Overview: The Kicker iK501 is a digital stereo audio system
designed specifically for use with the Apple iPod or iPhone. It has a standard
iPod dock connector in the front, and a variety of dock adapters to fit select
iPod and iPhone models. Older non-dockable iPods and other music sources can be
connected to the system through a 3.5mm mini-jack auxiliary input. The iK501
plays your iPod music files over high-quality stereo speakers, driven by a
powerful stereo amplifier with digital signal processing.
Speaker System: The iK501 is equipped with two 2-way
speakers and a square passive radiator. It features dual 5" full-range Kicker
drivers, and 3/4" silk dome tweeters. On the back of the unit is a 6" square
passive radiator to add a punchy low frequency response.
Amplifier: The 2-way speakers are driven by a powerful 20
watts per channel stereo amplifier. Digital signal processing allows you to
adjust the audio to suit your tastes. You can independently adjust the bass and
treble from -9 to +9, using the front panel's sole rotary control or the
supplied remote control.
iPod Dock: The iK501 features an integrated dock and comes
supplied with five iPod dock adapter inserts. The iK501 supports audio playback,
remote control, and charging of select iPods and iPhones. The iK501 is "Made for
iPod/iPhone compatible" and supports the following iPod/iPhone model functions
Type|| Control Type||Display
| mini ||1st||Y||N||Y||Y||N||N||Y|
| nano ||1st||Y||N||Y||Y||N||N||Y|
Note: The Kicker iK501 does not support text
display of your iPod/iPhone. You will continue to use your
iPod/iPhone to view song information. Apple iPod/iPhone software
updates may change functionality results. If you download a newer
software version, you may need to reset the device and your
iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work, you may
need to wait until an newer
software update is available.
Charging The iPod: The iK501 will charge a docked iPod's
battery, as long as the unit is plugged into an AC power outlet. In Standby
mode, the iK501 will be powered down, but the iPod will continue to charge.
Composite Video Output: The
Kicker iK501 offers a rear-panel composite video output to transfer video
content from your docked iPod or iPhone (features video capability) to your
Remote Control: The iK501 includes a credit card-sized
wireless remote control (3.75" L x 2.0625" W x 0.3125" H) for control of your iPod
or iPhone, as
well as the music system. The 10-button remote lets you adjust the system's
volume up and down, as well as mute, power, menu, bass and treble. iPod controls
include Play/pause, Skip Forward/Backward, Fast Forward/Rewind, menu, up/down
navigation within the menu, and make selections inside the iPod menu.
On-board Control: The iK501 features a single rotary knob,
which turns to control volume and adjust menu parameters, presses to cycle
through the menu selections, and turns on/off when pressed and held. Just above
the rotary control is an LCD display to indicate volume, bass and treble values,
and aux input status.
Note: When the iK501 is powered on or off
with the rotary knob or remote control, the iPod is also turned on or off.
Auxiliary Input: The unit is equipped with a 3.5mm mini-jack
auxiliary input on the rear panel, allowing you to plug in a second source
device. You must activate the aux input through the rotary control in order to
listen to the auxiliary unit. While the aux input is activated, iPod control and
audio are disabled.
Note: 1st, 2nd, and 3rd generation iPods require the use of the
auxiliary input for audio playback.
Line Output: A pair of RCA jacks are provided on the back
panel to allow you to connect your iK501 to another powered speaker system or
home stereo system.
Transport Handle: The Kicker iK501 features an integrated transport
handle, making it easy to carry.
Power Supply: The Kicker iK501 operates off of standard AC household
current using the supplied AC power adapter and power cord. You can also
purchase the optional Kicker DC vehicle adapter (206KPC1222,
sold separately) to listen to the Kicker iK501 in your vehicle.