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Performance Series 5-1/4" component speaker system

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by Buck Pomerantz
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Why install component speakers?

A component speaker system gives you the best possible performance from your car audio system. A system consists of separate woofers, tweeters, and crossovers, each designed to cover one specific range of frequencies. As separate components, the woofer can move freely to deliver more powerful performance, while the tweeter can be custom-mounted in a better spot up closer to your ears, revealing a whole new world of detail. Separate crossovers are far superior to the simple filters wired into full-range speakers, so the components work together for smoother, more focused sound.

Kenwood's Performance Series speakers deliver the full range of your music with accuracy and warmth. The KFC-P509PS component speaker system includes two 5-1/4" woofers and two 1" dome tweeters, along with in-line crossover networks that simplify installation.

Woofer construction
Each 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. The cone's rubber surround resists weathering and provides reliable support that keeps your music playing, no matter what.

Separate tweeter for superior sound
The 1" soft dome tweeter mounts in a separate location closer to your ears, so it can broadcast the high-frequency details more effectively. The in-line crossover network routes the correct frequencies to the woofer and tweeter, so you hear clean, balanced sound.

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Highlights:

  • package includes two 5-1/4" woofers and two tweeters
  • Diamond Array Pattern polypropylene woofer with rubber surround
  • 1" soft dome tweeter
  • in-line crossover network
  • power range: 5-45 watts RMS (240 watts peak power)
  • frequency response: 63-24,000 Hz
  • sensitivity: 86 dB
  • depth: 2-1/4"
  • warranty: 1 year
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Features and Specs
General
Speaker Size
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5 1/4
Design
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2-way
Tweeter Design
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1" Dome
Tweeter Composition
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Woofer Composition
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Poly
Woofer Surround
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Rubber
Parts Warranty
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1 Year
Labor Warranty
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1 Year
Specifications
Sensitivity
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86 dB
Frequency Response
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63 - 24k Hz
RMS Power Range (Watts)
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5-45
Peak Power Handling (Watts)
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240
Impedance (Ohms)
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4
Top-mount Depth (Inches)
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2 3/8
Bottom-mount Depth (Inches)
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2 1/2
Cutout Diameter or Length (inches)
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4 3/4
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What's in the box?

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  • Two 5-1/4" Woofers
  • 2 Woofer grilles
  • 2 Plastic grille rings
  • 2 Tweeters (each tweeter has a 5" Length of wire attached)
  • 2 Flush-mount tweeter housings (installed on tweeters)
  • 2 Flush-mount retaining clips
  • 2 OEM tweeter mounting brackets
  • Two 28" Tweeter wires with integrated crossovers
  • Eight 1" Self-tapping screws
  • Four 5/8" Self-tapping screws
  • 2 Wing nuts
  • 8 Large speed clips
  • 4 Small speed clips
  • 8" Strip of Dum-Dum
  • Installation instructions (English/ French/ Spanish)
  • Warranty information
  • Templates for woofers and tweeters are on the box

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Woofers
Tweeters
Crossovers

Woofers

Woofers: The 5-1/4" woofer cones are textured Polypropylene and use rubber surrounds for added durability and bass response. The woofer basket is designed to fit a standard 4-hole 5-1/4" application.

Tweeters

Soft Dome Tweeters: The 1" soft dome tweeters offer smooth highs and low distortion.

Tweeter Mounting Options: The tweeters can be flush mounted using the supplied housings and metal retaining-clips. Once installed the tweeters can pivot in the housing, so their angles can be adjusted to obtain a better soundstage. The tweeters can also be top or bottom mounted in a factory tweeter location using the included brackets. The tweeters cannot pivot when installed in the OEM brackets. Once mounted in the appropriate housing, the tweeters have these dimensions:

  Flush Mount Factory Top Mount (remove bottom mount flanges) Factory Bottom Mount (remove top mount flanges)
Mounting Depth 1.233" mounting screw depth 0.993"
Mounting Height 0.668" 0.913" 0"
Cutout Diameter 1.757" 1.706" 1.706"
Frame Diameter 2.081" 2.630" 2.624"

Crossovers

Crossover Network: The system features 6 dB/octave crossovers at 5 kHz; the low-pass woofer crossovers are wired to the terminals and attached to the speaker baskets; the high-pass tweeter crossovers are integrated in the included 28" speaker wire.

 
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5 out of 5

KFC-P509PS

Written By Majic, Canfield, Oh on Monday, March 31, 2014
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The sound quality is outstanding. With the set-up I have it sounds like a concert in the car.
Pros:
Great sound quality. The voice from the mids is clear and conscise. The tweeters produce outstanding highs.
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Better than stock

Written By bert, abilene, tx on Monday, March 10, 2014
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I'm no audio expert but to me these speakers sound clean with the Kenwood radio I installed at the same time. The factory speakers were blown (cranked 1812 Overture up a bit much) and I fried the front panel of the stock radio. I'm still trying to get more mid-range from them and can't pin down if it's my radio settings or the bass blockers that I installed since I also installed an 8" powered sub. Radio options are not intuitive (that's another review) and I haven't had time to take everything back apart and remove the blockers. Although Crutchfield provided adapters for the speakers, brackets for the tweeters had to be fabricated and I cracked the housing that came with them as the directions for removing it was a pictogram that didn't show enough detail. A picture showing how it should look removed would have helped along with something written explaining the process better.
Pros:
Clean sounding.
Cons:
instructions could be better
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3 out of 5

