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Kenwood KFC-1693PS

6-1/2" 3-way car speakers — also fit 6-3/4" openings

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Item #: 113KFC1693
 

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by Buck Pomerantz
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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.

Kenwood's Performance Series speakers deliver the full range of your music with their multi-driver designs. The woofer cone features a Diamond Array pattern that increases the strength of its surface, improving bass response as well as reducing internal vibrations and other distortions. Kenwood's Image Enhancer 4 directs the sound emanating from the midrange drivers and tweeters, blending their signals to give a clean, well-defined focus to your musical soundstage. You'll hear smoother vocals, wider "sweet spot" dispersion, and less distortion.

The KFC-1693PS 6-1/2" 3-way speakers employ polypropylene woofer cones to reproduce your lower frequencies with accuracy and strength. The treated urethane foam surround resists weathering and provides reliable support that keeps your music playing, no matter what. A water-resistant paper cone midrange and a flat ceramic tweeter take care of the upper frequencies to complete the all-round coverage that lets your music stretch out and come alive.

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Highlights:

  • 3-way 6-1/2" speakers (pair)
  • Diamond Array Pattern polypropylene woofer
  • urethane foam surround
  • 1-9/16" water-resistant paper cone midrange, 1/2" ceramic flat tweeter
  • power range: 2-70 watts RMS (240 watts peak power)
  • frequency response: 80-22,000 Hz
  • sensitivity: 88 dB
  • mounting tabs for use in 6-3/4" openings
  • depth: 1-13/16"
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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Features and Specs
General
Design
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3-way
Tweeter Design
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1/2" Flat
Tweeter Composition
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Ceramic
Woofer Composition
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Poly
Woofer Surround
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Foam
Parts Warranty
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1 Year
Labor Warranty
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1 Year
Specifications
Sensitivity
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88 dB at 1 watt
Frequency Response
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80 - 22k Hz
RMS Power Range (Watts)
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2-70
Peak Power Handling (Watts)
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240
Impedance (Ohms)
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4
Top-mount Depth (Inches)
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1 7/8
Bottom-mount Depth (Inches)
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N/A
Cutout Diameter or Length (inches)
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4 7/8
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What's in the box?

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  • Two 6-1/2" Speakers
  • 2 Plastic/Metal grilles
  • Two 18" Lengths of speaker wire (each has female quick slides on one end and bare wire on the other)
  • Eight 1" self-tapping screws
  • 8 Speed clips
  • Warranty information
  • Specifications/ Template on box

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Features

Image Enhancer: The KFC-1693PS is equipped with Kenwood's Image Enhancer 4 surrounding the tweeters. Its smooth rounded surface eliminates most of the reflected sound waves that would interfere with the direct sound waves coming from the tweeters. The end result is a better dispersion pattern, less distortion, and clear high-frequency reproduction.

Cone Woofers: The woofer cones are textured Polypropylene with foam surrounds. Polypropylene woofers are resistant to moisture and temperature extremes found in automotive applications.

Tweeters: Each speaker has a 1-9/16" cone tweeter and a 1/2" ceramic, flat super-tweeter for added high frequency reproduction.

Applications: The Kenwood KFC-1693PS can be used in standard 3-hole 6-1/2 installations, 4-hole 6-1/2 installations (common in Fords), and 6-3/4 installations.

 
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4 out of 5

Kenwood KFC-1693PS

Written By TJG, Lake Villa, IL on Tuesday, November 20, 2012
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Just replacing facory speakers right now. Plan to put some amp power to them in the future. They sound pretty great with the factory system right now.
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4 out of 5

Kenwood KFC-1693PS Speakers

Written By Neil M, San Antonio, Texas on Saturday, November 03, 2012
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The literature that comes with the speakers that Crutchfield provides, is helpful as it provides accurate installation hints. The speaker brackets are easy to mount to the speakers and are installed on the door panels easily. The speakers provided an immediate sound difference from the stock speakers. The 3-way speakers provide a sound quality that I am more than satisfied with for the money spent.
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5 out of 5

Great sound and value

Written By Scott, Stuart FL on Monday, October 29, 2012
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I replaced my factory speaker in my silverado with these and I am very impressed! Recommended by crutchfield rep
Pros:
Great sound value
Cons:
Removing he door panel
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5 out of 5

Just as Lyle suggested.

