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Kicker KM6LW

6-1/2" 2-way marine speakers with blue LED grilles

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Item #: 20611M6LW
 

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by Jon Paulette
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Subtle blue hue, powerful sound

Add a little light to your marine audio experience with these LED-enhanced speakers from Kicker. These classic white speakers blend beautifully into your boat's interior, but subtle blue LED lighting gives them a little something extra. The soft light adds safety, not to mention a certain ambiance, to any evening cruise.

Kicker builds these speakers to last, with sealed motors, cones, and locking terminal covers that keep the water away from the important stuff inside. A special UV treatment on the cones, surrounds, baskets, and grilles helps protect the exterior from punishing sunlight. Whether you're cruising in fresh water or salt, these speakers will sound — and look — great for years to come.

You'll be impressed by the sound, too, as Kicker's MAXBasket Geometry packs an oversized woofer into a compact basket for an easy fit into tight bulkheads. Durable 3/4" balanced dome tweeters mounted flush in the grilles give you clear highs that slice through the ambient noise that's part of a day on the water.

Note: Kicker describes this model as a 6" speaker. Most manufacturers designate this same frame size as a 6-1/2" speaker. For simplicity's sake, we list it as a 6-1/2" speaker.

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Highlights:

  • 2-way 6-1/2" marine speakers (pair)
  • blue LED grilles
  • UV-treated polypropylene woofer with Santoprene rubber surround
  • sealed motor structure and locking terminal covers
  • 1/2" PEI film balanced dome tweeter
  • power range: 2-65 watts RMS (195 watts peak power)
  • frequency response: 35-21,000 Hz
  • sensitivity: 90 dB
  • impedance: 4 ohms
  • mounting depth: 2-7/8"
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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Features and Specs
General
Design
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2-way
Tweeter Design
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1/2" Dome
Tweeter Composition
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PEI
Woofer Composition
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Polypropylene
Woofer Surround
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Santoprene Rubber
Parts Warranty
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1 Year
Labor Warranty
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1 Year
Specifications
Sensitivity
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90 dB
Frequency Response
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35 - 21k Hz
RMS Power Range (Watts)
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2-65
Peak Power Handling (Watts)
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195
Impedance (Ohms)
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4
Top-mount Depth (Inches)
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2 7/8
Bottom-mount Depth (Inches)
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N/A
Cutout Diameter or Length (inches)
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5 1/16
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What's in the box?

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  • Two 2-way speakers with attached grilles (each speaker has a 15" length of speaker wire with male quick slides and an 18" length of power/ground wire for the LED lighting attached)
  • 2 Plastic terminal covers
  • Two 7-1/2" Zip ties
  • Two 0.25" Female crimp on quick slides
  • Two 0.187" Female crimp on quick slides
  • Eight 1" Self-tapping stainless steel screws
  • 8 Stainless steel speed clips
  • Owner's manual (English/ Spanish/ German/ French)

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Features

Marine-Ready: The Kicker KM6LW Marine Coaxial Speakers are engineered to meet or exceed industry standards for environmental humidity and corrosion, and for material degradation due to UV exposure. The speakers feature sealed motors, cones, and locking wire terminal covers. UV treatments on the cones, surrounds, baskets, and grilles help them last in freshwater or saltwater environments.

LEDs: Six blue LEDs on the back of the grille give the illusion of a glowing speaker cone. Switched 12 volt and ground wires (in addition to the speaker wire) are necessary to turn the LEDs on.

MAXBasket Geometry: The speakers are engineered using Kicker's MAXBasket Geometry, meaning an oversized, louder 6.5" cone performs in a speaker basket designed for a smaller 5" cutout.

Woofer Cone: The injection-molded polypropylene cones have UV, pollution, and moisture resistance. For increased durability, they use Santoprene rubber surrounds.

Integrated Grilles: The KM6LWs come with a water-resistant, bolt-through, high-impact plastic grille with the 1/2" PEI (Polyetherimide) dome tweeter permanently mounted in the center of the grille. Note: The grilles are not designed to be removed.

Magnetic Shielding: The motor structures are magnetically shielded, minimizing compass and gauge deviation in your dash.

Terminal Cover: The speakers feature splash and spray resistant, locking terminal covers. These covers have water-resistant gaskets to prevent terminal corrosion and electrical shorting.

Stainless Steel Hardware: The provided hardware is forged from corrosion-proof 316L stainless steel.

 
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5 out of 5

kicker km6lw

Written By Rodger M, Saintpetersburg FL> on Monday, November 25, 2013
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speakers sound great and look awsome !
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5 out of 5

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Written By Curtiss, Whitehall MT on Friday, August 16, 2013
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Awesome speakers with great sound. They look cool with the blue LED lights too. I would definitely purchase these again.
Pros:
Sound Great, Look Cool, Fair Price
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5 out of 5

Great speaker

Written By Lewis, Littleton, Co on Wednesday, August 07, 2013
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These sound great! You get what you pay for! Wish I would have bought another pair, rather than the 100 dollar Alpines..,,
Pros:
Sound really good!
Cons:
Running the additional wires
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5 out of 5

Amazing speakers

Written By John8987, Welsh la on Friday, July 26, 2013
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100% satisfied with them. They sound great
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5 out of 5

Kicker KM6LW

Written By Amy, Wausau WI on Sunday, July 07, 2013
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Got these for my pontoon boat. Very glad I did.
Pros:
Sound great, look super in the boat.
Cons:
Price
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5 out of 5

led speakers

Written By B, MI on Thursday, July 04, 2013
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Put these in with clarian amp- they handle the power well- very loud-.the led lights are nice touch. be prepared to run power and ground to each for the led deal. thought they would cast more light-not but still look good.
Pros:
handle power with ease and clarity.
Cons:
expensive, extra wiring for leds-
3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Awesome...but pricey

Written By Chris R, North Port, Fl on Thursday, May 23, 2013
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These are very well made. The deminsions are exact and they sound very good. Ther real bonus is the lights. I hooked them up to my running lights and they look amazing. The only downfall is they are on the pricey side.
Pros:
SOund Great, Look Good, Great LED
Cons:
Price
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5 out of 5

gregh

Written By gregh, LI NY on Tuesday, April 23, 2013
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looks great
Pros:
sounds good
Cons:
none
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5 out of 5

Kicker KM6LW

Written By Bob, st louis mo on Tuesday, April 23, 2013
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Very nice. I like the leds at night. Great mood lighting for my boat & sounds great.
Pros:
Easy to install.
Cons:
None
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1 question already asked

I am replacing older speakers with a larger 6 3/8 cut out. I need to know the diameter of the mounting screw circle. Does anyone know the diameter of the mounting screw circle? [ Christopher  Jan 20, 2014 ]
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  • We have not received any answers from other customers on your question. I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They should be able to help answer your question. [ Jeff Staff  Jan 21, 2014 ]

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