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Kicker Amphitheater

Powered Bluetooth® speaker system

26 Reviews | 6 questions - 30 answers

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Our take on the Kicker Amphitheater

That name is no accident. Kicker calls this powered speaker system the Amphitheater because it resembles the shape of one — and because it delivers big, spacious sound, too. Built-in Bluetooth means you can pair most smartphones and tablets, as well as Bluetooth-compatible Mac® and PC laptops. You'll enjoy big sound with your music, videos, and games.

That name is no accident. Kicker calls this powered speaker system the Amphitheater because it resembles the shape of one — and because it delivers big, spacious sound, too. Built-in Bluetooth means you can pair most smartphones and tablets, as well as Bluetooth-compatible Mac® and PC laptops. You'll enjoy big sound with your music, videos, and games.

Kicker Amphitheater powered Bluetooth speaker system with 30-pin ipod dock

Big sound — Kicker style

The Amphitheater houses two 5" woofers for clear mids and midbass, while , and two silk dome 3/4" tweeters ensure crystal-clear highs. The rear-mounted 6" square passive radiator in the back reinforces the lows, giving you big, beefy bass. Put it all together and you've got a system that can really deliver the audio goods.

KICKSTART app adds options

Download the free KICKSTART app to your Android™ or Apple portable to expand the capabilities of the Amphitheater. Through the app you can adjust the treble and bass or choose from eight EQ settings, four of which are customizable.

Digging the track you're playing at the moment? The app lets you share it through Facebook with your friends. KICKSTART also automatically connects your smartphone or tablet to the Amphitheater — no messing about with settings. And if you were interrupted in your last session, the Auto Play feature will start the song up when you reconnect, right at the point where it stopped.

Product Highlights:

  • compatible with Bluetooth-enabled smartphones, tablets, and computers
  • two 5" woofers and two 3/4" tweeters, plus a rear-mounted 6" square passive radiator
  • top-mounted controls and LCD display
    • free download from Apple iTunes® and Google Play store
    • bass and treble controls
    • 8 EQ settings (4 adjustable)
    • share songs on Facebook
    • autoconnect via Bluetooth
    • Auto Play will begin playing tracks right where you stopped last session
  • stereo minijack input for use with other portable devices
  • USB charging port for smartphones, tablets, and other portable devices
  • AC power adapter
  • remote
  • 19"W x 8-7/8"H x 9-1/4"D
  • weight: 9.8 lbs.
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

I love it more and more everyday. Good quality and sound. This is a beast compared to BEATS best.


What's in the Box:

  • Bluetooth powered speaker
  • AC power supply (w/ attached 5' DC cord)
  • 59" AC power cord
  • Remote control
  • CR2025 3V battery (installed in remmote) Owner's Manual

Kicker Amphitheater Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(26 Reviews)

i have gone store to store and owned cheap and pricey electronics. DRE

I KNOW ELECTRONICS from wisconsin on 11/26/2014

I love it more and more everyday. Good quality and sound. This is a beast compared to BEATS best.

Pros: this is HD sound. Not generic.

Cons: Why not make one with an android dock? Rechargeable battery would had made this more interesting. But battery probably wouldn't last long with this.

Very impressive !!

K Templet from Gonzales , La on 8/21/2014

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If you want something equally at home on a desk/ bookshelf or following you outside ,that's sized just right , look no further. The volume is downright impressive , as is the sound quality . It lives up to Kicker's reputation & I am very happy with it.

Pros: Sound ! Easy to set up Impressive low end

Cons: Could use some sort of a carry handle.

Good wireless system

Seth from DFW, TX on 7/31/2014

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It is a good system that is semi portable for anywhere that has a power outlet. It is a pretty complete system. It has full range of sound. There is a Kicker app that is supposed to help with sound, and it can, but you have to work with it some to get the better sound. It took me a bit of trial and error, and I still don't think it is perfect. If you are looking for something to play music from a phone or tablet, this is a great option if you don't need it to run on batteries. Even though it isn't exactly portable, it is light enough that my wife has no trouble moving it around the house if she wants to use this in a different room.

