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Sport Series 6"x8" 2-way speakers

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by Alexander Hrabe
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Why replace your car's original speakers?

The speakers that originally came in your car were made from inexpensive materials, designed to create acceptable sound at the lowest possible cost to the manufacturer. If you love music, you deserve better. Name-brand aftermarket speakers deliver fuller, richer sound with considerably more detail and nuance, and they're capable of playing louder and cleaner than factory speakers. Connect new speakers to your factory radio and you'll get the best possible sound from your dealer-equipped system. Pair them up with a new car stereo for a level of enjoyment that can rival a high-fidelity home audio experience.


6x8 2-way speakers

Upgrade on a budget

So, you're finally ready to do something about your ragged factory speakers. The beauty of Kenwood's Sport Series speakers is that you can seriously improve your sound without breaking the bank.

Sweet sound

The KFC-C6865S 6"x8" 2-way speakers feature polypropylene cones that will enrich your music with all the midbass and midrange details, while the 1" balanced-dome tweeters will make high notes soar. Kenwood also includes sharp-looking grilles in case you're doing a custom installation in your vehicle. Finally, you can enjoy your music the way it was meant to be heard, with clarity and emotion.

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Highlights:

  • 6"x8" 2-way speakers (pair)
  • polypropylene woofer with 1" balanced dome tweeter
  • grilles included
  • power range: 2-30 watts RMS (250 watts peak power)
  • impedance: 4 ohms
  • frequency response: 35-22,000 Hz
  • sensitivity: 92 dB
  • top-mount depth: 2-5/16"
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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Features and Specs
General
Design 2-way
Tweeter Design 1" Balanced Dome
Tweeter Composition PEI
Woofer Composition Polypropylene
Woofer Surround Cloth
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year
Specifications
Sensitivity 92 dB at 1 watt
Frequency Response 35 - 22k Hz
RMS Power Range (Watts) 2-30
Peak Power Handling (Watts) 250
Impedance (Ohms) 4
Top-mount Depth (Inches) 2 3/8
Bottom-mount Depth (Inches) 2 11/16
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What's in the box?

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  • Two 2-way speakers
  • Two 12" Lengths of speaker wire (each has female quick-slides on one end and bare wire on the other)
  • Eight 3/4" Self-tapping screws
  • Warranty information
  • Specifications on the box

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Features

Tweeters: Each speaker has a 1" PEI balanced dome tweeter. A semi-dome tweeter has a dome placed inside a cone. Balanced dome tweeters are semi-dome tweeters with equal reproduction area given the cone and dome portions of the tweeter. PEI (Poly-Ether-Imide) is a polymer film that produces a wide soundstage for superior imaging.

Mounting Applications: Kenwood describes this speaker as a 6x8, but it also fits many 5x7 applications. Please check the Crutchfield Vehicle Selector to confirm fit.

 
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5 out of 5

Great Value for new Speakers

Written By Dave, Santa Cruz, California on Monday, September 15, 2014
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These speakers replaced factory speakers in a 2010 Ford Ranger truck. I added a new Kenwood head unit to the truck at the same time and the sound upgrade was unbelievable. My original intent was to add additional functionality to the truck stereo (bluetooth, Sirius) but the new speakers really added punch to the system. Plan on using the same speakers when I upgrade my Jeep.
Pros:
Ease of installation (thanks to Crutchfield adapters) Sound quality Price
Cons:
None
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4 out of 5

Kenwood KFC-C6865S

Written By lenwood, md on Wednesday, September 10, 2014
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All good
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4 out of 5

Good Speakers

Written By hd_dh, Las Vegas, NV on Tuesday, August 05, 2014
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Great speakers for the money. cleans up the sounds form the factory speakers and makes it a little more crisp.
Pros:
easy install, good sound, cheap
Cons:
only decent sound quality
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5 out of 5

Excellent sound for the money

Written By somebodyelse, Fort Pierce, FL on Friday, August 01, 2014
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Perfect fit in my 2004 Ford Ranger. Great sound paired with my Kenwood head unit.
Pros:
Excellent sound and high efficiency. Perfect replacement for the old OEM speakers.
Cons:
None that I can say.
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4 out of 5

Kenwood KFC-C6865S

Written By Rick H, Tahoe City, Ca on Monday, July 21, 2014
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A great value for a good set of speakers
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3 out of 5

No better than factory

Written By Joshua, Sioux Falls, SD on Saturday, July 12, 2014
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I should have boxed them up and used the factory pair from 87
Pros:
They fit in the factory spot
Cons:
Weak sound
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5 out of 5

speakers

Written By Anonymous, Borden, IN on Friday, July 04, 2014
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Works great
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5 out of 5

PT CRUISER UPGRADE

Written By GBANKS, CHARLOTTE NC on Saturday, June 14, 2014
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GREAT SPEAKER FOR THE PRICE AND MUCH BETTER THAN STOCK SPEAKERS!
Pros:
EASY TO INSTALL AND SOUND GREAT!
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4 out of 5