Written By Jaypea, Milton, Fl. on Thursday, October 04, 2012
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These speakers fit just like Lyle said they would and exactly as the installation instructions showed. I very happy that I chose Crutchfield for my purchase as they made the decision very simple. I'm 67 years old and it took me about an hour to install all 4 speakers in my truck. They are not bass thumpers, but I'm not trying to impress anyone but myself. They sound great for the variety of music I listen to.
Pros:
Easy to install. Great price. Great value.
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Awesome speakers for the money

Written By DPugh, Murfreesboro, TN on Sunday, January 29, 2012
 
these are an awesome set of speakers i had them pushing at roughly 35 watts rms 50 watts max and i used them as the highs for my radio so they were tuned to 120-25,000 hz but even when i decided to see how much bass they had they sound very good i would suggest not letting them go lower than 80 hz for the maximum life of the speaker and throw a single 10 or 12 in the trunk for the best all around sound again they are great and i couldn't have been more happier in my opinion i think they sound better than polk audio
Pros:
great for mids and highs
Cons:
not so great on the lower end of the bass spectrum
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4 out of 5

Good, but not too much bass.

Written By Stephen, Ocala, FL on Monday, January 09, 2012
 
I got these speakers along with a Kenwood KDC BT945U headunit as a graduation present. Overall, the speakers sound much better than the factory system in my 2005 Toyota Tundra Double cab (not with the JBL Premium Audio package). These speakers don't put out much bass, but the stock system in the Tundra basically had no bass even when turned up all the way, so I really can't complain.
Pros:
Great improvement over factory system
Cons:
Not much bass
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4 out of 5

Good speakers for the money

Written By Adamm, South TX on Wednesday, November 23, 2011
 
I bought these on sale. Got them to replace the blow Infinity speakers in my 01 Durango SLT Plus. These are a 3 way..not sure if I should have got a 2 way as I have the premium sound in my truck.

Speakers sounded decent with the OEM stereo - But after I bought my MP445U Kenwood stereo they are crisp and clear. The bass is perfect for me, though I have the bass nearly all the way up.

I recently got an infinity amp bypass cable so the speakers would be powered by my Kenwood head unit (My stock infinity amp is 2ohm, speakers are 4ohm). Well when the bypass went in, it sounded very weak and no bass what-so-ever. So I hooked the amp back up.

End of the day, sound great with an external amp behind them! Highly recomended.
Pros:
Good Quality, Looks good, Sounds good
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

KENWOOD

Written By C.J, Utah on Wednesday, October 26, 2011
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Very good speakers sound is crisp and clean. With the other reviews I do wish they had a little more bass to them but overall they hit my expectations.
Pros:
Good sounding speakers
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5 out of 5

A++

Written By Aaron, Knoxville, TN on Friday, March 18, 2011
 
I recently purchased a full set of these speakers. I personally believe they make
very good sound for a mid range cost speaker! A friend is running the new infinity
kappas, and I think they sound just as good for half the price.
3 out of 4 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Kenwood KFC-1693PS

Written By Anonymous, mesa, az on Wednesday, January 05, 2011
 
Over all these speakers are great with a sub they complement the bass
beautifully the only reason i gave it a 4 out of 5 is because with an amp they
would sound even better and i plan on getting one asap. Over all good speaker.
Much better than a 1 or 2. I would recommend them to any one with a sub.
5 out of 5 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Super Clean

Written By Nightwing, Maui, Hawaii on Friday, December 17, 2010
 
Super clean, with very clean bass notes. i have owned more expensive speaker and am
very surprised that these are cleaner and more accurate than speaker costing 5 times
more. I would recommend this for any type of music style.
5 out of 6 people found this helpful
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1 out of 5

Not worth the money

Written By Matthew, Los Angeles on Thursday, August 26, 2010
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These speakers definitely made no improvements in comparison to the stock speakers; both have no bass. I use dynamat, with these new speakers, but no difference. Next, I will build a box for each speaker and stuff them with some Polyfill, then hope for the best.
2 out of 25 people found this helpful
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2 out of 5

Where's the Bass?

Written By Anonymous, Cincinnati, Ohio on Saturday, May 01, 2010
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I recently purchased these speakers to replace some factory speakers in my car. However when i installed them they worked pretty much like tweeters. There was absolutely no lower end. I don't expect a set of speakers to give me the power of a sub but i do expect to hear a little bit outside of the tweeter. I would not recommend these speakers to anyone.
44 out of 69 people found this helpful
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