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KICKER - Hideaway 8" Subwoofer with Enclosure and Integrated 150W Amplifier - Black-Front_Standard

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Rating 4.4 out of 5 stars with 461 reviews

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great 8” subwoofer

    Posted
    JohnDoe
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    Before I go on, I want to say that I have 4 Kicker CS speakers and a pair of Kicker tweeters powered by a kicker key amp and a factory head unit as the rest of my setup. I cannot speak to how well this works when all other components are stock. Considering the above, this sub complements the rest of my setup really well. It is an 8” sub, so it does not pick up the really low bass tones as well as a 10” or 12” sub, which I did expect going in. It does, however, outperform any factory sub I have ever heard in a vehicle with factory upgraded audio (Bose, JBL, etc.). It also allows you to control the bass level remotely with the included dial. Overall I think it is the perfect way to get solid bass that you can feel without going in to more involved setups. Like in the movie Step Brothers, it is like Jesus wearing a faux suit t-shirt. Refined, yet capable of partying, but not fully committed to either extreme. A few suggestions for installation: 1. Run the remote wire for remote turn on. The manual tells you that it is not necessary, but you should definitely run the remote wire while doing the rest of the wiring. Better to run it the first time than to discover that you need to do so afterwards and risk having to take everything back apart after you’ve finished. I have heard of others having trouble with the turn on not working correctly using the suggested method in the manual and then having to run the remote wire after the fact. 2. The included speaker wiring is likely not long enough to reach behind the head unit. If you plan to wire it to a place behind the head unit, you will likely need to connect additional speaker wires to to the included wiring to make it reach, so have some of the same gauge on hand. The power and remote wires should be long enough. 3. Do not use the included brackets to mount it unless it has a lot of room to move around. Under the seat with heavy duty Velcro is plenty stable, so I would not screw it in to any metal on your vehicle unless completely necessary. 4. Hide the bass knob and use double sided tape to mount it. No need to hide the sub and advertise it with the bass control knob. It is not necessary to have access to it to constantly tune it. Put it out of sight and adjust it when you need to before or after you get done driving.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent way to get full range sound

    Posted
    TonyAngel

    I drive a Chevy Avalanche, and as those of you who own similar vehicles know, the articulation of the rear seats is important to retaining the full utility of your vehicle. My head unit is a Sony Mex xb100bt which puts out a real 40 wpc and I'm running Polk db651s in the doors. The setup sounded nice, but was lacking in the lows. I did a lot of research into adding subwoofers and found that almost all options required some sort of sacrifice in terms of retaining vehicle utility. During my research, I ran across the Kicker Hideaway and similar units and my first thought was that there was no way that such a small unit could provide any sort of appreciable bass, but given the advancements in class d amplifier and speaker technology, I decided to give the form factor a try. I settled on the Kicker unit because, well...it's Kicker. My very first sub setup over 30 years ago was a Stillwater product, so I went with the Hideaway. I installed it under the rear passenger seat and was immediately shocked, for lack of a better word, by what the little Hideaway was capable of. It was fully able to broaden the range of the music that I was listening to. Just based on my subjective comparison to my home system, I'd have to say that the Hideaway does get down into the mid 30hz range. The single Hideaway did not turn my truck into a boom box, but the amount of bass that I was getting was appreciable. I listen to a broad range of music, ranging from classic rock and jazz to hip hop on occasion and did find that that single Hideaway wasn't quite enough for some types of music, so I added a second under the driver side rear seat. Now I'm getting some serious bass. Again, not boom box sort of bass, but a significant bass that is tight and fast that produces an experience that rivals that of my home system. I did buy a 3rd Hideaway to install under the center of the rear seats, but it is still sitting in the box because I think I'm going to return it. With the 2 units alone, the bass is often times too much and I find myself running the sub control on my head unit in the negative numbers, with the gains on the Hideaways set at about the 11:00 position. Most importantly, my back seats still fold all the way down allowing the full use of the midgate, so I've lost no utility at all. As I said, I was really surprised by the performance that the little Hideaway is capable of. Advances in technology have indeed brought to market products that capably fill a niche that needed filling. The combination of the high efficiency (95db)/low impedance woofer and the 150 watt class d amp in the small sealed box makes for some nice bass. The only downside to the Kicker version of this class of products is that in order to use the low level outputs on your head unit, you must use a high level to RCA adapter. It didn't think it was a big deal. The adapter was inexpensive and connecting it only took a couple of minutes. The trigger wire was also too short to get to my head unit, so I had to extend it. I installed mine using an amp kit that came with 8 gauge power leads. I ran the power lead to my battery and to a small distribution block under my dash. It took me about 1.5 hours to get the first one up and running. The second was up and running in about half an hour.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great powered sub for the average joe

