Tang Band W69-1042J 6"x9" Subwoofer

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The oval shaped frame of the W69-1042 gives you the surface area of a typical 8" driver in the footprint of a 6-1/2". Perfect for constructing a narrow-baffle subwoofer, or for automotive installs in factory 6" x 9" locations.
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  • Oval shaped frame gives you the surface area of a typical 8” driver in the footprint of a 6-1/2”
  • Perfect for constructing a narrow-baffle subwoofer, or for automotive installs
  • High power handling and long excursion for excellent low-bass performance

Product Details

Tang Band W69-1042J 6"x9" Subwoofer

The oval shaped frame of the W69-1042 gives you the surface area of a typical 8" driver in the footprint of a 6-1/2". Perfect for constructing a narrow-baffle subwoofer, or for automotive installs in factory 6" x 9" locations. High power handling and long excursion for excellent low-bass performance.

Product Specifications
  • Nominal Diameter6" x 9"
  • Power Handling (RMS)90 Watts
  • Power Handling (max)170 Watts
  • Impedance8 ohms
  • Frequency Response35 to 350 Hz
  • Sensitivity87 dB 1W/1m
  • Voice Coil Diameter1.5"
  • Magnet Weight29.2 oz.
Thiele-Small Parameters
  • Resonant Frequency (Fs)35 Hz
  • DC Resistance (Re)6.5 ohms
  • Voice Coil Inductance (Le)0.91 mH
  • Mechanical Q (Qms)3.93
  • Electromagnetic Q (Qes)0.4
  • Total Q (Qts)0.35
  • Compliance Equivalent Volume (Vas)1.07 ft.³
  • Mechanical Compliance of Suspension (Cms)0.42 mm/N
  • BL Product (BL)13.27 Tm
  • Moving Mass Of Diaphragm (Mmd)49.89
  • Maximum Linear Excursion (Xmax)7.3 mm
Materials of Construction
  • Cone MaterialPaper
  • Surround MaterialRubber
  • Basket / Frame MaterialSteel
Mounting Information
  • Overall Outside Diameter6.5" x 9.2"
  • Baffle Cutout Diameter5.5" x 8.25"
  • Depth4.18"
  • # Mounting Holes4
Optimum Cabinet Size (determined using BassBox 6 Pro High Fidelity suggestion)
  • Sealed Volume0.25 ft.³
  • Sealed F385 Hz
  • Vented Volume0.65 ft.³
  • Vented F351 Hz
Tang Band W69-1042J 6"x9" Subwoofer
  • BrandTang Band
  • ModelW69-1042J
  • Part Number264-837
  • UPC844632009815
  • Product CategorySubwoofer Drivers
  • Unit of MeasureEA
  • Product Rating
    (28 Reviews)
  • Weight6.2601 lbs.
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Tang Band W69-1042J 6"x9" Subwoofer is rated 4.1429 out of 5 by 28.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Quality SpeakersReplaced my recently purchased CDT 0690 GOLDs with these after the CDTs didn't perform. These required a little modding of the back deck of my car but they are in solid and sound amazing. The installer had never heard of them and the entire shop was amazed and wanted to custom build boxes to see how they perform. I have them being pushed by a RF PBR300X2 which probably means I am putting 60-70 watts to them. I have them LPF crossed at 180Hz. Don't waste your money on others, this is a good purchase for the money. The black stuff surrounding the speakers is dynamat which was used to give it a good housing.
Date published: 2015-01-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Too EarlyThese speakers have great specs but, as they were received, they don't come close to meeting these specs. I won't know how to judge them until I break then in and are stable and put them into service. It may take some time - if ever.
Date published: 2014-12-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Perfect ingredient for bass in a MINI CooperCliff's notes: two of these, each in ~0.75 ft^3 ported enclosure tuned to ~30-32 Hz, outperformed an Alpine type-R 12" in a 1 ft^3 sealed enclosure... by 5 db! And took up ZERO cargo space! Essentially, these perform as well as two sealed SWR-1243d at twice the power!---I wanted a sub stage in my MINI without sacrificing cargo space. This is a tall order because a MINI has NO cargo space to begin with! I got creative and was rewarded for my efforts. An R56 cooper has 6x9s installed to the sides of the back seat. I essentially sealed up the body cavity behind the woofers with a smattering of mdf, cld and duct seal putty, then stuffed a Precision Port 2" venting the "enclosure" to the sides of the luggage area. Impedance sweeps verified a 30-32 Hz fb and testing measured 95dba @ 50 Hz (~125db) and low 80s dba from 30-40 Hz, also about 120db, with 300w to the pair. The Alpine 12" in it's sealed enclosure measured 90dba @ 50 Hz and was nowhere close at 30 Hz! I imagine the really low frequency stuff would be considerably louder if I didn't have to run a sub-sonic hpf to keep excursion in check.As stated elsewhere, these are not a standard 6x9 shape. Even witha 1/2" mdf baffle, I had to sawzall the heck out of the body to accommodate the basket. Highly recommend these. I gave four stars because it seems these used to be about half as expensive as their current price, but even at $130 for the pair, I can't complain. These are the only way to do bass in a MINI!PS. I have a build log with photos, measurements and detailed install notes on the diyma forum, search "2007 R56 MINI cooper build" for the thread if that interests you.
Date published: 2014-03-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for rear deck installI absolutely love these subs. They are mounted ib in the rear deck of an e36 bmw using mdf adapter rings. They are running off of a 500w amp in parallel for a total impedance of 4 ohms. The depth and sound quality are amazing. I wish the excursion was a little higher but other than that they're a great choice.
