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Kicker 40CWS122

CompS Series 12" 2-ohm subwoofer

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Legendary bass, awesome price

If you're looking to add some boom to your car's sound system, Kicker's CompS line will get your car shaking without draining your wallet. These subs are the latest in the legendary Kicker Comp line that started in 1986, with a proven pedigree when it comes to delivering powerful bass.

Side-view of Kicker 40CWS122 12" sub

The heavy steel basket cuts down on unwanted vibrations.

Kicker technology at work

Kicker's 40CWS122 12" subwoofer features a flex-resistant polypropylene cone for hard-hitting lows without distortion, while the ribbed foam surround promotes long excursion and helps to keep the cone on target. The sub's steel basket provides a reliable foundation for big bass, and its extensive venting ensures long-lasting performance that won't break down when the bass gets heavy.

2-ohm impedance for more power

This sub handles 300 watts RMS to bring out the depth your music's been missing, and its 2-ohm impedance brings out max power from your mono amp. This versatile sub works well in sealed or ported enclosures, and it's even suitable for free-air applications.

To drive this single subwoofer, we recommend a mono amplifier rated between 225 and 450 watts RMS at 2 ohms. For more information, please refer to our article on How to Match Subwoofers and Amplifiers.

Product Highlights:

  • 12" 2-ohm subwoofer
  • injection-molded polypropylene cone
  • ribbed foam surround
  • suitable for free-air use
  • power handling: 50-300 watts RMS
  • peak power handling: 600 watts
  • frequency response: 27-500 Hz
  • sensitivity: 88.3 dB
  • top-mount depth: 5-3/8"
  • sealed box volume: 1.25 - 3.50 cu. ft.
  • ported box volume: 1.75 - 2.25 cu. ft.
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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.

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What's in the box?

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  • One 12" Single 2-ohm voice coil subwoofer
  • Four 0.25" Crimp on quick slide terminals
  • Owner's manual
  • 2 Kicker decals
  • Template on box

Scratch & Dent items may be missing non-essential accessories. In some cases the manufacturer's accessories have been replaced with generic equivalents.

Product Research

Subwoofer Features
Enclosure Compatibility

Subwoofer Features

Ribbed Surround: The optimized ribbed polyurethane helps eliminate flex and distortion.

Spiralead Tinsel Leads: The durable Spiralead tinsel leads are woven into the woofer's spider, for added strength and reliability.

Steel Basket with Vented Pole Piece: The steel basket's vented pole piece and Kicker's Quad Venting slots contribute to the woofers' efficient cooling and durability.

Speaker Terminals: Each speaker terminal has two 0.25" push-on terminals (crimp-on quick slides included).

Enclosure Compatibility

Enclosure Versatility: The Kicker Comp subwoofer is versatile, performing well in vented or sealed enclosures, and in free-air applications.

Sealed Enclosures: A sealed enclosure design offers the smoothest response, with increased energy at the lowest frequencies (between 20 to 30 Hz).

  • Minimum enclosure volume: 1.25ft³
  • Maximum enclosure volume: 3.5 ft³

Ported Enclosures: A ported (vented) enclosure design is typically more efficient than a sealed enclosure.

  • Minimum enclosure volume: 1.75 ft³ with a 2" x 12.5" slot port opening that is 16" deep
  • Maximum enclosure volume: 2.25 ft³ with a 2" x 12.5" slot port opening that is 16.375" deep

Infinite Baffle Mounting: The Kicker Comp subwoofers are also designed to be used as free-air drivers. The infinite baffle mounting method effectively utilizes the trunk of a sedan as the enclosure.

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Kicker 40CWS122

Written By D, Midwest City, Ok on Friday, October 03, 2014

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Good subs for a tight budget

Pros: Value.

Cons: None yet.

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Written By Tyler, Point Pleasant, NJ on Wednesday, June 25, 2014

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It was very easy to install, and it sounds great!

