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Dual Voice Coils: For increased system flexibility, the woofer
has two 2Ω voice coils. When the voice coils are wired in parallel the woofer
presents a 1Ω load; when wired in series the woofer presents a 4Ω load.
Square Design: By making the Solo-Baric square, Kicker is
maximizing the cone area (Sd) for a given size, 16% to 20% more area than a
conventional round subwoofer. More cone area means the Solo-Baric L3 moves
more air, resulting in louder, deeper bass.
Cone Material: The square 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. A
rear cone brace integrates into the cone to resist deformation under pressure.
Surround: The tough, flexible Santoprene rubber surround has
a long-throw, positive-roll design, which controls extreme cone excursion and is
highly tear-resistant. The corners of the surround are 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.
Spider: The woofer is equipped with a progressive roll, vented
poly-cotton spider to ensure linearity at high volume.
Rubber Magnet Boot: A black rubber boot covers the outside
edge of the magnet structure to improve the cosmetics of the woofer and protect
the magnet from chipping or breaking during installation.
Speaker Terminals: The terminals are spring loaded and nickel
plated for solid connections with speaker wire up to 10 gauge.
Break-in Period: Due to the complex nature of Kicker Solo-Baric
L3 woofers, they require a break-in period in order to produce optimum low-bass
response. The high-performance suspension system makes the speakers very stiff
initially. Approximately 2 weeks of daily playing will allow the suspension to
break-in and reach its optimum equilibrium. A broken-in subwoofer will exhibit
stronger bass performance, smoother response, and greater low-bass extension.
Power Handling: The power handling specifications differ
according to the type and size of the enclosure. The power handling specifications
assume that both voice coils are in use (Both voice coils in a dual voice coil
speaker should always be connected).
Sealed Box: Two recommended sealed box volumes are given in
the manual, Compact and SQ (ultra sound quality). Any enclosure size between the
two recommendations is also acceptable:
- Compact (minimum enclosure volume): 0.8
cubic feet; power handling up to 400 watts RMS (200 watts per
- SQ (maximum enclosure volume): 3.0 cubic
feet; power handling up to 300 watts RMS (150 watts per voice
Vented Box: The manual also lists two vented enclosure
recommendations using slot ports:
- Compact: 1.25 cubic feet; 2" x
10.5" port opening; 20" port length; power handling
up to 300 watts RMS (150 watts per voice coil)
- SQ: 1.75 cubic feet; 2.5" x 10.5"
port opening; 20" port length; power handling up to 300
watts RMS (150 watts per voice coil)
Cutout: The woofer will not mount in a standard enclosure
with a round cutout; instead the required opening is square, 9-1/4" x
9-1/4" (approximately). A cutout template is integrated into the box