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Rockford Fosgate R1653

6-1/2" 3-way Prime Series Full Range Speakers

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  • 6-1/2" 3-way Prime Series Full Range Car Speakers
  • Power Handling:
    • Peak: 160 watts per pair / 80 watts each
    • RMS: 80 watts per pair / 40 watts each
  • Mica-injected, polypropylene cone woofer
  • Foam surround
  • 1/2" Mylar balanced dome tweeter
  • Piezo supertweeter
  • Stamped steel basket
  • 4 ohms impedance
  • Top-mount depth: 2"
  • 1-year SonicElectronix.com warranty

Priced Per Pair

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Speaker Specifications

Series
This is the manufacturer product line of speakers.
Priced Per
Car Speakers are typically sold in pairs so you will receive 2 speakers for each speaker purchase on speakers marked "Priced Per Pair". If a speaker is marked "Priced Per Each" then the speaker is sold individually and each purchase you make will result in 1 speaker. High-powered tweeters, midrange and full-range pro audio for car speakers are typically sold per each speaker.
Speaker Size
Refers to the size of the speaker measured in inches. Every vehicle has standard application sizes. Please use our vehicle fitment guide for your vehicle's specific speaker sizes if you do not know them.
6-1/2"
Design
The number of individual drivers in a car speaker. Speakers with 2 drivers are known as a 2-way, and 3 drivers are known as a 3-way. Component systems are often referred to as "separates" because the tweeter is not attached to the midwoofer (main speaker driver) and mounts separately in a location such as a door post. Component systems typically come with an external crossover so you can easily adjust the high and low frequencies sent to both the midwoofer and the tweeter. Center channel speakers are great for those looking to have surround sound in their vehicle.
3-way
Tweeter Design
Designs such as cone, dome, semi-dome, balanced dome, and whizzer are most popular. Cone tweeters are simple, efficient and typically are the most reasonably priced. Dome tweeters are used in most home speakers, and provide a smoother and more accurate sound. Semi-dome design is one with a dome placed inside a cone. A Balanced dome driver is a semi-dome with equal reproduction area given the cone and dome portions of the driver. A whizzer tweeter is a separate tweeter cone driven by the voice coil of the woofer.
Balanced Dome
Tweeter Size
Refers to the size of the tweeter. Typically, smaller tweeters produces less output with higher frequency response.
Tweeter Composition
Materials such as polypropylene, silk, cloth, and paper are the most common, where as many more recent tweeters are now manufactured with composites such as Aluminum, Titanium, Mylar, and other materials.

PEI is an acronym for "Polyetherimide" which is an amorphous, amber transparent, high-performance thermoplastic.

Mylar
Woofer Composition
Lightweight woofer cone materials are essential for efficient operation. Poly cones produce exceptional sound and are sturdy against various changes in temperature. Paper cones are very efficient, and when treated for moisture resistance, will perform at a high level. Poly refers to polypropylene, which is thermoplastic or fibers that are polymers of propylene. IMPP refers to injection molded polypropylene, a commonly used process and material in speakers.
Mica Injected Polypropylene (MIPP)
Woofer Surround
A speakers surround is part of the suspension system. The surround protects the cone and prevents it from being displaced as it flexes out from the basket. It is usually made of a durable material like treated foam or rubber in order to withstand the strenuous job of producing bass frequencies.
Foam
Peak Power Handling
Peak power handling refers to the amount of power a speaker can handle during a brief musical burst. The RMS power range figure is a much more reliable rating for determining the speaker's power requirements. The Peak power handling specification is typically rated per speaker unless otherwise noted.
80 watts
RMS Power Handling
The RMS power is the amount of power the speaker requires to operate safely and properly. RMS Power Handling refers to the amount of power a speaker can handle on a continuous basis. We recommend powering your speakers or subwoofer with 80%-120% of its recommended RMS rating. The RMS power handling specification is typically rated per speaker unless otherwise noted.
40 watts
Sensitivity
An efficiency or sensitivity rating tells you how effectively a speaker converts power into sound. The higher the number, the more efficient the speaker and the louder it will play with the same input power. An efficient speaker helps you maximize your available power. Most sensitivity ratings measure the speaker's output with 1 watt of input, 1 meter from the speaker. Some speakers' sensitivity is measured with 2.83 volts of input, instead of 1 watt.
 