    Posted
    AndrewDld

    I am just an average Joe looking to add a little base to my little convertible 2000 Chevy Tracker. Being a convertible, I didn't want to upgrade the main stereo head unit due to the risk of theft. What I wanted was to improve the sound quality but not spend a bunch of money, time, etc. I upgraded the four 6.5" speakers in the doors to 3 way speakers -the mid and highs were great, but the base left a lot to be desired. Turning up the volume (convertible down driving down the road) with just the door speakers caused a fair amount of rattles and distortion when adding in more base from the head unit. What I wanted was to use the speakers in the doors for mid's and highs, and something separate for the base. But I also needed something that didn't take up any valuable space in the back of the truck or was easily seen for potential theft. Turns out this little unit fits under the front seat, has PLENTY of base for the average Joe, was easy to install and easy to tune. I like the remote base adjustment. When I am with the significant other, I can turn down the base. When I am running down the freeway with the top down, I can crank up the stereo now and the sound is now clear and full through out the spectrum. Thanks Kicker. Its not the cheapest, but everything is pretty well included for the install. I'd call that value. I opted to use the remote 12 Volt signal to turn the unit on (I pulled the head unit and just connected into the wires there, including the speaker wires). Overall: if you just want to upgrade your current OEM system a bit, not invest a bunch of time or money in a sound system upgrade.. this unit might just be the ticket. Hindsight is 20/20 - I would do it again in a heart beat. I was amazed just how much base this little guy kicks out.. I was missing a lot.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Sub For Adding Bass

    Posted
    gtmacii
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    I have a 2015 nissan sentra s with the factory low quality head unit. Which i wanted to keep for its ease of use, factory integration, and stock look to deter theft. I have upgraded the rest of my system with a JL audio RD400 amp driving two kicker 6x9's in the rear deck and two kicker 6.5's in the doors. Due to the factory head unit rolling the bass off at higher volumes and the overall poor quality of compressed music files the system still lacked the depth of true sound. I watched this sub for a year and when it finally went on sale for 195.00 i bought it. Its hook up could not be simpler. I purchased two RCA y adapters and split the signal to the JL amp then cut one end off of the y adapters to connect to the kicker sub. After much time adjusting and more to go i can say this is a very nice unit and performs very well. It is not large enough in size or power to be in the trunk and perform so it is in the cab of my car. It does exactly what I need it to do. My one warning would be this.. if you in your youth have had two 12's and a large fosgate or anything like that, do your self a favor and realize from the beginning this is not that system. It is an 8 with a 150 watt amp in a small enclosure. Once you are honest about what it is and align your expectations with that you will not be upset. Thanks Kicker and Best buy for a great product at a great price.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Perfect for my 03' Miata

    Posted
    Infinid00

    Just got this unit installed and it works great. Good clear punchy sound. I have a cheap Sony aftermarket head unit (does have pre amp and I'm using it, no bass knob) and Kenwood 6x8's, probably just a decent upgrade over stock, that all came with the car. I listen to a mix of everything and it can handle the low low bass on Kevin Gates "John Gotti" without a hint of distortion but will also kick you pretty good on AC/DC "You Shook Me All Night Long". It's installed in a perfect little spot behind the passenger seat so it's hidden and everything looks stock. Only sacrifice is one click of backwards movement on the seat bottom which I'm more than happy to give up versus losing foot room on other Miata sub installs I've seen. That is all based on having the top down. Now with it up, dare I say it......it flat out bumps. Troll away on that statement if you want but a roadster is the perfect scenario for this powered sub. It would not "bump" in anything larger and would just give you the bass of a higher end stock stereo. In conclusion if you have a small car it's well worth the money and is likely to impress you. If you're just rounding out some low end on a sedan with a stock system it's still worth it. If you have something larger or you're expectations are to wake up the neighbors and set off car alarms then you need a big boy system with big subs and big power.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Kicker Hideaway

