Are Kicker Subwoofers Any Good? [Honest Review]

Few manufacturers have as dedicated a following as Kicker.

Let's have a look at the brand, their current subwoofer series and a few of their models to find out if they are worth your hard earned cash.

The Brand

Originally founded in 1973, this company quickly became the go-to manufacturer for car audio enthusiasts of every stripe and preference.

Mainly though, they have long been the favorite of young bassheads looking to build their first powered subwoofer system for their car stereo.

Kicker makes both high end subwoofers that will please even the most discriminating audiophile or competitive basshead, and more affordable economy options that may not have the looks, but still have the signature kicker sound.

Let’s take a look at their current lineup, as well as a few reviews some of their top selling subwoofers.

Kicker Subwoofer Series.

  • L7
  • CompQ
  • Solo-Baric L7S
  • CompVX
  • CompR
  • Comp RT
  • Comp VR
  • Comp VT
  • Comp C
  • Comp

A stylish looking high quality subwoofer that is built specifically for loud, high power systems.

It sports a more powerful magnet and motor than the CompR, allowing it to deliver that signature Kicker thump that typically is reserved for their higher end products.

CompVR serie subwoofers review

Subwoofers Reviews

These are big square subs for big sound driven by big amps. If money is no object and you want as much power as you can cram into a subwoofer, these squared 15” subs will do the trick. They made into our list of the best 15 inch subwoofers for a good reason.

Specifications:

  • Sensitivity: 88.6 dB
  • RMS: 1200 watts
  • Peak Power: 2400-watts
  • Frequency Response: 18-100 Hz
  • Impedance: 4-ohms

The Good:

The power handling of these subwoofers is astonishing, and the squared speaker surface feels like it gives your bass some additional kick you just don’t hear from traditionally designed subs.

EDITOR'S RATING:

Square speakers also tend to mount more seamlessly and are easier to work with when building your own custom box.

The Not-So-Good:

These subs do sport a 4-ohm impedance, which can mean higher heat generation than their 2-Ohm counterparts.

These subs run fairly cool, but if you are looking for optimal impedance performance, go with the 2-ohm options.

Pros

Cons

Not ever car audio system can fit a significant amount of high-powered audio inside without compromising comfort and appearances.

 For customers that want plenty of bass in their music without using up half their trunk, Kicker makes the 11HS8 8” 150 Watt Hideaway. 

This all in one subwoofer solution can be connected quickly and easily to any car stereo, and provides all the bass punch a car audio enthusiast could want.

The Kicker 11HS8 also has integrated remote controls for powering the sub on and off, adjusting the frequency response settings, crossover and more.

Best of all, this is a subwoofer kit for your car you can buy and install with a minimal amount of work using only a few hand tools and a drill.

 Later on, should you choose to sell your car or upgrade, all you need to do is remove the unit and mount it in your new ride. Here’s a quick overview of the specs to help you understand why this all-in-one subwoofer kit is such an excellent value.

Specifications:

  • Size: 8 inch subwoofer, 13-⅞” D x 3-⅞” H 3 x 9-⅜” W
  • Top Mount Depth: 3-⅛ inches
  • Cut-Out: 8” subwoofer cutout, device comes pre-assembled
  • RMS: 150 watts
  • Peak Power: 300 watts
  • Sensitivity: 12db/octave low pass at 50-120Hz; 24dB.octave high pass at 25Hz
  • Frequency Response: 25-120 HZ
  • Impedance: 4-ohm
  • Power and Sensitivity: Low-level input 125mV-5V, High level input - 250 mVo10V
  • Voice Coils and Cone: 8 inch subwoofer cone, limited to 50-125 Hz frequency range

EDITOR'S RATING:

Pros

Cons

A compact subwoofer with excellent performance that won’t break the bank. This is an ideal starter sub for a single or dual-subwoofer kit. 

Make sure to check our list of the best 10 inch subwoofers to see a lot more options on this size.

Specifications:

  • Sensitivity: 83.6 dB
  • RMS: 350-watts
  • Peak Power: 700-watts
  • Frequency Response: 40-250 HZ
  • Impedance: 4-ohms

The Good:

Even at 350-watts, this little sub can really deliver some decent punch in the lower register.

The Not-So-Good:

EDITOR'S RATING:

While they are great for their size, these little subwoofers are not going to rock the block or do much earth moving.

They sound fantastic, but they don’t really crank up that high even when powered by a strong amplifier.

Great for a strong in-car bass experience, but not so much on the outdoor sound system capabilities.

Pros

Cons

Want that high-end sound with some more customization options?

You definitely need to check out these 12” square subs from Kicker.

With multiple grille and illumination styles, these subs stand out from the crowd with more than just their shape.

Specifications:

  • Sensitivity: 89.4 dB
  • RMS: 1000 watts
  • Peak Power: 2000 watts
  • Frequency Response: 18-100 HZ
  • Impedance: 4-ohm

The Good:

As much power as you could want from a square 12” subwoofer, with high quality, distortion-free bass to go with it.

Add to that the customizations that you can add to this subwoofer to make your kit stand out when you are showing it off, and you have one exceptional value for a bass performance kit that really brings the thunder.

EDITOR'S RATING:

The Not-So-Good:

The cone construction of these subs is not the top quality material that is used in the higher end L7 product line, so they may lack some of the crispness that one might expect from a premium subwoofer product.

They also have a less-efficient 4-ohm impedance, so they are likely to generate a little more heat.

Pros

Cons

Last Updated on 05/28/2019

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