Kicker is offering what it calls the first aftermarket auto-sensing amplifier that ties into the bus system of a vehicle.
As part of a new vehicle specific audio upgrade for the Jeep Wrangler, the amplifier integrates into the Chrysler CAN bus and then sets itself accordingly. The amplifier “knows if it’s in a 2-door, or 4-door” or if the vehicle has a soft top or hard top or if you have just taken the top off and then it adjusts its equalization setting to compensate, said Kicker’s Joe Gross.
The system is also the first from Kicker to be an alternative to a factory premium audio option for a vehicle. It works with the Jeep Wrangler JK Sahara’s Infinity factory option for model years 2007-2014.
It is a plug and play system that includes an 8-channel, 400 watt CAN Bus amplifier that mounts under the dash, and a 10-inch subwoofer in a molded enclosure with its own internal 200 watt mono amp at $1,249.95.
The system also includes digital signal processing and a surround sound mode.
The subwoofer enclosure is UV treated and moisture proof.
“Through the CAN bus, the Jeep knows when you remove the hard top and the radio adjusts the eq settings to compensate. We’re the first one to have this capacity in an aftermarket product,” said Gross.
The system was shown at the SEMA Show this month and is available now.
Top photo: Shows amplifier tie in to Jeep CAN bus