Date published: 2013-05-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Buy this mechanical magic n be ill'nLet me start off by saying what everyone else says is true...theres are an awkward shape!! i bought regular 6x9 mdf rings from ebay/amazon and they worked great but was very tricking lining up the holes so the wood didn't hit the rubber. i have them install IB (inifinity baffle google it noobs)...and they were good at first. They sounded like the top of the line audio subs that come in premium cars. That was day 1. Let it break in for a few weeks...and now you will be thinking it sounds like a 10 inch sub. These bump crazy when broken in just make sure you match the rms power and they not only bump...but you'll realize the other subs are inferior do to the insane sound quality and response times. Don't let that "only goes down to 35hz" fool you. These are perfect and you can hear this outside your car for sure..but nothing ridiculous where you are rattling other cars. Worst it will do is rattle your license plate a little bit if it isn't secure. I bought two of these and i am completely satisified. Get these. I may use these in my home theater!
Date published: 2013-05-22
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Tang Band W69-1042J 6"x9" SubwooferInorder to drive this massive speaker, an amplifier is needed.This was not mentioned in the description. I was under the impression that this 6X9 was a direct replacement and when connected to my rear deck output, it hardly produced any sound. So I returned this unit.The speaker will sound better through an amplifier, I'm sure.but, not as a stand alone rear deck speaker.
Date published: 2012-05-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WowI read the reviews on this and had hoped I could get some descent bass without a sub cabinet taking up my trunk space. Two of these running in parallel in the rear deck being driven by 150 rms. Just what the bass doctor ordered. If you are looking to add bass without a box. You can't go wrong.
Date published: 2012-03-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for simple car setup with 6x9As others point out, they are not standard 6x9 so plan on some mdf rings. Installed two of these in my rear deck of my BMW 98 M3 and am very, very happy. They are IB into the trunk, very simple just some adapters (most of the work) and very decent for the cost and effort. Running of a JL class D amp they play plenty loud and great quality of sound, much, much better than stock. If you're looking for a simple upgrade and don't want to do a sub, these are definitely one way to go that you won't be disappointed in.
Date published: 2011-11-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from these are greati bought three of these bad boys and love them.
Date published: 2010-04-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Small and compactI'm using this in my 1996 Honda Prelude VTEC which was originally equipped with a center 6x9 subwoofer in between the back seats. With some modifications, i was able to mount it nicely. I had to drill holes in the speaker to mount it though. Otherwise it's being powered from a JVC Amplifier which is bridged and giving the sub 130W RMS @ 4Ohms. So because of the 6.5Ohms it's about right supplying it with about 90W RMS. Anyway it can't handle much volume on some songs or it starts to make popping sounds. Tune your headunit and it sounds really good and u can really feel the bass in the seats. It is very high quality and sounds nice at good volume levels. Once u start blasting it though u have to tune down the sub to keep up.
Date published: 2010-02-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Some "bump" for your trunk.These speakers have great sound! They don't handle alot of power like larger subwoofers can, but if it is some deep bass without a BIG box in your trunk...these are for you. You will need to trim the opening for the subs to drop into and make sure you have enough room for the magnets(nice size!) to clear.
Date published: 2009-11-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from In my car it works better than expectedI installed the Tang Band 6 x 9 subwoofer in my Toyota MR2. There is very little room and I settled on this sub purely for space considerations. It's powered by a small Alpine amp in three channel mode using the Alpine built in crossover. Factory Toyota head unit (for a stealthy look) with a line level adapter. I'm using a pair of Focal component speakers. Woofers are in the factory positions and tweeters are surface mounted near them.I really just wanted a little something lower than the Focals could deliver. I didn't really even check to see if the space would be well suited for the driver. I just cut a hole and installed it. I was pleasantly surprised with the performance. It's quite good! Good enough that I'd love to experiment with this in a proper enclosure and a plate amp for a small subwoofer. I'm very glad I bought it, and for the price it's a real winner. Under $50 and sounds this good? That's a real bargain.
Date published: 2009-09-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Truly Fine Driver!I needed a replacement 6x9 driver for a 2 way tower design. I ended up rebuilding them into 3 ways and used these as my sub woofers with 5.5" mids. This proved to be a very successful redesign and this sub woofer made it possible!This woofer is essentially a KEF type frame and will require a small bit of original 6x9 hole modification. The width and length is the same, just more radius near the 4 corners is needed.The sound and performance is VERY GOOD! Plenty of xmax, good SPL, handles power very good, works great in a small vented 1.5 cu ft box down to 35hz!! Also note these are rare 8 ohm 6x9 drivers which is almost impossible to find. For about $40 each, the price is a steal as well. These perform as well as a lot of good 10" woofers and better than most all the 8" woofers at twice the price.These subs will be mt first consideration in any tower designs I build or rebuild in the future- they ARE just that good. These used with a good 4"~5" full range make excellent 2 way speakers as well. These are "sleepers"- don't miss using them!
