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STILLWATER, USA – As part of KICKER’s® sponsorship of the event, KICKER Tech Force manager Aaron Malin and Tech Force trainer Jacob Luckey will judge the SkillsUSA Championships June 19-23, during SkillsUSA's 59th annual National Leadership and Skills Conference in Atlanta.

The Mobile-Electronics Installation category tests competitors’ abilities to perform standard installation practices used by certified, professional mobile-electronics installers. These skills have been established through the certification objectives and items created for the Basic MECP certification by the Consumer Electronics Association.

“We hear from retailers on a regular basis that they cannot find qualified people to hire,” said Malin. “There are 107 different categories of competition within SkillsUSA, each category stresses various aspects of the real-world workplace; so when they graduate, they are positioned to enter a job and immediately contribute. The 12-volt industry needs more sharp-minded employees to bring new ideas to the table.”

The event includes a written examination covering the Basic MECP certification, a professional interview and five hands-on applications that include taking electrical measurements, installing consumer-electronics equipment, soldering, working with relay circuits and troubleshooting electronic circuitry.

KICKER is donating over $5,000 in prizes to the winners of the 12-volt competitions.

“I would like to encourage other 12-volt industry leaders and manufacturers to get involved with SkillsUSA at their local, state and national level,” Malin said. “As an industry, we need those young men and women to join us in the very exciting and quickly evolving industry.”

SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce, according to SkillsUSA.org. Students excel and often have the opportunity to secure jobs at competitions. Thousands of outstanding career- and technical-education students will compete hands-on in more than 100 different trade, technical, and leadership career competitions.

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.

It’s been over two decades since 12-volt expert Chuck McLennan has been able to call himself a Stillwater Designs employee, but he never lost his fondness for the mobile-audio manufacturer. After 23 years of gaining experience and prowess at several reputable marketing and sales companies, McLennan is returning to where he started his audio career as the new KICKER Channel-Development Specialist.

“We have found our ‘tall-order’ man,” said Charlie Schultz, KICKER Vice President of Marketing and Product Planning

His homecoming to KICKER will have him working to increase sales and build product awareness of the Vehicle-Specific Solutions (VSS™) line across the country.

McLennan’s interest was a stroke of luck for the Sales team, who had a big role to fill. Finding an individual with automotive and sales experience, an extensive knowledge of all car audio and the ability to test equipment seemed nearly impossible until McLennan’s name came across Schultz’s desk. Back in 1988 when McLennan began working with KICKER product as a Technical Representative, he was able to have his hands in various areas of the business. He helped build and maintain demo vehicles, trained dealers and traveled to many trade shows.

STILLWATER, USA – This fall KICKER® will get involved with car audio competition as a sponsor of the USACi World Finals, held this year at the J.S. Bridwell Event Center in Wichita Falls, Texas October 7-8.

KICKER is also attending the event in support of performance-battery company JY Power. The lithium-battery manufacturer will soon unveil a new KICKER-equipped SPL vehicle, dubbed “The Cube.”

USACi Executive Director Jenissa Lillard expects a sizeable turnout to the event.

“Last year we had over 200 entries, and this year we think it’s going to be higher,” Lillard said. “Competitors have registered from 47 of the 50 states and Mexico. Spectators have registered from as far as South Africa to see the Finals.

Over 80 trophies and nearly 40 first place rings will be awarded at the event. The KICKER and JY Power logos will be featured on the side of every first-place ring, as will the competitor’s name. The rings, described as “Super-Bowl Size”, are valued at over $18,000 in total.

KICKER owns a rich history in audio competition, earning hundreds of sound-quality (SQ) and sound-pressure-level (SPL) trophies during the 1990s and early 2000s.

“We are thrilled to see car-stereo competition experiencing a resurgence,” says Kip Litsey, Associate Marketing Director for KICKER. “As the size of the crowds and competitors continue to grow, we are looking forward to supporting the sport we all love – now and in the future.” 

KICKER will also support the Unified Finals in Louisville, Ky., October 14-15, and the Midwest SPL Finals in Sedalia, Mo., October 28-29.

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.

2-15-2017, STILLWATER, USA – KICKER® will support its Marine dealers and bring its line of head units, amplifiers and speakers to the 2017 Miami International Boat Show February 16-20, located at the Miami Marine Stadium Park and Basin. KICKER’s booth will be located in the Sport Fishing Pavilion (Tent D), booth no. D137.

