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Focal ES 165KX2

K2 Power Series 6-1/2" component speaker system (2-ohm)

Item # 091ES165X2

Handmade in France, the Elite K2 Power Series 165KX2 component system is the culmination of Focal's passion for...

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About the Focal ES 165KX2

Larger tweeter and 2-ohm impedance

Handmade in France, the Elite K2 Power Series 165KX2 component system is the culmination of Focal's passion for perfect sound, exceptional standards, and technological advances. Focal's sound gurus engaged in intensive listening sessions designing this line of speakers so that you hear uncanny realism, sweeping dynamics, and breathtaking depth in your music. This 2-ohm system extracts maximum power from your amp so you'll get more punch from your system, while the 1-1/8" tweeters deliver extended high-frequency response.
ES 165KX2

The K2 Power Series woofer features a Tuned Mass Damper rubber surround for minimized harmonic distortion.

Larger tweeter and 2-ohm impedance

Handmade in France, the Elite K2 Power Series 165KX2 component system is the culmination of Focal's passion for perfect sound, exceptional standards, and technological advances. Focal's sound gurus engaged in intensive listening sessions designing this line of speakers so that you hear uncanny realism, sweeping dynamics, and breathtaking depth in your music. This 2-ohm system extracts maximum power from your amp so you'll get more punch from your system, while the 1-1/8" tweeters deliver extended high-frequency response.

A classic woofer with a new twist

The 6-1/2" woofer uses Focal's classic "W" sandwich cone design to reproduce your audio with incredible accuracy. The nimble Kevlar and glass-fiber woofers demonstrate the control needed to play delicate classical passages, yet they'll handle the power needed to drive your bass-heavy tracks with authority. Focal adds a new Tuned Mass Damper (TMD®) rubber surround which minimizes harmonic distortion for the cleanest midrange possible. Focal builds an aluminum phase plug into the woofer for extended frequency response.

A redesigned tweeter

The ES 165KX2 employs a unique 1-1/8" aramid fiber tweeter with an "M"-shaped inverted dome design that disperses the highs with remarkable precision, all the way up to 22,000 Hz. The K2 Power crossovers use hand-made components developed by Focal to deliver an ideal blend of the highs and lows for a dynamic stereo image. Three levels of tweeter control let you dial in the sound to your car's environment.

Installation note: You'll need a pair of our universal backstraps to install the tweeters in the factory locations.

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Product highlights:

  • component speaker system includes two 6-1/2" woofers, 2 tweeters, 2 external crossovers, and 2 woofer grilles
  • K2 Kevlar sandwich woofer cone
  • Tuned Mass Damper (TMD®) rubber surround
  • 1-1/8" aramid fiber "M"-shaped inverted-dome tweeter
  • 2-way external crossover with 3 tweeter level settings
  • 2-ohm impedance
  • power range: 6-120 watts RMS (240 watts peak power)
  • frequency response: 55-22,000 Hz
  • sensitivity: 92.5 dB at 2.83 V
  • mounting depth: 3"
  • grilles included
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • MFR # ES 165KX2

What's in the box:

  • Two woofers
  • Two inverted dome tweeters (with attached 20" length of speaker wire)
  • 2 Crossover networks
  • 2 Tweeter flush mount cups (installed)
  • 2 Tweeter angled surface mount cups
  • 2 Tweeter flush mounting washers
  • 2 Woofer gaskets
  • 2 Woofer grilles
  • 2 Woofer grille mounting rings
  • 2 Strips of grille putty
  • 8 Speed clips
  • Four 3/4" Self-tapping screws
  • Eight 1-1/8" Self-tapping screws
  • Owner's manual (English/ French/ German/ Italian/ Spanish/ Portuguese/ Dutch/ Russian)
  • 2 Focal window stickers

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Demarus from Conyers ga on 5/31/2018

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Sounds amazing!!!! Well worth the money I happy to say I'm finally done with my system 3 set of this Speakers Car sounds like a rolling studio 5 stars

Pros: Sounds amazing

Cons: Price

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Focal K2's a fantastic 6.5's speakers

Wayne from Silverdale, Wa on 5/17/2017

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I'm 57 years old, and these far and away the best speaker by far!! I have a 94 Jeep Grand and the doors were installed with 5'1/4 infinity stick speakers. So I wasn't sure what to do....especially with limited size. So I went focal 5 1/4 front and back. I don't the numbers of me, but the fronts cost 259 a pair and the tears were 159 a pair after the install I saw the K2's and was totally blown away by the difference. I thought it was too late for changes! The GM for Car Toys shop told me to give the system a good listening and if I wanted and upgrade he would only charge me the price difference of whichever speaker(s) I changed So after a few days the front (door) speakers needed a vast improvement so I went with the K2's which retailed for 959.99...I also asked about trying to modify the mount to hold 6.5's. It wasn't easy....but it got done!!!! The sound is absolutely mind blowing. It sounds so great I'm going to do the back doors'. With the dual JL Audio amp and twin 12's this 3200 dollar system I bad ass!! Highly recommend !!!

Pros: Made by hand, high quality, great, incredible sound !!!!!!

Cons: Can't think of anything other. Than them being a thousand dollar for a 6.5 door speaker.., but u demand quality this high..::then the price is spot on!!

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Focal ES 165KX2

harley from NEW YORK on 1/25/2017

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it is the best speakers i had ever heard. i suggest you run this set of speakers in Bi-amp. if you have DSP even better. you will know the different straight away with DSP. I run this set speakers with Audison Bit one full active without original crossover. WOW... the vocal is so Crisp and clean.

Pros: Best!! 100% suggest to buy.Worth every penny.

