1. Welcome to Tacoma World!

    You are currently viewing as a guest! To get full-access, you need to register for a FREE account.

    As a registered member, you’ll be able to:
    • Participate in all Tacoma discussion topics
    • Communicate privately with other Tacoma owners from around the world
    • Post your own photos in our Members Gallery
    • Access all special features of the site

RF or Polk Speakers?

Discussion in 'Audio & Video' started by iJDub, Apr 22, 2013.

  1. Apr 22, 2013 at 11:13 AM
    #1
    iJDub

    iJDub [OP] Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 26, 2010
    Member:
    #48225
    Messages:
    814
    Gender:
    Male
    I'm debating between the

    Rockford Fosgate T165-S 6.5" Power Series Car Audio Component Speakers

    or the

    Polk Audio DB6501 6.5-Inch 2-Way Component System

    The Polks have more positive reviews but I'm not sure if it's just because the price is lower.

    I want to do this right and do it once - which ones to go with? Thanks.
     
  2. Apr 22, 2013 at 11:29 AM
    #2
    ItalynStylion

    ItalynStylion Sounds Gooooood

    Joined:
    Jun 15, 2009
    Member:
    #18467
    Messages:
    4,627
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Steven
    DFW, Tx.
    Vehicle:
    09 Double Cab TRD Sport 4x4
    If you want to do it "right and do it ONCE" then you'd be doing it wrong by going with either of those speakers. I don't mean to offend you but I really just want to keep you from making a decision you might regret. Or worse yet, having spent similar money you could have gotten WAY MORE for the same coin.

    These Focal 165A1's are on clearance at Car Toys. Might be a great option for you.
    http://www.cartoys.com/products/product.cfm/cartoys/Focal_165A1/
     
  3. Apr 22, 2013 at 12:52 PM
    #3
    MassAppeal16

    MassAppeal16 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 18, 2013
    Member:
    #95489
    Messages:
    123
    Gender:
    Male
    Carrollton, KY
    Vehicle:
    06 TRD SR5 SWB DCSB
    I have been going back and forth between Polk and JL, but recently read up on Focal. They are more expensive, but from all that I have read they seem to be worth it.
     
  4. Apr 22, 2013 at 12:57 PM
    #4
    Aw9d

    Aw9d That one guy

    Joined:
    Nov 7, 2011
    Member:
    #66635
    Messages:
    12,315
    Gender:
    Male
    This.. RF and Polk are not known for being great quality sounding speakers. Focals FTW!
     
  5. Apr 22, 2013 at 1:02 PM
    #5
    woodygg

    woodygg Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Mar 18, 2010
    Member:
    #33462
    Messages:
    1,713
    Gender:
    Male
    So Cal
    Vehicle:
    04 DC Tacoma 4x4
    ^^^Listen to him...
     
  6. Apr 22, 2013 at 1:40 PM
    #6
    iJDub

    iJDub [OP] Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 26, 2010
    Member:
    #48225
    Messages:
    814
    Gender:
    Male
    Not that I don't believe you guys but could someone educate me on this?

    Like reasoning.
     
  7. Apr 22, 2013 at 2:18 PM
    #7
    iJDub

    iJDub [OP] Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 26, 2010
    Member:
    #48225
    Messages:
    814
    Gender:
    Male
    Damn, sold out at that price! New ones are coming in at 240.
     
  8. Apr 22, 2013 at 3:24 PM
    #8
    isu2014

    isu2014 RAT Products

    Joined:
    Apr 12, 2010
    Member:
    #35140
    Messages:
    12,641
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Ryan
    Farmington, MN
    Vehicle:
    01 SUPERCHARGED TRD OR MANUAL 4x4 V6
    View the build. Too much to list.
    The Polk DB series speakers are budget friendly but not great sound quality. I had the Polk MM6501 in my old truck and they sounded awesome. Even better than the infinity speakers I had before them. The JL speakers aren't as impressive as their subs, so I would avoid them. Focal are great speakers but I will go as far as saying my MM6501 sounded comparable for all genres of music. If you aren't putting an amp on them and upgrading the head unit, your speakers are only as good as the factory head unit sound quality (poor at best).
     
  9. Apr 22, 2013 at 3:33 PM
    #9
    iJDub

    iJDub [OP] Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 26, 2010
    Member:
    #48225
    Messages:
    814
    Gender:
    Male
    Amp and headunit are going on.
     
  10. Apr 22, 2013 at 3:54 PM
    #10
    Aw9d

    Aw9d That one guy

    Joined:
    Nov 7, 2011
    Member:
    #66635
    Messages:
    12,315
    Gender:
    Male
    Same reason a Geo Metro can't keep up with a Lambo.

    They are both cars right? They both run no gas, have tires, engines, etc, etc..

    One is just better built by leaps and bounds and has better materials in it.

    This goes the same for speakers.