Pros: Everything about it.

Cons: No problems for me!

Kicker 40CWS122

Written By Anonymous, Holt mo. on Monday, April 07, 2014

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Good deep bass. I listen to all types of music good sound for all

Pros: Price

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We've verified that these enclosures are a good match for this subwoofer.
It's critical to have good wire, and none is included with the sub.
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Sound Ordnance™ Bass Bunker

Sound Ordnance™ Bass Bunker

Sealed single 12" subwoofer enclosure (Model BB12-125S)

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Sound Ordnance™ Bass Bunker

Sound Ordnance™ Bass Bunker

Ported single 12" subwoofer enclosure (Model BB12-200V)

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Sound Ordnance™ Bass Bunker

Sound Ordnance™ Bass Bunker

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T-Spec 12-gauge Speaker Wire

T-Spec 12-gauge Speaker Wire

Black/white jacket — priced per foot

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T-Spec 16-gauge Speaker Wire

T-Spec 16-gauge Speaker Wire

Black/white jacket — priced per foot

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Stinger PRO Series Speaker Wire

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Dynamat SuperLite Tri-Pak

Dynamat SuperLite Tri-Pak

Triple package — 3 sheets, 12 square feet (Model #10612)

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Dynamat Xtreme Trunk Kit

Dynamat Xtreme Trunk Kit

5 sheets, 20 square feet

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Dynamat 19100

Dynamat 19100

License Frame Kit

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Dynamat Xtreme Wedge Pack

Dynamat Xtreme Wedge Pack

1 sheet, 4 square feet

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Dynamat Dynaliner

Dynamat Dynaliner

One 54" x 32" sheet (1/8" thick)

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Speaker Grilles

Speaker Grilles

(12" waffle style)

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Polyester Fiber Stuffing

Polyester Fiber Stuffing

Make your subwoofer think it's in a bigger box (1-pound pack)

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Metra Speaker Terminal

Metra Speaker Terminal

Round terminal cup with binding post connectors (for do-it-yourself box builders)

Item #: 120TCRB

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Rubber Feet

Rubber Feet

Item #: 125F1692

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Metra Speaker Terminal

Metra Speaker Terminal

Square terminal cup with binding post connectors (for do-it-yourself box builders)

Item #: 120TCSB

(7)

Corner Protectors

Corner Protectors

Item #: 1251536

(5)

Metra Speaker Terminal

Metra Speaker Terminal

Round terminal cup with spring clip connectors (for do-it-yourself box builders)

Item #: 120TCRS

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Grille Clamps

Grille Clamps

(Front/top mount clamps)

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Metra Speaker Terminal

Metra Speaker Terminal

Square terminal cup with spring clip connectors (for do-it-yourself box builders)

Item #: 120TCSS

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Springback Handle

Springback Handle

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S&G Wire Cutter/Stripper Tool

S&G Wire Cutter/Stripper Tool

Cuts and strips 12- to 22-gauge wire

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Pro.Fit Wire Worm

Pro.Fit Wire Worm

Installation tool helps route wiring through tight spaces

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Bojo Trim Panel Tools

Bojo Trim Panel Tools

Set of 6 pry tools — helps remove interior and exterior trim and door panels

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Bojo Trim Panel Tools

Bojo Trim Panel Tools

Set of 6 pry tools — helps remove interior and exterior trim and door panels

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InstallCard: Subwoofer

InstallCard: Subwoofer

Prepaid installation card — for one component subwoofer or non-powered subwoofer enclosure

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Autosound 2000 Disc One

Autosound 2000 Disc One

Low Frequency Test CD (Disc One)

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Deffently plays lows better than highs in a sealed box. If I did it again I would like to see how it sounds in a ported box. [ JOSHUA  Jul 21, 2014 ]
for the price i would say excellent not muddy at all and the response is fantastic [ SHANE  Jul 21, 2014 ]