    Posted
    Slickly

    I bought this not knowing what to expect. I am an old bass head and have always had big subwoofers. I am to the point now where I would rather have the room in my vehicle to go camping or hunting with the family. I just recently upgraded my factory radio and was going for more of a loud concert sound. I put in all Jbl door and tweeters powered by a kicker 4 channel amp and the kicker hideaway. The amp is installed under the drivers seat and the hideaway under the drivers seat. Well let me tell you the speaker does not deliver ground shaking bass but it sounds like a concert in my vehicle. The first time I turned it up my daughter covered her ears and started crying after only 3 seconds, I did not expect to hear the quality and loudness of what was installed. I now have the best sounding all around stero I have ever heard. If you want ground shaking bass this is not for you. If you want a good quality sound that does not take up room and sounds good this is the perfect choice for you. It will barley shake your mirrors but I can hear my stero from about 300ft away.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Kicker Kicks it Up

    Posted
    ChevySonic2012Hatch
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    Five months ago I had the sense to buy a 2012 Chevy Sonic (Hatchback)... For those of you not familiar with this car, its small. It holds great similarity to the Honda Fit, or Chevy Aveo. While the car is great the sound system left me wanting a little more. The Kicker Hideaway is crazy small and fits in the back of my car like it wasn't there... I'm not joking this thing is tiny... so much so that I really really expected little change in the quality of the audio. Best-buy installed it in little under an hour. The install guy turned the car on and we sat inside listening to music with the bass turned off... he told me to crank it up and holy carp I couldn't believe the difference... it blew me away at how it changed the sound. This product is amazing.. no its not the best sub on the market but it is the smallest and not bad price wise. Don't get me wrong the bass sounds amazing I'm just saying I'm not setting off car alarms or cracking windows with it. I drive over a hundred miles a day for work.... and I couldn't ask for more now.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Awesome speaker for sound and simple installation

    Posted
    Tylerj
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    Sales Team Leader Mike Montesano at Best Buy Store #863 provided great customer service after I had a Very bad experience from the Sales manager of Home Theater. I will skip the separate review from my purchase of the JBL sound bar that had a faulty optical plugin, and just say that I was treated very well a couple days buy the then working Sales Team Leader of Home Theater, Trevor Rauch. Trevor was over the top sincere and what one hopes to get in regards to customer service. I was so greatful for the unexpected service from him I wanted to take a look a the car stereo options to step up my sound in my car. Mark was very personable and I really enjoyed talking with him along with his knowledge of car stereo sound systems and applying it to what I was looking for. Overall two Big Thumbs up to Mike Montesano on customer service skills and a likable personality that only compliments making a good name to represent Best Buy's reputation. Same goes to Trevor Rauch, both very surprisingly shifted the very bad experience I received the couple days earlier I was there, when I rapidly, Rudely and Smugly told "sorry" upon trying to exchange my non functioning home theater system I bought with the new LG 55' television. Again, Trevor and Mike both redeemed my outlook and intentions on continuing to be a Best Buy customer. They both deserve some recognition of what any customer of Best Buy could hope for. Thanks guys!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Believe the HYPE this thing ROCKS!

    Posted
    AllBiz
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    I have a 2004 Ford Super Duty quad cab and the stock stereo and speakers were not up to a music lovers standards. I have searched for a couple years for a sub box that would fit this truck. They have plenty on the market that say they fit, but I am here to tell you most of them don't. They either push the speakers up against the back of the seat so the speaker does not have room to operate correctly or you have to remove a functional part of your truck to get them in. This is not an option for most that have super duty trucks because we actually use them. With this kicker/Amp combo unit it fits behind my seat and has plenty of room. I installed it on the passenger side just over the jack with the strap. I must say in the cab of my truck this thing is amazing. I keep my gain almost all the way down and it still evens out the sound from the 4 new Kenwood speakers that replaced the stock speakers. Very happy! My kids think its great that they have vibrating seats now too! Buy it you will like it!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Perfect subwoofer for rounding out your sound.

