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STILLWATER, USA – In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, KICKER’s® Tech Force continues training dealers and installers worldwide, efficiently making use of retailers’ time that normally might be spent on consumers that are no longer walking into stores. The four-man team educates KICKER representatives online about new gear releases, what makes the equipment special, and product tips that may provide a purchasing advantage over the competition.

KICKER has held nearly a dozen online-only trainings in the past month, with new “unboxing” and additional training videos slated in the coming weeks. The Tech Force teaches to an industry that is hungry for tools to use when stores reopen and some sense of normalcy returns.

“We can answer questions live, from anywhere in the world, right from the KICKER offices,” said John Myers, KICKER Tech Force senior trainer. “It’s also a chance to teach dealers and the public about all new technologies we’re rolling out in 2020. It’s really exciting!”

For example, Myers conducted a 45-minute course on several new KICKER products and technologies, reaching out to South African distributor partners at Planet World and several retailers within the country. He covered feature-intensive projects like the new KEY500.1 Smart Mono Amplifier, the re-voiced KS-Series speaker lineup, clever uses of KICKER LED speaker rings and more. A live Q-and-A session was held simultaneously to answer any questions.

KICKER plans on releasing training videos on social media, and on the training section of the company YouTube™ channel (KICKERFanatic).

KICKER Performance Audio products, a division of Stillwater Designs and Audio, Inc.®, are available for the mobile and home audio aftermarket at authorized retailers worldwide, and also as Original Equipment for boat and automobile manufacturers. Consumers seeking more information on KICKER or Livin’ Loud® may call the Consumer Information Line at 1-800-256-5425 or visit the brand website at www.kicker.com. Consumers can follow KICKER socially at Facebook.com/kickeraudio, Twitter.com/kickeraudio, Instagram.com/kickeraudio, or Pinterest.com/kickeraudio, and use the hashtags #kickeraudio and #livinloud.

YouTube is a trademark of Google LLC.

STILLWATER, USA – KICKER® will haul what it calls a "truckload of fun" to the 19th annual Sand Sports Super Show, the largest show of its kind in the country, and the brand will highlight its recent rollout of new multi-speaker system kits for side-by-sides. The Orange County Convention Center plays host to the event September 15-17.

As a new addition for the 2017 event, KICKER is bringing its 83-foot, rolling showroom, the XRV (Xtreme Recreation Vehicle). The XRV displays the complete line of KICKER audio gear and houses the 20,000-watt “Boom Room” featuring a wall of 15-inch, Q-Class L7® subwoofers. The XRV will be conspicuously seen at booth OS1001, by the Yellow Gate.

Under the XRV’s awning, the area will be filled with demo vehicles loaded with powersports gear featuring the KICKER/SSV Works® co-brand.  Shown among the builds will be KICKER’s own Cam Am® Maverick® X3, with audio installation by the engineers at SSV Works. The X3 features a full line of weatherproof KM-series coaxial marine speakers, a trio of PX-Series compact amplifiers and two CompRT® 10-inch shallow-mount subwoofers.

KICKER will have a strong presence outside of the booth as well. Located next to the XRV, Gatorwraps® will feature several UTVs with KICKER gear in them. SSV Works (booth 708-OS) will also have KICKER-equipped UTVs on hand. Finally, Bert’s Mega Mall is also carrying the KICKER/SSV Works line available for purchase, occupying most of the Promenade between Buildings 14 and 16.

Full event details are available on the Sand Sports Super Show web page:   www.sandsportssupershow.com.

KICKER Performance Audio products, a division of Stillwater Designs and Audio, Inc.®, are available for the mobile and home audio aftermarket at authorized retailers worldwide, and also as Original Equipment for automobile manufacturers. Consumers seeking more information on KICKER or Livin’ Loud® may call the Consumer Information Line at 1-800-256-5425 or visit the brand website at www.kicker.com. Follow KICKER socially at Facebook.com/kickeraudio, Twitter.com/kickeraudio, Instagram.com/kickeraudio, or Pinterest.com/kickeraudio.

SSV Works is a registered trademark of SSV Works, Inc.

Can-Am and Maverick are registered trademarks of Bombardier Recreational Products Inc.

Gatorwraps is a trademark of Gatorwraps, Inc.

STILLWATER, USA – KICKER® announces a booth filled with world premieres, custom vehicles and celebrity appearances at the 2018 SEMA Show, October 30-November 2 in Las Vegas. KICKER will be located in the Las Vegas Convention Center’s North Hall, booth number 11861.

Returning to the KICKER Booth for 2018, Kindig-It Design® is unveiling a one-off Hummer H2, Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. Television stars of Velocity’s “Bitchin’ Rides”, Dave Kindig and Kevin “Kev Dogg” Schiele will be on-site, as will a full Velocity film crew to cover the event.

At 11 a.m. Tuesday, KICKER and GM® executives will unveil several exciting innovations, available as options in the all-new 2019 Chevrolet® Silverado® and GMC® Sierra™. KICKER will offer a complete audio system in both truck models, featuring KICKER’s computer-optimized, DSP amplifier built to power the full-range door speakers. As a second option, KICKER will also make available a separate 10-inch, 200-watt powered subwoofer system, adding bass to the factory sound. As part of the system and an automotive industry first, consumers can make their music truly personal with KICKER’s exclusive FlexTune™ app for connected devices, allowing them basic tuning control.

The all-new 2019 GMC Sierra will also highlight its MultiPro Tailgate System, now featuring KICKER Audio as another industry-first, exclusive option available at dealerships. The system features a 100-watt amplifier and Bluetooth® antenna, four-inch weatherproof coaxial speakers, 3.5mm audio jack and charging USB plug. Great for play or on the job, the system automatically deactivates when the tailgate is lifted.

