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Old 09-02-2013, 05:22 PM   #1
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Kicker Hideaway

Today at bestbuy I saw a Kicker Hideaway, its a subwoofer with a built in amp.
Guy at the store said its perfect for jeeps because of its compact size.
Price $299 plus $100 instalation fee. I already replaced my roll bar speakers and now need to replace my dash speakers. My tj came with no amp or sub.

Does anyone have this kicker hideaway on their jeep? Do you like it? does anyone know anything about it.

I am not looking for crazy loud music just something that sounds decent.

Thanks in advance.

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do you have an aftermarket deck?

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Old 09-02-2013, 06:32 PM   #3
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The only thing I have on the jeep is after market radio, aftermarket speakers on the rollbar, stock speakers on the dash. thats it. Idk what you mean by deck sorry.
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$100 installation fee for one amp is a bit much. I would think $60 is a fair price. I would ask them what wiring they are going to use, and shop around for someone else that could do the same wiring for a better price.
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The only thing I have on the jeep is after market radio, aftermarket speakers on the rollbar, stock speakers on the dash. thats it. Idk what you mean by deck sorry.
aftermarket deck=aftermarket radio

Does your deck have inputs for a subwoofer? You can normally tell if you have a way to adjust the level of it on the radio. It might read volume level, bass, treble, subwoofer level. It's easier to connect it if your radio has a subwoofer channel?
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Old 09-02-2013, 06:46 PM   #6
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I agree, since this product I am looking at its single channel and comes with all the necessary wires. I will call around for installation prices....The product it self is about the same price everywhere. 150W does not sound like much? Or is it?
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I agree, since this product I am looking at its single channel and comes with all the necessary wires. I will call around for installation prices....The product it self is about the same price everywhere. 150W does not sound like much? Or is it?
I guess its okay for an entry level subwoofer. I would be concerned with the 10% THD that I am seeing on the rating. A distortion level of 10% is a bit much. Other users are saying that they don't last more than a few months too.

Hopefully, your radio has a subwoofer channel, making it a plug and play. If not, then that $100 installation price is a bit more reasonable.
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Old 09-02-2013, 08:59 PM   #8
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Kicker 11PT8 8 Sub & 100w Amp In Thin Profile http://amzn.com/B004SZYJWI

There are 3 reviews here. It's 169$ on amazon for a 100 watt one.
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Kicker 11PT8 8 Sub & 100w Amp In Thin Profile Amazon.com: Kicker 11PT8 8 Sub & 100w Amp In Thin Profile: Car Electronics

There are 3 reviews here. It's 169$ on amazon for a 100 watt one.
The hideaway will actually fit under the rear seat. That one will not
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Found the op one on eBay 269 free shipping.


http://bit.ly/18mUXMt
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Found the op one on eBay 269 free shipping.


http://bit.ly/18mUXMt
30 bucks off. Not bad
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Today at bestbuy I saw a Kicker Hideaway, its a subwoofer with a built in amp.
Guy at the store said its perfect for jeeps because of its compact size.
Price $299 plus $100 instalation fee. I already replaced my roll bar speakers and now need to replace my dash speakers. My tj came with no amp or sub.

Does anyone have this kicker hideaway on their jeep? Do you like it? does anyone know anything about it.

I am not looking for crazy loud music just something that sounds decent.

Thanks in advance.
If you get one, let us know how you like it. They have decent reviews. Looks like you have to tap into speaker wires instead of using rca cables. That kind of sucks if your radio has the sub controls.
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If you get one, let us know how you like it. They have decent reviews. Looks like you have to tap into speaker wires instead of using rca cables. That kind of sucks if your radio has the sub controls.
I agree that this is crucial. Your radio needs to have sub controls to accept the sub channel/input. It is easy to check the radio, although the access would be greyed out, since there is currently no sub connected. If the radio has no sub control, you will need to add a EQ that has sub controls.

Any other way would just create a mess in trying to cross over a sub. I guess that you could wire a crossover into the sub and bridge it with the rear speakers. But, that wouldn't be optimum nor sound as good as a radio with a sub channel.
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If you get one, let us know how you like it. They have decent reviews. Looks like you have to tap into speaker wires instead of using rca cables. That kind of sucks if your radio has the sub controls.
My radio has wires for a sub channel and RCA cables for an external EQ. I agree that it can be a headache. I guess it depends on how your radio wants to accept the sub channel.
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My radio does have the sub capabilities.
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Been lurking around for a bit but never posted. I have an infinity Bass Link. That I used to run in my 76 stingray. I'ts the older 200watt version. I've had this thing since 2001. With the hardtop on it really hits well in my LJ. I think newer ones are 400 watt. They are stupid easy to hook up. It's a 10" sub in a passive radiator setup with a 200 watt class d amp. Their very small. If you kind find one try it out. Mines been hittin for 12 years!
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There are a number of amplified subs. I have 2 in different vehicles with the same head unit. Kenwood SW-10 in the TJ under the rear seat (it will fit under a non fold and tumble but the thumping on my butt got annoying) and a Sound Ordinance in my Mustang. I like the Sound Ordinance much better.