    Here is some info on speakers: (yes its for home speakers but it gives you an idea)

    http://www.techhive.com/article/2000385/what-makes-one-speaker-better-than-another.html
     
  11. Apr 23, 2013 at 10:19 PM
    #11
    iJDub

    iJDub [OP] Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 26, 2010
    Member:
    #48225
    Messages:
    814
    Gender:
    Male
    What about a 10" sub. JL ok?
     
  12. Apr 23, 2013 at 10:32 PM
    #12
    maytagworker

    maytagworker Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Aug 17, 2008
    Member:
    #8600
    Messages:
    65
    just put a 10" alpine type-r in mine and loving it
     
  13. Apr 23, 2013 at 10:39 PM
    #13
    steezinstangl

    steezinstangl Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Sep 10, 2012
    Member:
    #86667
    Messages:
    352
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Ryan
    Elk Grove, Ca
    Vehicle:
    2008 FJ Cruiser
    Mini H1 Retrofit 5K, 1st Gen TRD CAI, JBA Catback, Radflo 2.5 extended coilovers w/ resis, Radflo 2.5 rear shocks with resis, toytec superflex rear springs, DSM Uniball UCA's, intake manifold spacer
    i have that polk system in my truck along with the matching 6.5 speakers in the rears and it is one of the best sounding systems I've ever heard. having them hooked up to a good amp is also a plus. the speakers haven't once distorted or lost clarity. no matter how loud i play them. put it this way, my cousin who is a top of the line JL audio only type of guy approved of the system.. a 10 or 12 in sub will make a world of difference too.
     
  14. Apr 25, 2013 at 8:58 AM
    #14
    2012SilverSport

    2012SilverSport Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Apr 16, 2012
    Member:
    #77067
    Messages:
    530
    Gender:
    Male
    Guam
    Vehicle:
    2012 Silver TRD Sport Double Cab
    CS Jumpers LED's throughout the cab and marker/DTRL's weather techs/seat covers. Head unit Pioneer AVHX5500BHS, Speakers, Front, Polk Audio DXi 6500 component, rear Polk Audio DXi 650s Subwoofer Sound Ordinance B-8PS, Amplifier Alpine KTP 445U. Front ICON extended travel 2.5 remote resi, Camburg UCA's. Rear ICON 2.0 remote res rear. Wheelers 3 leaf HD progressive AAL,
    Get what you like the sound of best. It is your truck, your money and your ears that are going to listen to it. I had the option to go with more expensive speakers and spent months before I decided on which speakers to go with. I did end up with Polk. They are quality speakers that sound good in our trucks. these are the ones that I have installed. there are more pics in my profile. there is a huge defference in sound quality, clarity and overall power from these speakers. You will not be disappointed if you do what is best for you!

    IMG_1028.jpg
    IMG_1042.jpg
    IMG_1045.jpg
     
  15. Apr 26, 2013 at 12:23 PM
    #15
    gtrplr

    gtrplr Member

    Joined:
    Sep 13, 2010
    Member:
    #43168
    Messages:
    20
    Gender:
    Male
    Vancouver, wa
    Vehicle:
    05 SR5 4x4
    3" revtek front, 1.5 aal trailmaster rear, 265 70R16 Toyos, K&N filter, rubber between rear springs.
    I just finished installing the polk db6501's in the front, no rear fill, and two fosgate shallow 10's in the back beind the rear seat. I first had the polk's connected to a kenwood 60 watt rms amp and it sounded ok but clipping began at an unacceptable volume level so I bought a fosgate 550.2 amp so now i have 150 watts to each insead. It sounds INCREDIBLE and I cannot make it distort unless I stand next to the truck because it gets VERY VERY loud. I have not heard focals before but I can tell you that knowing what I know now I would have bought the focals for the price if I had it to do over but you cannot go wrong with the polk speakers as long as you get enough power to them. I'm sure that is true with focals too so worry more about getting atleast recommended rms power to whatever you buy. If you like it loud get a bigger amp then rms output so that you avoid clipping which is what will kill the speakers.
     
  16. Apr 26, 2013 at 12:45 PM
    #16
    Aw9d

    Aw9d That one guy

    Joined:
    Nov 7, 2011
    Member:
    #66635
    Messages:
    12,315
    Gender:
    Male
    Once you hear Focals you'll change your mind about Polks.
     
  17. Apr 26, 2013 at 4:05 PM
    #17
    dolbytone

    dolbytone Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    May 14, 2010
    Member:
    #37165
    Messages:
    320
    Gender:
    Male
    Vehicle:
    09 TRD Off Road
    I didn't have good luck with the one set of Polks that I tried out. I'll most likely never give Polk (or Kenwood) a second chance, car or home audio. RF is hit and miss in my opinion. Right now I like Alpine or JBL for budget friendly installations and Focal or Hertz for intermediate installations. I'm not sure what I'd recommend for full retard installs.
     
  18. Apr 26, 2013 at 4:13 PM
    #18
    Aw9d

    Aw9d That one guy

    Joined:
    Nov 7, 2011
    Member:
    #66635
    Messages:
    12,315
    Gender:
    Male
    Hertz are awesome speakers as well. Great SQ speakers IMO.
     
To Top