Get hard-hitting sound from your iPod

Let the Kicker iK501 crank out the tunes from your iPod or iPhone. The system's stereo speakers use 40 watts of total power and separate woofers and tweeters to slam out big, brawny sound. And the six-inch square passive radiator in the back reinforces low frequencies to give the bass real punch.

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Grab the provided remote to control the system and operate basic functions on your iPod, such as play, pause, and track skip. Use the iK501's auxiliary input to hook up another audio source, such as a portable CD player or MP3 player. The system's composite video output lets you connect the iK501 to a TV and enjoy your iPod's videos "on the big screen."

And with the Kicker ZKPC1222 12-volt power converter, it's easy to keep the music going in your car or boat.

Product Highlights:

  • powered speaker system for docking iPods and iPhones
  • for 160GB iPod classic, fifth generation iPod nano, third generation iPod touch
  • compatible with iPhone and iPhone 3G
  • charges iPod while docked
  • 40 watts RMS total power (20 watts x 2)
  • frequency response: 50-20,000 Hz
  • two speakers with 5" woofers and 3/4" tweeters
  • back-firing 6" square passive radiator to enhance bass
  • blue backlit LCD
  • minijack auxiliary input
  • line-level RCA stereo output
  • composite video output
  • remote control
  • AC power cable
  • weight: 12.6 lbs.
  • 19-1/4"W x 8-7/16"H x 9-1/8"D
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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The one to buy.

Written By Jimmy, Portland, Oregon on Monday, August 05, 2013

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Excellent product. Great sound and bass response is wonderful. Controls are easy to use and the remote is nice. Interfaces well with my Ipod and I use the RCA Mini Phone plug to listen to music I have on my Samsung Galaxy. Great product.

Better than the Bose

Written By Anonymous, St. Louis on Tuesday, April 16, 2013

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Love this player! We were looking for something that had a better sound than the Bose but was still small. The iKick sounds great, with much less distortion than the Bose, especially for heavy base. We tried out the Zeppelin and like this one better, plus the cost is much lower.

Kicker Kicks

Written By Keith, Tampa,Fl. on Saturday, March 09, 2013

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Better than I could have expected.The price makes it even better.I think the quality comes first.Will probably buy another.Waiting for battery designed unit?Hint Hint!!!

Pros: Compact size...Big sound...

Cons: No battery supply

Kicker iKICK IK501

Written By Nicole, Cypress, Ca. on Tuesday, December 04, 2012

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Great product nice even sound. I have been wanting a nice stereo to listen to my iPod in the house and I wanted a quality yet inexpensive way to listen to my music. This product was recommended by a friend and it was the best electronic purchase in some time now.

Pros: Great price. Cheaper than the Bose system

Cons: No cons for me

Excellent product

Written By Jerry, Melbourne, FL on Saturday, October 13, 2012

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We purchased a house with a small pool and wanted music by the pool. After going through the reviews on the Crutchfield web site, we purchased the iKick. We are using it with a 1st generation iPod Touch. The iKick works and sounds terrific. We were worried that it might not have enough volume but it has more than enough. We have never turned the volume up more than half way. Glad we got this instead of the Bose - which was $50 more at the time.

Pros: Works and sounds very good. Plenty of volume.

Cons: None

IK 501 Kicker

Written By Percell, Huntsville, AL on Friday, August 10, 2012

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The soound is better than most for a box that size. The shape and carrying handle could have been given more thought. Care must be used in grabbing the box or the wooker may be famafed.

No bad .... not bad at all.

Written By Dave, Pleasant Prairie, WI on Saturday, July 28, 2012

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Purchased for residential garage tunes. For it's size, it does very well. Don't think you're going to feel a bass punch from a boom box, but you will hear the base just fine, even at louder volumes. It's worth the money.

Pros: Good sound. Not terribly expensive. Looks good.

Cons: One thing I noticed is the location of the carrying handle .... be careful when picking it up as it's possible to punch your fingers through the rear subwoofer if you grab it wrong. Secondly, I do wish these units would place their docking platforms so the iPod was facing up, not forward. These units usually sit on a table, which requires the operator to stoop down to use the iPod controls. It should lay flat on top of the unit which creates the "view of use" that feels more natural.


Written By CONRAD J, FARGO,ND on Sunday, July 08, 2012

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This thing rocks!Very good sound,bass is awsome,good midrange and highs.Far better than the Sony i had.

Pros: As i said, bass is awsome

Cons: none

Kicker IK 501

Written By Larry S., Madison Lake MN on Sunday, July 08, 2012

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Sonny helped in making as sure as possible that the product would work with my antique iPod.

