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Focal Car Speakers Reviews

As much as we’d love to stay home and listen to music to our favorite tracks using our pristine floor-standing speakers, at some point, we have to leave home.

But just because you’re heading out for the day doesn’t mean you have to leave exceptional sound quality at your doorstep – a great pair of car speakers can quite happily fill even a large vehicle and create theater-quality sound.

However, with so many different models on the market, finding your ideal pair of car speakers can be a challenge. Technology has significantly improved the overall performance and efficiency in the last few years. So while most car speakers will get you relatively clean sound, there are still several decisions to make before choosing the best pair of speakers that’s right for you. You’ll have to decide on factors like power handling, sensitivity rating, and frequency response, not to mention the choice between coaxial speakers or component speakers.

Focal creates one of the most celebrated and widely loved audio experiences in the world. And now that we are essentially always listening to music, people have become hell-bent on finding the best sounding speakers for their vehicles.

Focal doesn’t make any bones about producing great sounding car speakers and sometimes leaves budget-minded buyers behind. The tradeoff is a signature audio experience that’s pleasant on just about every level. While its competitors often try and impress you with powerful bass, Focal takes a more even-handed approach by providing a smooth and immersive tonal experience throughout the audio spectrum.

Can’t wrap your head around which Focal car speakers you should buy? Continue reading to see the best Focal car speakers on the market today.

Best Focal Car Speakers Reviews

1. Focal PS 165 V1

Focal PS 165 V1

  • Polyglass woofer with butyl rubber surround
  • Rigid aluminum chassis
  • Aluminum inverted dome tweeter
  • Docked crossover with 3-level tweeter control and 3 selectable crossover points

Last update on 2021-02-09 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

Size 6.5
Design 2-way component
Frequency range 60-20,000 Hz
Power Handling 
  • RMS:  80 Watts
  • Peak:160 Watts
Sensitivity 92.5 dB
Top-mount Depth 2-5/8″
Impedance 4 ohms

First up is the the Focal Performance PS 165 which is a solid 6.5 component speaker system. Focal’s Access Series of car speakers are designed to be a high-grade replacement to factory-installed speakers. They’re built from the ground up to deliver outstanding performance and to let the music speak for itself.

These Focal 6.5 component speakers use a lightweight, exceptionally rigid Poly-Glass woofer cones to create accurate, richly-textured sound, whether played loud or soft.

Focal applies molten glass microballs onto cellulose pulp to create their Polyglass cones, combining the accuracy and neutrality of the rigid glass layer and the superior damping characteristics of a paper cone.

To add to the speakers’ reliability and longevity, these cones are supported with butyl rubber surround which is resistant to UV rays, temperature extremes, and humidity.

Additionally, these speakers are featured with aluminum inverted dome tweeters which will make a night and day difference in terms of highs.

Each of these tweeters features a built-in bullet-shaped phase plug and wave guide, which work together to ensures a smooth, flat off-axis frequency response and improve the stereo soundstage.

Focal Performance PS 165 speakers use a cool crossover network that’s designed as two separate pieces. This means that if space is an issue in your vehicle, you can mount the high-pass crossover near the tweeter and the low-pass near the woofer, instead of having to mount one big bulky crossover.

These Focal 6.5 component speakers are rated for 92.5 dB sensitivity rating and can handle up to 80 watts RMS. You can expect superior performance from these component speakers, whether you power them with a powerful external amplifier or your car headunit.

2. Focal 165AS

Focal 165AS

  • All Weather Woven Fiberglass Woofer Cones
  • Inverted Dome Aluminium Tweeters
  • Non-resonant ABS/fiberglass woofer basket

Last update on 2021-02-09 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

Size 6-1/2″
Design 2-way component
Frequency range 60-20,000 Hz
Power Handling 
  • RMS:  60 Watts
  • Peak:120 Watts
Sensitivity 91.3 dB
Top-mount Depth 2-9/16″
Impedance 4 ohms

This is another great component 6.5 system that’s designed to up your car audio system, bringing your music to life, and making a night and day difference in terms of sound quality.

These babies are built with high-grade materials to allow you to experience the best in sound with a guilt-free conscience. They are nothing but outstanding, however, they cost a pretty penny.

With Focal’s notorious TN43 inverted-dome tweeters, 6-1/2″ DBS woofers, and external crossovers this system delivers clear and accurate high frequencies with a solid bass response.

The DFS (dual fiberglass structure membrane) woofer cones deliver precise mid-bass and great mid-range frequencies while offering deep, well-refined bass. Coupled with UV-resistant butyl rubber surrounds, the cones’ all-weather durability ensures long-term performance in the hottest (or chilliest) environmental conditions without distortion or warping.

Furthermore, unlike traditional raised dome tweeters, Focal 165AS speakers are fitted with aluminum inverted dome tweeters which are quite efficient at dispersing high frequencies, creating a stellar wide soundstage with fine resolution and exciting dynamics. The tweeters can be surface or flush mounted using the included adapters. The latter allows for surface mounting at approximately 20° or approximately 40°.

The external crossovers that come with these speakers ensure a seamless distribution of frequencies to the woofers and tweeters, for a totally natural, and well-balanced sound. The 3-position tweeter level adjustment allows you to customize your high frequencies to match your musical preferences and your car’s acoustics.

Focal 165AS speakers boast a 60Hz to 20kHz frequency response and 91.3 dB sensitivity. They can handle up to 60 watts RMS and up to 120 watts at peak, giving you all the range and power you could want.

