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Kenwood Excelon KFC-XP184C

7" component speaker system

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Our take on the Kenwood Excelon KFC-XP184C

by John Pollard
Kenwood

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.

Big, big woofers
The Kenwood Excelon KFC-X184C component speaker system features a huge 7" woofer, packed into a frame that will still fit into the factory openings of many Dodge, GM, and Toyota vehicles (some cars may require slight modifications). A bigger cone moves more air, so your music can have the fullness and punch you miss with most factory speakers. A diamond-array pattern etched into the cone increases its strength for improved dynamic response and lower distortion. The rubber surround resists weathering, providing reliable support that keeps your music playing, no matter what.

Sweet sound from silk tweeters
The separate 1" silk dome tweeters deliver all the high-frequency details smoothly, while special-design circuitry and powerful, lightweight magnets make these tweeters extremely accurate without sounding harsh. Kenwood includes multi-purpose adapter brackets that help the oversized woofers to fit in some Dodge, GM, or Toyota vehicles. Grilles are not included; factory grilles are appropriate for most installations.

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Highlights:

  • component speaker system includes 2 woofers and 2 tweeters with inline crossovers
  • brackets included for 6-3/4" and 6"x9" locations
  • Diamond Array Pattern carbon-polypropylene woofer
  • butyl rubber surround
  • 1" silk dome tweeter with neodymium magnet
  • power range: 6-80 watts RMS (280 watts peak power)
  • frequency response: 63-18,000 Hz
  • sensitivity: 86 dB
  • depth: 2-3/8"
  • warranty: 2 years
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Features and Specs
General
Speaker Size
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7
Design
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2-way
Tweeter Design
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1" Dome
Tweeter Composition
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Silk
Woofer Composition
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Carbon/Polypropylene
Woofer Surround
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Rubber
Parts Warranty
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2 Years
Labor Warranty
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2 Years
Specifications
Sensitivity
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86 dB
Frequency Response
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63 - 18k Hz
RMS Power Range (Watts)
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6-80
Peak Power Handling (Watts)
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280
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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N/A
Cutout Diameter or Length (inches)
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6
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What's in the box?

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  • Two Woofers
  • 2 Tweeters (each 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 6x9 Adapter brackets (Dodge)
  • 2 Multi-purpose adapter brackets (include GM and Toyota applications)
  • Two 29" Tweeter wires with integrated crossovers
  • Two 11" Woofer wires (each has quick-slides on one end and bare wire on the other)
  • Eight 3/4" Self-tapping screws
  • Eight 3/8" Self-tapping screws
  • Four 5/8" Self-tapping screws
  • 2 Wing nuts
  • 4 Speed clips
  • Adhesive backed foam gaskets
  • Instructions (English/ French/ Spanish/ Portuguese)
  • Warranty information
  • Tweeter templates on box

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Features

Woofers: The woofers are oversized for a fuller sound quality than typical factory speakers. The Carbon/Polypropylene cones and rubber surrounds are durable, designed to withstand the harsh automotive environment.

Custom Brackets: The KFC-XP184C woofer is designed as a factory replacement speaker and includes adapters compatible with many GM, Toyota, and Dodge vehicles (one bracket adapts to a 6x9 opening, the other is a multi-purpose bracket and is scored for trimming to fit several applications). Please refer to the Crutchfield Car Selector to confirm fit for your vehicle.

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 angle 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 OEM 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 1.25" 0.58" (screw depth) 1.125"
Mounting Height 0.721" 0.893" 0"
Cutout Diameter 1.76" N/A N/A
Frame Diameter 2.084" 1.691" 1.691"
Frame Width (w/flange) N/A 2.675" 2.675"

Crossover Network: The system features low-pass crossovers wired to the woofer terminals and attached to the speaker baskets. A high-pass crossover is integrated into each included tweeter wire. The input end of the tweeter wire (female quick slides) attaches the the woofer terminal in parallel with its input. The output end of the tweeter wire (one male and one female quick slide) mates to the wire attached to the tweeter.

Warranty Note: Although the information included with these speakers indicates a 1-year warranty, they are actually covered by the Kenwood eXcelon 2-year warranty.

 
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5 out of 5

My wife likes!

Written By KL, Austin, TX on Friday, April 26, 2013
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The Kenwood Excelon's installed easily in my wife's 2006 Dodge Grand Caravan doors. I used the factory 6X9 location to house the 7" speakers with Kenwood's bracket. The materials and hardware shipped with the kit were first class. Kenwood had directions specific to Dodge, Toyota, GM, and a few others. The included wire and speaker leads made wiring a breeze. I mounted the component tweeters next to the door speaker on the door panel (plastic drilling required with a 1.75" drill attachment costing $6 at a hardware store). The crossover was imbedded in the woofer and the wiring, making the installation much easier. Mounting a crossover was more than I wanted to tackle; I had visions of the crossover issues and an unhappy wife. The speaker quality was great. The installation went great. The sound is excellent. Good deep bass and clear highs. The component tweeters swivel a bit and can be positioned for ideal directionality. The highs are a tad bright, but some equalization on the stereo easily corrected that. Overall I am very happy with the speaker sound. My wife said today she came home and listened to old music for 30 minutes in our driveway. She loves the new sound. She said it is much more clear and crisp. Wife's happy = me happy. I paid full price (no sale unfortunately) and I would purchase these again. Note also, I installed with Dynamat door kit. The speakers are running from the factory (non-Infinity) head unit; no external amplifier.
Pros:
Great component level quality without the separate crossover to mount. Impressive materials all around.
Cons:
Would have been nice to catch them on sale.
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