Pros: High's, low's and everything in between. full sound system in one. great price for what you get. has a remote. great for around the house.

Cons: the sound controls, as in the EQ is simple enough, but requires some work to get it right. not very portable

Great product

Jack D from Windermere, Fl. on 7/22/2014

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Fantastic sound good bass for the size a bit louder than the bose but one notch less crisp than the bose I think its a great buy

Pros: Good bass and sound

Cons: Not portable its more of a stationary peace

Sounds awesome

Anonymous from Harbeson delaware on 7/7/2014

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Bought this for my boyfriend to replace an older version. So far he loves it. Great sound through the Bluetooth.



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Anonymous from Snellville ga on 7/6/2014

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Is good ok for room



The real "Bose"

William from Boston on 7/6/2014

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Este es mi segundo amphitheather y estoy super satisfecho con la adision the Bluetooth. A mi criterio una de las mejores Bluetooth speakers en el Mercado. This is my second Ampitheater and I am very satisfied with the Bluetooth. In my opinion it is one of the best Bluetooth speakers in the market.

Pros: Sonido muy claro grasias a diferentes bosinas, si bajo esta buscando el subwoofer en la parte de atras no lo va a defraudar. Very clear sound thanks to the different speakers, the subwoofer in the back part of the unit never fails in producing the low notes.

Cons: No hay There are none.

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Good Not Great

Dunamis from Honolulu, HI on 7/1/2014

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This is a decent product for the money, I gave it 4 stars for this reason. I paid $175, hundreds less than a higher end product. I use it in my garage for music and it sounds decent and gets loud. The sound is not Audiophile quality, thus why it's in the garage. The looks are not high end, all plastic. I purchased the NAD for my bedroom, it is more stylish and more $$$.

Pros: Good Sound For $$$

Cons: Distorts at higher volumes, not as clean sounding as more expensive units.

Impressive Kicker!

ErikB from Olney, MD on 6/30/2014

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Very impressed with the wireless speaker. It was integrated the host of smart phones and tablets and made our daughter's graduation a big hit!

Pros: Ease of connectivity Quality of sound Downloadable App

Cons: None

Good power in small package

MK from TX on 6/24/2014

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This Bluetooth speaker is semi mobile and packs much better full range than any others I've used. The integrated subwoofer does a good job with the low end frequencies. It was easy to setup and connects easily to my devices.

Pros: Small footprint Good low end sound

Cons: Not the cheapest but good performance


Reggie from Gautier MS on 6/23/2014

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We are very happy with the purchase of this amphitheater. Wanted an upgrade from a little dock player without spending tons of $. The app for the player to control and adjust it is very cool. Great sound for the price. Although didn't realize it didn't have a radio.

Pros: Great sound for the price and Bluetooth ready

Cons: No radio.

Kicker Amphitheater

Anonymous from aurora ohio 44202 on 6/22/2014

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Outstanding sound. I leave it on at home. I go from the Bluetooth in my jeep right into the house, music never stops!




Kevin from TexAs on 6/22/2014

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This is an awesome product! Great value for the money. Superior sound!

Pros: Bluetooth , sound quality is very impressive, and very light and portable and easy to use.

Cons: No radio function.


VicR from Florence, SC on 6/22/2014

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Great look, great sound, practical remote

Pros: Sleek design, quality sound, easy remote

Cons: Power switch can be hard to locate

Neeps a better app but great unit otherwise

plemson from Ohio on 6/16/2014

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Excellent product, excellent sound

Pros: Very loud, does not distort at high volumes, excellent bass for a smaller radio

Cons: Kicker app does not seem to work with the Galaxy S3. Have seen similar complaints and the only thing they tell you is to re-install the app but that doesn't seem to work. A handle on this unit for portability would be fantastic

Sounds Fantastic - Real Volume

astbear from Pulaski, TN on 6/4/2014

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Good price. Loud without distortion and powerful bass. Great for outdoor events in a small package. But for some reason I thought this thing is portable. I looked at so many different ones. It needs AC power to work. No battery. This is why I didn't give it 5 stars. I wish I bought one that is portable and not this one.

