Substantial improvement over factory speakers
2002 Chevrolet Express
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)
I installed these as replacements for worn factory speakers in a Chevy Express cargo van. They sound great. The mid/bass speaker fit the factory mounting base with no problems, and the provided wiring connector was also a perfect fit. I did have to cut an opening in each of the door panels to accommodate the tweeters. Only thing I didn't care for was the flimsy, floppy mounting strap for the tweeters. Kenwood needs to make those straps a little more substantial. I made my own out of some aluminum flat bar from Lowe's. I'm giving them a five star rating on sound versus price. They sound quite good. They are not a match for the comparable Infinity product I used for my last car stereo install, but the Infinity kit was significantly more money. For an upgrade speaker in a work van, these are the right price and sound quality, much better than the factory stuff, and at this price I won't feel hesitant about letting them go with the van whenever I sell/trade. I installed them as front speakers along with an amp/woofer rear speaker I had in storage from a previous vehicle install. I am using them with a crossover as mid/high drivers, with the woofer covering low mids and bass. I checked them out for a week or so before I had time to install the woofer. They sound fine as full range drivers with no other speakers involved, still a significant upgrade over the factory speakers even without the separate woofer. For the money, can't go wrong with these.
Pros: Sound much better than factory speakers, as full range drivers or as mid/high front speakers paired with a rear woofer set up. Easy fit to factory mounts (for the mid/bass driver). Great value at this price point.
Cons: Flimsy tweeter strap barely holds tweeters in place, wasn't comfortable using them with the tweeters mounted in doors that require a firm swing to latch.