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Hideaway™ compact powered subwoofer: 150 watts and an 8" sub

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by John Pollard
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Who needs a powered subwoofer?

To produce bass, you need a sub, an enclosure, and an amplifier, and it can be little tricky to match them all up. A powered sub eliminates all the hassle, as the manufacturer designs the enclosure to house the sub and amp together. This all-in-one solution is especially useful in smaller vehicles, where there's no room to mount a separate amp, or in any vehicle where you need every bit of cargo space. Powered subs range from small, flat boxes that fit under your seat to larger boxes that go in your trunk.

Bass that'll fit almost anywhere

When Kicker set out to make the Hideaway™ compact powered sub, they wanted to make a subwoofer that could fit almost anywhere and still deliver the performance that made Kicker famous. At just over 3" tall, the Hideaway™ will fit under many seats and in storage areas where you don't usually find powered subs. The powerful, built-in 150-watt RMS amplifier delivers strong bass that'll add depth and punch to any type of music.

Big performance

The 8" woofer can hit low notes that'll really rock your ride, especially when the Hideaway™ is mounted in the vehicle's interior. The included remote control bass knob will let you adjust the bass level on the fly. Kicker even included Nylon straps with Velcro® fasteners to mount the sub, plus a quick disconnect harness with power and signal wiring that'll make the installation easier.

Side view of 11HS8 powered subwoofer

Installation Note: The Hideaway™ sub will accept preamp-level signals, but you'll need to connect Kicker's KISL adapter to the sub's 8-foot signal harness so you can plug it into your receiver's preamp outputs.

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Highlights:

  • compact powered subwoofer
  • 8" woofer
  • built-in 150 watts RMS amplifier
  • frequency response: 25-120 Hz
  • variable low-pass crossover (50-120 Hz)
  • variable phase control (0 or 180 degrees)
  • bass boost control (0dB to +6dB)
  • speaker-level inputs (will also accept preamp-level signal using optional adapter, item 206KISL, sold separately)
  • auto turn-on switch
  • wired remote control
  • dimensions: 14-1/4"W x 3-1/4"H x 9-3/8"D
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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Features and Specs
General
Enclosure Type
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Sealed
Finish Material
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Aluminum
Grille
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Metal
Connector Type
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Harness
Bi-amp Inputs
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N/A
Woofer Size (inches)
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8
Woofer Material
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Not given
Passive Radiator
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Width
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14-1/4"
Height
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3-1/4"
Depth
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9-3/8"
Second Depth
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N/A
Parts Warranty
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1 Year
Labor Warranty
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1 Year
Specifications
Frequency Response
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25-120
Amplifier Power (RMS)
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150 watts
Maximum Wattage
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Sensitivity
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Impedance
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Second Voice Coil Impedance
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50-120
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What's in the box?

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  • Amplified subwoofer
  • Wiring harness (17.5' Power input/ 8' Speaker level input/ 2' Ground/ 2' Remote turn-on)
  • In-line fuse holder
  • One 15 amp ATO fuse (installed in fuse holder)
  • Two 10 amp ATO fuses (1 installed in the chassis of the unit/1 spare)
  • Remote bass level control
  • Metal bracket (for mounting remote bass level control)
  • 20' Remote cable (3.5mm stereo mini-plug on both ends)
  • 2 Velcro mounting straps
  • Two 10-12 gauge crimp-on ring terminals
  • One 10-12 Gauge butt connector
  • 4 Flat washers
  • 4 Mounting brackets
  • Two 3/8" Self-tapping pan head screws (to mount wired remote)
  • Four 3/4" Self-tapping pan head screws
  • Eight 3/4" Self-tapping flat head screws
  • Four 1-3/8" Self-tapping flat head screws
  • Mounting template
  • Owner's manual (English/ Spanish/ German/ French)

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Features
Controls
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Features

Overview: The HS8 HideAway subwoofer features a built-in amplifier (125 watts RMS at < 1% THD+N/150 watts RMS at < 10% THD+N) and an 8" sub housed in a compact enclosure designed to fit in tight spaces.

Remote Control: The wired remote puts output level control within easy reach. The remote comes with a bracket to mount it under the dash. The included 20' cable, with a 3.5mm mini-plug on each end, connects the remote to the amplifier.

Note: The Remote Bass Control measures approximately 2-1/4" wide x 1-1/4" high x 1.75" deep (3" deep including the knob and cable).

Subsonic Filter: Frequencies that cannot be reproduced by the subwoofer do not become sound, but unnecessary oscillations causing distortion; these frequencies also waste amplifier power and can damage speakers. The subsonic filter removes inaudible frequencies to improve the performance of the speakers by eliminating this harmful distortion. The 24 dB/octave subsonic filter's crossover point is 25 Hz.

Mounting: The subwoofer, with its 3-1/4" height, can be mounted in applications with limited space, even under a seat in the passenger compartment of many vehicles.

Controls

Auto Turn-on: two position switch

  • +12V: amp turns on when 12 volts is applied to the remote turn-on wire
  • DC: amp turns on when a signal is present on the speaker-level input

Input Level: two position switch

  • Hi: accepts signal input from 250mV to 10 volts
  • Lo: accepts signal input from 125mV to 5 volts

Phase: two position switch; set the subwoofer phase to 0° or 180°

Bass Boost: rotary dial to adjust the bass boost; continuously variable from 0 to 6 dB; boost centered at 40 Hz

Crossover Frequency: rotary dial to control the low pass crossover frequency; 50 to 120 Hz

Gain: rotary dial to set the amplifier gain control; 250mV to 10 volts for speaker level inputs and 125mV to 5 volts for line level inputs

Connections

Harness: The Quick-Connect harness has wires for power (17-1/2 feet), ground (2 feet), remote turn-on (2 feet), and signal input (8 feet). If using a speaker level input, just splice into the wire in the harness. If using a line level input, the KiSL speaker wire to RCA adapter is needed (item number 206KiSL, sold separately). The included in-line fuse holder should be added to the power wire at the battery location.

Remote Bass: 3.5mm mini-jack for use with the included wired remote

Fuse: one 10-amp ATO fuse installed in the chassis

 
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5 out of 5

Just what I was looking for...

