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Kicker VSS™ Powerstage™ System
Upgrade the factory sound system in select 2012 Ford Mustang coupes with Shaker systems
Item # 206PMUSP12 | MFR # PMUSP12
$1,249.99 Earn up to 1,250 Rewards points
Our take on the Kicker VSS™ Powerstage™ System by Crutchfield's Buck Pomerantz
Transform your Mustang's factory sound system
You've got a great set of wheels, but something's missing: the sound of the "premium" 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 VSS Powerstage system upgrade by Kicker will transform your Mustang'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 Mustang's interior or dash.
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 Mustang-specific wiring harness. Kicker's technicians measured the acoustics of the Mustang'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 right side. A 200-watt amplifier provides the power you need to feel the bass from the 10" sub in the front seat. With the Shaker 500 system, the subs in your doors will keep working together with the new sub in the trunk. With the Shaker 1000 system, you'll remove the subs from the trunk, replacing them with this smaller enclosure. With either system, you'll be blown away by the improvement in the quality and power of your bass.
Do it yourself and save
This VSS 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.
Shaker 1000 System Installation Note: If you're installing this package in a Mustang with the Shaker 1000 system, you'll have to remove the factory subs. You'll see the trunk's bare floor when the subs are removed, so you'll need to purchase a new trunk liner when replacing the Shaker 1000 subs.
Important Note: This upgrade package will only work with the 2012 hardtop Mustang with the premium Shaker 500 or Shaker 1000 audio systems. It will not work in the convertible, or in a Mustang with the factory navigation radio or the basic sound system.
What's in the Box:
- Subwoofer assembly (enclosure/ 10" square subwoofer/ amplifier)
- Amplifier assembly (full range amplifier/ mounting brackets)
- 11' Subwoofer body harness
- 4.5' Subwoofer power harness (with in-line fuse holder)
- One M6 nut
- Two 30 amp ATO blade fuses
- Twelve 6" Zip ties
- 42" Amplifier body harness
- 4.5' Amplifier power harness (with in-line fuse holder)
- One star lock washer
- Installation instructions
- Warranty information
- audio upgrade system
- fits 2012 Ford Mustang coupe with the premium Shaker audio 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
- VSS Substage SMUS05 custom-fit powered subwoofer
- molded plastic enclosure fits in trunk
- 10" square 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
Kicker VSS™ Powerstage™ System Reviews
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Overview: Kicker's SoundGate PowerStage factory audio upgrade kits are designed to fit in specific year/make/model vehicles. The PMUSP12 is compatible with select 2012 and later Ford mustangs having the factory premium Shaker sound system (please confirm fit with the Crutchfield vehicle selector, not compatible with the convertible or the factory navigation system). Included with the system are a square 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 behind the glove compartment. 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, square 10" Kicker subwoofer, powered by a 200-watt amplifier mounted to the enclosure. The subwoofer is mounted in the trunk on the passenger's side 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):
- Width: 8-1/4"
- Height: 1-3/8"
- Depth: 6"
- Subwoofer Enclosure:
- Width: 25-1/2"
- Height: 15"
- Depth: 7-1/4"
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The Kicker VSS Powerstage system transforms your vehicle's stock radio and speakers into a high-fidelity sound system without changing the look of your dash.