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Kicker KISL

2-channel speaker wire adapter (bare-wire connector to RCAs)

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Kicker KISL

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Speaker-level input adapter

Kicker's KISL speaker wire adapter allows you to convert speaker wires into RCA plug connectors. With this adapter, you can connect your car stereo's speaker outputs directly into a Kicker DX, ZX, or IX Series amp, or any other aftermarket amplifier equipped with RCA inputs that take high-level input signals.

Did the job as advertised. Would have given 5 stars but the length was a little short.

Anonymous, Columbia

What's in the Box:

  • 12" Stereo RCA-to-Speaker wire adapters (male RCA-type connectors on one end and bare wires on other)
  • 2 Female RCA to female RCA barrel connectors

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35 Reviews

Did the job

Anonymous from Columbia on 7/18/2016

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Did the job as advertised. Would have given 5 stars but the length was a little short.

Pros: Works great!

Cons: Length. Nonstandard colors which can lead to wiring mistakes if not paying attention.

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Anonymous from Des Plaines, IL on 5/13/2016

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Nice cables, easy to install

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02 Trailblazer

Joe from Brookfield, CT on 5/1/2016

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This Is a quality adapter and made the install much easier.

Pros: Reasonably priced, quality product , built to last.

Cons: Did not have any positive or negative markings on the speaker wire.

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Heather from huntsville, AL on 3/19/2016

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Works Great

Pros: Great

Cons: None

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Doug from New Hampshire on 1/2/2016

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Worked great!

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Needed item

Chris from APO, AE on 12/26/2015

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This is a needed item if hooking up a hide away kicker sub and your head unit only has RCA hook ups.

Pros: Needed.

Cons: None

Works as intended, but unnecessarily confusing.

Devin F from North Carolina on 12/11/2015

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The harness works very well, and is well built, but they use non standard colors for the wire which can be a bit confusing. Like one reviewer said, it's not difficult to figure out, but it did cause me to pause a couple of times to make sure I was connecting the right wire. Certainly not a big deal, but a bit annoying. Also, it is difficult to tell from the picture, but the entire adapter is about a foot long.

Pros: -well built -simple design

Cons: -non standard color choices may cause confusion

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Jamie from North Carolina on 12/10/2015

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The only way to go if you have a deck with SW outputs on it. Pair with the kicker slim sub and you're good to go.

Pros: Easy to use

Cons: None

Slick as a whistle

Jackalope from Northern Ca, on 11/21/2015

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Does just what it s designed to do. Nice that it comes with the adapters too..

Pros: works perfect Nicely made

Cons: none

Does what it needs to do

Rich from Illinois on 11/3/2015

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No problem with this at all, I just checked continuity on the wire color to center pin and made my appropriate connections

Pros: Very pliable wires, easy to work with.

Cons: Would be nice to have more traditional color coding rather than blue and gray, but a simple continuity check solves that easily enough.

Hate that it's needed, but it works perfectly

achinback from Tennessee on 10/25/2015

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I hate that the hideaway sub has to use an adapter like this for low level inputs, but it does it's job perfectly so far.

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Steven from Pennsylvania on 10/22/2015

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Product worked well and as advertised.

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Harvie from Tennessee on 9/9/2015

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This worked nicely for what I needed.

Pros: none

Cons: none

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Russ from S/W Florida on 9/2/2015

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Smaller magnets than last year's model. Bass is fair....could be better overall sound for the price.

Pros: Included crossover

Cons: Sound not up to par. for the price.

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DougL from Seward, NE on 8/31/2015

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Product worked as advertised.

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Adapter cable

mitchell from Michigan on 4/27/2015

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the product ordered was acceptable and met all expectations.

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Very good quality cables.

Steve-F from Tennessee on 4/22/2015

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These cables are very good quality and they work great.

Pros: High quality and they look great even though they are totally hidden in my truck.

Cons: These really should have been included with the Kicker 11HS8 Hideaway compact powered subwoofer. Also, would have been nice if they used conventional red & white colors to mark the polarity of the cable ends.

Worked Perfectly !

