About the Kicker VSS™ Powerstage™ System
Transform your Mustang's factory sound system
Transform your Mustang's factory sound system
You've got a great set of wheels, but something's missing: the sound of the Ford factory radio leaves a lot to be desired. Low power, less-then-ideal speaker placement, and dialed-back bass all contribute to the unhappy situation. This VSS Powerstage system upgrade by Kicker will transform your Mustang's stock radio and speakers into a high-fidelity sound system capable of giving you full, accurate, and richly-textured musical pleasure. And it does it without changing the look of your Mustang's interior or dash.
It plugs into your factory wiring with no cutting
The heart of the system is the Powerstage processor/amp module that plugs in between your car's stock receiver and speakers with the help of a Mustang-specific wiring harness. Kicker's technicians measured the acoustics of the Mustang's interior, then developed a program to get the strongest and cleanest audio performance possible from the stock speakers. The Powerstage module breathes new life into your vehicle's factory system, automatically correcting for the limitations of the factory speakers, then adding plenty of power so the speakers can sound their best.
Of course, there's a subwoofer with it
It wouldn't be a sonic upgrade without a subwoofer to bring bass magic to the mix. Kicker includes a custom-fit, powered subwoofer that mounts in the trunk, neatly tucked into a recess on the right side. A 200-watt amplifier provides the power you need to feel the bass from the 10" sub in the front seat.
Do it yourself and save
This VSS upgrade package comes with all the hardware and brackets you'll need, and all the wiring is pre-cut and terminated to help make the installation easier. Step-by-step, illustrated instructions make this sonic upgrade a fun and rewarding project.
Important Note: This upgrade package will only work with the 2012-up hardtop Mustang with the basic, 4-speaker system. It will not work in the convertible, or in a Mustang with the factory navigation radio or the premium (Shaker) sound system.
- audio upgrade system
- fits 2012-up Ford Mustang coupe with basic, 4-speaker factory system
- package includes:
- digital signal processor with built-in 4-channel amplifier
- processor features pre-set high-pass filters, EQs, and speaker time alignment
- amplifier: 50 watts RMS x 4 at 4 ohms
- vehicle-specific harness connects processor to factory stereo
- Soundgate Substage SMUS05 custom-fit powered subwoofer
- molded plastic enclosure fits in trunk
- 10" square subwoofer
- 200 watts RMS sub amp
- all power and signal wiring pre-cut and terminated, ready for installation
- custom-engineered processor/amp mounting bracket
- illustrated installation and setup instructions
- warranty: 1 year
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
- MFR # PMUSB12
What's in the box:
- Subwoofer assembly (enclosure/ 10" square subwoofer/ amplifier)
- Amplifier assembly (full range amplifier/ mounting brackets)
- 11' Subwoofer body harness
- 4.5' Subwoofer power harness (with in-line fuse holder)
- One M6 nut
- Two 30 amp ATO blade fuses
- Twelve 6" Zip ties
- 42" Amplifier body harness
- 4.5' Amplifier power harness (with in-line fuse holder)
- One star lock washer
- Installation instructions
- Warranty information
Kicker VSS™ Powerstage™ System reviews
This system definitely improves the sound over the factory 4 speaker system. Solid bass from the sub and the signal processor does change the sound quality overall. The "calibrated" settings of the signal processer are subject to ones personal preference and it's to bad there is no way to make adjustments. Installation was straightforward but took longer than expected, instructions could be more specific for removing the car part needed for access. Overall results were no quite what I expected for the money but is much improvement over stock.
Pros: Solid bass custom fit to car no replacing existing speakers
Cons: No control over the signal processer, the way it's set is what you get. Not much increase in max volume
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More details on the Kicker VSS™ Powerstage™ System
Overview: Kicker's SoundGate PowerStage factory audio upgrade kits are designed to fit in specific year/make/model vehicles. The PMUSB12 is compatible with select 2012 and later Ford mustangs having the base factory sound system (please confirm fit with the Crutchfield vehicle selector, not compatible with the convertible or the factory navigation system). Included with the system are a square 10" subwoofer in a custom enclosure, subwoofer amp, multi-channel amp with custom mounting brackets, all the necessary cables to power the amplifiers, and adapter plugs to connect to the factory radio and speakers without cutting into any of the factory wiring.
Multi-Channel Amplifier: The multi-channel amplifier is rated at 50 watts RMS x 4 channels and powers the front and rear factory speakers. The amp also has a built-in computer-optimized, 32-bit DSP (Digital Signal Processor) programmed specifically for the car's interior and factory audio system. Custom brackets are bolted to the amp to mount it behind the glove compartment. The included wiring harness has adapter plugs that connect between the factory radio and factory harness, so cutting/splicing/testing the existing wires is not necessary. The included power harness is connected to the fuse box in the engine compartment, and specific wire routing instructions are included.
Subwoofer: The custom enclosure is loaded with a single, square 10" Kicker subwoofer, powered by a 200-watt amplifier mounted to the enclosure. The subwoofer is mounted in the trunk on the passenger's side and the included wiring harness has an adapter plug that connects to the multi-channel amp's harness (for subwoofer signal input). The power cable is connected to the fuse box in the engine compartment and specific wire routing instructions are included.
Electrical System: Both amplifiers are designed to have minimum impact on the car's charging system.
Dimensions: The listed dimensions do not include the mounting brackets (regardless of these measurements, the amplifier mounting brackets and subwoofer enclosure are custom built to fit in the vehicle):
- Width: 8-1/4"
- Height: 1-3/8"
- Depth: 6"
- Subwoofer Enclosure:
- Width: 25-1/2"
- Height: 15"
- Depth: 7-1/4"
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