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Kenwood Excelon KFC-X173

6-3/4" 2-way car speakers — fits 6-3/4" and 6-1/2" openings

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Our take on the Kenwood Excelon KFC-X173

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-X173 6-3/4" 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.

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Very nice and smooth high end. Easy to install with slight improvisation.

Henry, Takoma Park, MD

What's in the Box:

  • Two 6-3/4" two-way speakers
  • 2 Grilles
  • 2 Grille frames
  • 2 Speaker adapter rings (includes GM/Chrysler 6-3/4G)
  • Two 11" lengths of speaker wire (each length of speaker wire has quick-slides on one end and bare wire on the other end)
  • 8 Self-tapping screws (M4 x 25mm)
  • 8 Speed clips
  • 8 Screws (M4 x 4mm--for attaching adapter rings)
  • Strip of dum-dum
  • Warranty Card

Product Highlights:

  • 2-way car speakers for 6-3/4" and 6-1/2" locations (pair)
  • Diamond Array Pattern carbon-polypropylene woofer
  • butyl rubber surround
  • 3/4" silk dome tweeter
  • power range: 2-80 watts RMS (240 watts peak power)
  • frequency response: 63-24,000 Hz
  • sensitivity: 87 dB
  • depth: 3-1/4"
  • warranty: 2 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

Kenwood Excelon KFC-X173 Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(24 Reviews)

Perfect Subaru replacement speaker

Henry from Takoma Park, MD on 12/26/2016

1999 Subaru Forester

Very nice and smooth high end. Easy to install with slight improvisation.

Pros: Great Sound


Kenwood Excelon KFC-X173

Anonymous from Knoxville, TN on 4/29/2016

2006 Chevrolet Silverado 2500/3500
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Great Sound.


Cons: None

Kenwood Excelon KFC-X173

Mark H from Defiance ,Oh on 3/24/2016

2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

These speakers rock!

Pros: Easy installation with installation kit.

Cons: None.

great sound for a great price

dreaux from albuquerque, NM on 3/1/2016

2001 Dodge Dakota
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easy to install, great sound!



Kenwood Excelon KFC-X173

Chauncey from Charlotte, NC on 12/4/2015

2000 Volkswagen Jetta
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

The quality of materials seem good and on par for speakers in this price range. The sound is good pushed by my Kenwood deck at 20 watts RMS, but at the mfr power rating they will not reach their potential without an amp, which I plan to do in the second phase of building my system. Can't wait to hear them with 100 watts RMS. I've always been partial to Kenwood car audio. Will go with JL HD for the amp. Also, my car required the spacer bracket for the rear door in order bring the speaker all the way out to the door panel. Crutchfield included the bracket with the front pair but not the rear. One call and Crutchfield sent out another bracket. Love all the freebies that came with the speakers and deck that simplified installation significantly.

Pros: Solid build quality and materials for the price Good sound with 20 watts RMS 2 yr warranty Freebies for easier install Chatting with techs

Cons: None. Was a very good experience and received great products.

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Sam J from shiprock, nm on 8/9/2015

2008 Chevrolet Silverado
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

they fit perfect, sounds great, & I installed myseft too.



replace factory speakers

J. Murphy from Michigan on 6/5/2015

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much, much better than the factory speakers that were in my car. I can hear notes, that I have not heard, with the factory speakers!

Pros: Great buy, good sound

Cons: Took longer to install and I plan.


allen001 from calcium, ny on 2/28/2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

These speakers are not good. But the Kenwood woofers that come with the set of tweeters are pretty good. I got these and the Kenwood woofers with tweeters. Wish I would've gotten woofers all around.

Pros: Cheap

Cons: Everything

'97 Jeep Grand Cherokee install

Hugh from Cumming, GA on 1/23/2015

1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee
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Install was straightforward and the kit worked well. These speakers have great bass response and great treble; the mid-range is ok but not a very broad band. They are a vast improvement over the OEM Infinity speakers, which were not this good when they were new and then disintegrated over time. The Kenwood Excelon KFC-X173s sound better now, and hopefully will last better too.

