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Kicker Solo-Baric® L3 Series 11S12L34

12" subwoofer with dual 4-ohm voice coils

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by Jo Greene
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What's a component sub and why would I want one?

A component sub is simply a speaker that's designed to reproduce bass once it's installed in a compatible enclosure. Think about the impact of a movie soundtrack in a big theater or even in your own home HDTV setup. A component sub can add the same kind of power to the music in your car. And a car sub is not all about the boom that you hear on a street corner (although that's cool too) - you can pair a component sub with your choice of enclosure to get bass just the way you like it, from tight and punchy to fat and loose. And once you experience music in your car with a well-tuned subwoofer, you'll never go back.

Kicker revolutionized the world of bass with their Solo-Baric square subwoofers back in 1992. Since then, engineers at Kicker have fine-tuned this design to perfection, so you can count on powerful, accurate, and reliable performance. The L3 Series subs are the latest to join the Solo-Baric line, and they definitely uphold the family name.

Square woofer means more woofer
The L3 Series 11S12L34 12" sub features the trademark square cone, offering up to 20% more surface area than a round 12" woofer. This added cone surface allows the sub to push more air, and more air movement means louder, more powerful bass. The SoloKon™ polypropylene cone employs a spoked design for extra rigidity without adding extra weight, while the hand-stitched Santoprene surround is reinforced at the corners to help keep cone movement accurate for clean low end. Extra venting in the stamped steel basket keeps the voice coils cool for consistent, hard-hitting bass over the long haul.

DVC versatility
Dual 4-ohm voice coils give you a little more flexibility in fitting this sub into your system as it grows, as well as getting maximum performance from your amplifier. This L3 sub works well in sealed or ported enclosures, and an optional grille is available that'll protect your sub.

Note: If you are wiring this DVC sub for lower impedance, make sure that your amp is compatible.

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Highlights:

  • 12" subwoofer with dual 4-ohm voice coils
  • square SoloKon™ polypropylene cone with Santoprene rubber surround
  • stamped steel basket
  • power range: 200-400 watts RMS (200 watts per voice coil)
  • peak power: 800 watts
  • frequency response: 25-500 Hz
  • sensitivity: 86.3 dB
  • mounting depth: 6-1/4"
  • sealed box volume: 1.25-4.6 cubic feet
  • ported box volume: 1.75-2.25 cu. ft.
  • warranty: 1 year
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Features and Specs
Size
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12 -inch
Impedance
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4 ohms
Cone Material
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SoloKon polypropylene
Surround Material
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Santoprene rubber
Ideal Sealed Box Volume (cubic feet)
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N/A
Ideal Ported Box Volume (cubic feet)
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N/A
Port diameter (inches)
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N/A
Port length (inches)
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N/A
Free-Air
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No
Dual Voice Coil
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Yes
Sensitivity
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86.3 dB at 1 watt
Frequency Response
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25 - 500 Hz
RMS Power Range (Watts)
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200-400
Peak Power Handling (Watts)
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800
Top Mount Depth (inches)
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6 1/4
Bottom Mount Depth (inches)
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N/A
Cutout Diameter or Length (inches)
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11 1/16
Vas (liters)
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71.06
Fs (Hz)
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31.37
Qts
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0.733
Xmax (millimeters)
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0
Parts Warranty
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1 Year
Labor Warranty
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1 Year
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What's in the box?

Download owner's manual

  • One 12" Square dual 4-ohm voice coil woofer
  • Cutout template (attached to carton)
  • Owner's manual (English/ Spanish/ German/ French)

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Features
Enclosure Compatibility

Features

Dual Voice Coils: For increased system flexibility, the woofer has two 4Ω voice coils. When the voice coils are wired in parallel the woofer presents a 2Ω load; when wired in series the woofer presents an 8Ω 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.

Enclosure Compatibility

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): 1.25 cubic feet; power handling up to 400 watts RMS (200 watts per voice coil)
  • SQ (maximum enclosure volume): 4.6 cubic feet; power handling up to 300 watts RMS (150 watts per voice coil)

Vented Box: The manual also lists two vented enclosure recommendations using slot ports:

  • Compact: 1.75 cubic feet; 2.5" x 12.5" port opening; 20" port length; power handling up to 300 watts RMS (150 watts per voice coil)
  • SQ: 2.25 cubic feet; 3" x 12.5" port opening; 20.5" 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, 11-1/16" x 11-1/16" (approximately). A cutout template is integrated into the box lid.

 
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Kicker L3

Written By joe j, Madison, Fl on Friday, September 07, 2012
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I only give it a 4 star rating because if the l3 is this bad, the l7 has to be even badder!!!
Pros:
very good sound
Cons:
that dang 30 hour break-in...and yes it does need it!!!
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Cool Sub !

Written By Tony. G, Ontario, CA on Tuesday, March 29, 2011
 
This sub is a beauty out the box very nice build quality. Got the L3 hooked up to an Alpine M500 mono amp WOW perfect match ! "in my opinion anyway" Cause this sub sounds sooo good, very smooth deep base nice excursion and snappy on those fast music beats,definitely gets your car mirrors vibrating, great sound quality, all around excellent sub,its a nice step-up from the CVR for sure. Honestly i dont think i will ever go back to CVR's as long as the L3 is around haha. Nice job Kicker. I think the price tag is a bit much, but im still happy with my Kicker L3.
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