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Kicker DS525

5-1/4" 2-way car speakers

Item #: 206DS525

47 Reviews

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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 DS525 5-1/4" 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. Don't suffer with bad sound in your car — you'll be amazed at the difference some new speakers can make.

Product Highlights:

  • 2-way 5-1/4" speakers (pair)
  • polypropylene woofer cone with polyester foam surround
  • 1/2" polyether imide (PEI) film balanced dome tweeter
  • power range: 6-35 watts RMS (70 watts peak power)
  • frequency response: 45-20,000 Hz
  • sensitivity: 90 dB
  • top-mount depth: 1-13/16"
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

Why replace your car's original speakers?

The speakers that originally came in your car were made from inexpensive materials, designed to create acceptable sound at the lowest possible cost to the manufacturer. If you love music, you deserve better. Name-brand aftermarket speakers deliver fuller, richer sound with considerably more detail and nuance, and they're capable of playing louder and cleaner than factory speakers. Connect new speakers to your factory radio and you'll get the best possible sound from your dealer-equipped system. Pair them up with a new car stereo for a level of enjoyment that can rival a high-fidelity home audio experience.

Kicker DS525 Reviews

Average Customer Review:

47 Reviews

Big sound - small price

Written by: koppsisgood from Oscoda, MI on February 12, 2013

1989 Jeep Grand Wagoneer
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I installed these as rear factory upgrade speakers in a 1989 Jeep Grand Wagoneer, and am going to upgrade the front to match, just because they sound so good. Great bass for such a small speaker. Clear, crisp mids and highs. Even with the noise of the road. I am an audiophile with realistic expectations.

Pros: easy install small sound great included grills add protection


Kicker DS525 for 07 accord

Written by: Jack from Pomona , CA on January 28, 2013

2007 Honda Accord SE
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tweeter is good, but woofer is not.



Kicker DS525

Written by: Tom from Garland, TX. on January 17, 2013

2004 Chevrolet Tahoe
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I am very pleased with these speakers. The price was really good. However they were alittle smaller than the orginial speakers, and the brackets really didn't help. I had to drill holes to make them fit. So that took alittle longer. But for the price and sound, I am pleased.



Good bang/buck

Written by: simon from NW Florida on January 7, 2013

2006 GMC Sierra 1500
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

For the money spent, can't complain at all. This entire review is understood to be 'at this price point'.

Pros: Appear well built. Clearly labeled. Easy to install. Acceptable sound.

Cons: At this price point, none really.

So far satisfaction

Written by: Adam from Shamokin, PA on January 6, 2013

2001 Nissan Xterra
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I am so far pleased with this product. I had a friend install them since I'm not good with that stuff so he suggested I wait at least a day so I don't completely blow them out! haha I can't see any problems thus far, I have a 2001 Nissan Xterra and they sound great! They were simple in install and Crutchfield proved again their reliability.

Pros: Speakers came as described and so great with my vehicle

Cons: None


Written by: Mark D from Lenoir on December 25, 2012

After removing back seat panel etc on christmas day in daughters civic .Finally turned them on and one rattled sounded terrible has to be factory defect. now she can ride around with back seat out and trim panels until new ones are sent .This sucks dont buy these speakers.



Kicker DS525

Written by: BMW from Lugoff, SC on December 17, 2012

1995 BMW 325IS
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

For the size and type, not a bad sound. I kept the stock opening of my '95 325is kick panel intact, except for opening up the factory sound suppression material. I cut the back of that out and shoved some cotton-based batting material to alleviate any echo of the metal frame. That gave it a bit more free air. As far as the bass response goes, I am only pushing about 30 watts as I am using the stock Harmon-Kardon amp. Just don't push this speaker, it's not designed for it.

Pros: For the cost, it's a good upgrade to the factory ones, although, after 17 years, the factory ones were worn out.

Cons: None.

Less low end, much better quality overall

Written by: Drew from Iowa on December 2, 2012

The speakers themselves do seem to have less bass than the ~6in woofer that was factory, but the overall sound quality is much better. Paired w/ the DS46 in the rear, and I have a MUCH better sounding stereo that previously!