Pros: It is a great addition for our lakeside gazebo. Our iPod music never sounded so good!

Cons: None


Written By titogap, Puerto Rico on Tuesday, May 15, 2012

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The IK501 ROCK THE HOUSE!!!!!!! Better than Bose by far!!! I recommend this dock to everybody...

Pros: Excellent sound, easy to use, good price...

Cons: Nothing yet...


Written By Mark, Columbus, Ohio on Friday, April 20, 2012

Kicker makes an outstanding product, so much so its surprising even startling once someone listens to its full capabilities. Kicker has a reputation for playing loud, but this device is equally adept at playing music in candle lit room. It is one of the most capable and durable units one could ever hope for in a portable device. From a style stand point, I have never been a big fan of the Darth Vader look, but the sound quality is good enough to be dynamic in any situation. This is a muscular device that has the spine to get it done no matter the background noise. You could be mechanic in a car garage or a school teacher, when you turn this player up it will can only be humbled by the roar of a plane taking off, close range outside at the airport. It is that dominant.

Pros: Quality sound, a durable shell for portability, an overall mighty companion to the one who is serious about their love for music.

Cons: None to report.

Kicker iKICK IK501

Written By Eric, Aurora,Co on Monday, March 12, 2012

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I was very impressed it has large stereo sound from such a small system.It had no problems recognizing my phone. I would definately recommend.


Written By eduardito, bronx,ny on Monday, March 12, 2012

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simply good. sound is great

Pros: everything

Cons: maybe no color to it

can't kill it!

Written By WillW, afghanistan on Friday, March 09, 2012

I bought the IK501 11 months ago at the beginning of my deployment for the sole purpose of having a speaker system in my room. I was a little startled by the size of the unit at first bc we have limited..very limited, space in our rooms. First time I turned it on i was blown away with the sound that came out of this thing, it is a MONSTER! and extremely clear. It eventually mad its way outdoors into the 130+ degree weather surviving extreme heat as well as unhealthy amounts of dust, in order to have some tunes while conducting position improvement or layouts of gear. It EASILY blasted music from one end of the firing point to the other with no distortion what so ever. Almost at the end of this rotation and it is still going strong...maybe I'll leave it behind for the new unit to enjoy.

Sounds great! Plenty of power!

Written By Mark C, Tennessee on Saturday, February 11, 2012

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The Kicker iKick sounds huge, easily filling large rooms with high quality sounds. The many positive reviews on this item are not overstated. I use it portable with my mp3 player or Blackberry, and at home it stays connected to my big screen and works great for concerts and movies.

Pros: Form factor, Sound, Simplicity

Cons: None

Kicker 501 Rocks

Written By Mark R., Bowling Green, OH on Saturday, February 04, 2012

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I purchased this device for our kitchen so my spouse and son could hook up their iPods and Jam. The bass is very good and overall sound quality good. It's tough to get tight bass out of a small package at this price point, but the 501 does a nice job. As with most digital players, if the source is over-compressed, this player will eccentuate that compression. I have not listened to it with an uncompressed source yet, but suspect the device will faithfully reproduce the material.

Pros: Price, quality of sound! Bass

Cons: Footprint


Written By All Texas, Angleton, Texas on Thursday, February 02, 2012

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I could not ask for this product to work any better. Very satisfied with the sound quality, ability to adjust Bass & Treble. Sounds as good as the Bose I was considering. If a person is not satisfied with this player then they are just too hard to satisfy. Pleasure to deal with Crutchfield.

Pros: Sound is great & Bass & Treble adjustment & remote controlled.

Cons: None

Great Sound at a Great Price

Written By soliver, Raleigh, NC on Tuesday, January 24, 2012

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So far I am enjoying listening to my I-pod on this speaker system. The sound is great at any volume. The only downside I have found (and there may be a way around it, I just haven't found it yet)is that I can not listen to the radio through the I-pod when it is docked, so I have to settle for whatever is uploaded to the I-pod. The Kicker iKICK IK501 may be a bit larger than some of the other products on the market, but it is light enough to move around and you can't really beat the price for the quality of music you get. The Crutchfield staff was also very helpful in answering our questions prior to our purchase. We are completely satisfied with our purchase!

Kicker comes through again

Written By Anonymous, ohio on Friday, January 06, 2012

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I always loved kickers car audio line.But was not sure about there IPoD speaker system. Plugged it in and was amazed. Deep bass and clear highs. Could not be any happier. Great price and service from crutchfield.

Pros: everything

Cons: nothing


Written By KoryR, New Hampshire on Tuesday, December 06, 2011

I have owned this dock for about 6 months now. Nothing but beautiful sound at every volume for every type of music I listen to. Bass is quite nice from such a small stereo system. I have used a variety of devices on it: a few different Ipod generations, and through the auxiliary have used various phones and laptops. Every time it works perfect! Crank the volume and you will be blown away by the quality from this small set up.

