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Kenwood Excelon XR-1603HR

6-1/2" component speaker system

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Overview

Our take on the Kenwood Excelon XR-1603HR

Kenwood doesn't take the Excelon name lightly. It's their standard for quality sound and excellent performance, and this Kenwood Excelon XR-1603HR component speaker set surpasses expectations. Every element in this system has been selected and crafted to uplift the audio signal from a high-performance amplifier and receiver, particularly when you're playing high-resolution audio files. Working in unison, these premium parts, enhanced by the latest speaker technology, provide a more life-like listening experience, unencumbered by distortion.

Worthy of the Excelon name

Kenwood doesn't take the Excelon name lightly. It's their standard for quality sound and excellent performance, and this Kenwood Excelon XR-1603HR component speaker set surpasses expectations. Every element in this system has been selected and crafted to uplift the audio signal from a high-performance amplifier and receiver, particularly when you're playing high-resolution audio files. Working in unison, these premium parts, enhanced by the latest speaker technology, provide a more life-like listening experience, unencumbered by distortion.

Substantial woofer

The 6-1/2" woven glass-fiber woofer cone delivers the fullness and punch you don't hear with most factory speakers, and its specially designed surround ensures consistent performance. An aluminum die-cast basket minimizes unwanted vibration, allowing the woofer to cleanly provide all the detail and impact you expect. Kenwood uses a special-design voice coil to give you a signature sound that's driving and powerful.

Soft dome tweeter

Kenwood's sleek, surface-mount tweeter pod gives this system an elegant look that matches its high-resolution sound. The 1" soft dome tweeter itself brings warmth and incredible detail to your music that honors an artist's intention song to song. If you are into high-res music, these tweeters reproduce frequencies up to 48,000 Hz, delivering the extended detail and strong imaging of your high-res FLAC or DSD files. Inline crossovers ensure accuracy without any harshness.

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

Grilles are not included; the factory grilles should be suitable for most applications.

Product Highlights:

  • component speaker system includes two woofers and two tweeters
  • 6-1/2" woven glass fiber woofer cone
  • 1" soft dome tweeter with inline crossover
  • aluminum woofer basket
  • handles up to 40 watts RMS (160 watts peak power)
  • extended high-frequency response ideal for high-res music files
  • frequency range: 25-48,000 Hz (-10dB)
  • sensitivity: 83 dB
  • woofer top-mount depth: 1-13/16"
  • grilles not included
  • warranty: 2 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • Two Woofers
  • 2 Tweeters (each has a 10" length of wire attached)
  • 2 Surface mount tweeter pods (with tweeters installed)
  • 2 Surface mount pads
  • 2 Surface mount brackets
  • 2 Factory tweeter mount rings
  • Two 7' Lengths of tweeter wire with in-line crossovers
  • Two 5" Woofer wire adapters
  • Eight 5/8" Screws
  • Eight 3/4" Screws
  • Four 1/2" Screws
  • 4 Speed clips
  • 8 Large flat washers
  • 8 Small flat washers
  • 2 Thick adhesive backed foam gaskets (9/16")
  • 2 Thin adhesive backed foam gaskets (1/8")
  • 4 Crimp-less wire splice adapters
  • Instruction manual (English/ French/ Spanish)
  • Specs and tweeter template on box
Reviews

Kenwood Excelon XR-1603HR Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(2 Reviews)

Kenwood Excelon XR-1603HR

Sione from San Jose, CA on 1/23/2019

2017 Subaru Crosstrek
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I just had more then one of these speakers go bad on me less then a year, the glue that held the suspension together has separated. I don't even push much bass to it since I have a sub-woofer I don't push anything below 120hz to the speaker I have it crossover to go to my 12" sub-woofer, and I am not running an amp for these speakers I am powering them right off my deck DNX994S. Its very disappointing for the cost of these speakers that they don't even last long.

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Crutchfield response on 1/23/2019 After receiving Sione's feedback, we looked up the order and found that these speakers are still under warranty. While the order is beyond Crutchfield's 60-day return policy, Sione can contact Kenwood at 800-536-9663 for further information about the 2-year warranty on these speakers.

Kenwood Excelon XR-1603HR

Dillon from Tarawa Terrace, NC on 12/1/2018

2009 Pontiac G8

These are fantastic and worth every dollar! Everyone asks what kind of speakers I have! So this is where I refer them!

Pros: Sound perfect. Fit perfectly.

Cons: Not deciding to buy these

Details

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Features and Specs

General
Speaker Size 6 1/2
Design 2-way
Tweeter Design 1" Dome
Impedance (Ohms) 4
Tweeter Composition ---
Woofer Composition Woven Glass Fiber
Woofer Surround Rubber
Parts Warranty 2 Years
Labor Warranty 2 Years
Specifications
Sensitivity (1W at 1 meter) 83
Sensitivity at 2.83 volts N/A
Frequency Response 25 - 48k Hz
Minimum RMS Wattage ---
Maximum RMS Wattage 40
Peak Power Handling (Watts) 160
Top-mount Depth (Inches) 1 7/8
Bottom-mount Depth (Inches) 2 1/8
Cutout Diameter or Length (inches) 4 15/16

Product Research

Features

Tweeter Mounting Options: The tweeters are shipped installed in surface mount pods. Each pod is attached to a foot, and can tilt (approximately 45°) and swivel (approximately 30°) after mounting. The pods can also be disassembled, and some of the parts use to make standard surface mount housings. The tweeters can be removed from the pod entirely and mounted behind factory grilles. (The included mounting rings might be useful in this location.) Once mounted the tweeters have these dimensions:

  Surface Mount Pods Surface Mount
Mounting Depth 0.45" (screw depth) 0.375" (screw depth)
Mounting Height 1.91" 0.91"
Footprint 1.1" (w) x 1.2" (d) N/A
Frame Diameter N/A 1.7"
Frame Length 1.46" N/A
Frame Width 1.70" N/A

Crossover: The 7' tweeter wires have 6 dB/octave in-line high pass crossovers. The crossover point is approximately 9,950 Hz. The tweeter end of each wire has quick slide terminals that easily connect to the tweeter. The input end has two sets of bullet terminals, labeled Audio Components and Speaker. The terminals labeled Audio Components plug into the included woofer wires. The terminals labeled Speaker are not used.

Warranty Note: Although the information included with these speakers indicates a 1-year warranty, they are actually covered by the Kenwood eXcelon 2-year warranty.

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The tweeters are shipped installed in surface mount pods; however the pods can be removed to allow for surface or flush-mounting options. For more details or to discuss further, please contact an Advisor directly by phone (888.955.6000) or online chat. Thanks :) [ Larry  May 31, 2018 ]  Staff
They do not come with any grills and Kenwood does not offer any for these speakers separately. [ Ryan  May 02, 2018 ]  Staff
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