Efficiency (1w/1m) is not an accurate indicator of a subwoofer's output capability and should not be used as a comparison to other speakers or subwoofers to determine which one is "louder".
89 dB
Frequency Response
The range of frequencies the speaker will reproduce (lowest frequency to the highest). Bigger is better, meaning the wider the range, the better. The optimal range is 20 - 20,000 Hz (which is the range of human hearing).
48 - 22,000 Hz
Impedance (Per Voice Coil)
The load value (in ohms) that the speakers present to the amplifier per voice coil - the amount of resistance to the current flow. This is a key specification as subs wired in parallel or low impedances can create problems with your amplifier and potentially void all warranties. We encourage you to ask our support department prior to purchase if you do not understand which impedance level will suit your application best.
4 ohms
Shallow Mount Installation
This means that the subwoofer/speaker is designed to be installed in areas that do not have a lot of space. Shallow mount subwoofers are typically found under a seat or behind the seat in some trucks.

Shallow mount speakers will typically have a mounting depth of 2" or less, while shallow mount subwoofers will typically have a mounting depth of 3" or less.

No
Top-Mount Depth
The depth when installed on top of the mounting surface. Measured from the bottom of the speaker's magnet to the bottom of the mounting holes on the rim of the speaker.
2-1/4"
Bottom-Mount Depth
The depth when installed from the bottom of the mounting surface. Measured from the bottom of the speaker's magnet to the top of the mounting holes on the rim of the speaker.
2-5/16"
Cutout Dimensions
Refers to the dimensions of the hole, measured in inches, required to contain the speaker.
Cutout Dimensions
Refers to the dimensions of the hole, measured in inches or millimeters, required to contain the speaker.
5-3/4" x 5-3/4" 
Hi-Res Audio Compatible
This feature refers to if the product is capable of Hi-Res Audio (HRA) playback.
Speaker Grilles
A grating or screen of metal or plastic bars or wires, mounted in front of a speaker as protection. If yes, the speakers will include matching speaker grilles. If no, there are no grilles included.
Yes
Number of Speakers
This is the number of speaker that is included in the package. Each purchase will result in receiving the number of speakers indicated here. Please note that some items will have multiple woofers in the same enclosure. For sets of component speakers, this number will refer to the number of sets of speakers (For example, 2 would indicate the purchase includes 2 woofers and 2 tweeters).

Please refer to the product image and description for further details about the speaker.

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Warranty and Return Policy

Parts Warranty Duration
1 year
Labor Warranty Duration
1 year
Warranty Provider
Sonic Electronix

Summary of Customer Ratings & Reviews

Rating Distribution

5 Star
65%
4 Star
27%
3 Star
4%
2 Star
0%
1 Star
4%

Average Attribution Rating

Durability
4.5
Value
4.7
Features
4.4
Design
4.5
Usability
4.7
robert

Layton, UT

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Excellent value

June 20, 2011

These speakers are inexpensive yet built very nicely. They produce great mids and highs which is what they should be used for. Not a ton of bass, but that isn't there purpose anyways. They sound great, just be aware that these are really 6 3/4 inch speakers and not 6 1/2 inchers. This may make them not fit into you're factory openings. I had to modify mine a bit to make them fit, kind of a pain, but it was worth it for the sound!

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Feli10

Hope,ar

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Great Product

February 26, 2012

Very good product sounds good the only bad thing about it is that it will hurt your hearing! Recommend this product!

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wardy

Guam

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good quality...

February 10, 2012

I highly recommend this product. Cheap, affordable, good quality and brand. Thank you, I will come back for more.

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Geo

Chicago

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great speakers

November 4, 2011

Brought 4 of these speakers to put in my SUV, and I have to tell you, they rock. I could not believe the sound and power (bass) that comes out of these speakers. I have recommended to all my friends, it makes my ride a lot more enjoyable. One more thing, you cannot beat the price.

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jerryirish

corbin ky

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great buy

September 22, 2011

Got it fast great product.

