Kicker (audio)

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Type Consumer audio equipment manufacturer
Industry Audio
Founded 1973
Founder(s) Steve Irby
Headquarters Stillwater, OK
Products Audio electronics
Parent Stillwater Designs

KICKER is an American consumer electronics manufacturer that exists under Stillwater Designs. They produce home/portable, marine and mobile audio products, and are best known for their subwoofers, as well as their audio crossovers and the amplifiers that supplement them. Kicker is known for its high production of square loudspeakers. Kicker Audio products are designed and manufactured by Stillwater Designs Inc, which is headquartered in Stillwater, Oklahoma. Kicker, along with MTX Audio and JL Audio, is known as one of the pioneers of the car audio industry.[1]


Stillwater Designs was formed in 1973 as a two-person team which hand-built audio products for establishments such as churches and auditoriums for professional sound and musical instrument applications.[2]

In 1980, they moved into the car audio market when they made the first ever high performance full-range car audio speaker system.[2]

In 2006, Stillwater Designs acquired SoundGate, a respected manufacturer of high-end audio interfaces and other OEM integration products. In 2009, the SoundGate production line was discontinued, though many dealers still carry the remaining products.[3]


Today Kicker Audio employs over 220 people. Steve Irby is the current president of Kicker. Kicker and SoundGate products are now sold by over 1,500 authorized dealers in the USA. Their products are exported to over 2,000 dealers in approximately 50 countries.[4][5]

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  1. ^ "Stillwater Designs, Inc. - KICKER". LinkedIn. Retrieved 2014-05-17. 
  2. ^ a b "History". KICKER. Retrieved 2014-05-17. 
  3. ^ "SoundGate". KICKER. Retrieved 2014-05-17. 
  4. ^ "Stillwater Designs and Audio, Inc.: Private Company Information - Businessweek". Retrieved 2014-05-17. 
  5. ^ "International Distributor". KICKER. Retrieved 2014-05-17. 

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