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Kicker Front Row™

6-channel digital signal processor

Item # 2062ZXDSP1

Kicker's Front Row digital signal processor puts your music where it should be — right up in front of...

Kicker's Front Row digital signal processor puts your music where it should be — right up in front of...

Item # 2062ZXDSP1

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About the Kicker Front Row™

Raises your music to front and center

Kicker's Front Row digital signal processor puts your music where it should be — right up in front of you, instead of down around your knees. A wired remote control panel lets you center the music to your listening position, add bass, and engage a simulated 5.1 Surround Sound that makes it seem like you're at a concert, sitting in the front row.

Raises your music to front and center

Kicker's Front Row digital signal processor puts your music where it should be — right up in front of you, instead of down around your knees. A wired remote control panel lets you center the music to your listening position, add bass, and engage a simulated 5.1 Surround Sound that makes it seem like you're at a concert, sitting in the front row.

It starts with connections

The Front Row can take speaker-level input signals as well as regular RCA inputs, so it'll work with almost any car stereo, even a factory system. Kicker employs their Fail-Safe Integration Technology ( FIT™) to reject noise and stop any interference generated by your car's electronics, so you'll enjoy your music clean and pure. The Front Row can also take a single stereo input and create front, rear, and subwoofer channels, allowing you to rock out your whole ride.

Lots of control

Each channel (front, rear, and subwoofer) features its own gain control and a clip light so you can adjust for maximum signal strength with minimum chance of distortion.You can use the high- and low-pass filters to maximize the performance of your speakers and subs, and choose from three different slopes to fine tune speaker output. Finally, the Front Row features output level controls that deliver perfectly matched signals to your full-range and subwoofer amplifiers.

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And that's not all

Each section features a selectable clip limiter that can monitor the signal and prevent distortion. The subwoofer section includes a variable subsonic filter that helps tune a sub for a ported box, and a variable phase control to get your sub meshing with the rest of your speakers. And speaking of bass, the Front Row features a variable bass boost and Kicker's SHOCwave™ feature, which generates bass parts in recordings that lack them, adding some rock-solid fun to your music.

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Product highlights:

    Features:
    • 6-channel digital signal processor
    • 28-/56-bit micro-controler with 24-bit AD/DA converters
    • time alignment adjustments for front and rear speakers
    • switchable 5.1 surround sound simulation
    • Fail-Safe Integration Technology eliminates noise from your vehicle's electrical system
    • wired remote controls speaker time alignment, bass restoration, bass boost, and surround sound features
    • preamp and speaker-level inputs (speaker-level input requires an optional adapter)
    Inputs, outputs, and more:
    • input gain level controls with clip indicator LEDs
    • selectable clip limiters prevents signal clipping
    • front channels: variable high-pass filter (10-5K Hz at 12, 24, or 48 dB/octave)
    • rear/surround channels: variable high-pass filter (10-500 Hz at 12, 24, or 48 dB/octave) and variable low-pass filter (50-5K Hz at 12, 24, or 48 dB/octave)
    • subwoofer channels: variable low-pass filter (40-160 Hz at 12, 24, or 48 dB/octave)
    • variable subsonic filter (10-80 Hz at 48 dB/octave)
    • variable subwoofer phase control (0-180 degrees)
    • KickEQ™ variable bass boost (0-15 dB at 45 Hz)
    • SHOCwave™ variable bass restoration (0-12 dB, 1 octave below fundamental note)
    Other specs:
    • signal-to-noise ratio: 110 dB
    • fuse rating; 2A x 1
    • 18-gauge power and ground leads and a 2-amp fuse recommended — wiring and hardware not included with equalizer
    • dimensions: 7-1/16"W x 1-5/8"H x 7-3/4"D
    • warranty: 2 years
    • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
    • MFR # 12ZXDSP1

    What's in the box:

    • Front Row DSP
    • Wired remote control
    • 17' Remote cable (RJ-45 plug on both ends)
    • Two 2-amp ATO fuses (one installed/one spare)
    • Four 3/4" Self-tapping screws
    • Remote mounting bracket
    • Two 3/8" Self-tapping screws
    • Owner's manual (English/ Spanish/ German/ French)

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    Features

    SHOCwave: The SHOCwave (Sub Harmonic Octave Creation) circuit restores low frequencies that are weaker in older recordings or lost in data compression. The effect is variable, 0-12 dB one octave below the existing bass output, reproducing deep bass that previously wasn't audible. The subwoofer channel must be operating with a full-range signal for this effect to work properly.