Pros: Easy installation, great response & improvement

Cons: MId-range is ok

Great speakers

Terry B from Ohio on 9/23/2014

2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
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Installed in 09 Silverado with a Kenwood DNX-891HD head unit. Sound is very clean and bass comes thru nicely. Brackets that come with speakers will work with the factory hole but it takes a little ingenuity, once I figured out how to get the bracket to work install was a piece of cake

Pros: Sounds clean and good bass

Cons: Would have been nice if someone would have made a bracket to install in backdoors like the one that are made for the front doors

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Anonymous from spring, tx on 6/24/2014

2010 Chevrolet Silverado
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Bought these speakers to replace the awful speakers that came in my 2010 silverado. They fit perfectly with the installation gear provided from crutchfield. The sound wasn't as great as I was hoping for, but still a lot better than what I had. All and all these speakers are worth their price tag.

Pros: Loud and clear.

Cons: Not as much mid bass as I was hoping for.

new speakers

scott m. from rolesville, nc on 5/22/2014

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great sounding, handles all the power I want to give to them

Pros: easy to install and sounds great

Cons: have to either cut out the old speakers or use an adapter to make them fit

Nice Upgrade

Bkrhino from Orland Park,IL on 3/23/2014

Installed four KFC-X173's and the XR900-5 in my 2012 Hyundai Sonata Turbo. I kept the factory head unit with navigation. The sound is really nice and clear. The speakers can take the power without breaking up. I am having a custom 12 inch fiberglass subwoofer box built that will use the Kenwood KFC-XW1200F for bottom end. While the 173's sound really good they are not made for low end bass. I highly recommend these speakers.

Pros: Clarity / smoothness

Cons: They do not produce low end bass, but they are not designed for that purpose.

Great Speakers

Anonymous from Flushing, Mi on 1/27/2014

2008 Pontiac Grand Prix
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Sound great and easy install



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Tastro from Norman. OK on 12/8/2013

2006 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I purchased with set of speakers to replace the front door speakers in my 2006 Chevy 1500 Silverado Crew Cab. The driver front door speaker was out (common problem). I replaced the stock speakers with the Kenwood Excelon KFC-173 and wow.... I am still using the stock check receiver/cd player, but the sounds is great! Installation guide was about 90% correct. But, there were a few things that the install guide neglected to mention. Mainly that on a 2006 the panels that hole the window and door switched cannot be removed from the front of the door. the back of the panel does pop into a receptacle, but the front is screwed in and can only be removed from inside the door panel. After breaking the first one trying to remove it, I realized that it does not need to come off. Just unplug the connectors.

Pros: Great speakers!

Cons: None

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Leslie O from Hampton, Va. on 11/18/2013

2000 Volkswagen Jetta
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The quality of merchandise received are in excellent condition, I can hardly wait to install all my equip. once I receive all of it, i expect quality from quality products and it has definitely been delivered thank you signed The Ox.



Great sound

Kev55 from FL on 10/10/2013

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I had them for about a year and they worked great. I did end up blowing one out yesterday but was really happy to hear it was covered under warranty and a new set was shipped out. Was really happy with the customer service. It was no surprise one broke though, I have an amp powering both so I work them pretty hard everyday. I was happy with the sound quality over the life span for sure...

Pros: great sound quality and good bass

Cons: I blew one out about a year in

Kenwood Excelon KFC-X173

JH from San Francisco on 9/13/2013

2005 Chevrolet Malibu
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I bought these speakers for my wife and her 'soccer Mom cruiser'. Speakers are matched with the Kenwood KFC-X693 6x9 speakers in the rear deck, Kenwood DDX-470 head and Clarion XC1410 amp. I installed the speakers before adding the head and amp and gave them a try, what a difference over the factory speakers. Well worth the cost.

Pros: Excellent value and sound.

Cons: None.

Good upgrade

Anonymous from Pensacola FL on 8/24/2013

2010 Chevrolet Silverado
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Good upgrade for 2010 silveradostock paper coned speakers for the front doors. I get the feeling they really need an amp to bring out their best though.