    Posted
    factorysystemupgrade
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    I wanted upgrade my factory sound system and add more clarity and depth. I replaced all the door speakers with the Kicker 6.5 inch two way speakers and used this subwoofer to round out the low end. I didn't want to cut into interior body panels or give up space in the back or my suv because I haul things regularly. This subwoofer was the perfect fit for my needs. It tucked nicely under the seat, you can send line level or speaker level signal to it making the installation easier because you don't have to take out the whole stereo. There's no need to find more space for an amplifier because it is built in and the adjustable level and frequency controls let me dial it in to suit my listening taste. The adjustable level control that is included is very handy for dialing up the bass when I am listening to music and turning it down when listening to talk radio stations. I am thoroughly satisfied with this purchase and highly recommend this product to anyone who is looking to satisfy a similar criteria.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Outstanding Compact Powered Subwoofer

    Posted
    bukifvr
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    The Kicker Hideaway is a great compact powered subwoofer. I installed it under the front seat of my 2011 Hyundai Elantra. I had replaced the factory door speakers with Infinity component speakers and despite the incredible improvement in sound quality it still lacked the depth and fullness that only deep bass provides. The answer is the Kicker Hideaway. The Hideaway does a nice job providing that deep full bass. It was a simple process to install and tune myself and has worked flawlessly since installation. It won't turn heads as I drive down the street, and it won't upset my neighbors, but that's not my goal. it does provide full, deep, crisp bass inside my car. As a self proclaimed audiophile for 39 years and I am impressed with how it handles Classic and Psychedelic Rock, as well as Classical and Baroque.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Absolutely amazing!

    Posted
    Henry
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    A little back story...I recently bought a jeep, without the Alpine sound system. I was bummed I wasn't able to find the jeep with the sound system. I didn't want to add any big subwoofer box in my jeep to get the amazing bass sound. However, a friend of mine mentioned this compact amp/subwoofer combo that seemed to be my solution. I made the decision to buy it and I can say it was money well spent. Besides this I also upgraded my factory speakers to Kicker as well, which alone sucked. Combined with this sub/amp combo, I couldn't ask for a better setup. 100% satisfied. Easy install too. I consider myself average when it comes to stereo installs/well above-average on car knowledge, so keep that in mind if you plan on doing the work yourself.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Nice compact size, gives good sound for size.

    Posted
    Panchoaz
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    I had this subwoofer installed in my 2010 Nissan Frontier crew-cab. There isn't a lot of free space for a subwoofer in the truck, unless you want to give up passenger/comfort space. The rear seat on my Frontier is a 70/30 split seat upright folding configuration, and has 2 removable utility trays mounted to floorboards, with maybe 6-8 inches of height from floor board to bottom of seat. I found that this subwoofer fit nicely underneath the 30 split of the rear seat with maybe 1 3/4 - 2" of it sticking out from the bottom seat where the passenger would put their feet, with minimal loss of foot space. The sound it produces is above average for the inside of the truck, but it wont rattle the car next to you. I feel its pricey for the sound it produces, but the compact size and not losing comfort/passenger space makes it so worth it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Will try one more time

    Posted
    Chris
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    Bought a Kicker Hideaway 8 in 2012 and lasted 6 years with many hours of music. Eventually one of the internal wires broke and decided to buy another. I am now on my second getting ready to return this one also. The first replacement had a popping sound at higher volumes. I returned it and had to wait for a replacement because my store doesn’t keep them in stock. When I received the second replacement, plugged it in and no sound at all. Again, checked the store online for availability and nothing in stock. Now I will try one more replacement and have to wait for it to come in again. Hopefully the new one will work. I am recommending this to a friend because when it does work they sound great for that extra bass in the truck.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    works good

    Posted
    happysam
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    I installed this unit under the bench seat on a 2009 regular cab Tacoma. You have to remove the seat bolts to lift the seat to slide the unit in . Used Velcro under the unit to keep it in place. When I hooked it up for a test before install I saw an electric arc on the hot side. To avoid a parasitic drain I installed a relay off the accessory circuit and ran the signal wire through a rocker switch so when camping I can use the radio without the added load of the subwoofer. I used screw on t-taps to hook up to the high level speaker leads. Unit sounds good with factory head unit and aftermarket component door speakers. Have sound deadening in doors. Added enough bass to round out the system. Also used Velcro to mount the remote on the side of the console and bought a 3 foot cable for the remote. The included cable is 20 feet long. Just need to see how long it lasts.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Working great for the purpose, so far