Written By Kevin, Brooklyn, NY on Thursday, July 24, 2014
 
I am a professional audio engineer who was looking for some added low end to my after-market system in my Nissan Rogue. One of my main concerns (besides sound) was the attention a sub might bring to thieves especially living in NYC. I also wasn't looking for a trunk rattling, windows shaking sound but a nice clean and beefy low end. This little sub was exactly what I was looking for! I like that It is powered so there is no need for an additional amp and it fits discreetly under my driver's side seat. It is the perfect compliment to my existing Sony deck and Kicker speakers. I am loving the depth that it brings to the various genres of music I listen to. You'll get some nice response in the 40 to 70 Hz range for the 808's and bottom end of hip hop/electronic music and added punch and thickness in the 80-125 Hz range for the driving kick and bass lines of rock or whatever you're into. I listened to Ice T's "High Roller" the other day forgetting how dope that track is and how great it sounds! Followed that up with Tool's "Aenima" and fell in love all over again with their ridiculously tight rhythm section! This little sub has greatly enhanced the musical listening experience in my vehicle! I've only had to push the sub at about 50% to get more than enough bass. If you're looking for a trunk rattler, this might not be what you're looking for. But, if you're looking for more depth and punch in your system, the Kicker 11HS8 will deliver. Very happy so far!
Pros:
Packs a whallup in a small box! Self powered - No external amp necessary. Small and discreet - easily hides away undetected. Seems to be pretty well-built. Still early to tell but hopefully will be durable for years to come.
Cons:
Nothing that I have seen so far...
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3 out of 5

Good sub

Written By Vince, San Jose CA on Monday, July 14, 2014
 
I would have gave this sub a four or a five if I didnt have to spend so much time trying to get good sound out of it.I tried to set it up with rca connections.But it didnt work.I could get as much bass out of my door speakers as the sub .So after a couple of calls to tech.I just wired it up to the rear speaker line level.Then the sub came to life.Kicker shouldnt even say that the sub works with the low line setup.So in conclusion.Just wire it up to speaker level.
Pros:
Sounds good for it size.
Cons:
No real RCA inputs
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2 out of 5

Kicker 11HS8 Review

Written By MLO, Warrenton, VA on Sunday, July 06, 2014
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I tried to put this in a small SUV that had a JBL Premium Sound System (albeit 10 years old) and found that it did little, if anything, to augment the sound. I spent a total of 4 calls to tech support during the installation and configuration to make sure that I was not overlooking a setting or configuration setting that would have accounted for the lackluster performance without success. I ended up returning the unit as it made no appreciable change to the sound.
Pros:
Compact footprint/fit under the passenger front seat and was easily installed and concealed.
Cons:
Relatively meek performance.
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4 out of 5

A lttle Kicker in a Ram quad cab

Written By KenPEN, NEK on Thursday, June 19, 2014
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Bought this product for stock head, may add speakers, new head later....Install is straightforward...fits well under middle of rear seat, facing up....I left few feet of wire so I can change positions, also if you open rear door and set speaker in floor facing out works when truck is parked. Install is straightforward...wire to battery, 4 speaker wires, 1/8" plug in wire for remote gain control knob, this control fit well into housing for 4 wheel drive switch, (mine is 2 wheel drive) sounds great, won't rattle doors, but fills closed cab well and improves existing speakers so I don't know If I need new speakers...would give a 5..should be 4.5, the remote power switch wire (16GA?) is only about 2 feet long...(other wires are good length)...was disappointed that I had to drive into town next day for wire to make to dash...this wire should be as long as others....
Pros:
Sounds great, gain knob is great feature, adds just enough bass for 50 something guy....
Cons:
None Really on sound....make remote power switch wire longer....
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4 out of 5

kicker

Written By Anonymous, Tampa on Thursday, June 19, 2014
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Sounds good. Not enough wire provided for REM.
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5 out of 5

All you need to add the Bass.

Written By Robot1167, College Park MD on Thursday, May 29, 2014
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I have a 2005 Jeep Wrangler. I had replaced my stock radio with an older JVC and my Speakers with Kicker and needed some Bass. The 8' stock sub had died. Not the speaker but the electronic therein. So looking for a replacement that would give me the Bass I needed without eating up the limited space brought me to this sub/amp combo. It fits under the back folding seat with enough space to add a second one if I wanted in the future. It's easily removable for when your in sketchy places. I am 100% satisfied with the performance. It's not going to boom hard enough to vibrated the cars around you but more then enough to Bring the pounding bass inside the jeep. (Yes, Your Jeep will be vibrating with each Pounding Bass note.) Even with a rag top and windows down it's loud enough to drown out all road noise four fold. Example: a fire truck went by me and I could barely hear it over the volume my system puts out now.

The additional remote volume is installed when I can reach it. Different bands will require volume adjustment to find that sweet spot and it's easy to adjust.

This Sub Combo it loud, booming, compact and invisible. Perfect for your jeep Wrangler. 100% recommend it!
Pros:
Loud, booming, compact and invisible when place under a seat. The notes still cut through.
Cons:
The con is, I don't need another one, but I wanna buy one anyway! Just because it's friggin' awesome!
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5 out of 5

Great sound from a small box.

Written By James W, Troy, MI on Sunday, May 11, 2014
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I purchased this item to add to my 2004 C5. I was looking for something to fill the bass void. This unit did the trick. it fit in the center comportment and didn't take up any trunk space.
Pros:
Unit is compact and easy to mount. Easy to install with the provided wiring. Largest RMS rating on the self powered units at the time i purchased it. It will accept the high and low level inputs.
Cons:
wish it had RCA's having to splice the harness is a pain, but at least it will accept the high and low level inputs.
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5 out of 5

Very pleased

Written By Kyle, Texas on Sunday, April 27, 2014
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Fits perfect under the back seat of my F-150 super crew. Had a local audio shop do the install about two weeks ago, and it sounds great. I expected the sound of a factory sub you'd find in something like a newer SUV, but I think it sounds much better. Great bass for an 8" sub after a little adjustments on my after market cd player and the amp. Wired remote is very helpful too
Pros:
compact, great sound
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5 out of 5

Awesome Performance!

Written By Scott, Poway CA on Friday, April 18, 2014
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As always, Crutchfield came through with great support. I have installed lots of aftermarket speakers and stereos but never a sub or amp. As a result, the install required a couple of calls to tech support due to my lack of know how. End result - the system sound amazing. Thanks Crutchfield!
Pros:
Amazing sound, great price.
Cons:
blue wire to remote power on stereo harness is much too short. Had to splice another section of 22 gauge wire to reach dash from rear hatch area. Unit did not fit under either front seat in my 04 XTerrra. No Kicker sticker in the box.
1 out of 2 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

2014 Subaru forester

Written By Justin, 11581 on Wednesday, April 16, 2014
 
Fit under the passenger seat of my Subaru forester 2014. Great sound,
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4 out of 5

Too big for Subarus

Written By wolf, pittsburgh on Sunday, April 13, 2014
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FYI, too tall to fit under the passenger/driver seat of any 2010-2014 Subaru.
Pros:
Didn't get to hear it, but it has an extremely sturdy, heavy duty build.
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5 out of 5

Awesome subwoofer!