In conjunction with authorized marine dealer El Capitan Sports Center (Miami, Fla.), KICKER will be next door to offer sales support for El Capitan’s booth, no. D135. At the KICKER booth, a pair of interactive displays will allow visitors to explore the marine gear in detail, while glowing KM-Series Coaxials and Subwoofers constantly display a dazzling light show. Additionally, KICKER personnel will make reference to its announcement last week regarding membership into the National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA). KICKER is already a member of both the American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC) and the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA).

Included as part of the booth display are new KICKER KXM-Series Amplifiers, unveiled for the first time at International CES in January. KXM-Series Amps offer side-mounted acoustic controls that are easily accessed and protected with a moisture-deterring, gasket-sealed door. In addition to conformal coating on the circuit boards, all power connections are ABYC/NMMA compliant. 

KICKER Marine Media Center/Receivers will also be on the display. All three units feature Bluetooth® connectivity, AM/FM reception, weather-band, a charging USB port and IPX6 certification.

The Miami show features more than 1,100 exhibitors and 1,300 boats, displayed both on land and in the water. A comprehensive series of seminars are available to consumers and professionals alike, including boat safety, maintenance and hands-on skills training. Events begin hourly for the duration of the show.  An interactive boat simulator will allow users to practice docking, turning, stopping and more. Equipped with steering wheel and real throttle, the driver of the boat experiences a virtual lake cruise, and must navigate around other sailboats, powerboats and a marina.

Visit www.miamiboatshow.com for more information.

STILLWATER, USA – KICKER® Performance Audio will team with dealer partner Exotic Sound and Tint (Salisbury, Md.) for 2016 Ocean City Jeep® Week, August 25-28 at the Ocean City Convention Center.

Located adjacent to the entrance of the Convention Center, the KICKER/Exotic Sound booth will have staff on hand to answer questions regarding installation and gear. Next to Exotic Sound, the KICKER Jeep Zone will feature a trio of customized Jeeps.

“The event is fairly new, and it’s growing every year,” said Matt Matheson, Eastern Regional Sales Director for KICKER. “With the Jeep market growing the way it is, we felt this was an excellent event to support in the region. We’re also excited to have Exotic Sound selling and installing KICKER gear right at the show.”

In the KICKER Jeep Zone, attendees will find Hauk Designs “Project Chief JK,” with a custom sound system designed by Sounds So Good Car Audio of Waynesboro, Pa. This system features a unique sub enclosure fitted to the contours of the Wrangler®. A five-channel amplifier rests in a custom back-lit amp rack, complete with the Jeep logo integrated into it. Sounds So Good is also bringing the “Jurassic Jeep,” which features a Jurassic Park movie theme throughout, including custom graphics on three KICKER CX-Series amplifiers and a highly customized subwoofer enclosure.

Also in attendance will be an Opus Marketing Jeep Wrangler featuring five KICKER KXM-Series marine-grade amplifiers on a custom rack, with three powerful L7QB8 Enclosed Subwoofers from KICKER’s Q-Class line. KICKER’s elite QS component speakers and versatile Front Row™ signal processor are integrated into the system. Opus Marketing is KICKER’s sales representative firm in the region.

Saturday night, KICKER and Opus Marketing will raffle off a full KICKER audio system worth over $1,000. Show attendees can register their names at the KICKER booth.

Several events are planned for the show. Each day will begin at 7 a.m., with 250 Jeepers cruising the Ocean City sand at the Beach Crawl. Mud and obstacle courses are planned daily, as is a Kids Zone, Vendors Row and more. A Show N’ Shine is also planned for Thursday and Friday.

Full event details are available on the OC Jeep Week web page:  http://www.oceancityjeepweek.com.

STILLWATER, USA – KICKER® announces title sponsorship of a custom-car show and audio competition in iconic Bricktown – the hub of Oklahoma City’s downtown entertainment district. KC Showdown presents KICKER in Bricktown, open to all makes and models near the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark Saturday July 16.

KICKER will roll in with the XRV (Xtreme Recreational Vehicle), the 82-foot showroom housing the full line of audio gear and the now-famous Boom Room, featuring an even larger, louder sub enclosure suspended in a custom steel frame. Built to withstand the torture emanating from 40,000 watts of massive power, the Boom Room boasts an array of 11-inch, horn-loaded can speakers adding to the thunderous bass a dozen square L7® 15-inch subwoofers.