KICKER Powersports partner SSV Works™ will feature a custom Textron® Wildcat XX, equipped with custom SSV Works enclosures and more than 500 watts powering eight-inch KICKER CompRT® thin subwoofers. Also featured the booth, GoodGuys® Gold Award-winning shop SicChops™ is bringing a 1961 VW Bus, complete with four KICKER Hideaway® compact powered subwoofers, KX-Series amplifier and elite Q-Series component speakers.

To make the SEMA experience even more exciting, KICKER has packed the booth with celebrity signings. On Wednesday from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., the Mod Kids USA elite kart-racing team stops by the KICKER booth to meet dirt-track fans. Then from 1 p.m.-3 p.m., the stars of Discovery Channel’s “Street Outlaws” will be at the KICKER booth. Chuck “Death Trap” Seitsinger, Ryan “Fireball” Martin and Jeff Lutz will meet fans and sign autographs.

On Thursday, more “Street Outlaws” come by the booth, starting with Farmtruck and AZN from 10 a.m.-11 a.m. Then from 1 p.m.-3 p.m., Justin “Big Chief” Shearer, Shawn “Murder Nova” Ellington and “Daddy Dave” Comstock will be shaking hands and signing autographs.

More than 40 elite builders throughout the show have KICKER gear as their audio partner of choice. Weaver Customs, Kindig-It Designs, Classic Car Studio and RMD Garage are among the world-class vehicles that feature KICKER audio products in their builds this year.

Full event details are available on the SEMA Show web page at www.semashow.com.

KICKER Performance Audio products, a division of Stillwater Designs and Audio, Inc.®, are available for the mobile and home audio aftermarket at authorized retailers worldwide, and also as Original Equipment for automobile manufacturers. Consumers seeking more information on KICKER or Livin’ Loud® may call the Consumer Information Line at 1-800-256-5425 or visit the brand website at www.kicker.com. Consumers can follow KICKER socially at Facebook.com/kickeraudio, Twitter.com/kickeraudio, Instagram.com/kickeraudio, or Pinterest.com/kickeraudio, and use the hashtags #kickeraudio and #livinloud.

STILLWATER, USA – KICKER® is celebrating a trio of audio-equipped rides awarded in the Street Trucks magazine “Slamology Top-10 Trucks” list, put together by editors following the show’s conclusion June 12 at Lucas Oil Raceway.

All three top-tier trucks spent their time as featured vehicles parked in front of KICKER’s XRV (Xtreme Recreational Vehicle) during the weekend, accumulating a non-stop crowd of awestruck spectators.

John Farr’s 1980 Dodge® D-50 pickup, known as the Ramster, sports a 3000-watt system that drives a half dozen KICKER subwoofers and 10 KICKER Q-Class speakers.

KICKER Special Projects Manager Tim Smith won “Best Interior” honors with his custom Chevy® Silverado®. It is equipped with a KICKER Q-Class amplifier and speaker system, along with a pair of eight-inch L7T square subwoofers in a custom enclosure.

Rounding out the honorees is a GMC® Sierra® showcasing a system installed by Indianapolis native Paul “Handmade” Howard. The system features L7T square subs, KICKER speakers and eight KICKER CX-Series amplifiers.

Billed as one of the largest car, truck and mobile-audio events in the world, Slamology featured in excess of 2,000 show cars over the two-day event, with nearly 20,000 spectators passing through the gates.

For more information, consumers can visit www.streettrucksmag.com/top-10-trucks-slamology-2022.

KICKER Performance Audio products, a division of Stillwater Designs and Audio, Inc.®, are available for the mobile and home audio aftermarket at authorized retailers worldwide, and also as Original Equipment for boat and automobile manufacturers. Consumers seeking more information on KICKER or Livin’ Loud® may call the Consumer Information Line at 1-800-256-5425 or visit the brand website at www.kicker.com. Consumers can follow KICKER socially at Facebook.com/kickeraudio, Twitter.com/kickeraudio, Instagram.com/kickeraudio, or Pinterest.com/kickeraudio, and use the hashtags #kickeraudio and #livinloud.

Chevy, Silverado, GMC and Sierra are registered trademarks of GM, its subsidiaries, affiliates or licensors.

Dodge is a registered trademark of FCA US LLC.

STILLWATER, USA – KICKER’s® own Rob Limbaugh is preparing for an epic journey through America’s heartland.

This week marks the start of one of the most demanding motorized events in the world. The One Lap of America kicks off May 5 at Tire Rack’s headquarters in South Bend, Ind. Founded in 1983 by legendary journalist and American Motorsports Hall-of-Fame inductee Brock Yates, One Lap spans eight days, 14 states and over 3,600 miles. The “Lap” will take 85 teams through a combination of 19 separate events, including road courses, time trials and drag races at nine different locations – all of which must be completed on a single set of tires.

Limbaugh, KICKER’s Vice President of Business Development, is a five-time veteran of the OLOA. This year he and co-driver Ron James are steering a 2017 BMW M240i, and the audio performance will no doubt match the execution under the hood.

“The stock system is a set of four-inch, full-range drivers,” Limbaugh said, who added the KICKER KEY180.4 smart amp and PX-Series mono amplifiers, as well as KICKER KS-Series speakers. “The difference in sound quality is night and day.”

The KICKER VP cites the motivation to participate in One Lap lies more in the experience than the victory.

“These guys are all gearheads,” Limbaugh said. “If somebody breaks down on the side of the road, there are five guys puling over to help him. There’s a comradery like nothing I’ve ever seen before.”

