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Kicker DS65 (11DS65)

6.5" / 6.75" 2-Way DS-Series Coaxial Car Audio Speakers

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Upgrade Your Factory Audio

If music is an important part of your life, then your car speakers should be too. The DS Series speakers by Kicker are a true phenomenon for the car audio industry. They are able to produce incredibly clear audio with little amounts of power. You can pair these speakers to almost any source unit such as a factory head-unit, aftermarket stereo or an amplifier. These speakers have heavy duty voice coils in order to withstand high temperatures. The dome tweeter design will produce a soft, warm, high-frequency sound that seamlessly blends with the mid-level sounds of the main driver. Look no further, because the Kicker DS65's are the perfect solution for upgrading the audio in your vehicle.

Product Features:

  • 6-3/4" (oversized 6-1/2") 2-way Speakers
  • Power Handling:
    • Peak: 200 watts per pair / 100 watts each
    • RMS: 100 watts per pair / 50 watts each
  • Impedance: 4 ohms
  • High-Temp Polyimide Film Voice Coil Former
  • Optimized Polyfoam Ribbed Surround
  • 1/2" PEI dome tweeter
  • Neodymium tweeter magnet
  • New Enhanced BAM (Basket and Motor) Assembly
  • High-Power Tinsel Lead Wires
  • Sensitivity: 90 dB
  • Frequency Response: 40 Hz - 20 kHz
  • Top mount depth: 1-13/16"
  • Bolt thru grilles
  • 1-year Manufacturer's warranty

Priced Per Pair

Note: Kicker describes this model as a 6-1/2" speaker size; however, most manufacturers designate this same frame size as a 6-3/4" speaker. To clarify and simplify comparisons to other products, we list it as a 6-3/4" set of speakers.

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Product History:

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Speaker Specifications

Series
This is the manufacturer product line of speakers.
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.
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.
Balanced Dome
Tweeter Size
Refers to the size of the tweeter. Typically, smaller tweeters produces less output with higher frequency response.
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.

PEI (Polyetherimide)
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.
Polypropylene
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.
Ribbed Poly-Foam
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.
100 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.
50 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".
90 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).
40 - 20000 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
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.
1-13/16"
Bottom-Mount Depth
The depth when installed from the bottom of the mounting surface. Measured from the bottom of the speaker's magnet to the top of the mounting holes on the rim of the speaker.
2"
Cutout Dimensions
Refers to the dimensions of the hole, measured in inches, required to contain the speaker.
Cutout Dimensions
Refers to the dimensions of the hole, measured in inches or millimeters, required to contain the speaker.
5-1/2 x 5-1/2 
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

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Warranty and Return Policy

Parts Warranty Duration
1 year
Labor Warranty Duration
1 year
Warranty Provider
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Summary of Customer Ratings & Reviews

Rating Distribution

5 Star
61%
4 Star
32%
3 Star
3%
2 Star
3%
1 Star
3%

Average Attribution Rating

Durability
4.2
Value
4.7
Features
4.3
Design
4.7
Usability
4.5
Troy

Athens, Alabama

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Great Deal !!!

December 12, 2011

I put these in my Durango that has an Infinity system. The installation was a breeze after changing the connectors. The 6.75 inch speakers fit the stock spacer rings, NO MODIFICATIONS. Everything went back together and looks just like it did. The speakers sounded a little flat at first but the more we play them, the better they sound. The bass has really gotten stronger and vibrates the doors. I recommend these so much I am going to install some in my Ram.

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Kyle

Maple Valley, WA

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For the price I couldn't be happier!

January 12, 2014

I got these for my 93 Corolla, for the back. The sound output on them is fantastic just running off my Kenwood deck. They don't make much bass but they do make pretty decent midbass to go with the 10 in my trunk. I highly recommend these to anyone looking for cheap pretty balanced sound.

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TY

Phoenix, Az

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crackling

September 17, 2013

purchased a set and with in a month one is already making crackling noise.