Written By R, San Antonio, TX on Friday, April 11, 2014
 
If you read through the over 40 reviews on here, plus the 40 or so on another website, you'll get pretty much the exact same review I'm writing. If you are looking for something to very nicely supplement your stock stereo, this is exactly the product you are looking for. If you think you are going to replicate the sound of a 12 or something w/ a 1000+ watt amp hooked up in your trunk, you will be disappointed. I've had the two 12's with an 1800 watt amp before, but that is not what I needed in my current vehicle; I just wanted something to supplement the stock speakers and after reading all the reviews I decided on this. What an awesome product! First, it's made by Kicker, which of course is a top notch brand when it comes to subwoofers/amplifiers. I have a 2013 Buick LaCrosse and I had it mounted underneath my passenger seat very nicely. This little machine fills my car with very nice bass notes...like others have said, and I will reiterate, this isn't going to hit the 20-40hz frequencies very effectively; for one, it's only an 8" subwoofer which aren't going to do that no matter what enclosure/amp combo you use, and two the enclosure is small. But for the 60hz and up bass notes, this thing is perfect. It sounds very crisp and clean. Since I have a newer vehicle I had it professionally installed so I would have a warranty on the installation, but the install guy said it was pretty simple and straight forward.
Pros:
The remote bass knob is very convenient and really helps w/ fine tuning the system to your liking. This product is the perfect addition to supplement any stock system...gives you those extra bass notes that a stock system normally just does not produce. This little thing will definitely wow you.
Cons:
My only knock on the system isn't really a flaw with the product; more a suggestion to Kicker. I would recommend the bass boost control the boost at around 60 hz vs. at 40hz. With this only being an 8" sub, it won't produce the 40hz effectively anyway so I think the bass boost would have a better effect if it was at the 60hz level.
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2 out of 5

Poundin in Tennessee

Written By Bass Head, Selmer, TN on Wednesday, April 09, 2014
 
This sub did well under the front seat of my 97 extended cab Silverado. But here i am 2 months after i bought it and i have damaged the voice coil listening to country and rock on it. i also keep my bass level on my radio between -6 and -12 and it will pop while hitting the higher notes but i have to say it sounded good before the voice coil was damaged
Pros:
sounds good and small and compact great space saver
Cons:
I have only had it 2 months and damaged the voice coil so not very well built
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4 out of 5

Rockin In Texas

Written By GlennP., Houston, TX on Monday, March 31, 2014
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I installed this sub-woofer in my 2001 Super Duty extended cab, with a JVC 50 watt head unit and JVC speakers in the doors backed by boom mats. I am impressed with the improvement in sound quality of my system with the addition of the sub-wwofer, but this thing was a pain to wire up.
Pros:
I am very happy with the improvement to the overall sound of my system. Adding the sub-woofer really freed up the amp in the head unit to drive the 4 door speakers to new volume levels.
Cons:
When it comes time to wire this into your system, you better have a sense of humor, a lot of butt connectors, and extra wire in a variety of gauges. The only wire in the set that was long enough to reach it's destination was the power wire that goes to the battery. The five wires that go to the head unit and the ground wire were all way too short and had to be spliced to an additional lengths of wire in order to reach their point of termination. Will not fit under any of the front seats of F-250
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Does the job

Written By Dean D, Houston, TX on Thursday, March 27, 2014
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Fits great under the seat. All the sound with none of the space.
Pros:
Fits easily under the seat of my 911. All the sound I need.
Cons:
Was disappointed at first. Then found the setting on the radio that needed adjustment and wow. No cons after that.
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5 out of 5

Kicker HS8

Written By 19camrs79, Lucasville, Oh on Thursday, February 20, 2014
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Very surprised at the sound coming out of this unit. Has good "punch", sound is crisp, not boomy, compliments the rest of the system. easy to wire into aftermarket head unit. still playing with settings for my taste, has good range
Pros:
clean sounding; easy to wire; out of sight, but not out of sound.
Cons:
none
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5 out of 5

Very Nice Addition

Written By Ramowner, North Carolina on Wednesday, January 08, 2014
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I had the Sound Ordanance compact powered subwoofer and was not really happy with the overall sound. No matter how I adjusted the sub or my HU, it just always seemed "boomy" and strained. I decided to try the Kicker. Man, what difference. The amp power is nearly the same, but the Kicker sound is much richer, much more natural sounding than the Sound Ordanance sub. Neither one is going to blow the windows out, but that is alright. I wanted a nice, natural bass sound to suppliment my Polk door speakers and the Kicker does just that. The install was easy, except for the low-level input adapter you have to buy. Crutchfield was out of them, but an identical type made by Rockford Fosgate works just fine.
Pros:
Compact size, good power, natural sounding, not boomy or strained.
Cons:
Have to buy separate adapter to run low-level (RCA) inputs to Kicker.
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Perfect Solution

Written By JimM, San Jose CA on Friday, December 27, 2013
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This sub is perfect for adding to a stock stereo. I tried some of the off-brands and they could not keep up with the stock system in my 2005 Dodge Ram Diesel, even with the gains turned all the way up. The Kicker is the only quality product in this category. It won't shake the neighborhood, but it will rattle your rearview mirror! It's small enough to hide anywhere and super easy to install! Great bass on every type of music - I had to turn the gains and bass boost DOWN it was actually too much bass! I will definitely try more Kicker products in the future! I costs more because it's worth more - not just a piece of junk like the others!
Pros:
Easy to install Fits almost anywhere Great Sound Quality Twice as good as any of the other slim woofers!
Cons:
Twice the cost of other slim woofers
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5 out of 5

Just what I needed

Written By HogieSTL, Ofallon Mo. on Wednesday, December 18, 2013
 
I Love Bass ,However , In my 2013 Rogue I didnt want to sacrifice cargo room for a sub ... hence...the kicker powered subwoofer . At first i thought i would be getting something like the old underseat subaru subs ...not impressive ...However, when i wired this thing up I was blown away with the sound. If your looking for low rider boom boom bass ....not for you ....If you are looking for clean added bass to your stock system ...this makes LED Zepplin dazed and confused sound superb! Best powered sub for the size by far.
Pros:
Easy to install , fits under seat , remote works well
Cons:
wish they would supply different sized knobs for the remote
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4 out of 5

Kicker 11HS8

Written By Anonymous, Greenville, SC on Sunday, December 08, 2013
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It works as it should. All I wanted was a little extra bass in my system and this gave me just that. I don't think it puts out a lot of bass but with its size, easy installation and good construction it works great. I have had an 8in bazooka tube in another car and that put out more bass than this. I have it installed in the cabin and I wouldn't recommend installing it in a trunk. After getting the settings right I am pleased with how it sounds. My only complaint would be the remote control. It functions as it should and is well built but for a hideaway sub it is a little flashy. I have it mounted on my center console hidden as much as possible with it still being accessible. However its shape makes it stick out a little, I wanted to keep as stock a look as possible. I know that sounds a little silly but it is my only complaint and it isn't even that big of an issue. So if you are looking to buy this to add a little bass but want to keep your space and look then I recommend this. If you want something that is powerful and can be cranked up loud then I wouldn't recommend it.
Pros:
Small, well built, easy to install
Cons:
Remote shape is too flashy for a hideaway sub. If keeping a stock look is extremely important then the remote shape might not be what you want.
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3 out of 5

Good sub, poor connections.

