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Coaxial vs. Component Speakers

By Gideon V. – Sonic Electronix Editor

Ever wonder about the differences between coaxial and component speakers? Your host Seth Wilde gives a complete breakdown on component vs. coaxial speakers in the latest episode of SonicElectronixTV, our YouTube channel. This episode is actually part one of an ongoing series on car speakers.

If you are looking to purchase a set of auto speakers, you are probably wondering what the difference is between coaxial and component speakers. Coaxial speakers are essentially one full-range speaker. A coaxial speaker has a midwoofer and tweeter attached. The coaxial speaker has one terminal and one small built-in crossover, which is used to separate the frequencies running to the tweeter and the crossover. The Kicker KS650 is a great example of a traditional coaxial speaker.

Component systems have a mid-range speaker, a tweeter and a crossover. The tweeter does not arrive mounted onto the middle of the woofer, because the system comes with a separate tweeter and crossover. Some component systems allow you to manually mount the tweeter in the middle of the woofer, or you can opt to mount it elsewhere since the tweeter is separate from the woofer. The crossover is also separate from the woofer, so you can choose where to mount it. Unlike the coaxial speakers, the component systems are first connected to the crossover, then to the speaker and finally to the tweeter. While coaxial speakers require one input connection with the speaker wire running directly from the amp, a component system will require three different connections and three sets of speaker wire. Precision Power PPI 356cs is an example of traditional component speakers.

If your car has one speaker per door panel, coaxial speakers are probably the way to go. Component systems require a more advanced install, but for vehicles with separate tweeters, they are a good option. Component systems will likely give you a higher quality sound too.

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Staff writers at Sonic Electronix are experts in their field. In addition to a complete in-house training program, these experts typically have many years of hands-on experience in their specialty. Some come from car audio installer backgrounds, while others come with extensive retail experience.
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