LAS VEGAS, January 8, 2019 (MEDIAWIRE) – KENWOOD USA has introduced a series of component sets in its eXcelon line that upgrade factory speaker systems in vehicles that utilize a 6×9-inch speaker. Rather than supplant the factory driver with a round driver and spacer, the two new components sets replace the factory-installed 6×9 with one of the same size. In addition, the two sizes of dash speakers fit and fill the dash- or door-mounted high-frequency locations. The new component sets enable professional installers to easily provide a high-quality audio upgrade with no loss of midbass or midrange reproduction.
The KENWOOD KFC-XP6902C (MSRP $269.95) pairs a 6×9-inch driver with a 2.75-inch, 2-way midrange / tweeter, while and KFC-XP6903C (MSRP $269.95) uses a 3.5-inch, two-way speaker. The 6×9 makes use of a polypropylene cone with a non-curved design to produce solid midbass, and a unique inverted center cap that reduces high-frequency resonance. The 3.5-inch speaker features a silk, balanced dome tweeter with sound field enhancer, and the 2.75-inch version uses a ridged, carbon-fiber absorbed cone.
The new component sets deliver predictable, high-quality upgrades in many of today’s popular vehicles, with direct-fit applications for Chevrolet, Chrysler, Dodge, Nissan and Toyota. Each set comes with multi-brackets to create the perfect fit, and the shallow-mount midbass drivers allow for installation in a space as little as 2 3/4 inches deep. For system builders, the two-way 3.5-inch (KFC-X3C, MSRP $89.95) and 2.75-inch (KFC-X2C, MSRP $89.95) mid/tweeters can be ordered separately for use as a center channel or additional front stage enhancement. Each is capable of handling up to 50 watts RMS.
“‘Vehicle specific’ is the new push in our industry, and it’s driven by customers who want audio upgrades when it might not be cost-effective or even possible to change the radio,” said Scott Caswell, senior marketing manager for KENWOOD. “With these sets we are able to replace standard sound with superior KENWOOD audio, without having to make modifications.”
The new component sets are expected to be available in February. For more information on select models and features, visit www.kenwood.com/usa/car.