Written By Cory, Rittman, ohio on Monday, November 25, 2013
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Great sub for the first year and a half, then one day while listening to my music via iPhone, it just stopped working. Checked every connection and wire and couldn't figure out what happened. I took the back cover off, and the speaker wire on/in the actual speaker broke. I've never beat on this thing to it's full potential for sure. And for the price I was expecting a little more life. I've tried fixing it myself, but any connections I can make can't keep up with the reverberation. Overall, I was happy until it's early death. This may possibly be my first and last kicker product purchased.
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3 out of 5

Okay...

Written By AJ, Winston Salem, NC on Friday, November 08, 2013
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I purchased the kicker hideaway for my 2013 F150 supercrew. I am running the stock Microsoft Sync radio with JBL 6x8's front and rear, running off a 4 channel 300 watt alpine amp but the system still lacked bass. I thought the Hideaway would be a great solution and it also had the added benefit of fitting under the passenger front seat and being totally concealed. However, the bass response is very average and it bottoms out very easily. I returned the unit and purchased the JL Audio CP108LG-W3v3. What an AMAZING difference!!! The JL sounds absolutely amazing compared to the Hideaway. At first I was trying to avoid having the ported box because I had to put it under the rear seat and that potentially takes up more storage room. But it is actually very concealed and you can always un hook it with the quick disconnects in a snap. The sound that is produced with a monoblock 300watt 4ohm Alpine amp is night and day better then the Hideaway. So, if your in the market for a sub to produce some added bass for your truck I would pass on the Hideaway and go with the JL Audio CP108LG-W3v3. I wish I had listened to my installer and did that from the get go.
Pros:
size, concealed, build quality
Cons:
rather weak bass response, cost,
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5 out of 5

Great product

Written By Anonymous, Georgia on Wednesday, October 30, 2013
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Ok. I was indecisive when buying it. I didn't think it would do much bass but since it was compact I was gonna try it for my f150. This thing is amazing. Way better than I expected.
Pros:
Small. Produses great bass.
Cons:
A little pricy
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5 out of 5

Best of what it is

Written By TBirge, Centerton, ar on Monday, October 28, 2013
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This sub, amp combo has to be the best of what it it. It gives comfortable bass-not "shake the paint off your truck" bass. Its easy to stow under a seat. Its also easy to install. Don't buy this with the intent of maxing out all its features and seeing if it will hold up. Its not made for that. Its not for competition either, its for your average guy that wants extra bass and has limited room.
Pros:
Takes up little space, easy to install, gives just the right amount of bass
Cons:
none really.
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5 out of 5

Great powered sub for a small truck

Written By Tacoma Bass, Chapel Hill, NC on Thursday, October 24, 2013
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Great speaker box! You can't really fit anything extra into a small Toyota Tacoma with the standard cab. I looked for quite awhile and there's not much out there that will fit. I was able to slip the Kicker Hideaway under my drivers bench seat and it sounds great! Its not the heart-vibrating bass you'd get from a larger speaker, but the bass is heavy, punchy, and adds a whole new sound dimension to my two other combo speakers. It was easy to install as well as long as you remember to buy the RCA connector/adapter kit and know that you will have to connect the blue wire coming from the subwoofer's harness to the blue and/or blue/white power wires from the head unit's wiring harness. Once you've done that its great!
Pros:
Tight sound, small profile, fits in a small truck, good bass enhancement, super easy installation.
Cons:
Short leads for remote-power on, requires some clearance (totally normal)
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5 out of 5

very satisfied

Written By Steve, Huntsville, AL on Friday, October 11, 2013
 
I am very happy with this unit. I added it to my 2002 Silverado 1500HD to supplement the weak low end of my system (consisting of a Kenwood KDC-BT755HD head unit and 4 Kenwood KFC-1664S 6 1/4 inch speakers).

The HS8 rounded out the system quite nicely. Sounds clean and powerful. Installation was straight forward.
Pros:
Great sound. Compact package. Adjustable crossover frequency (I set mine to 120Hz).
Cons:
Only one minor complaint: except for the power leads, the rest of the leads were too short to reach my head unit from the back seat mounting location. The remote on/off wire was the shortest and would require extension in any installation where you want to use that feature (that is the preferred hookup to automatically turn off the amp when ignition is off).
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5 out of 5

Great product

Written By Luis, Puerto Rico on Tuesday, August 13, 2013
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Excellent sound!!!!
Cons:
No cons
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4 out of 5

Better then I expected

Written By JeffD., Nj on Tuesday, July 09, 2013
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The sound is far beyond what I was expecting! This unit is perfect for rounding off the sound that has been missing from your car without it being annoying. Im not interested in showing off how loud my system can go, i only want great sound for me and the people in my car. It fit perfectly under the driver seat in my 2013 Subaru wrx. Only thing that I really don't like about this unit is that there is no RCA connection.
Pros:
Small compact and produces great bass.
Cons:
No RCA connection.
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5 out of 5

I love it

Written By Nick G, Denver, CO on Saturday, June 01, 2013
 
I have a 2007 f150, and the sound was decent but after replacing the head unit, speakers and adding this subwoofer it sounds epic! I went to a different retailer to see how much they would hook me up with some bass in my truck for, the guy basically lied to me and said I need all custom boxes, etc and it would be 1100 dollars... lol... So instead I just bought this.. and its all the bass I need plus some. It wont rattle the whole block but its definitely loud enough for many cars to hear you at stoplights (if thats your thing... i turn mine down when im at a stop so no1 else has to listen to my super bass)

It was cheap, it is built like a rock, it sounds amazing, easy to install, i love the little remote bass control knob too, makes it really easy to adjust your bass on the fly. If you want your sound in your car to sound much fuller with nice lows then get this, I love it so much, kicker is a great brand and so is alpine imo.
Pros:
Cheap, Built Well, Easy Install, Good functions, sounds great, doesnt take up any room at all.
Cons:
Isnt free. Doesnt cause earthquakes?
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5 out of 5

Solid little sub

Written By Kevin, Grand Rapids, MI on Sunday, May 12, 2013
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This is a nice solid little sub that will fit just about anywhere. It is well built in a metal enclosure and comes with almost everything for a pain free installation. It fits nicely under the drivers seat (or passenger seat) in my Jeep and adds the badly needed low frequencies that are missing from the dash & roll bar speakers. My only minor issue with the sub is that the ground wire and remote power on wire are too short and I had to splice in another wire to reach my connection points. Other than that I'm really happy with it and how it performs. It is a little pricey, but well worth it when you consider how small it is.
Pros:
Small, can fit almost anywhere; solidly built; thumps good for its size
Cons:
Ground wire and remote power on wires are too short
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5 out of 5

Unbelievable!!!!

