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Kicker KS525

5-1/4" 2-way car speakers

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You put some good bass in your car, but now your speakers just aren't hanging with your subs. Kicker designed their KS Series speakers to deliver the performance you need to bring that "live music" experience to your ride.

You put some good bass in your car, but now your speakers just aren't hanging with your subs. Kicker designed their KS Series speakers to deliver the performance you need to bring that "live music" experience to your ride.

The KS525 5-1/4" 2-way speakers use heavy-duty polypropylene cones supported by Santoprene rubber surrounds. These speakers can handle high-level playback without straining, especially when they're powered by an outboard amplifier. Each speaker sports a titanium 3/4" dome tweeter that broadcasts plenty of high-frequency sparkle, so you'll hear all the sonic details that make your tunes exciting.

Product Highlights:

  • 2-way 5-1/4" speakers (pair)
  • polypropylene woofer cone with Santoprene™ surround
  • 3/4" titanium dome tweeter
  • power range: 6-45 watts RMS (135 watts peak power)
  • frequency response: 45-21,000 Hz
  • sensitivity: 90 dB
  • top-mount depth: 2"
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • Two 5.25" coaxial speakers
  • 2 Grilles
  • 2 Grille rings
  • Two 12" lengths of speaker wire (tinned wire on one end and 0.205" + 0.115" female quick slides on the other end)
  • 4 Red plastic butt connectors
  • 8 Self-tapping screws (length=1-1/8")
  • 8 Speed clips
  • Owner's Manual

Kicker KS525 Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(31 Reviews)

Kicker KS525...BRILLIANT

WarrenW from New Jersey on 3/28/2014

I put these in the dash of my 99 Wrangler using custom 5.25 speaker brackets (I think Crutchfield sells a bracket as well)...sound very nice and clear working off aftermarket HU, mids and highs are clear, (mine is Alpine 143BT)...then I picked up the Alpine Power pack which gives you 45 watts rms per channel (plug and play, alpine also offers a universal one for none alpine HU)...BRILLIANT!!! They came alive...these are by far the best 5.25 speakers I've ever owned! The clarity is simply amazing! would highly recommend these to ANYONE 2 of my friends have them now and agree with me 100% MUST BUY!

Pros: Cant be beat for the price sounds amazing with or without an amp

Cons: none that I can think of

Kicker KS525

Joe C from Telford,PA on 3/23/2014

1997 Jeep Wrangler
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

great sound, easy install

Pros: awesome sound for 5-1/4" speakers

Cons: N/A

Great hitters

Jackson from Phila,PA on 3/15/2014

1998 Mitsubishi Galant
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I was somewhat disappointed to see that these where smaller than what I was replacing but as soon as I hooked them up all my fears disappeared these things have tons of base and get loud enough to wake the block up and im not even using a amp yet

Pros: Great door speakers they will not disappoint

Cons: Install took alot of improvising even though they where suppose to fit my car but that's not the products fault its Crutchfield

great kickers

Anonymous from suwanee, ga on 2/6/2014

2005 Dodge Ram 1500
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I originally purchased these to go in the front doors of my 05 ram1500, I didn't like the sound. So I switched them to go in the rear doors and they sound way better. I added some Polk 6x9s for the front doors and the truck sounds great.

Pros: good highs, decent mid

Cons: No bass at all

Big bang for the buck!

PR from New Albany, Ms on 12/20/2013

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Great speakers for the price. Perfect fit in my Sahara and the volume will rattle your fillings!

Pros: Everything!

Cons: Nothing!

Less highs and a little more bass

Julio from Lynchburg, VA on 12/4/2013

I installed References Infinities in the front of my cars, and despite their beautiful sound, I thought they were a little bit too bright; so I've got these Kickers for the back and I'm very happy with their bass response; creating a pretty well balanced sound system in my car

Pros: They sound really good.

Cons: They need a little more voltage than my infinities; so I went for an Alpine 4 channels amp to drive my sub and these two kickers. Now the overall sound quality improved noticeably.


