Different Types of Car Speakers

different car speaker types explained

Music can make any road trip more enjoyable for all. But the quality of sound can make or break the entire experience. Speaking of quality, the criteria may differ from person to person. Depending on your tastes and preferences, you can opt for one of the two main types of car speakers. 

Coaxial (full range) speakers and component speakers are the two types of car speakers common in all vehicles. They differ from one another based on important factors including sound quality, customization, affordability and volume. 

We have compiled the details of different car speaker types to help you choose the right fit for your vehicle.

Component Speakers

component car speakers can be installed at different locations in the car
Component speakers can be installed in different parts of your car including the doors and the boot

Component speakers are made of different components (speakers and drivers) that can be installed in your car at different locations for instance the front door, back door and rear deck, among others. Separate speakers are required to handle the bass, middle and highest frequencies in addition to external crossovers to control the sound signals and offer the best sound quality.

The different speakers are installed in different places of a vehicle to offer customizable stereo-imaging options. This gives the music more depth and clarity, and thanks to the different frequencies coming from different places the sound quality is immersive. If you want to install component speakers in your vehicle, here are the steps to install car speakers .

Simply put, component speakers offer superior sound quality, they also have a superior build quality and are highly customisable. 

Let’s go through different types of components speakers.


Subwoofers are type of component car speakers
Subwoofers focus on bass frequencies

Subwoofers are the types of component speakers that produce low sound frequencies possible, ranging from 20-200 Hz (Hertz). Thanks to this bass, more depth and power is added to the music playing in your car. Subwoofers work best with a custom box enclosure that can contain and direct bass frequencies. Usually, these speakers are located behind or under the car seats, or in the trunk. The size range of subwoofers is from 8 inches to 15 inches.

If you want to install these in your cards, here are the various places to install subwoofers in your car.


The midrange speakers control the middle-range frequencies of music, ranging from 250-2000 Hz. These speakers add clarity in mid-range frequencies (mid-scoop) in a way that cannot be handled by a subwoofer or tweeter. Midrange speakers are usually round in shape and located in the vehicle’s doors. The typical size range for midrange speakers is from 3.5 inches to 6.5 inches.


Various car speaker types include tweeters
Tweeters produce the highest sound frequencies

The highest sound frequencies ranging from 2000 to 20,000 Hz are produced by tweeters. Sounds like voices and cymbals in your music are clarified with these speakers. Tweeters are small in size and are placed higher than the other drivers in the car. The typical size range for these speakers is from 0.5 inches to 1.5 inches.


different types of car stereo speakers include super-tweeters
Super-Tweeters are ideal for the sound enthusiasts

The super-tweeters are ideal for real sound enthusiasts. They are even smaller than tweeters and enhance the high frequencies of music. A super-tweeter solves typically produced highest frequencies ranging from around and over the 20 kHz range.

Coaxial Speakers

different types of car audio speakers include coaxial speakers
Most cars come standard with coaxials

This is the second car speaker type. Most cars come standard with coaxial speaker setups. Simply put, the full range of sound is built into a single contained unit. Mostly coaxial speakers include different sized woofers with a tweeter attached to either the top or on a pole running to the middle.

Coaxials have a built-in simple crossover that inputs the sound signal and splits it into separate bands of high, middle, and low frequencies. This helps allocate the signals to different parts of the speaker. All in all, such speakers are simple to install, they don’t need any additional amplifiers and are offered in a variety of band configurations. As for the price, they are usually affordable when compared with component speakers. 

Let’s go through the details of different coaxial speakers.

2-Band Coaxial

This is the basic level with just one single driver. Simply put, 2-band coaxial is the most common configuration of a coaxial speaker with no additional properties. Most coaxials are at least in the 2-band range – these are speakers that contain another sub-speaker housed within. A 2-band coaxial usually includes a woofer and a tweeter. The low and mid-level frequencies are handled by the larger speaker while the high frequencies are handled by the tweeter.  

3-Band Coaxial

3-Band coaxial speakers include an additional midrange speaker. This gives the extra “mid-scoop” to the vehicle’s sound and is a noticeable upgrade that adds more depth to the sound system.

4-Band Coaxial

4-Band coaxials include a bass woofer, mid-range speaker, tweeter, and an additional super-tweeter. All these additions make the 4-band coaxial the most comprehensive model of the speaker available.

That is all about the different types of car audio speaker, their variables and features. If you want to replace your existing speakers, here is how to replace and upgrade car speakers. If you want to buy car speakers, here is a list of car electronics for sale in the UAE including a range of different types of car speakers. 

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