Only issue is the size, it is a large and heavy unit for an Ipod Dock, this is probably due to the large speakers and mini sub woofer. If you want a small dock, this isn't it. If you want great sound...look no further.

Pros: Sound quality, bass, versatility

Cons: Size

Awesome For Pool/Party!

Written By dxeplt1, SC on Tuesday, August 16, 2011

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I have had this system two yrs. now. First purchase for this type of setting, but found that it is awesome for all areas of the home. I take it from poolside to inside and prefer it over all my other systems. It has an awesome volume "carry" over my entire 4 acre backyard around pool, which is what it was initially purchased for, but have found its sound is great for wherever you want to take it. If you buy it you will not regret this purchase. Glad I did! Love Crutchfield! You can not go wrong with these guys!!!!!!!

WAY Better than Bose!

Written By Brad, NC on Saturday, July 16, 2011

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I was looking for somethng to replace my old relinquished Bose Companion II speakers, for when I travel, and also wanted something I could hook my laptop or Blackberry in to for kitchen use. I had heard the Bose docks and was not impressed so I decided to try the iKick. At first I was a bit disappointed, I think due in part to the fact that I have Polk Audio in my living room and car and love them because of their warm, not too bright sound, and their kick due to high efficiency. So I took this unit on a weekend getaway and the more I trialed it, the more impressed I have become with it. Maybe it requires some break in, although not stated in the manual. Now I listen primarily to the iKick, and not my main system, at home. This thing is tight, good bass punch, very portable, and is way too loud for a hotel room, I must add. Love the remote and the blue display, the only thing I would add is a clock on the display. I hate ipods mainly because of the aac format and Itunes too. But the aux in is fine for my laptop or blackberry streaming Pandora. Highly recommend from a very discerning ear. The price is WELL worth it as well. Buy it, you won't be sorry you did!

pleasantly surprised

Written By craig, cincinnati, OH on Tuesday, July 12, 2011

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I was looking into the Bose ipod system and, after reading the reviews and the recommendations for the kicker system, I decided to purchase this system. I have been blown away by the quality of the sound even at high volumes. I listen to a variety of music and the kicker has not yet disappointed. My only negative would be the remote--it becomes somewhat tedious navigating to a specific song, especially using the remote. Otherwise it is a great purchase!

Good Player

Written By Joe, Richboro, PA on Tuesday, June 28, 2011

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As always, Crutchfield delivered the product timely. This unit sounds better than the Bose unit I recently returned. I was unhappy with the sound of the Bose. I am much happier with the sound of the IKICK 501. My only complaint is that when the unit was unplugged before turning it off, it would not turn back on. Perhaps it has an auto shutdown safety. I was thinking that I had to return the unit. I plugged it in about an hour later and it worked fine. I have not had any problems since by remembering to turn it off before unplugging.

Worth the money

Written By M Rambo, Phoenix, AZ on Monday, May 30, 2011

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I bought this item for the neighborhood pool parties. It is plenty loud for outdoor use, which is exactly what I wanted. Can't beat it for what I use it for. Everyone can just bring their own music.

Best for ther buck!

Written By N. Smith, Clifton Park, NY on Monday, May 23, 2011

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I compared this to a Bose that cost a hundred dollars more that my friend had and this beat it hands down! Can't beat the sound this thing produces for the money. I listen to everything from Mozart to Metallica and this unit has no problem with the high horns of my classical and the low thumps of my hiphop. I would recommend this to anyone in the market.


Written By Stacey, Havertown, PA on Tuesday, May 10, 2011

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After reading so many positive reviews from customers, I was very excited about purchasing this item. However, it arrived and I was sadly disappointed. It is very large and heavy with an awkward shape, and unlike the other reviewers I was very disappointed in the sound quality. I found the sound to be very heavy on bass and distorted the music from my iPod. The only pros I can offer are that its price is competitive to other products for the same purpose and it has the ability to adjust (manually, not from the remote) the bass and treble. It would be very awkward and I would be concerned of dropping the unit if I was going to pick it up and carry it to another room. This item was not for me and I am returning it.