    KickEQ: KickEQ is a variable bass boost control, giving you the option of increasing bass output, 0-15dB, at 45Hz. With the bass output increased, you may need to adjust the input gain control to avoid clipping the DSP or your amplifier.

    Time Alignment: Using the Stage/Width control you can time align the front and rear channels independently, allowing you to re-center the sound stage and create a more realistic stereo image.

    Fail-Safe Integration Technology (FIT): To accommodate the varying range of signal levels coming from today's factory and aftermarket radios, Fail-Safe Integration Technology (FIT) offers isolated differential inputs for significant noise reduction, and compatibility with virtually any radio.

    Input Clip LED: An LED by each input gain dial lights when a clipped signal is sensed, making setting the gain easier.

    Clip Limiter: Each set of output channels has a Clip Limiter circuit to minimize the distortion reaching the amplifier when the DSP's input signal is clipped. The Clip Limiter can be turned off.

    Auto Turn-on: When using a speaker level input, the DSP can detect a 6-volt DC offset at the RCA inputs and turn on automatically.

    Wired Remote Control: The included wired remote control is required to adjust the Stage (time alignment), KickEQ, SHOCwave, and surround sound features.

    Note: The Remote Control measures approximately 2-3/8" wide x 1" high x 1-3/4" deep (2-3/4" deep including the knob and wiring).

    Speaker Level Input: High level inputs can be used when the source device doesn't have preamp level outputs. The same RCA inputs on the processor are used for either speaker level or line level connections. When a speaker level signal is used, speaker wire to RCA adapters are needed (item number 206KISL, sold separately).

    Surround Sound: The Surround button on the wired remote turns the surround sound effect on/off. When on, Kicker engineered algorithms process the rear channels and mimic the live rear fill of a concert.

    Connections

    Line Inputs: There are three pair of RCA inputs labeled Front, Rear/Surround, and Subwoofer. Each input accepts signals from 300mV to 10 volts and is compatible with line level and speaker level signals. Speaker level input will require a speaker wire to RCA adapter (item number 206KISL, sold separately).

    Power: A removable screw terminal houses the power, ground, remote turn-on, and remote output connections. The remote output will turn on other devices in the system (max output 100mA). Kicker recommends 18 gauge or larger wire for all four terminals (12 gauge is the largest that will fit).

    Line Outputs: Like the inputs, the three pair of RCA outputs are labeled Front, Rear/Surround, and Subwoofer. Each has independent crossover and output level controls.

    Remote Control: The included wired remote control connects to the RJ-45 terminal on the output side of the DSP.

    Controls

    Front Channels:

    • Input Gain: The rotary control is variable from 300mV to 10 volts to match the incoming signal voltage.
    • Crossover Frequency: The front channel high pass crossover is always engaged. Depending on the frequency multiplier switch position, the frequency dial is adjustable from 10 Hz to 500 Hz (1x) or 100 Hz to 5 kHz (10x).
    • Slope: The crossover slope can be set to 12, 24, or 48 dB/octave.
    • Frequency Multiplier: This switch changes the crossover point adjustment range of the frequency dial; the 1x position results in a 10 Hz to 500 Hz range, and the 10x position results in a 100 Hz to 5 kHz range.
    • Clip Limiter: on/off
    • Output Level: The output level dial allows you to reach full amplifier output while minimizing the amplifier gain setting, thus improving the system's signal to noise ratio.

    Rear/Surround Channels:

    • Fader: If the connected source unit has a dedicated rear channel output connected to the DSP's rear input, set the Fader switch to On. When the Fader switch is Off, the front input is shorted to the rear input, and no connection is needed at the rear input.
    • Input Gain: The rotary control is variable from 300mV to 10 volts to match the incoming signal voltage.
    • High Pass Crossover Frequency: The rear channel high pass crossover is always engaged and is adjustable from 10 Hz to 500 Hz.
    • Low Pass: The rear channel low pass crossover can be turned on/off. With the low pass turned on, the rear channel crossover acts as a band pass.
    • Low Pass Crossover Frequency: Depending on the frequency multiplier switch position, the frequency dial is adjustable from 50 Hz to 500 Hz (1x) or 500 Hz to 5 kHz (10x).
    • Slope: The crossover slope can be set to 12, 24, or 48 dB/octave.
    • Frequency Multiplier: This switch changes the crossover point adjustment range of the low pass frequency dial; the 1x position results in a 50 Hz to 500 Hz range, and the 10x position results in a 500 Hz to 5 kHz range.
    • Clip Limiter: on/off
    • Output Level: The output level dial allows you to reach full amplifier output while minimizing the amplifier gain setting, thus improving the system's signal to noise ratio.

