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Focal 165 A1

6-1/2" 2-way Access 1 Series Component Car Speakers System (165A1)

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  • 6-1/2" Access 1 Series 2-Way Component System
  • Power Handling:
    • Peak: 240 watts per set / 120 watts each side
    • RMS: 120 watts per set / 60 watts each side
  • Butyl rubber surround
  • Aluminum, inverted dome tweeter
  • 4 ohms impedance
  • 25mm Voice coil
  • 85mm Magnet structure
  • 1-year SonicElectronix.com warranty

Priced Per Complete Component System: 2 midwoofers, 2 tweeters, 2 crossovers

Product History:

Focal 165-A1 thumbnail
(newest, current model)
Focal 165A thumbnail
(previous model, replaced by Focal 165 A1)

Speaker Specifications

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.
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 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.

Aluminum
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.
Butyl Rubber
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.
120 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.
60 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".
92 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).
60 - 20000 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
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 - 5/8"
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

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
67%
4 Star
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3 Star
6%
2 Star
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Average Attribution Rating

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4.8
Value
4.4
Features
4.4
Design
4.6
Usability
4.7

Tricky

Canada

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ENTRY LEVEL!

March 2, 2010

i wanted to buy some really good sounding speakers for my car without spending a fortune so i went with these because they were focal and it was a good price, however as well known as focal is for good sound these didn't seem like a big difference to me so i sold these and went with a pair of JL XR components for the same price basically and i am much happier with JLs second highest level speakers over these. they are good speakers but for the price u can get better. yes they are FOCAL but they're entry level set so keep that in mind and don't hope for the world in these

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Mark

Canada

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Excellent entry-level offering

October 10, 2007

These are the entry-level component 6.5"s from Focal, and they are excellent. The tweeters are definitely the best part of the setup, if you like aluminum dome. Very crisp, not too bright, and excellent for what I listen to. Ideal for dance music and trance, 8.5/10 for more mellow, classical-style music. The mid-range are quite powerful, and sound teriffic, IF oriented properly. Otherwise, they sound good, but not spectacular. The mid-range are slightly colourful, but definitely pleasant. Overall, the entry-level Focal beat nearly every other competitor in their price range, and are HIGHLY recommended.

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Ryan

Taft, Ca

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great sound and value

March 28, 2013

Love the Focals. They have outstanding sound and were a great deal. Sonic Electronix shipped fast and they arrived perfect.

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SCRIBBLES

1ST STEP SOBER HOUSE, FL

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JUST BEAUTIFUL

February 19, 2013

I just installed these in my acura and, wow. These speakers can eat alot of power, so be sure to juice them up properly. I have a 300w rms boston acoustics amp powering them. U can hear every word from the song, as well as all other noises crystal clear from wayyyyy down the block. Great speakers!!! If u have subs for bass, skip the 6x9s and throw another component sys in its place. External crossover and lots of good quality rms power. Cant go wrong with these speakers.

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johnny

SC

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AWESOME mid range!

February 3, 2013

I bought my Focal 165 A1 speakers for a deal; 129$ for a BRAND NEW set. The woofers (mid range) have a very nice fine tone, and you can easily make out several dozen sounds coming out simulataneously, from each snap of a snare drum, each toot from a wind, and every honk of a horn, while thed vocals still come out sharp and clean. I origionally had difficulty whether I wanted the Focal CA1 (2 way speaker) or this model with seperate tweets, but now I am glam that I paid a few bucks extra; The tweets sound great anywhere in the car, they really do need to be positioned near/facing your ears to REALLY stand out; even when I have my 2000W subs blaring, I can still make out chimes and dings. The woofers have a little kick in them, but overall, they don't go very low in range, especially when the volume is turned up. Luckily, a high and low pass crossover set is included, so it cleans up a lot of the cracks when the volume gets high. Unfortunately, these have the lowest volume limit in my car, but they can still get very loud. Do know, you need to break them in for a few months...When they first come out of the box, the sound isnt quite as clean/crisp, and they don;t do well at high volumes at all right out of box. Overall, I am very happy with my Focal A1's, and recommend them to anybody who wants professional clarity without spending a fortune.

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Cody

Dalton, Ga

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GREAT Speakers

December 30, 2012

Got these powered by an MB Quart ONYX 80.4 and they sound amazing. Makes me wonder what they'd sound like on a high end amp!

