Kicker Car Amplifiers
A History of Raising Car Audio
In 1980, Steve Irby, who is still the head of
brand owners Stillwater Design today,
developed the first original Kicker - the first
full-range speaker box set designed solely for
the car. Steve Irby had a dream to make car
audio systems like no other - to make car
audio systems high performance, loud and
Stillwater Design, the facilitator of the Kicker brand,
released their first full range speaker in 1980. It
incorporated a woofer, mid-range speaker and a
tweeter, in order to reach all possible notes, from
high and mid to bass/low. It gave a more
accurate reproduction of sound in the car, which
had up until then solely been available in home
stereo systems. Kicker had changed the history
of the car audio system, making it possible to
have high quality sound and vastly ranging notes
in the car.
In 1973, Stillwater Design appeared on the audio manufacturing
scene. The two-person operation started out by building sound and
musical instrument speakers for small events in churches,
auditoriums and entertainers. After their breakthrough with the
first ever Kicker speaker, the company turned its head to the
mobile-audio market and began to create, develop and
manufacture the powerful and high performance car audio
components that we know so well today.
In 1986, Kicker expanded their range to high performance woofers.
They discovered that a subwoofer by itself could generate the
intense bass that was beginning to get very popular with music
fans. Only a few years later, in 1993, they released their first
powerful amplifier, which would power their highly performance
speakers and woofers.
The 1990's and Beyond
Kicker then branched out beyond cars and into marina audio
equipment for boats. They designed water and weather proof
systems that could take the brutal conditions of the sea,
rivers and canals. The system is especially designed so that it
does not interfere with the navigation system, does not rust
or damage in the sun.
Kicker has in the last few years began to make high performance
home audio systems, including stereos and iPod/Zune stereo
systems. Extending its range further and further, Kicker
contributed to audio systems in the car, boat and home,
ultimate power and performance.