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Polk Audio db6501

6.5" 2-Way db Series Component Car Audio Speaker System (Marine Certified)

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  • 6-1/2" 2-way Component System (Marine Certified)
  • Power Handling:
    • Peak: 600 watts per set / 300 watts each side
    • RMS: 200 watts per set / 100 watts each side
  • Aerated Polypropylene Cone
  • Removable Phase Plug
  • Butyl Rubber Surround
  • Neodymium Magnet Structure
  • Die Cast Aluminum Basket
  • U.S. & Euro hole patterns to line up with the mounting screw holes of virtually any vehicle
  • 1 1/2 Voice Coil
  • Polyimide Voice Coil Former for high thermal stability
  • 4-Way Gold Plated Input Terminals Corrosion resistant terminals
  • Vent Holes in the basket equalize air pressure on both sides of the spider for more linear travel, flatter frequency response and lower distortion
  • 1" Silk/Polymer Tweeter
  • Neodymium Motor Structure with Faraday Cap
  • High Frequency Waveguide Prevents phase cancellations for smooth, uniform frequency response and wide dispersion
  • Zoebel Crossover Network flattens the system impedance curve for more efficient power transfer and flatter response
  • Air Core Inductors with Oxygen Free Copper wire, for wider dynamic range, contrast and punch
  • Mylar Capacitors
  • Tweeter Protection Circuit
  • Gold-plated connectors
  • Cast-Aluminum heat sink
  • 2nd Order Low Pass Filter
  • 3rd Order High Pass Filter
  • Frequency Response: 40 - 23,000 Hz
  • Sensitivity: 92 dB
  • 4 ohm Impedance
  • 1-year SonicElectronix.com warranty

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

Product History:

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Speaker Specifications

Series
This is the manufacturer product line of speakers.
db (Polk)
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.
Pair
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.
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.

Silk-Polymer Composite
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.
Polymer/Mica Composite
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.
300 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.
100 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).
35 - 23000 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.

Yes
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"
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 or millimeters, required to contain the speaker.
5" x 5" 
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
63%
4 Star
28%
3 Star
8%
2 Star
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1 Star
1%

Average Attribution Rating

Durability
4.6
Value
4.8
Features
4.4
Design
4.7
Usability
4.5
Andy

Mount JulietMount Juliet, TN

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Excellent Speakers

May 1, 2011

This is the first set of component speakers I have ever purchased, and I must say, the sound quality from these Polk component speakers is absolutely incredible. The Polk 6.5 component speakers replaced a set of aftermarket 6.5 coaxial speakers, and the Polk speakers are just so much better sounding. The power handling is pretty impressive, and I have yet to be able to make these speakers distort. The bass response is just so much better than you get with coaxial speakers. I know they are a little pricey, but I have found the sound quality to make them well worth the extra money. I would buy these again in a heartbeat if I had room for them...

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Cranetech101

Manvel, TX

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Great! But power hungry!

April 20, 2012

I bought these speakers for a 2003 Avalanche. I replaced the factory with these using a decent 4 ch. kennwood amp. I mounted the tweeters flush with the supplied housings. When I was done I was a little disappointed with the sound. When I raised the volume I got distortion. I was sure I just needed more power. The kennwood was probably putting out about 100watts per ch. (it was given to me & wasn't in great condition) The peak on the 6501's is 300 so I swapped the amp with a pioneer 760 watt 2 ch. I left the gain all the way down and tried it. The sound was incredibly loud! No distortion and I couldn't stand being in the truck with the volume all the way up! I wanted to close my eyes and cover my ears. I read someone's review saying they can't handle power. It's a lie! They can handle it! If you want the most bang for your buck a head unit by its self won't do it. My stereo does 80 x 4 and didn't do the speakers half the justice they deserve. Keep in mind the location of your tweeters makes a difference. Drill your holes big enough so they are free enough to swivel. If you have to fight them in your holes too small.

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StalionBoy

Portland OR

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So SICK!

August 10, 2012

Put these in a friends car and the first day they dont sound very good. No speaker does right out of the box. They take a little breaking in. The next day BOOM! The car is shaking! Especially paired with some sound dampening material these speakers along with the db651 coaxial is just amazing! Really rich highs and very surprising that with just a head unit giving out 52 wats per channel and with no amp the amount of bass is crazy! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

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Peter

Canada

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Need Power!