    Subwoofer Channels:

    • Input Switch: If the connected source unit has a dedicated subwoofer output connected to the DSP's subwoofer input, set the Input switch to Sub. When the input switch is set to Front, the front input is shorted to the subwoofer input, and no connection is needed at the subwoofer input.
    • Input Gain: The rotary control is variable from 300mV to 10 volts to match the incoming signal voltage.
    • Subsonic Frequency: The subsonic filter frequency is variable from 10 Hz to 80 Hz. The subsonic filter slope is fixed at 48 dB/octave.
    • Low Pass Crossover Frequency: The subwoofer channel low pass crossover is always engaged and is adjustable from 40 Hz to 160 Hz.
    • Slope: The crossover slope can be set to 12, 24, or 48 dB/octave.
    • Phase: The subwoofer output phase is variable from 0° to 180°.
    • Clip Limiter: on/off
    • Output Level: The output level dial allows you to reach full amplifier output while minimizing the amplifier gain setting, thus improving the system's signal to noise ratio.

    Auto Turn-on Switch: The amp offers two turn-on modes; select from:

    • +12V: connect a wire from the remote turn-on lead of your source unit to the remote turn-on terminal on the DSP; this is the preferred turn-on method
    • DC Offset: turns the DSP on when a 6-volt DC offset is detected at the RCA inputs (speaker level input is typically required)

    Wired Remote Control: The wired remote control is required to use the Stage (time alignment), KickEQ, SHOCwave, and surround sound features. The remote has these controls:

    • Front/Rear: chose which channels are adjusted using the Stage Width knob
    • Stage Width: rotary knob to adjust front or rear time alignment
    • Surround Sound: on/off
    • Bass: rotary bass level knob (range is 0-11)
    • KickEQ/SHOC: two position switch; specifies which feature the Bass knob is adjusting

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    Customer Q&A

    Q
    Crutchfield asked: Why did you buy this?
    A
    Wanted better SOUND and imaging from my system.This piece sounds great and takes a already good sounding system to another level.Has all the adjustments you need. [ DEWEY L  Dec 31, 2015 ]

