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4" 2-way car speakers

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Item #: 206DS40
 

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by Jo Greene
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Kicker's been making great car speakers for decades, so it's no big surprise that their DS Series speakers provide maximum performance at a minimum cost. The DS40 4" 2-way speakers feature rigid, lightweight polypropylene woofers that dish out rich sound efficiently. Ribbed polyfoam surrounds stabilize the woofers and resist cracking or separating, so you'll enjoy lasting reliability.

Balanced-dome tweeters bring out all the details in your music with precision and clarity. You'll hear dynamic performance that factory speakers just can't match. Kicker includes grilles with the DS40 speakers for custom installations, and removable tabs allow these speakers to fit in many older Japanese and European cars.

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Highlights:

  • 4" 2-way car speakers (pair)
  • polypropylene woofer with ribbed polyfoam surround
  • 1/2" PEI balanced-dome tweeter
  • Neodymium tweeter magnet
  • removable tabs allow speakers to fit in 2-hole openings and other special applications
  • grilles included
  • power range: 6-25 watts RMS (50 watts peak power)
  • frequency response: 60-20,000 Hz
  • sensitivity: 88 dB
  • top-mount depth: 1-7/8"
  • warranty: 1 year
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Features and Specs
General
Design
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2-way
Tweeter Design
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1/2" Balanced dome
Tweeter Composition
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PEI (Polyetherimide)
Woofer Composition
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Polypropylene
Woofer Surround
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Polyester foam
Parts Warranty
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1 Year
Labor Warranty
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1 Year
Specifications
Sensitivity
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88 dB at 1 watt
Frequency Response
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60 - 20k Hz
RMS Power Range (Watts)
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6-25
Peak Power Handling (Watts)
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50
Impedance (Ohms)
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4
Top-mount Depth (Inches)
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1 7/8
Bottom-mount Depth (Inches)
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1 15/16
Cutout Diameter or Length (inches)
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3 3/4
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What's in the box?

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  • Two 4" coaxial speakers
  • 2 Black plastic grilles
  • Two 12" lengths of speaker wire (tinned wire on one end and 0.205" + 0.11" female quick slides on the other end)
  • 4 Red plastic butt connectors
  • 8 Self-tapping screws (length=1")
  • 8 Speed clips
  • Owner's Manual (Eng / Span / Fren / Ger)

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Features

Polypropylene Woofer Cones: The Kicker DS-series speakers feature durable polypropylene woofer cones for power and control. Polypropylene woofers are also resistant to moisture and high temperature extremes found in automotive applications.

Ribbed Polyester Foam Surrounds: The ribbed polyester foam surrounds allow extended cone excursion for additional bass output and higher SPL.

1/2" PEI Balanced-dome Tweeters: The 1/2" PEI balanced-dome tweeters provide a smooth high frequency response with quick, detailed and spatially-correct imaging. PEI is an acronym for polyether imide. The tweeters have strong neodymium magnets for higher power handling.

Grilles: The DS40s come with black plastic grilles.

Mounting Options: The four mounting tabs are scored so they can easily be removed for 2-hole or special application mounting.

 
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Kicker DS40 Reviews

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5 out of 5

Surprisingly Full

Written By claskowski, North Carolina on Sunday, September 09, 2012
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Great sounding little speakers. Nice and full. They don't have the bass you would get from a large woofer but these are not large speakers. The bass does come through when the sound is cranked a bit - not loud enough to blow your eardrums but the necessary volume to cover the road noise found in a pickup. These are definitely under-rated speakers. One word - if getting these for a pickup that requires the 4x6 adapters, you will definitely need screws to mount the speaker to the plate and the plate to the rear of the truck.
Pros:
Great sound, tight bass at higher volumes, fabulous bang-for-the-buck.
Cons:
None to speak of.
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4 out of 5

Respectable, good value

Written By DenCon, Central Washington on Sunday, August 05, 2012
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For the classic Saab 900, there are few decent economy speakers that work without having to perform some modifications. The DS40s fill the bill in good form. Sonically, a bit flat, these speakers are very efficient (loud) without having to push the head unit hard. I would not hesitate to get another pair if the need arises.
Pros:
Excellent value, efficient
Cons:
Somewhat-flat sonics, but definitely tolerable
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4 out of 5

Kicker DS40

Written By Anonymous, Denali Park Alaska on Thursday, July 19, 2012
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Nice sound, very easy to install, perfect fit
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5 out of 5

Kicker DS 40 4 inch spk.

Written By Chuck W., Wisconsin on Monday, June 18, 2012
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I was able to get from Crutchfield for a great price. I just tested them on Sunday 6-17. They really have a better sound in all frequency ranges than the 4x6 manufacturerer spk that they replaced. If you have a oval spk. in your car it is prudent to spend an extra 10 dollars to get the spk. adaptors. and use a round cone spk. I've been involved with Car Stereo Installation and Automotive work for over 30 years. No spk. out there is a better value than the underrated Kicker Spks. I've heard them all in alot of different vehicles.
Pros:
Great Value! Better Sound in all frequency ranges. Higher Sensitivity than comprable 4 inch. spks.
Cons:
none
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5 out of 5

Very nice !!!

Written By Joetrouble, Savannah , Ga on Tuesday, April 03, 2012
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Very nice addition to my system I installed them in the rear headliner of my Nissan crewcab ! The clarity is unbeatable !
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5 out of 5

Kicker DS-40

Written By Rich, Santa Rosa on Saturday, March 24, 2012
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Sounds Great. Survice was great
Pros:
They fit perfectly
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4 out of 5

Kicker DS40

Written By Jason D, Kentucky on Friday, January 27, 2012
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Used as OEM speaker replacements in 1991 Toyota Corolla.
Pros:
Great replacement for OEM 4" dash mounted speakers. Allowed me to hone hacksawing skills by requiring 16 cuts through metal to help them fit (ok, some sarcasm here...see cons).
Cons:
Disappointed these didn't fit vehicle without major modification (i.e. hacksawing lots of metal, shaving off back of grille so the tweeter wouldn't interfere). Crutchfield only warned me of limited mounting height in the rear deck (there was LOTS of clearance), but nothing about the front, where mounting height was of much greater importance.
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4 out of 5

Kicker DS40

Written By Kollman, Kensal ND on Monday, October 17, 2011
 
A very good OEM replacement. Has good sound quality for a small speaker. Would recommend for a stock replacement.
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3 out of 5

Kicker DS40

Written By J-Money, Monroe, MI on Sunday, October 02, 2011
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Not a bad price. Absolutely no bass, so must have subs with these. My front speaker blew not even a week after installing. I would prefer better speakers then these.
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4 out of 5

Great little speaker!

Written By Matthew, Greenville, SC on Friday, July 22, 2011
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I installed these in the dash of a 2000 Toyota Echo for a friend, along with the Kicker DS60 6-1/2" in the door, and some RF 6x9's in the rear deck, powered by a Kenwood cd player, and let me tell you, this system ROCKS! The dash speakers were by far the easiest to replace in the entire install, and compared to the little tweeters that were there from the factory, these 4 inchers are a HUGE improvement. They did distort a tiny bit when I crunk up the bass at first, (tested the system with some Dubstep, lol) but once I got the levels sorted, they came into their own quite nicely. I would definitely buy again.
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4 out of 5

Decent aftermarket

Written By lastner, Fayetteville, NC on Thursday, March 24, 2011
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Great on highs, a little tinny, and if your system is only running on 4", it can sound a little empty. Good beginning for an upgrade project.
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