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Kenwood eXcelon KFC-X173

6-3/4" (Oversized 6-1/2") 2-way Speakers

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Complete eXcelon Performance
Kenwood eXcelon items are known for their quality construction and great sound. These Kenwood eXcelon KFC-X173 speakers are no different and continue that faithful legacy. Using the diamond array pattern on the carbon-polypropylene woofer diaphragm, the speakers gains more cone strength and improved acoustic response. Butyl rubber was chosen for the surround because of its smooth, linear cone support, as well as its durable composition. PEI Dome tweeters accompany the larger loudspeaker and result in crisp, clear highs that are not ear piercing. Each of these eXcelon speakers are carefully designed and engineered to produce the highest quality of sound so you can enjoy your music as it is meant to be heard.

  • 6-3/4" 2-Way Flush-Mount Speakers
  • Power Handling:
    • Peak: 480 watts per pair / 240 watts each
    • RMS: 160 watts per pair / 80 watts each
  • Carbon-polypropylene cone woofer
  • Butyl rubber surround
  • 1" Silk dome midrange
  • 3/4" PEI Dome tweeter
  • 4 ohms impedance
  • Top-mount depth: 3-1/4"
  • CEA-2031 Compliant
  • 2-year Sonic Electronix warranty

Priced Per Pair

Product History:

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(newest, current model)
Kenwood KFC-X172 thumbnail
(previous model, replaced by Kenwood eXcelon KFC-X173)
Kenwood KFC-X170 thumbnail
(previous model, replaced by Kenwood eXcelon KFC-X172)

Speaker Specifications

Series
This is the manufacturer product line of speakers.
eXcelon (Kenwood)
Priced Per
Car Speakers are typically sold in pairs so you will receive 2 speakers for each speaker purchase on speakers marked "Priced Per Pair". If a speaker is marked "Priced Per Each" then the speaker is sold individually and each purchase you make will result in 1 speaker. High-powered tweeters, midrange and full-range pro audio for car speakers are typically sold per each speaker.
Pair
Speaker Size
Refers to the size of the speaker measured in inches. Every vehicle has standard application sizes. Please use our vehicle fitment guide for your vehicle's specific speaker sizes if you do not know them.
6-3/4" (Oversized 6-1/2")
Design
The number of individual drivers in a car speaker. Speakers with 2 drivers are known as a 2-way, and 3 drivers are known as a 3-way. Component systems are often referred to as "separates" because the tweeter is not attached to the midwoofer (main speaker driver) and mounts separately in a location such as a door post. Component systems typically come with an external crossover so you can easily adjust the high and low frequencies sent to both the midwoofer and the tweeter. Center channel speakers are great for those looking to have surround sound in their vehicle.
2-way
Tweeter Design
Designs such as cone, dome, semi-dome, balanced dome, and whizzer are most popular. Cone tweeters are simple, efficient and typically are the most reasonably priced. Dome tweeters are used in most home speakers, and provide a smoother and more accurate sound. Semi-dome design is one with a dome placed inside a cone. A Balanced dome driver is a semi-dome with equal reproduction area given the cone and dome portions of the driver. A whizzer tweeter is a separate tweeter cone driven by the voice coil of the woofer.
Dome
Tweeter Composition
Materials such as polypropylene, silk, cloth, and paper are the most common, where as many more recent tweeters are now manufactured with composites such as Aluminum, Titanium, Mylar, and other materials.

PEI is an acronym for "Polyetherimide" which is an amorphous, amber transparent, high-performance thermoplastic.