Car-audio competitors with big-bass systems will have a chance to compete at the Bass Wars booth, earning prizes and points toward the Bass Wars World Finals. BW Regional Director Jimmy Pittman explained Bass Wars has classes that accommodate almost any mobile-audio system, from a single subwoofer to an extreme SPL system.

“I have had a lot of competitors reach out to me from surrounding states,” said Pittman. “It’s going to be a pretty big show. I hope Bricktown is ready for a very loud crowd.”

The show will also feature a “hop off” for cars with hydraulics.

“The goal is to make the front of the car jump as high as you can, with or without weight, and make the car stand up on back bumper,” KC Showdown promoter Denny Eddy explained. “It’s a great way to show off your car and is really fun. It’s a lot of custom work that you don’t see the bottom of, until they come out to compete.”

Spectators will enjoy free admission. For more information, consumers need to search “Kicker Custom Car Show and Audio Comp” on Facebook.

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® adds full waterproofing, big power and greater installation flexibility with its new line of PXA-Series Amplifiers. Designed for Powersports but perfect for the trickiest installs, PXA-Series Amps are available for purchase at Authorized KICKER Dealers in-store and online.  Soon to be introduced to the world on the KICKER UnMASKED! Live™ streamed show, PXA Amplifiers will retail for $399.99-$999.99 and are also available for purchase online at www.kicker.com.

Completely re-engineered from KICKER’s original Powersports line, PXA-Series Amplifiers are built to withstand the outdoors, ideal for UTVs or other space-challenged, off-road vehicles, and even rod and custom. Sealed bulkhead grommeting, gasketed joints and a waterproof control door allow the entire PXA line to earn both IP661 and IP672 certifications. These independently verified standards ensure every PXA amplifier is totally submersible and impervious to power washes.

Engineered in-house to be the ideal powersports amplifier line, PXA amps are made to get loud on the trails with one-Ohm stable mono outputs (sub channels) and high-efficiency Class-D technology. Trail bosses can choose between 300 or 600 watts of mono power for bass (PXA300.1 and PXA600.1), and then a 400-watt, four-channel PXA for mids and highs (PXA400.4). PXA multi-channel amplifiers deliver the same power at two or four-ohm loads, offering wiring flexibility without sacrificing power. Finally, the PXA1000.5 full-system amplifier delivers up to 1,400 watts of dynamic power3 which includes a subwoofer channel. To control the sub output, an optional CXARC bass-level remote can be added (sold separately). The CXARC remote can also be used with any PXA.1 amplifier.

Perfect for any environment, PXA Amplifiers include no-rust, stainless-steel mounting hardware and a pair of shielded, in-line couplers for power and ground – no soldering or crimping needed.  The amplifiers utilize high- or low-level preamp input, variable input gain adjustment and two auto turn-on modes (DC offset or 12-volt trigger).

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.

1 IP66 Certification - Rated as "dust tight" and protected against heavy seas or powerful jets of water.

2 IP67 Certification - Allows no dust into the amplifier. Also allows no moisture into the amplifier when submerged in one meter of water for 30 minutes. Certification does not apply to wire couplers.

3 Dynamic Power test @ 14.4v @ _ 10% THD+N, Audio Precision APx500 analyzer. RMS Power test @ 14.4v @ _ 1% THD+N, Audio Precision analyzer, see www.kicker.com/amp-power-testing for details.

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STILLWATER, USA – KICKER® introduces extremely compact KPX Amplifiers, suited for Powersports applications but usable for any vehicle with minimal space for audio installation, including hot rods. KPX Compact Amplifiers will be available for purchase at Authorized KICKER Dealers in-store and online. Soon to be introduced to the world on the KICKER UnMASKED! Live™ streamed show, KPX Compact Amps will retail starting at $319.99 and will also be available for purchase online at www.kicker.com.

Engineered to deliver superior sound in a tiny footprint and during all kinds of weather, KPX Compact Amplifiers are ideal for space-challenged installations like custom cars, motorcycles and UTVs. This powerful, full-system solution is easily installed behind a motorcycle’s fairing or in a saddlebag, under a UTV’s seat or tucked away behind a hot rod’s kick panel, seats or dash.

The KPX500.1 Compact Subwoofer Amp is stable down to one Ohm and features standard KICKER features such as 24dB crossover, 24dB subsonic filter and selectable 6dB bass boost, while providing 500-plus watts to your favorite subwoofer. Music listeners can use the optional KICKER CXARC (sold separately) remote to conveniently control bass levels from the driver’s seat.