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Jake

Doylestown, PA

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Fantastic Speakers

December 21, 2012

I would consider myself an audiophile, and buying these speakers was probably one of the better decisions I have made. They are well balanced, and if you seal the door off with the sound deadener of your choice and power them with a quality amplifier, which in my case is an Arc Audio 2100CXL, they come alive. They have sharp and clean midbass, drums and snares sound like they are happening right next to you, and vocals are just beautiful. The highs are sharp, but clean, but if you place them in the top of your doors, you will need to change the tweeter volume in the crossover box. If you are considering buying these speakers, BUY AN AMPLIFIER. They sound dull if you power them directly off the headunit. The only con I have had with them is the crossover box is rather large, so its a little hard to conceal. I wound up mounting it under the dashboard and running wires to the doors from them. Overall I highly recommend them to anyone looking for audiophile quality on a budget.

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Frank

Canada

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focal 165a1 components

December 12, 2012

Good Speakers, set them on the middle setting for crossovers... I put them in a kia sorento 2012 with the stock base sound system...(front..perfect fit). bass is deep and a little boomy but mids and highs are stellar making this an amazing package no matter what the price. I underestimated the time it takes to break them in... I am hearing new things only now (6months on). really a good buy. highly recommend. I used polk audio in the back, a good setup.

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wally

joliet ill.

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great sound!

November 1, 2012

in my opinion this are a verygood speakers in name reputacion & sound for my personal taste & well positioned this speakers sound's exellent I recommend it

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Donald

District Heights, MD

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Excellent Sound

October 24, 2012

Best bang for the buck. Typically I like Polk Audio and decided to take a chance per my installers suggestion and haven't felt as though I have made a mistake.

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JULIO

Ft. carson, CO

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Outstanding

July 9, 2012

I have a set in my Isuzu Axiom and they sound great I had to order 2 more and for the price you can't beat it. They arrived in the time that was estimated my wife checked them out their was no damage, I currently Deployed in Afghnistan and can wait to get back and get them installed. Thank You SonicElectronix.

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matt

richmond va

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good but not worth list

June 12, 2012

I bought these speakers a few months ago, they sound amazing. However there are many speakers in a much lower price bracket that that can keep up with them, for instance kenwood excellon components infinity reference or kappa speakers (kappa components win in my opinion). Dont get me wrong there amazing speakers but not audiophile grade also when you turn up the volume the highs can be harsh and you begin to loose detail that my rear infinity speakers continue to play. they do seam to handle the higher volumes without distortion and the sound quality is still fair. I tend to blast my music and they have held up to everything ive thrown at them. bottom line for the sale price i would recomend because there still better than most of the stuff at that price.

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Ryan

Sioux Falls, SD

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Focal Access Series Components

September 22, 2009

These speakers provide clean crisp sound at a very affordable price. I wanted to get a good set of components and when comparing to other brands such as Dyn Audio, I have found that Focal has provided the best bang for the buck when it came to making a cheap set of components sound really good. I have one set in the front and one set in the back. Whenever I crank my system, everyone comments on my highs asking how in the heck I got them to sound so good. I tell them that its quite simple, I bought components that are made by Focal.

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Nathan

Asheville, NC

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Sweetest Ear Candy

February 2, 2009

I bought these speakers for my wife's car. I am an "old diehard MB QUART Q-Series" guy. I was not pleased with the new QUART Series, so I went to the local shop and was introduced to Focal. It was love at first sight and the sound was exceptional. Though not cheap, the installation and price will vary from car to car and shop to shop and the best deal I found was through Sonic. If you are looking for the "old school" sound with the best technology, look no further. Your ears will thank you and ask for more!

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Shirley

college station, TX

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Great componets for great price

March 4, 2008

I installed these in the front doors of an ext. cab truck to keep up with a pair of JL W7 13.5 and they do great. I Have the focal coaxial in the back and with that combo you mids and highs are great. These components sound just as good if not better then the high end models of other major brands. I have installed them free aired and also sealed up and they are amazing both ways.

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Ben

Sherman Oaks, CA

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amazing set of component speakers

July 13, 2007

This focal comp. set is one of the clearest sounding set of speakers i have heard. The woofers, as well as the tweeters are high quality and are built to last. I am running these off of a Pioneer DEH-P880PRS head unit and i must say that the power handling is incredible considering that they are not very high wattage. Installation is very simple and straight forward. You will need some extra speaker wire and terminals for better connections. These speakers are great for rock, rap, hip-hop, and especially acoustic music.

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Hennie

New Zealand

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Focal 165A1

March 2, 2007

Really nice lively speaker. It is pure and crisp and really shines on unplugged or acoustic music. But so far no matter what music i have listened to. They have a real nice live realm it creates. You will not be dissapointed in these speakers.

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Victor

Canada

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good sound

October 19, 2006

This was a good investment. Not overly expensive for the performance you get. Simple, clean sound, good craftsmanship.

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Product Summary

Manufacturer

Model Number

165-A1

Weight

8.00lbs

Internal SKU

165a1

Internal Product ID

7755

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: Focal 165 A1