Date published: 2008-09-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gobs of Bass from mid-size CabinetI used this woofer in a 3-way, ported system. The cabinet volume is 0.6 cu-ft and is tuned for an F3 of 50Hz. I used a 1st order x-over at 300Hz in conjunction with a Zobel network. With its healthy 7mm of x-max, this woofer generates gobs of clean bass from a mid-size cabinet. Good choice for a small PA system, especially when used in pairs.
Date published: 2008-07-07
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Poor PerformancePrice was great, but you get what you pay for. This speaker didn't produce hardly any sound at all. I returned it.
Date published: 2008-05-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Won't fit in 6x9 Factory location.These speakers looked and felt great, but they won't fit in a standard 6x9 mounting area without some cutting. The frames are more rectangular than oval and the bolt holes are off by at least an inch. If you have room to mount them from underneath as opposed to dropping them into a hole you may be ok. It's too bad I had to return mine although there were no problems with the refund. Have bought from here in the past, and will again.
Date published: 2008-05-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Super sub@giveaway priceI've long been a fan of old school large magnet 6x9 woofers like Pyle, Ultimate, LTL. When ganged-up, mega-choked, and properly ported, they sound punchier, deeper, and better defined inside the car than larger subwoofers (can you say "standing wave?"), given same total cone area. Problem is, try replacing or re-coning a 6x9 once they fry. Forget it!! Enter Tang Band.While this is a much different animal, I love this driver! Given the >3mH v.c., it's more of a true sub. Deep, tight, well controlled at high volume. Build quality is so-so, but the price makes them a steal. I'm using two of these with two Cadence 6x9 woofers (at 3x the price--they're 11 lbs each), and the combined bottom end leaves everyone slack jawed. Gotta have em'!
Date published: 2008-03-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best choice for narrow box HiFi Transmission LinesWe keep building quaterwave transmission line 4 way systems , crossing at 150,500,4000; used for front left/right hifi units and for surroundwith matched MTM and rears and a sub crossed out at 40 Hz. We appreciate this 1042 bass driver more and more as the bass performance turns out to be the big selling attraction, being flat, powerfull and free of any 'overhang'. Therefore it matches well with many good quality mid and hi drivers. The driver 1042 performs in an outstanding way due to it's specs that are ideal for this application and thus would also give good results in ported or sealed applications. We produce the full 4 way in a narrow box with front profile area of 10 by 40 in. which is surprisingly small knowing that TLs always get larger than ported systems. Good choice for any narrow application!
Date published: 0001-10-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great sound for a Great PriceI was skeptical if this 6X9 would be able to handle the power from a 50watt load crossed at 125. I was stunned at how much power it puts out. It is just right for adding a little extra bass to the car. My car had a 6X9 sub cut out so that is why I picked this sub. It will not compare to a JL8, but it will surprise you. At the cost of $30 you cant go wrong.
Date published: 2008-03-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from HaHa! Subs ina 6x9? Too good, but It's true!So I bought two of these 8 ohm freeair subwoofers to mount in my Acura EL (Civic sedan in the States) made some small sheetmetal mods to fit em. Got er done! Run em about 125w rms each in the trunk cavity (8 ohm, you do the math) and the SQ is excellent. Efficiency, not so good. Small driver. But, I don't have a boom box in my car! If you got some power, and a trunk, great solution! My x-over is at 100hz, or so.
Date published: 2007-10-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Clear winner for full size QWTL in a compact boxI found this ideal for quarter wave transmission lines that yield boxes small enough to meet spousal acceptance factor and thus to place in a living room. The TS parameters are near ideal when considered against QWTL design formulas and requirements, resulting in truly good performance in a relatively narrow duct. I found bass performance of this unit in a QWTL outstanding, crossing over at or below 300Hz.I intend to build more using the same.
Date published: 2007-05-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great bass without sacrificing spaceI've actually got mine installed in my front doors, which are deadened with 2 layers of Second Skin Damplifier. They are being powered by a Lightining Audio X1.800.4 bridged, with the gains set to send 180w to the pair. They are very tight and have great output for little power and their haphazard environment. They are great midbasses; I've been running them from 63-250hz. When my sub is out of my car, I drop the HPF down to 31.5hz, and they play low quite well. I must say that they are very fond of the bass guitar, and are neither too peaky or flat.The only downside is their odd shape. They're not a regular oval like other 6x9 speakers... Instead, they have corners that don't allow for a direct drop-in. A little Dremel work is needed for them to fit in factory 6x9 holes.Great bang for the buck, I would definately buy them again.
Date published: 2007-05-28
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Tang Band W69-1042J 6"x9" Subwoofer