Decent little drop in

Written By bunkH2o, New Lisbon, WI on Saturday, May 31, 2014
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By far this is no incredible speaker. It struggles with lows, as any oval speaker will, but the mids and highs are pretty crisp. I put these in my '02 F250 Crew Cab and they fit perfectly. Did a really good job of spiffing up the sound to a 12 year old vehicle. Next up is a single sub and we should have great sound!
Pros:
Inexpensive, mids and highs are crispy
Cons:
Lows are lacking
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5 out of 5

Brighter Sound

Written By Mr. Wilson, Soggy, WA on Thursday, May 15, 2014
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I replaced my factory Ford F150 speakers with these. I get a much brighter, fuller sound now. The old factory ones did their duty for 9 years but it was time for an update. The new Pioneers make drives much more enjoyable now.
Pros:
Much better sound for the road.
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

Fit the bill.

Written By DFW, Elkin, NC on Sunday, May 11, 2014
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Replacements for OEM speakers in a 1994 Ford Probe project car, the installation was effortless and the sound quality is excellent. A definite recommend.
Pros:
Low cost. Easy of installation. Customer support. Quality of sound.
Cons:
None.
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1 out of 5

Don't bother

Written By Glenn W, SE WI on Sunday, April 13, 2014
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Kenwood really phoned it in on this one. Just going from a single cone to a coaxial should have been more of an improvement than this. Ford did a better job on the OEM than KW did on these. Bought 2 pair and put in the rear door ones first, doubt if I'll bother putting the front pair in. I'll get better sound from a pair of Polk DB521/DXi525 5¼" ones with adapters than what these produce. Crutchfield would be better off not selling these so they won't be disappointing folks that would've gotten something else from them instead.
Pros:
They fit.
Cons:
"For the money" let's them off easy. If you're going to go through the effort of pulling body panels to upgrade your speakers, your ride deserves better than these.
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5 out of 5

Kenwood KFC-C6865S

Written By Samuel, Dover, Delaware on Monday, April 07, 2014
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Outstanding product for the price!
Pros:
Sound Quality is SUPERB, Bluetooth Hands Free Capable, CD, MP3 Ready, Various Color Display Options, Remote, Too many Pros to list!!!
Cons:
No Cons to List!
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5 out of 5

Great overall sound

Written By Patrick, State Center, IA on Sunday, April 06, 2014
 
First, these sound great for what they are. Particularly, the highs are crisp and the tweeters have held up nicely over periods of long use. As with any 5x7 or 6x8 setup, you are not going to get amazing lows, as expected, but mid-level bass with these is somewhat punchy and clear. They sounded good with the factory head unit... After I paired them with a new Kenwood unit from Crutchfield, they sound much better. Mid and high-range sounds are clear and can take ever watt of volume put at them without distorting from the 22 watts RMS from the Kenwood head unit. Interestingly, mine came with adjustable/directional tweeter domes. Not sure if this was a change in the model or what (part number is the same) but they sound great. The wiring harnesses from Crutchfield are not necessary, but are a nice bonus to anyone unfamilier with speaker install or weak electrical background. I would definitely buy these again.
Pros:
Crisp highs, highs do not distort at high volume, overall great sound for this size.
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

Kenwood KFC-C6865S

Written By JimL., SimiValley,CA on Monday, March 10, 2014
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Decent speakers for the price..
Pros:
Exact replacement for my Ranger, fit perfect in the factory locations,
Cons:
could use a little more deep bass
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1 question already asked

Do these speakers have a good amount of bass? [ OwenR  Sep 04, 2014 ]
5 answers
  • Less than hoped for [ BRUCE   Sep 09, 2014 ]
  • Hi, It's not bad, but I have a convertible and I'm just listening to rock music. I have not complaints though. I don't have an amplifier hooked up to it either. Hope that helps. [ MICHAEL P.   Sep 07, 2014 ]
  • No, they don't have a good amount of anything the six stock single cone speakers in my E350 van sounded better. These were so horrible I sent the second pair back after installing the first pair in the back doors. No 6 x 8 will deliver truly good base, but these couldn't deliver anything decent. I ended up going with a pair of Pioneer TS-D6802R for the middle pair (very clean highs & midrange, average bass) and a pair of Kenwood KFC-X683C up front (similar sound, not quite as clean) I left the pair of KFC-C6865S in the back doors because it's an 11 passenger van and they can't insult my ears from way back there ;) [ GLENN   Sep 05, 2014 ]
  • I'd say the bass response is well within what I would expect from a 6x8" speaker. [ DAVID   Sep 05, 2014 ]
  • Better than most in their price range but nothing earthshaking. They were a nice improvement over what I did have, an off brand and I was looking for better balance rather than bass. [ David   Sep 05, 2014 ]

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