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Kicker's Solo-Baric L5 S12L5 12" woofer squares off with heavyweight performance! The square copolymer cone and durable Santoprene rubber surround are housed in a rugged steel basket for skull-shattering bass. The Inverted Structural Dome (a Kicker exclusive) replaces the conventional dustcap, so the cone maintains its structural integrity at punishing sound pressure levels.

Perimeter venting keeps air flowing over the voice coils for cool operation and lower distortion. Wire the voice coils in parallel (2 ohms) for high output or in series (8 ohms) for multiple woofer configurations. Kicker's aggressively-styled grille (optional) adds attitude to your installation.

Note: If you are wiring this DVC sub for lower impedance, make sure that your amp is compatible. Most car amplifiers are stable down to 2 ohms in standard mode, or 4 ohms in bridged operation.

  • copolymer cone
  • Santoprene rubber surround
  • dual 4-ohm voice coils for wiring flexibility
  • frequency response 20-100 Hz
  • power range 50-600 watts RMS (300 watts per coil)
  • peak power handling 1,200 watts
  • sensitivity 87.3 dB SPL
  • top-mount depth 6-5/16"
  • sealed box volume 0.88-2.0 cubic feet
  • ported box volume 1.75-3.25 cubic feet
  • Recommended Q-Logic Box Type: none
  • 1-year warranty

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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 Solo-Baric L5 S12L5 Reviews

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Written by: BALLOONS from chicago, il 60628 on May 17, 2015

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What's in the box?

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  • One 12" Square woofer
  • Manual
  • Product Registration card
  • Speaker cutout template (attached to flap of carton)

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Enclosure Compatibility


Dual Voice Coils: For increased system flexibility, the woofer has two 4 ohm voice coils. When the voice coils are wired in parallel, the woofer presents a 2 ohm load. When the voice coils are wired in series, the woofer presents an 8 ohm load. In addition, each coil may be connected to a different amplifier channel and each channel will see a 4 ohm load.

Square Design: By making the Solo-Baric square, Kicker is giving you the most possible cone area (or Sd) for a given size baffle, 16% to 20% more area than a conventional subwoofer. More cone area means the Solo-Baric L5 moves more air, resulting in louder, deeper bass.

Cone Materials: The copolymer cone has superior internal damping, resulting in ultra-fast transient response and super-low distortion. In addition, the cone is also very resistant to environmental extremes.

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 surround is stitched to the reinforced cone edge, making separation between them virtually impossible.

Inverted Structural Dome: The Inverted Structural Dome replaces a conventional dustcap and locks into the cone for unmatched structural integrity and greatly reduced cone flexing/resonance.

Heavy Duty Steel Frame: The heavy duty steel frame provides precision alignment and dependable motor structure support.

Spider: The durable resin-impregnated poly-cotton spider provides precise coil alignment and critical cone motion control.

Voice Coil: The multi-layer voice coil and Kapton former create a superior magnetic field and effectively dissipate heat.

One-Piece Extended Pole: The one-piece extended pole creates a broad, symmetrical magnetic field for superior power handling, precise voice coil control, and very low deep bass distortion. Venting in the pole piece eliminates noise and distortion caused by huge amounts of airflow created by cone excursion.

UniPlate Construction: The UniPlate construction combines the backplate and extended pole piece into a single unit to maximize magnetic efficiency and minimize alignment problems often caused by two-piece construction.

Black Plating: The black plating on the UniPlate and top plate provides maximum heat dissipation for cool operation and extended voice coil life.

Bumped Back Plate: The deep bumped back plate lets the voice coil reach maximum excursion without bottoming-out.

Perimeter Venting: The perimeter venting cooling system continuously pumps hot air away from the voice coil, replacing it with cool outside air.

WARG (Wrap ARound Gaskets): The woofer is equipped with a one piece rubber front and rear gasket to provide greater durability, resistance to separation and an airtight seal.

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 during installation.

Spring-loaded Terminals: The spring-loaded nickel-plated speaker wire terminals will accept bare wire up to 11 gauge and pin connectors.

Enclosure Compatibility: This woofer can provide extended bass in sealed and vented enclosures (please see the "Enclosure Compatibility" section for more information on the recommended enclosures).

Enclosure Compatibility

Power Handling: When the subwoofer is mounted in a sealed enclosure that has a volume from 0.88 cu/ft to 2.0 cu/ft, each coil can handle up to 300 watts RMS (600 watts peak). When the woofer is mounted in a vented enclosure each coil can handle up to 375 watts RMS (750 watts peak).

Recommended Sealed Box Volume: When mounted in a sealed enclosure, the woofer delivers massive amounts of high-impact bass and can be driven with punishing levels of amplifier power.

  • Compact (minimum enclosure volume): 0.88 cu/ft; each coil can handle up to 300 watts RMS (600 watts peak)
  • SQ (maximum enclosure volume): 2.0 cu/ft; each coil can handle up to 300 watts RMS (600 watts peak)

Recommended Vented Box Volume: The vented enclosures incorporate large slot-loaded ports with ultra low air velocity and hard-hitting bass. These are not your traditional port tubes; the slot-loaded ports are integrated into the enclosure design. Compact enclosures have increased bass efficiency over a sealed enclosure, yet can still fit in tight applications. Street Bass is a medium sized enclosure that will kick out bass that can be heard from blocks away. SPL/Deep Bass is a large enclosure with high efficiency that will deliver the output needed to win SPL contests and produce the bass that goes down to the lowest frequencies.

  • Compact: 1.75 cu/ft; 2.5"x13.25" port opening; 22.5" port length; each coil can handle up to 375 watts RMS (750 watts peak)
  • Street Bass: 2.5 cu/ft; 2.5"x13.25" port opening; 16.5" port length; each coil can handle up to 375 watts RMS (750 watts peak)
  • SPL/Deep Bass: 3.25 cu/ft; 3"x13.25" port opening; 14.5" port length; each coil can handle up to 375 watts RMS (750 watts peak)

Note: The power handling specifications listed with the vented enclosure recommendations apply only when a 25Hz, 24dB/octave subsonic filter (sold separately) is used with this woofer. If a subsonic filter is not used, the power rating will decrease and excessive port noise can occur. 

Cutout: The woofer will not mount in a standard enclosure with a round cutout. Instead, the woofer must be mounted in an enclosure with a 10.935"x 10.935" square opening.


Manual Note: The specifications printed in the manual are for the 2 ohm model. The 4 ohm model specifications in the Crutchfield database were obtained directly from Kicker.

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