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Kicker DS68.2

6"x8" component speaker system

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by Jo Greene
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Why install component speakers?

A component speaker system gives you the best possible performance from your car audio system. A system consists of separate woofers, tweeters, and crossovers, each designed to cover one specific range of frequencies. As separate components, the woofer can move freely to deliver more powerful performance, while the tweeter can be custom-mounted in a better spot up closer to your ears, revealing a whole new world of detail. Separate crossovers are far superior to the simple filters wired into full-range speakers, so the components work together for smoother, more focused sound.

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 DS68.2 component system features heavy-duty 6"x8" polypropylene woofers, supported by heavy-duty polyester foam surrounds, that'll bring out the power and impact of your tunes. The woofers will also fit in most 5"x7" speaker locations.

Titanium 3/4" dome tweeters broadcast bright, sweet vocal and instrumental details, giving your music energy and ambiance. External crossovers send the high frequencies to the tweeters and lower frequencies to the woofers, so your music's in the proper harmonic balance. Hook these components up to an amp, and you'll hear new power and impact from your favorite tunes.

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Highlights:

  • component speaker system includes 2 woofers, 2 tweeters, and 2 crossovers
  • 6"x8" polypropylene woofers with polyester foam surrounds
  • 3/4" titanium dome tweeters
  • 2-way external crossover network (12 dB/octave, 4,000 Hz high- and low-pass)
  • woofers also fit in most 5"x7" speaker locations
  • power range: 6-45 watts RMS (90 watts peak power)
  • frequency response: 40-21,000 Hz
  • sensitivity: 90 dB
  • top-mount depth: 2-5/16"
  • grilles not included
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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Features and Specs
General
Speaker Size 6X8
Design 2-way
Tweeter Design 3/4" Dome
Tweeter Composition Titanium
Woofer Composition Polypropylene
Woofer Surround Polyester foam
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year
Specifications
Sensitivity 90 dB
Frequency Response 40 - 21k Hz
RMS Power Range (Watts) 6-45
Peak Power Handling (Watts) 90
Impedance (Ohms) 4
Top-mount Depth (Inches) 2 5/16
Bottom-mount Depth (Inches) 2 11/16
Cutout Diameter or Length (inches) 0
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What's in the box?

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  • Two 6x8 Woofers
  • Two 3/4" Tweeters (each with 3' Wire attached)
  • 2 Crossovers (each with 34" Wires attached for input/ tweeter output/ midrange output)
  • 2 Angled surface mount tweeter housings
  • 2 Tweeter flush mount rings (installed)
  • 2 Tweeter front angle rings (installed)
  • 2 Tweeter back angle rings (installed)
  • 2 Tweeter mounting nuts (installed)
  • Eight 1" Self-tapping screws
  • Four 1-1/8" Self-tapping screws
  • Two 5/8" Self-tapping screws
  • 8 Speed clips
  • 4 Butt connectors
  • Four 7-1/2" Zip ties
  • 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.

Tweeter Mounting Options: The tweeters come with brackets to allow multiple mounting configurations; flush-mounted, angle-mounted, and surface-mounted (also at an angle):

  Flush Angle Surface
Mounting Height 0.216" 0.610" 1.165"
Mounting Depth 0.593" 0.5" screw depth
Frame Diameter 1.985" 1.985" N/A
Cutout Diameter 1.570" 1.570" N/A
Frame Width N/A N/A 1.735"
Frame Depth N/A N/A 1.892"

Crossovers: The component system includes passive 2-way crossover networks for a seamless transition between the woofers and tweeters. The slope is 12dB per octave (both high pass and low pass) and the crossover point is 4000 Hz. A switch on the side of each crossover allows you to adjust the tweeter output, 0 dB, +3 dB, or +6 dB. The crossovers' dimensions are:

  • Length: 4.794"
  • Width: 2.508"
  • Height: 1.312"
 
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5 out of 5

Kick it up a notch

Written By Slick, Tucson, AZ on Sunday, March 03, 2013
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Before you rush out to buy an amp and sub to upgrade your factory Ford system, first install a pair of these! Amazing lows, while the tweeters keep the music crisp. I highly recommend these!
Pros:
Excellent sound quality.
Cons:
Need to be familiar with tweeter placement, and savvy with finding a location for the splitter.
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5 out of 5