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rico

atlanta ga

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nice lil speakers

August 17, 2011

Used these in a custom install in a convertible. Decent midbass and crisp highs. Didn't take too much power either.

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GG

Canada

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Great Sound !

December 29, 2010

For the price, these are very good value. Very clear mid range and good highs. The bass is good for a speaker this size.

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Bradley

Davison, MI

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Krisp highs and no distortion

December 3, 2012

I only have these runnin off my cd player so I know they could probably use a couple more watts but they sound pretty damn good to me as is and these arn't my first aftermarket speakers. Gotta luv Rockford! Can't go wrong for the price.

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Brent

North Platte, NE.

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great value, better performance

August 28, 2011

great replacement speakers! Put them in the doors of my 97 gmc pickup, they were reasonably priced, and are a huge improvement over stock speakers! I'm very happy with these.

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Bill

Fountain, CO

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Great Speakers!

February 14, 2011

I had these speakers for roughly 2 months and they still scream! These are some of the best speakers I have ever owned. Even without them being Amped, they scream. I put them on my Rockford Fosgate R-150.2 which powers my subs for a few months, and they sound so MUCH Clearer! Will never buy another brand again.

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samspade77

San Jose

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Ok, but not spectacular.

February 26, 2012

Definitely the "budget" line for RF. Not much bass and way too much treble. I ended up replacing them with 2-way Polk's instead. Spend a little bit more and get better quality speakers.

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Bobby

MN

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Good Speakers

July 5, 2011

Easy way to upgrade your speakers. Improve sound quality without using much power. Overall the speakers perform well and I have had no problems installing them.

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Jerry O

Asheville,NC

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SONIC ROCKS....

January 30, 2012

I have bought several items from Sonic in the past, and if you are truly looking for a great deal and great customer service, look no further. I installed these in my 2001 Chevy Tahoe with my factory deck, and WOW, what a difference, granted, we all would like more bass, but for just 6.5" door speakers these things are the bee's knees. Thanks Sonic for once again exceeding my expectations.

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gimbly

wildwood nj

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killer speakers

November 2, 2011

I only have one complaint I had to replace my other speakers as well because the sound and clarity of these speakers far surpassed what my pioneers were capable of after about six (6) month they still sound as great as when i first installed them. Many thanx for offering a great product at an even better price.

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Chevycobalt

Eastman, GA

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Great Sound

September 5, 2011

These speakers sound great and were a great bargain. I installed them in a 2005 Chevy Cobalt (factory head unit) and they fit perfectly. They replaced the busted, worn out factories.

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Nicholas

Milford, NH

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Good speakers for the price

July 12, 2011

Not bad speakers but my old Alpines that I had in my Jeep Wrangler sounded better. I replaced the stock door speakers in my Scion Tc with these because they were inexpensive. Overall, I'm pretty happy with them. On a side note, get the RF tweeters if you need some. They are amazing. I got a pair for some more treble and they are great.

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john

california

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Decent

April 26, 2011

Sound very good. Downside is they are not amazingly efficient. Very very clear sound but if you are running them off your deck, there are other speakers that will be louder with the same amount of power. Good set of speakers if you have a moderate system with maybe a single sub. 4 of these couldn't keep up with 2 underpowered 12" L7s in a small sealed box. my 4" Polk Audio DB speakers are much louder and clearer(no bass though).

Overall very good speakers if you have no subs or small subs and running off the deck. Though I think they would respond well to being amp'd.

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Alexandra

Seatac, WA

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Excellent

March 25, 2011

Good choice for replacing stocks complement subwoofers well

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Pete

Iowa

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Prime

March 2, 2011

I would just get the T1 6.5s if you are hooking with subs but with no subs these move my mirrors on my bronco so very good value for the $

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Hank

Anchorage, AK

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great little speaker

February 27, 2011

I really like these speakers, they handle the power from the deck famously. I haven't had the need for an external amp. Thanks sonic for the outstanding service and pricing.

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mike

olive branch, ms

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Rockford Fosgate R1653

February 23, 2011

I bought these 6 months ago and put them in boxes in my convertible along with a Soney 17 watt RMS.

They go louder than I do with no appreciable distortion.

Great value!!