Pros: Good sound and performs as good as a Bose.

Cons: Not portable. It needs AC power and power supply is clunky. It's a pain to haul around with an extension cord.

Needs EQ

Billy from Navarre Fl on 5/31/2014

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Sounds good But. It really needs a little help to sound great. the App does not seem to work with android phones even though they claim it will. Buyer beware of that. still sounds good. a handle would be nice

Pros: A step in the right direction for Bluetooth speaker

Cons: Needs equalizer. App claims to do that just not for androids apparently, had I known that I don't think would have spent the money for this. No handle makes it a little less portable

Kicking Speakers

JT from Columbus, OH on 5/27/2014

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Speakers were purchased to give family more quality sound when sharing music from their phones. For the price, these speakers take that way over the top. While the bass does not shake the house (Did I really want that anyway?) the sound quality rivals a full system and allows for a dance party, rather than just a sharing of headphones.

Pros: Easy to Pair, Big Sound


Excellent product!!!

Anonymous from Ft worth, tx 76123 on 4/12/2014

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I bought this for my husband and he loves it!! This is an excellent speaker for the price! It sounds like a complete stereo system you would usually spend a lot of money on. It sounds amazing! It is also great for tailgating . We took it tailgating and the people next to us actually turned their high dollar stereo system off because they like the way ours sounded better!! I am a very satisfied customer and I would definitely recommend this to anyone wanting a great stereo sound experience without paying a high price!



Bose who????

Lovell from Tuscaloosa, AL on 4/10/2014

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I work in a manufacturing plant which requires employees to wear earplugs; and this system still puts out!!! Tuggers ride by pulling noisy loads bobbing their heads to my music! This amphitheater rocks on all levels! Very pleased with my purchase thus far

Pros: The wireless playback and simultaneous phone charging if needed; the unique build of this unit

Cons: No handle for easy tote but whose complaining

Great Bluetooth Speaker

Sako K. from Los Angeles, CA on 2/27/2014

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If you are looking for a powerful, semi-portable speaker with great sound quality, this is it. Love the fact that it does not have a docking station that becomes obsolete with time. Crutchfield had the best price on the web, but it wasn't in stock when I placed the order. To my surprise, it was shipped about a week after I placed my order. Item received in a timely manner packaged in a double box.

Pros: Semi-portable, great sound quality, sturdy construction, great design, Bluetooth works signal drops

Cons: Lacks a handle, thus my "semi-portable" designation, power cord has a small "brick" (like laptop computers), rear speaker lacks a cover for protection so you have to be careful when moving it around

Kicker Amphitheater

DJ from Tucson Arizona on 2/27/2014

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It sounds great and has awsome bass.



Incredible Sound

Technologist from Charlotte, NC on 2/11/2014

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I had been in the market for a bluetooth/airplay device for general music listening. I had gone to listen to the setups at the big box stores and some sounded good in the store. The real issue was the devices that I thought sounded well in the stores were north of $400. My budget was half of that. I was very hesitant to get this unit at first, however when he product arrived, hesitation stepped out quickly. The pairing process was so simple to my android phone, my iMac and Mac Book Pro. While the Kicker speaker isn't airplay compatible, it does connect by way of bluetooth. I also happen to know you can get inexpensively an airplay adapter, which still brings the total price down under $300, saving money still from the other units I looked at. The sound of this unit is amazing, solid low notes which I have found are the real challenges for these smaller units. Mids and highs are clean, clear, and crisp. The KickStart app really helps you tune in the sound with the DSP. You will not regret making this purchase for a solid, great sounding unit. Will this unit compete with the $700 bose wifi unit, not from a feature standpoint, but to me the sound is very comparable, the bose just gets louder. I have a 2100 main floor home with 1150 upstairs. You can crank this kicker unit up, and it is heard throughout the house clearly, no distortion.