    8 questions already asked

    Q
    I'm interested in grabbing one of these to run my setup actively. Does anyone know what each frequency is in the 32 step crossover dial? Can't seem to find any info. Regards,Andy
    [ Andy  Jun 28, 2018 ]
    2 answers
    A
    Cheers. I've heard hit and miss reports on them. Think I might go for a proper dsp. Thanks for taking the time to answer
    [ Andy  Jul 06, 2018 ]
    A
    Don't waste your time with this. Spend the money and go digital. They make one. Look for it. The control, functionality, and sound surpasses it 1000x.
    [ ALEJANDRO  Jul 04, 2018 ]
    Q
    Will I need a line driver with this! Like an lc6i? . My dodge charger has a oem amp.
    [ dopesrt  Nov 15, 2017 ]
    3 answers
    A
    No, you will not need a line driver with this. It essentially is a line driver itself with some basic sound processing built in.
    [ TUCKER  Nov 16, 2017 ]
    A
    The kfr only has rca inputs and outputs. So you would need something to convert to/from line level signal.
    [ CORY  Nov 15, 2017 ]
    A
    I have the same kicker front row in my Ford Edge but I have also two amps that are not Factory amps and it mine sounds killer so I answered your question I don't think you need to add another amp if you have a decent Factory app already installed but just make sure when you're setting those games you have to have to follow those instructions for size otherwise you're not going to get the full effect of that kicker front row that's an awesome little device right there though but you have to follow those game instructions to the T if you have anymore questions about that you can get back to me and I can walk you through that one too but alright have a good night
    [ SHAWN P  Nov 15, 2017 ]
    Q
    Does the kicker front row have a built-in line driver if so what is the signal output voltage?
    [ Dchan  Dec 14, 2016 ]
    1 answer
    A
    It's not a line driver but it does provide line conversion with both input gain and output signal level adjustments. They do not provide specific voltage for the output signal level range but you can view the manual by clicking the link for it under the "What's in the Box?" heading on the Front Row's main webpage. I hope that helps. My Bio; http://www.crutchfield.com/Support/Bio.aspx?bio=5
    [ Ryan  Dec 20, 2016 ]  Staff
    Q
    I have a power drain since I put this kicker processor in how do I fix this problem?
    [ Al  Jan 30, 2016 ]
    1 answer
    A
    If you purchased the product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. They can walk you through the settings on the product and see if there may be a fix. Our toll-free Tech Support number is printed on your invoice, and is also available under the "My Orders" tab in the "My Account" section of our website. If you did not purchase the unit from Crutchfield, then you may want to contact the manufacturer. You can also post your question in our forums: http://community.crutchfield.com. Or try our online support center: http://crutchfield.custhelp.com/app/answers/list/kw/.
    [ Kenny  Jan 30, 2016 ]  Staff
    Q
    I have a Pioneer DEH-X6700BT head unit, McIntosh MC-440 Amp to drive 4 Kicker CS door speakers, a Sony P5 sub amp to drive an L7 solo baric in a ported box. I bought the Head unit to replace the stock one in my 99 Durango. What I didn't realize was that the Head unit only has 2 sets of RCA jacks on the back. SO, my question is, will this EQ make it so I have enough outputs for all the amps or should I cut my losses and get a new head unit?
    [ Stretch  Oct 14, 2015 ]
    6 answers
    A
    The kicker front row doesn't split the rca inputs. You have multiple options however that will allow you to use your current head unit. You can purchase speaker to rca converters and hook them up to the speaker coming out of the head unit. Or you
    [ John  Oct 22, 2015 ]
    A
    Yes! Talking to audio installation experts through my tasks of finding out how this thing works, assured me that it will! Now, you and I are in the same boat! I wanted to replace my stock radio with a neceiver. I bought the Kicker Front Row and had that same question because the receiver I purchased only has two sets of RCA jacks! When I received the device, I was amazed at what this thing can really do!! First of all, it was actually made for your factory radio! To enhance it--make it so you won't have to purchase a new receiver! I wish I knew that first. Right? But I bought it, read through the assembly and installation and it is " Bar-None" the best DSP device for car audio!!! Within the install you can tweak it so that without sub-outs on your radio the high level inputs.will produce hardcore low level heart-throbbing signals to your sub(s) as well as produce resounding highs to your door speakers that you can't imagine! It's a 5-Star buy! You can't go wrong with this beast of technology! Hope this helps! B!
    [ Bryan  Oct 16, 2015 ]
    A
    I have 1 set of RCA's going into mine, then have it going out to a sub amp and a 4 channel for the main stage, if you get this you will love the wired remote that comes with it ..
    [ Clint  Oct 14, 2015 ]
    A
    This will allow you to add the sub amp also as I had a similar set up and the Front row has a sub out that will allow you to do this. I am running an alpine amp to drive 4 6x8's and 1 alpine amp to drive a kicker sub all through the Front row and work very well in my f150
    [ DON  Oct 14, 2015 ]
    A
    You can. You have the ability to select where the input comes from for each channel. You can have just a single full range input plugged into the front input and the Front Row will give you all three outputs. There are switches on the input side that allow you to select which it uses.
