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Kicker Solo-Baric L5 08S12L52

12" Dual 2 ohm Subwoofer (S12L5, S12L52)

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The Kicker Solo-Baric L5 woofers inherit all the same patented technology as the dominant L7 square woofers at a more affordable price target. The 08/09 series offers a hot new look and improved design, specifically with the new SoloKon technology and heating disbursement. The patented square design allows for 18% more cone, which translates to more sound for you compared to competing round subs. The SoloKon one-piece, injection-molded cone offers full-coverage back bracing that pushes more air and creates louder bass than ever before.

The Santoprene rubber surround of the L5 handles the power of the motor and cone, and a rear foam gasket secures the stamped-steel basket to any given baffle. The logo-bearing steel basket with spring-loaded terminals, a stout magnet, and the logo-bearing protective front gasket also allow the L5 to take on power like never before.

Key Features:

  • 12" Solo-Baric L5 Series Subwoofer
  • Power Handling:
    • Peak: 1200 watts
    • RMS: 600 watts
  • Titanium deposit impregnated cone woofer with rolled outer edge
  • Santoprene rubber surround
  • Stamped steel basket
  • Vented 360° back bracing
  • Rear foam gasket
  • Spring loaded terminals
  • Poly-cotton semi-progressive spider
  • Heat-dispersing, solid pole piece
  • Spiralead™ tinsel leads
  • High-temperature dual 2 ohm voice coils
  • Frequency response: 20-100 Hz
  • Sensitivity: 87 dB
  • Other search terms: S12L5, S12L52, 12L5, 12L52, 08S12L52
  • Authorized Internet Dealer
  • 1-year Manufacturer's warranty

Product History:

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(newest, current model)
Kicker S12L52 thumbnail
(previous model, replaced by Kicker Solo-Baric L5 08S12L52)
Kicker 05S12L52 thumbnail
(previous model, replaced by Kicker 06S12L52 Solo-Baric L5 Series)
Kicker S12L52 thumbnail
(previous model, replaced by Kicker 05S12L52)

Subwoofer Specifications

Subwoofer Series
Each subwoofer manufactured is part of a series. This is the name of the subwoofer's series.
Subwoofer Size
Refers to the diameter of the subwoofer, measured in inches.
12"
Peak Power Handling
Peak power handling refers to the amount of power a speaker can handle during a brief musical burst. The RMS power range figure is a much more reliable rating for determining the speaker's power requirements. The Peak power handling specification is typically rated per speaker unless otherwise noted.
1200 watts
RMS Power Handling
The RMS power is the amount of power the speaker requires to operate safely and properly. RMS Power Handling refers to the amount of power a speaker can handle on a continuous basis. We recommend powering your speakers or subwoofer with 80%-120% of its recommended RMS rating. The RMS power handling specification is typically rated per speaker unless otherwise noted.
600 watts
Voice Coil(s)
Dual voice coil subs have more wiring flexibility than single voice coils subs; however, single voice coil subwoofers provide easier hookup options for wiring multiple subwoofers in parallel or series. You may also run a dual voice coil (DVC) sub in parallel, series, or combination. A quad voice coil has four voice coils and is equal to two dual voice coil subwoofers as far as wiring goes.
Dual
Impedance (Per Voice Coil)
The load value (in ohms) that the speakers present to the amplifier per voice coil - the amount of resistance to the current flow. This is a key specification as subs wired in parallel or low impedances can create problems with your amplifier and potentially void all warranties. We encourage you to ask our support department prior to purchase if you do not understand which impedance level will suit your application best.
2 ohms
Voice Coil Diameter
Diameter of voice coil, usually measured in inches.
Frequency Response
The range of frequencies the speaker will reproduce (lowest frequency to the highest). Bigger is better, meaning the wider the range, the better. The optimal range is 20 - 20,000 Hz (which is the range of human hearing).
20 - 100 Hz
Sensitivity
An efficiency or sensitivity rating tells you how effectively a speaker converts power into sound. The higher the number, the more efficient the speaker and the louder it will play with the same input power. An efficient speaker helps you maximize your available power. Most sensitivity ratings measure the speaker's output with 1 watt of input, 1 meter from the speaker. Some speakers' sensitivity is measured with 2.83 volts of input, instead of 1 watt.
 