very nice ipod speaker dock

Written By Rodney H, Columbus,GA on Monday, May 09, 2011

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First of all,I had a smaller speaker dock from another retailer,it sounded nice
for its size but then I wanted something that sounded better and louder.So I
started checking out the web looking at what other people said about other
docks.There were good things said about the bose sounddock 10 cost too
much for me.I already had heard the other series of bose,they sounded
alright.Then you had the zeppelin that was rated higher then the bose but cost
more.It was out of the picture then I ran across the ratings for this mostly 5
stars and half the price didn't know kicker made them.This thing sound nice,
the highs are crisp and nice also good lows to.All the 5 stars you see are
legit,the other sounddocks I mention can't sound that much better then this
one.For a fact the other lower model bose don't. You would have to get
sounddock 10 or the zeppelin to even compare to this one, 40 watts of
amplified power and a passive 6by6 sub in the back and don't let passive fool
you.It don't have to be amplified to bump.It is just like a ported box woofer loud.
Kicker made this well,I like the price,this thing could easily be $300 and people
would still buy it.Thanks kicker and crutchfield to all out there who want a nice
speaker dock this is the one put on your favorite music invite some friends over
have a party and this kicker sound dock will be the life of it.I'm listening to mine
right now over and out.

great ipod speaker

Written By brandon e, laguna niguel Ca on Sunday, May 01, 2011

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Awesome ipod speakers, dont waste an extra $200 on the Beats Box. Bass hits
hard and speakers are super clear and crisp, you can turn the volume way up
without any distortion at all.

Best sound for the money!!

Written By Brair Patch Shop, Arkansas on Sunday, April 17, 2011

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Definitely the best sound for your money! Had several compliments on how
clear and loud this unit sounds. Most was amazed once they seen how small
and portable it is. Highly recommend this product! I bought one for my shop
and liked it so much bought another for the houseboat!

Well worth it

Written By Tom, New Jersey on Wednesday, March 23, 2011

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If you want the convenience of easy ipod playback, with big stereo sound- this
is the one to get. Sounds as good as a bigger home system- clear mids &
highs, tight bass. Throws sound very well outdoors as well. The only qualm I
have is the remote- its really only good for skipping a song or adjusting the
volume. If you have a lot of music on your ipod- will take forever to scroll
through the menus. A track wheel like the one on the ipod would have been a
nice feature for the remote. But, I can live with that!

10 lbs. of sound in a 5 lb. bag

Written By Action Jackson, Parts unknown on Wednesday, March 09, 2011

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I was having a hard time finding a compatible a dock/speaker for a new ipod Touch
4g so I called Crutchfield for advice. The guy I spoke with recommended this
Kicker. The reviews backed up his claims so I gave it a shot and ordered one. It is
a compact, solid built little unit that puts out an amazing amount of quality sound for
it's size. It is also less than 1/2 as much as a Bose and it has served our needs
perfectly. The only con I can give it is that sometimes it's a little tricky when you
dock the ipod, it has to be at just the right angle to make the connection. Other than
that it's a great little unit, well worth the price.

the new benchmark

Written By Marco, Richmond, TX on Sunday, March 06, 2011

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Let me first start by thanking crutchfield for offering this product and for there excellent
service and shipping. I bought this unit based only on the reviews thru crutchfield, I have
never done that in the past without listening to the product first, but the consistant ratings
of 5 couldn't be a mistake after reading 30 reviews.

After listening to this product for a week from rock to classical, I've come to the
conclusion that this unit is the benchmark to which all other units should be measured.
The clarity and loundness is incredible. Just when you think that the music will distort
after a certain volume, it doesn't, it just gets louder without distortion and this is what
separates this unit from its rivals. I promise you that you will not be disappointed by this

Kicker iKICK IK501

Written By ElizabethY, Oklahoma City, OK on Friday, March 04, 2011

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I have a Bose speaker dock as well, and for the money this beats it hands down!
The quality of sound, and options to adjust treble/bass/etc far outweigh the other.


Written By Mike, North Carolina on Sunday, February 20, 2011

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We finally switched our music to a digital format and tried a set of Bose computer speakers.
They couldn't handle any bass at all and distorted almost immediately. I promptly returned
them and after reading the reviews on the ikick501, we decided to give it a try. We've been
nothing less than completely satisfied with our purchase. We're very pleased with the sound
quality- clear highs, distinct midrange and solid lows. I reccommend this to anyone in the

Worth it!!!

Written By John L., Iraq/Hawaii on Monday, February 14, 2011

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Awesome!! Controls my ipod classic via remote, great sound, suprising lows considering
small size, Awesome sound. Bargain when compared to other ipod systems.

love it

Written By Naresh, Miami Fl. on Thursday, February 10, 2011

i'm a bose fan, i decided to get the kicker because of the price and the ratings.
i was not disappointed.