Delivering up to 75 watts per channel, the KPX300.4 4-channel compact model features a 12dB crossover with defeatable fader and dual independent gain controls for utmost control. Both amplifiers can accept signals as low as 125 millivolts and as high as 40 volts, allowing these amps to easily integrate to most any factory source units without line-out converters.

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.

KICKER KPX-Series Amplifiers Specifications

Model                                                     KPX300.4 4-Ch.         KPX500.1 Mono

Power (watts/ch) 2 Ohm stereo:             75x4                            -

Power (watts/ch) 4 Ohm stereo:             45x4                            -

Power (watts/ch) 4 Ohm bridged mono:150x2                          -

Power (watts/ch) 1 Ohm mono:              -                                   500

Power (watts/ch) 2 Ohm mono:              -                                   300

*Dynamic Power (watts)                         350                              750

Height (in, mm):                                      1-11/16, 42.7               1-11/16, 42.7                      

Length (in, mm):                                     8-1/2, 216.5                 8-1/2, 216.5

Width (in, mm):                                       3-5/16, 84                    3-5/8, 92

Frequency Response (Hz):                     20-20k                         10-160

Signal to Noise Ratio (dB, 1w/1m):         >90                              >90

Bass Boost:                                            n/a                               selectable 0 or +6dB, centered @ 40Hz

Subsonic Filter:                                      n/a                               variable high-pass 24dB @ 25Hz

Crossover (KPX300.4):                          Off, High-Pass @ 60, 80, or 120 Hz; 12dB/octave

Crossover (KPX500.1):                          Low-Pass 40-160 Hz, Variable High Pass 10-40 Hz

*KICKER Dynamic Power test @14.4v, @ <10% THD+N, Audio Precision® APx500 analyzer, see www.kicker.com/amp-power-testing for details.

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STILLWATER, USA –KICKER® announces it has begun shipping the KB6 Two-Way, Full-Range Speaker System, meant to deliver clean, crisp sound indoors or out.  Sold as pairs, KB6 Speakers come with black or gray cabinets, available for purchase both in-store at Authorized KICKER Dealers and online.

The KB6 is high-efficiency speaker system, featuring UV-resistance and weatherproof design to battle elements on a patio, near the pool or around the shop. The multi-purpose speakers are equally at home in a boat, on a UTV, outside an RV or in a home theater. Each cabinet in the dual-enclosure system houses a 6-1/2-inch KICKER woofer and a 2 x 5-inch, compression-loaded horn tweeter. The woofers utilize precisely tuned polypropylene cones and tough Santoprene® surrounds that send quality audio over long distances.

Providing an 8-Ohm load and ready to be driven by a home stereo receiver or car-audio amplifier, the KB6 can easily be used as a single set or in-series with additional pairs. The included bracketing and mounting hardware make it easy to install vertically or horizontally on nearly any flat surface.

For more information, consumers can log on to www.kicker.com/KB6_Indoor_Outdoor_Speakers.

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 KB6 Outdoor/Indoor Speakers Specifications

Model                                                               KB6

Woofers (in, cm)                                             6.5, 16.5

Horn tweeters (in, cm)                                   2 x 5, 5.1 x 12.7

Impedance (Ohms)                                        8

Frequency response (Hz)                             55-21k

Max. Rec. Amp Power (watts RMS)            75

Peak Power Handling (watts)                       150

Height (in, cm)                                                 11, 27.9

Width (in, cm)                                                  8-1/8, 20.7

Depth (in, cm)                                                 8-1/8, 20.7

 

STILLWATER, USA – Stillwater Designs® today announced that it has been named a CES® 2021 Innovation Awards honoree for the new KICKER® Solo X® L7X™ subwoofer. The announcement was made ahead of the first-ever, all-digital CES 2021, happening Jan. 11-14, 2021.
The CES Innovation Awards program is an annual competition honoring outstanding design and engineering in consumer technology products across 28 product categories. An elite panel of industry judges, including members of the media, designers and engineers reviewed submissions based on innovation, engineering and functionality, aesthetic and design.
 
 
“We’re very happy to win the Innovations award,” said Steve Irby, KICKER’s Founder and President. “This is a radically improved version of the original Solo X, and to be recognized for the amount of work and creativity we’ve put into making it a reality feels really good.”  
A ground-up reimagining of the legendary Solo X, the 2021 iteration was designed to set high standards in a subwoofer’s mechanical excursion, musicality, thermal management and reliability. Offered in 10-, 12-, and 15-inch versions, each Solo X will share a 2,000-watt RMS power rating. KICKER’s SoloX has not yet been assigned an MSRP, and will begin shipping later this spring.
 
