Kicker 11HS8

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

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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.

Product 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

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.

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Great Sound from a Small Footprint

Written By Steve S, Illinois on Tuesday, November 24, 2015

As most who have positively reviewed this product had pickup trucks, i wasnt expecting it to boom in my Jeep Renegade like it does. It really provides the low-end that my factory system was missing. I mounted on the back of my second row seats and it doesnt take away from my cargo area at all while staying off the floor and away form the elements. Really got a lot of bang for the buck.

Pros: Clean Bass Enough controls to tweak to perfection remote for controlling bass boost high level or line level input making tapping factory speaker wires easy using a +12v or Remote Trigger to turn the amp power on

Cons: The wiring harness is great for convenience in one attachment but sort of a nightmare for actually running the wiring. The speaker wires on the harness were too short, so i had to use a speedwire.

Nice addition for a compact size

Written By Jackalope, Nor Ca. on Monday, November 09, 2015

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Sold performer, it made a good difference for my single cab truck and fit under the seat. Good sound to fill the gap of no bass to a good thump. Not earth shattering by any means but I do not think it was intended to be. Works great and like the fact it has a remote for quick adjustments on the fly.

Pros: Small, decent bass, easy install, remote control

Cons: Not a window breaker

Great compact sub application

Written By 2009 Subaru Impreza, Alaska on Friday, November 06, 2015

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I returned a Sound Ordinance compact powered sub of the same size because it did not reproduce lower bass frequencies. I am much happier with this unit. It has a deeper frequency response (25hz vs 40hz) than the Sound Ordinance and it reproduces the lower bass notes in your music.

Pros: Compact size, (fits under the driver seat of my 2009 Subaru Impreza), ease of installation, full/deep bass reproduction. Highly recommended if you want to add bass in a compact space.

Cons: None

More than impressed

Written By Rich, Illinois on Monday, November 02, 2015

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This powered sub puts the icing on the cake for the sound system in my 2004 Jeep Wrangler. I wanted something that would fit under the front seat, and the dimensions seemed like it would, given that its difficult to actually measure the space under the seat I feel very fortunate that this fit (without any room to spare) between the seat mounts and low enough to allow the seat to slide forward and back without contacting the sub. I did have to get a little creative with the brackets to tie it down but I wont go into that, no fault of the mfg. or Crutchfield. As for the sound I'm hearing lower lows than expected and have had to play a variety of music and tune as I go to find the perfect balance. At first it was easy to allow to much base for my taste, I like to hear it as close to live or as close to the intended recording as possible. If you are looking for a compact Sub and aren't trying to drown out all other frequency's then this could be for you

Pros: Compact, plenty of frequency range, price was good

Cons: Would like to have had RCA inputs instead of the single Molex plug for all connections but that was only to make installation simpler, not detrimental to sound quality what so ever.

Just what I wanted

Written By Rocker1, South Carolina on Sunday, November 01, 2015

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Just what I was looking for in my Nissan Xterra. Needed some extra bass but didn't want to sacrifice cargo space. Fit perfectly under the driver's seat. Can barely get it half way without causing a scene at stop lights.

Pros: Size, all in one unit

Cons: none so far

Better than expected

Written By Jet1959, Liberty, Mo on Monday, October 26, 2015

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This is just what I wanted. Fits just right under the rear seat of my 2007 GMC sierra Classic Extended cab. I was unsure about what it was going to sound like but, it has just enough thump to provide the sound I wanted. It isn't ear deafening and won't rattle the neighbors windows but will rattle the vehicles windows and mirrors if set right. My adviser was right to include the RCA adapter cable for hookup in my order. It is a straight forward install easy install.

Pros: Perfect thump for 8" The wired remote is great too

Cons: Haven't found one yet.

Great value so far...