Pros: Sound, construction, ease of use

Cons: Remote feels a bit "cheap", but I'm glad Kicker used the money in the speakers and not the remote. :)

Great sound in a small footprint

Ken from kjngman Arizona on 2/10/2014

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Wow, this is my second bluetooth speaker, this thing is awesome, I got this to use in the garage, it has the highs & lows with out bumping the neighbors. Thr Kickstart app is a little buggy, but it's control is well worth a little bugs. I am a drummer, so the bass & drums are where I am very particular, this is a top pic for me.

Pros: Small footprint, great full sound, kickstart app is great, rear facing sub allows you to load it in a corner to create punchy bass

Cons: Kickstart spp needs some dialing in


Duane D from West Fargo,ND on 2/3/2014

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This is my second Kicker, I had the previous model Ik501 and really enjoyed that one, my daughter kind of adopted that one, so I was going to purchase another one for myself. While looking for another one, I found the updated versions. I bought the Blue Tooth model, and it is so nice sounding. Clear and crisp sound, puts Bose to shame.

Pros: Blue tooth, lot of base and treble adjustments, Kickstart app to adjust your sound

Cons: Needs a handle for portability, I take this with me to my farm and to campfires

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Mike from 34957 on 1/22/2014

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Very Impressed With This Unit From Kicker. Fully Adjustable Eq, Amazing Highs And Very Responsive Bass. It Gets So Loud It Rattles My Floor And Almost No Distortion At That Sound Level. Way Better Then Beats And Bose.

Pros: 8 Band Eq, 6Inch Square Subwoofer, Crisp Highs, Deep Bass, 50w Of Power

Cons: Isn't Portable, No Battery Slots Or Rechargeable battery


Hands-on research

Product Research


2.1Ch Speaker System: The Kicker Ampitheater BT2 (40iK5BT2) employs two 0.75" dome tweeters, two 5" midrange drivers, and a 6" square subwoofer powered by a 50W amplifier with digital signal processing (DSP) for room filling full-range sound with dynamic bass response. Your able to adjust Bass & Treble from the included remote control, as well as select a Preset EQ or fine tune the 8-Band EQ from the KickStart app on your compatible Apple iOS or Android device. There's even a Spatialization feature that produces a wider soundstage.

Bluetooth Audio Streaming: The Kicker Ampitheater BT2 features built-in Bluetooth for wireless connection of your Bluetooth-enabled Apple iPod touch/iPhone/iPad, Android smartphone/tablet, Blackberry, laptop/computer, or other Bluetooth-enabled device. You'll be able to wirelessly stream stored music and music apps from your compatible Bluetooth-enabled device to the Ampitheater BT2. You will also be able to control basic playback functions such as Play/Pause, Fast Forward/Reverse, and Previous/Next Track from the included IR remote. Up to 5 devices can be paired to the system, but only one can be used at a time for playback.

Note: Due to the differences in Bluetooth technology, some Bluetooth enabled devices may be incompatible, function improperly, or may not support all features when used with the Kicker Ampitheater BT2 (40iK5BT2).

KickStart App: Download the free KickStart app onto your Apple iOS (6.0+) or Android (2.1+) device from iTunes or GooglePlay to enhance your experience with the Kicker Ampitheater BT2 system. The KickStart app features 4 screens that allow you to adjust parameters of the system with your Apple iOS or Android device's touchscreen.

