Redesigned for better bass

Kenwood designed the KFC-W12DVC subwoofer to deliver tighter, more focused bass, while requiring less power. So what's this mean to you? You'll get really strong bass from a sub that's nimble enough to keep up with the upper notes of a bass guitar, yet efficient enough to run with moderate power. But this subwoofer will handle up to 250 watts RMS, so it will definitely move some air when you want it to. You can wire the sub's dual voice coils for either 2-ohm or 8-ohm total impedance, and that gives you a lot more flexibility if you add another KFC-W12DVC down the road.

Built tough

Kenwood's "Diamond Array" pattern strengthens the polypropylene cone, helping it to maintain its shape when you're pushing the bass hard. The lightweight urethane surround is treated to resist damage from heat and humidity. Throw one or two of these Kenwoods into an enclosure, provide plenty of power, and your music will have the punch it needs for a long, long time.

To drive this single subwoofer, we recommend a mono amplifier rated between 200 and 375 watts RMS at 2 ohms. For more information, please refer to our article on How to Match Subwoofers and Amplifiers.

Product Highlights:

  • 12" subwoofer with dual 4-ohm voice coils
  • textured polypropylene cone with urethane surround
  • power range: 50-250 watts RMS (125 watts RMS per coil)
  • peak power handling: 1,000 watts
  • frequency response: 36-300 Hz
  • sensitivity: 85 dB
  • top-mount depth: 6-1/4"
  • sealed box volume: 1.25 cubic feet
  • ported box volume: 1.5 cubic feet
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's a component sub and why would I want one?

A component sub is simply a speaker that's designed to reproduce bass once it's installed in a compatible enclosure. Think about the impact of a movie soundtrack in a big theater or even in your own home HDTV setup. A component sub can add the same kind of power to the music in your car. And a car sub is not all about the boom that you hear on a street corner (although that's cool too) - you can pair a component sub with your choice of enclosure to get bass just the way you like it, from tight and punchy to fat and loose. And once you experience music in your car with a well-tuned subwoofer, you'll never go back.

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Kenwood 12" sub

Written By ballietbran, Washington on Thursday, February 19, 2015

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Wow, such a great product! I'm pushing a 5 channel amplifier into this sub and 4 speakers and the power behind this product is insane! It comes with an adjuster luckily because I had to turn it down just a tad. Wasn't trying to shatter my glass!

Pros: Great bass quality and sound. Very appealing to the eye.

Cons: Might be a little to much bass for people who aren't prepared for it.

Great subs

Written By Cody, Thomaston GA on Monday, February 16, 2015

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These subs are great. I have two of them under the ext cab seat in my gmc and they are absolutely amazing! From just a little extra thump to car shaking bass they exelle in every way.

Pros: Sound, looks, build quality, and price.

Cons: None!

Not a single complaint

Written By Steven, Rathdrum, ID on Wednesday, July 23, 2014

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I really like how easy it was to wire my Kenwood subs into the box itself. All it took was a quick squeeze and shove and I was done. The sound is awesome and I couldn't wish for a better 12" sub.

Pros: Sound quality, easy installation, and an overall great purchase.

Cons: The only thing I have is that I wish it had a little bit larger responding range.

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Written By josh, kingsport,tn on Sunday, February 09, 2014

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These subs are amazing for the price put them in a dual ported box andyour car will shake im running 300 to each sub and there amazing

Pros: Hard beats to make the car shake

Cons: After 300 watts to each sub you will run the chanxe of blowing the subs

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What's in the box?

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  • One 12" Dual 4-ohm voice coil subwoofer
  • Eight 1-3/8" Self-tapping screws
  • Safety instructions
  • Warranty information
  • Template
  • Specifications on box lid

Product Research

Enclosure Compatibility


Dual 4-ohm Voice Coils: This woofer features two 4-ohm voice coils that offer wiring flexibility. When the voice coils are wired in parallel, the woofer presents a 2-ohm load. When the voice coils are wired in series, the woofer presents an 8-ohm load.

Long Stroke Design: The pole piece has been extended to provide a more linear magnetic field for woofer operation. This lowers distortion and provides the woofer with better low frequency response.

Double Stacked Magnet: The stacked magnet assembly is used to create a powerful linear motor with increased excursion capability for superior bass output.

Spring Terminals: The wire terminals are spring posts. They will accept pin connectors, single banana plugs, or bare wire up to 10 gauge.

Enclosure Compatibility

Sealed Box: Kenwood recommends a sealed enclosure with an optimum internal volume of 1.25 cubic feet (from 0.75 to 1.75 cubic feet is acceptable). Sealed enclosures provide the most control over a woofer, will handle a lot of power, and provide accurate sonic reproduction, making them suitable to all types of music.

Ported Box: Kenwood recommends a ported enclosure with an internal volume of 1.5 cubic foot (from 1.0 to 2.0 cubic feet is acceptable) using a 12-3/4" x 1-1/2" x 21-1/2" slot port. Ported (or vented) enclosures typically provide better overall efficiency than sealed so they are suitable for use with smaller amplifiers, giving you more bass output from less power. However, this efficiency comes at the expense of very low frequency output.

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