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Kicker Front Row™

6-channel digital signal processor

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Raises your music to front and center

Kicker's Front Row digital signal processor puts your music where it should be — right up in front of you, instead of down around your knees. A wired remote control panel lets you center the music to your listening position, add bass, and engage a simulated 5.1 Surround Sound that makes it seem like you're at a concert, sitting in the front row.

It starts with connections

The Front Row can take speaker-level input signals as well as regular RCA inputs, so it'll work with almost any car stereo, even a factory system. Kicker employs their Fail-Safe Integration Technology ( FIT™) to reject noise and stop any interference generated by your car's electronics, so you'll enjoy your music clean and pure. The Front Row can also take a single stereo input and create front, rear, and subwoofer channels, allowing you to rock out your whole ride.

Lots of control

Each channel (front, rear, and subwoofer) features its own gain control and a clip light so you can adjust for maximum signal strength with minimum chance of distortion.You can use the high- and low-pass filters to maximize the performance of your speakers and subs, and choose from three different slopes to fine tune speaker output. Finally, the Front Row features output level controls that deliver perfectly matched signals to your full-range and subwoofer amplifiers.

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And that's not all

Each section features a selectable clip limiter that can monitor the signal and prevent distortion. The subwoofer section includes a variable subsonic filter that helps tune a sub for a ported box, and a variable phase control to get your sub meshing with the rest of your speakers. And speaking of bass, the Front Row features a variable bass boost and Kicker's SHOCwave™ feature, which generates bass parts in recordings that lack them, adding some rock-solid fun to your music.

Product Highlights:

    Features:
    • 6-channel digital signal processor
    • 28-/56-bit micro-controler with 24-bit AD/DA converters
    • time alignment adjustments for front and rear speakers
    • switchable 5.1 surround sound simulation
    • Fail-Safe Integration Technology eliminates noise from your vehicle's electrical system
    • wired remote controls speaker time alignment, bass restoration, bass boost, and surround sound features
    • preamp and speaker-level inputs (speaker-level input requires an optional adapter)
    Inputs, outputs, and more:
    • input gain level controls with clip indicator LEDs
    • selectable clip limiters prevents signal clipping
    • front channels: variable high-pass filter (10-5K Hz at 12, 24, or 48 dB/octave)
    • rear/surround channels: variable high-pass filter (10-500 Hz at 12, 24, or 48 dB/octave) and variable low-pass filter (50-5K Hz at 12, 24, or 48 dB/octave)
    • subwoofer channels: variable low-pass filter (40-160 Hz at 12, 24, or 48 dB/octave)
    • variable subsonic filter (10-80 Hz at 48 dB/octave)
    • variable subwoofer phase control (0-180 degrees)
    • KickEQ™ variable bass boost (0-15 dB at 45 Hz)
    • SHOCwave™ variable bass restoration (0-12 dB, 1 octave below fundamental note)
    Other specs:
    • signal-to-noise ratio: 110 dB
    • fuse rating; 2A x 1
    • 18-gauge power and ground leads and a 2-amp fuse recommended — wiring and hardware not included with equalizer
    • dimensions: 7-1/16"W x 1-5/8"H x 7-3/4"D
    • warranty: 2 years
    • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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    What's in the box?

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    • Front Row DSP
    • Wired remote control
    • 17' Remote cable (RJ-45 plug on both ends)
    • Two 2-amp ATO fuses (one installed/one spare)
    • Four 3/4" Self-tapping screws
    • Remote mounting bracket
    • Two 3/8" Self-tapping screws
    • Owner's manual (English/ Spanish/ German/ French)

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    Features
    Connections
    Controls

    Features

    SHOCwave: The SHOCwave (Sub Harmonic Octave Creation) circuit restores low frequencies that are weaker in older recordings or lost in data compression. The effect is variable, 0-12 dB one octave below the existing bass output, reproducing deep bass that previously wasn't audible. The subwoofer channel must be operating with a full-range signal for this effect to work properly.

    KickEQ: KickEQ is a variable bass boost control, giving you the option of increasing bass output, 0-15dB, at 45Hz. With the bass output increased, you may need to adjust the input gain control to avoid clipping the DSP or your amplifier.

    Time Alignment: Using the Stage/Width control you can time align the front and rear channels independently, allowing you to re-center the sound stage and create a more realistic stereo image.

    Fail-Safe Integration Technology (FIT): To accommodate the varying range of signal levels coming from today's factory and aftermarket radios, Fail-Safe Integration Technology (FIT) offers isolated differential inputs for significant noise reduction, and compatibility with virtually any radio.

    Input Clip LED: An LED by each input gain dial lights when a clipped signal is sensed, making setting the gain easier.