  • 8-Band EQ + Spatializer:The KickStart app lets you easily customize the Ampitheater BT2's audio with a variety of EQ presets (Kicker EQ, Rock/Pop, Rap/HipHop, or Jazz/Classical). You can also further fin tuner the system's audio performance by adjusting the 8-band EQ (80/100/250/500/1k/5k/10k/16k Hz) and storing up to 4 User presets. In addition, The Spatialization feature makes the stereo field wider and increases the surround ambience.
  • Social Media Sharing: You also gain social-media integration that allows you to brag to all of your Facebook friends about what you are listening to on the Amphitheater BT2 system.
  • Bluetooth Features: The app also contains Bluetooth-specific features to further simplify wireless audio streaming. Auto Connect lets the Kicker system automatically connect to your paired Bluetooth-device when you're in range for music streaming. After your Bluetooth device is connected, Auto Play will begin playing exactly where you last left off. The Priority List shows all Bluetooth devices that are paired with the Kicker system and the order of priority.

Aux Input: The Kicker Ampitheater BT2 system is fitted with a 3.5mm auxiliary input that provides connection and playback of non-Bluetooth audio devices with a headphone jack or analog audio output.

USB Charging Port: The Kicker Ampitheater BT features a USB (type-A) port used to charge your smartphone or other USB-enabled portable audio device, including Apple iPod/iPhone/iPad and Android smartphones/tablets. This USB port does not support audio playback.

IR Remote: The Ampitheater BT comes with an IR remote control for wireless operation of the system. You can control the system's Power On/Off, Volume Up/Down, Mute, and Bass/Treble. You'll also be able to control basic playback functions of your Bluetooth-connected devices, like Play/Pause, Fast Forward/Reverse, and Previous/Next Track. The speaker system also features top-panel controls that consist of Power/On Off, Source, Pair, Volume Up/Down, and Mute.

AC Power Adapter: The Kicker Ampitheater BT2 system operates off of standard household current using the included AC power adapter & cord.