One Lap has its roots in the original cross-country race, the Cannonball Baker Sea-to-Shining-Sea Memorial Trophy Dash, which debuted in 1971 with a 2,900-mile run for more than 140 drivers and 60 vehicles ranging from Studebakers to Ferraris.

During the 2018 event, the One Lap of America Facebook page will be updated daily with live streams, team interviews, behind-the-scenes moments and more. The competitor standings will be constantly updated on the One Lap website.

“It’s an awful lot like mountain climbing,” Limbaugh said. “You just do it because it’s there.”

For more information, fans and consumers can visit www.onelapofamerica.com.

KICKER Performance Audio products, a division of Stillwater Designs and Audio, Inc.®, are available for the mobile and home audio aftermarket at authorized retailers worldwide, and also as Original Equipment for automobile manufacturers. Consumers seeking more information on KICKER or Livin’ Loud® may call the Consumer Information Line at 1-800-256-5425 or visit the brand website at www.kicker.com. Follow KICKER socially at Facebook.com/kickeraudio, Twitter.com/kickeraudio, Instagram.com/kickeraudio, or Pinterest.com/kickeraudio.

STILLWATER, USA – KICKER® welcomed country-music and Americana recording artist and KICKER brand ambassador Tim Montana to World Headquarters here last week to hear his newly upgraded Chevy® C-10 and perform in front of 200 in-house employees.

Montana was treated to a demo of the newly minted KICKER Bronco, in addition to a personal tour of the KICKER facility by Director of Brand and Sports Marketing Roger Demaree, who shared the history of the company in the VIP Museum and Visitors Center.

He then witnessed the unveiling from KICKER’s Special Projects team: the new sound system for his long-owned C-10 featuring a KICKER mono amplifier powering two L7T square subwoofers, housed in a Slosh Tubz™ enclosure. To power the front stage, a KEY200.4 smart amplifier was used to bring a set of KS-Series coaxials to life. The truck was Montana’s first as a teen, selling it later in life and then locating it once again to purchase once more.

To cap off the afternoon, Montana thrilled a crowd of employees with an acoustic set, featuring personal hits “Hillbilly Rich” and “Rust and Red”, the song written for his beloved Chevy and penned by himself along with Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top.

KICKER Performance Audio products, a division of Stillwater Designs and Audio, Inc.®, are available for the mobile and home audio aftermarket at authorized retailers worldwide, and also as Original Equipment for boat and automobile manufacturers. Consumers seeking more information on KICKER or Livin’ Loud® may call the Consumer Information Line at 1-800-256-5425 or visit the brand website at www.kicker.com. Consumers can follow KICKER socially at Facebook.com/kickeraudio, Twitter.com/kickeraudio, Instagram.com/kickeraudio, or Pinterest.com/kickeraudio, and use the hashtags #kickeraudio and #livinloud.

Chevy is a registered trademark of GM, its subsidiaries, affiliates or licensors.

Slosh Tubz is a trademark of Slosh Tubz LLC.

STILLWATER, USA – KICKER® announces the addition of longtime KICKER employee Aziz Masri to the International Sales Team.

In a new initiative spearheaded by International Sales Director Chet Weddle, Masri will serve several locations on every continent KICKER serves, as will every member of the International Sales Team.

“When you interview for a position like this, you search for someone who can become the face of the company outside these walls, and do so admirably,” Weddle said. “We loved that Aziz would look at the position from a different perspective, and knew he would be an immediate fit.

“Based on this expansion, we’ve thrown a stick of dynamite at the traditional model. Instead of assigning territories to each member of the department, we are matching people to personalities,” Weddle said.

Masri has worked at KICKER for over two decades, starting in the Electronic Repair department and then transferring to Research and Development. He was then promoted to Electronic Repair Manager – a post he held for the past 15 years.

“I have always felt that because of my overseas background, that I could do a good job in the International Sales Department,” Masri said. “I wanted to do more for this company and move to a new challenge. Working in the technical side, you are trained to look at transistors and coils. Now I look at how the product I have worked on for so long fits my customer, and how I can help make our products serve each territory. I’m very excited to start.”

KICKER Performance Audio products, a division of Stillwater Designs and Audio, Inc.®, are available for the mobile and home audio aftermarket at authorized retailers worldwide, and also as Original Equipment for boat and automobile manufacturers. Consumers seeking more information on KICKER or Livin’ Loud® may call the Consumer Information Line at 1-800-256-5425 or visit the brand website at www.kicker.com. Consumers can follow KICKER socially at Facebook.com/kickeraudio, Twitter.com/kickeraudio, Instagram.com/kickeraudio, or Pinterest.com/kickeraudio, and use the hashtags #kickeraudio and #livinloud.

STILLWATER, USA – KICKER® is pleased to introduce Falcon Sales and Marketing as its new brand representative group in the U.S. Northwest. Falcon replaces longtime rep firm N&S Marketing, which had disbanded following the retirement of its principal.

“We always want somebody who is going to put KICKER first,” said Western Regional Sales Manager Tracy Focht. “They have the infrastructure we need and were ready to start working with us immediately. We are very excited to have (CEO) Dave (Gates) and his firm on board with KICKER.”

Falcon was chosen not only for its strong infrastructure, but for its founder David Gates. Gates has intimate knowledge of the brand, having been named a four-time KICKER Rep-of-the-Year during his tenure as a rep with N&S Marketing.

“KICKER’s kind of in my blood,” said Gates. “I always felt that KICKER was like family, so returning to a brand I truly love feels like a homecoming.”

