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Kicker 11PES10C

Sealed powered subwoofer with 10" sub and 450-watt amp

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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.

Kicker has taken the idea of a powered subwoofer and turned it on its head. In the past, powered subwoofers have sacrificed performance in order to fit into a smaller space or or meet a lower price point. But now Kicker uses massive power and high-performance woofers so their PE SubStation™ line of powered subs can compete with custom systems built with separate amps, subs, and boxes, all while keeping the cost reasonable.

A powerful match
It can be tough matching subs, amps, and enclosures together. Kicker's taken the guesswork out of the process by creating the PES10C powered sub, matching a powerful 450-watt RMS amplifier with a 10" Solo Classic subwoofer, then housing them together in a sealed, compact box. This way, you won't have to waste time juggling specs — just focus on enjoying your bass.

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Easy in, easy out
A quick-connect power harness and removable straps make it easy to pull this sub out of your vehicle, so you can get some storage space back in a pinch. The enclosure is only 8-1/2" deep so it'll fit in a variety of spaces, while the carpet covering will protect the enclosure and your vehicle against scratches and dents.

Highlights:

  • powered 10" subwoofer enclosure
  • 10" Kicker Solo Classic subwoofer
  • Class D amplifier (450 watts RMS)
  • remote bass-level control with 20-foot cable included
  • variable low-pass crossover (50-200 Hz, 12 dB/octave)
  • phase switch (0°, 180°)
  • variable bass boost (0-18 dB)
  • frequency response: 25-200 Hz
  • fuse rating: 15A x 2
  • 8-gauge power and ground leads recommended— wiring and hardware not included with amplifier
  • 18"W x 13-3/8"H x 8-1/2"D1 x 5-1/2"D2
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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Features and Specs
General
Enclosure Type Sealed
Finish Material Vinyl and Carpet
Grille N/A
Connector Type Harness
Bi-amp Inputs N/A
Woofer Size (inches) 10
Woofer Material Polypropylene
Passive Radiator ---
Width 18"
Height 13-3/8"
Depth 8-1/2"
Second Depth 5-1/2"
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year
Specifications
Frequency Response 25-200
Amplifier Power (RMS) 450 watts
Maximum Wattage N/A
Sensitivity N/A
Impedance N/A
Second Voice Coil Impedance N/A
Crossover Point 50-200 Hz
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What's in the box?

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  • Subwoofer enclosure loaded with one 10" woofer and built-in amplifier
  • Four 15 amp ATO fuses (two installed in enclosure)
  • Quick-connect power plug
  • Quick-connect signal harness
  • 3mm Allen wrench
  • Remote bass level control
  • Metal bracket (for mounting remote bass level control)
  • 20' Remote bass level control cable (3.5mm plug on both ends)
  • Two 3/8" Self-tapping screws
  • Four 1-3/8" Self-tapping screws
  • 4 Washers
  • 2 Velcro mounting straps
  • Instruction manual (English/ Spanish/ German/ French)

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Features

Overview: The SubStation PES10C is a sealed enclosure that houses a 10" Kicker Solo Classic subwoofer and a built-in class-D amplifier, outputting 450 watts RMS @ 14.4 volts.

Cone Material: The SoloKon design is a unique one-piece construction, using polypropylene material that moves as a lightweight piston, for improved control. The cone remains rigid, minimizing cone flex and distortion.

Surround: The tough, flexible rubber surround has a long-throw, positive-roll design, which controls extreme cone excursion and is tear-resistant. The surround is ribbed to ensure linear cone motion. The surround is stitched to the reinforced cone edge, making separation between them virtually impossible, even in the harshest conditions.

Basket Assembly: The Solo Classic utilizes a high strength stamped steel basket which features a low-profile open design and provides a solid foundation for the precision-aligned motor assembly.

Signal Input: The included signal input harness can be used with a speaker level or line level signal. The 10" harness is terminated with female RCA jacks (when using a speaker level input, the RCA jacks are cut off).

Low Pass Crossover: The amplifier's low pass crossover point is continuously variable from 50 to 200 Hz; the crossover slope is 12 dB per octave.

Subsonic Filter: In addition to the low pass crossover, the PES10C features a 24 dB/octave subsonic filter fixed at 25 Hz. Ultra-low frequencies that cannot be reproduced by a subwoofer do not become sound, but unnecessary oscillations that cause distortion. These frequencies also waste amplifier power and can damage the speaker. The built-in subsonic filter removes the frequencies below 25 Hz to improve the sound quality by eliminating harmful distortion.

Bass Boost: The bass boost circuit provides a variable (0-18 dB) signal boost centered at 40 Hz.

Status Indicator Light: There is a status indicator LED on the control panel on the left side of the enclosure; it lights Blue to indicate that the amplifier is turned on and operating normally and lights Red to indicate the amplifier's protection circuitry has been activated.