Written By Justin, Indiana on Thursday, April 25, 2013
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Originally bought the sound ordnance, however, after getting an extremely loud popping noise when turning my car on or off I decided to give the kicker a try. This thing truly sounds amazing. The sound ordnance produced higher bass notes fairly well but could not hit low notes found in rap. All I can say is that the sound coming from this unit sounds much BIGGER than that of the sound ordnance.
Pros:
Huge sound, deep bass, no turn on pop like the sound ordnance
Cons:
Pricey, but worth it
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1 out of 5

Lasts for maybe a month

Written By Evan, Portland, OR on Monday, April 08, 2013
 
This would get a five star review, it sounds amazing! I got this as a gift with the prepaid installation card. It fits perfectly under the rear seat of my'02 Avalanche. The installation people came to my house to install it; didn't have to leave the driveway!

The sub worked great for about six months, then decided it wasn't going to power up anymore. Contacted the installer, they checked and verified it wasn't an installation issue, then contacted Crutchfield who had it swapped out right away. Went about two weeks, then it started making this funny rattling/crackle noise. Contacted Crutchfield again, and was told that we'd blown the sub! Crutchfield was good enough to swap it out for us anyway. The third sub lasted for about a month and it started the rattle/crackle again. Crutchfield swapped it again, and told us to turn all the volume knobs on the sub down and leave it low for two weeks before turning it up. We left it for three weeks at the low level, then put it back to how the installer had the knobs configured. A month later, we're getting the rattle/crackle again! Three days past warranty now, Crutchfield is good enough to swap it out (this will be #5), but it should last longer and not blow when listening at normal (able to comfortably converse over it) volumes.
Pros:
Amazing sound, fits perfectly under a seat
Cons:
Unreliable and apparently very easy to blow at normal volumes.
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5 out of 5

Excellent powered sub

Written By Don, Boulder, CO on Monday, March 25, 2013
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This little sub was perfect for my needs. I've had 2 JL 12"'s in the trunk before and just didn't feel like dealing with that this time around. Living in CO you need your trunk space for camping and skiing gear. I mounted this under the passenger seat of my car and it produces a ton of clean, tight bass. A friend has the Sound Ordnance sub that is similar to this Kicker. I was a bit hesitant to spend the extra $ at first but I wasn't all that impressed with the Sound Ordnance. The Kicker kills the Sound Ordnance in every aspect. The sound out of the Kicker is much louder and cleaner. I wasn't expecting this thing to put out as much bass as it does. Yes, it's not the same as two 12"s with 500 watts each but I wasn't expecting it to be.

One thing that might help some people out: The way the instructions read is that the remote bass control overrides the gain on the box itself. To me, I read this that once the remote was plugged in the gain on the box didn't matter so Ieft the gain on the sub all the way down. Come to find out that you should turn the gain all the way up on the box and then use the remote. Originally I couldn't figure out why the sub was barely firing. Once I figured this out all was good.
Pros:
Fit's anywhere, great sound, most of the wiring is included
Cons:
Using RCA's means buying an adapter, the X-over on the sub can't be disabled
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5 out of 5

Simple to install and compact; yet not shy to produce deep bass

Written By Peter K, Demarest, NJ on Friday, March 08, 2013
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I had received this powered sub about two days ago and just installed it temporarily on my 2012 Mazda5 as I needed to free up the trunk space. Previously had installed 10" Kicker CVT driven by JL 250W mono amp. I was on the fence about getting the Sound Ordinance over the Kicker due to price difference but what made me go with Kicker instead was the reviews. Anyway, just installed it (wires everywhere since it's just temporary) to test the bass. I was surprised by the deep bass that it produces and compactness of the design; though slightly thicker than Sound Ordinance; Kicker probably gave it a slighter bigger enclosure to produce a better bass with the 8" sub.

I have mounted underneath the driver's seat since the passenger's seat is already occupied by the Alpine MRF300 4 channel amp. I just ran the RCA from the Kicker to Alpine for line level inputs. It was very simple. Thing that I like about this setup is that now even with fade to front or rear, I get the same bass response from the sub; not like the setup I had before where the high-level inputs were tapped from the rear speakers. I am happy so far and the best part is now I freed up the trunk to carry ski boots, yeah!
Pros:
Compact sound, quality, and best of all, it's a Kicker!
Cons:
None
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1 out of 5

Kicker 11HS8 Scratch & Dent

Written By RichardJ, Wichita on Wednesday, February 06, 2013
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Had unit installed professionally and it was blown. With just a moderate increase in bass it started to vibrate & rattle and further increase in bass produced a severe bass distortion. Crutchfield representative was very helpful and immediately replaced with an "open stock" unit, very professional & focused on customer care. Customer service rates a "5"
Pros:
Compact, fit under back seat of Quad Cab Dodge Dakota pickup
Cons:
Needs a connector sold separately to install and needs to be flagged on processing of order to make sure it's not overlooked
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5 out of 5

Kicker 11HS8

Written By DaveW, Grain Valley, MO on Monday, January 21, 2013
 
I have seen some reviews of this sub on other sites that claim it is weak, don't expect it to shake your mirrors, feel the bass, etc. All I can say is: either these people can't hook up an amp and sub correctly or they put it at the back of Ford Excursion or full size van! This thing is insane... I wanted a little bass to fill out the stock speakers in my Chevy Silverado extended cab. The stock speakers had NO bass at all... I had no room to put in 10" or 12" subs behind the back seat and I really didn't want a big box under it with downfiring subs either. I wanted someone to look inside the truck and not see that anything that did not appear stock. I picked up one of these Kicker Hideaways after reading mixed reviews and got it installed. Let me tell you... I was stunned! I have the gain turned up to 3 (it goes to 11) and this thing shakes my mirrors so hard that I can't use them to see traffic! I listen to mostly rock and metal and it sounds killer... but just to see what it could really do, I put some rap on my iPod and cranked the gain up to 8. You could audibly hear the bass inside my neighbor's bedroom while my truck was on my driveway (I know this because it was 10pm and he came outside to see where the noise was coming from)! This sub is perfect for anyone who wants to add serious bass to their vehicle and ideal for trucks with no room for a traditional box and woofers. If you are considering purchasing this puppy, go for it!
Pros:
Deep bass, Compact Design, Molex Plug makes hooking it up a breeze, Remote Gain Control switch
Cons:
RCA Adapter required to hook up to aftermarket stereo with low-level outputs (still easy to do, just wish it came with the sub)
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5 out of 5

Impressive

Written By Skwid, Minneapolis, Minnesota on Sunday, January 20, 2013
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In comparison with bulkier boxes and larger subwoofers this thing sounds just as good and it fits almost anywhere.
Pros:
Sounds bigger than it is. Fits almost anywhere. Very easy setup and install.
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

Very surprised!