The Washington-based firm has a dedicated warehouse with shipping, sales, fulfillment, and technical support.

Falcon will serve retailers across Oregon, Washington, Northern Idaho, and Alaska out of its 5,000 square-foot distribution center in Washougal, Wash. To learn more about Falcon Sales and Marketing, dealers can visit falconsalesanddistribution.

KICKER Performance Audio products, a division of Stillwater Designs and Audio, Inc.®, are available for the mobile and home audio aftermarket at authorized retailers worldwide, and also as Original Equipment for boat and automobile manufacturers. Consumers seeking more information on KICKER or Livin’ Loud® may call the Consumer Information Line at 1-800-256-5425 or visit the brand website at www.kicker.com. Consumers can follow KICKER socially at Facebook.com/kickeraudio, Twitter.com/kickeraudio, Instagram.com/kickeraudio, or Pinterest.com/kickeraudio, and use the hashtags #kickeraudio and #livinloud.

STILLWATER, USA – Stillwater Designs®, the parent company of KICKER® Audio, is actively supporting the regional community during the international Coronavirus pandemic.

While KICKER’s management team has sent employees home to work remotely and to care for families and kids, the organization has also flexed its resources and manpower to support regional health-services providers.

KICKER, with support from several component suppliers, recently stepped up to the plate to offer 10,000 facemasks in support of community efforts to fight COVID-19. Believing that “charity begins at home,” 8,300 masks were donated to Stillwater (Okla.) Medical Center to accommodate hospital patients and the staff caring for them.

Another 1,200 face masks have been sent to Hillcrest Medical Center, a 620-bed hospital in Tulsa, Okla., through a KICKER staff connection.

Another 500 masks were contributed to a group of New York City hospitals through KICKER brand and sports marketing director Roger Demaree, whose nephew is a surgeon currently working at a NYC hospital.

Additionally, the company was pleased to offer a supply of clear face shields to area first-responders.

Besides distributing the vendor-supplied face masks, a 15-year KICKER team member and his family have also found a way to make a positive impact in the local community.

Kyle Ambrose, who works in research and development, began experimenting with the company’s 3-D printer, normally used for creating prototype parts. Ambrose consulted with a healthcare professional about local needs and learned that beyond face masks, face shields were in great demand. Ambrose subsequently researched and discovered approved patterns online and created a headband that could be used to secure a clear face shield. He reached out to Stillwater Christian School where his children are enrolled to inquire about the availability of clear safety film used for overhead projectors. He enlisted the school’s participation in donating needed materials and also secured additional film donations from Fenton Office Mart (Stillwater).

While 3-D printing is a slow process, Ambrose is able to produce three bands simultaneously in under three hours. To date, he has hand-crafted over 100 shields which were initially slated for Stillwater Medical Center and then redirected on the hospital’s recommendation to the area’s senior-assisted living homes that were experiencing shortages. Ambrose personally delivered the shields to each home where they were gratefully received.

“We are pleased to be able to share our resources with our community,” says KICKER founder Steve Irby. “Stillwater is our home and we appreciate the opportunity to support those who care for us.”

KICKER Performance Audio products, a division of Stillwater Designs and Audio, Inc.®, are available for the mobile and home audio aftermarket at authorized retailers worldwide, and also as Original Equipment for boat and automobile manufacturers. Consumers seeking more information on KICKER or Livin’ Loud® may call the Consumer Information Line at 1-800-256-5425 or visit the brand website at www.kicker.com. Consumers can follow KICKER socially at Facebook.com/kickeraudio, Twitter.com/kickeraudio, Instagram.com/kickeraudio, or Pinterest.com/kickeraudio, and use the hashtags #kickeraudio and #livinloud.

CushBT Features the Latest Smart Assistant Tech, Premium Comfort, and KICKER’s Signature Bass

Stillwater, OK (November 12, 2018) – KICKER® announces the release of its best sounding headphone, the CushBT. Listeners will enjoy premium comfort, powerful bass, cutting-edge smart assistant technology, and hours of nonstop Bluetooth® wireless listening. The latest addition to the KICKER Lifestyle products is now available to consumers on www.kicker.com and through all sales channels retailing for $149.95.

Deep, powerful bass—without wires. The new CushBT Headphone goes where you go: on the morning commute, to the gym, on a long flight, or to your local coffee shop. With more than 20 hours of nonstop listening after a single charge, the CushBT is guaranteed to bring loud, clean, and crisp sound while maintaining KICKER’s signature bass.

“We designed the CushBT from the ground up to be KICKER’s premier headphone,” said Jeremy Bale, Brand Manager for KICKER lifestyle products. “With an updated, streamlined design, the CushBT Headphone delivers stylistic features our customers want without sacrificing comfort or the sound quality we’re known for.”

The latest tech. Access your smart assistant with the touch of a finger– the CushBT is optimized for use with Siri® and Google™ assistants.

The CushBT delivers an artist’s perfect pitch with the musical impact consumers want to hear. See below for tech specifications.

Frequency response, Hz

20-20k

Sensitivity, dB/1mW

107

Impedance (Ohms)

28

Drive Components

40mm

Max Output

112dB

Input Connections

1/8 in (3.5mm) stereo; Bluetooth A2DP, AVRCP, HFP

Battery

3.7V/500mAh Lithium-ion; 20 hours life; 2.5 hours charge time

Accessories

50 cm USB-A to micro USB; 5' 3.5mm stereo cable with microphone; KICKER travel bag

For more information on KICKER Personal Audio products, visit www.kicker.com.

