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MB Quart PVM216

6.5" 2-Way Premium Series Component Car Audio Speaker System


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Purely Premium Perfection

Premium is the best choice when considering the finest in top of the line speakers for your system. The Premium components and coaxials feature the 40mm Titanium WideSphere tweeter and utilize a composite basket for reduced vibration and resonance especially at critical mid-range and mid bass vocal frequencies. The Premium series also rely on the same cone, surround and voice coil technology that makes MB Quart speakers the standard for critical listening. The midrange component employs a phase plug at the center of the cone to prevent upper midrange frequencies from canceling each other out.

Tweeter Tonal Technology

Installation of high-end audio components in a car typically requires compromise due to the inconsistent nature of the environment. One issue in particular is tweeter placement. The ongoing struggle to find the correct balance between on-axis and off-axis placement greatly defines the system’s ability to offer proper staging and imaging.

MB Quart PVM216

The engineers at MB Quart recognized this issue and worked tirelessly on a solution that would offer predictable high-end performance in nearly any mounting location. The result is the artfully crafted WideSphere tweeter by MB Quart. Every WideSphere tweeter is designed to provide equal performance in both on-axis and off-axis configurations. In fact, the tweeter level and frequency response variations between on and off axis are only noticeable on the most expensive laboratory test equipment. The resulting benefit is a wide and deep soundstage with proper imaging placing you front row center of every selection you listen to.

Masterful Midrange Marvel

MB Quart PVM216

For years, speakers were constructed of the most crude and basic materials available. The steel, foam and paper designs got the job done but advancements in technology required speakers that could expose the benefits of the improved electronics they were hooked up to. Early on, the MB Quart team recognized a need to develop better components in order to improve overall system performance. The ABS basket proved to be more durable than the metal materials used previously but the real benefit was the substantial increase in midbass frequencies produced from small drivers.

Collective Crossover Control

MB Quart PVM216

The crossovers in the Premium components are hand-picked to achieve seamless transition at 2900Hz from midrange frequencies to the higher frequencies handled by the tweeter. Premium crossovers also feature variable tweeter attenuation which something not found in Reference and ONYX. Additionally, the crossover housing is designed for easy installation and simply hides away behind the vehicle’s interior panels.

General Features:

  • 6-1/2" 2-Way Premium Series Component Speakers System
  • Power Handling:
    • Peak: 150 watts per pair
    • RMS: 75 watts per pair
  • Cone material: Proprietary blend of Polypropylene
  • Butyl rubber surrounds
  • 40mm Titanium WideSphere
  • Voice coil size and type
  • Rubber magnet boot cover
  • 4 ohms impedance
  • Frequency Response: 38-32,000 Hz
  • Top-mount Depth: 2-5/8"
  • Sensitivity: 89dB
  • Authorized Internet Dealer
  • 1-year Manufacturer's Warranty

Priced Per Complete Component System: 2 midwoofers, 2 tweeters and 2 crossover networks.

Speaker Specifications

This is the manufacturer product line of speakers.
Premium (MB Quart)
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.
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.
2-way Component System
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.
Inverted 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.

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.
Polypropylene-Carbon Fiber Hybrid
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.
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.
150 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.
75 watts
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).
38 - 32,000 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.

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.
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.

Warranty and Return Policy

Parts Warranty Duration
1 year
Labor Warranty Duration
1 year
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Summary of Customer Ratings & Reviews

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Camas, WA

Solid budget component set

January 2, 2014

Bought these while on sale ... have to say that they are/were definitely worth the money I spent on them. Since then, the price has gone up and at nearly 200.00 I would be hard pressed to choose these over the Image Dynamics for a little less... both are great budget components, but this review is about the Quarts

Crossovers are clean, easy to wire and a good size to tuck away after installation. they allow for a 0, -3 and -6db on the tweeter... you'll likely need it the higher you mount them

Tweeters are large, keep that in mind for your install - and they are quite bright when used on-axis. It seems as though the tweeter was designed to be used in a kick panel or low in a door (where most OEM speakers are located). If you do plan on using these higher or more on-axis, you will want to make sure you have a source unit that has an EQ in it so you can attenuate the tweeter. Please note that while I do find them quite bright, I didn't find them offensive or harsh... just very revealing and efficient. I did have to EQ them flat at 6.5k to take away the brightness, but once that EQ cut was made, they calmed down and sound amazing.

Midbass seems very well built, and looks/acts as though it can take a serious amount of power and daily pounding even when crossed over low (60hz vs 80-120hz)

As a set, I have found them to be very revealing and once the tweeter (I am using them on-axis) is attenuated to a reasonable level, they are a joy to listen to and cause little ear fatigue even on long drives.