Written By achinback, Tennessee on Sunday, October 25, 2015

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The review title is the bottom line here. This little package is a great deal. I'm going to assume that my unit doesn't have a short life span like many others have experienced. If indeed it does prematurely lay down on me, then my opinion will change greatly. So, on to the meat and potatoes. I purchased this unit to in a 2002 F-150 extended cab. I wanted something I could hide under the rear seat without removing the jack. This thing fit perfectly. Installation was fairly straight forward. If you have installed an amp before then you shouldn't have much problem here. I have to say, I don't care much for the wiring harness. Some might find it handy, I would have preferred to install with standard amp wiring. Also, the adapter required for low level input feels a little suspect, but I must say it has worked fine for me so far. Note: Make sure your phase setting is right when setting this system up after installation. It is potentially very easy to have this sub out of phase with the rest of your system in which case it could basically produce little to no sound. Oh, and about that sound...this thing kicks. I'm used to having full blown, high power systems in my vehicles, and this helps my truck keep up surprisingly well. The power really surprises me. For my application it actually produces a more boomy sound than the punch I was expecting, although a little tweaking can change that somewhat. So, if you're looking to add some bottom end to your set up, try it

Pros: - Small package - Great sound - Great value, especially from scratch and dent - Probably has almost everything you need in one box

Cons: - Separate adapter required for low level inputs - Required a little more tweaking than I'm used to - This specific unit seems to have a reputation for reliability issues

Kicker 11HS8

Written By Mark H, Clyde,NC on Tuesday, October 20, 2015

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This a great powered subwoofer not to much and not little bass which is what I was looking for for my system in my 2007 WRX

Pros: Easy install

Cons: Not having RCA hookups


Written By Joe, Georgia on Thursday, October 08, 2015

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This is the perfect match for my factory system and truck. Thank you Crutchfield for helping me get the right one.

Amazing bass!

Written By Steven, Springfield, MO on Monday, September 14, 2015

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Easy to install, the wiring harness makes for quick hook up. Just would have like to see more about the remote turn on wire, that has to have power to work, but really easy. The grounding wire was short, but easy to extend.

Pros: Great bass and controls only about half way, makes my F-250 rock!

Cons: I needed more instruction on the remote turn on wire.

It's all about that bass

Written By Nuklhed, Colorado on Sunday, September 06, 2015

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The kicker is that the Kicker 11HS8 kicks some butt. I was really impressed that such a big boom can come from such a small box and was greatly surprised after installing this in my 2004 Nissan Frontier Crew Cab. It fits perfectly behind the rear seats (especially since there is not much room for anything else) and the wiring wasn't too complicated. Some of the wiring (more specifically the speaker and the remote power wires) on the harness that came with the system was a little shorter than I would have liked but wasn't a big deal soldering or crimping on some additional leads. The system gave some great bass response and really improved the sound in my ride. I am very happy with this purchase and would recommend it to others.

Pros: Very compact and fits easily in small spaces. Connectivity was fairly simple. Bass response is very good and really added to the sound in my vehicle.

Cons: Although installation wasn't as bad as I had thought it would be, the installation manual was a bit lacking and took a little time to figure out (really only 2 pages of pictures with little written instruction). I ended up going to the Crutchfield site to get additional info on basic power amp / sub installation to get a good feel of what I needed to do.

Don't waste your time.

Written By Anonymous, Texas on Wednesday, August 26, 2015

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Purchased this because of all the good reviews. Wired it all up and 1st the turn on setting using signal from speaker didn't rrally work as the amp would shut off with higher volume levels. 2nd the speaker vibrates as if something is loose inside.

Pros: Looks good in trunk.

Cons: Expensive and did not work properly.

Kicker hs118 ROCKS!

Written By HondaCivic4dr5speedKarl, Bel air maryland on Tuesday, June 16, 2015

With a background in pro-audio, bit of an audiophile. As I age(not even 30 yet by the way), the aftermarket, 300lb, 300Db 3k watt, 30k$ sound systems become less of a nesessity. Only remaining priorities include solid bass, clean sound, and low maintenance. Didn't expect much from a lower priced kicker product found at your local electronics store, with which I have dealt with quite often, being the village-stereo installler that I am. Don't get me wrong! Biased opinion does not reflect Kicker's higher-end products... ...Installed/tuned and ready to criticize in less than 20min! Bose-like sound quality, and mind-blowingly compact design! The longer I own this unit, the more I appreciate what Kicker has done, hence the review. Crutchfield & Kicker, You Rock!

Pros: Quality sound, compact design, brilliant "auto/input sensing remote signal", ease of installment.

