Music…It’s deep in our roots. We live it, breathe it and make it kick!
In 1973, KICKER’s Livin’ Loud legacy began as a two-man operation, hand-building professional-speaker systems in a narrow one-car garage. With very few resources and an intense love for music, company founder and current president Steve Irby invented the mobile-stereo enclosure market from his Stillwater, Oklahoma community, when he developed the Original KICKER. It was the first full frequency-range speaker box designed specifically for cars and trucks. From that historic moment, delivering concert-like audio quality across a wide volume range with renowned bass and accurate sound has always been the KICKER way.
The Original KICKER was made for use behind the seat in pickup trucks, and at the time thousands of the vehicles rolled along Oklahoma roads due to a recent oil boom. Because Irby had already been making a living designing and building the larger P.A. speakers, he literally overdesigned the much smaller Original KICKER. It produced a ton of bass, and when customers had it installed, heard it, and felt the enormous rumble through their truck seat, they said it “really kicked.”
Shortly thereafter, KICKER created a line of single subwoofers, which they named “Separates” to distinguish them from the KICKER subwoofer-loaded enclosures. The Competition Series of Separates was a popular selection for those consumers seeking to build their own bass-makers in their vehicles. To this day, we receive stories weekly from consumers who began driving with KICKER Comp Subs providing the bass.