 
For the past four years, KICKER has researched and experimented with concepts surrounding an extreme subwoofer, while re-introducing the brand to the competition circuit by sponsoring major competitions like the Unified Finals, USACi Finals and Midwest SPL Finals.
“The concept of the new Solo X is to take it to the next level,” Irby said. “It is designed with very tight tolerances. It has more power, more stroke, more Xmax, and still has a field-replaceable cone. The new design allows the Solo X to be extremely loud, but also be extremely musical.”
The no-glue reconing system uses a unique surround compression system and bolt-on spider landing, and is designed specifically to make speaker repair possible in only a few minutes time.
 
 
The CES 2021 Innovation Awards honorees, including product descriptions and photos, can be found at CES.tech/innovation. Additional honorees will be revealed during CES 2021.
 
 
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® has developed and perfected three new, ultra-thin, down-firing loaded enclosures, dubbed the TRTP-Series, and all are currently shipping to Authorized Dealers and Consumers across the U.S. All enclosures come with a single 2-Ohm terminal, and are available in 8-, 10-, and 12-inch models. The enclosures are available for purchase by consumers in-store and online.

Included in each enclosure is the popular KICKER CompRT® thin subwoofer, alongside a resurgent reFLEX™ passive radiator for a significant upgrade in bass without increasing overall depth. Barely five inches high, TRTP Enclosures are built to fit anywhere from behind the seat of a pickup to the back cargo area of a hatchback. The down-firing design allows it to fit in tight spaces, yet still deliver peak performance. The rugged enclosures design has the added benefit of allowing items to be stacked on top of it for max cargo space. TRTP Enclosures are carpeted and custom embroidered with the KICKER logo.

Thanks to innovative engineering, the shallow-mount CompRT subwoofer handles an exceptional amount of power without sacrificing depth. The ribbed Santoprene® surround sports signature red KICKER stitching, while the thick polypropylene cone pumps out smooth, clean bass. The sub’s perimeter venting and UniPlate™ back plate and solid pole piece provide excellent thermal management for the sub at any volume level.

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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STILLWATER, USA – KICKER® announces its co-sponsorship of the 2017 Car Audio Championship, featuring over 400 dB Drag Racing, IASCA and MECA competitors packing the Kentucky Expo Center in Louisville October 14-15.

KICKER is also attending the event in support of lithium-battery manufacturer JY Power, and its new KICKER-equipped SPL vehicle dubbed “The Cube.”  The converted delivery truck features 40 elite Q-Class™ 15-inch L7® subwoofers, powered by 20 KICKER KX-Series 2,400-watt mono amplifiers. The outrageous install also includes 12 KXM-Series 1,200-watt stereo amps powering 162 eight-inch, KM marine coaxial speakers. 

Last weekend competitors and fans watched the 60,000-watt system break the windshield within 20 seconds of its initial playing at the USACi Car-Audio Finals. The system was running on approximately five percent of total power, according to Travis Young, co-owner of JY Power.

More than 2,000 spectators are expected to attend this year’s event, beginning at 10 a.m. each morning.

KICKER owns a rich history in audio competition, earning hundreds of sound-quality (SQ) and sound-pressure-level (SPL) trophies during the 1990s and early 2000s.

“We are thrilled to see car-stereo competition experiencing a resurgence,” said Kip Litsey, Associate Marketing Director for KICKER.

The Championship’s three organizations are holding open triple-point events in addition to the invitation-only finals, allowing any competitor to build up points for the 2018 season.

dB Drag Racing is operating its North American championships in three locations simultaneously:  live in Louisville, Spruce Grove, Alberta, Canada and Concord, California. Competitors in all three locations will battle each other via live streaming.

dB Drag is also starting a “Bagger Beatz” motorcycle SPL class of competition.

“We’ve seen a lot of interest in aftermarket performance motorcycle sound systems,” said Wayne Harris, founder of dB Drag Racing.  “It reminds me of the 90s for cars.”

STILLWATER, USA – Fresh off attending and supporting the Unified Car Audio Championships (Louisville, Ky.) and USACi World Finals (Lawton, Okla.), KICKER® continues its support of car-stereo competition by sponsoring the MWSPL Finals for the third consecutive year. The finals will be The The held at the Missouri State Fairgrounds October 26-27.

More than 120 competitors have committed to attend, according to the MWSPL Finals Facebook® Event page.

