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Soundgate Powerstage System by Kicker

Upgrade the factory sound system in select 2010-up Chevy Camaro coupes (without Boston Acoustics)

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Transform your Camaro's factory sound system

You've got a great set of wheels, but something's missing: the sound of the Chevy factory radio leaves a lot to be desired. Low power, less-then-ideal speaker placement, and dialed-back bass all contribute to the unhappy situation. This Soundgate Powerstage system upgrade by Kicker will transform your Camaro's stock radio and speakers into a high-fidelity sound system capable of giving you full, accurate, and richly-textured musical pleasure. And it does it without changing the look of your Camaro's interior or dash.

processor/amp with wiring

The digital processor/amp and the wiring
are custom-fit for your vehicle.

It plugs into your factory wiring with no cutting

The heart of the system is the Powerstage processor/amp module that plugs in between your car's stock receiver and speakers with the help of a Camaro-specific wiring harness. Kicker's technicians measured the acoustics of the Camaro's interior, then developed a program to get the strongest and cleanest audio performance possible from the stock speakers. The Powerstage module breathes new life into your vehicle's factory system, automatically correcting for the limitations of the factory speakers, then adding plenty of power so the speakers can sound their best.

Of course, there's a subwoofer with it

It wouldn't be a sonic upgrade without a subwoofer to bring bass magic to the mix. Kicker includes a custom-fit, powered subwoofer that mounts in the trunk, neatly tucked into a recess on the left side. A 200-watt amplifier provides the power you need to feel the bass from the 10" sub in the front seat.

Substage for 2010-up Camaro coupe

Substage™ for the Camaro mounts in the trunk.

Do it yourself and save

This Soundgate upgrade package comes with all the hardware and brackets you'll need, and all the wiring is pre-cut and terminated to help make the installation easier. Step-by-step, illustrated instructions make this sonic upgrade a fun and rewarding project.

Important Note: This upgrade package will only work with the 2010-up hardtop Camaro with the basic, 4-speaker system. It will not work in the convertible, or in a Camaro with the premium (Boston Acoustics) sound system.

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Highlights:

  • audio upgrade system
  • fits 2010-up Chevy Camaro coupe with basic, 4-speaker factory system
  • package includes:
    • digital signal processor with built-in 4-channel amplifier
    • processor features pre-set high-pass filters, EQs, and speaker time alignment
    • amplifier: 50 watts RMS x 4 at 4 ohms
    • vehicle-specific harness connects processor to factory stereo
    • Soundgate Substage SCAMA10 custom-fit powered subwoofer
    • molded plastic enclosure fits in trunk
    • 10" round subwoofer
    • 200 watts RMS sub amp
  • all power and signal wiring pre-cut and terminated, ready for installation
  • custom-engineered processor/amp mounting bracket
  • illustrated installation and setup instructions
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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What's in the box?

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  • Subwoofer assembly (enclosure/ 10" subwoofer/ amplifier)
  • Amplifier assembly (full range amplifier/ mounting brackets)
  • 14.5' Subwoofer harness (with in-line fuse holder)
  • Subwoofer bracket
  • Two M6 Bolts with flat washers attached
  • One M6 Nut
  • 15 amp mini blade fuse
  • Twelve 6" Zip ties
  • 1 Rubber bumper
  • 40" Amplifier body harness
  • 12' Amplifier power harness (with in-line fuse holder)
  • One M8 Bolt
  • One M8 Nut
  • 25 amp mini blade fuse
  • Installation instructions
  • Warranty information

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Features

Overview: Kicker's SoundGate PowerStage factory audio upgrade kits are designed to fit in specific year/make/model vehicles. The PCAMA10 is compatible with select 2010 and later Chevrolet Camaros (please confirm fit with the Crutchfield vehicle selector, not compatible with the convertible or the factory Boston Acoustics premium audio system). Included with the system are a 10" subwoofer in a custom enclosure, subwoofer amp, multi-channel amp with custom mounting brackets, all the necessary cables to power the amplifiers, and adapter plugs to connect to the factory radio and speakers without cutting into any of the factory wiring.

Multi-Channel Amplifier: The multi-channel amplifier is rated at 50 watts RMS x 4 channels and powers the front and rear factory speakers. The amp also has a built-in computer-optimized, 32-bit DSP (Digital Signal Processor) programmed specifically for the car's interior and factory audio system. Custom brackets are bolted to the amp to mount it out of sight. The included wiring harness has adapter plugs that connect between the factory radio and factory harness, so cutting/splicing/testing the existing wires is not necessary. The included power harness is connected to the battery in the trunk, and specific wire routing instructions are included.

Subwoofer: The custom enclosure is loaded with a single 10" Kicker subwoofer, powered by a 200-watt amplifier mounted to the enclosure. The subwoofer is mounted in the trunk and the included wiring harness has an adapter plug that connects to the multi-channel amp's harness (for subwoofer signal input). The power cable is also connected to the battery in the trunk. Specific wire routing instructions are included, as is all necessary mounting hardware.

Electrical System: Both amplifiers are designed to have minimum impact on the Camaro's charging system.

Dimensions: The listed dimensions do not include the mounting brackets (regardless of these measurements, the amplifier mounting brackets and subwoofer enclosure are custom built to fit in the vehicle):

  • Amplifier:
    • Width: 8-1/4"
    • Height: 1-3/8"
    • Depth: 6"
  • Subwoofer Enclosure:
    • Width: 19"
    • Height: 14"
    • Depth: 9-1/2"
 

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4 out of 5

Fantastic upgrade to the Camaro stock sound system

Written By Samuel D, WA on Wednesday, November 13, 2013
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This is a fantastic upgrade to the non-BA sound system for the 5th gen Camaro. Minimal space was the selling point for me. The amp is hidden above the false clutch out of sight, and the sub leaves around 90% of trunk space intact. The bass is smooth and powerful, without being earsplitting or buzzing. Before listening to XM the audio sounded like hearing in a "vacuum" or needing to "pop" your ears on a plane, after installation that is no longer the case. The bass can definitely boom, especially if you drive with the rear seats lowered. Kicker recommends only using the stock speakers with this kit, but I upgraded my door speakers and tweeters and have had no issues so far. This is a worthwhile kit, if you can look past it's outlandish price.
Pros:
Great bass. Hidden amp. Minimal space used in trunk.
Cons:
Price.
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5 out of 5

Kicks much butt

Written By Aaron, Henrico, Va on Sunday, August 25, 2013
 
I have the soundgate installed in my 2013 camaro and it sounds awesome. The sub is neatly tucked into the driver side of the trunk and gives the stock stereo nice powerful bass. If you want the extra kick and don't want to fill your trunk with a box and amps then this is a great solution.
Pros:
Great sound, power, and use off space
Cons:
A little pricey but worth it if you want an in obtrusive fit.
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