Treat your ears to a fuller, richer soundstage! Kenwood has adapted anti-diffraction home speaker technology to their Image Enhancer series car speakers. A smooth, domed ring around the PEI balanced dome tweeter virtually eliminates "bounce back" — reflected sound waves that interfere with direct sound coming from the tweeter itself. The result is wider "sweet spot" dispersion, less distortion, and more accurate mids and highs.

The KFC-1689ie 6-1/2" speaker features three drivers for finely detailed sound. A pearl-mica injection-molded poly woofer handles plenty of power, for lows that hit hard. In addition to the PEI balanced dome midrange, the durable PEI dome tweeter offers extensive high-frequency output to capture nuances often lost in 2-way designs. The KFC-1689ie also has mounting tabs for oversized 6-3/4" applications.

Priced per pair

Product Highlights:

  • pearl-mica injection-molded polypropylene woofer
  • urethane surround
  • 1-3/16" PEI balanced dome midrange
  • 3/8" PEI dome tweeter
  • recommended power range 2-50 watts RMS
  • peak power handling 200 watts
  • frequency response 30-30,000 Hz
  • sensitivity 92 dB
  • depth 2-1/16"
  • 1-year warranty

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.

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What's in the box?

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  • Two 6-1/2" speakers
  • 2 Grilles
  • Two 14-1/2' lengths of 24-gauge speaker wire (with female quick slides on one end and bare wire on the other)
  • Six 1" self-tapping screws
  • 6 Speed clips
  • Warranty sheet
  • Important Safeguards sheet
  • Specifications/Instructions/Cutout template on carton

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Image Enhancer: The KFC-1689ie is equipped with Kenwood's patented Image Enhancer surrounding the midrange and tweeter. Its smooth rounded surface eliminates most of the reflected sound waves that would interfere with the direct sound waves coming from the midrange and tweeter. The end result is a better dispersion pattern, less distortion, and clear high-frequency reproduction. 

Woofers: The woofer cones are silver Pearl Mica Injection-Molded Polypropylene. Uniform pearl mica crystals form an overlapping structure that adds strength and heat resistance to polypropylene; the result is reduced distortion and improved reliability.

Midranges: The speakers have a 1-3/16" PEI balanced dome midrange. A semi-dome midrange has a dome placed inside a cone. "Balanced dome" midranges are semi-dome midranges with equal reproduction area given the cone and dome portions of the driver.

Tweeters: The speakers have a 3/8" PEI dome tweeter.

Surrounds: The speakers have a urethane surround.

Grilles: The supplied hard plastic grilles have a unique 3-spoke design with a cutout for the Image Enhancer.

Mounting: The speakers can be mounted in a 6-1/2" opening, or, using the four mounting tabs, the speakers can be mounted in a 6-3/4" opening.

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Kenwood 1689ie

Written By Mathu, Newport News, VA on Monday, January 30, 2006

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I replaced all four of my factory speakers with four of these kenwoods. These speakers have amazing highs that are very clear. As of right now i am only running them off of the factory cd player and they still sound amazing. The bass isnt as strong as i thought they would be, but then again i am only running them off the factory cd player, if anyone wants to buy these speakers run them off of a aftermarket deck or hook up a amp to them, they will sound alot better. Def. get these if you like clear highs and a lil bass behind it.

6 1/2 Kenwood 1689ie speakers

Written By Izad, Oklahoma City, OK on Monday, October 31, 2005

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I was browsing the market for some new speakers for my 1992 Honda Accord and ran into some trouble until I talked to a customer service rep. I have a pioneer deck and I was searching for some speakers that had some bass. The rep. directed me to these speakers and I just got done installing them about two hours ago and they sound great. It took me about one hour to install the front and rear.

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