Soncho from West Texas on 10/5/2013

1971 Plymouth Barracuda
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Takes them a few min to warm up and then they sound great with a Kicker amp, in the front doors of a 71 ply rr and Kicker 6x9 in the rear



Great speakers for clarity.

Fred from Cape Canaveral, Fl on 8/29/2013

2012 GMC Sierra
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Great product for the price! I added a 5 channel amp and 2 10" subwoofers to complete the package.

Pros: Great value.

Cons: None.

Good value

Bcbowlan from Shawnee, OK on 8/21/2013

2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
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Good sounding speaker for the price. These would compliment a sub very well. The reason I give 3 stars is the fact that one was blown from the factory and I had to replace it. However, Crutchfield handled the situation and exceeded my expectations in customer service by sending new ones right away.

Pros: Great value

Cons: Not much bass with stock stereo.

Great Speakers for Jeep Wrangler Roll Bar

Josh from Vail, AZ on 6/17/2013

1997 Jeep Wrangler
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These speakers are the heart of my sound system. They fit perfectly in a 1997 Jeep Wrangler and sound great. I installed with bass blockers to send the bass to my powered subwoofer (Kicker 11PT8) in the trunk.

Pros: Great sound Easy install

Cons: None

Beautiful Sound!!!

Walker S. from Blountstown, FL on 2/10/2013

2002 Isuzu Rodeo
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I installed a pair of these in the front doors of my 2002 Isuzu Rodeo a month ago and honey, they are incredible! Crisp, strong, BEAUTIFUL sound from these babies no matter what you listen to! The highs are sharp and sweet. The mids full and strong, and the bass surprisingly powerful, especially at slightly high volumes. Paired with my Polk Audio db651s set in the back doors and Power Acoustic 4" in the rear roof, I have the best full range of the entire high school! Definite recommending these!

Pros: Strong, full sound. Clarity even when turned up loud. Great price

Cons: Absolutely none!

Kicker KS525 - Crisp Responsive Sound

RLK from Michigan on 1/1/2013

2000 Jeep Cherokee
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Crisp sound, very responsive. Easy installation using the Crutchfield Master Sheet, the Kicker provided speed clips and Chrysler wiring harness leads. Purchased these Kickers to replace the OEM rear speakers in 2000 Jeep Cherokee and plan to purchase a second set to upgrage the OEM door speakers too.

Pros: Crisp and responsive speakers

Cons: Light on bass tones

Love these speakers

RickS from Louisville, KY on 12/15/2012

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I bought these to install in the doors of a 2004 Dodge Stratus. I installed them with 6.25" Kickers for the rear deck and a JBL amplified sub. These speakers are amazing. I got them for the vocals and highs as the sub handles the lows and the sound is extremely crisp and clear. Sounds like a concert hall! If you are looking for a great sounding speaker at a good price then get these. You won't be disappointed!!!

Pros: Awesome sound, great price

Cons: None

Speakers for my door...

Anonymous from Hawaii on 11/1/2012

1987 Chevrolet C Series
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Nice set of speakers, just what I needed at a great price... Came with everything to install but it didn't have a template to cut the holes... Wasn't to hard to work around that but it would have come in handy if they would have supplied one.

Pros: Nice up to date looking speakers at a great price.

Cons: No template to cut speakers holes



1998 Buick Regal
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I ordered these because of their price & I heard them in a a friends car ...I have always knew about Kickers being a good name brand but I have been a Kenwood & Alpine customer..I wont install these in my car until 2013...I'M getting my 98 buick regal ready for the summer of 2013...with the help from Crutchfield nothing can go wrong..Its going to be a Alpine & Kicker beating up the block,make sure u have a amp 4 these lil bad boys.... thanks Tommy..