KICKER Lifestyle Products, a division of Stillwater Designs and Audio, Inc.®, are available for the mobile and home audio aftermarket at authorized retailers worldwide, and also as Original Equipment for automobile manufacturers. Consumers seeking more information on KICKER may call the Consumer Information Line at 1-800-256-5425 or visit the website at www.kicker.com. Follow KICKER socially at Facebook.com/kickeraudio, Twitter.com/kickeraudio, Instagram.com/kickeraudio or Pinterest.com/kickeraudio.

Bluetooth is a registered trademark of Bluetooth SIG, Inc. 

Google is a trademark of Google LLC.

Siri is a registered trademark of Apple Inc.

STILLWATER, USA – KICKER® has solved a common amplifier integration challenge with a single, elegant solution. Now shipping worldwide, KICKER introduces the KEYLOC™ - the first frequency, speaker-lead identification system and fully functional line-output converter in one. The KEYLOC Smart LOC is available at Authorized KICKER Dealers in-store and online, and retails for $129.95.

Emerging from KICKER’s cutting-edge line of KEY™ Technology, KEYLOC is a revolutionary, DSP (digital signal processor)-controlled line-output converter that automatically detects the frequency range of speaker leads and phase of a factory audio system to assist in hooking up any aftermarket amplifier for a more modern entertainment setup.

KEYLOC’s patent-pending KEY algorithm automatically detects and analyzes crossovers, EQ, time delay, and all-pass filters present, and then level-matches the left and right audio channels. Once analyzed, it corrects these various filters for the smoothest frequency response possible and a clean, uncolored audio signal for all aftermarket gear.

Using KICKER’s FIT 2+™ advanced input design, KEYLOC has the most versatile input sensitivity in the car-audio aftermarket. Ranging from 125mV to 10V (low) or 1V to 40V (high), KEYLOC is prepared to work with nearly every vehicle on the road today.

KICKER Performance Audio products, a division of Stillwater Designs and Audio, Inc.®, are available for the mobile and home audio aftermarket at authorized retailers worldwide, and also as Original Equipment for boat and automobile manufacturers. Consumers seeking more information on KICKER or Livin’ Loud® may call the Consumer Information Line at 1-800-256-5425 or visit the brand website at www.kicker.com. Consumers can follow KICKER socially at Facebook.com/kickeraudio, Twitter.com/kickeraudio, Instagram.com/kickeraudio, or Pinterest.com/kickeraudio, and use the hashtags #kickeraudio and #livinloud.

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12/14/2016, STILLWATER, USA – Long-time KICKER specialist employee Steve Outhier has retired from the company. 

Outhier is calling it a career after 23 years of immersing himself into the Stillwater Designs® framework, spinning the KICKER® message and bringing an award-winning sound to cars and trucks around the world. Outhier officially retired from full-time work on Nov. 28, but will remain on contract with the company through the first of the year to assist during the Consumer Electronics Show and the transition to 2017.

Gregg Allman’s Duane, Bowie’s Ronson, Joe Cocker’s Leon, Sir Elton’s Olsson – Outhier was exactly that to Stillwater Design’s founder and friend Steve Irby for most of his working career, beginning in the ’70s as the lead guitarist to Irby’s blistering keyboards in the regionally successful rock-band Moses. That relationship eventually led to Outhier’s hire in July 1993 as the Advertising/Public-Relations Manager for Irby’s flourishing mobile-audio and electronics company, once again taking the spotlight when called upon to get the KICKER word and image to the media and consumers.

“As a bandmate with Steve (Outhier) in the early ’70’s, I knew he was a music connoisseur, in tune with great sound,” recollected Irby. “And a gearhead!  That’s the perfect combination for working at KICKER.”

Outhier concurred.  “We knew each other in college, and music brought us together. That love of music – playing it, listening to it, working on gear to reproduce it – has always been a constant.

“It’s more than 40 years now; seeing a friend’s dream grow from his garage to where we are today, and getting to share in the adventure, has been a lot of fun,” Outhier continued.  “Hard work? Sure. But mainly a lot of fun.”

Outhier led creative on KICKER ad campaigns and yearly catalogs during those years, putting a face on what was already one of the 12-volt industry’s top subwoofer and speaker brands. In 1993 he fine-tuned the message for KICKER’s original Solo-Baric® subwoofer, which used a single driver in a compact sealed box replicating a pair of subs performing in an isobaric enclosure. Then in 2000 he headed up the manufacturer’s appearance through the unveiling of the iconic Solo-Baric L7 square subwoofer (“20% more bass than its round counterpart”). 

Since 2003 he served as the director for KICKER’s Product Planning team, assuring the manufacturer’s output goes from inception to store shelves every product cycle. He also headed up the process of gaining the numerous patents for KICKER’s products and technologies.

“The music store I went to as a kid had listening booths where we would listen to new records and do our best to learn the words and music,” Outhier said.  “We spend hours there. Why they put up with us is anybody’s guess, but I think they saw we truly loved the mysteries we found hidden in those grooves. Working here at KICKER with good people who share that love, and having the opportunity to contribute to more kids uncovering those same (musical) mysteries, is a great way to spend the years.”

KICKER Performance Audio products, a division of Stillwater Designs and Audio, Inc.®, are available for the mobile and home audio aftermarket at authorized retailers worldwide, and also as Original Equipment for automobile manufacturers. Consumers seeking more information on KICKER or Livin’ Loud® may call the Consumer Information Line at 1-800-256-5425 or visit the brand website at www.kicker.com. Follow KICKER socially at Facebook.com/kickeraudio, Twitter.com/kickeraudio, Instagram.com/kickeraudio, or Pinterest.com/kickeraudio.