Efficiency (1w/1m) is not an accurate indicator of a subwoofer's output capability and should not be used as a comparison to other speakers or subwoofers to determine which one is "louder".
87 dB
Subwoofer Design
This is the design of the subwoofer or the opening of the subwoofer enclosure. Each design has it's own benefits, whether it is a square, circle, or oval.

Round/Circle: This is the typical and common subwoofer design. They have a round cone and are a circle in design.

Square: These woofers are able to achieve a greater cone area in a smaller space. Because of the greater surface area, some square subwoofers will be louder than a round subwoofer of the same size.

Square
Main Cone Color
This is the color of the speaker's or subwoofer's cone.
Black
Woofer Composition
Lightweight woofer cone materials are essential for efficient operation. Poly cones produce exceptional sound and are sturdy against various changes in temperature. Paper cones are very efficient, and when treated for moisture resistance, will perform at a high level. Poly refers to polypropylene, which is thermoplastic or fibers that are polymers of propylene. IMPP refers to injection molded polypropylene, a commonly used process and material in speakers.
Titanium Deposit Impregnated Cone w/ Rolled Outer Edge
Woofer Surround
A speakers surround is part of the suspension system. The surround protects the cone and prevents it from being displaced as it flexes out from the basket. It is usually made of a durable material like treated foam or rubber in order to withstand the strenuous job of producing bass frequencies.
Santoprene Rubber
Magnet Structure
Defines the overall structure of the subwoofers magnet.
Subwoofer Grille
Most subwoofers are able to accommodate a universal grille; however, some subs include a grille and others have a specific, optional grille available for purchase separately. If "yes", then the subwoofer includes a grille. If "optional (sold separately)" the matching grille will need to be purchased in addition to the sub.
Optional (Accessory required and sold separately)
Re-Cone Kit Available
Some higher end subwoofers have replaceable cone assemblies. In case of a blown woofer, a recone kit allows for a simple replacement, as opposed to purchasing an entire new subwoofer.
No

Recommended Enclosure Specifications

Recommended Enclosure Type
This is the recommended type of enclosure that the subwoofer should be installed into. Some subwoofers are specially designed for particular enclosures.

Sealed: These enclosures completely enclose the air inside the box. These boxes produce a tight bass.

Ported/Vented: These enclosures have a slot of air to escape from the box. The result is a sound that has more "boom".

Bandpass: These are a combination of both sealed and ported enclosures. They can be very efficient, but require tuning for the best response.

Ported / Vented
Sealed
Minimum Sealed Box Volume
This value indicates the minimum sealed box volume that the manufacturer recommends for the subwoofer. The volume is typically displayed in cubic feet.
.88 cubic feet
Optimum Sealed Box Volume
This value indicates the ideal sealed box volume that the manufacturer recommends for the subwoofer. The volume is typically displayed in cubic feet.
Maximum Sealed Box Volume
This value indicates the maximum sealed box volume that the manufacturer recommends for the subwoofer. The volume is typically displayed in cubic feet.
2.00 cubic feet
Minimum Ported Box Volume
This value indicates the minimum ported box volume that the manufacturer recommends for the subwoofer. The volume is typically displayed in cubic feet.
1.75 cubic feet
Optimum Ported Box Volume
This value indicates the ideal ported box volume that the manufacturer recommends for the subwoofer. The volume is typically displayed in cubic feet.
Maximum Ported Box Volume
This value indicates the maximum ported box volume that the manufacturer recommends for the subwoofer. The volume is typically displayed in cubic feet.
3.25 cubic feet
Top-Mount Depth
The depth when installed on top of the mounting surface. Measured from the bottom of the speaker's magnet to the bottom of the mounting holes on the rim of the speaker.
6-13/16"
Cutout Diameter
The actual diameter of the hole you will need to cut out if you are creating a new mounting location for this speaker, or if you are mounting a subwoofer in a box.
11-1/16" x 11-1/16"
Shallow Mount Installation
This means that the subwoofer/speaker is designed to be installed in areas that do not have a lot of space. Shallow mount subwoofers are typically found under a seat or behind the seat in some trucks.

Shallow mount speakers will typically have a mounting depth of 2" or less, while shallow mount subwoofers will typically have a mounting depth of 3" or less.

