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Kenwood Excelon XR-W10F

Shallow-mount 10" 4-ohm subwoofer

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The Kenwood Excelon XR-W10F 10" subwoofer produces serious bass output in the hard-to-fit areas of your compact car or truck. This shallow-mount sub measures just over 3" deep, so you can really get creative with your installation.

The Kenwood Excelon XR-W10F 10" subwoofer produces serious bass output in the hard-to-fit areas of your compact car or truck. This shallow-mount sub measures just over 3" deep, so you can really get creative with your installation.

Big cone, big bass
The extremely light glass-fiber cone is 25% larger than last year's model, employing a honeycomb pattern that delivers quick response in demanding conditions without flexing. More cone surface area means this sub can move more air, so this design gives you powerful, accurate bass out of an extremely compact speaker. It's like getting an 11" sub in a 10" frame.

Innovative design
The sturdy butyl rubber surround helps to control the cone, so this woofer can rock hard without losing its punch. The cast aluminum basket offers a unique design that vents air out from the back and all sides of the subwoofer for exceptional heat dissipation. Pair this sub with the right amp and enclosure, and you'll get some powerful bass without losing too much space in your vehicle.

To drive this single subwoofer, we recommend a mono amplifier rated between 260 and 525 watts RMS at 4 ohms. For more information, please refer to our article on How to Match Subwoofers and Amplifiers.

Product Highlights:

  • 10" 4-ohm shallow-mount subwoofer
  • carbon-glass fiber composite cone with butyl rubber surround
  • push terminals handle up to 8-gauge wire
  • cast aluminum basket
  • power range: 50-350 watts RMS
  • peak power: 1,200 watts
  • frequency response: 41-200 Hz
  • mounting depth: 3-1/8"
  • warranty: 2 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • One 10" SVC Woofer
  • Eight 1-1/8" Self-tapping screws
  • Cardboard template
  • Instruction manual (English/ French/ Spanish/ Portuguese)
  • Warranty information

Kenwood Excelon XR-W10F Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(2 Reviews)

Output of a 12" with the size and SQ of a 10"

SubMasterT from West Coast, CA on 5/16/2017

This sub's unique design isn't marketed particularly well by is a unique high performance design that has ~30% more cone surface than a standard 10" sub (almost 90% of a 12") plus the xmax of a midrange non-shallow sub (~1/3"). Essentially this gives you the approximate output performance of a good quality standard 12" sub, with 350w of power handling and excellent build quality. Deep bass rolloff is similar to a 10" despite the radiating surface, so if you prefer the sound of a 10" but like the output & dynamic potential of a 12", this is the product for you! It produces this near-12" cone size by using protruding outer mounting points, but this means it also needs a box which does not use a recessed cutout which can be common on prefab slim boxes. If you're looking for an appropriately matched prefab box, I believe Pioneer's slim 10" box fits this requirement. I've also used Kenwood's standard line 12" (same RMS power and xmax but fits a standard size cutout) with great results and SQ, although it will play a bit lower if you give it a larger box vs this sub. I wasn't all that excited about Kenwood subs until I used these product lines, but I am impressed with my results on these modern shallow models. Another review claimed power handling issues, but I've used Kenwood's 350w RMS rated products with competition grade flagship amps putting out full RMS rated power with zero reliability issues (calibrated properly w/o overexcursion / clip

Pros: output performance of a standard 12" midrange sub small box requirements build quality durable design good deep bass rolloff / F3 for a shallow 10"

Cons: premium design means premium price not compatible with recessed prefab cutouts for standard 10" subs sealed box deep bass rolloff is steeper than Kenwood's "value" shallow 12"

Kenwood Excelon XR-W10F

JW from Fort Worth Tx on 7/21/2012

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Very unhappy with Kenwood this is one of the worst product's I have bought. Does not seem to be able to handle the RMS in specs.

Pros: looks great

Cons: Not good construction for the price


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Flat Subwoofer: The Kenwood Excelon flat subwoofer design is approximately 40% slimmer (less deep) than a standard subwoofer. This makes it ideal for installation in tight spaces, such as behind or under the seat of a pickup truck.

Carbon-Glass Fiber Cone: The carbon-glass fiber cone uses a honeycomb design which is simultaneously efficient and durable.

Rubber Surround: The woofer features a smooth linear rubber surround for added durability and increased excursion resulting in exceptional deep bass response.

Heat Transfer System: The XR-W10F features a dual ventilation system designed specifically for its slim-design.

Aluminum-Cast Basket: The woofer is housed in a die-cast aluminum basket for increased rigidity and long-lasting reliability.

Spring Terminals: The spring post terminals on one side of the woofer connect to your amplifier's wiring. The posts will accept pin connectors, single or dual banana plugs, or bare wire up to 10 gauge.

Enclosure: Kenwood recommends a sealed box with an internal volume of 0.6 ft³.

Additional Measurements:

  • Frame: the speaker frame doesn't have a uniform diameter; at the widest points the diameter is 12.408", at the narrow points it's 10.811"
  • Woofer Displacement: 0.028 ft³ (0.8 liters)

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Thanks for your question. For information on selecting the best amp for your subs 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  May 24, 2017 ]  Staff
Thanks for your question. On the product page "Accessories" tab you'll see the best matches for this sub. I've added the link below. Hope this helps. [ Kenny  Jan 07, 2017 ]  Staff