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Kicker DS46

4" x 6" 2-way car speakers

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Item #: 206DS46
 

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by Jo Greene
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You love listening to epic, soul-shaking tunes in your ride, but your factory speakers make every song sound like a 60's garage band. Replace those worn-out speakers with some Kicker DS Series models, and get the performance and reliability you deserve.

The DS46 4"x6" 2-way speakers use stiff polypropylene cones supported by heavy-duty polyester foam surrounds. The 1/2" balanced dome tweeter belts out the high-frequency details, giving your music energy and ambiance. Grilles are not included — factory grilles are appropriate for most installations. Don't suffer with bad sound in your car — you'll be amazed at the difference some new speakers can make.

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Highlights:

  • 2-way 4"x6" speakers (pair)
  • polypropylene woofer cone with polyester foam surround
  • 1/2" polyether imide (PEI) film balanced dome tweeter
  • power range: 6-25 watts RMS (50 watts peak power)
  • frequency response: 50-20,000 Hz
  • sensitivity: 88 dB
  • top-mount depth: 1-15/16"
  • grilles not included
  • 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" 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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50 - 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 15/16
Bottom-mount Depth (Inches)
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2 1/16
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What's in the box?

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  • Two 4x6 Coaxial speakers
  • Two 12" Lengths of speaker wire (tinned wire on one end and 0.205" + 0.110" female quick slides on the other)
  • 4 Red plastic butt connectors
  • Eight 1" Self-tapping screws
  • 8 Speed clips
  • Owner's Manual (English/ Spanish/ German/ French)

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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 polyetherimide. The tweeters have strong neodymium magnets for higher power handling.

 
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Kicker DS46 Reviews

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5 out of 5

DS46

Written By Tbss1, Kahului on Wednesday, January 16, 2013
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Great sounding and great price, with the baffle even better
Pros:
Great sound, great price
Cons:
None
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Much better!

Written By Drew, Iowa on Sunday, December 02, 2012
 
Factory speakers were dead, so I just replaced them with the DS46, and I have never heard the ol truck sound so good!
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3 out of 5

Kicker DS46

Written By Anonymous, Shelby,NC on Sunday, November 11, 2012
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Sound good
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5 out of 5

Great Sounding Speaker

Written By RJG, Bordentown, NJ on Sunday, October 28, 2012
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These speakers were installed in my 2000 GMC Sierra 4dr truck. Rear door panel removal was very easy using the supplied Crutchfield instructions and by viewing a You Tube video prior to installing the speakers. Installing the speakers into the doors required direct attachment to the door frames. In my application, the metal speaker frame/flange does not mate flush with the door sheet metal. So I used exterior grade ½" wide X ¼" thick, single sided sticky, foam (McMaster-Carr) on the back side of the speaker frame prior to install. I used four #8 X 1/2" Zinc, self-drilling Pan Head Phillip Screws purchased at HD. Make sure the speaker is centered in the existing speaker hole before attaching the first screw. Once the speaker is centered, place a 6" level on the top to maintain level and plumb. Start the tapping process using one of the holes on the top right. Once the self-drilling screw "grabs" the door sheet metal; stop. While maintaining level, place the 2nd screw in the upper left corner making sure to stop as noted above. Repeat for the bottom. Now starting in the upper left corner, start to tighten down each screw several turns before going to the next fastener in a "Z" pattern. Repeat until the screws are snug and the foam compresses. The foam helps from bending the speaker's metal flange and provides some insulation between the speaker frame and the door. See the Pros below for more info.
Pros:
Because of the extra length of wire from using the speaker adapter, you will need to tie wrap the excess speaker wire to an existing wire bundle to preclude the speaker connection from vibrating against the door during normal driving conditions. Once these speakers are installed, you will notice a 1000% improvement over the replaced OEM speakers.
3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Excellent

Written By Rebtxn81, San Antonio, TX on Sunday, September 30, 2012
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Perfect
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1 out of 5

Great for talk radio

Written By Eric H, Ann Arbor MI on Sunday, September 16, 2012
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These speakers are great if you enjoy listening to talk radio.
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5 out of 5

Great improvement

Written By Yogi, Acworth, GA on Monday, September 10, 2012
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I swapped these out for the stock speakers in the dash of my Jeep Wrangler and improved the sound quality ten fold.
Pros:
Ease of installation, sound quality, price
Cons:
None
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

30 Minutes or Less

Written By LPT, Atlanta, Ga on Saturday, September 08, 2012
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These speakers are a great replacement for the factory OEM in dash. Sound quality is a bit better in the mid range. All else is about equal. Crutchfield installation accessories fit perfectly. The entire replacement took less than 30 minutes. If you are looking to replace without upgrading, these are a fine replacement . 2003 Jeep Wrangler w/ factory 4 speaker set up.
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Fit perfectly

Written By Ryan T, Wichita, Ks on Tuesday, August 28, 2012
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Originally I called Crutchfield to make sure what size speakers I needed to replace all 6 stock speakers in my crew cab 2001 S-10. My dash speakers were small tweeters mounted on a 4x6 bracket. They said I probably wouldn't be able to get these to fit in their place, but when I took the old ones out, there was quite a lot of room, and I could push the A/C vent down a little for extra room. These fit almost perfectly on both sides, they are very snug. I also bought four 6 1/2" Kickers to go with these. My two front doors are installed, and sound GREAT with these. I have to rewire the two back doors though, so they are still in the packaging.
Pros:
Fit very snugly in my 2001 Chevy S-10 Crew Cab.
Cons:
Not listed to fit my vehicle.
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Kicker DS46