Silk
Woofer Composition
Lightweight woofer cone materials are essential for efficient operation. Poly cones produce exceptional sound and are sturdy against various changes in temperature. Paper cones are very efficient, and when treated for moisture resistance, will perform at a high level. Poly refers to polypropylene, which is thermoplastic or fibers that are polymers of propylene. IMPP refers to injection molded polypropylene, a commonly used process and material in speakers.
Carbon-Polypropylene Hybrid
Woofer Surround
A speakers surround is part of the suspension system. The surround protects the cone and prevents it from being displaced as it flexes out from the basket. It is usually made of a durable material like treated foam or rubber in order to withstand the strenuous job of producing bass frequencies.
Butyl Rubber
Peak Power Handling
Peak power handling refers to the amount of power a speaker can handle during a brief musical burst. The RMS power range figure is a much more reliable rating for determining the speaker's power requirements. The Peak power handling specification is typically rated per speaker unless otherwise noted.
240 watts
RMS Power Handling
The RMS power is the amount of power the speaker requires to operate safely and properly. RMS Power Handling refers to the amount of power a speaker can handle on a continuous basis. We recommend powering your speakers or subwoofer with 80%-120% of its recommended RMS rating. The RMS power handling specification is typically rated per speaker unless otherwise noted.
80 watts
Sensitivity
An efficiency or sensitivity rating tells you how effectively a speaker converts power into sound. The higher the number, the more efficient the speaker and the louder it will play with the same input power. An efficient speaker helps you maximize your available power. Most sensitivity ratings measure the speaker's output with 1 watt of input, 1 meter from the speaker. Some speakers' sensitivity is measured with 2.83 volts of input, instead of 1 watt.
 
Efficiency (1w/1m) is not an accurate indicator of a subwoofer's output capability and should not be used as a comparison to other speakers or subwoofers to determine which one is "louder".
87 dB
Frequency Response
The range of frequencies the speaker will reproduce (lowest frequency to the highest). Bigger is better, meaning the wider the range, the better. The optimal range is 20 - 20,000 Hz (which is the range of human hearing).
63 - 24,000 Hz
Impedance (Per Voice Coil)
The load value (in ohms) that the speakers present to the amplifier per voice coil - the amount of resistance to the current flow. This is a key specification as subs wired in parallel or low impedances can create problems with your amplifier and potentially void all warranties. We encourage you to ask our support department prior to purchase if you do not understand which impedance level will suit your application best.
4 ohms
Shallow Mount Installation
This means that the subwoofer/speaker is designed to be installed in areas that do not have a lot of space. Shallow mount subwoofers are typically found under a seat or behind the seat in some trucks.

Shallow mount speakers will typically have a mounting depth of 2" or less, while shallow mount subwoofers will typically have a mounting depth of 3" or less.

No
Top-Mount Depth
The depth when installed on top of the mounting surface. Measured from the bottom of the speaker's magnet to the bottom of the mounting holes on the rim of the speaker.
3-1/4"
Cutout Dimensions
Refers to the dimensions of the hole, measured in inches or millimeters, required to contain the speaker.
5-3/8" x 5-3/8" 
Speaker Grilles
A grating or screen of metal or plastic bars or wires, mounted in front of a speaker as protection. If yes, the speakers will include matching speaker grilles. If no, there are no grilles included.
Yes

Warranty and Return Policy

Parts Warranty Duration
2 years
Labor Warranty Duration
2 years
Warranty Provider
Sonic Electronix

Summary of Customer Ratings & Reviews

Rating Distribution

5 Star
80%
4 Star
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1 Star
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Average Attribution Rating

Durability
4.7
Value
4.9
Features
4.5
Design
4.9
Usability
4.7
Amerskier

Wenatchee,Wa

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GREAT SPEAKER

December 28, 2010

Very impressed with the sound these speakers put out. They actually have quite a bit of mid bass that is clear that compliment the highs that are produced. I would recommend them for anyone looking for a really great speaker.

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Aaron

Grand Rapids, MI

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Impressed!

June 19, 2010

I have a stereo with roughly $1,500 worth of bass, and even with my Kicker 4x6's and 6x9's amped up my car stereo was still extremely overpowered on the low end. After spending a day on a custom install putting these in my kick panels to replace the 4x6's, I can honestly say my car has never sounded better.

I was hesitant to buy Kenwood at first, as they are traditionally known for pretty average speakers, but these 6 3/4's complement the rest of my stereo perfectly. If you are looking for speakers with bass though, do NOT consider these! They are meant to scream and cover the mids-highs, and they do a great job. Highly recommended to anyone looking to add some powerful highs to their system without going all out on a custom setup.