3. Focal Integration ISS 165

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Focal Integration ISS 165

  • Polyglass woofers
  • Butyl rubber surround
  • Processed aluminum inverted dome tweeter
  • Built-in crossovers

Last update on 2021-02-09 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

Size 6-1/2″
Design 2-way component
Frequency range 60-20,000 Hz
Power Handling 
  • RMS:  70 Watts
  • Peak:140 Watts
Sensitivity 92.6 dB
Top-mount Depth 2″
Impedance 4 ohms

Focal’s Integration series lands smack dab in the middle of its offering lineup, providing some of its best technologies at affordable prices.

These are the cheapest component speakers that Focal has to offer. They come equipped with 6-3/4″ woofers with cones made from Polyglass supported by butyl rubber surround and inverted aluminum dome tweeters with Neodymium magnet. With a frequency response of 60Hz to 20kHz, you’ll score clean and crisp highs, great mid-range clarity and a respectable bass.

The Polyglass that the woofers are made from combines the warm sound of cellulose with the strength of glass, allowing these woofers to play accurately with no added resonances.

The built-in bullet-shaped phase plug in the center of the woofers ensures a smooth, flat off-axis frequency response, and improves the stereo soundstage.

Speaking of stereo soundstage, these speakers comes with a low-profile surface mount and an angled mount so you can set up the tweeters for the best possible imaging in your vehicle.

These speakers sport 92.6 dB sensitivity and can handle up to 70 watts RMS, and up to 140 watts at peak.

4. Focal Access 165 CA1 SG

Focal Access 165CA1 SG

  • Humidity-resistant, woven glass-fiber woofer
  • Butyl rubber surround
  • Aluminum inverted dome tweeter
  • Non-resonant ABS/fiberglass basket

Last update on 2021-02-09 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

Size 6-1/2″
Design 2-way coaxial
Frequency range 60-20,000 Hz
Power Handling 
  • RMS:  60 Watts
  • Peak:120 Watts
Sensitivity 91 dB
Top-mount Depth 2-9/16″
Impedance 4 ohms

If you’d like to upgrade your car speakers no muss, no fuss , then Focal Access 165CA1 SG speakers are for you. These are some of the best 6.5 coaxial speakers that Focal has to offer.

These Focal 6.5 speakers are featured with woven glass-fiber woofer cones for accurate mid-bass sounds. These cones are bonded to durable butyl rubber surround for consistent, reliable performance.

Speaking of performance, these speakers use strong, lightweight frame which offers plenty of open space for extended cone movement, along with plenty of venting to cool the voice coils.

Focal like to brag about their patented inverted-dome tweeters which are designed to act like miniature woofer cones. The inverted dome tweeters are built in a way that they don’t protrude up from the tweeter’s voice coil, but rather sits upside down, like a crater in the center. This design allows for better high frequency dispersion

The inverted dome doesn’t protrude up from the tweeter’s voice coil, but rather sits upside down, like a crater in the center. This design allows the high frequencies to be projected evenly with excellent resolution and exciting dynamics. You can pivot the tweeters toward your listening position for better stereo imaging.

Additionally, the speakers’ built-in crossover ensure a seamless distribution of frequencies to the woofers and tweeters, for an extremely natural sound.

Focal Access 165CA1 SG speakers sport 92dB sensitivity and can handle up to 60 watts RMS. They’ll sound great running of your headunit, but they’ll truly come into their own when driven by an external amplifier.

5. Focal K2 Power 165 KRX2

Focal K2 Power 165 KRX2 speakers review

Size 6-1/2″
Design 2-way component
Frequency range 60-20,000 Hz
Power Handling 
  • RMS: 100 Watts
  • Peak: 200 Watts
Sensitivity 93 dB
Top-mount Depth 3-1/16″
Impedance 2 ohms

This is what you can get if you’re willing to shell out some serious dough. These are the most expensive Focal car speakers we’ve come across. If you want to go balls-to-the-wall and actually purchase these Focal speakers for your car, you’ll need to spend upwards of $900. This makes these speakers the priciest speakers around. Are they worth it? Let’s find out.

The K2 Power 165KRX2 6.5 component speaker system bears the hallmarks of Focal’s “Power Hi-Fi” philosophy. Their cones are made of a composite consisting of a foam core, a structural glass fiber bottom layer, and a Kevlar top layer. This combination of materials allows for a rigid, lightweight cone with outstanding damping characteristics. These woofer cones will easily handle the power needed to drive your bass-heavy music with authority.

For long lasting performance, these woofer cones are bonded to durable butyl rubber surround that’s resistant to ultraviolet rays, heat, and humidity.

Additionally, these speakers are featured with Focal’s 2″ inverted dome tweeters which act like little woofers, dispersing the highs in a wide pattern, and thereby creating an exceptionally dynamic soundstage.

To ensure high definition and a dynamic sound quality, the crossover that these Focal speakers features three levels of tweeter control, a tweeter “slope softening” selector, and two levels of midrange control so you can dial in the sound to your car’s environment.

Focal K2 Power 165KRX2 speakers sport 93dB sensitivity and can handle up to 100 watts of power on continuous basis.

Alex Brown

Hey There, my name is Alex Brown, I'm an LA-based sound engineer with over 10 years experience installing, troubleshooting, and repairing commercial, automotive, and household sound equipment. I've installed highly competitive car audio systems, and everything from navigation systems to full car stereo systems, remote starters, alarms and beyond. I enjoy creating solutions and simplifying everyday needs. I also love helping people get great sounding gear, thereby, saving the world from bad sound one customer at a time.

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