bargain in audiophile car stereo speakers, the Hertz ECX-570.5 offers nearly the sound quality of the top unit on our list of best 5×7 car stereo speakers in 2021, and for around half the price! 

Features and Specifications

  • Power Handling: 70-210 Watts
  • Sensitivity: 94 DB
  • Frequency Response: 60Hz – 23KHz
  • PEI Dome Tweeter with Neodymium Magnet
  • Waterproof Woofer with Pure Copper Voice Coil
  • RHFC (Rotary High Frequency Contour) Adjustable Dispersion

Pros:

Incredible audiophile sound for a moderate price

Refined tonality

Excellent reproduction of time, space, detail and dynamics

High material and build quality

Cons: 

Ultimately not as dynamic as the JBL Stadium GTO860 above, but perhaps more natural dynamically and better for Classical and Jazz

✅ Pros❌ Cons
Incredible audiophile sound for a moderate priceUltimately not as dynamic as the JBL Stadium GTO860 above, but perhaps more natural dynamically and better for Classical and Jazz
Refined tonality
Excellent reproduction of time, space, detail and dynamics
High material and build quality

Rockford Fosgate P1572 Punch 5″x7″ 2-Way Coaxial Car Audio Speakers (Pair)

Our Pick
Rockford Fosgate P1572 Punch 5"x7" 2-Way Full Range Speaker (Pair)
$119.99
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From one of the oldest, best known and respected manufacturers of high end car audio gear, the Rockford Fosgate Punch 5 by 7 inch speakers are an amazingly versatile speaker for a low price.

Equally at home with all musical genres – from rock, country, hip hop and rap to classical and jazz, the Rockford Fosgate Punch has a kind of neutrality, with low distortion, strong dynamic range and flat frequency response, which allows any music to speak for itself.

A dramatic upgrade from even premium factory installed speakers, the Rockford Fosgate P157 Punch 5×7 car audio speakers are a great choice for anybody who wants a more engaging and exciting high fidelity experience on a budget.

Features and Specifications

  • Power Handling: 60-120 Watts
  • Sensitivity: 89 DB
  • Frequency Response: 75Hz – 22KHz
  • Mineral Filled Polypropylene PEI Dome Tweeter 
  • Injection Molded Cone Woofer
✅ Pros❌ Cons
Exciting, dynamic soundNot as relaxed in sound as the Hertz ECX-570.5 described just above, though a more appropriate sound for popular music
Fast and punchy bass
Clear, extended highs
Low Distortion
Extremely high levels of material and build quality and reliability

Alpine S-S57 5×7 Inch 2-Way Coaxial Car Audio Speakers (pair) 

Our Pick
Alpine S-S57 5x7 Inch Coaxial Speaker Set
$109.95
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Another well established and highly respected brand in car audio for many decades, Alpine is known for their sweet, musical sound, and for the way their speakers work so well with virtually any stereo system or amplifier and any vehicle’s acoustics. And this is certainly true for the Alpine S-S57 5 by 7 inch two-way speakers.

The sound is, perhaps, more geared toward acoustic music, but really they do sound great with rock and roll, hip hop or electronica as well, and are actually one of the most versatile speakers around. At any rate, compared to other speakers, they are more accurate, lower distortion and reveal more detail and subtle dynamics than anything anywhere close to the price.

Easy to listen to over long periods, even at very high volume, the Alpine S-S57 5×7 Inch Coaxial Car Audio Speakers offer a pleasing and engaging listening experience, and are one of the very best values we’ve found.

Features and Specifications

  • Power Handling: 75-230 Watts
  • Sensitivity: 88 DB
  • Frequency Response: 73Hz – 22KHz
  • 1 Inch Silk Dome Tweeter
  • Carbon Fiber Reinforced Woofer 
✅ Pros❌ Cons
Very accurate, detailed and smooth soundFor the price, none
Surprisingly good reproduction of inner detail, space and micro-dynamics
Great with all kinds of music, and especially pleasing with acoustic
High material and build quality

Kicker CS Series CSC68 6 x 8 2-Way Coaxial Inch Car Audio Speakers (pair)

Our Pick
KICKER CS Series CSC68 6 x 8 Inch Car Audio System Speaker, Yellow (2 Pack)
$79.95
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The brand name says it all – Kicker! Deep bass, intense dynamics, and high volume, and overall one of the most exciting listens on our buyer’s guide to the best car audio speakers for 2021.

While these are not expensive speakers, the Kicker CSC68 6 by 8 inch two-way speakers offer an almost unbelievable improvement over virtually any factory installed speakers (unless you’re driving a new Bentley, I suppose), and innovative materials and advanced engineering far beyond what you would expect for the price.

Please note that the Kicker CSC68 is actually a 6×8 speaker, but will fit without modification in any 5×7 mount.

A thrilling speaker with any type of music, the Kicker CSC68 6 x 8 Coaxial Car Audio Speakers are especially powerful with rock, rap, hip hop and electronica, and are an amazing product for the money.

