Nine EQ Bands: The Kicker KQ9
equalizer features 8 bands of equalization and a variable frequency (parametric)
sub-bass equalizer. There are slide controls for each center frequency:
- 8 Fixed Center Frequencies:
125 Hz, 250 Hz, 500 Hz, 1 kHz, 2 kHz, 4 kHz, 8 kHz, 16 kHz
- Parametric EQ: variable from
40 Hz to 60 Hz
12dB Boost/Cut: At each of the
9 bands, the intensity of the signal can be cut or boosted up to 12dB. The slide
controls are marked at -12dB, -6dB, 0, +6dB, and +12dB. The "0"
position is marked with a stop.
Crossovers: This unit has an
18dB/octave high-pass crossover at 100 Hz, and an 18dB/octave low-pass crossover
with an adjustable cut-off frequency from 60 to 120 Hz. When the crossover
switch is in the "On" position, both crossovers are engaged, the
high-pass signal is output through the front and rear RCA outputs, and the
low-pass signal is output through the subwoofer RCA outputs. When the crossover
switch is in the "Off" position, there is no signal from the subwoofer
RCA outputs, and the front and rear RCA output signals are full-range.
Subwoofer Level Control: In
addition to the variable subwoofer crossover frequency, you can vary the
subwoofer output level between -75dB and +6dB. (Minimum position marked as "0" on unit.)
High/Low Level Inputs: The KQ9
has gold-plated stereo RCA low-level inputs. For head units without RCA outputs
(including factory stereos), the high-level input can be used with both low- and
RCA Outputs: There are
gold-plated stereo RCA outputs for front, rear, and subwoofer.
EQ/Bypass Switch: You can
defeat the equalizer with the push of a button to compare the equalized and
Fader: The KQ9 features a
rotary fader control to allow you to fade between the front and rear RCA
outputs. The "center" position is marked with a stop.
Illumination: An illumination
switch on the rear panel allows you to select green or amber for the
illumination surrounding the three rotary knobs. When you turn off the subwoofer
low-pass crossover, the illumination goes out from the "Sub Xover
Freq." and Sub Level knobs. The LEDs on the slides for each frequency band
and the parametric EQ are red, regardless of the position of the illumination
switch. The red LEDs are not illuminated when the EQ Bypass is on.
Amplification Required: Because
the KQ9 only has a preamp-level outputs, one or more separate amplifiers are
required. Depending on your wiring configuration and amplifier selection,
you can connect one, two, or three external amplifiers.
half-DIN KQ9 can be mounted in-dash in compatible vehicles, or with the supplied
brackets and hardware, it can be mounted under-dash. The dimensions are as
(9.454" including under-dash mounting brackets)
- Nose Depth=0.859"
- Chassis Depth (w/o RCAs)=5.042"
- Chassis Depth (with RCAs)=5.552"
Remote Out: In addition to the
connections for +12V Power, Ground and Turn-On, the KQ9's power harness also has
a "Remote Out" wire to use as a turn-on for a connected amplifier or
- Signal to Noise Ratio: 90.5dB
(ref 1V RMS)
- Channel Separation: -75.0dB