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Latch

Pennsylvania

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I can hear the vocals now

November 30, 2010

I originally had stock two way speakers. once I received these new ones and installed them I could hear everything a lot better. Installing them was pretty fun though because it wasn't really the right size but a little modification can fix that. Overall a very nice buy.

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Cruzer

smyrna, tn

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Last speakers u ever need

November 18, 2009

They are rockford fosgate, and that translates into they are great.
their priced the same as average speakers and they perform great.

i have some RF subs with these speakers, high and lowpass filters and im not sure i have ever heard a better setup.

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Amused1

Seattle, WA

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Rockford Fosgate R1653 Speakers

March 11, 2012

Pretty good sound for a compact speaker. Easy installation and sleek design.

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Randy

Vancouver

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AWESOME! CANT GET BETTER.

February 19, 2012

I got my speakers fast. 3 day after I ordered. Installed easyer then ever. Had them rockin about a hour after I got the package. Like I said, fast.

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MajorSmeg

pine grove, CA

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Nice sound, no lows

January 12, 2012

This is a great sounding speaker, but it has no low end at all. I have these and a sub in my car and it sounds fantastic. I can crank this up really loud and have no distortion.

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dana

Lavergne, TN

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good speakers

December 29, 2011

I have 4 6-1/2" RF's and a 10" sub running off of a 5 channel 1000 watt Crunch amp in sealed boxes in a boom box that I built for my daughters softball team and the combo sounds great even in open air settings and will handle the volume easily. Nice balanced sound.

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marcus

Birmingham, AL

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iiiight

November 9, 2011

I bought these to replace busted factory speakers...They sound good...I probably have to many watts going to them but they haven't busted yet.

Now I did blow the 6x9's RF's but these 6 1/2s are doing just fine loud-n-clear...

pros: they are cheap and quality. (RF's)

con: foam surround not as duraible as rubber

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Cody

Japan

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Great speakers for the price

October 5, 2011

I bought two pairs of these to replace the factory speakers in my wife's car. They are just powered by a JVC head unit, but they sound great for the price. If you are looking for a low-cost replacement for factory speakers with pretty good sound quality, these are the speakers for you.

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Z

WV

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Excellent value

September 19, 2011

These things sound great. It makes me wish I didn't buy $90 Alpine's for my fronts.

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Laredo

NJ

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Unsure

July 12, 2011

I bought these along with a pair of MB Quarts... They seemed like the best bang for the buck replacement speakers for my girls 94 civic. Once I got the old ones out and was ready to install these. I realized both the Rockfords and MBs were too deep to fit in the stock locations and the speaker frames were even too large to easily slide into these same locations. So in the end my cheapest option was to trade them at the flea-market for some shallow mount Pioneers that fit just right with no modification but sound like a**!

All in all I wish I had read the size specs on these speakers and measured twice before ordering them without mounting rings or something. They would have really screamed nicely off my 4-chan... But whatevs, its my girls car and she cant tell the difference in sound either way :/

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Mike

Ridgecrest, Ca

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Rockford R1653

July 10, 2011

Excellent sound,design, bass, and price. Can't go wrong.

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Drew

kingsport,TN

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Great Speakers !!

June 22, 2011

So I bought these speakers for this price about 6 months ago ... and man all i got to say is they are amazing

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Becket

Marble Falls Arkansas

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Good Speakers!

March 28, 2011

I've had the speakers installed for several months now and totally enjoy the sound.

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danzick

Livingston MT

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good

January 12, 2011

These things sound awesome with a good deck and power. I had a cheaper deck hooked up to them and I wasnt real impressed. I put a good deck in, and I have 40 watts rms going to both of them through an amp and they sound very good. Definitely worth the 50 dollars if you want good speakers.

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Arturo Morales

Mexico

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Great value, great product

February 20, 2012

The product arrived well and has great sound, but more important was the price. If you ask me if I would buy from you, the answer is yes.

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RNKD

Panama

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Great sound quality

December 11, 2011

Just installed 2 pairs of these. They just sound great and I'm impressed for the price and quality. At first I thought 40rms wouldn't be enough, but they are. Best bang for the buck really.

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burn

cincinnati

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rf 1653

October 27, 2011

Blew the tweets out with a stock in-dash. Blown = worthless waste of $ unless you have less then 30 watts.