Written By Anonymous, South Korea on Friday, August 24, 2012
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Great Sound
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5 out of 5

2000 GMC Seirra

Written By ArleyR, Wellsburg, WV on Sunday, August 19, 2012
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Excellent speakers. Great sound and value.
Pros:
Solid built, good value. Meets my needs. I listen to talk and country - these do the job very well.
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5 out of 5

Fantastic

Written By Jared, Rhode Island on Friday, August 17, 2012
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Made a noticable difference from stock, really sounds clear and the bass is great. Excellent purchase and Crutchfield sent everything i would need. Very happy customer here.
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4 out of 5

Kicker DS46

Written By Mark W., Easton, MD on Monday, August 06, 2012
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Nice upgrade to my '97 Jeep Wrangler.
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1 out of 5

Don't waist your money

Written By kbick, Maine on Monday, May 28, 2012
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I bought these speakers last summer and i just blew the second one today. They have both broken in less than a year. I dont constantly blast my music and any speakers should be able to handle what i do. Don't waist your money on these.
Cons:
cheap and break easily. They don't even sound good.
2 out of 6 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Good factory replacement

Written By JimH, Chula Vista on Sunday, May 27, 2012
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Bought these to replace the old tired speakers from my 2000 Silverado. Good factory replacement speakers.
Pros:
Easy replacement in factory opening, just need to drill new mounting holes for speaker.
Cons:
None
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Kickers

Written By Chris, Ohio on Friday, May 11, 2012
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I replaced the stock speakers on my 98 wrangler with these and it's a huge improvement. I was surpsed by the great price from Crutchfield, especially when you consider the extras they include for easy install. Very happy with the purchase.
Pros:
Good speaker at a great price. Easy install with the included extras.
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

DS46 03 SIERRA.

Written By ROCKET BOOST, Lewisburg, KY on Monday, May 07, 2012
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COMPARED TO FACTORY THESE ARE A HUGE IMPROVEMENT, BUT I DON'T LIKE THE SOUND THE PRODUCE WITH SYNTHESIZED BASS.
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5 out of 5

Great speaker, Awesome price

Written By Anthony K, Omaha,NE on Monday, March 12, 2012
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I put these in my 94' Chevy K1500 to replace some blown speakers. Crutchfield's fitment says they only fit the rear pillar but they fit (barely) in the dash too. Great, clear sound in the mids and highs, not much bass (to be expected from a 4x6). For the sound you get you can't beat the price and Crutchfield, as always, kills it with customer service!
Pros:
Great sound, price, ez install
Cons:
N/A
3 out of 4 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Great speakers from kicker

Written By Omar, Baton rouge, La on Wednesday, February 22, 2012
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These speakers sound amazing the for their size. The installation was super easy no struggle or hassle. The box came with everything you need or might need, crutchfield prepares you as best as possible. The speakers deliver crisp, loud, clear music. The bass behind these caught me off guard the do produce a good but of bass and it, as well is clear and does not cause distortion. That is if you keep them at a reasonable volume. I highly recommend these.
Pros:
Easy install, loud, crisp, clear, bass filled music.
Cons:
Non that I have found.
2 out of 3 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Kicker DS46

Written By Marco, Bay Area, CA on Friday, February 17, 2012
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Excellent for this price range. Used as an OEM replacement speaker so these selected for size and compatibility. I'm very pleased with the service that Crutchfield offer, is right on the mark with their kit and instructions!
Pros:
It's well design, great Mids and Highs!
Cons:
None
1 out of 2 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Kicker DS46

Written By ScottsdaleMan, Ohio on Saturday, January 07, 2012
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Great price for a good little speaker Mids and Highs are clear Bass is alright The bass becomes distorted when you turn the music up high and im not talking excessively high either you can hear the distorted "Thump" on a big drop or such but i have subwoofers in my pickup so you cant really hear them anyway but when i turn my subset off it becomes really noticeable Other than that they are great little speakers
Pros:
Great price for a good little speaker Mids and Highs are clear Bass is alright
Cons:
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2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Kicker DS46

Written By Anonymous, blue springs, mo on Thursday, November 17, 2011
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Excellent for this price range. Perform at a level well above this price range. Used as an OEM replacement speaker so these selected for size and compatibility. Again Crutchfield is right on the mark with their kit and instructions!!
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5 out of 5

Kicker DS46

Written By Fidel, Ca. on Tuesday, October 11, 2011
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These speakers are way under rated. Kicker speakers are some of my favorites. My expectations were met with these little speakers. For the price they are a steal. For their size they have a nice thump and are pretty clear when it comes to highs.
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

great sound from the back seat

Written By GW, west monroe, la. on Sunday, October 02, 2011
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these speakers for the rear of my silverado sound fantastic. combined with therPioneer TS-A1604C make my music come alive. a difinent improvement in the sound system and still use my sock radio. very easy instalation also.
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Not bad

Written By WRH, New Orleans, La on Tuesday, March 29, 2011
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It was a toss up between these and the boston acoustics. While I can't
compare these to any others that I have heard (because I havent actually
heard any others), I can say that they replaced my factory speakers and they do
sound amazing. They really did add a lot of clairity to my system. Normally,
these only being 2 ways did not bother me because I have a seperate low
profile kicker subwoofer for lows and use the door and deck speakers for the
mids and highs, so if you approach car audio as I do, you wont be
disappointed at all.
8 out of 9 people found this helpful
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