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Rockingham, NC

Best deal out there

April 7, 2014

These widesphere tweeters are amazing. I usually tend to blow my budget on my front components,(Focal K2, Dynaudio etc.,), however these went in my teenagers car, and I couldn't mentally justify $1,000 for a component set. I took a chance on these and boy was I pleasantly surprised. They handle 150 RMS watts per side with ease. The more clean power you throw at them, the better they sound. To my ear, they sound more refined than the more expensive MB Quart Q's. I can't think of any component set under $500 that can keep up with these. You may find sets with more versatile crossovers, but that can be easily over come with the right equalization. Would definitely recommend in the under $500 category.

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Farmington Hills, MI

Great sounding speakers!

December 27, 2014

I bought Mb quart components in the mid 90's and they have lasted until the present date. They are beginning to wear now so I decided to give these a try. The pvm216's sound as good as the psc216's did in 1996 but at a more affordable price. I am using 3 way crossovers and 3.5 midrange speakers mounted in the dash. If these last 5 years I will be happy because they are almost half the price of the german built ones from 1996. I am using a JL audio 450/4 to push them, thats 150x2 front stage!

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Huntsville, AL

great sound

December 2, 2013

This is the second car I've put MB Quart speakers in and I will not go to any other speaker again . the performance is outstanding no distortion just absolutely great sound

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Salem, Oregon

Big Poppa Pump

October 28, 2013

I've known for many years about the high quality of MB Quart speakers and I finally bought a pair and absolutely love them. They sounded so good I bought another set of 5.25" components to go in my kick panels. They remind me of my reference a/d/s speakers I had back in the day!

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Hammonton, NJ

Not old school MB, but not bad...

November 4, 2014

I do miss the old school, non China Mbquart. Having owned them in the mid 90s, I can say these are a close representation of them. For the money I don't think you can go wrong with these. Built well, and look excellent. As a tip: Wire these tweeters into the -6db port as they are extremely bright, almost ice pick to the ear bright. I may actually add another resistor to bring them to -8db. They are however very accurate, and if placed correctly will really make a nice soundstage.

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Albuquerque, NM

Pleasantly Surprised

October 10, 2014

I bought these speakers after blowing out the tweeters on a set of Polk db's that I had originally installed in my car. When I got around to replacing them I decided to get a component set. After checking out all different kind of speakers from different places I thought I would give these MB Quart's a try. I've always heard good things about MB Quart and after putting them in my car I was very pleasantly surprised by the quality of sound. The tweeters were a little bright and a little harsh at first (I'm guessing because I mounted them high in the door) but after a few adjustments to the EQ and they sounded amazing. They sound louder then the Polk's did at lower volume levels and much clearer. I'm feeding them 60 watts RMS with a HiFonics Zeus amp and they handle the amp with no sweat. My wife gave them the best complement when she told me that every time she hears someone in a car with loud music the sound is always distorted but when I'm in my car you can hear all the musical detail from outside the car. I know this is true because there has been a time or two that I've been at a stop light and I can see someone in a car close to mine mouthing the lyrics of the song I'm listening to. MB Quart did a great job with these speakers and Sonic Electronix did a great job with the price.

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Kansas City, KS

Better Than I Thought!

October 15, 2014

Purchase the MB Quart PVM217 to replace the factory speakers in my 07 Avalanche. Reviewed several speakers before deciding on the PVM216. They sound Fantastic! with stock HU no amp. Tehy supply plenty of base, (better than factory). The speakers look Great, the tweeters replace the factory ones in the A- pillars. I will be replacing my HU and installing an amp so these girls can do what they do best -- open up and blow. I can hear them asking for more power. WOW!! Made pretty solid, Features are very nise. Ease of use was timely. Removing the old tweeters making bigger holes in the a-pillars to install the PVM217 tweeters.Turned out pretty damn good. Stay tuned more to come!!!

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best sounding speaker i have ever heard!
martin m on Dec 15, 2014
Had 4 pair of the old PVI 216 6 1/2 in my custom Nissan, i know these sounds just as good or even better
Darrell D on Oct 15, 2014
An Audio technician recommended it
Jerome L on Oct 26, 2014
Co worker installed these in a vehicle like mine, very happy with sound quality.
Richard T on Sep 19, 2014
Using a Kenwood Exelon F450-4 Amp, the MBs PVM 216 will run on the 100W Channels (front). Too much power for them ? 2013 Silverado
rick p on Nov 15, 2014
Best Answer: I think these speakers will be fine with that kind of power. When I first install PVM216 with Sony HU 712BT only, the sound was poor. It's clear it needs more power. Then I use Polk Mono C300.2 to drive PVM216, they do sound fabulous. I would definitely recommend good quality amp to go with this speakers.
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Do you have a cut-out diameter? I have to get custom brackets for my 07 tundra crewmax w/jbl system for these to possibly fit.
Jeffrey B on Jan 19, 2015
Best Answer: Jeffrey - The actual cut-out diameter is, 0142.8 (5.622"). Hope this help!
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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.

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