Written By CL7, Binghamton, NY on Monday, December 24, 2012
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I wanted to add bass in my 2 door Jeep Wrangler without losing any space in the back. I came across the Kicker Hideaway and thought I would give it a shot based on brand name quality. When I received the sub from Crutchfield, I almost returned it without even installing it. It was so small that I thought that there was no way it would give quality bass that I was looking for. I decided to try it and if I didn't like it I would return it. Installation was very easy. I removed my front drivers seat and attached the velcro straps to the floor with self tapping screws. I then ran the speaker wires to the rear of my deck, running at hi level and tapping into my front speakers. I hear a lot of people tap off the rears but I tend to fade more to the front of my Jeep for proper sound stage. I mounted the remote gain knob just to the right of the steering column on the knee kick. My buddy that did most of the install used to be in the car audio business for over 20 years. He noticed how small the power wire was that came with the Kicker and decided to attach it to the power line on my Alpine MRP -F300 amp instead of running it though the firewall to the battery. Worked perfect! After we put the seat back in it was time to hear what it sounded like. All I can say is, wow! It sounds great, not boomy, just nice tight bass. I listen to classic rock (Floyd, Stones, Who, etc...) and i didn't want that "shake the car next to you" bass. Highly recommended!
Pros:
Size, can be hidden almost anywhere. Tight bass not boomy! easy install Kicker quality
Cons:
A little pricey
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5 out of 5

Kicker 11HS8

Written By Matt G, Philadelphia, PA on Saturday, December 22, 2012
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Does just what it's supposed to, for a small under-seat sub at its price point. This was installed under the passenger seat in a 2009 Toyota Camry. Because both the sub and the head unit (a kenwood DDX719, also purchased from Crutchfield) had level controls, the installer elected not to use the sub's "boost" control and I instead use the sub level settings on the radio instead. Given its size, the base is suprisingly deep and tight. I haven't played with crossover points. Can be set to shake the windows if that's your thing. It WILL vibrate your seat (both the passenger and driver seats). Very happy with my purchase.
Pros:
Surprisingly deep bass, adjustable, easy install.
Cons:
Vibrates the seats. No other negatives.
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5 out of 5

Awesome Powered Sub

Written By Clint C., Leander,TX on Friday, October 26, 2012
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This powered sub delivers on its promise. I knew that I was not going to get earth shattering bass out of this sub, but it still exceeded my expectations. I was just looking to enhance my factory sound, but the amount of low end this little box produces is amazing. It compares with other larger powered enclosures I bought in the past (MTX Thunderform for one). Easy install on my 2012 F150 Supercrew. No remote turn-on needed. Just splice in to your rear speakers, run the power wire to your battery, and ground it to the back seat mounting bolt. Thanks to Eli for recommending it to me.
Pros:
Great sound in a little package. Easy install. Looks great too.
Cons:
None so far.
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5 out of 5

Awesome Price Point and Great Sound

Written By Adam F, New York, New York on Tuesday, October 09, 2012
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I originally got this piece to replace my 10'inch 400W - 2ohm Kicker S3 Ported Box in my Nissan Xterra (2006 S) because I wanted my room back. With that said, I wasn't expecting much but man was I wrong. I am not a bass head - I don't want throbbing base to shake everything. I want a nice, clean sound out of my system that is even and tuned correctly. With this I got it. The sub hits hard at loud volumes, and for the most part the mids and low bass tones come out clear. Some of the higher tones come in weak, but very rarely do I notice it.

Now for my experience with Crutchfield. I originally got my sub and a mini amp (4 channel Rocksford) at the same time, in the same package. When I got the sub I started the installation and realized the remote was missing from the package. With that said I called Crutchfield, and within literally 5 minutes they were overnighting me the remote along with the cable (which I had, but they decided to give me another for my trouble) and the straps (one of them were missing). I was shocked this happened, but the box WAS sealed in plastic so THIS WAS NOT Crutchfields fault, but the fault of Kicker. No biggie, still sounds great and I think the customer service from Crutchfield was amazing.
Pros:
Great sound, fits in small spaces. Hits hard for a little bass with 150watts
Cons:
Nothing so far - the high bass notes could be a little more amplified, but what can you do. It is only 150w.
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5 out of 5

Perfect Addition

Written By BJF, Peoria, IL on Monday, August 27, 2012
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Very pleased with this Kicker sub... An excellent complement with a DVD receiver upgrade in my 05 Tundra DoubleCab. Fit perfectly under the front passenger seat... my kids call it 'The Boom Seat'. Just the right amount of bass to excite!
Pros:
Compact installation, great sound quality
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

Kicker 11HS8

Written By Anonymous, Springfield, MO on Friday, August 24, 2012
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Amazing that all that bass can come from such a small box! I installed it under the front pass. seat of a 2004 Dodge Dakota, most of the wiring comes with it (had to lengthen the remote turn on wire), love Kicker!
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5 out of 5

Incredible Sub!

Written By DaveG, TX on Monday, August 20, 2012
 
WOW! I just received it Friday and had it professionally installed underneath the passenger seat on Sat. I have a 2012 Subaru WRX. They charged $100 labor and it took them about 1.5hrs. This subwoofer sounds abdolutely incredible. It really enriches the overall sound and if you turn up the gain all the way it will "thump" the inside of your car. Now it won't rattle your whole car like those enormous boxed subwoofers in the trunk will, but that's not really a faair comparison. One thing you will notice is how heavy this thing is! Once I took it out of the package I knew it was going to be a good product. The value is A+ since it already has a built in amp. My other car is a 2003 WRX that has the factory sub underneath the passenger car. I had thought about getting it but they wanted $250 for it. The extra $ i spent for this Kicker was WELL WORTH it. There is no comparison between the two. The Kicker probably has 2-3 times the bass of the factory sub. The other nice feature is the remote bass controller. The factory sub on my 2003 WRX doesn't have that. I have to manually adjust it on the sub with a screwdriver which is a pain. the installer went one step further on my 2012 WRX and mounted the control knob for the bass controller underneath my center console so the knob is flush with the seat heater controls. I can't say enough good things about this subwoofer. Well worth the money. I gues only time will tell the reliability aspect of it.
Pros:
Awesome bass, very compact, a lot of product for the $$$$, very solid and heavy piece of equipment
Cons:
None
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1 out of 5

Kicker 11HS8

Written By Anonymous, waynesboro va on Monday, August 13, 2012
 
very weak sounding sub. remote wire speaker leads are too short.
Pros:
easy to install
Cons:
weak , short wires
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5 out of 5

Good Choice

Written By RG, Iowa on Sunday, August 12, 2012
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Installed in an Extended Cab Chevy Colorado. My original plan was to install a subwoofer in-between the two jump seats in the back of the cab, but I discovered that I could fit the subwoofer underneath one of the jump seats and it fits perfectly. All I had to do was remove the little plastic toolbox under the seat by undoing a couple of bolts. I then used one of bolts to secure the ground.

I previously installed 4 Kicker speakers, which is a part of the reason I picked this sub. The sub rounds out the listening experience and I cannot be happier about how the whole system sounds now.

I researched a lot of different options, including building a box, but I'm glad I went with this.