No

Electromechanical Parameters

Free-Air Resonance (Fs)
The free-air resonance frequency of the subwoofer, measured in Hz. At this frequency the weight of the moving parts is perfectly balanced with the subwoofers suspension system.
Equivalent Compliance (Vas)
This is the amount of air that has the same stiffness as the subwoofers suspension. The greater the rating, the lower the stiffness and larger recommended enclosure. It is measured in Liters.
Total Speaker Q Value (Qts)
This is the subwoofers relative damping (Q) at the resonance frequency (Fs), including all dimensionless losses. Essentially, a high Qts value (closer to 1.0) means the subwoofer is great for sealed enclosures and a low Qts value (closer to 0) means the woofer is great in vented enclosures. A Qts of around 0.45 means the woofer will work decently in either enclosure type.
Electrical Q Value (Qes)
The subwoofers relative damping (Q) at the resonance frequency (Fs), including electrical losses. Also called the mechanical damping of the subwoofer. The unitless measurement usually varies from 0.5 – 10.
Electrical Resistance of Voice Coil (Re)
Amount of DC resistance of the subwoofer when measured with an ohm meter. Typically, this will read less than the impedance rating of the subwoofer.
Mechanical Q Value (Qms)
This is the subwoofers relative damping (Q) at the resonance frequency (Fs), including mechanical losses. Also called the mechanical damping of the subwoofer. This unitless measurement usually varies from 0.5 – 10.
Efficiency Bandwidth Product (EBP)
This number represents the trade off between having an efficient woofer and one with a wide bandwidth. To calculate this number, take the Fs and divide it by the Qes. If the number is below 50, the woofer is designed for a sealed enclosure only. If it's between 50-100 it can be used in either. Lastly, if it's greater than 100 it's designed for vented enclosures.

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Warranty and Return Policy

Parts Warranty Duration
1 year
Labor Warranty Duration
1 year
Warranty Provider
Manufacturer

Summary of Customer Ratings & Reviews

Rating Distribution

5 Star
86%
4 Star
14%
3 Star
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1 Star
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Average Attribution Rating

Durability
4.5
Value
4.5
Features
4.8
Design
4.9
Usability
4.9
Jason

Meadville, PA

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Great Speaker!

January 25, 2012

I love this subwoofer from Kicker!! I've been using it for about 6 months now and would recommend it to anybody. I have it in a 4 door accord and it sounds great. I have the speaker in a 3.25 cubic feet ported enclosure. It is powered by a Hifonics Brutus BRZ1200.1D wired at 1 ohm. This amp and sub combo sounds great in my accord. Kicker has always built quality speakers and they did a great job with this one.

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shawn

franklin ga

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greatest ever

November 29, 2010

Just bought two of the L5 2ohm dvc subs and paired them with a cadence zrs 7000d amp and it sounds awsome if u wont good subs then look no futher here they are and the service i got from Sonic was the best ever

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Jay

reno, NV

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My Kicker Experience

August 17, 2010

I am running a 1800 watt/650 rms Hifonics bruits amp to two Solo-beric L5 kickers, one already blew with in the first week of having it. I took the time to break them in, but I guess it was too much. so be advised to take it easy for a few weeks

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Dave

Fairfield, Ct

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Awesome sound

May 8, 2010

I got two of these and put them in my Jeep Wrangler running them both on a Kenwood Excelon 1200 amp at 1 ohm. The sound that comes out of the subs is amazing, I have set car alarms off on the lower levels of parking garages while I was on the higher levels. If you hook them up to the right amp and do your homework you will not regret getting these.

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boomer

coopersville mi

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worlds best sub hands down

February 21, 2010

i have the 10 inch sub in my Cherokee and i have had a lot of subs in my life and this sub will blow everything away. as long as you know how to hook it up this is stupid loud. very very very happy.

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Lexx

Vineland,NJ

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Big power for a great price.

February 6, 2010

I bought 2 kicker L5s about 6 months. I put those in a custom ported box,and am giving them power via a Memphis PR.1000. once i tuned the subs in......WOW. I was shocked how good they sounded and how much power they delivered. First couple hard bass notes set off my neighbors car alarm. They accurately reproduce music even at high volume. Country-Rap-Rock-HipHop-Metal-Classical-Swing-Blues-Dance/Techno....What ever your into, you'll love these subs. i have them in the trunk of a 2000 honda civic. It looks like king kong is trying to get out of the trunk. You can crank them all day and not worry bout hurting the voice coil....before i put these in i had Hart EKG 12 inch squares, but the kickers just out perform them by a mile. All i can say is that Kicker Kicks a$$.