June 7, 2012

Awesome speakers, but they need to be amped! Head unit power will not be enough to show what these speakers can really do. In fact, it will make you not like them at all! Amp them and you'll love em! I installed them in my F150. Needed adapter plates and with a little dremmel work, they ended up fitting fine. I ended up installing the crossovers inside the panel under the window switches which worked out great. Polk is very good quality for the price. Just don't forget to feed these speakers power or you will not like!

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Matthew

Middletown, CT

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Pretty decent

April 26, 2012

I purchased these a week ago, and put them in my car yesterday. I ran the factory amp to both, the 6 1/2"s and the tweeters, not even using the crossover assembly. There is a lot of high frequency and mids now with these speakers. I had to turn down the treble and mid range on my radio to half way. WOW! As far as the sound, they blow my stock Clarion speakers out of the water. Yes, I'll stick with Polk Audio. :D

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Cranetech101

Marvel,TX

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Power hungry

April 20, 2012

I bought these speakers and installed them in an 03 avalanche. I spent all night installing them with a decent 4 ch. kenwood amp pushing them. When I finished they sounded decent but I still heard distortion when I raised the volume to max. The next day I pulled the kenwood and put a pioneer 700 watt 2 ch. amp on them. I kranked the volume all the way up and the sound was incredible. No more distortion and and it is so loud now I want to close my eyes when I turn it all the way up. I won't be turning the volume more than 2/3 of the way up anymore unless I just want to show someone what they can do!

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Frankie

Richmond, VA

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You can't beat it, Great DEAL !

April 5, 2012

I had the Polk's installed in a 2001 Cadillac DeVille. The front door has the 61/2, but the rear doors will only fit the 51/4. Once I installed the 500watt 4ch amp to them and now they sound AMAZING. Thanks Sonic.

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Brian

Gunnison, CO

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db6501

November 7, 2011

These are the most "natural" sounding speakers I've ever owned. The install in my 96 OBW was super easy and all required hardware was included. I left the crossovers in the small door "pockets" up front so I could adjust the treble +3/nom/-3db, but I found that the nominal setting was fine where it was. I am feeding them 75watts RMS @ 4 ohms via a 4 channel Alpine Amplifier. They are very clear, and very accurate. If you want these speakers to sing, use an outside amplifier as IMO the head unit amp just doesn't have the wattage that these speakers desire. They crank. Totally satisfied with my purchase.

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rodm.

Haiku, HI

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Great sound!

October 12, 2014

Highly recommend these speakers. Have them hooked up to 200 watt amp. Bass and highs come in crisp and clean. Very happy with my Polk speakers.

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Matt

North Las Vegas, NV

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Great set of components for the price

October 1, 2014

Even with the horrible base stock stereo in my jeep, these speakers made a dramatic leap in sound quality. Then upgrading my head unit to a jvc and adding an Alpine amp (KTP-445U), these components sound great. I have had some very nice sounding systems in previous cars. For the price, the Polks are a great buy and would be very difficult to beat. My only advice to Wrangler owners, if you are going to place the tweeters in the tombstone, be ready to get out an exacto knife and sand paper. It took a little trimming/sanding/muscle, but well worth it.

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BIG BOI

Orlando, FL

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AMAZING SOUND !!!!!

March 13, 2014

I love the product. I have always wanted to try out some Polk Audio speakers in my car, but never had a reason to. I recently had some Kenwood 6 1/2's and 6X9's and they got the job done, BUT when they finally blew I had a reason to buy these and let me tell you! They are amazing!!!

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na8t

oxford oh

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polk db6501 are sum of the best i have had in a long time

February 22, 2014

all i can say is u are not going to get a 6.5 that will keep up with these for under $200. i have a v12 old school 75x4 amp on them with the db6.5 coaxials in the back and ththey keep up with my rf t2d412

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Michael

buffalo, NY

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February 9, 2014

Broke these in with 40 watts for a few months, got my new amp and deck and they're now running at 80. I've been in metal bands for quite some time and I can't even handle these guys at full volume. I just got the 6901's in the mail and I'm a little scared...NOT! These speakers by themselves and a Fosgate in the trunk = awesome! Install was easy, fit the speakers in the stock speaker and tweeter locations of a G6 GT with the Monsoon sound system and was able to mount the cross over on the inner side of the door panel. I have it at +-0 now, thinking of going to -3 in the tweeter crossover, they sure are BRIGHT. Would definitely recommend these speakers to anyone looking for a loud and full sounding (if properly amped) component system at a very reasonable price. Polk guy for life.