    Clip Limiter: Each set of output channels has a Clip Limiter circuit to minimize the distortion reaching the amplifier when the DSP's input signal is clipped. The Clip Limiter can be turned off.

    Auto Turn-on: When using a speaker level input, the DSP can detect a 6-volt DC offset at the RCA inputs and turn on automatically.

    Wired Remote Control: The included wired remote control is required to adjust the Stage (time alignment), KickEQ, SHOCwave, and surround sound features.

    Note: The Remote Control measures approximately 2-3/8" wide x 1" high x 1-3/4" deep (2-3/4" deep including the knob and wiring).

    Speaker Level Input: High level inputs can be used when the source device doesn't have preamp level outputs. The same RCA inputs on the amp are used for either speaker level or line level connections. When a speaker level signal is used, speaker wire to RCA adapters are needed (item number 20609ZISL, sold separately).

    Surround Sound: The Surround button on the wired remote turns the surround sound effect on/off. When on, Kicker engineered algorithms process the rear channels and mimic the live rear fill of a concert.

    Connections

    Line Inputs: There are three pair of RCA inputs labeled Front, Rear/Surround, and Subwoofer. Each input accepts signals from 300mV to 10 volts and is compatible with line level and speaker level signals. Speaker level input will require a speaker wire to RCA adapter like the Kicker ZS ZiSL (item number 2062ZXDSP1, sold separately).

    Power: A removable screw terminal houses the power, ground, remote turn-on, and remote output connections. The remote output will turn on other devices in the system (max output 100mA). Kicker recommends 18 gauge or larger wire for all four terminals (12 gauge is the largest that will fit).

    Line Outputs: Like the inputs, the three pair of RCA outputs are labeled Front, Rear/Surround, and Subwoofer. Each has independent crossover and output level controls.

    Remote Control: The included wired remote control connects to the RJ-45 terminal on the output side of the DSP.

    Controls

    Front Channels:

    • Input Gain: The rotary control is variable from 300mV to 10 volts to match the incoming signal voltage.
    • Crossover Frequency: The front channel high pass crossover is always engaged. Depending on the frequency multiplier switch position, the frequency dial is adjustable from 10 Hz to 500 Hz (1x) or 100 Hz to 5 kHz (10x).
    • Slope: The crossover slope can be set to 12, 24, or 48 dB/octave.
    • Frequency Multiplier: This switch changes the crossover point adjustment range of the frequency dial; the 1x position results in a 10 Hz to 500 Hz range, and the 10x position results in a 100 Hz to 5 kHz range.
    • Clip Limiter: on/off
    • Output Level: The output level dial allows you to reach full amplifier output while minimizing the amplifier gain setting, thus improving the system's signal to noise ratio.

    Rear/Surround Channels:

    • Fader: If the connected source unit has a dedicated rear channel output connected to the DSP's rear input, set the Fader switch to On. When the Fader switch is Off, the front input is shorted to the rear input, and no connection is needed at the rear input.
    • Input Gain: The rotary control is variable from 300mV to 10 volts to match the incoming signal voltage.
    • High Pass Crossover Frequency: The rear channel high pass crossover is always engaged and is adjustable from 10 Hz to 500 Hz.
    • Low Pass: The rear channel low pass crossover can be turned on/off. With the low pass turned on, the rear channel crossover acts as a band pass.
    • Low Pass Crossover Frequency: Depending on the frequency multiplier switch position, the frequency dial is adjustable from 50 Hz to 500 Hz (1x) or 500 Hz to 5 kHz (10x).
    • Slope: The crossover slope can be set to 12, 24, or 48 dB/octave.
    • Frequency Multiplier: This switch changes the crossover point adjustment range of the low pass frequency dial; the 1x position results in a 50 Hz to 500 Hz range, and the 10x position results in a 500 Hz to 5 kHz range.
    • Clip Limiter: on/off
    • Output Level: The output level dial allows you to reach full amplifier output while minimizing the amplifier gain setting, thus improving the system's signal to noise ratio.

    Subwoofer Channels:

    • Input Switch: If the connected source unit has a dedicated subwoofer output connected to the DSP's subwoofer input, set the Input switch to Sub. When the input switch is set to Front, the front input is shorted to the subwoofer input, and no connection is needed at the subwoofer input.
    • Input Gain: The rotary control is variable from 300mV to 10 volts to match the incoming signal voltage.
    • Subsonic Frequency: The subsonic filter frequency is variable from 10 Hz to 80 Hz. The subsonic filter slope is fixed at 48 dB/octave.
    • Low Pass Crossover Frequency: The subwoofer channel low pass crossover is always engaged and is adjustable from 40 Hz to 160 Hz.
    • Slope: The crossover slope can be set to 12, 24, or 48 dB/octave.
    • Phase: The subwoofer output phase is variable from 0° to 180°.
    • Clip Limiter: on/off
    • Output Level: The output level dial allows you to reach full amplifier output while minimizing the amplifier gain setting, thus improving the system's signal to noise ratio.