Pros: listening 2 my friends in his 99 buick regal sound damn good so I know my 98 regal will sound good also...these kickers are built tuff

Cons: none

Great Sound

VABEACH01XJ from Virginia Beach on 9/27/2012

2001 Jeep Cherokee
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These little speakers sound great for their size. I installed them in my daughters jeep to replace a much lower brand of speaker that sounded terrible. The difference is impressive. A sony head unit drives all 4 of them, front and rear. I would suggest adding a sub, as I have done to add to the highs. The bass boost will drive a little bass out of the 5 1/4, but it is not too good. These speakers combined with the sound ordinance powered sub enclosure add just enough high and low to create a well balanced sound stage. My daughter loves the sound of her new ride. Thanks for the continued support Crutchfield!

Pros: Great highs and mid-range. Sound quality is excellent.

Cons: Not really a con, but the bass is a little distorted, but that is normal with a 5 1/4.


Samuel f from Stone Mountain, Ga. on 9/2/2012

1994 BMW 325I
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I bought some 4 inch kicker speakers for my 325i and they were great. I decided to purchase some 5 1/4 inch speakers for the kick panels and now I will be a kicker customer. I love them!!!

Pros: good base and mid power.

Cons: i do not see any cons at the moment!!

Factory replacement

CJ from Ellenton, FL on 8/26/2012

2012 Toyota Corolla
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

The speakers sound great and I can turn up the bass and they do not bottom out. They were easy to replace in the front doors of my Corolla.



Not What I Thought

youbet211 from Lynnwood, WA on 8/7/2012

1999 Jeep Cherokee
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Looking at previous reviews I thought these speakers would have a great sound, which they did in the upper voices, but there is no mid or bass at all. If you can, look at upgrading to mid-range speakers that have some bass with them.

Pros: Great highs

Cons: Ok mids, terrible bass. But nothing to expect much from 5 1/4 speakers.


NS custom sound from il on 7/16/2012

2002 Jeep Wrangler
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

these speekers are so clear! bass sounds good to! i have the same ones but the DS versions and theses KS speekers are much better for a great price.



Great Speakers

Anonymous from Buffalo, NY on 4/11/2012

I have 2 pairs of these in my 2000 Jeep Cherokee. Much greater sound than the stock speakers. They produce great mid's and treble but the bass is only alright. All-in-all these are a great pair of speakers that give a great sound.

Pros: Great mid's and treble

Cons: The bass produced was OK, took some jury-rigging to fit into my front doors

Kicker KS525

jlrfd13 from pocatello id on 4/3/2012

1987 Toyota Corolla SR5
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

replaced stock speakeers out with these much better

Pros: sound good for the size

Cons: none so far

Great Speakers

WaterDR from WI on 3/10/2012

1999 Jeep Wrangler
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I just upgraded to these speakers in my sound bar from the Kicker DS525's. Why you may ask? Well, I figured out how to move the DS525's to my dash and wanted to try a better speaker in the sound bar on my Wrangler. The KS series is a really nice upgrade from the DS. Mids and high's are lot nicer! The DS speakers were fine, but I would certainly spend the few extra bucks to get these!

Pros: Strong, solid, great natural sound.

Cons: No bass....BUT...I don;'t see that as an issue. This is why they make subs. If you don't want a sub, then get a bigger speaker.

Great Sound from Charlotte, NC on 3/8/2012

These speakers were easy to install. All the required brackets and special connectors for my Beetle were included. After install, with the doors open, the speakers sounded ok. But once we got in the car and closed the doors you could really hear the sound quality. Highs and lows are great. Only replaced the door speakers and now I'm wondering how great my system would sound if I replaced all my speakers with Kickers. Worth the money.

Pros: Easy install. Great price. Great sound.

Cons: Not gold plated and didn't make the car go faster.

Kicker KS525

James from Bethlehem, PA on 8/15/2011

1996 Dodge Ram 2500
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Sound great, clear, no distortion on high volume. Love Kicker speakers.



Loud n Clear!

Eugene O from Edison,NJ on 8/4/2011

2011 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

These speakers definately play loud and clear! Don't be fooled by the size! l have them installed in all four doors of my compact SUV and it sounds just great. Just remember you will need a sub if you want to hear and feel any serious bass.