STILLWATER, USA – KICKER® has begun shipping its CompR® Loaded Enclosures, which deliver enhanced reliability and a sleek, blacked-out look housed in a trio of rugged, dual- and single-woofer enclosures. The enclosures are available for purchase at Authorized KICKER Dealers in-store and online. Introduced to the world on the KICKER UnMASKED! Live™ show in October, CompR Loaded Enclosures will retail from $279.95-$429.95. CompR Loaded Enclosures are also available at www.kicker.com.

New-for-2021, the CompR subwoofer housed in the Loaded Enclosure features an innovative “Forced-Air Cooling™” system that uses the woofer’s own cone movement to route more air through the CompR’s motor, forcing unwanted heat out of vents built into the backplate and allowing the sub to run 25 percent cooler than previous versions. Users get the bass they love, the sleek look, and the reliability expected.

The subwoofer also features the SoloKon™ cone system, defined by a signature red, double-stitched surround and all-polypropylene woofer cone. The CompR is engineered to maintain a superior level of volume and musical accuracy, while delivering reliable performance everyone can enjoy.

A single 12-inch enclosure is perfect solution when space limitations exist, while the 10- and 12-inch dual enclosures offer a pair of boisterous CompR woofers in a stout MDF box. The enclosure itself features rounded corners and heavy internal bracing for additional strength, and a front-facing port for the loudest possible bass. All enclosures are covered in plush, black carpeting with an embroidered KICKER logo.

KICKER Performance Audio products, a division of Stillwater Designs and Audio, Inc.®, are available for the mobile and home audio aftermarket at authorized retailers worldwide, and also as Original Equipment for automobile manufacturers. Consumers seeking more information on KICKER or Livin’ Loud® may call the Consumer Information Line at 1-800-256-5425 or visit the brand website at www.kicker.com. Follow KICKER socially at Facebook.com/kickeraudio, Twitter.com/kickeraudio, Instagram.com/kickeraudio, or Pinterest.com/kickeraudio, and use the hashtags #kickeraudio and #livinloud.

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September 24th, 2019 – Daytona Beach, Fla. -- As the 6th annual Unified Car Audio Championship nears, competition organizations IASCA, MECA and dB Drag are proud to announce the major event sponsors:

  • Orion Car Audio - 2019 Title sponsor
  • ARC Audio - SQ Hall sponsor
  • DD Audio - SPL Hall sponsor
  • Kicker - Hospitality Suite sponsor
  • Incriminator Audio - Badge sponsor

With more than 400 vehicles participating in this year’s event and thousands of spectators, exposure for the sponsors this year will be at an all-time high. The competition will take place in two halls of the KY Exposition Center and will occupy more than 110,000 square feet of indoor space. Local audio retailers are promoting the event in their stores in the Louisville and surrounding areas. All 3 organizations will also have 2020 Season Kick Off open entry events where local and national competitors have an opportunity to compete.

Other supporters of the event feature non-endemic companies like Harley Davidson of Dothan and several booth vendors. Show sponsors include: Pioneer Electronics, Sundown Audio, B2 Audio, Ampere Audio, Resilient Sounds, Lord of Bass, SoundQubed, Deaf Bonce, SounDigital and Limitless Lithium.

T-shirt sponsors include: XS Power, JL Audio, Tru Technology, Hybrid Audio Technologies, Crossfire, Avatar, Ohio Generator, Directronix, DC Audio, Slamology, 12 Volt News, Team Flop Box, Team Aint Loud, Team Imperial and TN Bass Racers.

“Many of our sponsors have been staunch supporters of the Unified Car Audio Championship for years now and we are proud to help gain some exposure for them and their products,” said Moe Sabourin, Director of Operations for IASCA Worldwide. “In turn, their support over the years has been a driving force in the growth car audio competition, from competition teams to Industry Membership support of our organization’s missions. We’re extremely proud to have their support and look forward to a very successful 2019 Car Audio Championship season finale.”

MECA Commissioner Steve Stern said, "Our club and competitors appreciate the support and participation of Arc Audio and Team Arc Audio. We have a solid relationship and understanding that Sound Quality sports promotes the 12 volt industry --- everyone involved --- and creates sales and customer loyalty. It is a pleasure to work with Brian Mitchell, in and out of the lanes. He gets what we're about and is involved in all aspects of our SQL program."

Space at the event is still available. You can contact any of the CAC staff below to be a part of the largest Car Audio Championship event in the country!

Spectator passes are available online at https://iasca.com/store/?model_number=spectatorpass for $10/day or $15/ weekend, or through eventbrite.com.

For more information on the Unified Car Audio Championships, contact Celise Harris at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Steve Stern at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Moe Sabourin at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Or Kim Sabourin at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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STILLWATER, USA – KICKER® will return to Slamology – one of the largest car-audio events in the country, and roll up in the 80-foot XRV (Xtreme Recreational Vehicle) tractor-trailer to a reserved space along “Audio Vendor Row.”  The outrageous JY Power™ “Cube” delivery truck will also be showing its 60,000-watt KICKER system throughout the weekend. The show runs June 8-9 at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis.

The massive XRV showroom sports a new wrap and displays the full line of hands-on, KICKER audio gear. Under the XRV’s awning, KICKER install specialist Tim Smith will show his custom ’94 Chevy® C1500 and its audio system featuring an SSV Works™ MRB3 media controller, a pair of KICKER Q-Class 5-channel amplifiers, Q-Class speakers and CompRT® slim subwoofers.

