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Kenwood Excelon KFC-X133

5-1/4" 2-way car speakers

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Kenwood Excelon speakers incorporate technical know-how and advanced materials to give your music the full, rich sound it deserves. These full-range speakers sport a diamond-array pattern etched into their woofers that increases the strength of the carbon-polypropylene cone for improved dynamic response and lower distortion. The butyl rubber surround resists weathering, providing reliable support that keeps your music playing, no matter what.

Speaker excellence

Kenwood Excelon speakers incorporate technical know-how and advanced materials to give your music the full, rich sound it deserves. These full-range speakers sport a diamond-array pattern etched into their woofers that increases the strength of the carbon-polypropylene cone for improved dynamic response and lower distortion. The butyl rubber surround resists weathering, providing reliable support that keeps your music playing, no matter what.

The KFC-X133 5-1/4" full-range speakers feature 3/4" silk dome tweeters that deliver all the high-frequency details without sounding harsh. Because of their specially designed magnetic circuitry and neodymium magnets, these compact tweeters use less steel in their construction than most tweeters, so you'll hear more accurate response.

Priced per pair

Product Highlights:

  • 2-way 5-1/4" speakers (pair)
  • Diamond Array Pattern carbon-polypropylene woofer
  • butyl rubber surround
  • 3/4" silk dome tweeter
  • power range: 2-40 watts RMS (160 watts peak power)
  • frequency response: 74-24,000 Hz
  • sensitivity: 86 dB
  • depth: 2-3/8"
  • warranty: 2 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

Lacks on the bass a bit, but combined with the 6 X 9 they work just fine.

Anonymous, Charlotte, NC

What's in the Box:

  • Two 5.25" two-way speakers
  • 2 Metal mesh grilles
  • 2 Plastic grille frames
  • Two 11" lengths of speaker wire (each has female quick-slides on one end and bare wire on the other)
  • Eight 1" Self-tapping screws
  • 8 Speed clips
  • Warranty Card
  • Specifications and template are on the box

Kenwood Excelon KFC-X133 Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(20 Reviews)

Kenwood Excelon KFC-X133

Anonymous from Charlotte, NC on 3/7/2017

1986 Alfa Romeo Graduate
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Lacks on the bass a bit, but combined with the 6 X 9 they work just fine.



Great sound easy installation

David from Burlington, IA on 12/26/2016

2003 Ford F-150
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Great sound and easy installation. Plug and play on my 03 f150

Pros: Great sound easy installation


Kenwood Excelon KFC-X133

Chris from Hazleton, PA on 6/11/2016

2012 Harley Davidson Ultra

These speakers sound great however they do not fit in the rear speaker pods on a Harley Ultra the mounting depth of the speaker is too deep. In order to mount these speakers you need to use the stock speaker cover with the mesh grill removed as a spacer.

Pros: Excellent speakers sound is great.

Cons: Did not fit my application. Without modificationy

Awsome high's and mid's

Paul from Cut Bank, MT on 4/17/2016

2004 Dodge Dakota
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good quality speaker and meets all my high and mid-range needs. robust sound.

Pros: Heavy duty design for years of trouble free use and abuse

Cons: None!!

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M. A. from America on 3/29/2015

2000 Ford Focus ZX3
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These speakers are really clear coming out of an aftermarket head unit. I haven't noticed any distortion at high volumes. They produce frequencies below 60 Hz but it isn't their strong point. Having a crossover cut off everything below 70-80 Hz works well.

Pros: Waaaaaaaaaaaaay better than the factory drivers.

Cons: Now I want a sub.

great speakers

Matt from spring tx 77373 on 2/28/2015

2010 Chevrolet Silverado
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These are really great mid range speakers, I have these in the rear doors of my 2010 ext cab Silverado, I have the 6 3/4 in the front doors. The mids and hi's are crisp and clear. Cleared up all the distortion I was getting from listening to guitar heavy music. They can play extremely loud with no distortion, the only thing these speakers lack are any kind of bass. I have sub's so that's not what I needed anyway. I would definitely recommend these speakers if you already have sub's.

Pros: Crisp, clear, and loud

Cons: No low range

Great speakers you can't go wrong with

KassidyK from Oklahoma on 12/29/2014

1998 Dodge Ram
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Definitely better than stock speakers. They're not hard to install at all. It's nice how clear the music is through them. They are, without a doubt, awesome speakers for the great price you pay for them. You can't go wrong with Crutchfield.

Pros: Great speakers.

Cons: None that I know of.

Good sound from small speaker

Jeff from Petersburg, IL on 10/20/2014

I purchased these as a replacement to the back door speakers on my 2003 Jeep Liberty at the recommendation of a local audio store. Shipping was very fast and installation was simple. I think it took me less than an hour to install both speakers using the included speaker adapter. I think these little speakers sound really good. Even though my stock speakers were 6 3/4, I purchased these smaller ones based on the recommendation. I'm very happy with them, although I may have preferred getting the bigger speakers if I would have researched know, it's a mental thing ("bigger is better"). LOL.

Pros: Great sound, quality built, easy installation.


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Anonymous from Humble, TX on 10/1/2014

2005 Honda CRV EX
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Great sound from little package

Pros: Easy instal, great sound - even base

Cons: None so far

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Anonymous from Orlando, FL on 9/12/2014

2000 Jeep Wrangler
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For their size, they put out an awesome amount of bass, and the sound quality is amazing



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Anonymous from Moweaqua, IL on 9/8/2014

2006 Chevrolet Silverado 2500/3500
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Good sound



Kenwood speakers for 2000 Integra

Jeff from Fairport, NY on 5/16/2014

2000 Acura Integra
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Speakers were for my sons car. Speakers sound better than originals. Not a direct fit. Had to trim and cut open the original speaker enclosures.