Great Sounding iPod Dock

Written By BobF, New Jersey on Saturday, February 05, 2011

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Although I had not heard the Bose iPod dock, all of the prior reviews that I had read rated
the Kicker ik501 more than comparable at a substantially lower price. I have had the
Kicker for nearly two months and I am extremely happy with the clear, booming sound
that it makes. Additionally, I can not say enough good things about Cruthfield. It was my
initial purchase from them and I give them a perfect 5 in all aspects of the transaction.

Kicker Kicks

Written By DF, Minnesota on Thursday, February 03, 2011

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I looked at all types and price ranges for portable boxes. I really was happy to buy from Crutchfield as I also got the 3 year warranty. I saw many reviews on different portables that said they sounded great yet didn't work after a period of time. The Kicker 501 sounded fantastic when I fired it up. Very clear and yet has the bass to really make a variety of music sound terrific. I liked the Bose unit yet it was a couple hundred dollars more than this box. So for me the sound and money spent was just perfect. Thanks again as I appreciate knowing I can play this for at least 3 more years and I have Crutchfield service behind me. Piece of mind.

Big Sound Small Box

Written By BeeDubs, Endwell, NY on Tuesday, February 01, 2011

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I've been a long time fan of Kicker when it comes to car audio. I've had a few different L7
models and various Kicker amps in/out of my car over the years, so I know they make
great products. When I saw that they offered an iPod speaker dock, I knew it had to be
decent. This thing is amazing, at vol. 10 it's good listening level, at 20 you have to shout
to have a conversation in my bedroom. This thing is loud, clear, and the bass is enough
that my family said they heard it from outside the house. The thing cranks to a volume
lvl. of 40, so I know it does all I can ask of it! I have all genres of music, rock, rap, pop,
techno, and they all sound great. Kicker wins again!

Kicker iKICK IK501

Written By Kurt, Mobile, AL on Monday, January 31, 2011

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This thing is awesome! Blows Bose out of the water, and other units that cost a ton more.
This unit is worth every penny.

Great Product

Written By RonH, Paintsville, KY on Monday, January 31, 2011

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I have had the iKick for about a month now and love it. The sound you get from this
portable device is amazing. Keep in mind that the back speaker is a passive radiator,
so it isn't powerful, deep base...but the clarity and loudness of it is A+.

Great sound for the price and you can use it to listen to the radio.

Written By Anonymous, VA on Sunday, January 30, 2011

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I bought this for my wife so she could play her ipod on it. It works great and sounds
great. There is a work around for those that want to listen to the radio with this. If you
use the provided alternate input cable and plug it into the ipod, you CAN listen to the
radio. Just remember you have to put the ipod on the channel you want to listen to
before you plug the cable in. Hope that helps people out there.

Kicker iKICK IK501

Written By jboogey, pittsburgh, pa on Saturday, January 29, 2011

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best value available...bose quality, without the price. sounds great as quiet dinner
music. can also be pumped up very loud without distortion. amazing buy!

Awesome Ipod Dock

Written By BrandonT, Orange, CA on Saturday, January 29, 2011

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I was pleasantly surprised on the bass and clarity of this unit, especially compared to
the more expensive Bose units. The only feature missing is portability. You have to plug
it into a 120V outlet. Also be aware that this unit may not come with up to date ipod dock
adapters - which is not a problem if you have the one that came with your specific Ipod.
Crutchfield had a great price as always!

"sic" docking station

Written By Anonymous, Nebraska on Thursday, January 27, 2011

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My son loves the Kicker 501. Works great with his 4th generation Ipod.
the Kicker 501 is the ultimate "sic" docking station for teens and college kids!

Kicker iKICK IK501

Written By John D, Sylva,NC on Wednesday, January 26, 2011

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This thing sounds fantastic! Very pleased with this purchase. I would recomend this
sound dock to anyone.

Really Kicks!

Written By Jeff J, Alpena, Michigan on Wednesday, January 26, 2011

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This Music Box Really Kicks it!
Incredible sound , great bass, and tons of volume. I bought this item for my 14 year old
son for Christmas this year. He and all his friends just love it. They say "It Rocks Dad!"
It is the best sounding high performance ipod player have ever heard. I would highly
recommend this music box to anyone looking for an outstanding, great sounding ipod


Written By JonM, Fargo, ND on Sunday, January 23, 2011

After owning this Kicker for !8 months now, I still find it nothing short of
amazing. Sound is crisp, clear, and the bass response is exceptional. This is
hands down the best sounding dock on the market IMO - yes better than the Bose.
It's a bit larger than other units and does not have battery capabilities, but
the sound is unequaled for an iPod dock. I've
gotten more compliments on this unit than any other piece of electronics I've
ever owned. Worth every penny. Buy it you will love it.