Cons: Price.

Fills out the sound

Written By Blissy, Texas on Sunday, June 14, 2015

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I bought this sub to help fill out the sound in my 2001 Silverado Extended-Cab. I'm not someone who wants to shake the ground, but when I turn up the music, I want to be able to appreciate the beat without distorting my 3-way speakers' output. This fills that function perfectly!

I installed the unit behind the rear-bench, on the cab's back-wall, on the driver's side. I removed an appropriate section of insulation and mounted the box directly to the steel, with felt pads to keep the rattle down. I didn't use the supplied straps, although there are grooves in the enclosure that looks like will support their use just fine.

The unit fits perfectly in that location. It was easy to mount and run the wiring for the power under the driver's side trim, and the speaker wires under the carpet, under the center console, and then up to the head unit.

Nowhere in the catalog did it describe that you'd have to either solder RCA plugs, or buy some as accessories. Crutchfield should have this included in their manuals, so that their tech people can advise the customer that they'll need the optional accessory if they're going to utilize the RCA plugs on the back of their head-unit.

The "Bass Boost" remote control rheostat is pretty cool. It goes up to 11! However, the one that came with mine doesn't work. I had to wiggle the included cord that came with it, and it would only work occasionally. No biggie-it was easy enough to set up on the enclosure, and I won't touch it again.

Pros: Easy to fit, and install. Nice added "thump." Sturdy, and attractive.

Cons: No included RCA plugs. Won't shake the Earth, if that's what you're looking for.

Really Awesome Powered Sub!

Written By Steve-F, Tennessee on Wednesday, April 22, 2015

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Just amazing how much better my audio system sounds with this powered sub. I'm using this with a Pioneer FH-X820BS head unit and Kicker 40CSS654 6 & 1/2 inch speakers in my 2008 Chevy Colorado Crew Cab (Front & Back). Probably the best sounding system I've ever had. I had to remove the crew cab bench seat to secure the Velcro straps to the floor, but well worth the trouble (It was only 4 bolts). Wiring was pretty easy too, no problems.

Pros: Awesome bass!

Cons: None!

Not very pleased

Written By BrunoB, Atlanta, GA on Monday, April 13, 2015

I was pretty disappointed to find that they made the switched power line the length of the ground line rather than the length of the speaker lines. Because of this I just went with "DC offset" switching. (It watches for AC on the speaker inputs.)

Ultimately I feel like I have to have the head unit volume up way too high to hear or feel any output from this unit. I soldered the input lines to the rear speaker lines. I have tried both 0º and 180º phases. The bass in the factory system is "just below fair". This unit brings it only to "fair" and only when the volume is at 75%+. I've elected not to install the gain remote because I can't imagine ever using anything but maximum gain.

Pros: Small enough to fit under the driver seat in many cars. (Required that I remove the seat to get it there.)

Cons: The switched power line is only 24 inches long. WHY?

kicker hideaway sub

Written By Pat M., Virginia beach,VA on Saturday, April 11, 2015

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I bought this sub for my 2011 4Runner. It fits under the passenger seat with ease. The all in one wiring harness made it super easyandfast to install. Like others have saidit won't rattle your mirrors off but you know it's there. I ended up using Velcro instead of the mounting straps.

Pros: Fast, easy install. Great sounds from a small package

Cons: Mounting straps are sub par

Great sound!

Written By Brandon, Tx on Friday, March 27, 2015

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With a little tuning and some install tips from crutchfield techs this little guy is all I needed for crisp clean bass. So far very satisfied with this product. Installed it under front passenger seat in a 2014 dodge ram 2500.

Pros: great for space constraints! Clean bass

Cons: Wish there was a 10" version


Written By Ecmont65, Chattanooga, TN on Friday, March 27, 2015

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I am no audiophile, Heck, I can barely spell it. This unit works great and sounds incredible. It totally filled out the cab with great bass. The stero sounds 10,000 times better and I have a pretty decent head unti and speakers. Pretty simple to install, thanks to the "second to none" tech service guys. I installed in a 2014 Toyota Tacoma regular cab 4X4. Fit under the seat fine. Like most said, it is not going to shatter windows. But for what I wanted, it was absolutly PERFECT. I had to use the KISL adapter. Make sure you call Crutchfield before you buy so you have all of the parts you need. Fortunatly I did. I only run it up half way. Remote Bass control works like a dream.