Features and Specifications

  • Power Handling: 70-225 Watts
  • Sensitivity: 90 DB
  • Frequency Response: 45Hz – 20KHz
  • .5 Inch Balanced Dome PEI Dome Tweeter
  • UV Treated Polypropylene Woofer 
  • Heavy-Duty Magnet with EVC (Extended Voice Coil)
✅ Pros❌ Cons
Deep, powerful bassNot as refined as more expensive speakers
Exciting sound, great for all kinds of popular musicNot as appropriate for jazz or classical music
Bright, detailed highs
Play really loud with little power
Low distortion sound is easy to listen to for long periods

Polk Audio DB571 5-by-7-Inch 2-Way Car Audio Speakers (pair)

Our Pick
Polk Audio DB571 5-by-7-Inch Coaxial Speakers (Pair, Black)
$64.99
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The last, and least expensive, speaker in our 2021 buyer’s guide and review of the best 5×7 car audio speakers available is in many ways one of the most impressive – the Polk Audio DB571 five by seven inch two-way automotive speakers.

For right at fifty bucks you can get a speaker system that is so far superior to pretty much any standard factory installed speakers that you won’t believe your ears. People comment that it’s like a veil has been lifted, they’ve pulled cotton balls out of their ears or they hear things in music they’d never before noticed. Really, they are that much better!

Sure, the recommendations further up on our list of best 5×7 inch car speakers in 2021 will give slightly more refined sound, or more detail, more dynamic energy, deeper and more powerful bass, but none of them will give the legendary Polk sound – somehow both dark and transparent at the same time, detailed and silky smooth, and extraordinarily engaging with any and all types of music.

Some of our favorite car stereo speakers at any price, the Polk Audio DB571 5-by-7-Inch Coaxial Speakers are quite possibly the best value on our list!

Features and Specifications

  • Power Handling: 120-360 Watts
  • Sensitivity: 93 DB
  • Frequency Response: 52Hz – 22KHz
  • 19mm Liquid Cooled Silk/Polymer Composite Dome Tweeter with Neodymium Magnet
  • Dynamic Balance Polymer/Mica Composite Mineral Filled Woofer
✅ Pros❌ Cons
Incredible audiophile sound for a moderate priceUltimately not as dynamic as the JBL Stadium GTO860 above, but perhaps more natural dynamically and better for Classical and Jazz
Refined tonality
Excellent reproduction of time, space, detail, and dynamics
High material and build quality

What to Consider In Choosing the Best Speaker?

Important Buying Factors in Selecting your Next Car Stereo Speakers

There are several factors you might want to consider in selecting the best speaker for your automobile, and we’ll briefly go into them here, but please keep in mind that the above reviews have taken these factors, and more, into consideration, and should give you all the information you need to make the best choice for your needs and tastes and your car.

Sound Quality

An ultimate factor, but one we can’t really consider when  shopping online. That is why we have tried, here and in all of our articles, to include only the very best sounding speakers, and also give you a clear idea of how a speaker sounds, and what music it might be best for.

Power Handling

Often cited as a very important factor, power handling is perhaps not as big a deal as we have been told. Every speaker on our list of best 5×7 car stereo speakers in 2021 has more than adequate power handling, and it is quite rare anyway for too much power to damage a speaker. In fact, quite the opposite – an amplifier with too little power, which you push to distortion, is much more likely to cause problems.

Sensitivity

In some ways sensitivity is perhaps a more important spec than power handling. Sensitivity is the measure of how loud a speaker will play with a certain amount of power from the car stereo’s amplifier – the higher the sensitivity (bigger number), the louder the speaker will play, and the less likely you are to push your stereo – whether it is factory or an upgrade – into dangerous distortion.

All of the speakers on our 2021 buyer’s guide of best 5×7 inch speakers for car audio have high sensitivity, and they are all tough and ruggedly built, and can handle even extreme dynamic range and loudness with no problems.

Materials, Build Quality and Reliability

Companies like Focal, JL Audio, Alpine, JBL, Polk, Hertz, Rockford Fosgate and Kicker are well known for being on the leading edge of engineering and technology, and are constantly looking for new ideas, designs and materials to improve the sound and performance of their car stereo speakers. 

These companies are equally well known for the material quality, the quality of construction and the long term reliability of their products, and for their excellent customer service. 

Yes, there are less expensive speakers out there, and some do sound pretty good, but here at Speakergy we only want to include products from companies that we know we, and you, can trust, speakers that offer the best sound, the best technology, the best quality, and that will last for a long, long time. 

Final Verdict: What’s the Best Way to Improve your Car’s Factory Installed Stereo?

5×7 car stereo speakers are becoming more and more popular every day. They fit into almost every car out there – new or older – and are super-easy to install.

They are big enough to offer great full-range sound, especially if they have superior quality audiophile quality tweeters and woofers. They work great on their own, and also with subwoofers. Indeed, even if your car came with several different speakers installed throughout the interior, you may find that the sound of a single pair of 5x7s installed into the door panels is far superior!

So whether you spend a little or a lot, a nice new pair of 5×7 inch speakers is quite possibly the best and most effective upgrade you can make, and the 8 recommendations we’ve included here, in our buyer’s guide and review of the best 5×7 car stereo speakers, are the best of the best.

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Timothy Scott
Timothy Scott
Hey there, I am Timothy and I am an aspiring bass guitarist and lover of high-quality speakers. Music has been my life. I've owned several high-quality speakers over the last few years and have become obsessed with them. At Speakergy.com I share my knowledge on choosing and using speakers. I hope you enjoy my articles!

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