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Mario

San Lorenzo, CA

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Clear sound

September 17, 2013

These Kicker 6 1/2 are loud & clear sounding. But lack of bass. Still an ok buy

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Steven

Tehachapi, Ca

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great buy

September 17, 2013

Installed these speakers and love them. I would recommend these to anyone.

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El Jefe

Las Vegas

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Best bang for you buck

September 5, 2013

Very good voice clarity , bass is ok, I would expect a bit more bass from this product. Installed in 2010 accord, for the front doors

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Scooter

Cleveland, Ohio

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Kinda Sorta Pretty Good

April 30, 2013

They're great speakers for the money, can handle the volume.. but they dont really have any mids.. at all.. cant seem to find them whenever I change the bass and treble settings... thats the only bad I have to say about these

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Ken

Chandler, AZ

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When factory just won't do...

March 22, 2013

I purchased a set of DS65, DS693, and DS35 speakers to replace my son's worn-out factory speakers. The DS65 is not an exact fit for the door panels, but it was easy enough to secure with my drill and it hides behind the factory grille so thieves won't be tempted. There was a vast improvement over the factory setup, the speaker can easily handle anything a factory radio dishes out and feels right at home with the 22w RMS that my Pioneer head unit supplies. So far, the price is right and they exceed his expectations for a first system. Sonic is the fastest, I ordered on Tuesday and had them installed by Thursday. From jazz to hip hop, these speakers do a great job - for the price I don't expect swivel tweeters but that's the only thing missing.

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Gene

Aberdeen, MD

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Failed Speakers

March 8, 2013

At first these were great. After a few months I started hearing distortion then one of them blew and only the tweeter works now. Looks good, but I should have spent the extra for the ks65 set. I figured 50 watts rms was enough but I forgot to factor in the fact that I have an after market deck ( Pioneer Premier) plus have this deck interested into my factory amplifier setup (Infiniti G20). I probably blew them up by overpowering them but they took abuse for months prior to blowing up but I just ordered the Precision Power 652 set with crossover so maybe they will hold up better than these under high power.

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Black Panther

Arvada, CO

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Poor Quality

January 4, 2013

Kicker— I have heard different stories about Kicker and have seen other stores say kicker are good. So I decided to try kicker and see what all the hype was I bought these 6-1/2 speakers. Since these speakers were 6-1/2 oversize they did not fit correctly in my doors, I knew that when I bought then so that was my fault. Then once I got them installed they sounded good but then once I started to increases the volume straight from my head unit low and behold they started to have a buzz sound in them, so I took them out and come to find out one of the speaker leads to the tweeter were lose. Right then and there proved to me the type of craftsman ship and quality that kicker has. They have one of the worst craftsmen for speakers I have ever seen. In my mind Kicker products are cheap and overpriced. I will never buy any Kicker product knowing what I know now. If you are looking at Kicker look at other high quality brands for the price, you will get a better quality product that will last a long time for your hard earned money.

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Evan

Racine, WI

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Nice little kickers

December 18, 2012

I would recommend these to anyone on a budget that wants clear punchy sound. They drop off big time on the low end but that's normal for a 6.5" coaxial driver. I would recommend you throw a 100hz bass blocker to prevent over-driving the woofer as its VERY easy to blow these little guys with any amount of bass. For the price and what they are I am very happy with these drivers!

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Ed

Raleigh, NC

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great

December 12, 2012

Speakers are great replacements for factory speakers. I like them a lot.

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CATCHUP

NEW ORLEANS, LA.

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A VERY BEAUTIFIL DEAL

October 6, 2012

For the little money I spent, I Feel I gotten the deal of a lifetime, the sound is so good that every time I turn on my car Stereo I can't help but think how gald I found you online, you guy really saved me a lot of money, I will keep doing business with you when it come to my car needs.

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Cali_Life

SB,CA

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Great speakers

September 26, 2012

Good price and fast delivery is what made me buy these speakers. Installation was easy and they are way better than stock.

