Sony Launches New Car Speakers and Subwoofers With a Little Something for Every Budget

While I do agree that having Android Auto and CarPlay in a vehicle significantly improves the time spent behind the wheel, I can't imagine driving without a high-quality audio system. In fact, this is typically one of the first things I look for in a car, as clarity and power completely revamp the audio experience.
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Sony has long been one of the biggest names in the car audio market, as it offers a wide range of products, including media receivers, speakers, and subwoofers.

The recently announced GS lineup is all about speakers and subwoofers, as Sony has decided to bring premium technology to a lower price point. The company's latest products aren't necessarily the most affordable but aren't extremely expensive either, so you should be able to build a high-quality audio system without spending a small fortune.

The new products are the XS-162GS, XS-160GS, XS-690GS, XS-680GS speakers, and XS-W124GS and XS-W104GS subwoofers, and all are projected to launch later this year.

XS-162GS is a 2-way component speaker, while all the other models are 2-way coaxial models. They all fit a 16 cm (6 1/2" or 6 x 8/9") enclosure, though you should each model's specifications closely before ordering them. The two subwoofers, namely XS-W124GS and XS-W104GS, are packed into 25 and 30 cm (10 and 12 inches) designs.

The speakers borrow some premium features from Sony's most expensive models, such as a soft-dome tweeter for flat frequency response and wider dispersion. They also sport a new spider design and an integrated Dynamic Air Diffuser (this one allows internal air circulation, contributing to more efficient cone travel and voice coil cooling, eventually enhancing the sound quality). Each speaker uses a foam rubber woofer.

Some models come with special installation options, as it's the case with the XS-162GS. This speaker comes with new angle mounts and adapters, essentially allowing for easy installation in more vehicles to improve the audio quality.

The two subwoofers boast rubber surround and an acoustically optimized spider. Sony used a clever design choice, directly sewing the lead wire from the voice coil to the spider. The company says this helps reduce wire movement, eventually preventing sound interference.

Pricing for Sony's new products starts at $129.99 in the case of the XS-680GS and goes as high as $179.99 for the XS-162GS. The two subwoofers can be had for $139.99 and $149.99, respectively.

As I said earlier, the new models aren't yet available, but they're projected to hit the shelves later this year. Most speakers will be up for grabs beginning in August, except for the XS-162GS, whose release date is December 2023. The entire lineup will be available in the United States and Canada, with more regions likely to get it in the next months.
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About the author: Bogdan Popa
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Bogdan keeps an eye on how technology is taking over the car world. His long-term goals are buying an 18-wheeler because he needs more space for his kid’s toys, and convincing Google and Apple that Android Auto and CarPlay deserve at least as much attention as their phones.
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