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 Kicker 43DSC6504Everyone has different preferences and priorities, so to make choosing easier we have attempted to give a frank review of the products. Let's start with the Kicker 43DSC6504. These 2-way coaxial 6.5” Kicker speakers are the perfect set for any ride. They're also surprisingly inexpensive for a set that has such a high-quality design.

 Alpine SPS-610The second product we will be examining in this comparison is the Alpine SPS-610. These coaxial car speakers are another good alternative for kitting out your car. They have a mid-range wattage and fairly impressive 2-way class specs. Each speaker packs a punch of 80 Watts RMS, totaling 240 peak power together.

A deeper look at the features of the Kicker 43DSC6504

Some of the reviews of these speakers are a little unfair, in our opinion. Kicker makes some pretty decent, low-cost speakers that are perfect for those on a budget. We're inclined to think some of the disappointment comes from bass heads looking to deck their cars out in homage to the SPL wars.

But what about the Alpine SPS-610

They're a cheaper option to some of Alpine's best-selling speakers in the SPR range, making them perfect for those with a more restrictive budget. This set benefits from Alpine's knowledge and expertise and shares some design features with their high-end lines. You could also try these speakers under 100.


Kicker 43DSC6504

Alpine SPS-610


+ Affordable pair
+ Good full-range sound
+ Great volume

 + 2-way class
+ 240-watt peak power
+ Affordably priced


These 6.5 speakers pack a real punch. And, for a pair that weigh less than 5lbs, we think the bass response is rich and resonant and the trebles distinct and crisp, lending to excellent sound quality. If you're looking to replace your car's speakers with something more high quality, you've just found the perfect pair.

These coaxial car speakers can handle an ample amount of peak power for a fantastic listening experience.

Read our full review

Also see Music Critic's article 10 Best 6.5 Speakers in 2023 which includes even more information.

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