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Rockford Fosgate R1653

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

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Rockford Fosgate R165

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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

Product History:

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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" 
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

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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
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Xscorpion 9-Piece Nylon Plastic Pry and Chisel Tool Set

Easily removes dash/trims, door clips, panels and pins, rubber grommets and vehicle emblems.

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Used for cutting copper and aluminum wires up to 8 gauge.

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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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