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Kenwood Excelon XR-W12F

Shallow-mount 12" 4-ohm subwoofer

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Our take on the Kenwood Excelon XR-W12F

by Jo Greene
Kenwood

What's a component sub and why would I want one?

A component sub is simply a speaker that's designed to reproduce bass once it's installed in a compatible enclosure. Think about the impact of a movie soundtrack in a big theater or even in your own home HDTV setup. A component sub can add the same kind of power to the music in your car. And a car sub is not all about the boom that you hear on a street corner (although that's cool too) - you can pair a component sub with your choice of enclosure to get bass just the way you like it, from tight and punchy to fat and loose. And once you experience music in your car with a well-tuned subwoofer, you'll never go back.

The Kenwood Excelon XR-W12F 12" subwoofer produces serious bass output in the hard-to-fit areas of your compact car or truck. This shallow-mount sub measures just under 3-1/2" deep, so you can really get creative with your installation.

Big cone, big bass
The extremely light glass-fiber cone is 25% larger than last year's model, employing a honeycomb pattern that delivers quick response in demanding conditions without flexing. More cone surface area means this sub can move more air, so this design gives you powerful, accurate bass out of an extremely compact speaker. It's like getting an 13" sub in a 12" frame.

Innovative design
The sturdy butyl rubber surround helps to control the cone, so this woofer can rock hard without losing its punch. The cast aluminum basket offers a unique design that vents air out from the back and all sides of the subwoofer for exceptional heat dissipation. Pair this sub with the right amp and enclosure, and you'll get some powerful bass without losing too much space in your vehicle.

Highlights:

  • 12" 4-ohm shallow-mount subwoofer
  • carbon-glass fiber composite cone with butyl rubber surround
  • cast aluminum basket
  • push terminals handle up to 8-gauge wire
  • power range: 50-450 watts RMS
  • peak power: 1,500 watts
  • frequency response: 38-200 Hz
  • mounting depth: 3-7/16"
  • warranty: 2 years
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Hands-on research from the Crutchfield Labs (what are the Labs?)

Features and Specs
Size
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12 -inch
Impedance
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4 ohms
Cone Material
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Carbon-glass fiber
Surround Material
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Rubber
Ideal Sealed Box Volume (cubic feet)
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0.8
Ideal Ported Box Volume (cubic feet)
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N/A
Port diameter (inches)
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N/A
Port length (inches)
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N/A
Free-Air
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No
Dual Voice Coil
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No
Sensitivity
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83.5 dB at 1 watt
Frequency Response
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38 - 200 Hz
RMS Power Range (Watts)
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50-450
Peak Power Handling (Watts)
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1500
Top Mount Depth (inches)
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3 7/16
Bottom Mount Depth (inches)
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N/A
Cutout Diameter or Length (inches)
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11
Vas (liters)
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118.2
Fs (Hz)
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23
Qts
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0.566
Xmax (millimeters)
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8.2
Parts Warranty
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2 Years
Labor Warranty
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2 Years
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What's in the box?

Download owner's manual

  • One 12" SVC Woofer
  • Eight 1-1/8" Self-tapping screws
  • Cardboard template
  • Instruction manual (English/ French/ Spanish/ Portuguese)
  • Warranty information

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Features

Flat Subwoofer: The Kenwood Excelon flat subwoofer design is approximately 40% slimmer (less deep) than a standard subwoofer. This makes it ideal for installation in tight spaces, such as behind or under the seat of a pickup truck.

Carbon-Glass Fiber Cone: The carbon-glass fiber cone uses a honeycomb design which is simultaneously efficient and durable.

Rubber Surround: The woofer features a smooth linear rubber surround for added durability and increased excursion resulting in exceptional deep bass response.

Heat Transfer System: The XR-W12F features a dual ventilation system designed specifically for its slim-design.

Aluminum-Cast Basket: The woofer is housed in a die-cast aluminum basket for increased rigidity and long-lasting reliability.

Spring Terminals: The spring post terminals on one side of the woofer connect to your amplifier's wiring. The posts will accept pin connectors, single or dual banana plugs, or bare wire up to 10 gauge.

Enclosure: Kenwood recommends a sealed box with an internal volume of 0.8 ft³.

Additional Measurements:

  • Frame: the speaker frame doesn't have a uniform diameter; at the widest points the diameter is 14.437", at the narrow points it's 12.775"
  • Woofer Displacement: 0.041 ft³ (1.176 liters)
 
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Great Speaker

Written By DexterL, Raymore, MO on Tuesday, July 30, 2013
 
I have two of the speakers in my 2002 Chevy Avalanche with the matching Kenwood amp. The speakers have great sound.
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I have not had any problems with them and I would tell all to buy them.
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