By Ricky C. – Product Specialist
After an exciting week at SEMA, we’ve been eager to show some of the outstanding vehicles. The SEMA Show comes once a year to Las Vegas, Nevada and showcases some of the industry’s most talented minds and exceptional products all in one location!
Kicker made a huge impact at this show, and generated a lot of buzz with a 2011 Ford Fiesta Showcar. The Fiesta is Ford’s answer for a gas efficient, compact car. It also stands out for its fashionable design, and has a smooth engine with precision steering. The 2011 Ford Fiesta truly shows consumers that you don’t need to be bored by an engine that lacks when you purchase an economical vehicle.
Kicker was limited to their playing time on this show car, due to its impacting sound. Equipped with four pairs of Kicker QS speakers to provide superior staging and remarkable presence for mid and high frequencies, these speakers provided the vehicle with exceptional voice. The four pairs of component style speakers are mounted throughout the vehicle in strategic areas to provide accurate playback. One pair of speakers are mounted into the dash, while another pair is mounted in the front doors. Also, in the back a set is mounted coaxially in the back door, and finally another pair mounted in the rear deck. All doors panels have custom built fiberglass panels. These are charcoal colored fiberglass panels with sleek blue illumination to stay consistent with Kickers standard colors, and the back door panels even incorporated an illuminated Kicker logo on the panels.
With all of these amazing Kicker QS Speakers to output mids and highs, the bass level needed to be high. Answering this call are four 15” Kicker CompVX Subwoofers. The CompVX subwoofers are mounted into two charcoal fiberglass enclosures that take up most of the trunk, with a large fin-like LED light separating the two enclosures. The CompVX subwoofers provide exceptional bass response and tight accuracy so you can truly enjoy the Kicker QS speakers along with this low-frequency fill.
The Ford Fiesta is a smaller vehicle and the alternator is too small to really provide enough power to sufficiently amplify the Kicker QS speakers and 15” CompVX subwoofers. Kicker IX amplifiers is an easy solution that helps minimize current draw from the factory charging systems, this allowed Kicker to put this show car together without making significant upgrades to the charging system. Kickers 2011 Ford Fiesta outputs over 5000 watts of RMS power, with the addition of a few Kinetik Power Cells to help meet the demand for this extraordinary amount of power.
Interested in seeing more amazing showcars from SEMA 2010? Check out the Sonic Electronix forums where we have compiled a lot of great cars with amazing audio systems. You might just spend the whole day enjoying the sights!
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By Kyle Duffy – Product Specialist
For the first time in Kicker history they have 5 lines of amplifiers that have been rolled out for 2010. The Warhorse remains unchanged while the ZX series amplifiers have been redone and brought back with slimmer chassis and a decal ready design. The new IX and DX series amplifiers boast extremely energy efficient class D designs and flat grey chassis also ready for decal application. Let’s take a look at a breakdown of KICKER’s main amplifiers for 2010:
IX-Series amplifiers use high-efficiency class D technology to deliver immense power from a super-small footprint. The IX amplifier chassis are the smallest ever developed by KICKER engineers. Three supreme models are available; two mono subwoofer amplifiers and one four-channel amplifier make up the IX line. The environmentally conscious will appreciate the small footprint, low weight to power ratio and stackable design which increases cargo space and decreases fuel consumption. The simplicity of the IX amplifiers attracts more do-it-yourselfers and installers because all connections are located on one end, while the user controls are on the other. For those audiophiles, KICKER included a muting circuit that eliminates any worthless audio residue that might find its way in the lines. To finish everything up, the IX chassis feature a tapered blue illuminated model badge to let everyone know you aren’t playing around.
ZX-Series amplifiers have stood the test of time and continually provide trouble-free amplification and reliability that knows no bounds. The ZX lineup features subwoofer mono, two-channel, four-channel, and a five-channel hybrid amplifier to satisfy anyone’s craving for great sound. The ZX mono subwoofer amplifiers range from 300 to 2500-plus watts so everyone can tame their inner bass head. Multi-channel amplifiers give audiophiles full control of their speakers with variable high and low pass crossovers. Optional endcaps are available for all ZX amplifier models as well as vinyl skins for complete customization. Kickers ZX-Series amplifiers still offer the same trouble free amplification we have grown to love from previous models, just in a newer design.
DX-Series amplifiers are high-performance amplifiers that simply provide reliable power at an affordable price. The monoblock subwoofer DX amplifier is stable at one ohm allowing it to pound any woofer. The subwoofer amplifiers offer a variable high-pass subsonic filter to keep unwanted lower frequencies away from your subs, preventing damage and distortion. A choice of three automatic turn-on modes provides extensive flexibility on all of the DX series amplifiers. The multi-channel amps come with a bass boost centered around 40 Hz should you decide to run subwoofers instead of standard speakers. For ultimate flexibility, reliability and power handling the DX series amplifiers offer allot of features for everyone.
All of our Kicker amplifiers are backed by a 2-year Manufactures warranty. Kicker is so confident in their product that they will provide an additional one-year extension to the warranty with the purchase of a qualifying Kicker amp kit at the time you purchase an amplifier. For trouble free amplification, legendary bass, and audiophile sound quality, KICKER is right every time and every configuration.
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