This is the 2nd component system I have purchased. The first was the Pyle PLG6C 6.5-Inch 400-Watt 2-Way Custom Component System
and I was very happy with that purchase. The thing is, this installation required a woofer that was not quite as deep. The Kenwood specifications showed the woofer would fit just barley in the rear pillars of my car and for a few extra $$ I thought I would give them a try.
When I got the speakers I was a bit surprised. Unlike the Pyle, ths Kenwood uses a simple inline bipolar electrolytic capacitor for the crossover. Pyle has a actually 2nd order crossover with a coil for the woofer. Whoops I'm getting technical, let me explain:
Crossovers take the signal and send only the bass info to the woofer and the high end signals to the tweeter. Without the crossover the woofer is left to reproduce high end material that it is not designed to reproduce and the tweeter will get all that unwanted bass signal that will damage the tweeter. By using only a capacitor as a crossover the rate or reduction of signal to the tweeter is only 3db peroctive and the woofer is still getting that high end info. While that will not damage the woofer, it will be trying to reproduce that high end while vibrating from the bass. It will can make the high end sound kind of garbled.
The thing is, the Kenwood speakers sound really good. The bass seems pretty deep and the high end is crisp and clear without that normal car stereo shimmer. I will say that I found myself playing with the parametric EQ quite a bit to get the low end to sound good to my ear, but the speakers responded well.
One negative, is the metal part of the grill pops off easily. I put a little but of 3M strip caulk in there to hold them in place. Problem solved!
Summary: Even with the wimpy crossover, they play nice and loud without the need for an external amp, responds well to EQ boost without breaking up, very nice high end.
If you have limited depth, these are a great choice and for about $40 they are a GREAT DEAL!