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Serg187

Miami

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Solobaric

September 21, 2009

I have recommended products to friends due to the unbeatable prices and great shipping. I would definitely recommend these products with the guarantee Sonic provides customers. I will purchase more products in the near future.

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Carson

Spring

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Kicker L5

June 25, 2009

This thing slams! I have in a 1.6 cubic foot sealed box with a hifonics amp and when u turn it up u can't breath in my truck. Very happy with the buy

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Jzizzo

Hawthorn Woods, IL

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excellent

April 28, 2009

I have two of them in my 2007 chevy silverado ext. As of right now i have only 500 watts rms going to them from my jl audio 500/1v2 amp and i set off car alarms with ease. planning on getting more power to them and seeing whats up this summer

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Sam

Birmingham, Al

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Great Subwoofer!!!

February 23, 2009

I Have One L5 In My 03 Camry, And I Love It Hits Extremely Hard And Is Loud For One Subwoofer! Only Problem Is That The Ported Box I Have It In, Well The Sub Is Actually Starting To Beat It To Death Literally....So Now I Need A New Box.....And Its Doing All Of This On A 400 Watt Mtx Amp...Awesome!

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Brian

Ukiah, CA

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Great Sub but too expensive

December 1, 2008

Bought this sub 2 months ago from this website it only cost $180.00. Very disappointed with the $120.00 increase in price, I guess the website is selling out. Any way the sub is great hits hard and very tough. The bass is clean all in all it is a great sub. I liked this website for its low prices, I guess they were losing money.

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justin

lawrenceville, GA

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omfg!!!!

September 29, 2008

this sub is amazing!! we installed it in my cousin's s2000 and put a zx 500 amp on it omfg u cant even sit in the car with this beast turned up my ears were ringing for a hour after i got out GET THIS SUB IF U CANT AFFORD THE L7!!
he just called me the other day and told me he was riding threw a parking lot and set off a car alarm .. are u kidding me with 1!! 12 this sub is sick

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Cory

Fargo, ND

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Cav

July 3, 2008

I have 2 of these in a dual 12" vented enclosure with a layer of dynamat on the inside of the box, hooked up to a 4000watt power acoustik. I would recommend these subs to anyone, They cracked my windsheild.

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gregory

Scottsdale, AZ

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Holy Crap

April 23, 2008

This woofer is amazing. I have one in my jeep grand Cherokee installed in a ported box at 2.30 cubic feet and it sounds so good and hits hard. They blow away my orion c10s. they are hooked up to a kicker 1000.1 amp. HIGHLY recommend. Only bad thing its heavy as hell

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Durable design for long life-span, available in many colors and shades.

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Enables an expandable, secure connection accepting up to 8 gauge wire.

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4 Ft of 1/4" Thick Black Heat Shrink Tubing

Provides abrasion resistance and added protection for your cables.

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Universal rubber roller to make it easy to install sound dampening.

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1mm All Purpose Solder

Solder is all purpose for use on most projects where solder is needed.

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1 Kicker Solo-Baric L5 08S12L52 Subwoofer

Mono Amp

Mono Amp - Option 1

2 Channel Amp - Bridged

2 Kicker Solo-Baric L5 08S12L52 Subwoofers

Mono Amp

2 Channel Amp

4 Channel Amp - Bridged

3 Kicker Solo-Baric L5 08S12L52 Subwoofers

Mono Amp

Mono Amp - Option 1

4 Channel Amp

4 Kicker Solo-Baric L5 08S12L52 Subwoofers

2 Channel Amp

4 Channel Amp

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Product Summary

Manufacturer

Model Number

08S12L52

UPC

713034041528

Weight

23.00lbs

Internal SKU

08s12l52

Internal Product ID

11356

Sonic Electronix Wiring Guide

Wiring Diagram Legend

Warning: The image depicted shows the resistance change when wiring multiple subwoofer terminals. Please refer to your subwoofer's owner's manual for the proper wiring of its terminals. Sonic Electronix, Inc. is not responsible for damage caused to your audio system or vehicle due to improper installation. Please call tech support at 1-877-289-7664 if you require additional assistance.

Product Name: Kicker Solo-Baric L5 08S12L52