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rodeo man

pearson,wi

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awesome buy

August 13, 2012

the price was good and the sound is even better.i didnt replace the stock stereo in my 99 chevy silverado and with these speakers it changed the whole way i think about speakers.i would buy them again.

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Lee

Missouri

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Nice Speakers

July 24, 2012

Used to replace damaged front door speakers in 1999 suburban six months ago. Sound fine with 8 speaker factory system. Good value ($48). No complaints.

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JESSE

HARTSELLE, ALABAMA

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sounding good!

July 23, 2012

these speakers sound really and made a big difference to the sound coming out my truck's door panels. I'M SATISFIED

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Ssirren

Magna

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Kicker 11DS65

July 18, 2012

I ordered these speakers six months ago and I totally love them. I put them in my '95 Camaro, and the sound quality is awesome! I would definitely recommend them to anyone and everyone. I actually plan on buying another pair in the near future. Kicker Rocks!

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Carlos

Wittmann, AZ

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very cheap speakers...maybe too cheap

July 18, 2012

I bought a pair of Kicker DS65 and installed them in my car. The installation was very simple and easy, and the speakers sound very clear at low to mid volume, but not very good at high volume. One of my speakers just quit working after just 5 months though, and I am not very happy with them at all. I replaced these cheap speakers with the more pricey KS60, and have not had any problems with them so far. In my opinion, invest a little more money and get the KS60; it's worth the extra money you pay.

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Timothy

Spring, Texas

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Kicker 6.5"

July 13, 2012

I used this speaker to replace the 6.5" subwoofer in my 1997 Lincoln Town Car and used two to replace the factory rear door speakers in my 2004 Trailblazer. It works well in the Town Car, good crisp bass, pops appropriately without a lot of static resonance wher it just "buzzes" out the tone. Not a lot of noise bleed into the trunk or outside the car. In the Trailblazer the speakers are not amped very well and the ohms drain the system so you have to keep the volume much higher. This speaker is built as a two way but I find the mids lacking but would definitely recommend this speaker for an affordable bass/subwoofer alternative.

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Accessory Tools and Products

Accessories added

20 Ft. of 16 AWG K-Series Speaker Wire

20 Feet of true gauge Kicker speaker wire.

Your Price $12.95

Streetwires 50 ft. of True Spec 16 Gauge Speaker Wire

You need speaker wire to connect your speakers!

Your Price $29.99

Belva 23 ft. of True Spec 16 Gauge Speaker Wire

100% Copper Clad Aluminum, PVC blended jacket for easy installation and high strand count for maximum audio quality

Your Price $12.99

16-14 AWG Butt Connectors

These blue butt connectors are ideal when connecting thicker speaker wire your new aftermarket speakers!

Your Price $4.99

16-14 AWG Blue T-Tap Adapters

Allows for fast and easy splicing of wires by easily tapping into the cable.

Your Price $4.49

16-14 AWG Quick Disconnect Connectors

These blue quick disconnect connectors make it easy to connect and disconnect speaker wire your to your new aftermarket speakers!

Your Price $7.99

NVX SDSK2 Speaker Kit

Eliminates speaker panel distortion and reduces vibration, rattles, and squeaks!

Your Price $14.99

Dynamat Xtreme Speaker Kit 10415

Enough sound dampening for 2 speakers!

Your Price $17.95

Stinger Roadkill Speaker Kit

Use this to eliminate rattle from your speakers!

Your Price $13.99

Car Stereo and Speaker Installation Tool Kit

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

Your Price $12.99

Universal Wire Puller & Grabber

Running wires has never been easier! This wire puller allows you to run wires through those hard to reach places!

Your Price $6.99

Xscorpion 9-Piece Nylon Plastic Pry and Chisel Tool Set

Easily removes dash/trims, door clips, panels and pins, rubber grommets and vehicle emblems.

Your Price $14.99

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.

Your Price $21.99

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!

Your Price $7.99

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Product Summary

Manufacturer

Model Number

11DS65

UPC

713034055334

Weight

4.80lbs

Internal SKU

11ds65

Internal Product ID

29827

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.

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