After the competition has ended Saturday, a competitor’s party with costume contest will add more fun to the festivities, with prizes donated by KICKER awarded to the best costume. KICKER is providing prizes for many of the functions that night.

MWSPL will also run a silent charity auction during the Finals, with items donated by KICKER and other manufacturers. This year’s goal is to raise at least $4,500, with proceeds earmarked to help an ailing child in Arkansas. Details are available on the MWSPL Facebook page.

This year’s MWSPL Finals will feature a separate “progressive outdoor competition” that builds a competitor’s potential points for the 2020 season. The point value of the competition increases as the attendance of the outdoor event rises. 

“It’s a way to build some excitement,” said MWSPL founder Steve Benton. “The more of (competitor’s) friends they can get to compete, the larger the potential reward.”

Fans and consumers can go online and visit www.midwestspl.com for additional details.

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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STILLWATER, USA – KICKER® announces its second consecutive year of sponsoring one of the largest car-audio sound-offs in the West:  the 2019 CES Showdown. Hosted by the Texas Station Gambling Hall and Hotel in Las Vegas, the two-day show starts the Saturday following CES (January 12) at 8 a.m. and continues to 6 p.m. Sunday.

“KICKER is once again stoked to be helping with this cool event to kick off the competition year,” said Kip Litsey, KICKER Marketing Associate Director. “KICKER and sound-offs have a long history, and we’re proud to be a part of this great early-season event.”

Featuring both sound-pressure-level and sound-quality categories, individual triple-point competitions will be held by dB Drag Racing, IASCA, and MECA organizations. Also, USACi will offer its only West-Coast, quadruple-point event of the season. Showdown founder Steve Barber and the Vegas Style SPL Car Club serve as promoters for the show, and they expect over 100 competitors and a crowd in excess of 1,000 spectators.

In addition to the car-audio competition, attendees can participate in a pizza-eating contest, a tug-of-war, subwoofer toss and a charity raffle. KICKER has donated several prizes to be awarded, including amplifiers, Bluetooth® speakers, t-shirts, caps, jackets and more.

“We started doing this show seven years ago,” said Barber. “I was born and raised in Vegas. As a car-audio junkie, I noticed every (car-audio) manufacturer had a CES demo car. Over the years, the noise was too much, so they weren’t allowed to show off their install. I thought it would be cool to give them a place to show their products in action.

“Now the major manufacturers are involved, and the show has turned out to be one of the biggest SPL shows on the West Coast. People are coming from every corner of the country to compete.”

Spectators get free admission. For more information, consumers can go to Facebook and look up “CES Showdown 2019.”

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 – June 12, 2018  Elite performance is a way of life for American Flat Track® racers. So while being fast is understandable, surrounding yourself with the best of everything, including great sounding music, is also a must.

The KICKER® brand will make its presence known at the third annual OKC Mile Presented by Indian Motorcycle of OKC, at Oklahoma City’s Remington Park June 16. The OKC Mile is the seventh event in an 18-race season for American Flat Track, the pro dirt-track motorcycle racing championship sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing. NBCSN will broadcast the race on June 23 at 5 p.m. EDT, then again on June 27 at 4 p.m. EDT.

Normally featuring racing that includes thoroughbreds or quarter horses, Remington Park will play host to its third OKC Mile and its fast bikes. KICKER will have a vendor booth trackside where there will be giveaways for three KICKER Bullfrog® outdoor Bluetooth® speakers, along with a plug-and-play Motorcycle Audio Kit for touring bikes. Everyone who purchases a ticket online will be automatically entered in the prize drawing, and winners will be announced at the race.

“Once again we here at Brassmonkey Promotions are stoked to be a part of bringing the fastest flat track motorcycle racers in the world to Oklahoma City,” said event promoter Shawn Brassfield. “We are planning to add seating, more vendors, and more things that engage every age group. We know the racing is going to be amazing and we want the event to be so much more.”

With a single set of brakes on the back tire, flat-track racers can exceed 120 miles-per-hour on the dirt or asphalt. AFT has held events on such prestigious tracks as the Daytona International Speedway and Texas Motor Speedway.

In addition to showcasing the world’s fastest flat-track racers on this monster mile, an array of activities is in store for all ages, including live entertainment, bounce houses, face painting and more. Patrons can check out retro bikes at the Vintage Motorcycle show inside the air-conditioned Remington Park facility.

