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Kicker 10C12D4

Comp Series 12" subwoofer with dual 4-ohm voice coils

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by John Pollard
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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.

Big boom for the buck
Strong bass adds a whole new dimension to your car's sound system, and Kicker Comp subwoofers give you tremendous bass value for your dollar. You'll hear and feel the power of Kicker bass without feeling like your wallet just got thumped.

Easy to add to nearly any setup
Kicker's 10C12D4 12" subwoofer handles up to 200 watts RMS to bring out the depth your music's been missing, and its dual 4-ohm voice coils make it easy to connect to a mono amplifier. This versatile sub works well in sealed or ported enclosures, and it's even suitable for free-air applications. An optional grille is available to protect your sub wherever it goes.

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Kicker technology at work
This Comp sub features a flex-resistant polypropylene cone with 360-degree back bracing for hard-hitting lows without distortion. The ribbed foam surround helps to keep the cone on target, while double stitching ensures your investment won't come apart at the seams. A tough steel basket provides a reliable foundation for big bass, and its extensive venting ensures long-lasting performance that won't break down when the bass gets heavy.

To drive this single subwoofer, we recommend a mono amplifier rated between 150 and 300 watts RMS at 2 ohms. For more information, please refer to our article on How to Match Subwoofers and Amplifiers.

Highlights:

  • 12" subwoofer with dual 4-ohm voice coils
  • injection-molded polypropylene cone
  • ribbed foam surround
  • suitable for free-air use
  • power handling: 50-200 watts RMS (100 watts per coil)
  • peak power handling: 400 watts
  • frequency response: 27-500 Hz
  • sensitivity: 88.3 dB
  • top-mount depth: 5-13/16"
  • sealed box volume: 1.25 - 3.5 cu. ft.
  • ported box volume: 1.75 - 2.25 cu. ft.
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

Hands-on research from the Crutchfield Labs (what are the Labs?)

Features and Specs
Size 12 -inch
Impedance 4 ohms
Cone Material Injection Molded Poly
Surround Material Foam
Ideal Sealed Box Volume (cubic feet) N/A
Ideal Ported Box Volume (cubic feet) N/A
Port diameter (inches) N/A
Port length (inches) N/A
Free-Air Yes
Dual Voice Coil Yes
Sensitivity 88.3 dB at 1 watt
Frequency Response 27 - 500 Hz
RMS Power Range (Watts) 50-200
Peak Power Handling (Watts) 400
Top Mount Depth (inches) 5 13/16
Bottom Mount Depth (inches) N/A
Cutout Diameter or Length (inches) 11
Vas (liters) 95.18
Fs (Hz) 30
Qts 0.559
Xmax (millimeters) 9.6
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year
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What's in the box?

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  • One 12" Dual 4-ohm voice coil subwoofer
  • Rubber magnet boot (installed)
  • Owner's manual (English/ Spanish/ German/ French)
  • 2 Kicker decals
  • Template on box lid

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Subwoofer Features
Enclosure Compatibility

Subwoofer Features

Ribbed Foam Surround: The optimized ribbed foam surround allows extended cone excursion for additional bass output and higher SPL. The surround is double-stitched to the cone to add a mechanical fastener to the chemical adhesives. This prevents the cone and surround from separating in the harshest conditions.

Spiralead Tinsel Leads: The Kicker Comp subwoofer features durable Spiralead tinsel leads, which are woven into the woofer's progressive-roll polycotton spider, for added strength and reliability.

Steel Basket with Vented Pole Piece: The Kicker Comp subwoofer features a resilient, steel basket with coil-cooling perimeter venting and a vented pole piece for heat dissipation, so the high-temperature voice coil stays cool.

Speaker Terminals: The spring-loaded, nickel-plated terminals provide solid connections for speaker wire up to 10-gauge. Single banana plugs and pin connectors will also fit.

Rubber Magnet Boot: A black rubber boot covers the outside edge of the magnet structure to improve the cosmetics of the woofer and protect the magnet during installation.

Enclosure Compatibility

Enclosure Versatility: The Kicker Comp subwoofer is versatile, performing well in vented or sealed enclosures, and in free-air applications also.

Sealed Enclosure Applications: A sealed enclosure design offers the smoothest response, with increased energy at the lowest frequencies (between 20 to 30 Hz).

  • Compact (minimum enclosure volume): 1.25 cubic feet
  • SQ (maximum enclosure volume): 3.5 cubic feet

Recommended Vented Box Volume: A vented enclosure design is the choice for loud, high-performance bass and SPL contests.

  • Compact: 1.75 cubic feet with a 2" x 12.5" slot port opening that is 16" deep
  • SQ: 2.25 cubic feet with a 2" x 12.5" slot port opening that is 16.375" deep
Note: The SQ enclosures generate a flatter response curve and extend sub-bass response.

Infinite Baffle Mounting: The Kicker Comp subwoofers are also designed to be used as free-air drivers. The infinite baffle mounting method effectively utilizes the trunk of a sedan as the enclosure.

 
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5 out of 5

Excellent!!

Written By Benny, Marquette, MI on Sunday, August 03, 2014
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Subs pack a good punch, nice smooth low end. Sounds great even for a free air setup which I have. The Crutchfield customer service is the best I've dealt with. Quick to get back to you and helpful with any questions you have!
Pros:
Great sounding and good looking sub!
Cons:
I believe one of the two sets of terminals on one of my subs wasn't working, may look to see if something at the terminals came loose. But I'm using the other set of terminals and it's working great, so I'm happy.
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5 out of 5

Amazing subs

Written By Jack, Danville, AL on Monday, July 14, 2014
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Best 12s out they're, 100% satisfied on my purchase of these subs
Pros:
It's amazing, sq is smooth and bass hits really hard. Best subs I have ever owned.
Cons:
None I love it
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4 out of 5

Second times the charm

Written By Anonymous, Mass on Tuesday, July 01, 2014
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The subs sounded good after I broke them in but I blew them after a week, Crutchfield quickly replaced them and made sure I was satisfied, after the second set I've had no issues so far, I think the first set was defective, I have them in a jeep wrangler and they still give a nice boom even with the top down.
Pros:
Loud, even without the top on
Cons:
First set was defective and I sent them back
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5 out of 5

Great subs! GREAT SERVICE!!!

Written By Doug, Las Vegas nevada on Monday, May 26, 2014
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I had infinity 10s in my dodge ram 1500 that I purchased from team Crutchfield 2 yrs ago. Wanted more. Called MY Crutchfield team and they had ALL the answers I needed. The subs hit real hard when needed and sound smooth for other styles of music. Team member never made me feel as if I was being rushed to get off the phone, Q&A to install the best way possible. Don't ever go anywhere else people. They are your team as we'll. THANKS AGAIN !!!!!!!
Pros:
From ease of order to install to AWSOME sound. Would not change a thing. Could not be happier
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

great sub

Written By joshua, flippin, ar on Wednesday, April 30, 2014
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Kickers really are great subs. Love the website as well
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5 out of 5

GREAT BUY

Written By D ROC, Southaven,MS on Monday, March 17, 2014
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I have two of these on a kicker 500.1 and they sound great.
Pros:
nice clean bass
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5 out of 5

Love the item

Written By Keith J, Los angeles CA on Monday, October 21, 2013
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item is nice for the price. sounds good in a seal box. Bass hits really hard. Crutchfield keep up the good work!
Pros:
bass hit hard
Cons:
wish speaker came in diffrent colors.
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