Stereowise Plus review of the Front Row published in August, 2012.
With our newest processor, we set a goal to improve a car audio’s sound system while making the task an enjoyable one as well. KICKER is proud to introduce the Front Row™, a 6-channel digital signal processor that allows the listener to engineer music the way he or she has always wanted to hear it.
Simply put, the Front Row makes music from a vehicle’s system sound better than it ever has, with the listener experiencing staging, imaging and bass response actually like the artist intended – up-close and live!
The Front Row utilizes a familiar, simple analog-based control system, but underneath the dials lays a powerful micro-controller with all signal manipulation done in digital domain (28-/56-bit, double-precision DSP with 24-bit AD/DA converters) – it is a must-have solution for controlling audio signal.
The Front Row provides six channels (three stereo pairs) of 32-step, fully variable digital crossovers with selectable slopes and minimal phase shift for maximum system-design flexibility. Input-gain and output-level controls for each section (front/rear/subwoofer), along with input clip indicators, enable easy level matching for a clean, distortion-free setup.
The subwoofer section includes a variable subsonic filter that preserves bass impact by protecting the woofers and focusing bass-amplifier power on what should be heard. Additionally, each section incorporates a Clip Limiter, a fast-acting compressor/speaker saver that monitors input signal and prevents clipping and distortion while preserving overall output signal. The result is the clearest sound at high volumes.
Most of the Front Row’s dynamic features can be adjusted from the driver’s seat using the convenient remote. Speaker Time Alignment provides complete soundstage height, width and control, putting a realistic stage with a focused center image where it should be – on the vehicle’s dash and not the floor. Simulated 5.1 Surround Sound mimics the “live” rear fill one experiences in a stadium or concert. Legendary KickEQ™ Bass Boost and new SHOCwave™ (Sub-Harmonic Octave Creation) restores and equalizes the lowest lows, finding deep bass that previously wasn’t audible.
The Front Row also includes KICKER’s unique 12-volt or DC Offset turn-on circuitry and FIT™ (Fail-Safe Integration Technology), allowing it to integrate directly into all aftermarket and most OEM source units.
|50 MHz CPU / 28-/56-bit double-precision DSP / 24-bit AD/DA converters|
|Frequency Response (Hz)||10-22k, +/-0.2dB|
|32-step variable crossovers with 12, 24 or 48dB/octave slopes|
|Front||high-pass 0-500Hz or 0-5kHz (10x switch)|
|Rear||low-pass 50-500Hz or 500-5kHz (10x switch)|
|Sub||subsonic filter 0-80Hz, fixed at 48dB/octave|
|Subwoofer Phase||variable 0-180 degrees|
|KickEQ||variable 0-+15dB at 45Hz, Q=3|
|SHOCwave||variable bass restoration|
- SHOCwave™ bass restoration circuit for deep bass you didn’t even know was missing
- Speaker Time Alignment provides the car’s driver with total sound stage control
- Clip Limiter provides the loudest, clearest sound and stops distortion
- All the crossovers needed for greater accuracy and control
- Simulated 5.1 Surround Sound mimics theater or venue tone during live performance, and of course it’s great for movies
- 28-/56-bit, double-precision DSP with 24-bit AD/DA converters (the right stuff)