Save your money on installation. It's easy as can be to install. Buy online and save a lot of money.
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My radio has wires for a sub channel and RCA cables for an external EQ. I agree that it can be a headache. I guess it depends on how your radio wants to accept the sub channel.
Nice.. I guess I need to double check mine, but I am pretty sure I don't have the wires.
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For prebuilt sub boxes I think Select increments and MTX make the best 2 solutions. Best solution period I feel is building the sub or subs into the bottom of the rear jumper seat.
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Like I said before my tj does not have a amp as of now. By installind a compact sub that is single channel is it worth it? Or should I by a additional 4 channel amp that way I have for the speakers as well as the sub?
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Nice.. I guess I need to double check mine, but I am pretty sure I don't have the wires.
You could just google the specs on your stereo model. That way you don't have to take it out.
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Like I said before my tj does not have a amp as of now. By installind a compact sub that is single channel is it worth it? Or should I by a additional 4 channel amp that way I have for the speakers as well as the sub?
Nah, I don't think its worth it. For a Jeep, you want louder volume. A single sub won't accomplish that. If you get a booming sub, then they will just over-power your other speakers, still requiring you to upgrade your speakers and maybe another amp.

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Or should I by a additional 4 channel amp that way I have for the speakers as well as the sub?
You need a 5 channel amp for the 4-speakers and sub, not a 4-channel amp.
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Nah, I don't think its worth it. For a Jeep, you want louder volume. A single sub won't accomplish that. If you get a booming sub, then they will just over-power your other speakers, still requiring you to upgrade your speakers and maybe another amp.

You need a 5 channel amp for the 4-speakers and sub, not a 4-channel amp.
debateable, but i agree, a jeep with the top off and road noise overpowers interior speakers for my desired volume levels. I doubt the sub in question would be too much power though

a 4 channel for the interiors is fine, the sub in question has an amp built into it. the problem that remains is finding a low powered 4 channel amp to not overpower the 150w sub
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I heard one of the Hideaway today and I passed on it. I ended up with a 10'' and amp in my rear cargo area and paid less than the 299.00 for the Hideaway.

I passed cause the sound was decent while sitting still, rolling with the top off was no better than the 4 Polk's that I had in the dash and speaker bar.

I am happy with my set up now. A double 10 would have taken all my room back there, now I gotta figure out a way to carry my recovery box...
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The PO of my jeep put a bazooka tube in the back and it sounds decent enough for me and only takes about half of the trunk. This is coming from a guy who had 2 alpine type r's with a 1000 watt rms alpine amp in a hatchback!
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debateable, but i agree, a jeep with the top off and road noise overpowers interior speakers for my desired volume levels. I doubt the sub in question would be too much power though

a 4 channel for the interiors is fine, the sub in question has an amp built into it. the problem that remains is finding a low powered 4 channel amp to not overpower the 150w sub
I think we have a misunderstanding of your original question. The sub in question will not provide additional volume for the speakers. It won't address the main issue of needing more volume in a Jeep. Therefore, a small sub alone, is sort of useless in a Jeep. This is what I was saying.

A bigger sub, than the one in question, will require you to upgrade the speaker power. Otherwise, it would just over-power the speakers.

My understanding about your 4channel question was that you wanted a amp to power the speakers and the sub. This would require a 5 channel amp. If you want an amp to power the speakers alone, then why not just get a 5 channel amp, and disperse with the small powered sub. The best solution being a big sub, big amp, big speakers. Anything else, in my "humble" opinion, is just throwing gasoline at the fire.

It's like lifting a Jeep without a TC drop or a SYE.
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I found with the top off you need an amp with about 100 watts of power per channel be be sufficient for enough output power. I run 4 5.25" speakers at the corners and a pair of 8" subs with 500 watts dedicated to em. Gives solid full range sound. I use an Alpine pdx v9 to power the setup. Works great.
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I like your set up NJO
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I like your set up NJO
I used to do custom audio installations years ago for Rich's car tunes in ma. And was an IASCA SQ judge for 2 years in the 90's. I like good full range sound like the rest of you.

The Wrangler is never going to be optimal for sq......but a relatively flat "house curve" eq can be achieved with 2 pairs of 5.25" midrange drivers and a pair of 8's. I high pass the midrange drivers at 120 hz. with 24 db/octave xover points.....and lowpass the 8's at 120hz as well......same slope.....then use a 30hz subsonic filter at the bottom. I used an Audiocontrol sa 3055 rta and the decks eq to smooth it out with 2 presets. One with hardtop on and one with softop. Simple and works well. The alpine pdx amp is full class D. Super efficient not putting much strain on charging system and its TINY. Wish they had these 15-20 years ago.
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I found with the top off you need an amp with about 100 watts of power per channel be be sufficient for enough output power. I run 4 5.25" speakers at the corners and a pair of 8" subs with 500 watts dedicated to em. Gives solid full range sound. I use an Alpine pdx v9 to power the setup. Works great.
I agree. My solution too. The cars nearby may have another opinion.
Doesn't matter, I can't hear a word they say.

Your Alpine sounds like an awesome amp. Pricey but awesome.
$700 bucks? WOW!

Question: Does your amp ever get hot?
I'd like a fan cooled one, but I can't find it. Not a 5-channel with 100Wattsx4 and 500watts for the sub.

Where did you mount it?

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