Universals (grilles included)
Designed for up to a 5 1/4" driver and a 2" tweeter. This "B-Series style" kick panel includes a color-matched, recessed, perforated grill.Please refer to Q-Logic Application guide to see which custom kick panel fits your vehicle. Click here to view APPLICATION GUIDE.Click here to view the Q-LOGIC COLOR CHART
Only certain colors are available for specific models. Please refer to the Q-Logic application guide for
details.Click here to view the Q-LOGIC Kick Panel ILLUSTRATION POSTER
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Where are the Kick Panels in my vehicle?
kick panel is the interior surface just forward of the front doors and
below the dash. Believe it or not, some vehicles did have speakers
installed here as early as the 1960s.Why this location?
idea of locating speakers in the kick panel area dates back to the
hey-days of organized sound-off competitions. The best way to understand
why competitors began to locate speakers in the kick panel areas is to
consider the difference between listening to music in your vehicle
versus listening from the comfort of your sofa. In the drivers? seat of a
vehicle, you are to the far left of a pair of stereo speakers mounted
in the doors or the dashboard of the vehicle. Contrast this to sitting
in the ?sweet spot? on your sofa, equidistant between a pair of properly
toed-in stereo speakers!
Obviously, your sofa offers a more ideal
listening position. This central position allows the sound from each
speaker to arrive at the listener?s ears at the exact same time. A
really good pair of properly set up home audio speakers will allow one
to hear the vocals and instruments exactly as the recording engineer
intended, as well as their locations within the soundstage ? both left
and right and from front to rear. In some cases, the speakers can seem
to disappear, giving one the impression of being there! The term to
describe proper localization of instruments and vocals within the
soundstage is called ?imaging? ? and this is one of the most difficult
things to achieve in an automobile.Path Length Equalization
original reason that competitors migrated to kick panel locations was
to make their audio system sound less like a car audio system and more
like a home audio system. The way to do this was to improve the stereo
imaging by minimizing the localization and ?side bias*? that traditional
door and dash mounting locations succumbed to ? remember, this was LONG
before the advent of digital audio processors! This is commonly
referred to as equalizing the path-length or more properly, path length
equalization. As the kick panel areas offer the minimum difference in
distance between the left and right speakers in the front of any
vehicle, they were chosen.
Equally important as the location is
the angle of the baffle with respect to the listeners? position. As you
can imagine, this took a tremendous amount of experimentation in each
vehicle to get the desired results. Integration into the vehicle?s
interior via custom upholstery and finishing made this an expensive
endeavor for any car audio enthusiast that was looking to benefit from
these competitors? research!On-Axis vs. Off-Axis
for that right pair of speakers can certainly be challenging. You?ve
brought a few of your favorite recordings (or all of them on your
favorite media device!) to your local car audio dealer, you?ve got the
dealer to agree to let you play your music for an indefinite amount of
time, you?ve pulled up a comfy chair in their sound room, and . . . only
one problem ? you won?t be listening to any of those speakers in your
vehicle like you are in their sound room (well, you could be . . . )!
see, when you listen to a pair of speakers mounted in a sound board,
you are listening to them On-Axis as they are facing you and you hear
their direct radiation. When these same speakers are installed in the
doors or dashboard of your vehicle, and you are sitting in either of the
front seats, you are now listening to them Off-Axis and you hear their
indirect radiation. This can cause frequency response problems ? which
happens to be the number one cause of listening fatigue. In addition,
dashboard locations that point up at the windshield also cause you to
hear reflective sound from the speakers as the glass will redirect much
of the sound.
By mounting your speakers in the kick panel area,
you will be able to enjoy their On-Axis sound. This allows you to enjoy
the frequency response they are capable of and reduce the possibility of
listening fatigue! This is yet another reason to do so.Why Choose Q-Forms?The Science
you?re sold on kick panel locations for your next speaker purchase. We
strive to make the addition of Q-Forms kick panels as easy for you as
possible. Our extensive line of Q-Forms kick panels are the result of
many years of painstaking research and development. We?ve done extensive
in-vehicle testing to perfect fit as well as the speaker locations
themselves. [Trust me, you've never seen so many guys in white lab coats
with pocket protectors, slide-rules, and black framed glasses . . . ]
We?ve done this so you don?t have to!Choose the Speakers You Want!
of the major disadvantages that you have when putting speakers in the
factory locations is that you typically have to choose speakers that fit
those locations. This can be a limiting factor if the brand you like
doesn?t offer that size . . . or the dealer doesn?t stock them. When you
purchase a pair of Q-Forms, you can choose the speakers that you like
best in either a 6 ?? or 5 ?? size ? the two most popular sizes. Every
brand has numerous offerings in these sizes!Q-Forms Accommodate Component Speakers!
common knowledge that you?ll get the best sound with a component
speaker ? a set that includes a mid-bass / midrange*, tweeter*, and
external crossover network*. Why? Simple ? with very few exceptions, the
speaker manufacturers put their best technology in their component
speaker offerings. An external crossover network* allows them to include
the right components to ensure a smooth transition from the mid to high
frequencies. A smooth transition at the crossover point will improve
the overall frequency response and your overall listening enjoyment.
are designed to accommodate both the mid-bass / midrange* and the
tweeter*. By locating the tweeter* and mid-bass / midrange* on the same
baffle, the sound of both reach your ears at the exact same time. This
eliminates acoustical problems that can result from having speakers in
different physical locations on the same side of the vehicle ? such as
when mounting the mid-bass / midrange* in the door and the tweeter* on
the sail panel.
Q-Forms will accommodate either 5 ?? or 6 ??
component speakers! If you?re looking for the most OEM look possible,
the 5 ?? Q-Forms include color matched cloth covered grilles. This way,
your speakers will disappear behind the grilles. The larger 6 ?? Q-Forms
allow you to utilize the grilles that come with your speakers ? perfect
for those really cool looking grilles that you?d prefer to show-off! In
addition, the panels themselves are 50% thicker than the 5 ?? models.
This keeps them from flexing from the increased mid-bass* energy from a 6
?? speaker.What about 3-Way Component Systems?
you?re clearly in the camp where there is no such thing as good enough!
Either that or you spend more time in your vehicle than you do in your
home. Either way, we know the feeling . . . Let?s say that you had your
heart set on that pair of 3-Way component speakers that you fell in love
with the first time you heard them. No problem, Q-Logic has you
covered! You see, as you go lower in frequency, sound is less localized ?
this is why it is difficult to pinpoint the physical location of a
level matched* subwoofer*. In addition, lower frequencies are less prone
to Off-Axis frequency response problems. Therefore, if your vehicle
came equipped with door locations that will accommodate a 6.5″ or larger
speaker, you can have your cake and eat it too! You can locate the
dedicated mid-bass* speaker in the stock door location, and then locate
the midrange* and tweeter* in the Q-Forms!
Properly set-up, this
set-up will satisfy even the most demanding of audiophiles. If you?re
not ready to take the 3-way plunge right away, but consider it to be an
option down the road, several speaker manufacturers offer a way to add a
dedicated mid-bass* / crossover* to their component speaker systems.
This allows you to get the component systems and Q-Forms installed in
your vehicle first. As your budget permits, you can always add the
mid-bass drivers ? again, have your cake and eat it both!