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Polk Audio db501

5" 2-Way db Series Marine Certified Coaxial Car Speakers

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Exceptional Quality and Versatility

Step up your vehicles audio performance with Polk Audio's revolutionary db501's. Cutting edge technology has allowed for an efficient speaker that has ability to accurately reproduce music like you have never heard before. A precise balance of materials including the Silk/Polymer Dome tweeter and Mica Cone woofer enable smooth roll-off and quick response at any volume. The rubber surround adds to bass response as well as increases the lifetime of the speaker under any conditions. Being marine certified, the Polk db501's will surprise you with its versatility and ability for use in many applications. The high-efficiency loudspeaker means less power is necessary for the same quality output. The revamped db Series delivers that perfect Polk Audio performance and durability like never before.

Speaker Features

  • 5" 2-way Speakers (Marine Certified)
  • Power Handling:
    • Peak: 270 watts per pair / 135 watts each
    • RMS: 90 watts per pair / 45 watts each
  • Impedance: 4 ohms
  • Dynamic Balance polymer/mica composite mineral filled cone is stiff yet lightweight for big sound and little distortion
  • 19mm liquid-cooled silk/polymer composite dome tweeter with neodymium magnet for clear and detailed highs
  • Low-mass 2-Layer 25mm Kapton voice coil former is lightweight for high sound output
  • Multi-hole mounting pattern and shallow depth for easy drop-in installations in most cars
  • ABS Grilles for Tweeter, computer optimized and based on exclusive MOMO designs
  • Durable butyl rubber surround won’t fall apart under the stress of extreme temperatures, sunlight or time
  • Pole Plate Heat Sink promotes better heat dissipation for superior power handling and reliability
  • Acoustically inert stamped steel basket
  • Flat Spider for faster, longer excursion linear motion
  • Flexible woven tinsel leads sewn directly into Spider for greater reliability
  • Frequency Response: 65-22,000 Hz
  • 1-year SonicElectronix.com warranty

Priced Per Pair

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.
5"
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
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.
135 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.
45 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".
93 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).
65 - 22000 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.
1-13/16"
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.
1-15/16"
Cutout Dimensions
Refers to the dimensions of the hole, measured in inches or millimeters, required to contain the speaker.
4" x 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.
No

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

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4 Star
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4.5
Value
4.8
Features
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Design
4.6
Usability
4.6
Mr V

chicago, illinois

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polk audio db501

August 17, 2014

good so far, easy to install, sounds nice. dont know about reliability yet

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James

South Ogden, UT

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Great Sound

April 20, 2014

I had to replace some blown Nokia speakers. The remaining Nokias sounded tinny. The addition of these two in the back gives depth and clarity to the music. Now, I can hear the locations of the individual instruments. Plan to buy another pair to replace the remaining nokias.

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David

Parsons, KS

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Great sound!`

February 14, 2014

These speakers sound amazing for the small size! Great job Polk!

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vernon

chicago, illinois

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lotta bang for the buck

October 14, 2013

i got these to replace the rear speakers on my honda gl1500se. excellent sound quality, crisp and clean. would recommend these to anyone

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chief 55

alturas, ca

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polk db501 goldwing front speaker upgrade

October 4, 2013

Easy upgrade speakers fit in existing faring cutouts and sound much better than stock speakers.

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scott

massillon ohio

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polk speakers

September 17, 2013

great sounding speakers for the money. small size big sound

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Nick

Laconia, NH

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Sound Fantastic!

June 27, 2013

I have 1993 Honda Accord EX and I bought these for the front door speakers and I had to do minimal work to install them. Honda had the speaker terminal connectors already on the stock speakers so installation was a breeze. What a world of difference, I love them. I couldn't be more happy about my purchase.

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Don

Jupiter, Florida

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Quality Sound!

May 6, 2013

I purchased the Polk Audio db501 speakers 6 months ago and installed them on my 2008 Honda Gold Wing. They are a far superior speaker than stock. The sound is much clearer and less distortion at high volume. I had to shave off a little bit of the metal from both sides so they would fit. A friend did it with a band saw. It's not a big deal but they simply would not fit stock. I would recommend them to anyone wanting to upgrade from the stock speakers. The other speakers on the market are no better than the stock ones.

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Gary

Gold Canyon, Az.

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Excellent speakers

March 18, 2013

I installed these to replace some aftermarket speakers in a GL1800 Goldwing. The sound quality is superior to both the original and aftermarket speakers I had installed. They are excellent quality and would be excellent replacements in a variety of installations.

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FLGator

Dunnellon, Fl

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Big sounds for a great price!

March 10, 2013

Installed this pair of speakers in a Goldwing motorcycle stereo upgrade. After using these speakers now for over 6 months, I don't think you can purchase a better value for waterproof speakers with the clarity and harmonics of the Polk Audio 501's.