    Auto Turn-on Switch: The amp offers two turn-on modes; select from:

    • +12V: connect a wire from the remote turn-on lead of your source unit to the remote turn-on terminal on the DSP; this is the preferred turn-on method
    • DC Offset: turns the DSP on when a 6-volt DC offset is detected at the RCA inputs (speaker level input is typically required)

    Wired Remote Control: The wired remote control is required to use the Stage (time alignment), KickEQ, SHOCwave, and surround sound features. The remote has these controls:

    • Front/Rear: chose which channels are adjusted using the Stage Width knob
    • Stage Width: rotary knob to adjust front or rear time alignment
    • Surround Sound: on/off
    • Bass: rotary bass level knob (range is 0-11)
    • KickEQ/SHOC: two position switch; specifies which feature the Bass knob is adjusting

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    Works

    Written By Jdza, Ca on Monday, May 19, 2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Wanted to keep the factory head unit in my 2011 Chevrolet Silverado ext cab, so I bought this to run amps and to have a output for a sub. At first I was not impressed! After a ton of tweaking with input and output gains on both the FrontRow and on the amps, along with finding the right crossover frequencies, I can honestly say it works as well as an aftermarket head unit. The small remote happened to fit perfectly in a factory spot right in the middle of the dash below the climate control. The knobs are very small and I had to read the directions several times to figure out how it all works as the same knob does more than one function. The remote is not illuminated, which would be a nice feature but once you remember which knobs are what it's not too bad.

    Pros: Does exactly what it was supposed to do

    Toyota sound turned into a Rolls Royce

    Written By Seanlm, EG, RI on Friday, November 01, 2013

    This product is more than worth the price. If you have researched and looked over this product for a little bit there in no doubt the audiophile should throw this in their setup. Most importantly if have the factory deck. It completely transforms the sound into suppeerrr clear high def music. Even at insanelt loud levels. Put this together with other aftermarket stuff and you'll Be golden. Bass is clear and more like a sealed box but loud like a ported. Couldn't ask for better highs.

    Pros: Easy to setup Small Lots of features Nice color Solid material Nice remote

    Cons: None really

    The Front Row is the "Truth" & has Lots of Features!

    Written By Ace, Dallas,Tx on Wednesday, February 06, 2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I have the following items in a nissan sentra (1)Sony Head Unit, (2)Kicker 4 Channel Amp-90 watts X 4 (3)Kicker Solo Baric Enclosed Subwoofer 1 X 400 Watts @ 2 Ohms RMS, (4)Hifonics Subwoofer Amp 1 X 750 Watts @ 2 Ohms, (5)Polk Audio- Four 6.5 Mid Woofers & Four 1" Tweeters . I added the Kicker Front Row 6 channel Digital Signal Processor. The music is crystal clear, great highs & lows. U can't go wrong with the Kicker Front Row 6 channel Digital Signal Processor. Most of the Front Row's dynamic features can be adjusted from the driver's seat using the convenient remote.

    Pros: Awsome Sound!!

    Cons: None

    Product reviews from the Crutchfield Labs

    Kicker's Front Row digital signal processor puts your music where it should be: right up in front of you, instead of down around your knees. A wired remote control panel lets you center the music to...

    Neat little processor with lots of knobs.

    Written by Buck Pomerantz, Staff Writer - Creative, on 10/30/2012 2:30:00 PM

    The Kicker Front Row processor is well-built, with a heavy metal chassis and sturdy switches and knobs. The inputs and output RCAs are gold-plated. There are a lot of knobs: input gains, high-pass and low-pass filters, and output gains in three rows marked Front, Rear/Surround, and Subwoofer. Each knob features a cool little part that sticks up so you can adjust the control with your finger as well as with a small screwdriver.

    There are some cool and rare features here: each pair of channels has an input clip indicator light and a clip limiter to ensure a clean signal all the way through. The subwoofer channel has a phase control that can be adjusted from 0- to 180-degrees. In effect, it allows you to time-align, or re-position, your subwoofer's sound to where you want it.

    The remote control is surprisingly small, light, and seems delicate. This is where the processor's time-alignment, bass boost, bass restoration, and surround features are controlled. If it were mounted on my dash, I wouldn't be able to make adjustments safely while driving — the knobs are too small and close together for my old eyes and fat fingers. And I like to fiddle with the bass a lot. I guess I could get used to finding the right-hand button and knob for that, though.

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