If your Head Unit uses RCA jacks, make sure you get the suggested adapter listed in the "Details" tab (or get whatever you need).
Pros:
*sounds good *solid construction *good solution for a small truck *didn't have to give up space (like a back seat)
Cons:
*none
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4 out of 5

Nice Bass for little Powerful Sub Great Sound also

Written By Brian3059 Xterra 2005, Potomac Maryland on Saturday, August 04, 2012
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installed less then 2 hrs very impressed with bass just what I was looking for great all around sound
Pros:
easy to install - takes up very little space - nice Bass
Cons:
wires to short had to buy extra wire - remote bass level didn't work - need to buy kicker rca adapter for low level inputs not supplied - but worth the purchase
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5 out of 5

Very nice not overpowering sub

Written By TedH, Charleston, SC on Friday, August 03, 2012
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This is a very nice powered sub for your vehicle. The unit provides nice bass addition to factory systems without feeling overbearing. For those who would like to add a touch more bass in their system should seriously consider this unit. The units comes with speaker level inputs, so tapping into rear shelf speakers is a snap to provide the audio source for the unit.
Pros:
Small package, good bass levels, and easy installation.
Cons:
Should include a speaker level to RCA connector for those who wish to us sub outputs from their head unit.
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4 out of 5

Very happy with this sub

Written By Kaiser A N, Ca on Friday, July 13, 2012
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I put this in a 07 civic coupe. It fits under the seat with the seat bottom at the lowest position. The case is anodized aluminum and built like a tank. Very solid and compact. I was surprised by the accuracy of the low notes. This is not a one note subwoofer. With some tuning between the controls on the sub and my hu, it has a seamless transition from the highs to lows. Surprisingly good on the punch and accuracy of the notes. I agree with others who were disappointed about the lack of plug and play line level inputs and the way too short remote on wire for under-seat mounting, however, this is not a deal breaker at all for me. If you plan on mounting in the trunk, then these gripes may not even be a concern. The description for this line level hookup is vague and the available adapter is not obviously noted. Ultimately,I just cut up an rca cable and soldered it to the speaker level inputs and put the input switch to on the sub to "Line" and all works fine. I am using with a Kenwood hd952, Infinity in the rear deck and Polk Audio components up front. No seperate amp. Just using the hu amp. The sub has no problem keeping up and has a lot more in reserve. Sounds great with rock, classical, jazz, basically everything I have played on it.
Pros:
Compact, great build quality, excellent defined bass
Cons:
Not a neighborhood shaker if you are into that, no plug and play line level input, remote amp wire too short for under seat mounting, which is what this sub is mainly. advertised as.
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5 out of 5

Compact, Powerful Kicker Power Subwoofer

Written By nedear, San Bruno, CA on Monday, July 02, 2012
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I just finished installed this Kicker power subwoofer in my 2011 Prius (IV). I have the Navigation JBL 8 speakers system and it sound clean, accurate imaging sound stage, the low frequency is just right but lack of the power. This Kicker Hideaway subwoofer fill in that missing deep punch low frequency. Overall I am very satisfied with it thanks to awesome service from Crutchfield.

Installation is straight forward, I don't even need to call the support for help. I found most of the needed information from priuschat forum, total time from start to finish took about 2 hours ( I took my time to remove trims and carefully ran the signal wires). The best placement is under the front driver seat, but mine have too little room to fit in, I place the subwoofer on back trunk area behind the seat back. I used the "Hi" input since the factory head unit does not have RCA out, I tapped into the "rear" speaker wires(black connector) which are locate behind the kick panel, I used the Posi-ProductsT Wire Connectors and it's so easy and secure. One good feature on the Kicker Hideaway power subwoofer is the "auto turn on" once it sense the DC current on the input line.

I would HIGHLY recommend this product for those Prius owner(s) or others vehicle(s) owners as well, this unit WON'T shake the neighbor's windows or hear from a block away, but it will nicely blend in to your factory sound system that can not be upgrade or replace (some have tied to A/C or body control module).
Pros:
Compact, Great Sound, lots of power, ease of installation, blend well with OEM factory sound system, the handy "remote gain control".
Cons:
A little pricy but worth it, power ground wire too short.
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5 out of 5

Awesome Powered Sub

Written By Avidcarguy, Las Vegas on Monday, April 30, 2012
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I originally replaced my front speakers on my 2010 VW GTI with Kickers. It made such an improvement that I decided to replace my rear speakers and add a powered sub (all Kickers). I am seriously impressed with Kickers in general. The powered sub is a little pricy, but it is totally worth the money. Even with just my factory head unit with 4 Kicker coax speakers and this powered sub, my system sounds as good as the Levinson system I had in a prior Lexus. The sub is even better. The remote bass control is very cool too. You will be amazed at what this compact sub will do for the overall sound.
Pros:
Great quality sound with more than adequate power; compact design great for tight spaces and smaller cars; great build quality
Cons:
A little pricy (not much of a con because it's totally still worth the money)
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5 out of 5

Very clean sound

Written By Todd, Ocala, Fl on Friday, April 27, 2012
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This unit produces good bass for such a small sub. Just installed it last week and so far I am satisfied with the performance. Also, it takes up very little space.
Pros:
Nice sound for the size. Easy to install.
Cons:
Needs an adapter to connect to the RCA inputs on head unit.
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4 out of 5

Very Nice!

Written By Chad, Portland, OR on Sunday, April 22, 2012
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My friend and I went in on this together for her husband's birthday. We also purchased the Rockford Fosgate Amp Installation Kit and the Amp InstallCard. In his 2002 Chevy Avalanche, the installer put the sub under the rear seat behind the driver and mounted the rotary dial remote control to the dash just above the driver's right leg. We were originally looking at one of the other "pancake" style powered subs, but just before we ordered this one became available. He's a hip hop DJ by night, so I figured that even though this was a little more expensive, he'd be much happier with it. He also needs to keep the versatility of his truck; other reviews said that the custom-fit boxes would make it so the rear seats couldn't fold down, or would take up space in the bed he needs for his DJ speakers for gigs.

Overall, the sound is amazing! Very clear bass, doesn't sound booming, it balances very well with the Kenwood speakers we put in last year (also from Crutchfield). He's very pleased with the results as well. The installer connected it to the subwoofer output on the back of his Sony aftermarket head unit so he has plenty of control.