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Steve

Lees Summit, MO

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September 4, 2012

Purchased for 2004 Goldwing M/C. Worked great without modifictions in original speaker pockets. Great sound and great service from Sonic. Will use again.

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Mal

Huntingdon Pa

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Lowest Price

August 8, 2012

Installed on my 99 valkyrie interstate, big improvement. Waterproof and crystal clear sound.

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Blane

OKC, OK

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db501 in GL1800

August 6, 2012

This is the 3rd pair of speakers I have put in the rear of my G1800. They are the best ones I have put in to date. Much improved bass and volume compared to the previous 2 pairs I have tried. All the speakers have been driven off a kenwood 100 watt amp. An added benefit was that no modification was needed to install these little jewels. Previous speakers used were jm audio which were an easy placement but I wasn't satisfied with the sound and Sony exploid which I modified to fit the housing.

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Bob

Sartell, Mn

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For The Goldwing 1800

July 5, 2012

Quality of product and sound was great. Had to customize a little to fit, but works well and sounds super.

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Wingnut01

Columbus,Ohio

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db501 Speakers worth every penny

June 13, 2012

Great speakers with awesome sound mounted speakers in the rear of my 2003 Goldwing sounds like home listening to my home equipment. Great Product at a Great Price Thanks Sonic.

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Roge

New Albany, In.

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db501 speakers

January 12, 2012

Excellent choice, great sound for the money, easy install for Honda GL1800 Goldwing front and rear.

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Rick

Lexington, SC

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Sound Great

November 16, 2011

I would like to say that these speakers are great. I installed them on my motorcycle, 1999 Honda Valkyrie Interstate. I bought four and I am very pleased with the sound. Had to do just a little modification on each speaker, but I feel that anyone could do it also. I also bought a power amp but have not installed it yet. Waiting for winter. I would recommend these speakers.

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Douglas

Alpharetta, GA

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Great Speakers

November 4, 2011

Crystal clear sound with speakers that can handle the power. Crisp highs and respectable sounding lows. The value is better than many of the higher end speakers on the market.

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Jason

Decatur, AL

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Sounds Great

October 23, 2011

I replaced my rear speakers in my 1991 Supra made a world of difference.

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Wayne

Franklin, TN

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Great Buy

September 14, 2011

Bought these for my Honda Goldwing motorcycle to replace the originals. Turns out the ones in the bike had some aftermarket speakers already in it. These sound so much better with better volume than the previous "upgrades." This was a great price on these as well. Would highly recommend them.

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Accessory Tools and Products

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Streetwires 50 ft. of True Spec 16 Gauge Speaker Wire

You need speaker wire to connect your speakers!

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100% Copper Clad Aluminum, PVC blended jacket for easy installation and high strand count for maximum audio quality

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16-14 AWG Butt Connectors

These blue butt connectors are ideal when connecting thicker speaker wire your new aftermarket speakers!

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16-14 AWG Quick Disconnect Connectors

These blue quick disconnect connectors make it easy to connect and disconnect speaker wire your to your new aftermarket speakers!

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NVX SDSK2 Speaker Kit

Eliminates speaker panel distortion and reduces vibration, rattles, and squeaks!

Your Price $14.99

Dynamat Xtreme Speaker Kit 10415

Enough sound dampening for 2 speakers!

Your Price $17.95

Stinger Roadkill Speaker Kit

Use this to eliminate rattle from your speakers!

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Car Stereo and Speaker Installation Tool Kit

Includes Test Light, Crimp/Splice Tool, Multi-bit Screwdriver and more.

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Universal Wire Puller & Grabber

Running wires has never been easier! This wire puller allows you to run wires through those hard to reach places!

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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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3 in 1 Wire Quick Splice T-Tap and Butt Connector Crimper + Wire Cutter

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

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Daniel M on Sep 8, 2014
There speakers are a perfect fit for my 2005 Honda gl1800. And they sound phenomenal. If you pick these you will not regret the decision
Claude M on Aug 18, 2014
Did some research and found these to be the best option for replacing my marine speakers in my hot tub.
Ian K on Aug 20, 2014
I did some web reviews for replacement spkrs for my 2009 Honda Goldwing.

These spkrs come highly recommended.
Herman H. Sauder I on Aug 9, 2014
is that price for one speaker or a pair of speakers?
A shopper on Aug 31, 2014
Best Answer: It's is per pair. I put these in the fairing of my goldwing. They have very clear sound. I'd recommend them. I plan to accent mine with a small power sub in my trunk.
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Product Summary

Manufacturer

Model Number

db501

UPC

747192112752

Weight

3.00lbs

Internal SKU

db501

Internal Product ID

9121

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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