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Q & A

Customer Q&A

6 questions already asked

I only used it for music. My pairing distance outside on my deck was 12-15 feet. [ Frank  Jul 19, 2014 ]
Hey Mike, You can use your phone the same as always when it is paired . You can't have a conversation thru the kicker but after you have complete your phone activity it's back to the music. The Bluetooth range is awesome . I use a iPhone 5 and an iPad both probably from 50 to 60 feet away. If you have a party guest and they want to stream music you must first turn off other Bluetooth devices in order for a new to work. I don't think you will be disappointed with kicker. Two buddies have a Bose system that cost twice as much and they think the kicker sounds better. Everyone that comes over is impressed with the range and sound quality. [ Nicholson  Jul 19, 2014 ]
Approximately 30 feet [ larry  Jul 19, 2014 ]
The Music will stop and allow you to answer your phone. The distance varies based on line of site it seems. I would say 35-45 feet most of the time. Then it starts to skip out a bit. [ James  Jul 19, 2014 ]
Sum r portable. This one is not. U need a power source. Plus this model sounds much better when it has a wall behind it due to small rear firing sub. But for the price its a win. If u lookin for sumthing portable i would suggest sumthing waterproof n small. [ ROBERTO A  Jun 14, 2014 ]
Thanks for your question. For information on comparing two or more models I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to help determine the differences and help you make the best choice for your system and your budget. [ Greg  Jun 12, 2014 ]  Staff
Has to be plugged in. Comes with a cable wart power supply. Very nice unit though, easy to set up and sounds great. I have mine in the garage. Definitely NOT portable. [ Dennis  Jun 05, 2014 ]
It is plug in only [ James  Jun 05, 2014 ]
It needs to be plugged in. It's not a portable. It is actually kind of awkward to move around. [ Frank  Jun 05, 2014 ]
It has to be plugged in to a power source. Sounds awesome and really worth the buy if you don't need a battery powered unit. [ Luis De La  Jun 05, 2014 ]
It has to be plugged in. No battery. [ JOHN  Jun 05, 2014 ]
It had to be plugged in. It sounds amazing! [ Rhonda  Jun 05, 2014 ]
Has to be plugged in. [ roger  Jun 05, 2014 ]
I forwarded your question to an Advisor and they responded with the following: Most of our merchandise is for the North American market and only for 120v including this Kicker unit. We usually don't sell dual voltage units, sorry. If you would like to discuss further you can contact an Advisor directly by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. [ Krissy  Jun 07, 2014 ]  Staff
yes you can there is a few ways but it all depends on your set up and tech savy -ness essicently i have mine hooked up to my laptop most of the time so i use a standard AUX cable but when i hook it up to consols or other devices like dvd or blu-ray i use a hdmi to component cable and the i use a audio adapter so the two audio connectors of the compont cable are now a useabul AUX connecctor for the kicker amphitheather [ Craig A.  May 21, 2014 ]
Better Option for any buetooth speaker...excellent sound [ CARLOS  May 21, 2014 ]
If Your TV Has Bluetooth Im Sure You Can Get Them To Sync, If Not It Would Have To BE With The Aux Input On The Back Of The speaker [ MICHAEL F  May 19, 2014 ]
If your television has an auxiliary jack for a n aux cord; yes you can, or if your tv has a Bluetooth feature, you can pair the device that way as well. [ Lovell  May 19, 2014 ]
If your TV has Bluetooth it would work but if it doesn't I don't think it's possible [ GILBERT  May 19, 2014 ]
When I used headphone jack it seemed like it was coming out of only one speaker and I couldn't get any sound when I tried using TV audio out. I tried the cable box and it worked, but wasn't very loud at all compared to bluetooth from my phone? Any suggestions? Thanks [ seth  May 18, 2014 ]
Yes with an in/out cord the connection is on the back of the amphitheatre speak and you will have to buy a special cord. This cord must have a red connector and a white connector on one end for your TV and a single connector on the other end for amphitheatre speaker. It works very well. This speaker makes an excellent home theater speaker; even better than speakers created for home theater. Good Luck! [ DANA LYNN  May 18, 2014 ]
Yes, it has an 1/8" input. How totally depends on your TV. If you have an 1/8" output like our TV then just plug an 1/8" to 1/8" cable and you're great. Otherwise you might need a cable that is red/white stereo to 1/8" [ Logan  May 18, 2014 ]
It has an analog auxiliary input in the back. (1/8" / 3.5 mm Mini stereo jack) You will need an adapter cable to your TV to match what your TV has to offer. You can get the signal from either the headphone output or RCA audio outputs (often these are a red & white pair). [ MICHAEL  May 18, 2014 ]
Depends on the TV. If you have analog audio out (older TV's), you need to figure out whether it's two RCA jacks (red and white) or a headphone jack. The cable needs to mate that TV analog audio out jack (red and white RCA audio out jack or headphone jack) to the mini audio in jack in the back of the Kicker (the mini audio in jack in the Kicker is just an "headphone jack", but its an audio in jack instead of an audio out jack). If your TV has a digital audio out (coaxial or fiberoptic), then you additionally need to buy an audio digital to analog converter, (DAC) and then run the analog audio cable from the DAC to the min audio input jack in the Kicker. [ Pieter  May 18, 2014 ]
can you answer a call & have conversation while paired? what is the pairable distance limits? [ Mike W  Jul 18, 2014 ]
There is an application (I think it micght be called Kickstart) that runs on IOS or Android that has the EQ adjustments. Unfortunately, the Andorid version is not avaialbe for my Kindle, so I can't give more specific details. [ MICHAEL  Mar 24, 2014 ]
I'm pretty sure you have to download the kickstart app and make all the adjustments through that app. I have a Samsung Galaxy 3 phone and the app doesn't work with it for some reason. [ KORYLEE  Mar 24, 2014 ]
You know i tried thru the app on my play store it's not working properly I've called Kicker and they have said to erase and re download still no luck. This Kicker sounds good already I could just imagine how it would sound with that. [ KEVIN  Mar 24, 2014 ]
You must adjust the equalizer according to the music you're listening to [ GILBERT  Mar 24, 2014 ]
I prefer the Classical/Jazz setting to listen to most music and I will turn up the bass some then as needed. I hope that is helpful. [ Logan  Mar 24, 2014 ]