Livin Loud in a Small Package

Written By Chevypower90, MO on Monday, January 17, 2011

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I only write reviews about products I feel are worth talking about, and this is one of them.
I considered for a couple months before actually buying the unit. Finally I decided to try it.

Upon buying the iKick, I was sure I wasn't going to get my money's worth. But I have
been a Kicker fan for years now, and I have high expectations from them. So surely they
wouldn't disappoint.

The amount of sound this thing puts out is nothing short of impressive. And it gets LOUD
without distortion. Almost up there in clarity with Bose and Klipsh units...almost. But it is

Something I noticed is the sub isn't powered by a separate amp. Why would Kicker do
this? I can tell that it's underpowered. No biggie, but it would help.

Only con I can see: the cardboard remote. No remote I have ever owned with those type
of buttons last. The buttons will crack and break prematurely. Ease of navigation could be

Bottom line: It IS worth the money. For such a small and portable unit, you won't be

An upgrade to this would likely be:
Slightly larger tweeters,
8" separately powered sub in the back,
40 watts for the speakers, with 80 watts to the sub.
Possibly an LCD or LED display screen (to navigate easier at a distance).
The unit would be bigger, but currently it is small enough to make a larger unit.
Kicker should consider :)

unreal sounds

Written By DavidV, Hilo, Big Island on Monday, December 27, 2010

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way above my expectations...very happy with this product...only thing missing is an on-board

This is a kicker

Written By Poppa Bear, Massachusetts on Friday, December 24, 2010

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Well compared this to the Dr. Dre Monster Beats. Well this one is equal at half the price.
Buy this one or two and still walk away with coin in your pocket.

Great Speaker!!!

Written By Brian Landreth, Bryan, TX on Sunday, December 19, 2010

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I usually don't write reviews, but thought this was worth talking about. I was seriously
considering getting a Bose until I logged onto crutchfield and started reading reviews on
this Kicker unit. I was a little skeptical but decided to take my chance on it. First
impression on taking the unit out of the box was that it is a little smaller than I anticipated
but overall I liked the looks of it. I plugged the unit in and went to put my iphone 3g
w/otterbox onto the dock. Well, it wouldn't fit with the otterbox on it so I took it off and it fit.
The remote controlled all of the ipod functions on my phone just fine. I was pretty amazed
at how loud and clear the IK501 is. Now I wouldn't say the bass is wall shaking as some
people describe it, but it is pretty darn good for a speaker system this size. I set the unit
on my outdoor patio and with the volume at 20 I could hear it pretty much over my entire
1/2 acre yard. The volume goes all the way to 40 which is pretty loud yet still clear, hardly
any distortion. It won't replace a home theater system, but it is comparable to most modern
stereo systems that come in vehicles. I am completely happy with my purchase and for 1/2
the price of the Bose system it is a steal. I would highly recommend this to anyone looking
for speakers for their Ipod or Iphone.


Written By Dian, Philly, PA on Thursday, November 25, 2010

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This ipod player is absolutely amazing. I never knew that Kicker would make
such high-quality "in-home" players and speakers since they're usually all about
car stereos. But they have definitely raised the bar with this iKick player.
The highs are extremely loud and crisp, and the bass is tight and sufficiently
boomy for a 6-in. passive sub in the back. The volume control goes up to 40,
but 10 or 11 was more than enough for me. The bass and treble settings go from
0 to +9, and I have mine at +5 for the treble and +3 for the bass, and again,
that was quite enough for me. Kicker states that their bass frequency goes down
to 50 hz on this one (which puts it right at the mid-bass area rather than the
real low bass), but it sounded much lower than that (more like 35 hz), which
means that the bass is really pronounced (for all us bass-heads out there). It
is not window-shattering, but your ears can feel and enjoy it. The only minor
gripe I have about this is that there's not much of a bass difference between
+3 or +9. Anyway, I normally listen to EVERYTHING from hip-hop to rock to R&B
to pop to jazz to classical, all in 3 different languages, and this player
brings out the best from all those. Get it ! It will NOT disappoint !!

Awesome Speaker!

Written By Brandon, San Luis Obispo , CA on Saturday, November 20, 2010

Great speaker and great price! It awesome in a living room, but it also plays real well in my
backyard. Lots of sound and bass for a small speaker. I bought an extended aux cord and
use it to plug into the aux jack on my tv and it really works good for movies when you can't
afford a surround sound system.

More bang for the buck

Written By JeffA, Coventry, R.I. on Tuesday, November 09, 2010

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After my Bose soundwave died after over 20 yrs of use, I didn't think that I would be able to afford a unit with comparable sound and quality. When I looked on the Crutchfeild website and saw the Kicker IK501 ipod speakers, it looked great, the price was right, but I was skeptical.So, I checked out reviews online, and they were all good. I took a chance and ordered the Kicker IK501, and what a surprise I got. These speakers sound great. I use these speakers in a machine shop, and I can hear them loud and clear over the sound of the machinery. The people who I work with have commented on how good the system sounds. I am very happy with the system so far, and would recommend them to anyone.