Gates open at 2 p.m., and the paddock opens at 5 p.m. for autographs and pictures with the racers. Racing begins at 6:30 p.m.

For more information, fans can visit www.okcmile.com and www.americanflattrack.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® will once again sponsor Slamology, the 2021 version at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis. The automotive and mobile audio-heavy show will take place June 12-13.

In its 18th year, Slamology is billed as a “family friendly, yet edgy” event put on by Donnie Babb, the show organizer and founder. In its third year of sponsorship, KICKER has frequently attended as a corporate brand.

“We (always) wanted a way to connect with (fans) and have a weekend-long party,” said Babb.

Billed as one of the largest car-stereo competitions in the country, Slamology plays host to competition organizations USACi, MECA, IASCA and dB Drag Racing, which will all have multi-point competitions at the Raceway during the weekend. In the spirit of mobile-sound competition, KICKER is the official car-audio contest sponsor for Slamology 2021 and will run a huge contest in which one lucky show attendee will win special KICKER product.

In addition to a “full-tilt demo session,” the show also features live bands along with RC racing, a tattoo competition, auto-limbo, a hydraulic contest, big-rig show, a bikini contest and more.

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 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® returns to co-sponsor the 2021 Car Audio Championships, held at the North Alabama State Fairgrounds in Muscle Shoals October 8-9, and then again at the Benton County Fairgrounds in Bentonville, Ark., October 23-24.
 
The SPL portion of the Championships will take place in Muscle Shoals, coinciding with some additional West-Coast locations. The Sound-Quality Finals will take place in Bentonville two weeks later. KICKER is a sponsor for both events.
 
“The Championships represent the elite of the competition world, both for SPL and sound quality,” said Kevin Campbell, KICKER’s Marketing Director. “KICKER believes in the importance of competition, which is why we’ve supported the sport for so many years. A passion for audio drives these competitors. That same passion pushes us and our products to evolve. It’s a kindred spirit.”
MECA, dB Drag Racing, IASCA and EMMA USA are all partners in producing the Car Audio Championships. Competitors have accrued points throughout the season to gain an invitation to the SQ and SPL championship events. With hundreds of vehicles participating in multiple locations and thousands of spectators, the event will be a destination for all things audio, as local audio retailers are promoting it around the areas.
 
The dB Drag Racing competitors will have the option to compete from Muscle Shoals, or at the Sacramento, Calif., site. Web-enabled competition will allow any competitor to go head-to-head in either location and still be part of one large event.
 
Open triple-point events will also be held at the same time as the invitation-only Championships, allowing local and national competitors have an opportunity to kick off the 2022 competition season with a high-point event.
 
Both Championships will run on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. For more information, fans can visit www.caraudiochampionship.com, www.dbdragracing.com, www.iasca.com, or www.mecacaraudio.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 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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STILLWATER, USA – KICKER® continues to support the competitive world of car audio as the presenting sponsor for the 2019 USACi World Finals, held this year at the Comanche County Fairgrounds in Lawton, Okla., September 20-22.

On Saturday, the KICKER booth will show off the KICKER SPL demo daily-driver, equipped with aftermarket KX-Series amplifiers, KS-Series coaxial speakers and six 15-inch KICKER subs. Representatives from KICKER global headquarters in Stillwater, Okla., and from KICKER’s local distribution partner, Marketing Pros (Houston, Texas), will be on hand to answer questions about product and the brand.

More than 60 plaques and trophies will be awarded at the event. First-place winners will also receive customized rings, which will be engraved with the winner's name and the KICKER logo.

In addition to the more than 300 competitors expected to compete at the Finals, USACi will run two separate competitions during the weekend: a “best demo” competition, plus an extra event for local competitors to start building their point totals for the 2020 season. The best demo competition is new to USACi, with independent judges assessing the cleanliness of the vehicle, the competitor’s friendliness, system knowledge and interaction with the public.

“We want car stereo to grow,” said Paul Galanos, USACi judge. “We feel a clean installation with a friendly, knowledgeable, engaged competitor helps attract new people to the sport, and to the industry.”

For more information, consumers can visit www.usaciworldwide.org or www.facebook.com/usaciusa.

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® has developed and perfected pairs of PA-style midrange drivers with its signature square-cone design and bullet tweeters, calling the line the ST-Series (“Street” Series) and built to be insanely loud and exceptionally clear. The ST-Series, custom-designed in-house by KICKER engineers, perfectly balances out competition-level SPL systems and are available for purchase at Authorized KICKER Dealers in-store and online. Soon to be introduced to the world on the KICKER UnMASKED! Live™ streamed show, ST-Series Midrange Speakers will retail for $199.99-$229.99, and ST-Series Bullet Tweeters will retail for $99.99-$109.99. Street Series Speakers are also available for purchase online at www.kicker.com.
 