Tim from Ohio on 4/19/2015

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I purchased this product to hook up my new Kicker compact powered sub and they worked perfectly for it. I could not be happier than I am with my new system from Crutchfield. My system I got from Crutchfield consists of 4 Polk Audio (571 2 way) speakers, Pioneer DVD Receiver (AVH-X5700BHS DVD Receiver), Pioneer AMP (GM-A6604), Kicker Sub (11HS8 8" Compact Powered Subwoofer), & last but not least a Kicker KISL Audio Interconnect Cable. With everything I purchased from Crutchfield with the help of Kyle on my system and Buzz on my Kicker Amp and believe me, I could not have done it right without there help and got it to be like it is and sound as good as it does, what I am trying to say is it sounds "FANTASTIC" and I could not be happier..... Thank You Crutchfield, Kyle and Buzz for everything !!!

Pros: Everything

Cons: None

Does what it's suppsed to

Anonymous from Columbus oh on 1/3/2015

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This does no signal conversion. It simply gives you a clean way to go from speaker wire to RCA.

Pros: Looks nice. Quality product.

Cons: While obvious, there are no instructions or labels on the polarity

Great product

Terry from Biloxi ms on 12/19/2014

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This adapter work great.

Pros: Easy to use

Cons: None

Quality connectors

John from North Carolina on 12/17/2014

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Worked great to convert from speaker level to line level adapters.

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RCA Adapter

Sam from Carson City on 11/6/2014

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I used this adapter to run RCA from my Kicker Hideaway 8 to my head unit. Worked great, instructions could have been a little clearer. Blue is the positive side and grey negative.

Pros: Ease of install.

Cons: Better Instructions for wire Identifucation

Great Product

Anonymous from Rochester,NY on 10/2/2014

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This product worked great made for very easy install and comes with everything needed.

Pros: everything needed is included

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RCA Cable

vic from duluth,mn on 8/27/2014

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Worked good for me. I liked the two female adapters which came in handy.

Pros: Quality item

Cons: There not red and white

Install cable

Jj from Reno, Nv on 8/2/2014

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Worked for what it is and what it does :)

Pros: Works

Cons: Send me the adapters too

Works so well, about to purchase a second.

Stef from Philly from Philadelphia, Pa. on 7/20/2014

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Was easy to connect, works well.

Pros: Easy to use/Connect, make sure you don't get your wiring out of phase( negative to positive ) if you have no difficulty making those type of connections this product is easy as it gets. Also the length is approx . 12" so keep that in mind.

Cons: None.

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Natalie from Minneapolis, MN on 7/15/2014

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The product worked well and my sound is wonderful!

Pros: It works very well.

Cons: It wasn't automatically included with the Kicker System.

Worked

jdza from Ca on 5/19/2014

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Did what they are supposed to do but it would be nice if the polarity on each line was labeled. Two grey wires and two blue wires. You figure out which ones go together! Not difficult but it would be nice to not have to think about it.

Pros: Gets the job done

Cons: Lack of polarity labeling

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Anonymous from Brush, CO on 5/12/2014

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It works great with my bass station. I agree with a lot of the other reviewers that kicker should have just included it but I am happy with the product and it sounds great in my truck!

Pros: Works great

Cons: None

Didn't work for me

Dean D from Houston, TX on 3/27/2014

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Adapter didn't work for me. Contacted Kicker support and they recommended connecting straight to the rear speaker outputs. Sub works that way so I ended up chunking the adapter in the trash.

Pros: Easy to wire

Cons: Didn't work well for me. I went straight with the rear speaker wires.

Does it's job.

XJMike from NY, USA on 3/20/2014

I bought this one to replace the previous model which is discontinued. I don't like how it lacks the previous model's speaker wire connector (it felt solid, and looked super clean), but it does it's job, and my 11PT8 bass station is back to producing bass again.

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Cons: Doesn't have the speaker wire connector like the previous model.

Must Have!

Mike K. from Plainfield, Illinois on 11/23/2013

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Wish Kicker would just add this cable in when you buy the Subwoofer! Does what it needs to do!

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Cons: Kicker needs to add this to the Hideaway!

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Anonymous from Georgia on 10/30/2013

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Does what it says. Just wish it came with it.

Pros: Well made.

Cons: U have to buy it separately

good product

Anonymous from Wa. State on 7/29/2013

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easy to wire in . just pay attention to your connection as not to get out of phase . still easy fix w/built in phase switch in box....Kicker PT 8

Pros: well built product

Cons: should come w/ pos. and neg. tags but not hard to figure out

Neccessary if you are using RCA pre-amps

Rkrause63 from Sandy, Utah on 7/7/2013

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Not a whole lot to say on these. They work fine. IF you are setting up your system using the pre-amp output of your head unit, you are going to need these as the Kicker Hideaway sub only has line level connections. also remember to switch the sub to low level input if you are sending the signal to the sub from the sub pre-amp outputs of your headunit.

