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Customer Reviews

Focal ES 165KX3

Elite K2 Power Series 6-1/2" 3-way component speaker system

MFR # ES 165KX3

Focal ES 165KX3

Focal ES 165KX3

Elite K2 Power Series 6-1/2" 3-way component speaker system

MFR # ES 165KX3

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Focal ES 165KX3

Daniel Joseph from MINNEAPOLIS, MN on 9/13/2019

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Speaker system was set up as an active system running Arc Audio (D class), and an Arc DSP. They did require some burn in time, were bright at first, and a bit harsh. They calmed a lot after maybe at least 20 hours of listening total. They handle loud volumes well, presuming your source is good (FM need not apply). I listen to XM a lot. No bluetooth. I'm driving a 17' GM and using a M650-GM audio interface. I had them professionally installed and tuned, everything. They sound very good, but not the excellent sound I was looking for. But, I also like home Hi-Fi, and maybe I simply expect to much. Sound does not seem warm at all. And though they are analytical a bit, I don't get the agility I wanted that usually accompanies that. I want to try an A/B amp and a Helix DSP that allows me to run a source directly into the DSP, bypassing GM's infosystem. Then, I'll have a point blank opinion of these fellas. I have faith in the shop I used. The mid bass is meh, so I will have it re-tuned (benefit of active systems, each speaker can get more or less power independently, and tuned different, also) Sometimes I have to adjust the mids on the fly (decrease them in the GM equalizer, there seems to be some distortion at times, but it's not consistent, XM channels vary in quality I think) Lots of variables there. I'm not a car audio expert so I did my best to share with you the info you'd need to identify any of my weaknesses outside of the speakers. Tuned via hire

Pros: Ran out of room for text. The highs are great, and long after the 20 hour burn in the highs mellowed. Still analytical a bit though, and not rounding off exactly. High's are agile enough for my taste. I should re-tune the system to reflect XM radio, rather than the high rez audio that the tuner used, via his USB. Also, now that the system has broke in, a re-tune may go a step further in fixing my irks. (?)

Cons: 1. Overall, not super enthusiastic. Kinda sucks, but I am being honest. There are areas for me to work on, though. 2. Mid bass is lacking, but a re-tune should fix that. 3. I think this caliber speaker may need a A/B amp. (Vs the class D I have) Subjective. 4. Morels may have been more for me with a warmer sound and better mid bass? 5. Overall system re-tune may help a lot of this? 6. Arrived and left in my apartment mail room, fully exposed.

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A dynamic and fluid 3 way component set!

Tony from San Diego, CA on 11/13/2016

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These are installed in a Hyundai Accent, circa 2013 by a shop in La Mesa. I have a DEXP99RS CD Tuner by Pioneer and a V9 power amplifier by Alpine running them in a bi amplified configuration. Vocals by Taylor Swift, Janet Jackson sound breathtaking. I find myself taking so many unnecessary trips. Even the song When Doves Cry, Prince does this cool thing with the squak box intro where the sound shifts within a brief space after the blistering guitar intro. Breaking in speakers still 40+ hours and they sound more amazing.

Pros: Life like and sonically accurate! Can handle a lot of power.

Cons: Find a good installer with skills and patience.

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