One thing to note - it actually came with enough cables and connectors that the Rockford Fosgate installation kit wasn't needed. Yet another reason to buy from Crutchfield, the call to schedule the return took two minutes.
Pros:
Takes up little space, excellent sound, plenty of controls to fine tune the sound.
Cons:
Aside from it being too large to mount under one of the front seats in a 2002 Avalanche, none so far.
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4 out of 5

Kicker 11HS8

Written By carguy, Indianapolis, IN on Sunday, April 08, 2012
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Overall a great sub considering the size. If tuned properly, this sub can delivery without taking up your entire car. I am just writing this review to warn buyers about 1 specific thing...the description is very ambitious about this sub having preamp inputs but does indicate that it can take them. This would make any normal person assume that the box has preamp inputs but it doesn't. Turns out you have to buy an adapter to be able to input via RCA cables and this was not specified in the item description or detail. If you need preamp inputs, you need an adapter. If you are giving this sub a signal from a speaker line, you should be fine out of the box.
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5 out of 5

Great Sound in a small package

Written By Phish, North Dakota on Wednesday, April 04, 2012
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I recently purchased a 2012 Tundra, but was not all that impressed with the factory stereo. I have built several custom box, enormous sub, multi ampifier, systems over the past few years, but decided I wanted to go with something compact so that I did not lose any space inside the cab. I started off with a Infinity Bass Link (I cannot attest to how well it works as it was never hooked up), which was to big to fit under the seat. I called customer service, and returned it for a Kicker Hideaway. I put it into the truck yesterday; it was very easy to tie into the factory stereo and is compact enough to fit just about anywhere you want to put it, Once I got it hooked up and gave it a test run, I could not beleive the amount of sound that comes out of this box that is literally smaller then some amps I have owned. It is not a suwoofer that is gonna be heard from 6 blocks away, but, it delivers nice smooth bass in just the right quantity to make a factory stereo sound like a much bigger system.
Pros:
Excellent sound, Very compact size, Easy to hook up, Easy to setup controls, Variety of mounting options with template---would recommend this product to anyone Also, I exchanged a Ininiti Basslink for this unit, as the Basslink was simply to big. I am exceptionally pleased with the customer service I received from Crutchfield. No kidding, 5 minuters on the phone, they emailed me a new shipping label, 6 days later I had the Kicker.. I wish all Customer Service was this good
Cons:
I have NO negative feeback, the product is awesome, as is the Crutchfield Customer Service.
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5 out of 5

Decent sound for the size, surprised!

Written By WM, PA on Saturday, March 31, 2012
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Easy installation, but could have used longer speaker leads. Not having to use the remote turn is a real plus, one less wire to run. I went ahead and installed two behind rear seats of my 2012 F-150 SuperCrew, spliced the high level inputs to the rear speakers. Overall, sound is nice and fills the need for bass that the 5x7's can't handle. It can get pretty darn low if you want and it hits decent. People will think you have much bigger subs than you really do, once you show them, they won't believe it.
Pros:
Size No need for remote turn on Sound for the size
Cons:
Needs longer speaker leads and RCA's for those wanting to use low level inputs.
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4 out of 5

Pleasantly Surprised

Written By Adam, Hudson, NH on Thursday, March 29, 2012
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It makes just enough bass to be heard over the other components, but don't expect it to shake your windows, or hear it outside the car. This is the perfect solution to add the lows your car is missing without sacrificing any cargo space.
Pros:
It's tiny compared to just about anything else. The subwoofer is only the size of an amplifier! Decent Bass for the size, adds the missing lows that my 6x9's just can't produce, and does it loud enough to be heard over the rest if you desire. Remote bass control allows me to adjust on the fly, I really like that. Comes with Velcro straps, I was able to rig them so I didn't need to drill any mounting holes (This was a big plus for me, hate drilling into my car)
Cons:
Could have gotten 10-20% more bass for half the price with a Bazooka powered 8" tube. (But wouldn't have been able to fit it in my car) Remote turn on wire should have been longer (Was only about 2 foot, I had to extend it) No RCA inputs, you need to either splice in RCA cables to the input lines, or buy a Kicker adapter for that purpose.
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4 out of 5

Pretty Good Sound

Written By Indy, Indianapolis, IN on Friday, March 23, 2012
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I purchased this compact Kicker 11H58 for my 2006 Chrysler Sebring convertible. It is just what the doctor ordered! I have a Kenwood KDC-X395 CD Receiver with Boston Acoustics SE95 6" x 9" Speakers in the rear quarter panel and Boston Acoustics SE65RC 6.5" Speakers in the front doors. While it sounded good, it was lacking in low-end. While the Kicker 11H58 will not shatter any windows, it's compact size allowed me to remove the front passenger seat and install it under it. Having the sub woofer right in the car, it provides just enough low end to enhance the other components already installed.
Pros:
Compact size, easy installation, adjustable remote bass level.
Cons:
Should have included the Kicker adapter for low level input. This had to be purchased seperately.
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3 questions already asked

I have a 2011 Cadillac CTS, and I know that it will fit under one of the passenger seats. My question is if i'm going to need a new stereo due to the fact that I only have the factory standard head unit? [ Milton  May 05, 2014 ]
1 answer
  • You will want to contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat to discuss compatibility with your factory system. They will be able to pull up your vehicle and see if this will integrate. If it does not, then they will also be able to discuss other options with you. [ Krissy Staff  May 05, 2014 ]
I have a 2011 scion tc and would like to put this underneath the passenger seat. would it be able to fit? [ ADAM  Apr 13, 2014 ]
7 answers
  • Yes, i put under the driver seat of the kia Sportage 2013 [ LUIS   Apr 15, 2014 ]
  • Adam, while I don't know how much room is under your seat, I do know that it fits nicely under my Jeep seat with a little room to spare. The best I can advise you for your situation is to measure the open area under your seat that doesn't have anything blocking where the sub would fit, like electronic modules for power seats/heated seats, seat belts, etc. I also used a box I had laying around just to see how difficult it would be to actually get something under the seat (like a puzzle box or game box), because you might only be able to get something under the seat from one direction, like from the back seat floor. Hope this was helpful. [ KEVIN   Apr 14, 2014 ]
  • Not sure. It will not fit under my Toyota Tacoma truck. [ TIMOTHY R   Apr 14, 2014 ]
  • Yes it should fit And I love the bass from it u will enjoy it [ JUAN   Apr 14, 2014 ]
  • I don't know, as I don't drive Scion. It does however, fit nicely (snug) under the passenger seat of my 2013 Honda Civic. [ DANIEL R   Apr 14, 2014 ]
  • Don't know about your car but it its under my old jag which is very low - tight but works great [ KRAG   Apr 14, 2014 ]
  • Don't buy it! Mine broke already. Spend your money on a custom box with a proper speaker and amp. [ CARL   Apr 14, 2014 ]
My Kicker no longer works. It powers up and the fuses are good but no sound? Any suggestions? The wiring is right and it worked fine until it just stopped putting out sound? Of course my warranty just ran out. [ Andy  Jan 05, 2014 ]
1 answer
  • If you purchased the product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. Our toll-free Tech Support number is printed on your invoice, and is also available under the "My Orders" tab in the "My Account" section of our website. If you did not purchase the unit from Crutchfield, then you may want to contact the manufacturer. You can also post your question in our forums: http://community.crutchfield.com. Or try our online support center: http://crutchfield.custhelp.com/app/answers/list/kw/. [ Jeff Staff  Jan 05, 2014 ]

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