Pros: Easy to isntall and set up. Sounds awesome. Firs under seat. Nice bass remote.

Cons: Did not come with a long enough cable to the "DC" turn on feature to hook to the head unit.

Nice product

Written By Jsoco, Massachusetts on Wednesday, February 04, 2015

Put one in my buddies truck and I'm running a single 10 inch sundown sa10. I can say that I was shocked for the size of the package the bass it produces. If you have any questions just buy it. It's a wonderful product.

Kicker Hideaway

Written By Anonymous, Arizona on Tuesday, January 20, 2015

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Kicker hideaway is awesome. Provides more than enough Bass for my 2009 Dodge Ram 2500 quad cab. Mounted under pass seat and relocated my jack to the rear underseat storage.

Pros: Simple install.

Cons: Low level RCA adapter not provided by Kicker or Crutchfield.

Compact, Packs a Punch!

Written By MyRex, Louisiana on Monday, December 15, 2014

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I have a 2014 WRX hatch. After replacing the head unit with a decent after market upgrade I realized that I needed something a little more. I travel for business and practically live out of my car so space is a premium. Initially I purchased an amp and a JL Audio 6 inch micro-sub in a ported enclosure. As small as it was I still didn't want to give up the space in my hatch. I purchased the Kicker Hideaway with reservations as anyone who knows JL Audio knows that as small as there micro-sub is it really puts out some amazing base and I was afraid that I'd be disappointed. I am happy to say that this little amplified subwoofer far exceeded my expectations. It provides clean, solid bass, was easy to install and fit nicely under my front passenger seat. Out of sight, out of mind! I've had people in my car and many have asked what I was running as my sub and amp and although I'm not looking to rattle my car apart when playing certain tracks it actually vibrates my rearview mirror. I would definitely recommend this product to a friend and ordering through Crutchfield was easy and shipping was fast!

Pros: Easy installation, small compact size and great bass reproduction!

Cons: None as of yet!

Kicker kick butt

Written By Very pleased, Biloxi ms on Sunday, December 07, 2014

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Wasn't sure about sound since it is all in one. Pleasantly suprised!! Easy to instal and hide.

Pros: Everything

Cons: None

Hideaway 8

Written By Sam, Carson City on Thursday, November 06, 2014

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I purchased this product for my 2005 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited. It's perfect size for my vehicle, wiring was easy and it compliments my sound pod speakers. Great sound, ease of installation make this a good buy.

Pros: Small Size, ease of Installation, all hardware and wiring included.

Cons: A little pricey, but you get what you pay for.

Super Bass

Written By LovinBass, Palm Beach, FL on Sunday, October 19, 2014

I was doubtful that this small sub could be all the bass I wanted. However, much to my surprise and amazement this make my car stero come to life. You're not going to rattle your neighbor's windows, but it sure does make my Jeep Liberty sound better than the Bose system in my G37. I absolutely love this and would highly recommend it.

Pros: Lots of hard hitting bass & adjustable control knob at your fingertips.

Cons: None


Written By Anonymous, wichita, ks on Saturday, October 11, 2014

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Just installed this in my 2001 GMC Sierra (standard cab), fit perfectly behind the drivers seat mounted to the wall. I still have some tweeking to do with the controls and settings on my head unit but allready i am impressed with how much it improved my system. I would definatly recomend this unit for anyone who needs that extra kick but have little to no space to use a traditional sub/amp set up. Perfect for trucks

Kenwood KDC352U Head unit Kenwood KAC-M1804 4 channel amp Polk Audio Dxi571 coaxal speakers (rear) Polk Audio Dxi6501 components (doors) Kicker Hideaway powered sub

Pros: Easy to install, small enough to fit in small spaces but still puts out lots of sound and comes with everything you need to install (if wanting to use low level input you will need to get the Kicker KISL rca/speaker level adapter)

Cons: None to speak of....the speaker level input wires and amp turn on wire could be a little longer but not really a big issue