In support of KICKER, the revamped JY Power Cube will draw crowds in the JY Power booth, showing off its prototype battery system that’s one-third the size of the original lithium power bank. The cells power the 60,000-watt KICKER system built to “demo” at extreme volumes.  The converted delivery truck features 40 Q-Class L7® 15-inch subwoofers powered by 20 2,400-watt KICKER amplifiers. The incredible ride also includes 12 KICKER weather-resistant amps powering 162 eight-inch coaxial speakers revealing glowing LEDs. 

Additionally near the XRV will be Hunter Martin’s Q-Class-equipped, Ford® Super Duty F-350 pickup truck.  Martin, a JY Power custom fabricator, installed Q-Class point-source speakers in the doors and a CompRT 10-inch loaded subwoofer enclosure for bass. 

“It images incredibly well,” said Travis Young, co-founder of JY Power. “The CompRT enclosure (with the Reflex™ passive subwoofer) fills out the bottom end beautifully.”

Martin’s F350 uses a Q-Class 5-channel amplifier and attached KICKER IQI™ Interface to the system for remote tuning capabilities.

Team SPLoud founder Andy Magill will feature “Cookie Monster” in the KICKER booth as well. In addition to KICKER door speakers, the Mitsubishi® Eclipse™ is equipped with an astounding KICKER SoloX™ 18-inch subwoofer, powered by a single KICKER KX2400.1 amplifier. Magill started the SPL (sound-pressure level) organization “Team SPLoud” and a social-media group of the same name.

In its 16th year, Slamology is billed as a “family-friendly, yet edgy” event by Donnie Babb, the show organizer and founder. USACi, MECA, IASCA and dB Drag Racing will all conduct multi-point, car-audio competitions at the show.

“We wanted a way to connect with our readers at Gauge Magazine and have a weekend-long party,” said Babb.

For more information, consumers can visit www.slamology.com.

KICKER Performance Audio products, a division of Stillwater Designs and Audio, Inc.®, are available for the mobile and home audio aftermarket at authorized retailers worldwide, and also as Original Equipment for automobile manufacturers. Consumers seeking more information on KICKER or Livin’ Loud® may call the Consumer Information Line at 1-800-256-5425 or visit the brand website at www.kicker.com. Consumers can follow KICKER socially at Facebook.com/kickeraudio, Twitter.com/kickeraudio, Instagram.com/kickeraudio, or Pinterest.com/kickeraudio, and use the hashtags #kickeraudio and #livinloud.

JY Power is a trademark of JY Power, Inc.  SSV Works is a trademark of SSV Works, Inc. 

Chevy is a registered trademark of GM, its subsidiaries, affiliates or licensors.

Ford is a registered trademark, owned and used under license by Ford Motor Company.

Mitsubishi and Eclipse are trademarks of Mitsubishi Motors North America (MMNA) and its suppliers or licensors.

Randy Davis, a veteran of 25 years in Sales and Marketing for Stillwater Designs® and the KICKER® brand, announced his resignation to company officials as of May 29. Davis and his family will be relocating from Stillwater, Oklahoma to the Fort Collins, Colorado area to be closer to family. A sendoff party was held on his final day at Stillwater Designs in honor of his service to the brand.

Davis was instrumental in coining the KICKER slogan “Livin’ Loud®” after hearing a similar phrase uttered in a movie featuring the Rat Pack. Davis then helped to construct a grassroots marketing plan using action-sports athletes and motocross legends Jeremy McGrath, Ricky Carmichael and Travis Pastrana, putting the brand in front of thousands of new consumers.

“There is no doubt KICKER proudly bears the mark of Randy Davis,” said KICKER President Steve Irby. “It’s hard for me to imagine KICKER without Randy, and without question he will be missed.”

He began his work with the KICKER sales team in March 1990 as a regional manager. During his tenure, he also held the titles of national sales manager, global sales manager, and European sales manager with a stint in Ireland before returning to Stillwater in 2011, where he spent the last five years. Davis recollected some of his fondest memories, which included the heyday of sound-offs, and KICKER demo vehicles like the 1988 Astro van with nine 18-inch subwoofers, and the trio of 1993 Caprice wagons – Orca, Moby and Shamu – with original Solo-Baric round subwoofers. He also enjoyed his time representing the brand in Europe.

“Nothing like driving a KICKER demo car on the Autobahn,” he said.

STILLWATER, USA – KICKER® rolls into the Miami International Boat Show 2023 with revolutionary tower systems, amplifiers and speakers. The show is located at the Miami Marine Stadium Park and Basin, running from February 15-19.

KICKER’s booth will be located in the Convention Center, number MB6065. KICKER Marine products will also be available for purchase on-site at authorized dealer El Capitan Sports Center, located at booth MB3508.

KICKER Real Marine™ means boaters can have confidence and peace of mind when it comes to their audio systems. Real Marinegear undergoes rigorous testing to ensure it meets or exceeds marine industry standards for UV exposure and humidity and saltwater exposure. All KICKER Marine Speakers are weather-proof thanks to KICKER’s Real Marine standards. KICKER Marine Power Amplifiers are developed from the ground up by KICKER engineers as authentic, element-battling marine amplifiers, with key moisture-deterring features. KICKER Marine Wiring and Accessories set the brand apart from others – all ABYC (American Boat and Yacht Council) and USCG (U.S. Coast Guard) compliant, including certified MRBF fusing and fuse holders.

KICKER’s new KMXL HLCD Coaxial Speakers will be featured in the booth. These horn-loaded speakers build upon the success of the KMTC and KMFC Horn-Loaded Tower Systems, widely recognized in the marine industry as the new standard in HLCD (horn-loaded compression-driver) tower-speaker design. This makeup gives the KMXL Series a sonic performance that is incredibly smooth and easy to listen to, even at extremely high volumes.

