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Kicker Solo-Baric L5 Series 08S10L52

10" subwoofer with dual 2-ohm voice coils

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by Dominic Devito
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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.

Simply put, Kicker's patented square Solo-Baric subs deliver massive bass. Their cones offer up to 20 percent more surface area than similarly sized round woofers, which lets them push more air, resulting in more low-frequency punch. The Solo-Baric L5 subwoofers feature a rigid stamped steel basket supporting a one-piece cone for increased resistance to unwanted flex — you can push this sub hard without worrying about breakup. Extra venting around the internal structure reduces harmful heat which can lead to distortion and breakdown.

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Kicker's Solo-Baric L5 Series 08S10L52 10" subwoofer sports a sturdy polypropylene cone and a big Santoprene™ rubber surround for maximum excursion with tight control. A huge magnet and precision-made motor structure contribute to the tremendous bass output, while the matte black finish makes this sub look as fierce as it sounds. Dual 2-ohm voice coils give you the flexibility to build a honkin' multi-sub system or to draw big power from your amplifier.

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

Highlights:

  • 10" subwoofer with dual 2-ohm voice coils
  • square SoloKon™ polypropylene cone with Santoprene rubber surround
  • power range: 50-450 watts RMS (225 watts per voice coil)
  • peak power: 900 watts
  • frequency response: 24-100 Hz
  • sensitivity: 86.3 dB
  • mounting depth: 6-3/16"
  • sealed box volume: 0.66-1.0 cubic feet
  • ported box volume: 1.25-2.25 cu. ft.
  • Recommended Q-Logic Box Type: 2, 3
  • warranty: 1 year
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Features and Specs
Size 10 -inch
Impedance 2 ohms
Cone Material SoloKon poly
Surround Material Santoprene rubber
Ideal Sealed Box Volume (cubic feet) N/A
Ideal Ported Box Volume (cubic feet) N/A
Port diameter (inches) N/A
Port length (inches) N/A
Free-Air No
Dual Voice Coil Yes
Sensitivity 86.3 dB at 1 watt
Frequency Response 24 - 100 Hz
RMS Power Range (Watts) 50-450
Peak Power Handling (Watts) 900
Top Mount Depth (inches) 6 3/16
Bottom Mount Depth (inches) N/A
Cutout Diameter or Length (inches) 9 5/16
Vas (liters) 43.34
Fs (Hz) 33.3
Qts 0.403
Xmax (millimeters) 0
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year
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  • One 10" Square DVC woofer
  • Cutout template (attached to carton)
  • Owner's Manual

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Features
Enclosure Compatibility

Features

Dual Voice Coils: For increased system flexibility, the woofer has two 2 ohm voice coils. When the voice coils are wired in parallel, the woofer presents a 1 ohm load. When the voice coils are wired in series, the woofer presents a 4 ohm load. In addition, each coil may be connected to a different amplifier channel and each channel will see a 2 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 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 with a continuous contact perimeter weld, which offers unmatched strength and resistance to 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 wide poly-cotton spider which easily handles high cone excursions due to its increased diameter and unique shape.

Enhanced BAM (Basket And Motor) Assembly: The Solo-Baric L5 utilizes a high strength stamped steel basket which features a low-profile open design and provides a solid foundation for the precision-aligned motor assembly. Perimeter venting in the BAM relieves pressure from under the spider, supports linear excursion, and helps dissipate heat from the voice coil and motor structure.

Dual Voice Coil: The dual ultra length voice coils sustain enormous cone excursion and provide flexible impedance matching options. The high-temperature Polyimide Film Voice Coil former improves sonic and conducive properties, and prevents thermal-electrical meltdown. The voice coils are rated to 220° Celsius.

UniPlate Construction: The Solo-Baric L5 features a one-piece UniPlate construction with a vented hyper-extended pole piece and backplate. This unique design provides the following benefits:

  • Optimizes heat transfer efficiency for cooler operation and maximum power handling ability.
  • Eliminates erratic magnetic flux from the voice coil gap.
  • Releases pressure under the suspension for uniform cone movement and responsive low bass.
  • Prevents the voice coil from bottoming out and corresponding damage.

Tinsel Lead Wires: The sleeved, high-power tinsel lead wires eliminate broken leads and power loss, due to the common use of "insufficient-gauge" lead wires. The lead wires are terminated with multiple polymer-based strain-relieving mechanical fasteners.

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 heavy gauge speaker wire.

Break-in Period: Due to the complex nature of Kicker Solo-Baric L5 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 "out-of-the-box". 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. Note: Both voice coils in a dual voice coil speaker should always be connected.

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): 0.66 cu/ft; the woofer can handle up to 450 watts RMS (225 watts per voice coil)
  • SQ (maximum enclosure volume): 1.0 cu/ft; the woofer can handle up to 450 watts RMS (225 watts per voice coil)

Recommended Vented Box Volume: The vented enclosures incorporate massive 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: 1.25 cu/ft; 2.5" x 11.25" port opening; 19.75" port length; the woofer can handle up to 450 watts RMS (225 watts per voice coil)
  • SPL/Deep Bass: 2.25 cu/ft; 3" x 11.25" port opening; 18" port length; the woofer can handle up to 450 watts RMS (225 watts per voice coil)

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, power handling may decrease, excessive port noise can occur, and the life of the woofer may be shortened.

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 9.25" x 9.25" square opening.

 
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Kicker Solo-Baric L5 Series 08S10L52

Written By daniel, marshall n.c. on Saturday, February 06, 2010
 
when i had 2 L5s hooked up to 2 alpine amps pushing 400 watts i fractured my trunk lid. then i up graded to the L7s. before i was the loudest in the county. now every one knows who THUMPER is. my dad and i built the box to kicker spects and with the combo it sounds like 2 or 3 12s. people say they feel me before they hear me and hear me before they see me. my 1988 grand am is the loudest thing around. thank you CRUTCHFIELD for your time and help.
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CRAZY LOUD!!!

Written By John, Norfolk, VA on Saturday, June 13, 2009
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I have two of these subs professionally installed in a custom box. there hooked up to my Pioneer AVIC-N4 and individually amped to two profile california AP1200 amplifiers. I really love the sound of these subs they hit much much louder and harder then a lot of guys who have 12" subs. This is a must buy for anyone looking for serious sound if you want something a little louder I'll recommend getting L7s but L5s are just as good!!!
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