Does this speaker come with a grill? If not do you sell one or know where I can get one?

Asked by: AVGeorge
These do not include grills. We do not have any that will fit except a standard round grill like part number 260-426.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2015-01-19

Will these fit or can be made to fit in the 6x8 rear opening of a 2007 Crown Victoria?

They can certainly be made to fit, but they will not be a drop in fit. Chances are the dash would need to be modified in order for them to work properly.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2015-01-14

For my next project. Compact towers with these 1x TB W69 as a sub, a 250w Dayton plate amp & mids MTM 2x TB 4" W4-1720s in each tower. I'd like to know the most effective (sub Feq) enclosure size and port size for the TB W69. Down firing OK or not?

Asked by: Leethal
I would recommend a vented box of 1 cubic foot, with a 3" diameter, 12" long port for a tuning frequency of 36 Hz. This woofer will work fine in a down firing application.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2015-01-06

I have a 2003 Lincoln ls with the audiophile system (low pass, amplified etc.) The rear deck comes with tw 6x9 factory subs are 2 ohms each and these are 8. Can you tell me how that will affect potential install? Anyone install these in a Lincoln LS?

Asked by: LouVaslo
An 8 ohm driver will only allow about 1/4 the power from the amplifier if it is replacing a 2 ohm driver. Generally you will want to try and find at least a 4 ohm option, unfortunately this is the only 6"x9" subwoofer we have available.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2014-12-31

Hi will these speaker work in 2006 SC430 Lexus Tang Band W69-1042J 6"x9" Subwoofer

Asked by: mnb8248
The biggest drawback to using this is an automotive application is the sensitivity is a little lower than we would typically see in a car speaker. If it is being amplified separately though it might do fine.
Answered by: Chrisf
Date published: 2015-01-16

Im planning a F150 build and wonder how well these will work in the rear doors for midbass fill running open baffle? Obviously they wont go as low as they would in the correct sized vented or sealed box, but Ford uses an off size r. door speaker anyway.

Asked by: Otis857
They will work decent but it really depends on how low you want to go with them. These will work best down to about 50-60 Hz with a high pass filter applied.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2014-12-02

Will these fit in the rear doors of a 2013 chevy cruze? 

Asked by: Seang90
The chart I have available shows the maximum depth for those doors is 3", so it does not look like the Tang Band will fit in that vehicle without modifications.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2014-09-09

What size box would you recommend for two of these? Also they would be used as actual subwoofers so it would need to play low. Thank you for any suggestions!! 

Asked by: DopeGuy1
I would recommend 1.4 cubic feet are both with a 3" diameter, 10" long dual flared port for a tuning frequency of 36 Hz.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2015-01-05

How will these work in a free air door application on my 2014 tundra? 