Armed with extraordinarily smooth output across a wide acoustic range, ST-Series seven- and nine-inch, square midrange driver pairs are voiced specifically for clear, clean music without harshness, even at its extremely high-output levels. They are perfect for balancing the instruments and voices with large, high-output subwoofers in any system. Featuring pressed-pulp cones, treated cloth surrounds and heavy ferrite magnets, Street Series midranges deliver big volume with high sensitivity and up to 300 watts RMS power handling.
 
ST-Series Bullet Tweeters (sold as one-inch or 1.5-inch singles) deliver smooth, loud detail cutting through bass like a knife through butter. No matter how loud the bass, ST-Series Bullet Tweeters provide clean, clear vocals utilizing horn-reinforced aluminum diaphragms. Front- and rear-mount options allow the tweeter to be installed flush or on a surface, and the included trim bezel adds to a choice of looks. Field-replaceable, voice-coil rebuild kits are available as needed (sold separately).
 
All Street-Series drivers include durable, spring-loaded wire terminals, and all come with an industry-leading, KICKER two-year warranty.
 
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.

ST-Series Square Midrange Speakers Specifications
Model                                                                 ST7MR                            ST9MR
Woofers (in, mm)                                                7, 180                              9, 230
Rated Impedance (Ohms)                                  4 or 8                               4 or 8
Recommended Amplifier Power (watts RMS)     50-250                             50-300
Peak Power Handling (watts)                             500                                  600
Sensitivity (dB 1w/1m)                                        92                                    94
Frequency Response (Hz)                                  80-7.5k                            80-5.5k
Mounting Cutout (in, mm)                                   5-7/8 x 5-7/8, 150x150    7-13/16 x 7-13/16, 199x199
Mounting Depth (in, mm)                                    3-1/16, 78                        3-9/16, 91
In-Line Crossover Slope (dB/octave)                  6 low pass                      6 low pass
Grilles                                                                 none                               none
 
ST-Series Bullet Tweeters Specifications
Model                                                               ST3TW              ST4TW               
Single Tweeter (in, mm)                                   1, 25                  1-1/2, 38
Dome Material                                                  aluminum          aluminum
Tweeter Design                                                bullet                 bullet
Rated Impedance (Ohms)                                4                        4
Recommended Amplifier Power (watts RMS)   15-50                 15-50
Peak Power Handling (watts)                           100                    100
Sensitivity (dB 1w/1m)                                      106                    108
Frequency response (Hz)                                 3.5k-20k            3k-20k
In-Line Crossover Slope (dB/octave)                6 low pass        6 low pass
Mounting Diameter (in, mm)                             2-5/16, 58          2-7/8, 73
Mounting Depth (in, mm)                                  1-3/16, 30          1-1/4, 31
Thread Diameter (in, mm)                                1-11/16, 43        1-7/8, 48
Thread Length (in, mm)                                    1-1/16, 27          1-3/16, 30
 
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STILLWATER, USA – KICKER® is gearing up for the Midwestspl Finals, held this year at the Missouri State Fairgrounds in Sedalia October 28-29. KICKER is a proud sponsor of the 10th annual event, featuring the loudest vehicles in car audio.

KICKER is sending a vehicle-support staff to the event to back JY Power, the lithium-battery manufacturer that continues to impress show-goers with “The Cube” – a 60,000-watt SPL vehicle sporting 40 KICKER elite Q-Class, 15-inch L7® square subwoofers, and more than 160 KICKER coaxial speakers. 

Despite being operational for barely one month, the converted delivery truck has already broken 166 decibels with both doors open, and has appeared on the HBO newsmagazine program VICE.

This year’s Midwestspl Finals features a celebrity appearance by Derek Travis of the Discovery Channel TV show Street Outlaws. Driver of “The Silver Unit” Camaro, Travis will be at the Finals meeting fans and signing autographs.

MWSPL Director and founder Steve Benton describes the Finals as a way to “give back and thank you to the competitors,” waiving the fee for the first class each competitor enters. Each competitor also receives an after-party ticket and free t-shirt commemorating the event.

Fans and competitors can visit www.midwestspl.com/finals online for additional details.

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.

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