Kicker KS525

Drew from San Francisco, CA on 5/16/2011

Gotta agree with the others in saying highs are great, mids are pretty good, but bass is lacking. So great speakers if you get a sub



Great Mids and Highs!

Dr.S from Dalls, TX on 5/7/2011

1990 Mercedes-Benz 300CE
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These speakers are AMAZING! I bought them for my classic Mercedes (install was fairly involved). I am running an old aftermarket Pioneer head unit and these babies sound fantastic. The mids are strong. The highs are super clear and crisp. I highly recommend these to anyone looking to add the top end of the sound spectrum. The only negative associated with them (and it's actually not even a negative at all), is that they don't put out very loud bass. They are only 5.25" though, that's not what they are designed for. I'll be adding some 6x9's in a custom box on my back dash for the lower end soon enough, but until I get to it, these speakers make the top half of the frequency spectrum sound so incredible that I'll be happy until then. Bass blockers would also probably be a good idea, as the bass they do put out seems to get in the way of what would otherwise be perfect sound.



Great Speakers!

Josh from Oak Ridge, NC on 4/26/2011

These speakers are great! The only thing is, you will probably want to buy a subwoofer! The bass in these speakers is not strong, however the treble and mids are great! FYI: If anybody owns a 1993 Dodge Spirit and wants to install these speakers in it, you can! The Crutchfield & other websites say the speakers will not fit, but they do!



Kicker KS525

T.B. from Houston,TX on 4/15/2011

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Great speaker for the money. Performance is excellent, would definately buy again.




Steveo from Bloomington, mn on 4/13/2011

2008 Honda Civic DX
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Just ok nothing special, if your looking for a better speaker than the cheap factory speakers this will do the trick but if your looking for a better speaker for a high end systme this is NOT the ones you want.




Hands-on research

Features and Specs

Speaker Size
Design 2-way
Tweeter Design 3/4" Dome
Impedance (Ohms) 4
Tweeter Composition Titanium
Woofer Composition Polypropylene
Woofer Surround Santoprene
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year
Sensitivity (1W at 1 meter) 90
Sensitivity at 2.83 volts N/A
Frequency Response 45 - 21k Hz
Minimum RMS Wattage 6
Maximum RMS Wattage 45
Peak Power Handling (Watts) 135
Top-mount Depth (Inches) 2
Bottom-mount Depth (Inches) 2 7/16
Cutout Diameter or Length (inches) 4 9/16

Product Research


Polypropylene Woofer Cones: The Kicker KS-series speakers feature durable polypropylene woofer cones for power and control. Polypropylene woofers are also resistant to moisture and high temperature extremes found in automotive applications.

Santoprene Surrounds: The woofer surrounds are made of Santoprene rubber to allow extended cone excursion for additional bass output and higher SPL. Santoprene is durable and resists moisture for a long life.

3/4" Titanium Dome Tweeters: The 3/4" titanium dome tweeters provide a smooth high frequency response with a wide dispersion pattern. The tweeters have strong neodymium magnets for higher power handling.

Mounting Options: Each speaker features four mounting tabs for standard 4-hole, 5.25-inch speaker openings. The speaker can be top-mounted or bottom-mounted.

Grilles: The KS525 comes supplied with a pair of graphite-colored plastic pinwheel-style speaker grilles.

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No Need. Hooked It Directly To My Silverado Wiring Harness. works Fine. [ BRIAN  Jan 09, 2014 ]
yes [ ROBERT  Jan 09, 2014 ]
thank you Thomas [ Wilson  Jan 08, 2014 ]
Yes [ THOMAS W  Jan 08, 2014 ]
No, standard car stereo built in amp will work. [ TRIAL  Jan 08, 2014 ]
you could but the factory radio is plenty... [ AARON  Jan 08, 2014 ]
I only hooked mine up to a Kenwood Stereo and they sound very good. I have them in a Jeep Wrangler in the roll bar sound bar. I am very pleased with them. [ DONLAD E  Jan 08, 2014 ]