Solid Sound

Written By Slowe, Lexington, KY on Tuesday, October 26, 2010

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The Kicker ik501 puts out some serious sound out of a relatively small package. The
other reviews stating that the sound is incredibly clear with no distortion at high volumes
is completely accurate. The bass does not shake the windows but is more than
adequate for an ipod dock. Overall, this is an excellent product and exceptional value.
Highly recommended.

Kicker Kicks

Written By Bill, Long Island NY on Thursday, October 07, 2010

First off-I have a 2 year old M602 (BLK)-nice unit with remote with treble and bass adjustments-used with a 3rd Gen 4G IPOD NANO. I upgraded to a 16GB 5TH GEN NANO in August (to be able to add more songs)-and found out that the new IPOD will PLAY but NOT CHARGE. My IPOD consists of 1200 songs- mostly rock.

I found this kicker unit online and did research-not only does it have a remote with treble/bass adjustments-but it is LOUD! AND CLEAR! The volume control goes up to 40- not necessary! The passive sub is GREAT! The spec says 40W-seems like more. It puts BOSE to shame-BOSE might have a more 'surround' sound-but the volume/treble/bass comes no where near that of the Kicker-and the adjustable remote is great. I was also looking for a unit that I could hook up to a receiver -I could do that with a headphone jack-but this Kicker unit has a audio LR output-in addition to a video output. And a AUX IN. There are no fancy items on this unit-no USB/no radio, just used for IPOD. The handle could be a little deeper to carry. I put a piece of velcro on the back of the remote and the back of the unit to be able to transport the remote easily. A definite buy!


Written By Roger, Perry, OK on Saturday, September 11, 2010

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Amazing sound from such a small package. I've heard several docks that cost more
than this and they don't come close. Great bass at all volume levels. You will not be
dissapointed if you purchase this.


Written By John, Kauai on Sunday, August 29, 2010

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The sound from this small package is very clean and loud. This unit has
exceeded my expectations, and this from a former IASCA competitor. I do wish
the carrying handle was a little bigger, but other than that worth the money.

Worth the money

Written By Mleddy, Oakland, NJ on Tuesday, August 17, 2010

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Thought about the Bose unit but did not want to spring for the extra coin. I bought the Kicker without hearing it and happily was not dissappointed. I used this at a lake side birthday party last weekend and there was plenty of good quality bass and overall clarity filling the large area we were in. Would recommend this to a friend.

Kicker iKICK IK501

Written By Robbie, Williamston, NC on Wednesday, July 21, 2010

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I had been looking at the Bose IPod dock for sometime but didn't want to part with that kind of money. I read several reviews on this Kicker and ordered it. I was not dissappointed whatsoever. The sound is awesome at any volume. Hard to believe so much bass from such a small package. I am very pleased with this and am thinking about ordering another.

Better than Harmon Kardon

Written By L, Palm Coast, FL on Wednesday, June 16, 2010

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If you want deep bass and excellent sound quality throughout the volume spectrum including at crushing volume levels this product is for you. I have listened to my friends Harmon Kardon GO + Play unit and was seriously considering purchasing it, but this unit has better bass and you can play it really loud without any distortion. Also, the product smacks of quality with its blue digital display. If you desire quality sound, deep heart knocking bass, and concert level volume from a little box, buy this unit you will not be disappointed.

Kicker iKICK IK501

Written By Michael, Mississippi on Monday, June 14, 2010

The IK501 is the first Kicker product I have owned. I wanted to loose the earbuds and I needed something that would overcome the noise of my shop fan. Problem solved. Very impressive.

Great docking station

Written By Anonymous, Rod from Utah on Thursday, February 18, 2010

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I just got my ik501 and am very pleased with it. It has great bass especially
due to the passive radiator. It sounds much better and stronger than my
neighbor's Bose unit. A plus is that it has adjustable bass and treble plus and
aux-in jack in the back. Music from the 1960's such as early Rolling Stones,
etc. sound a little muddy but for music with good signal, you'll love it. I wish
that it had an onboard battery though. And with the straight up mount for the
ipod, the ipod screen is a little hard to see if the unit is below eye level.

