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Soundgate Powerstage System by Kicker

Upgrade the factory sound system in 2012-up Chevrolet Sonics

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by Buck Pomerantz
Kicker

Transform your Sonic'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 Sonic'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 Sonic'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 Sonic-specific wiring harness. Kicker's technicians measured the acoustics of the Sonic'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 on the back of the left rear seat. A 200-watt amplifier provides the power you need to feel the bass from the 10" sub in the front seat.

Substage for 2012-up Chevy Sonic

Substage™ for the Sonic mounts
on the back of the left rear seat.

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 work with all models of the 2012-up Chevy Sonic.

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Highlights:

  • audio upgrade system
  • fits 2012-up Chevrolet Sonic
  • 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 SSON12 custom-fit powered subwoofer
    • molded plastic enclosure mounts on back of rear seat
    • 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)
  • 11' Subwoofer body harness
  • 42" Subwoofer power harness (with in-line fuse holder)
  • 15 amp mini blade fuse
  • Twelve 6" Zip ties
  • Adhesive backed foam pad
  • 42" Amplifier body harness
  • 42" Amplifier power harness (with in-line fuse holder)
  • 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 PSON12 is compatible with select Chevrolet Sonics (please confirm fit with the Crutchfield vehicle selector). 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 fuse box in the engine compartment, 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 behind the driver's side rear seat (in the cargo area of the hatchback, or the trunk of the sedan) 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 connected to the fuse box in the engine compartment and specific wire routing instructions are included.

Electrical System: Both amplifiers are designed to have minimum impact on the car'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: 12-3/4"
    • Height: 18-1/4"
    • Depth: 11"
 

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