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Phil S's 2008 Honda Accord EXL

I've been with Crutchfield since 1999, where I began as one our advisors, helping our customers choose new gear. After a couple of years, I moved to the writing team where I spent a decade researching new products and getting hands on with car stereos, amplifiers, speakers, and subs. Yeah, I've been doing this for a while.

For the past few years, I've been the managing editor of Crutchfield's Car A/V web article content. I couldn't ask for a better job — we get to play with car audio gear every day! I'm a Virginia native from the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Outside of work, I love listening to music, playing board games, and installing new audio systems for my friends.

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Items installed:


  • Old School Kicker Comp 12" Sub in Sealed MDF Box
  • Kicker Comp XS-50 AMP
  • 1.5 Farad Capacitor

Installation Description


Disconnected the Factory Sub and connected a high level converter to the factory sub output and connected the low level output to the Kicker AMP. By doing this I can still adjust the Sub bass via the factory stereo Sub EQ. Ran 6AWG power cable and AMP remote wire from engine compartment to trunk down/under the drivers side sill plates. Mounted AMP and Cap. to Sub Box.

Q&A Section


Why did you decide to upgrade your A/V system?

More Bass


What's the first thing you show people about your installation?

The box location


Why did you choose these products?

Had them on hand from past vehicles.


What was the most difficult part of the installation?

Running the cable.


What plans, if any, do you have for future upgrades?

Adding a MTX re-Q Signal Processor

Kicker amp Kicker Comp XS-50 AMP
Kicker amp Kicker Comp 12" sub
capacitor Cap mounted on the box

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