    Posted
    Kingtj
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    I wanted to upgrade my wife's new Jeep Wrangler with better audio. (It came with the "base" sound system, which means cheap, paper-cone speakers all around and no subwoofer.) From the factory, it was pretty awful. She replaced the factory radio with a Pioneer double-DIN, but the only thing that did to help was allow enough drastic EQ changes to force some more highs out of the factory junk speakers and make them a little more tolerable. I swapped all of the speakers with the "Alpine premium" versions, obtained off eBay. HUGE improvement - but still lacking low-end bass. This Kicker Hideaway, installed under the front passenger seat, was a great solution. Only reason I'm hesitant to give a 5 star review to this unit is the number of other reviews I read where one suddenly stopped working after a few months. I have concerns about the build quality of these after seeing all of that. But so far, this one sounds great and does exactly what it advertised.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    excellent add-on

    Posted
    Turk16
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    I got this for a Mazda 3 and added it to the Bose package. I also substituted Kickers in the doors. Sub was installed in the trunk and it was great to save the space. It added some depth to the system but I ended up leaving the split seat down to get a more noticeable depth to the system. I then moved it onto the back seat right, where it made a real difference before trading in the vehicle a month or so after the original install. So now I have the 2013 Accord with Kickers added in the doors. I unplugged the sub from the Mazda, took out the screws holding the straps in place and left the wiring harness behind. Kicker shipped me a new harness for $35 and I had the hideaway installed under the passenger seat. Now it gives more than enough clear precise base and is totally out of the way and easy to adjust with the remote gain dial. Very happy with the versitility/mobility and would recommend finding a place for it in the passenger commpartment.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Perfect!!

    Posted
    JJ333

    Purchased this after reviewing all the available under seat subs. Installed this on a 2015 forester. The setup prior to adding the sub are Polk dxi6501 for the front and dxi651 for the rear. I used an alpine MRV-F300 which was installed under the drivers seat to power the speakers. this setup sounded great but definitely lacks the low end bass. Purchased the sub and installed it under the passenger seat. Since I used the speaker level inputs for my alpine, I just tapped into the wires for the sub. Only thing I had to do to make the sub fit under the seat is to cut the under seat vent with a utility knife. I then adjusted the low pass filter in the sub and high pass filter in the alpine at 80hz. The sound was Awesome!!!. btw, I double taped the gain control under the steering wheel for easy access.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Sounds Great!

    Posted
    chris

    installed this kicker hideaway in my 13 honda accord sedan under the passenger seat. i didn't want a sub in the trunk rattling so i decided to have it under the seat and it sounds great, its hooked up to my stock stereo. the bass knob is a great addition, with the knob turned all the way down you would never know theres a sub in the car. some people are saying that it rattles which isnt true and doesnt make sense for the fact that the grill on the kicker doesnt move at all. i also heard the rattling and did some investigating. with the kicker directly under the passenger seat its the bass that rattles the seats cross bar so all i did was move the sub about 2 inches from under that bar and the rattling went away! i did have this installed professionally from a local audio shop and they did a very good job, even mounted the bass knob with easy access. once again the sub sounds great , i was very impressed.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Factory radio upgrade for an affordable price

    Posted
    Fordya04
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    I was skeptical about an amplified 8" in such a small incloser... but man it is an awesome addition to my factory 2016 f150. It has a great low pass crossover that allows you to fine tune your low end bass, the low end bass that your factory radio is missing, it has a remote bass volume that you can mount close to you so you can fine tune your music. It has some real "punch" and a real clear deep bass. If your expecting ground pounding type bass , than this isn't for you, but if want to enhance your factory set up and you want to add a little boom for a few bucks , this is it!! I think it sounds better under a seat than in the open cab. I compeated professionally in the car stereo arena in 80's and 90's and I owned my own stereo shop, so I know something about sound quality.. if you are over 40 and want to add some "punch ", this is it ! If you are 20, buy the 2-12" kickers and a big kicker amp ! And rattle the car in front of you !

    I would recommend this to a friend