Kicken in the Silverado

Written by: Kevin from Owens Cross Roads, AL on November 8, 2012

2002 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Installed the Kicker into my sons 2004 Chevy Silverado. The installation was very smooth other than having the mounting screws go in at an angle on the plactic mounting brackets. To ease this part, you may have to have a pair of Kliens available to clip the screws after mounting the speaker to the plastic brackets. If the screws go sideways, they may keep the brakets from installing into the door properly.

Pros: Sounds great! Ease of installation

Cons: Plastic mounting bracket may allow the screws go in at an angle

Greart Wrangler replacements!!

Written by: tjjgarma from Central Illinois on October 5, 2012

2003 Jeep Wrangler
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Sound great comparied to the stock Wrangler speakers. I have a 2003 wrangler and Crutchfield supplied everything for the install which was great an super fast delivery. Took a total of 15mins to install both. These speaker have excellent highs as well. They are in no way shape or form made for bass. If you think you will get bass from a speaker of this size you are mistaken. I have one 12" 100watt sub in the back and my Jeep pounds hard. I listen to basically country, rock, and metal music and all genres sound great.



Kicker DS525

Written by: Phil from Cartersville GA on September 10, 2012

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Great speakers. Built well and have a great sound.

Pros: Great speaker at a great price!

Cons: NONE

Awesome improvement

Written by: Yogi from Acworth, GA on September 10, 2012

2003 Jeep Wrangler
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Great addition to my Jeep Wrangler. I simply swapped the stock dual cones in the sound bar out for these and what a difference! Very easy installation (less than 15 minutes) and a great improvement in sound!

Pros: Easy installation, great sound and low cost

Cons: None

Highly Efficient and Clear

Written by: claskowski from North Carolina on September 9, 2012

2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
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Purchased these as an upgrade in a Silverado pickup - door location. Replaced the factory speakers with these and added a new stereo unit. Although these are smaller than the stock speakers by an inch, they are so much more efficient. The boominess is gone. The bass is very there and very tight. the sound can get surprisingly loud with very little pushing the speakers. They installed (with the included adapter) in only a couple of minutes and added so much to the sound. I definitely have no regrets with these speakers

Pros: Very efficient, tight bass, clear - very clear

Cons: None at all

Terrible design

Written by: AlexE from Cullowhee, NC on September 7, 2012

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

These speakers are good for about a week. After they get worked in the wires that are against the speaker begin to rattle and make a crackling. For kicker to put wires through the cone of the speaker in the first place was a stupid decision. I know i didn't blow the speaker because simply touching the wire to keep it off the cone stops the rattleing and cracking noise. Don't buy these speakers PERIOD. Total waste of money.



Great Speakers

Written by: Joe from Honolulu, HI on August 23, 2012

2011 Ford Mustang
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Great sounding speakers that improved the sound 100%!! You want to get these in your car!

Pros: Great sound

Cons: None

Very happy with these speakers!

Written by: Jesse from FWB, FL on August 20, 2012

2005 Jeep Wrangler
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

As a complete armature in the electronics aspect, I have to say that Crutchfeild provided everything I needed so I wouldn't be lost. With some common sense and the instructions, you will be fine. I had these old Alpine speakers in the Wrangler and these sound so much better. What I like the best, was that this company thought of everything, they provided all the wires for every situation.

Pros: Nice sound quality Affordable

Cons: None

Kicker DS525

Written by: Mark W. from Easton, MD on August 6, 2012

1997 Jeep Wrangler
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Sound great in my '97 Jeep Wrangler



Great sound

Written by: Marcus J from Ford, VA on June 12, 2012

1994 Jeep Cherokee
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I bought 2 pair of these for my 1994 Jeep Chrerokee, and they sound awesome!!!

Pros: The mids and highs remain clear even at high volumes. Great product, Great price.

Cons: If you don't have a rear sub these will make you consider buying one due to the lacking low end bass.


