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

Kicker’s most innovative and powerful lineup of subwoofers belong to the L7 Series.

What makes these subs unique is the fact that they are actually square

L7 subwoofers serie review

You read that correctly. Square subwoofers. According to researchers at Kicker, a square speaker provides 20% more surface area than a subwoofer of with a cone-shaped diaphragm.

Paired with a massive motor and driver, these subs produce some of the most powerful bass available.

While they are a pricier premium product, these are definitely groundshakers whether you install the 8”, 10”, 12”, or 15” size.

Subwoofers Reviews

1. Kicker S15L7 4-ohm 15" Car Audio Subwoofer

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:

Kicker S15L7  review

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.

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Cons

2. Kicker 40CWR122 CompR Series 12 inch Subwoofer

These subs are ideal for anyone that wants premium bass performance at lower power levels.

Clarity and bass frequency response are exceptional even at low volume, giving your music’s low end some dynamic punch typically lacking in low volume play.

Specifications:

  • Sensitivity: 86.9 dB
  • RMS: 500 watts
  • Peak Power: 1000 watts
  • Frequency Response: 35-500 Hz
  • Impedance: 2-ohms

The Good:

If you are looking to throw some bass without paying the premium price of competition grade subwoofers, these subs make a good compromise between pro-level power and high-end sound and materials.

EDITOR'S RATING:

Kicker 40CWR122 review

The Not-So-Good:

In terms of raw power, these subs are not necessarily going to bring the noise like Kicker’s higher end L7 and CompQ line.

They are great subs, but they may not give quite as much thump as you anticipate if you are looking for something to shake the block.

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3. Kicker CVR104 (43CVR104) CompVR 10-Inch

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:

Kicker CVR104 review

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.

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4. Kicker 11S12L72 Car Audio Solo-Baric 12” Subwoofer

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:

Kicker 11S12L72 review

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.

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Alex Meyer
 

Alex Meyer is a 26-year-old Certified Automotive Technician with over 10 years experience as a mechanic and car audio installer. He shares his knowledge at Gear4wheels.com

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