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fred

hartford

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phenomenal speakers

January 19, 2014

Received them as a gift on christmas. I installed them in my jeep grand cherokee. Im using a Phoenix Gold 4-channel amplifier too power the Polk Audio component speakers. Before I had the Polk Audio, I was using Rockford Fosgate coaxial power serieries 6.5 speakers. the Rockford sounded nice but the sound was coming from my knees. The tweeter on the Rockford was not as bright or clear as the Polk Audio but of course due to the fact that the Polk Audio is a component speaker and it has a crossover. I was able to mount the tweeter on my dash so the sound was bouncing off my front windshield making the sound much fuller. the Polk Audio are wonderful speakers they sound amazing. they are the only component speakers I ever had so its hard for me to compare the Polk Audio two other component speakers. But I was debating on the Polk Audio or the infinity component speakers. FYI the crossover is small enough to mount in the door.

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leonard619

The Woodlands, TX

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Extremely disappointed

January 19, 2014

I purchased from a local electronic's store.....less than a week, speaker is already cutting in and out. I am an electrician and I determined it was a bad solder joint to the voice coil on the woofer. I hope Polk honors their warranty. I will update this review based on their response.

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Jonathan

Arcadia, CA

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in my nissan titan

November 25, 2013

these things are super crisp and can handle all the power they are rated for have yet to hear any distortion. not as much bass as i was lead to beleive but that is cool, super loud. powered by pioneer fd 100rms x 4

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Wade

Blaine, WA

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broken

October 25, 2013

these speakers broke within 2 months. first the tweeter which didnt bother me to much and now the mid on the opposite side.

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Kicks

Oak lawn,il

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Polk speakers 6501

September 19, 2013

This is the second pair of polk speakers I have installed they sound great easy to install good instructions great value

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scott

Webster, Tx

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Polk Audio db6501

September 18, 2013

great speaker for the price, Not as good as my Alpine Type R components but did the job

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Adrian

Canada

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Very clean and crisp

September 18, 2013

I installed these to replace the stock speakers in my RAV4. It was almost shocking to feel the difference in weight between the light plastic/paper stock speakers and these heavy metal/poly ones. The old crossover was marble size and these ones are more like a deck of cards. I was already impressed. Installation was easy--I cut out the old tweeters and the new ones flush-mounted into the stock brackets with enough room to put the cross-over behind it. Wiring was simple to strip and tighten in the terminal strip. I had to drill one hole for the mounting bracket in each door but that's not all that bad, all things considered. I'm still using the stock head unit (this will be fixed soon) and I noticed a huge difference. The stock speakers had a lot more low-end but tended to be very muddy with a lot of definition lost and no staging. These polks have a much more open feeling to them with crisp, well-defined highs and mids and a very neatly defined stage. My criticisms of these speakers are twofold. First, given the robustness of the rest of the system, the relatively flimsy plastic brackets surprised me. I can't imagine putting real power to a speaker with such a weak support. Second, while the sound is a lot cleaner, it lacks the lower end now. This is a big surprise because the old speakers were 5.25 and these are 6.5 but maybe it's just they are now under powered with the stock HU. All in all, I'd say this has been a huge improvement and, with more power and/or bass enhancement (think sub), it'll be audiophile level.

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Because i was unhappy with my recent purchase or RE Audio speakers. These have a proven reputation for being wonderful speakers for the money
Mike B on Sep 9, 2014
Fit my vehicle and good quality.
Brett G on Aug 14, 2014
fried my stock door speakers recently by running 175watts per side to the speakers.
Nas S on Sep 1, 2014
2 questions;
1- which amp would you suggest for the Polk DB6501 and DB651s?
2- Which 8'' Sub would you suggest to replace my present one in a Jeep Wrangler JK 2013 and which amp to go with the sub?
Alex P on Aug 19, 2014
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Will the DB6501 and DB651s fit in a Jeep Wrangler JK 2013?
On SOnic site and says that it is not compatible.
Can someone confirm?
Thanks
Alex P on Aug 19, 2014
Best Answer: Hello Alex,

Both Polk Audio speakers Will fit. The website is implying you can fit anything Below the size shown. The rear may need a bit of help from a bracket - Scosche SAC656 is recommended.
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Product Summary

Manufacturer

Model Number

db6501

UPC

747192112813

Weight

6.50lbs

Internal SKU

db6501

Internal Product ID

9109

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.

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