The revolutionary KMTC and KMFC 11-inch HLCD Tower Systems will also be on display. Another industry first is its specialized mating socket, which allows for easy removal and re-attachment of the speaker at the end of the cruise, all without removing a single wire from the speaker.

Interested consumers can visit www.miamiboatshow.com for more information.

KICKER Performance Audio products, a division of Stillwater Designs and Audio, Inc.®, are available for the mobile and home audio aftermarket at authorized retailers worldwide, and also as Original Equipment for boat and automobile manufacturers. Consumers seeking more information on KICKER or Livin’ Loud® may call the Consumer Information Line at 1-800-256-5425 or visit the brand website at www.kicker.com. Consumers can follow KICKER socially at Facebook.com/kickeraudio, Twitter.com/kickeraudio, Instagram.com/kickeraudio, or Pinterest.com/kickeraudio, and use the hashtags #kickeraudio and #livinloud.

STILLWATER, USA – Citing reasons that relate to the current pandemic, KICKER® is announcing its choice to cancel plans to exhibit live at November’s annual SEMA Show in Las Vegas.

KICKER had planned a booth showcasing product, demo vehicles and celebrity appearances for attendees prior to this week’s decision. The mobile-audio company has also decided to suspend all corporate travel and events through December.

“Management continues to make the health and well-being of our employees and customers the top priority,” said Kevin Campbell, Director of Global Marketing. “This is a tough decision, but one we feel must be made.”

Before this decision, KICKER Corporate had plans to attend the Sand Sports Super Show in Costa Mesa, Calif., and MERA KnowledgeFest in Dallas, along with the SEMA Show. In August, KICKER had canceled its appearance at Dallas KnowledgeFest, just prior to the event itself postponing until December.

No further details are available at present time. If more information should become available, KICKER will provide it as warranted.

KICKER Performance Audio products, a division of Stillwater Designs and Audio, Inc.®, are available for the mobile and home audio aftermarket at authorized retailers worldwide, and also as Original Equipment for boat and automobile manufacturers. Consumers seeking more information on KICKER or Livin’ Loud® may call the Consumer Information Line at 1-800-256-5425 or visit the brand website at www.kicker.com. Consumers can follow KICKER socially at Facebook.com/kickeraudio, Twitter.com/kickeraudio, Instagram.com/kickeraudio, or Pinterest.com/kickeraudio, and use the hashtags #kickeraudio and #livinloud.

STILLWATER, USA – As a result of industry-wide announcements from manufacturers, and the subsequent requests to management regarding possible pricing adjustments to KICKER® products, Stillwater Designs® is releasing the following statement:

As a result of federal tariffs imposed months ago, and in line with previous statements from company administration, Stillwater Designs will ultimately be forced to make some pricing adjustments on its KICKER products and has scheduled them to occur in January 2019.

Stillwater Designs has long been aware of the stress that changing prices could have on KICKER authorized dealers, distributors and consumers, and is very sensitive to this important issue. During November and December, we will continue to formulate the best plan going forward to ease the burden of these changes on our dealers and their customers in the upcoming year. 

In the meantime, we will continue to keep heavy inventory stock on hand through the holidays to cover our current KICKER sales promotions and dealer incentives.  Despite our current circumstances, KICKER customers can be assured that we will have their best interests in mind as we develop a viable plan that will work for everyone involved.

KICKER Performance Audio products, a division of Stillwater Designs and Audio, Inc.®, are available for the mobile and home audio aftermarket at authorized retailers worldwide, and also as Original Equipment for automobile manufacturers. Consumers seeking more information on KICKER or Livin’ Loud® may call the Consumer Information Line at 1-800-256-5425 or visit the brand website at www.kicker.com. Consumers can follow KICKER socially at Facebook.com/kickeraudio, Twitter.com/kickeraudio, Instagram.com/kickeraudio, or Pinterest.com/kickeraudio, and use the hashtags #kickeraudio and #livinloud.

KICKER Performance Audio has announced that the world-famous Street Outlaws from TV’s The Discovery Channel will be appearing and signing autographs at the KICKER booth during the 2015 SEMA Show. KICKER will be located in the North Hall, Booth #11861.

These racers and fabricators, whose Oklahoma location originates just an hour south of KICKER World Headquarters, will be at the booth both Wednesday and Thursday, November 4th and 5th, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.  Expected to appear are “Street Outlaws” Big Chief, Murder Nova, Chuck, Monza, Daddy Dave and Kamikaze.

Along with the celebrity excitement, the booth will be buzzing with activity for the entire show. Custom rides and incredible, new mobile-audio gear will be on display, and show-goers will get a sneak-peak into the technologies that make KICKER one of the top-selling manufacturers in the 12-volt industry. 

The gorgeous 1956 Continental Mark II, recently named Goodguys™ Custom-of-the-Year and boasting a full KICKER Q-Class audio system, will be the featured automobile.

KICKER Performance Audio products, a division of Stillwater Designs and Audio, Inc.®, are available for the mobile and home audio aftermarket at authorized retailers worldwide, and also as Original Equipment for automobile manufacturers. Consumers seeking more information on KICKER or Livin’ Loud® may call the Consumer Information Line at 1-800-256-5425 or visit the brand website at www.kicker.com. Follow KICKER socially at Facebook.com/kickeraudio, Twitter.com/kickeraudio, Instagram.com/kickeraudio, or Pinterest.com/kickeraudio.

Street Outlaws is a trademark of Discovery Communications, LLC.

Goodguys is a trademark of Goodguy Enterprises, Inc.

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