Written by: Art from South Gate, CA on June 2, 2012

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Super easy to install. Local shop wanted more money for same speaker. They also wanted $50.00 for install of DS525 and Kicker 4x6's. I installed all four in under 30 minutes. Great improvement over stock. Sound in clean, crisp and loud enough to drown out the road noise in my Wrangler . Web site notes to use original speaker covers on Wrangler sound bar. With a little time, you can install with Kicker supplied grill. Thanks Crutchfield.

Pros: Easy install. Clean sound, look good.

Cons: None yet.


Written by: Chris from Ohio on May 11, 2012

1998 Jeep Wrangler
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Replaced factory speakers in a 98 wrangler and now I can hear the radio over the wind noise again! Honestly, these speakers sound great.

Pros: Good speakers at a great price, install was very easy with included extras



Written by: Anonymous from rincon Georgia on April 28, 2012

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Great loud crisp sound. I put these on my golf cart and they sound great. They are powered by the head unit and can be heard for a long way.

Pros: Everything is great

Cons: Didn't find any cons

crisp highs,but no lows

Written by: Ed P. from Springfield, Pa. on April 28, 2012

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

These replaced the stock speakers in a Colorado. They really improved the high end, but in my opinion the stock speakers sounded better in the low end. Should have just replaced the tweeters

Pros: crisp highs, easy to install

Cons: no bass

good speakers but wrong size

Written by: AdamB from Lancaster, PA on April 13, 2012

I think these speakers would be great if they would have fit tightly in my car. My car takes 6x8 speakers but i ordered these not knowing. They have great high and mid range but the law range is a little skimpy. good speakers overall.




Written by: John F. from Panama City Beach, FL on April 3, 2012

2010 Dodge Ram 1500
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

These speakers are ok. They are better than stock which is all I expected. I got what I paid for. Like other comments here, they are lacking some base, but that may have to do with the power and sound tunability of the stock head unit. I planned on just keeping my stock head unit, but now I have the bug to go all the way and get a better, and hopefully more powerful head unit with more ability to fine tune the sound. I do not use an amp, subwoofer and all that. I put one of each of these in the doors of my 2010 Dodge Quad Cab 1500 with KS35s in the corners of the dash. The KS35s are a great compliment to the DS525s. I've been buying from Crutchfield since about 2001. . No one has the customer service Crutchfield has. No on provides all that you need to have the confidence and abilty to do the installation yourself. No one provides all the information you need such as product overview, details and customer reviews while shopping in one place. There's no reason to go anywhere else for your audio needs!

Pros: Great construction. Ok sound. Right price

Cons: Lacking some base, but "the jury is still out."

Nice Speaker

Written by: blake from WI on March 10, 2012

People are buying these speakers and not understanding speakers.....this is a 5 1/4 speaker NOT designed for bass and meant to be used with a sub and especially with the correct filters. You don't want bass from this speaker....that is the point. I fyou want bass and not a sub, then get a bigger speaker.

I have used these AND the KS 525's. The KS series are stronger, more natural sounding speaker. The DS series are fine, but I would spend the extra few $ for the KS. Thing is, the DS are probably better with a stock head. The KS can handle way more power than a most stock head units can deliver. Either way, GET A SUB.




Written by: mwaz from Cary, NC on March 4, 2012

2011 Honda Insight
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I have a base 2011 Honda Insight which came with only two front speakers. added a pair of 5.5" in the rear doors and 6.5" Kickers in the front. The clarity is much better, but just like the other reviews I have almost non-existent bass with the stock receiver. Looks like I'm going to trash the stock headunit first and then add a sub. I will say the factory speakers delivered some bass, but were a joke up against the Kickers as far as build quality. There basically was no magnet to the factory unit and of course no tweeter. Kicker quality is definitely superior1




Written by: SipeyCup from Mount Airy, MD on February 20, 2012

2003 Hyundai Accent
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The speakers were amazing. I could tell the difference immediately. Not much bass, but I put in their back shelf equivalents (which have excellent bass), and everything worked out well.

Pros: Incredible sound.

Cons: Price.


Written by: Casey from Sherman NY on February 13, 2012

1994 Chevrolet S10
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Highs are alright... absolutly no bass at all. they actually kind of took away from my subs because I couldn't turn up the bass on the CD player it self because they sounded bad.