Alright

Written By Jason, Indiana on Sunday, February 09, 2014
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They don't have the punch i thought they would.. the tweeters are louder than the 5 1/4 's .. i have them hooked up to a kdc-x797 no amp..
Pros:
price and were somewhat easy to install..
Cons:
not the sound i was looking for.. Bass almost non existent. mids are there but not very loud..
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4 out of 5

Nice kit of speakers - sound great

Written By Booster, Northern California on Monday, January 13, 2014
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Great sounding (budget) speakers. Universal installation for most applications. I was hoping these would work in my wife's 2001 Acura Integra, since it came stock with component tweeters. Despite the amount of different mounting methods, it was quite difficult to make these work, since I had to use the factory grilles (since the Kenwood bezels were too small for the hole in the door panel.) I would have given 5-stars if this speaker kit worked flawlessly for my application. Several weeks later, they sound great and as for speaker/sound quality, I have no complaints.
Pros:
Universal mounting for most applications.
2 out of 3 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Great upgrade

Written By jacob, Yakima, WA on Friday, January 10, 2014
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Added these with a new Kenwood stereo in my f150. They have have great all around sound, no distortion, and are very loud.
Pros:
Great sound Good price
Cons:
None
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4 out of 5

Sound great

Written By Levi, Ohio on Thursday, December 26, 2013
 
I installed these in my 1998 Grand Prix GTP today. I could not get the tweeters to fit right so I just hooked up the original ones and they sound great. The woofers sound so much better than the original speakers (from 1998). They sound better than the 6.5" pioneers that I had installed in my 03 cavalier by far and I'm impressed with them.
Pros:
Great sound, clear, nice looking, easy install
Cons:
Could not get tweeters installed without drilling hole in door panel (Crutchfield said they would fit in factory location but they didn't fit)
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4 out of 5

KFC-P509PS

Written By Mick V., Clarksville, TN on Sunday, October 13, 2013
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Sweet set of Clearance Speakers! I love Kenwood Sound! I highly recommend these speakers!
Pros:
Crystal Clear sound and good depth too! Best part! They fit in all the stock spots that are in the vehicle already so no crazy cutting and building going on! Car still looks factory new! Awesome!
Cons:
None I can think of!
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5 out of 5

Wow what a difference

Written By Terry ttg, Eugene, OR on Wednesday, July 10, 2013
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I installed these in the front doors of a 2004 Mazda rx8, the installation was extremely easy. The adapter plates, factory matched speaker wire plugs and master build sheet included by crutchfield made it an easy fun project. The crossover/tweeter feed wire was long enough and was easily routed through the existing clips and grommets. The only modification I made was to remove the tweeters from they're mounting brackets and removed the grilles. They fit perfectly in the factory door sail mount I also fabricated a wedge underneath to direct the output toward the rear of cab more, so the highs would fill the space better. These speakers did exactly as I expected and I now have great mids and highs in the cabin of this car. It's amazing what it was lacking with the stock system
Pros:
Ease of install, crisp clear mids and highs, durability, price
Cons:
Should have option to purchase without grilles. For a factory location they're not needed and is a waste of materials
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Great sound

Written By Bob, PA on Wednesday, July 03, 2013
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Installed into a 2002 RSX. With the supplied mounting hardware, they fit perfectly! The sound awesome!
Pros:
Ease of installation
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

very good sound

Written By Robert L., Arizona on Tuesday, March 19, 2013
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speakers were easy to instal and have a good sound. Always enjoy Crutchfields service.
1 out of 2 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Kenwood

Written By Anonymous, North Carolina on Saturday, November 17, 2012
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Kenwoods are a quality product.
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2 out of 5

Not Very Good Speakers For Chevy Truck

Written By Bernie, Concord NC on Sunday, November 27, 2011
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I installed these speakers in the front doors of a Chevy Silverado Crew Cab..Sound quality is not very good.
Pros:
nothing
Cons:
Sound Quality Poor,,,,, Installation was not as easy as back door speakers
3 out of 10 people found this helpful
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1 out of 5

worst speakers ever!

Written By perkey, san jose, ca on Friday, June 03, 2011
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Dont waste your money on these.....Usually Kenwood is a pretty reliable name in speakers but these are junk. The sound is really distorted and sound isnt clean at all.....you can definitely get something better for the same $$
6 out of 15 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Kenwood KFC-P509PS

Written By JimR, Central Point, OR on Thursday, April 28, 2011
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Great replacement for stock speakers. Fit and work as described. The
installation info is invaluable and help is only a call away and online. Also calls
are answered quickly and no automated answering service that put you on hold
like most support lines. Also purchased a Kenwood receiver KDC-MP345U
which is a great combo.

2 out of 3 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Nice Value

Written By Jeff, Kansas on Saturday, March 13, 2010
 
Just installed these in the rear deck of my '01 Neon along with the matching P709PS in the
front door. I don't know how they'd sound powered off a head unit amp, but with a decent 4
channel they really come alive! I previously had a set of 9 year old JL 6x9's without an amp
and this setup is like night and day compared to those. Like I said a real nice value.
The only thing that's not mentioned is the crossover isn't much. It's just heatshrinked into
the line from the tweeters to main speaker. That and the line length may not be sufficient if
you're installing the tweeters in factory locations. But all in all, am really enjoying these
speakers.
52 out of 56 people found this helpful
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