Pros: Sounds better than the originals

Cons: Not a direct fit. Had to cut and trim original speaker enclosures.

Kenwood Excelon KFC-X133

M. Walker from N. Illinois on 5/2/2014

2000 Jeep Cherokee
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Excellent speakers for the money. Mids are clear, the treble is not super harsh and you can get a surprising amount of low-end thump and boom out of these given the fact that they're 5" speakers. Are there better speakers out there? Of course there are. Are these great speakers for the price you'll pay? Without a doubt.

Pros: Great all around speaker for the money

Cons: None come to mind


NASCARLONG from ETOWAH,TN on 4/21/2014

1996 Chevrolet C Series
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Much better than stock

Mike from Casper Wyoming on 12/18/2013

2003 Jeep Wrangler
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Much better than stock. I don't have a lot to say, because I don't have multiple speakers to compare them to.

Pros: Heavy. Clear. Dynamic.

Cons: Speaker Grill is flimsy and doesn't attach very secure. This would not prevent me from purchasing another pair, however.

Very Clear, Clean Sound

AmanG from Central Valley, CA on 9/19/2013

1994 Dodge Ram 1500
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Great speakers, produce beautiful sound, it's immersive, which is what I was looking for. The highs are high, and the mids are clear. Paired with a KDC-X997 I get amazing sound from these speakers, and that's without being powered by a 4 channel amp (for now). These speakers are built very very well. I can open up the doors on my truck, put the volume up to 26 and have music playing behind the truck and you can easily hear everything in the song. Highly recommend a subwoofer with these to match the mids and highs these speakers will put out!

Pros: Sound amazing, and produce alot of sound. Built well.

Cons: Seems as though these speakers are made to be part of a complete system, in which I mean it's assumed your adding or already have a subwoofer.

Very nice

TomG from Altoona, PA on 7/18/2012

2004 Hyundai Accent
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I've bought 2 pairs of these speakers to replace the factory speakers in my Accent. I am very pleased with the sound quality. I also have a Kenwood receiver. I listen to a large range of music and I hear things in the music that I didn't hear before. The sound is nice is clear and I can crank the volume pretty loud without it overpowering the speakers. There is still a point where they do start to garble, but at that point, the volume is too loud and you should be wearing ear plugs at that level. With these speakers, I do recommend that you get a separate sub. I haven't used them without, but I'm pretty sure these speakers were not designed to put out bass.

Pros: Great sound quality, mounted perfectly, price(when I bought them)

Cons: Not made for bass, get a sub.

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Anonymous from Reading, PA on 5/27/2012

2000 GMC Sierra 1500
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I bought these to replace my front speakers on a 2000 GMC Sierra 1500, which are located in the front doors. I had prior experience taking off the door pieces to get at the speakers when I replaced a window motor. There is at least one YouTube video that shows you exactly how to do it--it is VERY simple. Switching out the factory speakers for these was VERY simple. I also replaced the receiver, so the job took me a little more than an hour. I"m a rock guy. I tend to listen to my music at a high volume. The factory speakers were obviously not great, but they did the job for me for 12 years. These speakers are very good at mid and low volumes. The sound is unquestionably better. However, at high volumes, they can't handle bass of any sort. Ordinarily, that' would be fine with me, since I HATE bass-heavy music, but the sound distortion is pretty bad at high volumes, which is a problem I never had with my factory speakers. I do understand that these are only 5 1/4 speakers and, in a proper system, shouldn't handle the bulk of the heavy work. I am unlikely ever to buy an amp and a sub, but I'm sure that the sound would be much better at higher volumes if I did. I didn't replace the rear speakers because they're smaller than the fronts in a Sierra, but maybe if I also swap them out for better speakers the overall sound at high volume will improve.

Pros: Price, Ease of Install


Good Value for $$

MikeL from Washington, DC on 11/3/2010

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As promised -- could use a subwoofer with these.



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CreightonH from Green Bay, WI on 9/30/2010

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Excellent speakers for their size! I would recommend these combined with a subwoofer for extended bass response. The highs are very smooth, detailed and clear. And you cannot go wrong working with Crutchfield!




Hands-on research

Features and Specs

Speaker Size
Design 2-way
Tweeter Design 3/4" Soft Dome
Impedance (Ohms) 4
Tweeter Composition Silk
Woofer Composition Carbon Polypropylene
Woofer Surround Butyl rubber
Parts Warranty 2 Years
Labor Warranty 2 Years
Sensitivity (1W at 1 meter) 86
Sensitivity at 2.83 volts N/A
Frequency Response 74 - 24k Hz
Minimum RMS Wattage 2
Maximum RMS Wattage 40
Peak Power Handling (Watts) 160
Top-mount Depth (Inches) 2 3/8
Bottom-mount Depth (Inches) N/A
Cutout Diameter or Length (inches) 4 13/16

Product Research


Woofers: The woofer cones are constructed of Carbon-PP (polypropylene) with a diamond array pattern.  The woofers feature butyl rubber surrounds for a smoother response and improved durability.

Tweeters: Each speaker uses a 3/4" Silk soft dome tweeter for smooth, accurate highs.

Mounting: The speaker features a standard 5.25", 4-hole mounting pattern.

Warranty Note: Although these speakers come with a 1-year warranty card, they are covered by the Kenwood eXcelon 2-year warranty.

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Thanks for your question John. For specifics on the modifications needed for installation in your vehicle please contact an Advisor by phone or chat. They will be able to pull up your vehicle and see exactly what is involved. [ Jeff  Dec 13, 2013 ]  Staff