Pros: they come with warrenty

Cons: no bass. my 4 inch dash speakers had as much bass

Great Speakers

Written by: Anonymous from Georgetown, Tx on January 28, 2012

2004 Chevrolet Suburban
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These speakers pound out great sound for their price. I love them...

Pros: Great sound. Low price.

Cons: None

Great speakers for the price

Written by: JohnE from Birmingham, AL on January 24, 2012

2002 Nissan Altima
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

The install was a snap with the included adapters from Crutchfield. Hugh improvement over factory Nissan speakers.

Pros: Easy installation with great sound quality.


Be prepared to spend more

Written by: Adam from Upstate ny on January 20, 2012

2002 Chrysler Town and Country
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Like the title says if you are replacing your factory speakers be prepared to spend more these have 0 for a bass response. These speakers are all highs and no lows you will need a sub set and amp to round out the sound my factory speakers were way better and I. Was really disappointed till I installed the subs. I called crutch field and they say ya replacement speakers are meant to be like that I am of the mindset that if I replaced all my factory speakers it should sound as good if not better than before and you should not have to buy a box and subs to round out your sound.

Pros: They are kickers and sound ok if paired with subs

Cons: All highs and no lows

Good for the money

Written by: richp5 from Anaheim Hills, CA on January 9, 2012

I bought these along with the Kicker DS 35 to replace the Bose speakers in an '06 Corvette Convertible - left the Bose door speakers in however. The mids/high are very good and the bass was much more pronounced than the flimsy paper Bose. Very pleased with this purchase.



Kicker DS525

Written by: J-Money from Monroe, MI on October 2, 2011

1999 Chevrolet Cavalier
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Not a bad price for these. High treble and very clear but expect practically no bass AT ALL so you will need some subs to go with them. Also, my right speaker blew not even a week after install. Not too sure why...



Kicker DS525

Written by: Anonymous from Alton, IL. on September 13, 2011

2011 Honda Civic LX
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

For the money I spent, they aren't bad, and they are much better than the stock speakers I had in my 2011 Honda civic. I've read other reviews and what they say is true, there is absolutely no bass. I guess this is no surprise considering the fact the are 5 1/4" speakers. The thing that really disappoints me is the fact I could have fit 6 1/2" speakers in both the doors and the rear deck if I had taken the time to look at their size instead of assuming the only speakers that would fit were the ones that Crutchfield offered for my particular car.

I have now noticed that "outfit my car" says 6 1/2" speakers fit my car. Would have been nice to know this before I ordered the 5 1/2" speakers.



Kicker DS525

Written by: Rob from Nor Cal on September 13, 2011

2009 Honda Civic LX
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I've put these in a 2011 GMC Terrain and a 2007 civic sedan and they sound great! Extremely better than stock speakers.



Kicker speakers

Written by: Tony from Incline Village, NV on August 31, 2011

1995 Mazda Miata
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Anything would be better than factory speakers in a Mazda Miata - but these Kickers are like night and day - soooooooo much better.



Kicker DS525

Written by: Justin from Calhoun, GA on July 6, 2011

1992 Ford Thunderbird
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Speaker install was a cinch. I was able to download and view the master sheet before my speakers even arrived. This allowed me ample time to remove everything I needed and when the speakers showed up I was ready to install.

The speakers themselves perform extremely well for the price, but as many other reviews have said already you will need a sub to get those good lows.

The only problem I had was I ordered two sets of these and only received one set of Wire Harnesses and the Universal SAP's. I simply called customer service and before I could even explain the situation they had pulled up my order information by using my phone number and she was asking me if I needed another set of SAP's and Wire Harnesses. By the time I finished saying, "Yes it had only came with one set", she told me she had taken care of it and when I should expect them to come in the mail.

The customer service defiantly helped push these speakers to a 5 star rating!



good buy

Written by: Matt C from Nokomis, IL on June 21, 2011

i squeezed these into my front door panels and the sound is great. very clear and much better than stock. but the dont get very loud and theres not alot of bass. other than that great purchase. i highly recomment all kicker products



Kicker DS525

Written by: KrisP from Virginia Beach,VA on May 20, 2011

2006 Chevrolet Colorado
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

These speakers have great sound for the money. Like many other reviews before, there is very little bass. I would suggest adding a small sub and amp for better bass sound.