Pros: Large driver, clean mids and highs

Cons: Pricey, not as much bass as I expected

Very pleased

Pherson87 from Biddeford Me on 12/29/2012

2008 Chevrolet Silverado
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I got these speakers very quickly, with only a delay from UPS due to a noreaster of one day. The extras that came with the speakers from Crutchfield made all the difference in the world in the install. The mounting brackets that came with the speakers would have worked but not nearly as nicely as the ones from Crutchfield. The wiring harness was great. Didn't have to rely on cheap crimp butt connectors or the hassle of soldering. Just plugged right in. With taking the door panels off, installing the speakers and reinstalling the door panels only took 15-20 min per side. The only thing I had a problem was that the instructions for a 2008 Chevy Silverado didn't show me there was two more screws holding the door panel on behind the handle accent piece. Once I realized they were the it was a piece of cake!

Pros: Great fit, Great sound and Easy install. Mounting brackets fir perfect and wiring harness made the job take no time with no worries of connections becoming loose.

Cons: Makes me want to spend the money and do the rest of my speakers. The Instructions didn't show two screws behind the door handle on the door panel.

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RM from Kahului, HI on 12/19/2012

2011 Scion xB
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To me it didn't have enough highs, after I added add-on tweeters sounded way better.



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sirFlat from houston,TX on 6/23/2011

great set of speakers, at any price. they play loud on stock system, very good low end response, really nice sound quality



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LarryD from Kaneohe, HI on 9/21/2010

I just bought two pairs of these for my Dad's car, along with one of Kenwood's excelon receivers. I've gotta say, these seem to be quite good speakers for their class. The separation and space to the music is very nice. Highs and mids are smooth and clear. If you're looking for crazy bass from these, don't expect much if you're not using an amp. They're only running off the receiver, but these things feel like they're just dying for the spanking an amp would give 'em. Only negative I've noticed about these so far is they seem a bit syllabic, but nothing that was too offensive. If you're looking for good sound quality in this price range, these will make you smile.



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TJ from Houston, Tx on 7/17/2010

1999 Toyota Corolla
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I bought these speakers on a kenwood excelon system deal and was quite skeptical, and although it said they would fit, I had to modify some of the screwholes to get these in. Running off of the head unit, The highs and mids were wonderful, and sounded 10 times better, but my stock rear speakers were much more sensitive and handled the bass much better. Then, my 4 channel jl audio amplifier arrived. And the mids and highs are so clear that it makes me shiver. Not to mention I can turn them so loud. Also, the bass I was enjoying before is back, but now tighter and much more clean. Wonderful pair, and Im happy I get to review them and hope that people share in this purchase.




Hands-on research

Features and Specs

Speaker Size 6 3/4
Design 2-way
Tweeter Design 3/4" Soft dome
Tweeter Composition Silk
Woofer Composition Carbon Polypropylene
Woofer Surround Butyl rubber
Parts Warranty 2 Years
Labor Warranty 2 Years
Sensitivity (1W at 1 meter) 87
Sensitivity at 2.83 volts N/A
Frequency Response 63 - 24k Hz
Minimum RMS Wattage 2
Maximum RMS Wattage 80
Peak Power Handling (Watts) 240
Impedance (Ohms) 4
Top-mount Depth (Inches) 2 1/4
Bottom-mount Depth (Inches) N/A
Cutout Diameter or Length (inches) 4 15/16

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.

Adapter Ring: The included adapter ring expands the speaker's compatibility to include the 3-hole 6-3/4" patterns used by GM and Chrysler, the standard 3-hole 6-1/2" pattern, and Ford's 4-hole 6-1/2" pattern. Using the adapter ring adds 0.274" to the mounting height and subtracts 0.274" from the depth. Given the 4.916" cutout required, the speakers will also fit in standard 6-1/2" openings without the adapter ring, but new screw holes must be drilled.

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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It should these are in the backdoor of a 2002 maxima [ JASON  Sep 28, 2016 ]