Cons: nothing

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William from PAducah ky on 1/2/2017

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Absolutely worth the money had jl c5 but these are a huge difference

Pros: The fidelity ranges in a lot higher to everything else I've puts Jl Audio stuff to shame

Cons: A little pricey

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Features & specs

General
Speaker Size 6 1/2
Design 2-way
Tweeter Design M-Shaped Inverted Dome
Impedance (Ohms) 2
Tweeter Composition Aramid Fiber
Woofer Composition K2 Kevlar Sandwich
Woofer Surround Butyl Rubber
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year
Specifications
Sensitivity (1W at 1 meter) 89.5
Sensitivity at 2.83 volts 92.5
Frequency Response 55 - 22k Hz
Minimum RMS Wattage ---
Maximum RMS Wattage 120
Peak Power Handling (Watts) 240
Top-mount Depth (Inches) 3 1/16
Bottom-mount Depth (Inches) 3 1/4
Cutout Diameter or Length (inches) 5 5/8

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Woofer
Tweeter
Crossover
Dimensions

Woofer

K2 Cone: The woofer cone is a sandwich composite consisting of a foam core, a structural glass fiber bottom layer, and a Kevlar top layer. This combination of materials results in a rigid, light weight cone with excellent damping characteristics.

Surround: Focal's patented butyl rubber TMD (Tuned Mass Damper) surround helps control unwanted resonances, providing a clean and neutral midrange with very low harmonic distortion.

Phase Plug: The bullet-shaped phase plug in the center of the woofer ensures a smooth, flat off-axis frequency response by preventing the high frequency sound waves emanating from one side of the cone from interfering with sound waves from the other side of the cone.

Voice Coil: The voice coil is wound around a 1-9/16" diameter low-mass Kapton former, ensuring no coil deformation.

Size Classification Note: Some manufacturers, including Focal, call this size woofer a 6-1/2". Because it requires a larger cutout than a standard 6-1/2" speaker, Crutchfield has traditionally referred to this size as a 6-3/4". Please enter you vehicle information to confirm fit in your vehicle.

Tweeter

Inverted Dome: The "M" profile, Aramid fiber, inverted dome tweeter is designed to increase precision at very high frequencies. The push-pull motor also damps acoustic resonances on the back of the membrane and extends the low end of the frequency response.

Mounting Options: The tweeter can be surface or flush mounted using the included adapters. The included angled cup allows surface mounting at one of two angles; approximately 60° and approximately 40°.

Crossover

Components: Focal uses audiophile grade polypropylene capacitors and air core inductors to ensure high definition and a dynamic sound quality. Thermal camera imaging is used to optimize component power dissipation, improve reliability, and lower temperature.

Slope: The high-pass crossover slope is 12 dB/octave. A switch on each crossover allows you to choose between 18 dB/octave and 12 dB/octave slopes for the high-pass crossover. Another switch allows you to choose between 12 dB/octave and 6 dB/octave slopes for the low-pass crossover. The crossover point for both is 3,000 Hz.

Tweeter Level: A three position switch on the crossover allows you to adjust the output level of the tweeter to -3 dB, 0 dB, or +3 dB.

Tweeter Shelf: Another switch on the crossover turns on/off a high-frequency boost, designed to improve definition.

Bi-amp Inputs: Each crossover has bi-amp inputs, one input for the tweeter and one for the woofer. When using only two amplifier channels the crossover inputs must be shorted together using two short pieces of speaker wire. Focal recommends using four amplifier channels to bi-amp the speakers for the improved dynamic range and to present an easier load for the amp(s) to drive.

Wiring: The inputs and outputs are set screw terminals; they will accept bare wire up to 10 gauge.

Dimensions

Tweeter:

  Flush Mount Surface Mount 40° Surface Mount 60°
Mounting Height 0.45" 1.85" 2.007"
Mounting Depth 0.48" screw depth screw depth
Frame Diameter 2.305" N/A N/A
Cutout Diameter 2.026" N/A N/A
Frame Width N/A 2.326" 2.326"
Frame Depth N/A 2.345" 2.273"

Crossover: The crossover dimensions are:

  • Width: 6"
  • Height: 1-3/4" (2" including the bolt heads)
  • Depth: 4"

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Customer Q&A

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Crutchfield asked: Why did you buy this?
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The most impressive feature this speaker has is its uncanny ability to set a spectacular sound stage. You can crank them way up and close your eyes and point to the instruments playing. Spectacular! [ Willie  Dec 31, 2018 ]

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What amp will work best with theres speakers or how many watts on the amp?
[ J  Jul 07, 2019 ]
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Thanks for your question. For information on selecting the best amp I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to help determine the differences between the amp models and help you make the best choice for your system.
[ Krissy  Jul 18, 2019 ]  Staff
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Is the 120w rms still true when bi-amping these per driver or is it divided in half? i.e. Can I bi-amp with 120w x 4 or only 60 x 4? Would a separate 120w channel be too much for the tweeter?
[ Matthew  Jan 18, 2019 ]
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They are still 120 watts... the frequency is merely redirected. The xover splits the frequency, you still have 120w of high HZ going to the tweeter and 120w of low HZ going to the woofer... it's more complicated than that, but in lame men's terms that's it. I would be more gentle with the tweeter during tuning
[ Ian  Jan 18, 2019 ]
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Is this the replacement for the 165 KRX2?
[ doug  Aug 26, 2016 ]
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They sure are! Focal is listing these as the replacement for their K2 Power 165 KRX2 speakers. I hope that helps!! My Bio: http://www.crutchfield.com/Support/Bio.aspx?bio=101
[ Paul  Aug 29, 2016 ]  Staff

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