With Crutchfields free install gear the install was a breeze for my 06 colorado 4dr. From start (taking off door panels) to finish (putting the doors panels back on) was less than 90 minutes.

Thanks Crutchfield !!!!



Kicker DS525

Written by: Jim from Maryland on May 15, 2011

2003 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Perfect replacement door speakers for my 2003 Chevy Pickup. Don't have great
bass punch, but they are 5 1/4" speakers after all.. Easy to install. Great Price.



Kicker DS525

Written by: Jeff from SD on May 8, 2011

1996 Dodge Intrepid
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

These speakers provide good sound for the money!



Kicker DS525

Written by: K from USA on May 5, 2011

2005 Chevrolet TrailBlazer
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Works perfectly; sounds fantastic pushed with an appropriate amp. Clean high's
and mid's and contrary to other reviews, they surprisingly threw a bit of
undistorted mid-bass out; but i tuned the low frequencies out of their channels.
Good for what I use them for; couldn't beat it for the price.



Kicker DS525

Written by: Nickw from Arcata, CA on May 4, 2011

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

When I took these speakers out of the box I was surprised how small they were.
They fit in the rear deck of my 2006 Civic LX without a bracket. These speakers
are very clear, but have absolutely no bass. You aren't supposed to expect any
bass from component speakers. I will be buying a couple subs to round off the




Written by: andy fritts from owingsville,KY on April 20, 2011

1998 Toyota Corolla
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

i bought these along with a pair of DS65 to replace my factory speakers and let
me tell you it made a ungodly difference.the DS525 add`s wonderful clean highs
and midrange sound and the DS65 has great big bass for such a tiny speaker along
with awesome high notes.but what ever you buy i would buy from crutchfield they
are simply the best ! they give you all the accessories and knowledge needed to
make a easy install.



MUCH better than stock!

Written by: BlakeS from Hudson WI on March 28, 2011

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Great upgrade for my Jeep! Be prepared to add a sub, though.



Must buy

Written by: DaneW from Fullerton, CA on March 14, 2011

I bought a pair of these speakers to replace my stock speakers in my Chevy
Silverado. Wow, was I amazed. The same exact set up was $249.99 at any other
audio store. It came with a small amplifier for each speaker along with
tweeters. The difference in sound is the crisp. In many songs, bass takes away
the ability to hear the words, guitar, or drums in the song. These speakers
produce such crisp sounds, that any song will sound like your right in the
studio. I also had two 12' kicker comp subwoofers, and I can still hear the
music over the bass of my subwoofers. For the price, these speakers are a steal.
People will compliment your vehicles new system.



First Crutchfield experience

Written by: Keith from Charleston sc on March 3, 2011

2000 Jeep Cherokee
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Id like to start off by saying people expect to much, These Are 5.25" speakers
and im very satisfied with them. Especially with the deal crutchfield has to
offer. and with the free included item's if these are in your budget, and limits
I say go for it. My 2000 Cherokee can only fit 5.25's 4 of them. this plus a new
pioneer head unit sound sooooo much cleaner than my factory setup. I Think i
will definitely get a small sub woofer in the future. but im not aching without
it. But my Vw stock speakers have a little more feel to them. Still 5 stars from
me. thanks for everything looking forward to future business



Hands-on research

What's in the box?

Download owner's manual

  • Two 5-1/4" Coaxial speakers
  • 2 Speaker grilles
  • 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)

Features and Specs

Design 2-way
Tweeter Design 1/2" Balanced Dome
Tweeter Composition PEI (Polyetherimide)
Woofer Composition Polypropylene
Woofer Surround Polyester foam
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year
Sensitivity 90 dB at 1 watt
Frequency Response 45 - 20k Hz
RMS Power Range (Watts) 6-35
Peak Power Handling (Watts) 70
Impedance (Ohms) 4
Top-mount Depth (Inches) 1 13/16
Bottom-mount Depth (Inches) 2 1/16
Cutout Diameter or Length (inches) 4 9/16

Product Research


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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