    [ Justin  Oct 14, 2015 ]
    A
    This unit allows one to three set of RCAs as an input and outputs three sets. With this unit one set can be devided by the unit to output what you need. Very happy with this unit!
    [ FREDDIE  Oct 14, 2015 ]
    Q
    POPPING NOISE WHEN I TURN OFF MY SYSTEM. HOW DO I GET RID OF IT? I ONLY HERE ON MY MIDS AND HIGHS.
    [ RUDY479  Mar 20, 2015 ]
    2 answers
    A
    There is both a "remote in" and a "remote out" connection on the DSP. Maybe the "remote out" connection from this DSP will delay turning the amplifiers on until after the RCA output signals have stabilized with no more pop signals.
    [ Chris  Dec 22, 2015 ]
    A
    If you purchased the product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. They can walk you through the settings on the product and see if there may be a fix. Our toll-free Tech Support number is printed on your invoice, and is also available under the "My Orders" tab in the "My Account" section of our website. If you did not purchase the unit from Crutchfield, then you may want to contact the manufacturer. You can also post your question in our forums: http://community.crutchfield.com. Or try our online support center: http://crutchfield.custhelp.com/app/answers/list/kw/.
    [ Krissy  Mar 21, 2015 ]  Staff
    Q
    Does anyone else have a loud pop when your system powers off??
    [ Daniel  Jan 03, 2015 ]
    7 answers
    A
    My response relates to my experience with an '07 Trailblazer with Bose audio - stock deck and stock amp (amp retained for chimes and rear door speakers), Front Row, and two external amps. I first setup the gains on the Front Row to provide its maximum unclipped output. That setup allow me to run no/minimal gain on my external amps, but did result in a loud pop when powering the system on/off. What I had to do was reduce the Front Row's gain settings and raise the amp gains until the pop was reduced to an acceptable level. Now I have no pop when turning on/off with deck when all other audio components (FR, OEM and aftermarket amps) are powered on. I do still get a low pop when the other audio components power up/down even with the deck off.
    [ BRENT  Jan 06, 2015 ]
    A
    I have had on problems from my front row.
    [ DEWAYNE  Jan 04, 2015 ]
    A
    I did have that once,Do you have a line driver installed?If you have a prossesor it sometimes turns the prossor off first then the amp...How many amps do you have installed?If you have 2 amps and the kicker front row going at once then you will need to install a simple relay.Hope i helped and if you need to talk more im here.
    [ RICHARD  Jan 04, 2015 ]
    A
    Yes and I got no answer on how to solve it, my answer to anyone is don't buy it I have an expensive paperweight now. I had a stereo shop look it over completely, and nothing could solve the issue, too bad I like the sound quality it was able achieve.
    [ TODD  Jan 04, 2015 ]
    A
    Nope no issues at all.
    [ AARON  Jan 04, 2015 ]
    A
    when I turn it from battery to ignition on it sometimes pops and sometimes it pops and turns off and I have to reset it by turning off the ignition
    [ MARK  Jan 03, 2015 ]
    A
    Sounds to me that you might have a grounding issue. I have this one and never had that issue.
    [ Clint  Jan 03, 2015 ]
    Q
    This piece looks great! My only concern is that I don't see it having a built-in EQ which is vital when connecting to a factory system? I also didn't read anything about channel summing with de-equalizing of the factory signal. I think this unit is only good for individuals with decent aftermarket head units that provide a clean signal to this processor along with a decent EQ.
    [ Mike Burnett  Nov 27, 2014 ]
    3 answers
    A
    I installed my Kicker Front Row in my 2011 Honda Accord EXL. I am using the factory head unit and connected it into the line level outputs just before the factory amp. It is a nice clean signal I don't have an EQ(Only the factory adjustments) It does allow me to drop out the frequencies that I don't want to play. This was the perfect crossover for my system. I have a new Alpine Amp for my JL Audio High end and an older Orion Amp for my subs. I have not connected it to a powered output from the deck (Only the line level) so Im not sure how clean it would sound. This has been a great addition to my system.
    [ ISRAEL  Dec 02, 2014 ]
    A
    I had one, very nice build quality! It's kinda like an inbetween type unit (loc to RF360.3). I tried using for 8" 5" tweet three way front stage n struggled to get it to sound the way I wanted. I now run RF360.3 and it's awesome! Just wish it was a lil more user friendly as far as quick adjustments. The PAC loc units are super nice. They have worked flawless every time I have installed one for myself or customer. Then you could just do a simple clarion eq or whatever you like and make easy adjustments to your taste.
    [ CASEY  Nov 30, 2014 ]
    A
    Yes, the quality of the HU output signal is critical to any audio system, but my experience shows that there are OEM head units that perform quite well. I use the Kicker Front Row to bypass the separate Bose amplifier in an '07 Trailblazer SS. The Bose 6-CD head unit has an excellent balanced output signal so I use the Front Row to convert the balanced HU output to unbalance input to my aftermarket amps. As I enjoy listening to a flat EQ so I've not missed a built-in EQ feature. If you want a full featured DSP with all the bells and whistles, this is not for you. But if you want a high quality, simple (no laptop tuning) DSP to interface a quality OEM HU to aftermarket amps, then I highly recommend the Front Row.
    [ BRENT  Nov 30, 2014 ]
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