Pros: they work fine & the construction is solid

Cons: Any powered sub from a reputable manufacturer should have low level RCA inputs build into it. Having to actually buy these separate is pretty CHEESY!

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Features

Overview: The Kicker RCA-to-Speaker Wire Adapter (KiSL) allows high level speaker outputs to be connected via RCA plugs. Ideal for use with amplifiers that have high-level input capability, but no speaker wire input connections.

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Why did you buy this?

was suggested to keep from cutting wires [ Arlen  Aug 18, 2016 ]
Head unit has built in amp and I purchased kicker speakers. So it was a clear choice. [ Nathan Allen  Aug 16, 2016 ]
Head unit has speaker output only. [ STEPHEN M  Aug 12, 2016 ]
Needed to connect my Hide-away Kicker amp. [ John  Jul 05, 2016 ]
I have a kicker hideaway 8 [ Devin  Jun 18, 2016 ]
Because I might need it [ Jeffrey  May 23, 2016 ]
our radio doesn't have rca jacks [ JARRED  May 20, 2016 ]
Have a kicker pt10 bass station that requires it to hook it up. [ Josiah Ray  Apr 13, 2016 ]
Help a lot for using stock radio with easy plug and play onto upgraded amplifier [ Gerardo  Mar 21, 2016 ]
recomended by buck Buck's Bio: http://www.crutchfield.com/Support/Bio.aspx?bio=140 [ robert  Mar 12, 2016 ]
To wire a powered subwoofer purchased a month ago on Crutchfield's website. [ Michel  Feb 02, 2016 ]
Your recommendation for the Kicker Hideaway sub [ James  Jan 19, 2016 ]
Routing a stock stereo to an amplifier using the speaker level inputs. This seemed to be the simplest way to go. In the past, you'd have to buy an entirely separate crossover module to do the exact same thing. [ Russell  Dec 29, 2015 ]
The kicker subwoofer and amp are both very high rated, the whole set up was easy to find and it looks good too [ Jeremy  Dec 24, 2015 ]
Exactly what I needed. Great bass sound for the cab of my truck. Compact. It fits perfectly under the passenger seat of my 2004 Toyota Tundra access cab. [ Paul  Dec 18, 2015 ]
Needed part to complete stereo installation on older RV. This adaptor should have been included with subwoofer purchase, I'm not happy about having to spend this extra money after making the purchase! Kicker should carry accessories for their products. [ jeannearia  Dec 15, 2015 ]
Need it to hook my Fosgate Prime amp an Punch sub up to existing Bose system in my 07 Maxima [ James  Dec 14, 2015 ]
Just purchased the Kicker Hideaway for my Subaru, advisor recommended this adapter to connect the sub to my head unit. [ Max  Dec 06, 2015 ]

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If you purchased the product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. They can walk you through the connections on the product. Our toll-free Tech Support number is printed on your invoice, and is also available under the "My Orders" tab in the "My Account" section of our website. [ Jeff  Dec 18, 2015 ]  Staff
I tested with an L.E.D. and a battery, an L.E.D. will only light when positive and negative are connected correctly. The blue wire is the prong and grey the ring. The blue is the signal (+) and grey the shield (-). [ Ed  Oct 18, 2015 ]
doesn't matter due to the faze switch on sub, can change the polarity.but both do need to be wired the same.If their is a black line on each set then use it as neg. and other as poss. if sub. doesn't sound right turn sys vol. down and switch faze switch should improve. [ TERRY A  Jan 13, 2014 ]
Negative-black [ JEFF  Jan 13, 2014 ]
I use the blue as positive. You can use either as long as you are consistent Always positive to positive between devices urging the color as positive makes it easier to remember. Good luck [ HOWARD  Jan 13, 2014 ]
The common color on each plug is the negative{-}. Obviously the different colors on each plug are the positive{+}. I only know this because I had to ohm them out for myself. It would be nice if they were marked - & +. [ RANDALL  Jan 13, 2014 ]
Usually the wire with the black stripe is neg [ HAROLD  Jan 13, 2014 ]
I used the blue as the positive connection. [ MIKE  Jan 13, 2014 ]
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