Remote Bass Level Control: The included remote bass level control lets you adjust the output level of the amplifier from anywhere in the vehicle. A 20' cable is included and when it's plugged in, the gain control on the side of the enclosure is bypassed. The remote bass level control can be mounted under the dash with the included mounting hardware, it has the following dimensions:

  • Width: 2.215"
  • Height: 1.193"
  • Depth: 1.718" (3.076" including the knob and cable)

Controls: All the PES10C's controls and connections are located on the left side:

  • Auto Turn-On: three position switch; choose Remote (amp turns on when +12 volts is applied to the remote turn-on wire), DC Offset (amp turns on when a 6 volt surge is detected from a speaker-level source on the signal inputs; in this mode the amp's remote turn-on wire acts as a +12 volt output to turn on another component), or Signal Sense (the amp turns on when an incoming audio signal is detected; in this mode the amp's remote terminal acts as a +12 volt output to turn on another component)
  • Phase: two position switch, the sub's phase can be easily inverted; 0° or 180°
  • Input Level: two position switch; choose Hi when using a speaker level input, Lo when using a line level input
  • Gain: rotary knob; continuously variable from 125mV to 5V when the Input Level switch is set to Lo, 250mV-10V when the Input Level switch is set to Hi
  • X-Over Frequency: rotary knob; set the low pass x-over point; continuously variable from 50 Hz to 200 Hz
  • Bass Boost: rotary knob; continuously variable from 0 to +18 dB

Connections:

  • Remote Bass: 3.5mm mini-jack for use with the included remote bass level control
  • Fuses: two 15 amp ATO style fuses protect the amplifier
  • Signal Input: quick-connect jack for use with the included signal input harness
  • Power: quick-connect jack for use with the included power/ground/remote power plug:
    • Power: set screw terminal, up to 4 gauge wire
    • Ground: set screw terminal, up to 4 gauge wire
    • Remote: set screw terminal, up to 8 gauge wire
 
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3 out of 5

it's a speaker

Written By me, Wyoming on Wednesday, July 09, 2014
 
It's alright, I guess. I've already blown the 2 15 amp fuses & I'm at a rig location with no access to more fuses, but it sounded ok before the fuses blew.
Pros:
it's an amp & sub combo
Cons:
it's an amp & sub combo
Crutchfield response on Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Crutchfield Tech Support has reached out to Dustin to see if we help him determine why the powered sub is blowing fuses. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.
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5 out of 5

Kicker 11PES10C

Written By Dean, Detroit mi on Saturday, December 21, 2013
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Excellent system all in one great sound for a 10 inch sub. Has a lot of power in such a small set up. If you don't want a box that takes up you whole trunk and has decent power that you can feel this is the one . It has a bass remote that you can put in your center consul so you can adjust your amp gains from the front seat .
Pros:
Big power for such a small unit very easy to install. I like the quick connect wires it's so easy to remove and install
Cons:
Nothing really maybe the price !!!!
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5 out of 5

Great System

Written By Ketih, Woodland Park, Co on Sunday, July 14, 2013
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Awesome product. We replaced 2, 12" mtx speakers and amp with this product, the clarity of sound and the pound of the subw are incredible for one 10" speaker. We are very pleased and impressed.
Pros:
great sound
Cons:
none identified yet
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4 questions already asked Show all answers

I just purchased a 680 watt (400 watt rms) wiring kit. Will this be enough to power the sub? [ Jesse  Jun 13, 2014 ]
1 answer
  • I forwarded your question to an Advisor and they responded with the following: Yes, this will definitely be sufficient for this subwoofer. If you would like to discuss further you can contact an Advisor directly by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. [ Krissy Staff  Jun 14, 2014 ]
I noticed this does not have RCA inputs. My Alpine deck has RCA subwoofer outputs. I'm already using the other line outs for my door speakers. Is there an adapter? Would I be able to use this item? [ Graham  Mar 13, 2014 ]
1 answer
  • You can certainly use the RCA subwoofer output. Signal Input: The included signal input harness can be used with a speaker level or line level signal. The 10" harness is terminated with female RCA jacks (when using a speaker level input, the RCA jacks are cut off). [ Jeff Staff  Mar 14, 2014 ]
I drive an 09 Mistubishi Galant. I already have four speakers that are powered by an Alpine 50×4 amp. If I installed this would my small battery be able to handle it? [ Ryan B  Feb 09, 2014 ]
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  • Thanks for your question. For information on selecting the best powered sub I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to help determine the differences between the models and help you make the best choice for your system. [ Krissy Staff  Feb 09, 2014 ]
I have a 2011 v6 Mustang..seeking to add some serious bass/upgrade.Just to let you know that i still have my car audio system from the 1990's that used to be in my 91' Shadow. Jensen 6x9's in the rear,BP 5 1/4's front,1 Alpasonik 4 channel amp (50x4),& 2 bridge (400x2) into 2 12" Kicker Competition woofer in a sealed 2.75 box stuffed with polyester.Which would you choose..the 11PES10 or the 11PHD12 Dual ?? Which on do you think will hit harder? [ Jeffrey  Dec 16, 2013 ]
1 answer
  • This will depend on exactly what you are looking for. THe 11PES10 will provide more volume, but the 11PHD12 will provide deeper bass. For help in choosing the right gear for your system I would recommend contacting an Advisor by phone or online chat. They will be able to look at your current gear and help determine what will be the best match. [ Jeff Staff  Dec 18, 2013 ]

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