Asked by: bigEd
They will work reasonably well but probably not play much below about 80 Hz. There will also be heavy modifications required in order for it to fit properly.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2014-03-31

What's the best amp to run these speaker from

Asked by: Jackiechan
There isn't one individual amp I can recommend although it will work with any amp that provides 75-100 watts of power RMS into an 8 ohm load.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2014-03-17

Would these be a suitable replacement for Chrysler 6x9 front door bass speakers

Asked by: John1910
As long as depth is not an issue and the original woofers are 8 ohms these will work well for that application.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2014-03-14

would u recommend running a 6x9 speaker baffle to help produce bass and how deep would the baffle need to be? or should i not install with a baffle.... i am placing them on the rear top deck lid in place of the stock 6x9 speakers 

Asked by: wooahbabe
I would not recommend a baffle with these.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2015-01-05

I have done that they are still whompy

I sealed it to the rear deck..no enclosure they are IB. I have tried that and tested with more powerful amp which helped but I can only describe it as whomping with increased volume. Since I added the new amp it can produce significantly more spl but still "whomps". I cant imagine the driver bottoming out because it receiving the same frequencies as my oem drivers in my cruze. I tried 3 different amps I am now using the one that performed the best. they are currently seeing 75wrms a piece.
Asked by: Soundstage226
problem ; gm and ford developed the 6x9 to extend the 100 hz whomp as bass with the large area of trunk .. the time of the wave jumping into the air is at two places in space and or time the six in side and the nine in length, along with the rear glass reflectance the auto sound was born.. now put an air tight chamber so the back side of the 6x9 woofer doesn't beat with your subs and form a resonant doppler like distortion and x'over the 6x9's at 130 hz and go to a full size sub 8,10 ,12 etc and get more exotic you won't regret it
Answered by: digitalhaven 53
Date published: 2014-09-02

why does my pair sound terrible?

I mounted these on my rear deck, sealed them and I have 300 watts running to the pair. they seam to be out of phase but I know they are not. Maybe subsonic filter. suggestions..
Asked by: Soundstage226
Have you tested to make sure they are in phase? Try unhooking one woofer and see if you get a noticeable improvement in output. When you say they are sealed, are they in an enclosure or did you just seal the dash?
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2013-10-22

Running off a 4 Ohm amp

My 07 Saab 9-3 has two 6x9s in the rear shelf powered by a 150W Bose amp (75WRMSx2 channels) at 4 Ohms. Since these are 8ohm speakers that would reduce the power that they receive, right? What would be the impact of this? Are these a suitable replacement for the stock 6x9s in there now?
Asked by: rossmil
Power will be reduced but these will work fine. They do not share the same footprint as a standard 6x9 so modifications may be necessary to get it to fit.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2014-03-14

Would this sub work well in trunk?

I changed out the factory 6X9's in my 2011 Altima. I now have great highs but the lows are lacking (kept the factory head unit). Would this sub work well installed under the package tray with a 3/4" mdf trim ring between the sheet metal and the sub or does it need more clearance. Also, is the trunk area too large for just one of these subs?Thanks.
Asked by: jrod13
This will add lows although it probably wont play much below 35 Hz. This is typcial for most music though so it should not be a problem. The 3/4" is enough clearance.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2014-03-14

What is the cutout size for this driver?

Asked by: Superglide
You can download the mfgr specs from the product page. It's a bit fuzzy - but you will get the idea - it's an odd hole. You could go to the mfgr site for a clearer image. BUT wait - drivers like this "usually" come with a template. I used the KEF B139 years ago which was similar.
Answered by: markajh
Date published: 2014-03-14

what is the recommended sizes for a sealed or ported enclosures for this driver?

what would be the optimum size sealed enclosure?what would the optimum ported enclosure size be? tuning?
Asked by: JDF Designs
auto sealed box about .7 cuft or 1 cuft with port or a slim tri trix type transmission line.. this is sorta an oddball driver.. sound jumps off the six in side sooner than the 9 in side ,, so cross it over low like 100 hz..
Answered by: digitalhaven 53
Date published: 2012-03-16

What kind of amp should I use to power these, or do I even need one?

Asked by: Burtrum4
Subwoofers are typically powered independently from the rest of a system, these would be no different. Any speaker requires amplification in order to produce sound, even if that amplification is built into the receiver or head unit driving them. For this particular subwoofer, we would recommend an amplifier of 200 watts per channel or so, set at or below 50% gain. An amplifier with more or less output could also be used successfully with the proper gain settings.
Answered by: RussR
Date published: 2011-07-08

Is the price per pair or single sub?

Asked by: tobyj
This item is sold individually, not in pairs.
Answered by: RussR
Date published: 2015-02-23
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