JL Audio Marine Speakers
JL Audio marine speakers provide better overall sound quality and a totally different sound profile than most marine speakers. The JL Audio M3 and M6 marine speakers have specially treated, silk dome tweeters instead of aluminum, titanium, or PEI dome tweeters like most other marine speakers. As a result, these JL Audio marine speakers give you rich, warm, well-balanced sound output that isn't as bright and in-your-face as most. If you prefer sound quality over just pure volume, JL Audio is the best way to go for marine speakers. The M6 offers more power handling and larger tweeters than the M3. If you want RGB LEDs, both use JL's Transflective technology which illuminuates the translucent cone from behind, instead of shining back from the speaker grille.
You can use JL Audio speakers without an amplifier, but they will sound significantly better with an amp. If you are going to power JL Audio marine speakers directly off of your radio, we recommend using the M3-650x speakers. The M6 speakers require too much power and the price point is too high to justify spending that kind of money without enough power behind them.
The amp we typically recommend to power your JL Audio marine speakers is the M-series marine amplifiers. These amplifiers use JL's NexD switching circuitry to deliver clean power to your speakers while minimizing current draw. If you opt for some 7.7" or 8.8" M6 speakers, you can upgrade to the JL Audio MHD amplifiers. The MHD series amps have a constant power circuit and Class D power supplies, but they are significantly more expensive because of the RIPS power supply. If you want to read more on that, check out our JL Audio M-Series vs. MHD amplifiers article.
The clamps are not included with the ETXv3 or VeX JL Audio tower speakers. All of the JL Audio tower speaker clamps are specific to the bar diameter. Unlike other companies that take the easy way out and offer a range and use rubber adapters, JL Audio makes their clamps to fit a specific size bar and they fit that size bar perfectly. For the ETXv3 tower speakers, JL offers fixed, swivel, and surface mount hardware in addition to select, direct-fit, OEM tower adapters. The VeX pods come with fixed clamps only.