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Jay

Peoria, IL

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Great replacements

March 9, 2011

Have a 10 yr. old Avalanche with factory head. Stock speakers were very tired. Bought these from Sonic at a great price. Read the reviews, but I will say for the money these have got to be some of the best on the market. The lows are better than factory ever was. The highs are bright with good control. I listened to many more expensive speakers in the box stores, these are just as good and far less money.

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Mxbuti

Medford, Oregon

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Good Value, nothing too special

January 13, 2011

I bought these speakers for to replace the factory front door speakers in my 4Runner, I wanted the 3 way to fill up my mid-high range. I have 2 RF p210's for low end. I am impressed by the highs but not by the low end. they have a rather small magnet for RF speakers and are built kinda cheesy. But with a HPF set at 50hz they do what i ask quite well. and for 35 bucks they are a steal.

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Leomar

Newton, NC

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Bang for the Buck!!!

January 6, 2011

These Speakers are amazing!!! I replaced my infinity Kappa 6.5" and they sound better and for the price $200 for the infinity and only $40 for these Fosgate amazing.

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JT

Cleveland, Ohio

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Great speakers

September 13, 2010

I have these speakers in my work truck powered by an entry level Pioneer CD player and I have to say they sound awesome. Good highs and decent bass for 6.5's. A huge upgrade over factory speakers.

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Kyle

West Bend, WI

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Great speakers!

January 6, 2012

Sound quality is great, no issues with crackling or popping when at higher volumes.

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Big Ed

Waymart, Pa.

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Good value but...

January 4, 2012

Speakers are pretty good until you try to get a little volume out of them.

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Ron

Eagle Lake, Maine

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Highly impressed

November 22, 2011

I Bought these speakers for the sole purpose of replacing my blown stock speakers in my truck, until I saved enough to buy "good" speakers. I had fairly new expectations for them, being the cheapest 6.5" speaker Rockford Produces... but after installing them i was blown away by there quality. Much better bass response, and the mids and highs are more detailed. For the money i couldn't be happier. excellent buy, great bang for buck.

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Derek

RI

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Great!!

September 1, 2011

Speakers sounds great!!

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bossromeo

haines city,fl

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badd speakers

August 22, 2011

I wasn't satisfied with the speakers. They were not working correctly and speakers were blown. I wouldn't refer any one for this reason.

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Big Bass AMR

Streamwood IL

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GOOD SOUND

January 31, 2010

These little things give nice clear and loud sound, I love them I just got a small Rockford Fosgate amp on them and they sound great would recommend to anyone.......

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Mr. Fix It

Titusville, Fl

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Fosgate Fan

January 5, 2012

I'm a big fan of fosgate. The R1653 is a great speaker they have made an amazing improvement in the sound in my car.

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Ken

Syracuse new york

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Very good

August 23, 2011

Fast shipping and cheap products.

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Marci

Wyoming

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Rockford Fosgate R1653

September 7, 2010

Six months ago, I ordered the Rockford Fosgate R1653 from Sonic Electronix. They looked great and the sound is very clear except for one speaker does have a rattling noise to it which can be very distracting. Other then the rattling their very nice but do make sure your car model will fit them snugly as i needed to replace the speaker covers because the speakers fit with a little overlapping so i was unable to cover them with the cars speaker covers!

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Dirk

Grand Rapids, MI

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Great sound!

August 23, 2010

I needed round speakers for the door and these were rated highly by on-line reviewers. I like the full metal grille for protection in the door too. They sound super.

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Product Summary

Manufacturer

Model Number

R1653

UPC

780687329266

Weight

4.50lbs

Internal SKU

r1653

Internal Product ID

18298

Sonic Electronix Wiring Guide

Wiring Diagram Legend

Warning: The image depicted shows the resistance change when wiring multiple subwoofer terminals. Please refer to your subwoofer's owner's manual for the proper wiring of its terminals. Sonic Electronix, Inc. is not responsible for damage caused to your audio system or vehicle due to improper installation. Please call tech support at 1-877-289-7664 if you require additional assistance.

Product Name: Rockford Fosgate R1653

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