Kicker DS68.2 Sounds Great

Written By tbvegas, Las Vegas on Wednesday, February 20, 2013
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Five star sound! I really didn't realize how muddy my factory speakers were. Be aware though, there are a few things the instructions do not address. For a 2008 F-150 Super Cab, you need to lower the window and mark its path when you are looking through the empty 6x8 hole or you will mount the crossover box incorrectly (I know this from experience) and the window will knock it off. Second, it is difficult to unscrew the mounting plate from the tweeters. But you will need to do this to get them to fit in the factory provided hole. Lastly, you will not need the wiring harness as the bare wires insert directly into the crossover box. You'll need to guess which wire goes where, but hey it's a 50/50 chance you'll get it right the first time!
Pros:
Crisp sound.
Cons:
Difficult to remove the tweeteres screw on/off back plate.
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3 out of 5

Decent But Crossover Failed

Written By JB Smoovee, Reno, NV on Thursday, January 10, 2013
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These speakers are decent for the money, however, the crossovers are very cheap. I had one fail (capacitor broke right off the super thin wire holding it in) in less than a year. Rather than try and warranty, I just bought replacement crossovers for about $20. The DS line is the cheapest, maybe consider the KS if you want more quality.
Pros:
Decent speaker magnets
Cons:
cheap crossovers
1 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Qreat Sound

Written By Kerry, KY on Tuesday, August 14, 2012
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installed in the front doors of 06 ford F150 Super Crew, dropped right in and sound great, matched up with the 6x8 coaxials for the rear doors for rear fill, mids and highs sound crisp and clear, buy subs to go with these as they have a small amount of bass but not what you would want compared to a sub woofer.
Pros:
crisp, clear highs, adjustable crossover, mid range is great
Cons:
none yet
2 out of 3 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Kicker DS68.2

Written By Gtijohnny, Scranton on Thursday, August 09, 2012
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Great speakers. Really added a nice touch to the wifes car. Easy to install and sound great.
Pros:
Crossover Easy wiring Quality material
Cons:
None as of yet
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2 out of 5

These speakers are kinda just awful

Written By Supercooldodge, Texas on Sunday, October 30, 2011
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I installed these speakers into my stock system and at first they sounded great and was very impressed then i cranked my volume up to about 37-38 which is equal to the wattage entering the speakers and all four of my speakers blew i was extremely dissatisfied. I used to think kicker was a good brand but i guess ill just put my stocks back in with the addition of the awesome tweeters. But notice it says power handiling was 6-45 watts. Whats up with that. Anyway not a good investment i guess.
Pros:
Great sound quality at a low volume and the high freq. sounds were amazing
Cons:
They cant handle much power
1 out of 25 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Great speakers, great price, great install

Written By TJ, metro area, Maryland on Saturday, August 20, 2011
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I am very satisfied with these Kickers. I searched a while before settling with these and I feel for the price, they are delivering great sound. Install was easy - even custom fitting the tweeters. Some people have said that the bass is weak, but I don't agree. There's plenty there. I've found myself tuning down the lows in order to "play fair" to the mids and highs. Mids and highs are very crisp and clear. Great set of speakers.
6 out of 6 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Worth the money

Written By DaveM, Glenmora, LA on Tuesday, July 19, 2011
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These are great speakers. I'm an old fogey so I don't blast them the sound at low volume is great. Installation in my F250 SuperCab was easy. I flush mounted the tweeters to the door panel. I lost the flush ring and called Crutchfield, and they are gonn send them to me. Can't beat their service and tech support.
7 out of 8 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Amazing!

Written By Johnattan, Bridgeport, CT on Thursday, April 21, 2011
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I was a little worried in buying these. These speakers have unbelievable crisp highs coming out of those tweeters. I can't believe I have been listening all this time to the regular 2-way speakers with no tweeters. I am extremely pleased to have these in my car. My car is balanced now with the 3-way coaxials I have in the back.
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