Nice little sub

Written By Doug, San Antonio, TX on Sunday, September 28, 2014

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I was having trouble deciding between this little sub or using an amp with a sub box. I have an F-150 and did not want to lose the utility of the backseat by putting a big sub box on the floor under the seat. This sub has big sound dispute it's size. It has completely changed my listening experience. I replaced the stock stereo with a kenwood head unit, but left in the stock speakers. While this increased the volume, I was still missing the full sound I was looking for. Let's be honest, this is an 8" sub. If you want a sub that's going to push a ton of air and make you feel like you are at a live rock concert, this is likely not the sub for you. However, if you're after more of the Bose quality bass, which you can hear and feel, then you should consider this sub. It won't pound the back of your seat, but it will fill in the holes for most stock speakers. My head unit has crossover capability... This sub allowed me to limit the bass frequencies going to the stock speakers. My system went from fairly flat (lots of mids) to a full sound with some punch. I installed the sub myself. I used low level RCA connectors. I did not use the volume knob included with the unit because I can control the volume with my head unit. If your going to install using line/speaker level connections, the volume knob is a must. I've only had the sub in for a couple of days, but I'm very satisfied with the bass produced by this Kicker product.

Pros: Compact, solid, clean bass

Cons: Like other reviews, you will need 18 gauge wire for the 12V power. You will likely need The RCA adapter and RCA cables that are not included.

Love this sub

Written By Andrea, Amherst, NY on Thursday, August 21, 2014

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Love the sound that comes out of this sub. My factory speakers were sounding really flat so I replaced them with Kicker 40CS54s and this powered sub. Tuned it and it sounds amazing even when it isn't turned up very much and you have to tune it (I found a nice guide on this site that made it a lot less painful to do). Wiring it was relatively easy and I'm not super savy with electronic wiring. The wires are nice and long to make it to the trunk if needed. It fits beautifully under the front passanger seat of my Ford Escape. And the remote it great for the little tweek when you want a little more or a little less bass.

Pros: Easy to install All in one amp and sub Great sound for size Small enough to fit under seat Customer service is awesome - made sure I had exactly what I needed and walked me through wiring one part when I had problems

Cons: Tuning can be tricky if you don't really know what you are doing

Awesome product!

Written By Cody, Texas on Monday, August 11, 2014

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I installed the kicker 11hs8 into my 2015 337 Peterbilt. This thing hits hard! I also installed a JVC KW-V20BT DVD receiver. The combination turned out great. My truck is what you would call a "single cab" and the sub EASILY fills the interior with low-end sound. The JVC head unit has a great equalizer so I can fine tune for amazing sound. Installating the sub was probably a 3 on a scale to 10 for difficulty. The remote power wire is fairly short, BUT, that was nothing that 10ft of 18 GA wire couldn't take care of. The KISL adapter (sold separately) was a little tricky at first, but after trying a few different combinations I got it. If installing one, where the speaker wires come out of the adapter there are 2 blue and 2 gray wires. The wires come out bundled in a square. Blue side by side, and gray side by side, pair the wires from opposing corners, blue w/ gray and blue with gray. I also used rca cables from the head unit to the sub. Much easier to run rca cables than 4 wires. All in all, a great great, product.

kicker hideaway

Written By JT, baltimore on Wednesday, August 06, 2014

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very, very impressed by this product. it def filled in the low-end needed in my factory setup. highly recommended!

Pros: compact comes with everything needed for install (wires, fuse, etc.) it's a kicker product Crutchfield tech support included

Cons: nada

Just what I was looking for...

Written By Kevin, Brooklyn, NY on Thursday, July 24, 2014

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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...

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

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.

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....


Written By Anonymous, Tampa on Thursday, June 19, 2014

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Sounds good. Not enough wire provided for REM.

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!

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.

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

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.

2014 Subaru forester

Written By Justin, 11581 on Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Fit under the passenger seat of my Subaru forester 2014. Great sound,

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.

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 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 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.

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.


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,

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

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.

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)

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).

Great product

Written By Luis, Puerto Rico on Tuesday, August 13, 2013

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Excellent sound!!!!

Cons: No cons

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.

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?

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


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

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.

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

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

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

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)


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

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