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Todd

Illinois

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Good crisp speaker

August 25, 2014

Have these hooked to head unit and they perform very well. The sound stays true and crisp even at high volume. I would recommend these any day.

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Mike

Branchland, WV

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Great product at a great price!

July 24, 2014

This is my first experience with Kenwood and I couldn't be more satisfied. The range is awesome, much better than my stock, and the instructions made it easy to install. Minor altercations were needed though. Other than that, very satisfied. Sonic had a helluva deal on them as well. I would recommend!

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Larry

Oakland, TN

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Great deal

June 8, 2014

Put these speakers in my front fairing on my harley street glide. Awesome sound and clarity over stock speakers. Look at the Rockford forsgate pbr 300 x4 amp bought this system for 1/2 of retail here locally. Ecellent customer service very knowledgeable of products and applications. Would highly recommend

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KEVIN

CATAWBA, VA

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April 25, 2014

these are pretty good for the price descent sound and clear would recommend

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Alex

Globe AZ

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Kenwood is the best

April 7, 2014

I would recommend these speakers,They have good sound.I'm a Kenwood kinda guy

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Mr Slumps

Macon, GA

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Superb sound!

October 3, 2011

I recently heard these in a friends car and it made my speakers sound like garbage. I cant tell you how crisp the sound was, it was so impressive, so i ordered 4 of these bad boys and will be installing them as soon as i get them.

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HOT ROD

Columbus MS.

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REAL COOL SPEAKERS

May 15, 2011

I HAVE THIS SPEAKER IN THE FRONT DOORS OF MY 95 ACCORD AND THEY SOUND GREAT REALLY FOR THE MONEY THEY COST THEY R WORTH IT!!!!

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Rich

Miami, FL

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No problems

March 27, 2011

Had no problem changing out the old speakers for these. I did cut out the connectors from the old speakers and soldered these onto the new ones so I could then just plug them in, or unplug them, without having to cut any wires going forward. They work fine.

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Accessory Tools and Products

Accessories added

Streetwires 25 ft. of True Spec 12 Gauge Speaker Wire

You need speaker wire to connect your speakers!

Your Price $44.95

12-10 AWG Butt Connectors

These yellow butt connectors are ideal when connecting thicker speaker wire your new aftermarket speakers.

Your Price $6.99

12-10 AWG Yellow T-Tap Adapters

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Dynamat Xtreme Speaker Kit 10415

Enough sound dampening for 2 speakers!

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Stinger Roadkill Speaker Kit

Use this to eliminate rattle from your speakers!

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Car Stereo and Speaker Installation Tool Kit

Includes Test Light, Crimp/Splice Tool, Multi-bit Screwdriver and more.

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Xscorpion WDCR2 Window and Door Clip Remover

Removes and installs handle and window crank clips.

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3 in 1 Wire Quick Splice T-Tap and Butt Connector Crimper + Wire Cutter

Used for cutting copper and aluminum wires up to 8 gauge.

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NVX SDRLR1 Sound Dampening Rubber Roller

Install your Sound Dampening with ease! This heavy duty rubber roller is designed specifically to install your NVX products!

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FRONT DOOR FOR THE MIDS AND HIGHS
Carlos S on Nov 15, 2014
Is that 3 ea or 3 sets?
Jeff J on Oct 9, 2014
Best Answer: Hello,

They are priced per pair.
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Product Summary

Manufacturer

Model Number

KFC-X173

UPC

0019048187512

Weight

6.00lbs

Internal SKU

kfcx173

Internal Product ID

22940

Sonic Electronix Wiring Guide

Wiring Diagram Legend

Warning: The image depicted shows the resistance change when wiring multiple subwoofer terminals. Please refer to your subwoofer's owner's manual for the proper wiring of its terminals. Sonic Electronix, Inc. is not responsible for damage caused to your audio system or vehicle due to improper installation. Please call tech support at 1-877-289-7664 if you require additional assistance.

Product Name: Kenwood eXcelon KFC-X173