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  • iKick501 stereo system for iPod/iPhone
  • Wireless remote control
  • CR2025 Lithium battery (installed in remote)
  • AC adapter with attached 5' DC output cord (DC Output: 22V/2.7A)
  • 39" AC cord
  • 2' Audio patch cord (with 3.5mm stereo miniplugs on each end)
  • 5 Plastic dock adapters
  • Owner's Manual

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Overview: The Kicker iK501 is a digital stereo audio system designed specifically for use with the Apple iPod or iPhone. It has a standard iPod dock connector in the front, and a variety of dock adapters to fit select iPod and iPhone models. Older non-dockable iPods and other music sources can be connected to the system through a 3.5mm mini-jack auxiliary input. The iK501 plays your iPod music files over high-quality stereo speakers, driven by a powerful stereo amplifier with digital signal processing.

Speaker System: The iK501 is equipped with two 2-way speakers and a square passive radiator. It features dual 5" full-range Kicker drivers, and 3/4" silk dome tweeters. On the back of the unit is a 6" square passive radiator to add a punchy low frequency response.

Amplifier: The 2-way speakers are driven by a powerful 20 watts per channel stereo amplifier. Digital signal processing allows you to adjust the audio to suit your tastes. You can independently adjust the bass and treble from -9 to +9, using the front panel's sole rotary control or the supplied remote control.

iPod Dock: The iK501 features an integrated dock and comes supplied with five iPod dock adapter inserts. The iK501 supports audio playback, remote control, and charging of select iPods and iPhones. The iK501 is "Made for iPod/iPhone compatible" and supports the following iPod/iPhone model functions (10/19/2012).

iPod/iPhone Model Gen. Media Type  Control Type Display Type Charge
Audio Video Out Remote iPod/iPhone Song/Artist Info Track Info
dock connector 3rd N N N N N N N
4th Y N Y Y N N Y
 mini 1st Y N Y Y N N Y
2nd Y N Y Y N N Y
video 5th Y Composite Y Y N N Y
classic 80GB Y Composite Y Y N N Y
120GB Y Composite Y Y N N Y
160GB Y Composite Y Y N N Y
 nano 1st Y N Y Y N N Y
2nd Y N Y Y N N Y
3rd Y Composite Y Y N N Y
4th Y Composite Y Y N N Y
5th Y Composite Y Y N N Y
6th Y N Y Y N N Y
 touch 1st Y Composite Y Y N N Y
2nd Y Composite Y Y N N Y
3rd Y Composite Y Y N N Y
4th Y Composite Y Y N N Y
iPhone 2G Y Composite Y Y N N Y
3G Y Composite Y Y N N Y
3GS Y Composite Y Y N N Y
4 Y Composite Y Y N N Y
4S Y Composite Y Y N N Y

Note: The Kicker iK501 does not support text display of your iPod/iPhone. You will continue to use your iPod/iPhone to view song information. Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset the device and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to wait until an newer software update is available.

Charging The iPod: The iK501 will charge a docked iPod's battery, as long as the unit is plugged into an AC power outlet. In Standby mode, the iK501 will be powered down, but the iPod will continue to charge.

Composite Video Output: The Kicker iK501 offers a rear-panel composite video output to transfer video content from your docked iPod or iPhone (features video capability) to your television.

Remote Control: The iK501 includes a credit card-sized wireless remote control (3.75" L x 2.0625" W x 0.3125" H) for control of your iPod or iPhone, as well as the music system. The 10-button remote lets you adjust the system's volume up and down, as well as mute, power, menu, bass and treble. iPod controls include Play/pause, Skip Forward/Backward, Fast Forward/Rewind, menu, up/down navigation within the menu, and make selections inside the iPod menu.

On-board Control: The iK501 features a single rotary knob, which turns to control volume and adjust menu parameters, presses to cycle through the menu selections, and turns on/off when pressed and held. Just above the rotary control is an LCD display to indicate volume, bass and treble values, and aux input status.

Note: When the iK501 is powered on or off with the rotary knob or remote control, the iPod is also turned on or off.

Auxiliary Input: The unit is equipped with a 3.5mm mini-jack auxiliary input on the rear panel, allowing you to plug in a second source device. You must activate the aux input through the rotary control in order to listen to the auxiliary unit. While the aux input is activated, iPod control and audio are disabled.

Note: 1st, 2nd, and 3rd generation iPods require the use of the auxiliary input for audio playback.

Line Output: A pair of RCA jacks are provided on the back panel to allow you to connect your iK501 to another powered speaker system or home stereo system.

Transport Handle: The Kicker iK501 features an integrated transport handle, making it easy to carry.

Power Supply: The Kicker iK501 operates off of standard AC household current using the supplied AC power adapter and power cord. You can also purchase the optional Kicker DC vehicle adapter (206KPC1222, sold separately) to listen to the Kicker iK501 in your vehicle.

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